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May 2014

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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

Food Stamp and Double Up Bucks program to start June 5th

At the Monroe Farmer’s Market

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

Orders due May 7 at noon; Pickup May 9 Southgate 2:30-3:30

Monroe Rotary’s Superhero 5K May 3 Loranger Square

Kids Mile 8:30am

5K  Race 9:00am

Goetz Farm CSA 8852 Goetz Rd. Riga Michigan Open House May 4 2pm-4pm

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

Great News for our south county customers:  Shannon McElvanywill have the GrandOpening of Namaste Yoga Center May 3rd and 4th 8177 Secor Rd. Lambertville Michigan Phone #419-944-9909.

Free Yoga May 3rd 11am Hot Vinyasa, 1pm Gentle Flow, 3pm Flow Yoga

May 4th 9am Flow Yoga, 11am Hot Vinyasa, 1pm Gentle Flow, 3pm Chair Yoga(limit 10)

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

Homemade Herbal #1: May 6 6:30-7:30

Homemade Herbal #2: May 13 6:30-7:30

Growing Healthy Kids: May 27 6:30-8:00


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


To increase our exposure in the community we have joined the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce

We have joined with many other Michigan businesses with a facebook presence on

When you go on their website you can view all sorts of businesses in all Michigan counties and download coupons.   We hope you can use this resource when you travel our great state of Michigan this summer.

Healthy Happenings:
 Women’s Health Month

As a women dealing with the effects of stress, menopause, and insomnia I can relate to many of the issues women bring into the store every day.  In addition to stubborn weight gain after 40 we are in trouble. I wish I had a magic wand and all of our issues would just disappear but no such magic wand exists, so what can we do to take back our lives?  Lorna Vanderhaeghe has given us a recipe, a healthy life in An A-Z Woman’s Guide to Vibrant Health available on her website  When we can incorporate a few simple changes we can improve our health and the health of our loved ones.    

Dietary Solutions:

*   Eat organic food, especially organic dairy.  I use for organic fruits and vegetables.  Our milk is local and promises not to have given their cows hormones or antibiotics.  The majority of organic milk (Horizon, Kroger, Costco, Meijer, etc) is ultra-pasteurized therefore lack the enzymes necessary for digestion.  Go to for more information .

*   Focus on a diet high on organic vegetables, especially those from the cruciferous family: broccoli, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts as they are high in cancer fighting Indole-3 carbinol.

*   Reduce your intake of sugar as it supresses the immune system.  Xylitol (from birch bark), stevia, and erythritol are natural substitutes.

*   Ensure that the fats you eat are those that are rich in essential fatty acids.  Fish, ground flax, chia seeds and hemp hearts fall into this category.


Lifestyle Solutions

*   Avoid nail polishes that contain formaldehyde or tolulene.  Look for those that are phthalate-free.  These xenoestrogens have been linked with reproductive disorders.  Avoid dark hair dyes.  Go blonde, or go natural.  Safe, toxin-free products are available. Herbatint is a great natural hair dye.

*   Use natural cosmetics that do not contain parabens which are used as a preservative (butylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and ethylparaben) that can be found in 90% of all cosmetic products.  They may accumulate in the body and have and effect on estrogen.

*   Avoid clothes that need to be dry-cleaned and use only unbleached sanitary products.  (NaturaCare or Seventh Generation feminine hygiene products)

*   Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes three times per week.


Nontoxic Cleaning Products many recipes can be found in Clean House Clean Planet  or just use your smart phone or computer to find fabulous recipes

Toxic cleaners pollute our water table.  They can kill wildlife when not disposed of properly.  Some even pose health risks to people and pets living in your own home, especially those who do the most cleaning and breathe in the most fumes. That is usually you ladies.

*   The Bad Guys- Ammonia, bleach, butyl celosolve, cresol, dye, ethanol, formaldehyde, glycols, hydrochloric acid, hydrofluoric acid, lye, naphthalene, PDCB’s, percholoroethylene, petroleum distillates, phenol, phosphoric acid, propellants, sulfuric acid and TCE.

*   The Good Guys-Baking soda, liquid soap, white distilled vinegar, lemon or lime juice, salt, essential oils, purified water.  Many of these we have in our kitchen today.

*   General cleaning solution even Rosa likes!

¼ cup rubbing alcohol

¼ cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon corn starch

2 cups purified water

3-4 drops of essential oil of your choice (I use sweet orange)

Mix together rubbing alcohol, vinegar and corn starch shaking well to disolve corn starch.  Add water and essential oil and place in reusable spray bottle.  I used this and old newspapers to clean my windows.  Great cleaning and no streaks.


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

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:

A good old soak To save water (and elbow grease), leave pots and pans with stubborn food remains on them to soak for a while before you try to wash tem, rather than holding them under running water while you scrape them clean.


Words to Live By:  I am only one; but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.  I will not refuse to do the something I can do.  Helen Keller


Recipe of the Month: Fresh local asparagus should be available at the Market May and June

Oven Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch asparagus spears-trimmed

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 ½ tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 clove garlic, minced

½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice


1.      Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2.      Toss asparagus with olive oil in a large mixing bowl
3.      Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper
4.      Arrange asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer
5.      Bake until just tender, 12-15 minutes
6.      Sprinkle with lemon juice before serving


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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