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February 2014

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Monroe Happenings:

Health Matters monthly sale!!!!

10% off select supplements for Heart Health

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

Orders due February 12 at noon; Pickup February 14 Southgate 2:30-3:30

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

Join me for Quartermania a fundraiser for Kiwanis Aktion Club on February 18:t Monroe Bank and Trust Doors open at 5:30

Namaste Day Monroe County Community College Feb 1-10 AM -12 Noon

Cathy will be there with healthy snacks

Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for winter and spring classes through Monroe Community Education 734-265-4950

Family Guide to Homeopathy: February 10 6:30-7:30

Homemade Herbal #1: February 17 6:30-7:30

Homemade Herbal #2: February 24 6:30-7:30


New at Health Matters Kalona Super Natural organic whole non-homogenized grass fed milk. Rosa’s favorite!


Health Matters Calendar e-mailed upon request or pick up copy at the store


Healthy Happenings:
Healthy Heart

We all know heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women but did you know that we can minimize the risk by a few simple life style changes. One of the most surprising statistics is the heart disease is evident is younger and younger people. For the longest time I believed the medical establishment that blamed the majority of heart problems on cholesterol. From what I have learned I believe we need a healthy cholesterol level of 180-220 because our brains require cholesterol to function properly. When pharmaceutical companies press medical professionals to lower the levels this may result in higher incidences of dementia, Parkinson disease as well as the muscle problems. I now know there are so many other factors involved but most health care professionals just prescribe statin drugs to as many people as possible. There are several natural alternatives deal with health issues related to the heart. First you might ask your physician to order additional lab test, not just cholesterol levels.

Lab Tests:

  1. C-Reactive Protein (CRP) measures the level of protein your liver produces in response to injury or infections. Elevated CRP indicates inflammation in the body.

  • * Low risk (less than 1.0 milligrams per liter, or mg/L)

  • * Average risk (1.0 to 3.0 mg/L)

  • * High risk (above 3.0 mg/L)

  1. Fibrinogen is a protein in your blood that helps blood clot. But too much fibrinogen can cause a clot to form in an artery, leading to a heart attack or stroke. Having too much fibrinogen may also mean that you have atherosclerosis. It may also worsen existing injury to artery walls. Smoking, inactivity, drinking too much alcohol and taking supplemental estrogen — whether from birth control pills or hormone therapy — may increase your fibrinogen level.

  • * A normal fibrinogen level is considered to be between 200 and 400 mg/L

  1. Homocysteine is a substance your body uses to make protein and to build and maintain tissue. But too much homocysteine may increase your risk of stroke, certain types of heart disease, and disease of the blood vessels of the arms, legs and feet (peripheral artery disease). Your homocysteine level may drop if you get plenty of folate (folic acid) and B vitamins in your diet through foods such as green, leafy vegetables and fortified grain products or through supplements.

  • * A normal homocysteine level is between 4.4 and 10.8 micromoles per liter (µmol/L).

  1. Lipoprotein (a)Lipoprotein (a), or Lp(a), is a type of LDL cholesterol. Your Lp(a) level is determined by your genes and isn't generally affected by lifestyle. High levels of Lp(a) may be a sign of increased risk of heart disease, though it's not clear how much risk. Your doctor might order an Lp(a) test if you already have atherosclerosis or heart disease but appear to have otherwise normal cholesterol levels.

Heart Healthy Foods:

  1. Eating fatty wild caught fish (sardines, salmon, mackerel and shrimp) at least 2 times per week provide the body with natural omega 3 fatty acids.

  2. High fiber foods like ground flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts, oats and oat bran, along with several servings of fruits and vegetables daily give the body natural vitamins as well as fiber.

  3. Unrefined sea salt (Celtic or Himalayan) added to filtered water daily may help regulate blood pressure.

  4. Raw or our crispy nuts can lower LDL cholesterol and may reduce the risk of blood clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes.

Heart Healthy Supplements:

  1. Cod liver oil and other fish oils are on the top of my list. Omega 3 oils helps maintain a healthy heartbeat, healthy blood vessels to support circulation, support artery wall elasticity, and helps to maintain healthy triglyceride levels.

* Dosages recommended by physicians 1,000-4,000 mg daily. Remember to add up the EPA and DHA levels to get a true measurement.

  1. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is used to reduce inflammation and improve cell integrity which may minimize irritation inside of the artery walls reducing plaque buildup. Most customers use Buffered C which is calcium ascorbate because most of vitamin c which is ascorbic acid that adds acidity to your system. I found out 90 % of ascorbic acid is from China.

  • * Dosage at least 1,000mg daily

  1. Magnesium can help with migraines, constipation, muscle cramps, heart palpitations, insomnia and high blood pressure. For better absorption many customers use chelated magnesium or magnesium glycinate.

  • * Dosage 200-400mg one to two times daily. Most customers take magnesium at night to help with insomnia and muscle cramps.

For more information: Reverse Heart Disease Now by Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra and Dr. James C. Roberts

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


Organic Fruits and Vegetables delivered every other week-

Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat or call 1-269-476-8883

Local Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies Small $4.50; Large $5.50

Store News:

  • * Local Delivery to shut-ins available

  • * United Natural Foods Special Orders: To Be Determined we are changing distributors

  • * Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

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

  • * Free Muscle Testing


Maurine is available for Natural Health & Nutritional

Consultations by appointment

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

Solid State Energy Work-Video available Initial consultation 1 ½ hour $100.00; weekly follow up consultation 15-30 minutes $25.00; for more information or to make appointment call Maurine @ 734-240-2786


Save the Earth Tip:

Pens and Pencils: Stock up on pens and markers that contain nontoxic ink, and crayons made from soybean oil (better than consuming) instead of more harmful chemicals. And look for pens and pencils made from recycled materials. Many attractive and effective writing implements are now made form plastic, newspaper, fabrics, and even money.

Words to Live By:

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Beecher Stowe


Recipe of the Month:

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad


4 medium sweet potatoes,                                                            Dressing

peeled and cubed                                                                      2 medium Jalapeno, seeded and

1 medium red onion, chopped                                                    roughly chopped

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil                                             1 clove garlic, minced

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained                                       Juice of 2 limes

1 medium red pepper, finely chopped                                        2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup chopped cilantro or parsley, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place sweet potatoes, onions, and 2 tablespoons olive oil on a baking sheet. Toss well. Bake, turning occasionally, until edges brown, 30-40 minutes.

Place jalapenos, garlic, lime juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a blender or food processor, and process until well blended.

Place warm sweet potato, onions, black beans, and bell peppers in a large bowl. Add dressing, Celtic sea salt, and pepper. Toss well. Top with cilantro or parsley if using. Serve a room temperature.


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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