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."



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.


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.




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