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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Message from Marge- January 2012

The end of 2011 is neither an end nor a beginning but a continuation, with all the wisdom and experiences this past year has instilled in us. Upon ending 2011 we open the New Year of 2012 ready to live the adventures and opportunities a new journey offers us. One of the most significant things I have learned over the years is that our small town is like a big family. When one of us celebrates success we all share in the celebration; likewise when one of us has a loss we all share the burden. This is experiencing life in a small town. This reminds me of the statement Hillary Clinton made that it takes a village to raise a child; likewise it takes a small town to live life to its fullness.
Everywhere we look today we are bombarded with the information that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America. Research shows that 30% of the adult population is overweight. One of our goals here at Schlarman’s Health Center is that if you want to lose weight in 2012, we want to help you achieve that goal naturally. At the beginning of December we had Nell Kozlowski speak to us about an upcoming weight management workshop to be held the first Saturday in January. Burt Goulding, Jr is conducting a half-day workshop focusing on getting off the weight loss see-saw and the secret to permanent weight loss. Burt is a clinical nutritionist and has a 99% success rating of his complete pH balancing protocol. Simply put Burt is brilliant as no other word adequately describes his teachings and dedication in returning the body back to its natural healthy status. Come join us January 7th for the workshop. You need to contact us here at Schlarman’s for registration details at 419-375-2659. Please refer to page 2 for additional information concerning the different aspects to weight loss this workshop has to offer.
Beginning the first Wednesday of January, 1/04/2012, our yoga instructor, Angel, is changing her class time to 5:15 PM. She is also changing the format of the class as each month she will have a specific focus. January’s focus is stress relief and back. The cost is $9.00 per class or $35.00 for the month. This is one way to start your new year off right!
I want to take this opportunity to properly introduce Debbie Wenning to you, our extended family. Debbie comes to Schlarman’s with memories of coming to the store as a child. Her mother and grandmother were customers here!! A side note; she remembers my mother, Malinda and I remember her grandmother, Marie. Debbie went off to college and started her career, married and had three children. Her life’s journey then reintroduced her back to Schlarman’s with her healthy nutritional lifestyle. Debbie brings a business background to us, a family centered focus and she is anticipating new opportunities of growth here at Schlarman’s for her, her family and neighbors in our small town community.
Blessings, Marge

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FREE SEMINAR- Learn the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss!!


Get Off the Weight Loss See-Saw and Learn the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss!!

Retrain Your Brain-Gain Control Over Your Weight!

Do you have a thyroid condition? Have you struggled with wight for a long time, but nothing you do seems to make a difference?? Have you tried dieting over and over, onl to lose weight in "all the wrong places"? Do you always gain weight back as soon as a diet is over?

Today, nearly 60% of Americans are overweight. The typical American diet can damage the hypothalamus of the brain, which is the control center for all fat storage of the body. The good news is that resetting the brain to maintain an ideal weight is possible!! At this workshop you will:

- Learn how the brain controls fat storage
- Discover how to lose pounds and inches rapidly without being constantly hungry
- Learrn how to effectively use HB-H Drops (hCG)
- Get started on the program to reach your ideal weight
- Finally be able to control your weight and feel better!

Noelani Nell Kozlowski is a National Account Executive at Positive Power Nutrition and a Certified Group Exercise Instructor who has been involved in the health club industry for over 25 years. She has dedicated her life to helping others achieve their health and fitness goalsthrough group trainings and one-on-one counseling. She is the mother of two daughters, grandmother of two adorable grandsons and currently lives a happy, healthy life in Southern California.

We are excited to be extending an invitation out to you and hope to see you on December 6th! Please feel free to contact us for further information!




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter Wellness

There’s no need to panic when you hear alarming news reports about the latest flu strain. Nature offers plenty of ways to stay well during the winter months. Here are some simple but effective strategies:

1. Vitamin C and Honey
A combination of vitamin C complex and 1 teaspoon of raw honey in the morning and evening will help to keep you healthy year-round, but is especially valuable during the winter, says Mark Moyad, MD, director of prevention and alternative medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. “They have a synergistic effect,” he says 1000 milligrams of vitamin C complex daily should suffice.

2. Healthy Fats and Fiber
“A diverse intake of healthy fats and fiber will reduce inflammation,” says Moyad, “allowing the immune cells to go and fight an infection.” Good fat sources include cold-water fish or 1,000 milligrams daily of omega-3s from fish oil supplements. For a combination of healthful fats and fiber, include 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia seed or 2 to 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet. Fiber also feeds friendly bacteria in your digestive system.

3. Vitamin D
“Vitamin D switches on a gene that makes a natural antiviral and antibiotic substance in our bodies,” says Moyad. It’s a must for prevention and, if you do get sick, to speed recovery. Adults should get 2,000 to 5,000 IU daily. The colder it gets the more vitamin D your body uses.

4. Probiotics
Healthful or “friendly” bacteria, probiotics prevent bugs from taking up residence in the gut, which is vulnerable to invaders. “The largest number of immune cells are found in the digestive system, from the stomach to the colon,” says Moyad. “Probiotics boost immune response.” He recommends eating yogurt with active cultures or taking probiotic supplements with at least 5 billion colony forming units per daily serving.

5. Astragalus
Used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, astragalus is an adaptogen that strengthens your body’s resistance to disease. “It helps your body adapt to changes and stresses in the environment. Look for a standardized extract and follow product directions.

6. Echinacea
Native Americans used Echinacea to cure all manner of diseases for hundreds of years, but today, the herb is mainly used to treat colds and flu. To stay healthy during winter months, take a low dose of 50 to 150 milligrams daily.

7. Beta-Glucan
Found in some grains, mushrooms, and yeasts, beta-glucan is most often taken to lower cholesterol. However, it also protects against viral infection. Therapeutic amounts range from 3 to 15 grams daily.

8. Homeopathy
When flu-like symptoms appear, try Oscillococcinum, the pleasant-tasting crystals melt in your mouth. Clinical studies have shown that Oscillo reduces the duration and intensity of flu symptoms. It must be taken in the first 24 hours of flu symptoms.

9. Elderberry
A centuries-old remedy for respiratory problems, elderberry has been validated by science. In particular, a proprietary extract of black elderberry (Sambucol) has been shown to speed recovery from flu. For example, in a study published in The Journal of International Medical Research, when taken within 48 hours of symptoms appearing, the extract reduced flu duration by four days. And, those taking elderberry needed less pain medication.

10. Chicken Soup Cure
The old wives’ tale cure has scientific proof; some studies have shown that chicken soup contains a number of substances with anti-inflammatory mechanisms. Spice up your soup with garlic, cayenne, and turmeric; all have immune enhancing properties.

11. Munch on Raw Almonds
They’re rich in vitamin E, which enhances the body’s production of immune cells that destroy bacteria. Other good sources include raw sunflower seeds, spinach, turnip greens, and tomato sauce; have at least a serving a day. For maximum protection, take a vitamin E supplement; in one study, people who took 400 IU of vitamin E per day got fewer colds and upper respiratory ailments.

12. Be Happy.
A sunny disposition seems to make us sturdier. A recent study found that people who were negative, moody, nervous, and easily stressed had a weaker immune response. Write a daily list of 10 things you’re grateful for to change your outlook. And smile, even if you don’t mean it. It can boost your mood—fast.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Quinoa and It's Wonderful Benefits

The United Nations declares this obscure plant a superfood with a protein value equal to that of milk; and NASA places it high on its list of possible foods to be used for longer-term manned spaceflights.

Historically, quinoa has had a multitude of uses beyond its culinary status. The Incas used it to treat liver and urinary tract problems, tuberculosis. appendicitis, and altitude and motion sickness.

However, the true overwhelming value of this ancient grain lies in the fact that it is a complete protein and is gluten free! Unlike “true” grains, such as wheat and oats, this seed of a leafy plant related to spinach and tumbleweed contains all nine essential amino acids for protein utilization, thus making it a unique non-animal protein source. Vegans everywhere should rejoice at the rediscovery of this amazing food!

Quinoa offers an especially generous dose of the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. And significant amounts of magnesium and B2 make quinoa particularly valuable to sufferers of migraines and atherosclerosis, as they help relax blood vessels and improve energy production within cells. Like all whole-grain, high-fiber foods, quinoa provides a wide array of health benefits, such as reducing the risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks, protecting against various forms of cancer, and preventing gallstones. You’ll find that it will make a delicious and healthful addition to any meal in place of potatoes or rice or for breakfast in place of rolled or steel cut oats. Give this recipe a try:

Quinoa Breakfast Delight

1/3 cup Quinoa, rinsed
1 Tbs. Organic Honey
¼ tsp. Cinnamon
¼ cup blueberries
1 banana, sliced
1/3 cup low-fat organic milk

Combine quinoa and 2/3 cup water in small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer covered for about 12 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in honey and cinnamon. Divide between two bowls, top with blueberries , bananas and milk.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Are You Deficient in Vitamin B-12??

Vitamin B 12 comes in several forms. Not all forms are equally effective. The most effective form is methylcobalamin. However, the most common form is cyanocobalamin, because it is easier to manufacture and is therefore less expensive.

Methylcobalamin is active in the growth and protection of the nervous system. Larger quantities are especially necessary to protect against neurological deterioration as we age. Vitamin B12 , in the methylcobalamin form, may help prevent Parkinson’s disease and slow the progression in those who already have the disease by protecting against neural toxicity caused by excess L-dopa, a probable cause of the disease. The vitamin has been shown to reverse the symptoms of such rare neurological diseases as Bell’s palsy and shows promise in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. Very few substances are known to have any impact on regenerating damaged nerves in humans. However, a 1994 study in the Journal of Neurological Science suggested hat the methylcobalamin form of vitamin B12 could increase the synthesis of certain proteins that help regenerate nerves. The study showed that very high doses of methylocobalmin produced nerve regeneration in rats.

Vitamin B12 is needed to prevent anemia; it aids folic acid in regulating the formation of red blood cells, and helps in the utilization of iron. This vitamin is also required for proper digestion, absorption of foods, and the metabolism for carbohydrates and fats. It aids in cell formation and cellular longevity. In addition, vitamin B12 prevents nerve damage, maintains fertility and promotes normal growth and development by maintaining the fatty sheaths that cover and protect nerve endings.

A vitamin B12 deficiency can be caused by malabsorption, which is most common in older adults and in people with digestive disorders. Deficiency can cause abnormal gait, bone loss, chronic fatigue, constipation, depression, digestive disorders, dizziness, drowsiness, enlargement of the liver, eye disorders, headaches (including migraines), inflammation of the tongue, irritability, labored breathing, memory loss, moodiness, nervousness, neurological damage, palpitations, pernicious anemia, ringing in the ears, and spinal cord degeneration.

Most studies show that taking a sublingual form of B-12 is the best way for your body to absorb the vitamin. Foods with the largest amounts of vitamin B12 are found in meats, cheese, poultry, yogurt, eggs, sea greens, nutritional yeast and fish.

As always, if there are any questions or concerns that you may have you can contact us at 419-375-2659 or e-mail us at!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Reversing Prediabetes

Even if you have never been diagnosed with diabetes, you may have a medical condition known as prediabetes, which is reaching epic proportions. While estimates vary, the American Diabetes Association reports that nearly 60 million people in the United States have prediabetes. Prediabetes is when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. If you are prediabetic, you have a substantially increased risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and several other serious conditions. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, if this pace continues, Americans born in the year 2000 will have a one in three chance of developing diabetes. The good news is that this trend can be reversed.

Lifestyle Lessons
Of course, the best way to reverse prediabetes is to lose weight, and the best way to lose weight is through a combination of diet and exercise. From a dietary standpoint, research continues to confirm that fiber is a significant treatment for prediabetes. In clinical studies, a proprietary blend of selected soluble fibers known as PolyGlycopleX (PGX) significantly lowered blood sugar levels after a meal. These fibers have also been shown to help individuals lose weight. A study featured in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association demonstrated that children who ate more soluble fiber had fewer diabetes risk factors, including obesity.
Dietary modifications should be combined with consistent physical activity. The Diabetes Prevention Program study demonstrated that 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day combined with a reduction in body weight of just 5 to 10 percent, produced a 58 percent decrease in diabetes risk.

It has long been known that diet and exercise are powerful tools to reduce diabetes risk. But that’s just the beginning. You may not realize that being sleep deprived significantly increases diabetes risk. Enlightening research presented at the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences showed that just three nights of interrupted sleep gave people in their 20s the glucose metabolism of people three times there age. When it comes to a diabetes risk, researchers say that failing to get enough deep sleep is equivalent to gaining 20 to 30 pounds.

Also this year, researchers at the University of Chicago found that there is a direct correlation between sleep loss and weight gain. The bottom line: if you want to control blood sugar and lose weight, get enough sleep.

In today’s fast-paced society, it may be tempting to try to catch up on sleep over the weekend. This new research shows that if we are sleep deprived during the week the damage is already done by the time the weekend arrives. Be sure to sleep soundly for eight hours every night.

New Favorite Spice
People who are prediabetic should spice up their diet with more cinnamon or take a cinnamon supplement. Researchers concluded that cinnamon “can reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.” Several studies have shown that cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels.

Signs of Prediabetes

Four key factors indicate risk for prediabetes:
1.Being overweight or obese. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, you are considered obese
2.A family history of diabetes, which includes parents and/or siblings with the disease.
3. High blood pressure
4. Being over the age of 45
Prediabetes can cause fatigue, fuzzy thinking, blurred vision, frequent infections, and/or increased appetite. Increased thirst and frequent urination are classic signs of type 2 diabetes.

Supplement Support for Prediabetes
The goal with prediabetes is to lower insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that transports glucose. If we can improve the efficiency of insulin, we will burn more glucose for energy rather than storing it as a fat. Key supplements to accomplish this goal include the following:

*Alpha-Lipoic Acid. Most of the recent research with alpha-lipoic acid involves the reduction of diabetic complications such as nerve damage. Researchers from China demonstrated that alpha-lipoic acid could actually help prevent diabetes by reducing oxidative cellular damage. In addition, research shows that alpha-lipoic acid can help suppress appetite and assist with weight loss. The dosage of alpha-lipoic acid is between 100 and 200 mg three times daily.

*Chromium and Biotin. The connection between chromium supplementation and blood sugar control has been studied for years. The most recent research confirms that chromium picolinate and biotin (a B vitamin) provides the most effective combination. Yale University researchers published their placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial, clearly demonstrating that individuals with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes received significant benefits from chromium picolinate and biotin supplementation. The researchers also observed a reduction in cholesterol levels. Daily dosage for this combination is 600 mg chromium picolinate and 2 mg biotin.

Other natural substances that can help control blood sugar levels include green tea, silymarin, garlic, and Gymnema sylvestre.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Message from Marge-November 2011

This month’s Customer Appreciation Days will occur on November 4th and 5th during regular store hours. The thought of November reminds me to have the attitude of gratitude and thankfulness. With that thought I am thankful for each of you, our neighbors, and the community we reside in. I am thankful Kari and I were able to attend the 2011 National Products Expo East Trade Show held in Baltimore, MD this past September. This was Kari’s first tradeshow for our industry and proved to be an exciting, educational, and enlightening experience. I was able to network with established experts and was introduced to new products using the latest technology from proven scientific research. I am going to introduce the new products that we found sitting on our shelves, awaiting your viewing:

  • ANDALOU Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Science cares as much about the process of fair trade and sustainability as they do about enriching the lives they touch with advanced skin care products. Come and view the display by the check out counter, take the short test to determine your unique needs in advanced skin care.

  • For fun and added enhancement of nails we have all the newest colors of No Miss Nail Polish that is free of formaldehyde and toluene. The polish can be safely removed with polish remover that is free of acetone and ethyl acetate.

  • Food is a hot topic at home with the frequent question of what’s for dinner. Cook Simple carries a line of products that is a natural alternative to Hamburger Helper. The Cranberry Wild Rice meal will be featured this Customer Appreciation Day. This company simplifies healthy home cooking with complete nutritious meals that are gluten free, 30 minutes from stove to table.

  • I also discovered Plant Fusion, nature’s most complete plant protein. It is a proprietary blend of pea, artichoke, sprouted organic amaranth, sprouted organic quinoa proteins fortified with glutamine and branch chain amino acids. This is a gluten free protein and is available in four flavors; vanilla, chocolate, chocolate raspberry, and unflavored. Sample Plant Fusion this Customer Appreciation Day!

  • The last company I wish to feature is a peanut free facility offering bulk foods of premium quality and certified organic. They offer a variety of nut and dried fruit blends that are perfect for that quick snack or pick me up in the middle of the morning or afternoon. The ingredients in each of the mixes are simply unbelievable in the quality and choice of blend. All dried fruits are unsulphured. As an example the Hunza Goji Granola is sweetened with Agave Syrup and made with extra virgin coconut oil, Hunza raisins, dried mulberries, dried Goji berries, and Hunza Apricot kernels.

  • For the newest arrivals in your home, we now offer PVC and PBA free sippy cups, teethers, stacking cups, and baby food mills. We also have organic cotton blankies, rattles, burp pads, as well as organic lip & cheek balm, and organic diaper balm. This company prioritizes values that protect our children and the sustainability of Earth. Parents love the assurance of growing healthy, happy, children with safe, toxic free products.

We look forward to seeing you November 4th and 5th and sharing in our excitement in offering these wonderful new products to you! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Boost Your Immunity

It’s that time again: shorter days, cooler temperatures and the beginning of the flu season. How do we survive and even thrive in this world that is teeming with microorganisms? The answer, in short, is our immune system. Composed of millions of cells circulating throughout the body, this system protects us by fighting off microscopic enemy invaders such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, fungus, and parasites. Keeping the immune system in top fighting form requires improvements in lifestyle and diet. And we can further enhance its functioning with the right dietary supplements.

Lifestyle Matters
When we are exposed to stress, our levels of a hormone called cortisol can become chronically elevated, suppressing immune activity. Therefore strong immune function depends on an effective stress-reduction program. Strategies such as exercise, yoga, and meditation have been shown to reduce both stressful feeling and to improve immunity. Adequate sleep is also essential for proper immune system function. Sleep-deprived individuals have decreased natural killer cell activity and decreased cellular immunity.
If you smoke, or overindulge in alcohol, your immune system is more likely to be impaired. The good news is that when smokers quit, their immune function improves dramatically and quickly. Within just one month of quitting, previous smokers demonstrate increased natural killer cell activity and elevations in antibody levels. Within two weeks of abstinence from alcohol, previously depressed cellular immunity improves. Within two months of sobriety, cellular immunity normalizes.

A Defensive Diet
Just like any of our bodily processes, our immune system relies upon good nutrition to function at its best. Creating a rainbow of color on your plate is one of the best ways to build a healthy immune system. By eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, you are consuming a full spectrum of antioxidative flavonoids. In addition to flavonoids, fruits and vegetables contain important immune-enhancing vitamins and minerals. These nutrients include zinc, vitamin E, vitamin D, sterols, and carotenes such as vitamin A and lycopene. Eat zinc-rich pumpkin seeds and almonds; vitamin E-rich wheat germ, sunflower oil, and spinach; dietary plants sterols (such as unrefined oils, nuts, seeds, and grains); and free radical-scavenging carotenes found in dark green vegetables, carrots, yams, and tomatoes. Be sure to obtain daily safe sun exposure for adequate vitamin D, and eat vitamin D-rich foods, such as cold liver oil, sardines, salmon, mackerel, and tuna.

Fat is also an essential nutrient. Saturated fats and trans fats are unhealthful and should be avoided. Better choices are polysaturated and monounsaturated fats found in vegetables and nuts and their oils. Certain fats are considered essential fatty acids, (EFA’s). Fish, especially sardines, salmon, cod, and halibut, is an excellent source of omega-3’s (EPA and DHA). Omega-3 EFAs are critical to strong immune function.

No discussion of diet and immunity would be complete without mentioning sugar. Glucose, fructose, sucrose, and any other form of sugar impair lymphocyte activity, which is essential for immunity. The average person consumes 150 g of sucrose every day. This means that most people are suppressing their immune systems by consuming sugar. If we simply decrease our sugar intake, we would experience a major decrease in colds, flu and other infections.
In addition to the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that have been shown to elicit a positive immune response, there are some excellent immune-stimulating supplements and herbs that have become my favorites:

Coenzyme Q10: Also known as ubiquinone, CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant nutrient that enhances cellular production of energy and immune function. It supports antibody production, phagocytic activity, and is especially necessary during active infection.
Echinacea: Perhaps the most widely used herb for supporting immune function, echinacea stimulates the activity of macrophages (natural killer cells) and lymphocytes, and scavenges free radicals.

Garlic: Garlic has a strong antimicrobial activities against bacteria, viruses, fungal organisms, and parasites. Aged garlic extract increases B cells antibody production, as well as the activity of macrophages, T cells, and natural killer cells.

Probiotics: Beneficial bacteria in the intestines activate immune cells, increase natural killer cell activity and are necessary in our fight against disease-causing bacteria.

Elderberry Extract: Effective against flu viruses. It enhances immune system function as it builds the blood and cleanses the system. Relieves coughs and congestion and lowers fever.

Olive Leaf Extract: Fights all types of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. It helps stave off colds and flu and is good for virtually any infectious disease.

Sovereign Silver: Probably the most universal natural antibiotic substance, it is tasteless and nontoxic. Many forms of bacteria, viruses and fungi utilize a specific enzyme for their metabolism. Silver acts as a catalyst to disable the enzyme. Importantly, the bacteria, fungi and viruses do not seem to develop an immunity to silver as they do to chemical antibiotic agents.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

52nd Anniversary Schedule

Greg Brown Friday Oct. 7th 9-12 Noon

Many of you have gotten to know Greg Brown from Cincinnati over the years. He has been in the health food industry for over 25 years. He really supports what we do here at Schlarman’s and enjoys the folks in this area. Greg is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to health and good nutrition. He will be on the floor from 9-12 noon on Friday, Oct. 7th to sample products and answer any questions you may have.

Lecture & Lunch
Friday Oct. 7th 12 noon

Supporting Respiratory Health this
Cold and Flu Season

Stacey Littlefield

Stacy is passionate about natural medicines and a firm believer of utilizing nutritious foods to improve overall health. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise in the health food industry makes her a dynamic speaker. You will be glad you made the extra effort to be here!

We also are having many great specials ranging from 20 to 25% off!! Here is a list of some of the things on special this weekend:

20% OFF
Entire Line of Enzymatic
Therapy Products

20 % OFF
Entire Line of New Chapter Products

Entire Line of Redd
Remedies Products

20% OFF
Entire Line of Barlean’s
Organic Oils

25% OFF
Seagate Olive Leaf Extract Capsules 45, 90 or 250 ct.

25% OFF
Boiron Oscillococcinum
Flu Remedy
25% OFF
American Health Chewable Acidophilus 100 wafers
Assorted Flavors

25% OFF
Pure & Basic Paraben Free Body Wash and Body
Lotions. Assorted Scents

25% OFF
Nature’s Alchemy Essential Oils—These make great stocking stuffers!

Also be sure to check out our end cap specials at the front of the store!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Message from Marge

This October we are celebrating our fifty-second anniversary. In those fifty-two years we have seen society come full circle, acknowledging the importance of food and health. Today we are constantly reminded of the importance of our physical health and the safety of our food delivery system. As an alternative health care provider and being a part of health food services, I find these times challenging, yet exciting. I strive to maintain the initial focus that my mother, Malinda, instilled in me to provide stellar products, professional services, and the latest, most updated information for our community.

We have a full schedule beginning the week prior to our anniversary celebration. On Saturday, October 1st from 10 AM – 12 PM, Angel DeLong, our Yoga instructor, will conduct an orientation to familiarize us with the benefits and purpose of yoga. As with all forms of exercise, yoga requires a commitment to fit it into our daily lives but the rewards are immeasurable. Pick up a flyer in the store, contact Angel at 419-733-3066, or email Angel: to reserve a spot in the class or for additional information. Angel’s Wednesday night classes begin this October 5th at 5:45 PM.

On Friday October 7th from 9 AM – 12:00 Noon, our informative and personable Greg Brown will be out on the floor to share a wealth of knowledge and information concerning health and nutrition. He is from Cincinnati, has 25 years of service to the industry, supports what we do here at Schlarman’s, and immensely enjoys our community. Come to sample products and have your questions answered by Greg.

At 12:00 Noon on Friday the 7th you will be treated to a traditional Schlarman anniversary luncheon along with a lecture by Stacey Littlefield, entitled Supporting Respiratory Health this Cold and Flu Season. Stacey is highly regarded as a researcher, specializes in educating the professional market and will provide us with insightful expertise into maintaining optimal health. She is the primary formulator for Redd Remedies. I am unsure what we would do without Adult Sinus Support, Children’s Sinus Support, SinuZyme and Lung Care in this area, as these products are able to support healthy sinus, bronchial, and immune function. In addition, the products help to restore the balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract. Redd Remedies helps to put health in order by maintaining a commitment to balanced, therapeutic, and trusted holistic wellness solutions. This is one lecture you will not want to miss, come to hear one of the best in the industry! Following the lecture she will remain in our store until all of your questions are answered.

Saturday we will continue celebrating with our traditional anniversary food, drawings, door prizes, gifts, and fellowship. Come on out to the Red Barn; bring your family, neighbors, and friends. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy having you!



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Orientation to Yoga

We are happy to announce that Angel DeLong will be back on Wednesday evenings for Yoga classes!! She will be starting a new six week series beginning on October 5th at 5:45 P.M. Classes will be located on the 2nd floor of Schlarman's Health Center. Cost is $9 per class or $50 for the series!

If you are interested in learning more about Yoga, Angel will have an Orientation to Yoga on Saturday, October 1st from 10AM to 12 Noon. To help us celebrate our 52nd Anniversary, she will be running a special: 2 hours of Wellness for only $15!!

This brief orientation will familiarize you with the benefits and purpose of yoga, explains how Yoga works for everyone’s body, addresses ways to fit yoga into your schedule and lifestyle, and answers frequently asked questions about yoga.

If you would like to attend or would like more information please call Schlarman’s at 419-375-2659 or Angel at 419-733-3066 – to confirm a spot!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Herbal Teas Good for Colds and Flu

When you aren’t feeling well, few things are more comforting than a hot cup of tea. Whether it is herbal, green or black, tea seems to calm the soul. Better still, teas are a great way to combat the viruses that run rampant, especially as we get back into school and heading into cooler weather. It is important to drink plenty of fluids during an illness. Teas not only help fulfill this requirement, but they also help the body quickly absorb the healing attributes of any number of herbs. It is no wonder that brewing tea has been a popular method of medicinal delivery for thousands of years.

Symptoms—coughing, sore throat, fever, nausea, etc.—are signs that the body is working to send viral or bacterial invaders packing. Herbal teas can help stimulate the body’s natural defenses, as opposed to over-the-counter medications, which suppress symptoms and therefore might actually prolong an illness.

Colds and Flu Brews:
There are more than 200 viruses that can cause the common cold. Adults will average two to four colds per year, while children can have as many as six to eight. Cold symptoms include congestion, sneezing, coughing, and a scratchy or sore throat. If body aches and a fever are also present, then it is more likely that you have the flu. However, some children often run a low-grade fever with the common cold. It can be hard to distinguish between a cold and the flu. One way to tell the difference is with the onset of symptoms. A cold can take one to three days to develop, while the flu comes on quickly. Also, symptoms are more severe with the flu than with a cold.

Below are some herbal teas (as single herbs or as a blend) that treat both colds and the flu:

Elderberry: One of the best herbs at fighting the flu, it also works against the common cold. Research suggests that elderberry might keep the flu virus from replicating. It also helps reduce coughing.

Fenugreek: It loosens and expels mucus and phlegm accumulated in the bronchial tubes and is good for coughs.

Throat Coat: Contains herbs such as slippery elm bark, marshmallow root, and wild cherry bark that provides a protective coating on the membranes that line the throat.

Echinacea Plus: Activates and stimulates immune cells, helping to reduce the duration of symptoms.

Breathe Easy: Promotes normal respiratory tract health by reducing mucus and helping to keep nasal passages open.

Queasy Stomach Teas:

Ginger: This is a warming herb that can ease an upset stomach and nausea. It may also help with a sore throat and chills caused by a cold or the flu.

Peppermint: It reduces nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, and can also help with indigestion. For colds, peppermint tea may be a good way to relieve nasal and sinus congestion.

Eater’s Digest: Promotes healthy digestion and relieves stomach distress after eating. Contains organic peppermint, fennel and ginger.

Ginger Aid: Promotes the flow of digestive juices and increases tone in the muscular walls of the stomach, aiding digestion.

We also have children’s teas—Just for Kids-- in Organic Tummy Comfort, Throat Coat, Cold Care and Nighty Night Tea bags. Fun!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Probiotics: The "Good" Bacteria

What are probiotics? Why are they so important for your immune system? Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms like Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, and Streptococcus residing in your intestinal tract. They manufacture vitamins, especially B vitamins like biotin, niacin, folic acid and B-6, that detoxify chemicals and metabolize hormones. They empower enzymes that maximize food assimilation and digestion.

Probiotics are an amazing fighting force. These disease fighters compete at a basic level with harmful microorganisms in your body:

*First, probiotics deprive undesirable bacteria of nourishment thus preventing their growth.

*Second, probiotics or acidophilus, attack specific pathogens by changing your body’s acid/alkaline balance to an antibiotic environment (Probiotic activity against vaginal yeast infections is a good example of this.) If you are taking long courses of drug antibiotics, remember that they kill all bacteria, both bad and good. All intestinal flora are severely diminished. For most people, poor digestion, diarrhea or constipation, flatulence, bad breath, bloating, tiredness, migraines, even acne are a result of long antibiotic treatment.

Probiotic organisms prevent disease, even treat infections by restoring micro-organism balance in your intestinal tract. It doesn’t matter how good your diet is if your body can’t use it. There are up to 4 lbs of bacteria in the human intestinal tract. Your body must maintain an ecological balance of these bacteria to protect your health. Our modern lifestyle destroys normal body balance. Health experts say most people have around 15% “good” bacteria and 85% “bad” bacteria… an environment ideal for disease development. Stress, alcohol, chemicalized foods, environmental pollutants, antibiotics and steroid drugs all hamper our ability to use nourishment. When unfriendly bacteria get the upper hand in balance, the door opens to infections.

The best way to get probiotics in your diet? Add them through foods like yogurt, kefir or raw sauerkraut. Think of probiotic supplements as an insurance policy for your health. Most supplements have lactobacillus acidophilus (which attaches in the small intestine), bifidobacterium (which attaches in the large intestine), and lactobacillus bulgaricus (three protective strains of flora). Together they produce hydrogen peroxide, a byproduct that helps maintain protective microbial balance and protect against pathogens.

What probiotics can do for you:

*Probiotics boost immune response, inhibiting growth of pathogenic organisms
*Probiotics detoxify the intestinal tract by protecting intestinal mucosa levels
*Probiotics develop a barrier to food-borne allergies
*Probiotics neutralize antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria
*Probiotics reduce cancer risk
*Probiotics reduce risk of inflammatory bowel disease, IBS and diverticulosis
*Probiotics synthesize needed vitamins (like vitamin K) for healing
*Probiotics prevent diarrhea by improving digestion of proteins and fats

Important new discoveries about probiotics:

Probiotics from foods and supplements are a viable way to improve your health. Probiotics play a key role in preventing osteoporosis. Bone loss is one unfortunate result of a lack of friendly microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract. Vitamin K, a vital building block of healthy bones, is a byproduct of lactobacilli.

We are always more than welcome to help you find what is right for you and your family. Contact us at 419-375-2659 or email us at with any questions that you may have regarding probiotics or any other concern!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summertime Pasta Salad

Here is a delicious pasta salad recipe to use up some of those vegetables from the garden!!

Summertime Pasta Salad:

1 (16 oz) box Spelt Penne Pasta
1 bunch spinach, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 large red onion, diced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 small can sliced olives, drained
2 cups diced yogurt vegetable cheese
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

¾ cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
Celtic Sea Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to directions, drain. In a large bowl, combine pasta, spinach, onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, yogurt vegetable cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Mix well. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and Parmesan cheese. Pour vinaigrette over pasta salad and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. This salad is best made 1 day in advance to allow flavors to blend.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Controlling Cholesterol: Diet and Lifestyle Support Therapy

Nutritional therapy plan:

Cholesterol in foods like eggs isn’t a culprit. Research from Kansas State U. shows eating eggs in moderation has little impact on blood cholesterol levels. Eggs are a whole food, with phosphatides to balance the cholesterol. The big contributor to high blood cholesterol levels is saturated fat and over-eating. Focus instead on plant foods like red yeast rice (good results). Vegetarians who occasionally eat eggs and small amounts of low fat dairy are at the lowest risk for arterial or heart disease.

The key to lower cholesterol is to reduce bad fats and add daily dietary fiber. Reduce sugar to lower triglycerides.

Foods that lower bad cholesterol include soy foods (isoflavones), olive oil (research shows adults who consume 2 TBS of extra virgin olive oil a day for just one week have less LDL oxidation!), walnuts, avocados, yams, whole grain, high fiber fresh fruits and vegetables, garlic, onions, green tea, beans, yogurt and cultured goods. One of the best foods is Shiitake mushrooms.

Substantially reduce or avoid animal fats, red meat, fried foods, fatty dairy foods, salty foods, refined foods. Reduce or eliminate sugar and carbohydrates which elevate insulin levels, another high cholesterol culprit.

Eat smaller meals, especially at night. A little red wine with dinner reduces stress and raises HDL’s.

Lifestyle bodywork support:

Reduce your body weight. Many overweight people have abnormal metabolism today. If you are 10 pounds overweight, your body produces an extra 100 mg of cholesterol every day.
Exercise is preventative medicine for cholesterol. Even if you cut your fat, you need to exercise to lower your LDL’s. Take a brisk daily walk or other regular aerobic exercise of your choice to enhance circulation and boost HDL.

Eliminate tobacco use of all kinds. Nicotine raises cholesterol levels.

Practice a favorite stress reduction technique at least once a day. There is correlation between high cholesterol and aggression. Men who are the most emotionally repressive have the highest cholesterol levels.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Allergy Relief

It seems to me that it does not matter the time of year, allergies have been running rampant this year. If your main allergic reaction is an over-production of mucous, try avoiding sweets as well as dairy and wheat products, which can aggravate symptoms. It’s also a good idea to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Have a cup of green tea each morning and at bedtime to thin mucous. Take hot miso or chicken soup to release mucous. Celery juice daily helps flush allergens. Eat non-mucous-forming foods: fresh veggies and fruits (high antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activity reduce reactions), cultured foods like yogurt and kefir, high vitamin C foods like citrus and berries, seafood, and fundamental sulphur from cabbage, onions and garlic. Get plenty of essential fatty acids from Omega-3 oils like fish and flax and EFA’s from sea greens, arugula and spinach.

Homepathic Remedies Can Help

Homeopathic medicines which stimulate the body’s own natural immune response may help relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Here are several remedies that are popular:

Allium Cepa – This remedy from red onion works to relieve watery eyes and a burning nasal discharge that makes the upper lip feel raw. Also relieves hives and allergic swelling.
Kali Bichromicum – Runny nose that alternates sides. There is usually much sneezing, but the sneezing brings no relief.
Sabadilla – Copious, watery nasal discharge; spasmodic sneezing; itching in the nose and in the roof of the mouth; and red runny eyes.

If you are unsure of which homeopathic single remedy to take, a homeopathic combination may be helpful. Combinations contain several single remedies for allergies and will more than likely provide relief from those endless strings of sneezes.

Homeopathic Eye Drops – Similasan eye drops #2 stops itching and burning from allergies – these drops are really soothing.

Homeopathic Topical Ointments – If an allergic rash appears Calendula ointment or spray is an excellent topical medication to relieve itching, swelling and the rash itself. Echinacea ointment applied topically is also very helpful.

Vitamins and Herbal Supplements – Since allergies challenge the immune system, it’s a good idea to take vitamins and herbal supplements throughout the year – not just during allergy season – to keep your immune system functioning at an optimal level. Taking vitamin C with bioflavonoids during high risk seasons acts as a natural antihistamine.

Aller-Response – is a seasonal formula and your first line of defense against the challenges of allergies. Aller-Response features activated quercetin and bromelain combined with a scientific blend of supporting herbs including Ginkgo biloba, long pepper fruit, stinging nettle and low levels of natural synephrine from bitter orange peel. MSM, vitamins A, C, B-6, B-12, pantothenic acid and the mineral zinc are included for a healthy immune response. This formula can help you enjoy the change of seasons.

Aromatherapy – To relieve nasal congestion, mix one drop of the essential oil of lavender in a teaspoon of a carrier oil such as almond or grapeseed. Massage the mixture into the skin around the sinuses twice a day. Or try eucalyptus and peppermint oils, which are natural decongestants. Just dab a drop of the oil on a handkerchief and inhale.

Acupressure Points for Relief:
1.During an attack, press tip of nose hard as needed.
2.Press hollow above the center of upper lip as needed.
3. Press underneath cheekbones beside nose, angling pressure upwards

Exercise is important to increase oxygen uptake. Take a daily walk with deep breaths.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Swap Your Sugar for Xylitol & Lose the Belly Fat!

In his new book, The Belly Fat Cure, Jorge Cruise writes a lot about sugar. He believes that too much sugar consumption is the greatest contributor to obesity and the new, even more important health indicator—belly fat – in our culture today.

Belly Fat, Sugar and Premature Death
Belly fat is what he calls the “physical marker” of eating too much sugar—it’s the exterior consequence of a highly refined, processed diet filled with sweets, sodas, and nutrient-lacking foods. And sugar’s damage goes beyond the accumulation of fat around the waist. It has been linked to three of the most deadly health conditions that may not have any exterior signs until it’s too late: cardiovascular disease, cancer and Type 2 Diabetes. And if that’s not bad enough, too much sugar ages your body, causing more wrinkling and weakens the immune system. Now bring in the belly fat factor—the latest research findings show that a high waist circumference significally increases the risk of premature death—and you have multiple reasons to keep your sugar intake low and your waist circumference within a healthy range.

To allow you to do that is exactly why he wrote The Belly Fat Cure. Surprisingly, the way to lose belly fat is not simply what we’ve all been trained to think— more exercise, less food—but involves limiting your sugar intake and ensuring you get the proper amount of quality carbohydrates. It’s not the amount of calories so much as it is the kind of calories. Too much sugar causes insulin levels to increase in the body. In order to release belly fat, insulin levels need to remain low. Learning to live with less sugar is something all Americans could benefit from.

Artificial Sweeteners
Now you may be thinking the solution is to use alternative sweeteners, right? Nope. He highly recommends that you stay away from yellow, pink and blue! Those are the packet colors of the ubiquitous artificial sweeteners that you can find virtually everywhere—sucralose (yellow packets), saccharin (pink packets) and aspartame (blue packets). They are known as excitotoxins, which contain neurotransmitters that “overexcite” neurons in the brain, causing degeneration and even death in these critically important nerve cells.

A Sweet Secret
The good news it that nature provides a wonderful natural sugar that is sweet, safe and does not spike insulin and is actually good for your dental health! We’re talking about a sugar alcohol called xylitol. Xylitol occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables, and is even produced by the human body during normal metabolism. It is commercially produced from plants, trees and fibrous vegetation, and has the same sweetness as common table sugar but with one-third less calories and no unpleasant aftertaste. And the best part, in terms of losing belly fat, is that it metabolizes without insulin so it creates a significantly lower glycemic effect when eaten.
So instead of reaching for an artificial sweetener, carry packets of XyloSweet with you, it’s pure xylitol. Use it in iced tea, to sweeten lemonade, over oatmeal and in protein shakes.

Sweet Treats
You can also enjoy xylitol-sweetened gum, mints and candies. When I get a sweet craving between meals, I chew Spry gum or eat some Spry mints. It satisfies my sweet craving without adding to my daily sugar intake and I get the added benefit of Xylitol’s anti-bacterial properties that help prevent cavities.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Go Nuts To Lower Cholesterol

Want to lower your cholesterol? New research shows that may be as simple as consuming more raw nuts.
Researchers from Loma Linda University in California analyzed data from 25 nut consumption trials that were conducted in seven countries. These studies include 583 women and men with high or normal cholesterol levels. All participants were assigned to consume nuts, and none were taking cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Results showed those who consumed an average of 67 grams (about 2.4 ounces) of nuts a day had a 5.1 percent reduction in total cholesterol and a 7.4 percent reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol. They also experienced a boost in HDL (good) cholesterol.
“Raw nuts are a whole food that have been consumed by humans through-out history,” study authors conclude. “Increasing the consumption of nuts as part of an otherwise prudent diet can be expected to favorably affect blood lipid levels and have the potential to lower coronary heart disease risk.”
Dr. Oz suggests eating a handful of raw walnuts each day.

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Chilled Summer Soup

The past few weeks have been hot and humid. With the rain last weekend, gardens are coming along nicely. It is once again time to think of recipes to have a variety of used for the produce that is fresh from the garden. The following recipe is great for the hot weather we have been having plus uses tomatoes and corn fresh from the garden! Hope you enjoy!

Gazpacho with Organic Corn

2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped 1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno 1 roasted red pepper 1 head cilantro, large stems removed ¼ small red onion 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon raw honey Dash cayenne pepper, optional Sea salt to taste 2 ears fresh organic corn, slice off kernels using a knife

Add everything, expect corn, to a food processor and pulse until combined. Stir in corn and serve. This delicious summer soup is easy to make with a food processor – it takes just minutes. Chill before serving and enjoy!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Quick Relief for Sunburn!!

You’ve heard it before, but nothing truly soothes your skin like aloe vera, which can be applied directly from a leaf of the plant or bought in juice or gel form. It alleviates pain and swelling, while helping to repair damaged cells and prevent scarring. Homeopathic calendula cream or ointment—a popular remedy for burns, cuts, rashes, and all kinds of skin irritations. But in a pinch, quick relief may be right in your kitchen—fill a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar and spray on the burn for quick relief. Lavender Burn Spray also works great, it’s in a base of apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, calendula and lavender. It is a cooling, moisturizing and healing first aid spray used for sun, wind or 1st degree burns.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quercetin- Help Relieve Allergies and Asthma

Quercetin (pronounced kwair-sih-tin) is an antioxidant flavonoid found in many different fruits and vegetables. Evidence suggests that quercetin may also be helpful in reducing blood pressure, pollen allergies and possibly cancer risk. Research indicates that quercetin may slow the growth of, or even induce the death of cancer cells. A form of quercetin is now being used experimentally to treat some cancers.

Alternatively minded physicians have long suggested quercetin supplements to help ease pollen allergies. There’s good reason for the recommendation. A Japanese study of 20 people with pollen allergies found that quercetin supplements reduced eye irritation and itching. The subjects were given 200 milligrams of quercetin for eight weeks. Meanwhile, an animal study found that quercetin significantly reduced asthmatic reactions. Still other research has found that quercetin reduces the reactivity of mast cells, which release histamine during allergic reactions.

What You Should Take: To ease pollen allergies, start with 250 milligrams of quercetin daily. If it doesn’t alleviate symptoms, slowly increase the daily amount to 1,000 milligrams.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hydrate For Good Health

Your Body Cries for Water.
The human body is made up of approximately two-thirds water. About 75 percent of the brain is water, and water makes up 75 percent of muscle and more than 90 percent of blood. As a result, nearly every bodily function depends on water, including the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to cells, regulation of body temperature, and lubrication and cushioning of joints and key organs. Brain function, immunity and elimination all rely on water.

Healthful Beverage Choices.
With a variety of beverages filling the shelves, you may think it is easy to avoid dehydration. But drinking just any fluid is not the best way to stay hydrated. Coffee, for example, is dehydrating because of its high caffeine content. Sodas and some sports drinks contain lots of sugar, which negatively affects health on many levels.

The following natural choices are a healthful respite on warm summer days. Play harder, endure longer with Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak. If you have ever felt drained or sluggish after a day in the hot sun or a tough workout, your body may be telling you that it needs more electrolytes. Electrolytes are needed to maintain proper fluid balance and to optimize your energy levels so you can function at your best. Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak is an easy-to-fix high performance energy drink with no caffeine, artificial stimulants or artificial ingredients. This formula contains 1200 mg of Vitamin C, an essential antioxidant for people who are active and on the go. It also contains all major electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, chloride and sodium), plus over 72 verified ionic minerals and trace minerals from ConcenTrace, which accelerates assimilation and absorption of vitamins and nutrients. A deficiency of any one of these electrolytes—or even an imbalance—can cause a wide range of problems, including sluggishness, fatigue, decreased energy and cramping. Try these great-tasting flavors: Orange, Raspberry, Lemon Lime, Grape and Cherry LimeAid.

Miracle Reds is nature’s amazing fruit blend which contains certified organic fruits and berries, plus Goji, Acai and mangosteen. One small scoop of Miracle Reds powder surpasses the raw food nutrition of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables! It makes a great breakfast or lunch as it boosts energy, is a super anti-oxidant and helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Just put one scoop in 8 ounces of water and add a splash of apple juice or mix with your protein shake or smoothie.

Zevia is the world’s only all natural sugar free alternative to diet soda. Refreshing Zevia contains stevia, an herb from the rainforest known for centuries as “sweet leaf.” Zevia is zero on the glycemic index, zero calories and zero carbs. And contains no artificial sweeteners. Enjoy a 6 pack of your favorite flavor- Cola, Root Beer, Orange or Lemon Lime.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Welcome to Schlarman's Health Center's Blog!! We are a small, family-owned health and vitamin store located 4 1/2 miles east of Fort Recovery, Ohio. Schlarman's was started in 1959 by Malinda and Clarence Schlarman, parents of the current owner, Marge Vehorn. We offer a wide variety of vitamins and supplements, including homeopathics and herbs. We have a full line of groceries, including gluten-free items as well as farm raised meat and vegetables when in season. We plan to post favorite recipes on this blog as well as educational information regarding some of our products and some of our favorite home remedies.

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