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December 2015

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December 2015

Kiwanis Club of Monroe is collecting (until December 15) 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 can be used at the Market until December 31, 2015

****Holiday Hours-Health Matters will be open Christmas Eve 9-2-Closed Christmas Day New Year’s Eve 9-12****

Holiday Gift Ideas:  Gift Certificates, Yoga Certificates, Gift Baskets (made to order), Homeopathic kits (household, kids kit), and Wellness books

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 December 2 at noon; Pickup December 4 2:30-3:30-New Location for pickup is VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate.

First FridayDowntown Monroe December 4  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.

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 December 19 @ 3:00pm

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 or pick up schedule at the store.

Healthy Happenings:  Holiday Stress Relief from Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Sherry Torkos Pharmacist 

Christmas and New Year’s Eve can be the most beautiful times of year, but also can cause much stress due to the constant messages that we have to decorate the perfect house, purchase the most expensive gifts, prepare wonderful foods all while trying to enjoy the season.  This will be the first time in over 50 years I will not spend most of November and December making “Healthier” sour cream coffee cakes. In the past I have made 15-20 cakes each year.  This year I plan to focus on family and not things and spend my time giving to others.  I am so grateful for my family, my wonderful staff, loyal customers, beautiful music and Christmas Eve services.

·         Signs of Excess Stress:

1.      Changes in appetite and weight

2.      Memory problems

3.      Depression and mood swings\

4.      Fatigue

5.      Headaches

6.      Immune deficiencies

7.      Insomnia

8.      Muscle tension

9.      Nervousness, anxiety, irritability

10.  Skin disorder (hives, rash)

·         Dietary Recommendations:

1.      Foods to Include

Lots of filtered water, calming herbal tea (chamomile, lemon balm, and passionflower)

Eat a diet rich in low-glycemic carbohydrates such as whole grains, legumes, and fruits and vegetables.  These foods provide essential nutrients that are needed to help the body deal with stress.

Fish and flaxseeds contain essential fatty acids that are necessary for proper brain and nervous system function.

2.      Foods to Avoid

Caffeine and alcohol can trigger and worsen stress.  Wean off caffeine slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms, which can worsen anxiety.  Avoid soft drinks, which are high in caffeine, sugar and alcohol. 

Fast foods and processed foods (snack foods) are high in partially hydrogenated  fats and sugar and low in nutritional value.  These foods can trigger anxiety and mood swings.

Sugary foods cause fluctuations in blood sugar, which may cause mood swings and worsen stress. Cut down on candy, baked goods, and condiments, and snack foods. 

·         Nutritional Supplements:

1.      B vitamin:  Essential for nervous system and adrenal function, a deficiency can cause anxiety and worsen the response to stress.  Dosage:  50mg once or twice a day. 

2.      Magnesium: Promotes calming and relaxation, and support muscle and nerve function.  Levels of magnesium are depleted by stress and anxiety.  Dosage:  200-400 mg at bedtime

3.      Suntheanine:  A patented extract of theanine, and amino acid in green tea.  It promotes calming and relaxation without drowsiness or addiction.  Dosage:  50-200 mg daily.

4.      Vitamin C:  Helps the adrenal glands in dealing with the stress response.  It also helps in the production of important neurotransmitters that are required for mood and proper sleep, and it provides support for cardiovascular and immune function.  Dosage:  Most customers need 2,000-3,000mg in divided doses.

·         Herbal remedies:

1.      Panax ginsing: an adaptogenic herb that helps to reduce the response to stress.  It also supports physical and mental performance, immune function, and adrenal gland function, all of which can be hampered by stress.  Dosage:  100-200 mg daily

2.      Relora: A combination of magnolia and phellodendron, which reduces stress without causing drowsiness.  It is non-addictive.  Dosage:  250mg three times daily.

3.      Rhodiola:  Helps reduce fatigue and improve mental alertness when under stress.  Dosage:  170-185 mg daily.

4.      Valerian:  An herb with relaxing and calming properties.  It can cause drowsiness, so it can be helpful for those with insomnia due to stress.  Dosage: 300-500 mg an hour before bed.

·         Natural remedies:

1.      Calms Forte relieves stress to help you sleep.

2.      Calms for nervous tension

3.      Nerve Tonic for stress relief and calms nervousness

4.      Rescue Remedy is a flower essence used for natural stress relief

·         General Recommendations:

1.      Identify you stress triggers and work on strategies to cope more effectively.  Try yoga, tai chi, meditation, massage, and acupuncture to promote relaxation.

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: Christmas is a great time to be Resourceful!  In nature there’s no such thing as waste--- when it’s fulfilled one function, every natural material goes on to be useful in another way.  With easy access to plentiful goods, we tend to forget that fundamental principle, and we throw away and amazing 80 percent of manufactured within six months of buying them.  Think literally—try to find as many uses as possible for everything you’ve bought, and throw things away as a last resort rather than an automatic response.


Words to Live By:  Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.


Recipe of the Month

Upside Down Cranberry Cake

1 ½ cup fresh cranberries                                                        ¾ cup organic cane sugar

2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts                                              1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon grated orange peel                                                  1 egg

1 Tablespoon ground flax                                                        ½ cup buttermilk

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup dark brown sugar or Rapadura                                      Glaze

2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice                          ¾ -1 cup confectioner sugar

½ teaspoon organic cinnamon                                                 1 teaspoon melted butter

1 ½ cup spelt flour or whole wheat pastry flour                                  2 teaspoons freshly squeezed orange juice

¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

1 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Coat 9 inch round or square baking pan with cooking spray and dust with flour.

In small bowl, combine cranberries, walnuts, flax, and orange peel.  In a small saucepan, melt 2 Tablespoons butter over medium heat.  Stir in brown sugar, orange juice and cinnamon.  Cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Pour into pan, sprinkle with cranberry mixture.

Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder in medium bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and remaining butter with electric mixer on medium until creamy, about 2 minutes.  Add vanilla, egg, and flour mixture to creamed mixture. 

Spoon batter over cranberries.

Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of the cake comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes.  Invert onto serving dish to finish cooling.

Beat together melted butter, orange juice and confectioners’ sugar until glaze constancy, drizzle over cooled cake.



Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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December 2015 Holiday Stress Relief

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