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April 2014

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April 2104

You are all invited to celebrate our 10th anniversary

April 7-12-Free drawing and specials all week.

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Monroe Happenings:

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

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

Orders due April 9 at noon; Pickup April 11 Southgate 2:30-3:30

Earth Expo 2014 Saturday April 5 10-2 at MBT Expo Center-Monroe Fair Grounds

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

For our south county customers:  Shannon McElvany is planning to open Namaste Yoga Center in Lambertville in a few months-I will keep you posted.

St. Mary Organic Farm:  A few plots are remaining for 2014 season.  Contact Sharon McNeil This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Goetz Family Farm CSA: new this year with weekly delivery to Erie Bread Company and many more delivery sites- Open House May 4th 2-4

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


I would like to thank all of my loyal customers for making Health Matters Herbs & More survive and thrive.  We strive to bring you the highest quality foods and supplements available.  I so appreciate the suggestions I get from customers and my wonderful staff I learn something new almost daily.

Healthy Happenings:
 GERD (Gastro-esophageal reflux disease)

I have been having difficulty with my own digestive system for the last month.  I found out I am sensitive to black beans (of all things) and wheat products.  I eliminated them from my diet and started one teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar twice a day along with my digestive enzymes.  Thing have improved but many customers have come in lately and so many are sensitive to wheat, oats, rice etc. Rosa and I have tested many customers using applied kinesiology (muscle testing) and they have found many of their symptoms disappear when the foods are eliminated.  I realize how difficult giving up our comfort foods can be for all of us.  I have alternatives to help, it is not as easy as going gluten free because when we substitute gluten free (mostly rice products) we are still not nourishing our bodies.  My diet consists mainly of grass fed meats and poultry, free range local eggs, homemade yogurt using grass fed natural milk, vegetables, fresh fruits, seeds and raw or crispy nuts.  This nutritionally dense diet nourishes my body and I am not hungry and do not miss (most of the time) sugary carbohydrates.  

Understanding GERD-like symptoms from Gut Solutions Brenda Watson, ND

v  Difficulty swallowing solid foods

v  A burning sensation or feeling of pressure as food travels down the esophagus.

v  Persistant heartburn

v  Vomiting or choking

v  Blood in stools

v  Weight loss

v  Regurgitation that disturbs sleep

Signs and symptoms

v  Heartburn 70-85%

v  Regurgitation 60%

v  Angina-like chest pain 33%

v  Asthma 15-20%

v  Laryngitis

v  Chronic cough

v  Sleep disturbance

v  Loss of dental enamel

v  Vomiting and weight loss


v  If in pain, a juicing diet for 2 to 3 days to rest the stomach.

v  Eat small meals slowly.

v  Chew food to mush or liquid before swallowing.

v  Do not drink cold liquids with meals; have no more than ½ glass of room temperature water with meals.


v  Take digestive enzymes before and after meals.  This supplement should include : high potency protease amylase, and lipase, cellulase as well as papain.

v  Chew DGL (diglycyrrhizinated licorice) between meals.

v  Drink aloe vera juice or syrup between meals daily.

v  Take 5,000mg to 20,000mg of glutamine powder with N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG) and gamma oryzanol once to twice daily on an empty stomach. Available in Digest More by ReNew Life

v  Take a multivitamin/mineral twice a day.

v  Take antioxidant supplements (Vitamin C 500-3,000mg daily, Vitamin A 10,000 IU daily and zinc 30-60mg daily), selenium 200 mcg per day after meals. 

v  Take EFAs (essential fatty acids).  Fish oil (Omega 3) with borage oil (Omega 6) is good to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.  Absorption of the oils may be enhanced with the addition of lipase (a fat digesting enzyme).  Take three to six 1000mg capsules twice a day with food.

v  Take a probiotic (beneficial bacteria) supplement.  It should contain a minimum of 2 to 6 billion cultures.

*Many of my customers have success with slippery elm bark powder taken 2-3 times       a day, and raw apple cider vinegar 2-3 times daily.


v  Sleep on your left side to avoid heartburn.

v  Do not lie down for at least 3 or 4 hours after eating.

v  Elevate head of bed 4 to 8 inches when sleeping.

v  Make sure you have a good bowel elimination daily.

v  Exercise daily (at the least, take a walk).


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

*     Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

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

*     Free Muscle Testing


Save the Earth Tip:

Salad savvy  If you’re making a salad with hard-boiled eggs, keep the cold water from rinsing the salad leaves to plunge the cooked eggs into to cool them down—and don’t forget to keep the nutrient-rich water that you boiled to eggs in for feeding your houseplants or the garden.


Words to Live By:  When you create your own destiny you prevent others from doing it for you.


Recipe of the Month: 

Spaghetti Pie

6 ounces of whole grain spaghetti (spelt or quinoa)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil                             6 ounces tomato paste

½ cup parmesan cheese                                               1 teaspoon sugar or xylitol

2 free range eggs                                                         1 teaspoon oregano

1 cup cottage cheese                                       ½ teaspoon garlic salt

1 pound ground beef or turkey                                   ½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated

½ cup chopped onion

¼ cup chopped green or red pepper

1 cup diced tomatoes


1.      Cook spaghetti according to directions, drain.

2.      Stir olive oil, parmesan cheese and eggs into warm spaghetti.

3.      Form spaghetti mixture into “crust” in a buttered 10 inch pie plate.

4.      Spread cottage cheese over bottom of the spaghetti “crust”.

5.      In a large skillet; sauté ground meat, onions, and pepper until browned.

6.      Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, oregano, and garlic salt, heat through.

7.      Turn meat mixture into spaghetti “crust”.

8.      Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

9.      Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

10.  Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese melts.



Maurine Natural Nurse

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



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