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February 2016

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February 2016

I will be spending Valentine’s Day recuperating from surgery so my shopping trips will be limited for about 6 weeks.  Rosa and Cathy will be available to do some of the shopping and answer questions.
Our Monroe Farmers Market will continue to provide local eggs, honey, winter vegetables, warming teas, baked goods, and hand crafted items all winter long.  We are very fortunate to have these dedicated farmers and crafters year-round. 


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 February 24 at noon; Pickup February 26 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First FridayDowntown Monroe February 6 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 February 20 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:  Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones from Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

I have not personally had a kidney stone, but Gary, my late husband, had one several years ago.  He had just returned from a long motorcycle trip and was extremely dehydrated, which is one of the risk factors.  After a few days in the hospital and many pain medications it finally passed.  Several customers have had kidney stones multiple times.  Kidney stones (and heart attacks) are reasons I stopped taking calcium supplements and choose to consume my calcium in the form of food.  In the United States 75-85% of kidney stones are composed of calcium salts.  Calcium supplements are difficult to absorb into the system leaving extra calcium to collect in other areas of the body.


·         Signs and Symptoms:

1.        Excruciating intermittent radiating pain originating in the flank or kidney

2.        Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal distention

3.        Chills, fever, and urinary frequency if infection is present

4.        Diagnosed by ultrasound

·         Risk Factors:

1.         Low fiber intake

2.        High consumption of refined carbohydrates

3.        High alcohol consumption

4.        Consumption of large amounts of animal protein and refined salt

5.        High consumption of soft drinks

6.        Imbalance in urinary PH

7.        Lack of physical activity

8.        Certain diuretic medications can increase your risk

·         Dietary Recommendations:

Foods to include

1.        Apples, green leafy vegetables, kelp, seeds, legumes, and figs are good sources of magnesium, and a magnesium deficiency can increase the risk of stones.

2.        Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains.  Fish, beans, seeds, and poultry provide good sources of protein.

3.        Oranges, bananas, raisins, avocado, and artichokes contain potassium, which reduces urinary calcium excretion.  Boosting intake of potassium has been shown to reduce the risk of stones.

4.        Pumpkin seeds have been shown in preliminary research to reduce the risk of stone formation,

5.        Drink lots of water to help flush out your kidneys and prevent dehydration.  Add some fresh lemon slices or juice to your water.  Lemon contains citric acid, which acidifies the urine and can help assist the passage of calcium oxalate stones. 

Foods to avoid

6.        Foods high in oxalic acid increase the risk of stone formation, so minimize spinach, rhubarb, beet greens, nuts, chocolate, tea, bran, almonds, peanuts, and strawberries. 

7.        Grapefruit juice has been linked to increased risk of kidney stones.

8.        Studies have shown that a diet high in animal protein increases the risk of stones.  Animal protein increases the excretion of calcium, causing a buildup of calcium in the urine.

9.        Reduce the intake of refined salt as a high sodium intake can promote calcium excretion and also lead to dehydration.  Foods high in sodium include snack foods, deli meats, condiments, and processed foods.

10.     Sugar has been linked to increased risk of oxalate stones.  Limit intake of sweets, candy and soft drinks.  Soft drinks also contain phosphoric acid, which also increases the risk of stones.

·         Nutritional Supplements:

1.        IP6: Inositol hexaphosphate is a naturally occurring component of plant fiber.  Studies have shown that it reduces urinary calcium levels and may reduce the risk of forming a kidney stone.

2.        Magnesium:  May help to prevent calcium oxalate stone development.

3.        Vitamin B6:  May help prevent calcium oxalate stones.  A deficiency of vitamin B6 increases the amount oxalate in the urine, and some research has shown that those with a high intake of b6 are at a lower risk of stone formation.


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: No need for fabric softener:   Beyond imparting a heady (usually synthetic) fragrance to your laundry, fabric softening sheets do little more than reduce fabric’s static cling,  You can eliminate the need for this extra, potentially toxic gunk by dampening your hands, then shaking out your clothes as you remove them from the dryer. 

I have been using a half cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener tray before the wash cycle.  Among its many uses, vinegar is a natural fabric softener, and –despite what you might expect—won’t make your clothes smell of pickles.  The only thing to bear in mind is that you mustn’t use bleach at the same time, as the mixture could create toxic fumes.


Words to Live By:  You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best you have to give.  Eleanor Roosevelt


Recipe of the Month

Lentil Salad by Kim Domick

1 ½ cup dried green lentils                                                                                      Vinaigrette

1 medium sized carrot, peeled and cut                                                                     2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

into thin matchsticks                                                                                                2 tablespoons local honey

1 large rib celery, cut into small dices                                                                      1 clove finely minced garlic

1 medium sized green or red pepper, cut into                                                          ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

small dices                                                                                                               Celtic sea salt or Kosher salt and

¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley                                                                               pepper to taste

½ cup toasted walnuts, chopped

½ cup currants (I used raisins)


Cook lentils in salted water for 18-20 minutes until tender.  Drain and set aside to cool.  Whisk all the vinaigrette ingredients together on a bowl and set aside for ½ hour to let flavors develop.

Toss all the salad ingredients gently with the lentils.  Pour vinaigrette over and season with salt and pepper.



Maurine Natural Nurse

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


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February 2016 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones

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