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October 2015

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October 2015

Non-GMO Month-We will be donating a portion of our sales during the week of October 12-17 to the Non-GMO Project.

Kiwanis Club of Monroe is collecting shoes to assist microbusinesses in developing countries.

Shoes can be dropped off here or at Stevens Chiropractic (11 E. Front St.) for the next few months.

The Bridge Card/Double Up Buck program began June 6th at the Market.

Chantelle will be coordinating the program at the market year this year.  She is selling healing and homemade tea, heirloom vegetables, breads and assorted “healthier” snacks on and Saturday’s from 7am-12noon.

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

  Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

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

Orders due October 21 at noon; Pickup October 23rd 2:30-3:30-New Location for pickup is VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.

First FridayDowntown Monroe October 2 we will be open until 7pm-Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

Join many businesses with art exhibit, food and drink specials, etc.

Halloween Festival Downtown-October 24th Health Matters will be participating from 12-2

Transitions for Women a support group for women, in their 50’s and 60’s that have lost their partners-Next Meeting held at First Presbyterian Church October 17th @ 3:00pm

Living Well with Cancer a support group for young adults with cancer-The first meeting will be held at First Presbyterian Church October 3rd at 3:00. Child care is available upon request.

Call us at 734-240-2786 for more information and to sign up.

Community Education Classes at Health Matters:

Sign up for classes through Monroe Community Education 734-265-4950

Homemade Herbal #2 K68 Cancelled

Vitamins/Herbs Help or Hype? L73 6:30-7:30

Simple Ways to Manage Diabetes K71 6:30-7:30

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

Namaste Yoga Center 8177 Secor Rd. Lambertville for schedule you can go to www.namasteyogacenter.weebly.comor pick up schedule at the store.

Healthy Happenings:  Hypothyroidism  from An A to Z Woman’s Guide to Vibrant Health Lorna R. Vanderhaeghe

It seems we are in the Thyroid belt in this area.  I have had thyroid issues in the past and took Iodine supplements for several years. Due to my healthy diet, vitamin D3 and iodine supplementation the thyroid issues resolved.  Many customers are being treated for thyroid disorders, which may be due to low levels of sunlight for much of the year, and soil mineral depletion.  Testing for thyroid may be deceiving because to be diagnosed TSH levels must be low, however, many people may also have sub-clinical or mild hypothyroidism which can result in symptoms of low thyroid.  There are several thyroid hormones:

·         Thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH), is secreted by the hypothalamus and triggers the pituitary to secrete THS

·         Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is secreted by the pituitary in response to TRH.  TSH stimulates the production of thyroid hormones, ant the growth of thyroid cells.

·         Calcitonin is a thyroid hormone involved in the homeostasis of blood calcium levels. The thyroid is involved in bone health and diseases such as osteoporosis.

·         Thyroxin (T4) is the most abundant thyroid hormone and is manufactured in the thyroid gland.  It is synthesized from tyrosine and includes four molecules of iodine per molecule of thyroxin hormone.

·         Triiodothyronine (T3) is the most active thyroid hormone, with four to ten times the activity of T4.  It includes three molecules of iodine per molecule of hormone.  Twenty percent of T3 is produced and secreted by the thyroid gland and the other 80 percent is converted from T4 in the liver and other organs.  Many factors contribute to the conversion of T4 to the more active T3, including liver health, low stress levels, they types of foods you consume and more.


*        Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

1.        Slow heart rate

2.        Hoarse voice and slowed speech

3.        Swollen and puffy face and drooping eyelids

4.        Intolerance to cold

5.        Constipation

6.        Weight gain

7.        Hair loss and loss of eyebrow hair

8.        Skin becomes dry and scaly

9.        Heart disease with high cholesterol and triglycerides


*        Causes:

1.        Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.  The autoimmune process attacks the thyroid; eventually the thyroid cannot produce enough thyroid hormone.

2.        The second most common cause is the treatment of hyperthyroidism with radioactive iodine and surgery.

3.        Lack of iodine in the diet

4.        Salt free diets

5.        Stress, anemia, estrogen replacement, birth control pills, and other medication that block iodine uptake

*        Dietary Guidelines:

1.        Limit goitrogens which are found in (soy, raw broccoli, Brussel’s sprouts, raw kale, turnips, cabbage, mustard greens, peanuts, pine nuts and millet) that impede the absorption of iodine

2.        Add to your menu foods that are rich sources of natural iodine.  Enjoy seafood and sea vegetables, such as kelp, dulse, hijiki, and kombu.


*        Thyroid Basal Temperature Home Test:

Your basal body temperature, meaning the temperature of your body at rest, is the most sensitive test of thyroid function. Menstruating women must perform the test on the second, third and fourth days of the cycle.  Men and postmenopausal women can perform the test anytime.

v  Take the test as soon as you wake up.

v  Immediately upon waking, before you get out of bed, place the thermometer in your armpit. Hold your elbow close to your side to keep the thermometer in place.

v  Read and record temperature and date.

v  Repeat the test for three mornings in a row.

v  A reading between 97.6 and 98.2 degrees F is normal.  Readings below 97.6 may indicate hypothyroidism.


*        Nutritional Supplements:

1.        Iodine (I used Lugol’s iodine) a mixture of iodine and iodide is required for normal thyroid function

2.        Tyrosine is an important amino acid that helps stimulate thyroid function.

3.        The B vitamins are necessary for regulation of the endocrine system, including thyroid.


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.

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:

v  Local Delivery to shut-ins available

v  Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

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

v  Free Muscle Testing


Save the Earth Tip: Box Clever Buy eggs that come in cardboard boxes, not plastic ones.  The cardboard boxes are usually made from recycled woodpulp and can themselves be recycled or composted--- or, better still, passed to the egg stall at your local farmers’ market. 


Words to Live By:  Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood.  Madame Curie


Recipe of the Month

Healthy Pumpkin Dip

8 oz cream cheese                                                                                    Blend together all ingredients.

1 cup organic confectioner’s sugar                                                          Store in refrigerator

1 ½ cup pumpkin puree                                                                           Serve with sliced fruit

1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


Pumpkin Chia Overnight Oat/Barley

2 cups organic rolled oats or barley flakes                              1. Place oats or barley flakes and chia seeds in large bowl

2 tablespoons chia seeds                                                             and stir to combine.

2 ½ cup natural milk                                                                2.  In medium bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin,

½ cup pumpkin puree                                                                   maple syrup, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.  Add

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup                                                   the wet ingredients to the oat or barley mixture and

½ teaspoon cinnamon                                                                   stir to combine.  Cover and place in refrigerator for a

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice                                                     minimum of 4 hours or overnight.      

****In the morning you can add pecans, pumpkin seeds or coconut flakes.  Enjoy!!


Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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October 2015 Hypothyroidism


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