Winter 2021

Health Matters II is finally ready.  My spring session is full: taking names and numbers for the waiting list calling the store or 724-344-7028.

Store Update: We have changed our store hours-Open Monday thru Friday 9:30-4:30; Saturday 9:00-2:30.   We are following the “physical distancing” procedure, we continue to offer curb side delivery and limited home deliveries.  Please call 240-2786.

Chantelle is coordinating the Bridge Card/Double Up Food Bucks program at the Monroe Farmer’s Market again this year. 

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

Gift Certificates Available for Purchase

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-Mini food sensitivity $15.00; ½ hour $30.00;

 1 hour $50.00-Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath: 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 6, Feb 3, March 3, by noon; Pickup Jan 8, Feb 5, March 5,

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

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

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

Limited number of students. On hold until further notice.

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

On hold until further notice.

Winter Herbal Class at Health Matters-February 10 from 5:30-6:30

To Sign Up Call the Store 734-240-2786

 

Healthy Happenings: Stand Up for Health Freedom/Surviving COVID

“HOPE is the only thing stronger than FEAR”

 

Happy New Year!  We are still dealing with COVID, and may be dealing with it for a few more months.  I am writing today as a citizen of the USA, and I am very concerned about the confusion regarding transmission and the new vaccine.  As a citizen, I believe we all have the right to decide for ourselves and our families.  At this time, I feel we are all being pressured to accept an unproven and untested vaccine. However, I believe we should have the right to choose whether we get the injection.  I want everyone to have that choice whether they decide to get it or not, and not be discriminated against if we choose not to get it.  For this reason, I joined two non-profit organizations this year. First, I joined the Children’s Health Defense Fund, which was started by Robert Kennedy Jr. These men have lost family support because they are fighting for our children at this divisive time. I was so disappointed this year when the Weston A Price Foundation had to cancel the annual conference featuring Robert Kennedy Jr. and Del Bigtree.  Our children’s health was one of the motivating factors that led me to open this store over 16 years ago, and is still my number one passion today. 

The second non-profit organization I joined is nationalhealthfreedom.org.  Their mission is “To promote access to all health care information, services, treatments, and products that the people deem beneficial for their own health and survival; to promote an understanding of the laws and factors impacting the right to access: and to promote the health of the people of this nation.”  That is a big job.  I believe we need to stand up now and support ourselves and all citizens of this nation.  The choice is yours.  God Bless.

 

Symptoms of COVID:

1.     Some people have only the loss of taste and smell.

2.     Others experience Fever, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, diarrhea, congestion, and/or nausea or vomiting. 

3.     It is so difficult to know whether you have COVID, a cold, sinus infection, influenza or stomach flu. 

Supplements:

1.     Vitamin C- I prefer Ascorbyl Palmitate

2.     Vitamin D3

3.     Medicinal Mushrooms-I use RealMushrooms in powder form because it is a whole food item.

4.     Turmeric because it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting agent.

5.     Zinc-I prefer the chelated forms of zinc, which absorbs better.  *** do not exceed 70 mg daily because excessive zinc depresses the immune system.

6.     Probiotics

Herbal Remedies:

1.     Elderberry-We have made up kits so you can easily make your own Elderberry syrup.

2.     Nasal washes that include xylitol with essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, and thyme have been shown to block viruses and bacteria from entering through the nasal passages.

3.     Garlic-is a potent anti-viral and antibacterial herb.  To get the most Allicin which is the active constituent,

I cut a garlic clove into small pieces. Let sit for at least 10 minutes, then swallow with water.

4.     Berberine, which is the active ingredient in Goldenseal, has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Dealing with Stress: **Stress alone decreases the immune system**

1.     Meditation -even 5 minutes per day has been shown to be helpful

2.     Yoga or Tai Chi

3.     Exercise

4.     Hot bath with relaxing essential oils

5.     Turning off the news

6.     For me, praying daily is essential.

 

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:

  • Local Delivery to shut-ins available

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

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

  • Free Muscle Testing

  • Ionic Foot Bath available by appointment only; 1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

  • Lending Library featuring health and wellness summits and books (contact Maurine for a list of summits)

 

Words to Live By: “What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” 

Henry David Thoreau

 

 Recipe: Broccoli Casserole

 

2 pounds broccoli florets                                                                   1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

¼ cup unsalted butter                                                                       2 cups milk (I use natural milk)

¼ cup flour (I use spelt flour)                                                             3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded & divided

½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt                                                                 1 cup panko bread crumbs

½ teaspoon black pepper                                                                   2 tsp melted butter

½ teaspoon onion powder

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Blanch broccoli by putting into a pot of boiling water for 1-2 minutes until bright green. Place broccoli into a bowl filled with ice water. 

In a sauce pan melt butter over medium heat, Whisk in flour, salt, black pepper, onion, and garlic powder.  Allow to cook 203 minutes while whisking.  Whisk in milk, continue to cook over medium/low heat until thickened.

Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of the cheddar cheese until melted. Mix broccoli with the cheese sauce.  Pour into a prepared casserole baking dish. 

Top broccoli with remaining 1 cup of cheese. 

In a small bowl combine panko bread crumbs with melted butter.  Stir to combine.  Then sprinkle over top of casserole

Bake for 20 minutes, until heated through and bread crumbs are a golden brown.   Serve warm

 

 

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

734-240-2786 http://www.monroehealthmatters.com/

Store Hours: Monday –Friday 9:30-4:30; Saturday 9:30-2:30 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Spring 2021

Health Matters is celebrating our 17th anniversary on April 13th.  We are planning to celebrate with a week-long giveaway starting April 12th.  We will be giving a 10% discount that week and a drawing for two $25.00 gift certificates on Saturday April 17th.  We are so grateful for the support of the community and our loyal customers.

We will be advertising on Facebook; look for special promotions.

Exciting news for our community, Pastor Boone and Oaks of Righteousness church has opened

The Village Market 1104 E Fourth St.  I plan to support their efforts in any way possible.

Health Matters & The Monroe Farmers Market has provided foods for customers using the Bridge Card, now customers can access fresh food daily in their neighborhood and also support a local business.

Tonia will be coordinating the Bridge Card/Double Up Food Bucks program at the Monroe Farmer’s Market this year. 

If all goes well, the market should be accepting bridge cards in May.

  Monroe Farmer’s Market open year-round, from 7 Am-12 Noon for more information check out the website:

https://www.facebook.com/farmersmarketmonroemi/

Gift Certificates Available for Purchase

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-Mini food sensitivity $15.00; ½ hour $30.00;

 1 hour $50.00-Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath: 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 6, Feb 3, March 3, by noon; Pickup Jan 8, Feb 5, March 5,

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

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

Limited number of students. On hold until further notice.

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

On hold until further notice.

Spring Herbal Class-June 3rd from 5:30-6:30; Location to be determined

Class Full 

Healthy Happenings: Spring and Summer Allergies

I hope and pray all of you are thriving in this difficult time.  I see things seem to be moving in the right direction and hopefully we can return to our lives.  I miss people and community most of all. Did you know that approximately 25 million people in the USA have hay fever?  I lived an allergy-free life until I reached my 40’s…you can develop pollen allergies at any age! The symptoms include itchy watery eyes, clear nasal drainage and sneezing. These in turn can cause sleeping problems, fatigue, and poor concentration.  Luckily, there are many natural remedies to combat these symptoms.

  • Dietary Guidelines:

  1. Drink plenty of pure clean water to thin secretions.

  2. Eliminate dairy foods because they can thicken mucus and stimulate and increase in mucus production.

  3. Many people with respiratory allergies are allergic to certain foods like eggs, chocolate, nuts, sea food and citrus fruits and juices.You can eliminate one item at a time for a few weeks and monitor your symptoms.

 

Anti-allergy Foods:

1.     Ginger

2.     Bee Pollen

3.     Turmeric

4.     Tomatoes

5.     Salmon and other oily fish

6.     Onions

 

Supplements:

1.     Vitamin C- I prefer fat soluble Ascorbyl Palmitate or liposomal vitamin C.  You can take one or two capsules instead of

4-6 ascorbic acid tablets.

2.     Magnesium can help to relax an overreactive nervous system.

3.     Essential fatty acids found in borage, evening primrose, and flax seeds help to regulate the inflammatory responses. 

4.     B-complex vitamins help to support adrenal function and strengthen the immune system.

5.     Pantothenic acid is exceptional for resolving the acute symptoms of a respiratory allergic reaction.

6.     Probiotics can mitigate the immune system’s response to pollen.

7.     Quercetin is a potent natural antihistamine. It is often sold with bromelain to reduce swelling, redness and itching.

Herbal Remedies:

1.     Stinging Nettle Root is very helpful for drying out the sinuses.  It can be highly effective for chronic allergies.

2.     Saline Nasal spray used 2 times a day can wash away pollen (I prefer the AYR brand) I reuse the bottles and refill with 1 cup of filtered water, 1/3 teaspoon Celtic sea salt and a pinch of baking soda. 

3.     Local raw honey contains pollen from our area are used for allergies and coughs. Experts say it is safe up to 1 tablespoon daily.  If using for allergies it can take a few weeks to a month.  Remember that honey is not safe for infants under 1 year. 

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:

  • Bridge Cards accepted at the store.
  • Local Delivery to shut-ins available
  • Maurine’s availability is limited, please call if you are interested in seeing her.
  • Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off entire order.
  • Free Muscle Testing
  • Ionic Foot Bath available by appointment only; 1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00
  • Lending Library featuring health and wellness summits and books (contact Maurine for a list of summits)

 

Words to Live By: “The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others” St. John Crysostom - Remember bees are becoming endangered due to our continued use of toxic chemicals, one of them is Roundup that is banned in many other countries.

 Recipe: Spaghetti Pie

5-6 oz spaghetti                                                                              1/4 teaspoon green or red pepper

2 Tbs butter                                                                                    1 cup diced tomatoes with juice

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese                                                          6 oz tomato paste

1 cup whole fat cottage cheese (I use Daisy)                                         1 teaspoon xylitol or sugar

2 teaspoons melted butter                                                                  1 teaspoon oregano

1 pound ground beef or turkey                                                           ½ teaspoon garlic salt

½ cup chopped onion                                                                       ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cook spaghetti as directed.  Drain and return to pan and stir in butter.  Stir in Parmesan cheese and eggs.

Form spaghetti mixture into 10-inch pie plate.  Spread cottage cheese over bottom of spaghetti.

 In skillet cook beef or turkey, onion, and pepper, until vegetables are tender and meat is browned.  Drain off excess fat.  Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, xylitol, oregano, and garlic salt, heat through. 

Turn meat mixture into spaghetti crust.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.   Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Bake 5 minutes until cheese is melted.  Serve warm.

Contact Health Matters Herbs and More

Store Phone Number: 734-240-2786

Store Hours: Monday –Friday 9:30-4:30; Saturday 9:30-2:30 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Fall 2020

Health Matters II is finally ready.  I have started my first Homeopathic Study Group in September.You may sign up for my spring session by calling the store or 734-344-7028.

Store Update: We have changed our store hours-Open Monday thru Friday 9:30-4:30; Saturday 9:30-2:00.   We are following the “physical distancing” procedure, we continue to offer curb side delivery and limited home deliveries.  Please call 240-2786.

Chantelle is coordinating the Bridge Card/Double Up Food Bucks program at the Monroe Farmer’s Market again this year. 

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

Gift Certificates Available for Purchase

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-Mini food sensitivity $15.00; ½ hour $30.00;

 1 hour $50.00-Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath: 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 Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 9, by noon; Pickup Oct 16, Oct 30, Nov 27,

Dec 11, from 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

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

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

Limited number of students.

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

On hold until further notice.

 

Healthy Happenings: Insulin Resistance and Heart Disease from Dr. Steven Sinatra

I am continuing the theme about the dangers of excess sugar intake.  Last month we learned that there are wonderful alternatives to limit our intake of processed sugar.  However, simple carbohydrates from baked goods, cereals, soda, and candy contributes to insulin resistance.  What is insulin resistance? Insulin resistance occurs when excess glucose in the blood reduces the ability of the cells to absorb and use blood sugar for energy.  This increases the risk of developing prediabetes, and eventually, type 2 diabetes.  And as I just learned insulin resistance tracks and predicts heart disease better than any other variable yet studied.

What do fat and inflammation have to do with insulin?  Well, since the endocrine glands create an inflammatory response to excessive intake of sugar.  Inflammation is one of the major causes of heart disease.  The pancreas works hard to pump out enough insulin to keep up with the sugar influx.  The blood sugar will remain in the normal range for a while, eventually, insulin will not be able to keep blood sugar in the “normal” range.  When this happens insulin and sugar levels are high, and you are on the road to full blown diabetes. Insulin resistance syndrome is “pre-diabetes."

 

Testing:

1.     Calculate the ratio between your triglycerides and your HDL (good cholesterol).  Divide triglycerides by HDL level.  A ratio of 2 (or less) is superb and show a low likelihood for insulin resistance and little risk for a heart attack.  A ratio of 5 means it is time to pay attention to your diet.

2.     Order an inexpensive lab test-(I use directlabs.com-called fasting insulin).  Take the results, together with fasting blood sugar, and plug those two numbers into a HOMA-2 calculator, available online. It is available at www.thebloodcode.com/homa-ir-calculator.

Remedies:

When insulin resistance is identified early you can reverse the heart disease risk by consuming a low-carb, high fat diet, which can (and usually does) reverse insulin resistance. Consider using Dr. Sinatra’s new book, Living Low Carb.  In the past physicians have only recommended reducing LDL cholesterol levels.  Emerging evidence is showing that insulin resistance shows up well in advance of other markers for heart disease, high blood sugar, Hbg A1c, triglycerides, and other lipid markers. 

           

 Heart healthy nutrition:

1.     Amla powder (we carry in our bulk section) is a rich source of vitamin C.  I learned from Dr. Gabe Mirkin many years ago that animals can create their own vitamin C, so they do not have heart attacks.

2.     Blueberries-eating one cup of blueberries a day and lower risk factors for heart disease by 15%.

3.     Garlic-consuming one clove of garlic daily can improve the microcirculatory system.

4.     Chili Peppers:  People who eat more chili peppers on a regular basis have seen the risk of dying from a heart attack slashed about 40%.  A bonus finding from the Italian study found a nearly 50 % lower risk of strokes.

 

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:

  • Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

  • Local Delivery to shut-ins available

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

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

  • Free Muscle Testing

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

 

Words to Live By: “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”  Bruce Lee

 

 Recipe: Slow Cooker Ribs by Matt Robinson

 

3-4 pounds spareribs                                                                    ¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon organic brown sugar                                                 ¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

2 tablespoons sucunat (whole cane sugar)                                      ¾ teaspoon black pepper

1 ½ tablespoons paprika or smoke paprika                                     ½ bottle of barbeque sauce

 

Combine sugars and spices in a small bowl.  Rub mixture all over ribs.

Place standing up on sides of slow cooker, with meaty side facing the walls of the pot.

Pour ¼ of a bottle of barbeque sauce over ribs.

Turn slow cooker on LOW and cook at least 6 hours.

When cooked brush remaining sauce over the ribs, transfer to oven to broil for 2-3 minutes.

                                                                                                   

 

 

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

734-240-2786 http://www.monroehealthmatters.com/

Store Hours: Monday –Friday 9:30-4:30; Saturday 9:30-2:00 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Summer 2020

Store Update: We have changed our store hours-Open Monday thru Friday 10:00-4:30; Saturday 10:00-2:00. We are following the “physical distancing” procedure, we continue to offer curb side delivery and limited home deliveries. Please call 240-2786.
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, but due to unforeseeable technical issues she is anticipating a start date in mid-late July .

Monroe Farmer’s Market open year round 7 Am-12 Noon; For more information check out the web site:  at www.monroemifarmersmarket.com or on their Facebook Page

-Gift Certificates Available for Purchase-

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-Mini food sensitivity $15.00; 1⁄2 hour $30.00; 1 hour $50.00-Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment
Ionic Foot Bath: 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 July 22, August 19, Sept 16, by noon; Pickup July 24, August 21, Sept 18 from 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

First Friday Downtown Monroe Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday
Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM
Anticipates starting again July 11th. We have all missed her wonderful classes.
Shannon can be found on YouTube at Shannon McElvany.
Yoga with Chantelle- Monday & Tuesday- Calendar available at the Store On hold until further notice.

Healthy Happenings: Understanding Natural and Substitutes Sweeteners

I am so sad we are still in the midst of this pandemic. I thought I would talk about taking care of your immune system using whole foods and suggestions for limiting our sugar intake. As I have mentioned before, when we consume a high simple carbohydrate and simple sugar diet, limits our ability to fight off infections either viral or bacterial. In a study in 1973, they found that consuming 100 grams of sugar (about as much sugar that is in a 1-liter soda) the immune system is 40% less effective at killing germs. This amount can cripple your immune system for up to 5 hours. I found it much easier to strictly limit my sugar intake by replacing foods that I enjoyed with recipes that use natural sweeteners (listed below). One issue I had was taking in too much Xylitol in one day that resulted in loose stools. I am including a sample recipe for a new cookie that minimizes eliminated refined sugar. I also limit packaged food which contain sugar because most companies use beet or corn sugar or syrup, both of which are genetically modified (GMO).

The reason sugar and corn syrup are detrimental to our health is that they have been processed to remove all of the beneficial elements (vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc.). When we use natural sugars, our bodies can absorb the vital nutrients and our blood sugar does not spike.

  1. Natural Sweeteners:
  • ❖ Raw honey has anti- inflammatory Raw honey may control our weight, is used to combat pollen allergies, is a natural energy source, is a powerful anti-oxidant, may help you sleep, can be effective for wound healing, can reduce the risk of diabetes, and can be as effective as over-the-counter cough syrups. *** honey should not be consumed until over the age of one***
  • ❖ Pure maple syrup is another unrefined natural sweetener. Contains antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, has a low glycemic index, may help fight inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, may protect against cancer, helps protect skin health, and may enhance antibiotic effects.
  • ❖ Sucunat, also known as whole cane sugar, is unrefined sugar and the body utilizes it much slower than white sugar. The benefits include high vitamin and mineral content. I use a small amount of this sweetener when a recipe calls for brown sugar.
  • ❖Molasses is highly nutritious, rich in copper, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, selenium and vitamin B6.
  1. Natural Sugar Substitutes:
  • ❖  Xylitol (sugar alcohol) from birch bark (my preference) can be used 1:1 in baking. **It is toxic to dogs.
  • ❖  Stevia is an annual plant that is about 300 times sweeter than sugar. Some studies have shown that stevia lowers insulin and glucose levels and may normalize cholesterol. I use stevia in puddings and liquids.
  • ❖ Erythritol (sugar alcohol) it is made commercially by fermenting glucose from corn, so be careful to get it from an organic or non-GMO source. Erythritol can be used in baking, they recommend using 1 1/3 cup of erythritol for each cup of sugar. Many companies now add other sweeteners, like monk fruit or stevia to reduce possibility of digestive distress.
  • ❖ Monk fruit is the new product out there. It is produced from the lo han guo plant where they crush the fruit to extract its sweet compounds. It is heat-stable and can be used in cooking and baking. The amount depends on the product you are using. It is usually combined with stevia or erythritol.
  1. Questionable Natural Sugar Substitutes:
  • ❖  Agave nectar may be worse for your health than plain sugar. Agave syrup is high in fructose which is similar to the effect of high fructose corn syrup on the body.
  • ❖  Coconut sugar contains high amount of sucrose like table sugar. It contains more vitamins and mineral.
  • ❖  Brown rice syrup contains three sugars, maltotriose, maltose and glucose. Brown rice syrup acts like 100% glucose in your body.

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:

Bridge Cards accepted at the store.
Local Delivery to shut-ins available
Maurine’s availability is limited, please call if you are interested in seeing her. Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.

Free Muscle Testing
Ionic Food Bath available by appointment only; 1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

 

Words to Live By: During this challenging time, I find these words so true: “All things are parts of one single system, which is called Nature: the individual life is good when it is in harmony with Nature.”

 

Healthy Recipe: Garden Medley from Renaissance Acres Organic Herb Farm Cook Book

1/8 tsp Celtic sea salt

1⁄4 cup butter
2 cups cauliflower, chopped
1⁄4 cup onion, chopped
2 cups zucchini, sliced
1⁄2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
In a large skillet, melt butter. Add cauliflower and onion, sauté 2-3 minutes. Add zucchini: cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes, salt and thyme, cook 1 to 2 minutes until thoroughly heated. Spoon into serving dish; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serves 4.

 

Healthier Cookie Recipe: Low Sugar Barley Protein Peanut Butter Cookies

1⁄4 cup sucunat (whole cane sugar) 1⁄4 cup Xylitol

3⁄4 cup spelt or barley flour 2 Tbs protein powder
2 Tbs ground flax
1⁄2 tsp baking powder

1⁄2 tsp baking soda
1⁄4 tsp Celtic sea salt
1⁄2 cup butter, softened
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, blend together flour, flax, protein powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, xylitol, and sucunat for 2 minutes until light and creamy.
Add eggs, peanut butter and vanilla, mix until well blended. Add flour mixture stir until well blended.
Stir in barley flakes, then fold in chocolate chips.
Drop by tablespoons on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake 11-12 minutes, rotating pan one time, until browning on the edges. The middle of the cookies will be soft.
Store in refrigerator or freezer for freshness.

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161
734-240-2786 http://www.monroehealthmatters.com/
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Spring 2020


During this lockdown our 16th anniversary (April 13) came and went. So, we will have a celebration as soon as possible. Please be careful and Stay Strong & Healthy!!!


Store Update: During the lockdown for Coronavirus we are open for business with modified store hours-Open Monday thru Friday 10:00-4:00; Saturday 10:00-2:00. We are following the “social distancing” procedure by letting only one customer in at time, we are also doing curb side delivery and limited home deliveries. Please call 240-2786.


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 is temporarily on hold due to the pandemic.
Monroe Farmer’s Market open year round 7 Am-12 Noon

For more information check out the website www.monroemimarmersmarket.com or Facebook at www.monroemifarmersmarket.com



Gift Certificates Available for Purchase



Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-
Mini food sensitivity $15.00; ½ hour $30.00;
1 hour $50.00-
Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath: Available by appointment-1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00
With purchase of 5-foot baths get the next one free. On hold until further notice.

Family Farms Co-op: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Orders due via email April 1, April 29, May 27, by noon; Pickup April 3, May 1, May 29
from 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate


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

Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM
On hold until further notice. Shannon can be found on YouTube at Shannon McElvany.

Yoga with Chantelle- Monday & Tuesday- Calendar available at the Store     On hold until further notice.

Healthy Happenings: Immunity in the time of Coronavirus
If you are like me you are very concerned about the situation we are faced with right now. We have heard that the most affected individuals have one or more other health challenges. There is not time better time to boost up your own body’s defenses.

I like to start with lifestyle modification and then add immune stimulating supplements. Our situation right now is that many of the supplements that are great for the immune system have been and are still out of stock. We are doing the best we can to carry quality immune supplements. Some of the vitamins and minerals can be found in organic fruits, vegetables and fermented foods.

Know that our thoughts and prayers go out you and your family. We can thrive even as we face the unknown and come out the other end much healthier.

1. Lifestyle Modifications:
 Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
 Stay well hydrated, drink filtered, spring water, herbal teas, coconut water and bone broth.
 Spend as much time as possible in nature.
 Eat a lot of colorful fruits and vegetables daily.
 Avoid simple sugars and processed grain products.
 Get moderate amount of exercise daily.
 Get an adequate amount of sleep. The right amount of sleep increases the number of white blood cells.
 Minimize stress. I know that sounds like a daunting task right now, but we now understand that excessive stress weakens the immune system.

2. Immune-boosting supplements:
 Olive Leaf Extract has been studied for its antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
 Wormwood also knows Artemisia a German study revealed that wormwood has antimicrobial activities against the common viruses, including Epstein-Barr. It also helps; balance the gut microbiome.
 Medicinal mushrooms like chaga, shiitake, turkey tail, reishi, maitake, lion’s mane, and cordyceps all boost the immune system. We have combination products and organic powdered mushrooms.
 Vitamin C: Daily consumption of vitamin C is necessary to keep the immune system working well. I prefer Ascorbyl Palmitate which is a fat-soluble vitamin or buffered C.
 Vitamin D: Adequate amounts of vitamin D in the system has been shown to improve the immune system.
 Elderberry syrup can be taken daily to fight infections
 Probiotics: Quality probiotics support the microbiome in the intestines. At least 70% of our immune systems in located in the intestines. Probiotics from whole fermented foods are a great addition to a quality probiotic supplement.

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:
 Bridge Cards accepted at the store.
 Local Delivery to shut-ins available
 Maurine’s availability is limited, please call if you are interested in seeing her.
 Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.
 Free Muscle Testing
 Ionic Food Bath available by appointment only; 1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

Home Remedies: Sanitizing spray: We have been making our own spray with essential oils because of the shortages.


1 cup of rubbing alcohol or vodka
15 drops of rosemary oil 15 drops eucalyptus oil
25 drops of orange oil 15 drops of lavender /tea tree oil
Mix together in a glass jar and put into a spray bottle.

 

Words to Live By: In the book of Ephesians Paul lists the fruits of the Spirit in detail: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23) We need to keep these traits in mind while we navigate our new reality.

Healthy Recipe: Low Sugar Cheese Cake Cookies
1/3 cup Sucunat (whole cane sugar) 8 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup roasted or crispy walnuts, chopped ¼ cup Xylitol
¾ cup sprouted or whole spelt flour 1 large egg
¼ cup ground flax 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together sucunat, walnuts, and flour. Mix in butter until crumbly.
Reserve ¾ cup of the crumbs. Place remainder in an 8-inch square baking pan and press down firmly. Bake 13-15 minutes until set. Cool.
Beat cream cheese and xylitol in a small bowl, until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Pour on baked crust. Top with reserved crumbs. Bake 25 minutes or until set. Chill before serving.

Maurine Sharp-Schaffer Natural Nurse
Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161
734-240-2786 http://www.monroehealthmatters.com/

Store Hours: Monday –Friday 10:00-5:30; Saturday 10:00-2:00 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.