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Winter 2020 Autoimmune Epidemic

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Winter 2020

****Store Update:  We  welcome a few new employees this year; Joey Sharrow (Rosa’s son) is helping with stocking and general maintenance, Jill Stansberry is making the protein bites and learning the store routine with me on Saturdays, Shannon McElvany will take over much of the financial duties and help out with shopping and working some Saturdays.  I am very glad to have all of them and also Rosa and Cathy to run the store when I take some much-needed time off. 

Chantelle is coordinating the Bridge Card/Double Up Food bucks program at the market again this year.  The market will have the Double Up Bucks and EBT again in the spring.

  Monroe Farmer’s Market open year round 7 Am-12 Noon for more information check out the web site www.monroemimarmersmarket.comor Facebook

Gift Certificates Available for Purchase

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-½ hour $30.00; 1 hour $50.00

  Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath now available by appointment-1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

With purchase of 5-foot baths get the next one free.

Family Farms Co-op:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orders due via email Jan 8, Feb 5, March 4, by noon; Pickup Jan 10, Feb 7, March 6

 from 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM

Yoga with Chantelle- Monday & Tuesday- Calendar available at the Store

 Health & Wellness Classes are suspended for the time being.

I have decided to wait until our meeting room upstairs is renovated to hold classes and movie showings.

Healthy Happenings: Autoimmune Epidemic from The Autoimmune Fix by Dr. Tom O’Bryan

I am sure you have noticed the proliferation of autoimmunity in our community with the rise in type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, celiac disease, Cohn’s colitis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, to name a few.  Each of these diseases can take from 3-14 years to develop.  My question has always been “WHY?”  My mission has been to prevent serious illnesses with the proper lifestyle and specific diets before these illnesses develop.  Our children are now being affected with multiple illnesses that may eventually turn into autoimmune conditions they can deal with for their entire lives. But we are living in a difficult time to do the right thing.  Fighting ongoing and relentless advertising and “unhealthy foods” available everywhere.  The conventional food companies are labeling packaged foods as healthy when nothing could be farther from the truth.  That is the reason we strive to carry organic (Non-GMO) whole foods whenever possible. 

1.       Autoimmune Phase I:

v  Include all forms of fruits, vegetables, and nuts.  *** Many people need to limit raw fruits and vegetables, due to poor digestion.  I prefer nuts that have been soaked and slow roasted (Crispy Nuts), we have the recipes for crispy nuts).

1.       Cinnamon ¼ teaspoon is a good dose.

2.       Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage) contain a family of vital nutrients called glucosinolates that are potent polyphenols particularly useful for lowering inflammation in the intestines. (I prefer steamed, roasted or fermented).

3.       Dark-colored fruits with a high concentration of polyphenols, such as berries, cherries, and grapes. (I have found many people with impaired digestion can digest dried or cooked fruits; berries are normally consumed without digestive issues)

4.       Green tea (1-3 cups a day), which is also a prebiotic.   A supplement (EGCG) can be helpful if it is difficult to consume that much green tea daily.

5.       Omega-3 fatty acids must be acquired through diet, because the body cannot produce them.  Among so many other benefits they bring us, they turn on the genes that lower inflammation in the gut.  Foods that are high in omega-3’s include grass-fed beef, cold-water fish (wild caught), seafood (wild caught), black walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, basil, oregano, cloves, marjoram, and tarragon.

6.       Parsley is full of chlorophyll and can help inhibit the body’s release of histamines.

7.       Tomato juice (5 ounces)

2.       Foods to avoid:

v  A critical component of the Transition Protocol is being completely gluten free.  The gluten-free diet avoids the grains that contain gluten: primarily wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and kamut.  The difficulty with totally gluten-free living is that gluten is found in most of the packaged food we eat.  Another issue is that wheat is disguised in many foods.  So look for the gluten-free symbol when you go shopping.

v  Dr. O’Bryan also recommends going dairy free for at least the first 3 weeks.

v  Going sugar free for the first 3 weeks is very important when you are trying to reset your system and reduce inflammation. 

***Watch out for withdrawal symptoms (feeling tired, depressed, or even nauseated for about 2 to 5 days after you stop eating wheat, dairy, and sugar.  The bonus is following the 3 week autoimmune protocol your body will adjust to the new way of eating and you should feel better than you have in a long time

3.       Key Nutrients

v  Vitamin D3: A primary reason why vitamin D of healing the intestinal permeability is that is supervises the function of the tight junctions, the spaces between the cells in your gut that could allow large, undigested molecules to pass into the bloodstream.  Testing for Vitamin D levels is critical.  You can request 25 Hydroxy Vitamin D levels from your physician or order it from Direct Labs at

v  Glutamine: Glutamine is an amino acid that is known to shield damaged intestines.  Glutamine turns on a number of genes allowing the gut to heal.  There is glutamine in homemade bone broth or purchase Kettle and Fire bone broth.

You can drink ½ -1 cup of bone broth daily.  ***If you have a history of yeast infections, you need to monitor the amount of glutamine it may increase yeast.

v  Fish oil:  Omega 3 supplements, due to their ability to reduce inflammation, can turn on the gene for anti-inflammation in the gut and turn off other inflammatory genes.  They are known to reduce cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure and enhance brain function. 

v  Probiotics:  Probiotics support the microbiome which impact many functions of the body including, conversion of T4 to T3 thyroid hormones, direct the production of brain hormones, reduce cardiovascular risk factors, including body mass index, waist circumference, blood pressure, and triglyceride levels.  Probiotics from whole fermented foods are a great addition to a quality probiotic supplement.

v  Zinc Carnosine:  Zinc carnosine has long been identified to have healing properties that heal the GI tract. It has been used to treat ulcers in the stomach and healing the small intestines damage.

*** Terry Wahls MD has written a wonderful book (The Walhs Protocol) after her experience with debilitating multiple sclerosis, which is an autoimmune disease, that left her in a wheel chair.  Dr. Mark Hyman stated “For anyone suffering from autoimmune or other chronic health problems, this book will be life-changing. 


Maurine is happy to provide her opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.

As always, contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.

Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass-fed meat e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-269-476-8883

Store News:

v  Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

v  Local Delivery to shut-ins available

v  Maurine’s availability is limited, please call if you are interested in seeing her.

v  Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.

v  Free Muscle Testing

v  Ionic Food Bath available by appointment only; 1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

Home Remedies: Cough Remedy

Place ¼ cup for dried hyssop ¼ cup dried mullein in a pint jar; cover completely with vodka.  Let the herbs steep in a sunny window for 2 weeks.  Strain using an unbleached coffee filter.  For coughs, put 10 drops of this tincture in ½ cups of water and drink.

You can drink this remedy up to 3 times a day. This tincture is helpful for soothing and relaxing the lungs and bronchial tubes.  It helps ease persistent coughing fits associated with viral infections.

Words to Live By:  Excellence is doing the best you can with what you have.  Pastor Adam from Elevate Church.

Healthy Recipe:  Chicken Bone Broth from Dr. Jockers

1 organic whole chicken or 2-3 carcasses                                                                       1-inch ginger root, finely chopped

8 cups of filtered water                                                                                                        3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s)                                                                      ½ onion, chopped

4-6 stalks of celery, chopped                                                                                           ½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

                                                                                                                                              1 tablespoon fresh parsley

Place chicken in pot with water and Bragg’s vinegar and let sit for 1 hour.  Add remaining ingredient, except parsley.  Cook in a crockpot on low for 8-10 hours.  Add parsley for the last hour.  Meat should fall away from the bone.  I remove the chicken and use in other recipes.  You can store any excess broth in wide mouth quart jars in the freezer for several months,


Maurine Sharp-Schaffer Natural Nurse

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161


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