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/
Store Hours: Monday –Friday 10:00-4:30; Saturday 10:00-2:00 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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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.

 

Health Matters is a small Healthy Food Store with many unique health related items. 

Products:

Bulk Spices, Celtic Sea Salt and Healing Herbs
Natural Sweeteners: Stevia, Rapadura, Natural Cane Sugar
Fair Trade Coffee, Loose Teas, Chocolate
Natural Beverages: Milk Replacements, Kombucha Tea, Juice
Gluten-Free Foods
Bulk Flours, Whole Grains, Raw Nuts and Rice
Michigan Made Jams, Snacks, and Juices
Vitamins and Herbal Supplements
Homeopathic Remedies
Ear Candles
Essential Oils
Natural, Non-Toxic Cleaning Products
Natural Soap, Lotion, Skin and Hair Care Products
Baby and Mom Items

 

5% Discount on Retail Purchases
Every Wednesday
Bridge Cards Welcome
Handicap Accessible
$5.00 Delivery Service to Local Area
Sustainable Business Practices

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