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October 2017 Anxiety

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October 2017

The Bridge Card/Double Up Buck program will run through December 30 at the Monroe Farmers Market.

Chantelle will be coordinating the program at the market.  She is selling healing and homemade tea, heirloom vegetables, and sourdough breads on Saturdays from 7am-12noon.

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

  Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath now available by appointment-1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

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

Orders due via email October 4 by noon; Pickup October 6 from 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First Friday Downtown Monroe October 6 Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

Join many businesses with art exhibits, food and drink specials.

Transitions for Women a support group for women that have lost their partners-Next Meeting October 21

Meeting at Health Matters at 3PM

Halloween Festival Downtown Monroe October 21-We will be participating from 12-2

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

Yoga with Chantelle-Monday, and Wednesday- Calendar available at the Store

Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for fall classes through Monroe Community Education


Homemade Herbal #1 Oct 10 6:30-7:30 #K53

Homemade Herbal #2 October 17 6:30-7:30 #K53

Store Update:  To celebrate Non-GMO month we will be giving a portion of our sales for October 16th thru 20; we will have a drawing for 4 reusable grocery bags every day during that week.


Healthy Happenings: Natural Remedies for Anxiety for Smart Medicine for Healthier Living, Janet Zand

The school year has begun and I have had several customers that are dealing with the stress of getting the kids ready for school, homework, extracurricular activities, and the list goes on. Children also feel the stress of having to succeed in school and sports. This sets up a perfect storm of stress and anxiety, resulting in increased inflammation, infections and insomnia for both parents and children.   

·         Dietary Recommendations:

v  Maintaining a steady blood sugar level is extremely important.  Our children usually start the day with cereal, pancakes, toaster pastries, which can result in a spike in sugar, from the carbohydrate, and then a crash after the school day begins.  To keep the blood sugar in balance, eat five small meals a day including a quality source of protein, organic fruits and vegetables at every meal.   When you focus on high quality foods with an abundance of healthy fats our brains function at a higher level.

v  Beverages containing caffeine can increase nervousness and anxiety.  Avoid coffee, tea (except herbal), soft drinks, and the new kid on the block Energy Drinks

v  If you rely on snacks try a handful of crispy nuts and a piece of organic fresh fruit.

·         Nutritional Supplements:

v  B vitamins: are important nutrients needed by the nervous system.  Take a good B-Complex formula that supplies at least 25 mg of each of the major B vitamins daily.  You can take them twice a day if necessary.

v  Calcium and Magnesium: are vital to a stable nervous system.  I have said before I believe it is important to obtain your calcium from food due to poor assimilation of calcium from supplements. Magnesium is necessary to buffer excess calcium and keep it within normal levels limiting the stress response.  Take 400-800mg of magnesium at bedtime. 

v  Vitamin C-is necessary for proper function of adrenal glands and brain chemistry.  In large doses, vitamin c can have a powerful tranquilizing effect and is known to decrease anxiety, Vital for dealing with stress.   They recommend 5,000-10,000 mg per day.  Reduce dosage by 1,000 mg if loose stools begin.

v  Vitamin E (natural form D-alpha tocopherol form): helps transport oxygen to brain cells and protect them from free radical damage. 

v  Zinc: can have a calming effect on the central nervous system.   Take 50-80mg daily.  Do not exceed a total of 100mg daily from all supplements.

v  Omega 3 Fatty Acids: For brain health many recommend high DHA supplement. 

v  Folic Acid (I prefer methylfolate which is more absorbable): people who suffer from anxiety are often deficient in folic acid.  Many people get an excess amount of folic acid from enriched processed foods. 

v  Gamma-aminobutyricacid (GABA): is a neurotransmitter (a substance that transmits information from one nerve cell to another in the brain).   It is often very helpful for anxiety.    GABA has been shown to be effective for mild panic-disorder.  They recommend 500 mg two to three times per day.

·         Herbal Supplements: For Adults

v  Passionflower: is an excellent relaxant.

v  St. John’s Wort:Many studies have shown that St. John’s wort has noteworthy calming and antidepressant effects.  It can be very helpful for anxiety accompanied by depression.

v  Valerian Root: is a strong calmative that is useful for the physical manifestations of anxiety.  Studies show it is also helpful for insomnia.

·         Homeopathic Remedies:

v  Aconite Napellus : used for fear, anxiety, anguish of the mind and body. Can be useful for physical and mental restlessness, PTSD, and fright

v  Coffea Cruda: Helps relieve anxiety associated with obsessive thoughts.

v  Ignatia: is good if you have suffered a panic attack.  It is also useful if you are restless and have difficulty sleeping.

v  Passifora:  is helpful for nervousness and difficulty falling asleep.

·         Aromatherapy:

There are many essential oils that have a calming and anxiety-reducing effect.  Among the best known are bergamot, frankincense, geranium, lavender, myrrh, vetiver, and ylang ylang.  You can mix your own or chose from a few premixed oils.  They can be inhaled directly from the bottle, added to relaxing baths, diffused into the air, or added to massage oil.

You can also put a drop or two on a clean tissue or handkerchief and inhale it that way as needed.

·         General Recommendation

v  Having Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy on hand for dealing with stressful situations

v  Exercise.  A program of regular exercise is best, but an occasional brisk walk around the block or better yet in a park, can eased the physical manifestations of anxiety.

v  If you need professional help, seek it.  Talking with a therapist has worked wonders form many people, even people once incapacitated by anxiety.


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.


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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

v  Ionic Food Bath available by appointment only; 1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

v  New Weston A. Price Podcast on YouTube or I tunes look for Wise Traditions



Save the Earth Tip: Say No to GMO’s   Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) have had their genetic makeup altered in a way that doesn’t occur through normal breeding, in order to give them certain features, such as disease immunity or resistance to pests or drought.   Not all the risks associated with these methods have yet become clear, but it seems that the impacts on human and environmental health could be very high.  Many GM crops currently grown are bred to resist a broad-spectrum herbicide that would kill their non-GMO counterparts.  This leads to a huge increase in agrochemical use, which has a devastating effect on the local ecosystem.   To avoid these products, look for food verified by the NON-GMO project, buy certified organic produce (which can’t contain GMO’s), and let supplier know that you’re not happy about their stocking genetiallly modified foods.


Words to Live ByYour only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.  Richard Bach






Recipe of the Month


Apple Cider Cookies

                ½ cup butter, softened                                                                                                           Glaze

                ½ cup Rapadura                                                                                                          ¾ cup organic powdered sugar

                ¼ cup organic sugar or Xylitol                                                                                          1 ½ to 2 Tablespoons apple cider

                1/3 cup apple cider

                2 eggs and 1 egg white

            2 ½ cup whole wheat pastry or spelt flour

            ¼ cup ground flax

            1 teaspoon baking soda

            1 ½ teaspoon organic cinnamon

            ¾ cup chopped raw or crispy almonds

            1 large apple, peeled & diced


1.      Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2.      In medium bowl combine flour, flax, baking soda, and cinnamon.

3.      In a large bowl cream butter, Rapadura, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Beat in cider and eggs.  Stir in flour mixture until well blended.   Fold in apples and almonds.

4.      Drop by tablespoons onto greased baking sheet.  Bake 10 minutes until golden brown.  Wait 5 minutes then remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

5.      Glaze: Blend powdered sugar and apple cider with whisk until smooth.  Brush on cooled cookies.

6.      Store in refrigerator or freezer for freshness


Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

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


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