In Honour of the Power of Mothers

Mothers are powerful creatures.

Photo by Yvonne Campbell.
Photo by Yvonne Campbell.
  • We are biologically wired to be nurturers and peace-keepers.
  • We have the ability to reproduce, which in itself, is an incredibly amazing process.
  • Our bodies go through cycles which follow the cycle of the moon.
  • Our breasts produce a substance that not only feeds and builds immunity in our children, but can also cure numerous ailments in a miraculous fashion. For instance, I cured my child’s pink eye infection with only two doses of breast milk. (Since then, all my friends and family bring their kids for breast milk drops when they get the dreaded pink eye.)

I’ve barely scratched the surface of our important and profound contributions as mothers, yet our incredible power is already apparent.

Alas, as someone once said, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

We have many responsibilities, as mothers. But I am going to speak about one.

The responsibility of taking care of our bodies.

If we are to maintain our power as nurturers, peace-keepers, reproducers, and natural medicine suppliers, we must take care of our bodies. This is easier said than done.

Achieving Health in a Toxic World

There was a time when our food grew in mineral-rich soil and we walked in a toxin-free world. Our bodies ebbed and flowed through the stages of our lives – childhood, puberty, pregnancy, menopause – naturally and efficiently because they were supplied with the nutrients needed.

Now, thanks to environmental toxins like pesticides and toxins in our food, as well as depleted soils and a polluted earth; women cannot and do not receive the nutrients they need. Furthermore, our bodies are hampered by the toxins we must constantly process.

homeiswheremomisAsk yourself, who in any family is most likely to be over-exposed to chemical cleaning products? Who in any household is most likely to eat on the go, potentially choosing processed convenience foods rather than healthier, more time-consuming meals?

We cannot forget either how poverty comes into play. Women and children are the largest poverty group in the world. Who in any family is most likely to save the healthy foods for our children when funds are limited and food is scarce?

The answer to all these questions is MOTHERS.

The Sad Irony

The sad irony is that while moms are making all these sacrifices, we are suffering. And when we suffer, our families suffer.

I do not say this to make you feel guilty. I do not say this to add to the weight on your shoulders already of nurturing and protecting your loved ones. I say this because I know that you are more likely to help yourself if you know it will also help your loved ones. I know this because I, too, am a mother who has made the same health sacrifices.

When my body is not in harmony with the ebb and flow of being a woman and all that being a woman encompasses, I cannot reach my full power potential.

Fortunately, there are ways I can easily begin to take care of myself.

Small Changes

I don’t know about you, but I noticed that my mental health is greatly improved when I’m feeling physically strong and healthy. But I quickly feel defeated when starting any new health program because it seems overwhelming, a burden to add to my list of “things to do.”

Here are some tips you can incorporate into your daily life immediately. Remember that you do not need to do a complete turn-around to get results. Think of little ones learning to walk. They start with baby steps, and so should you.

Keep these tips in mind and incorporate them into your lifestyle as you are able and ready. Avoid putting pressure on yourself. As a mother, you already deal with enough pressures in your life. You do not need more.

  • Instead of grabbing an unhealthy, processed snack when you’re in a hurry, try fasting. Despite medical advice which encourages us to eat small meals throughout the day, the fact is that our intestines need long breaks from digestion to regenerate and to give our bodies time to focus on other activities, such as healing. Skip breakfast! Ignore the tummy grumbles when you’re in a hurry! You can always eat later when you have more time to prepare something healthy.
  • Make yummy treats that are healthy. Whenever you have a sweet craving, reach for the healthy treat rather than a sugar-filled, toxic treat. I make a large batch and freeze some so that I don’t run out mid-week.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. After working, cleaning, and caring for children all day, it is very tempting to stay up late to spend some time alone or with your partner. Alone time and relationship time are very important. However, sleep is also very important.
  • Make sleep a priority and you will find you have more energy for those extra moments you take for yourself.
  • Drink water. If you have a hard time getting yourself to drink more water, try it with lemon. Make herbal teas. Drink water on a schedule, for instance you can start every day with one or two large glasses of water. You may be surprised how much better you feel. In desperate circumstances where doctors have nothing but water to treat their patients, they have been astounded by the positive results.
  • Go for a walk. A half hour walk outdoors in the fresh air several times a week is superior to a gym workout where you do not get the benefits of being in nature.
Lorna Vanderhaeghe

Products Designed Specially for Women

If you’re like me, you might have spent a lot of money purchasing one supplement or another trying to deal with PMS and other female health conditions. However, one woman made it her life purpose to research, study, and design supplements containing all the needed nutrients for particular conditions.

Lorna Vanderhaeghe holds degrees in nutrition and biochemistry. Not only has she designed her products for the specific needs of women, but she also ensures that her products do not contain GMOs, gluten, soy, or irradiated or artificial ingredients.

She has a line of incredible products but I am going to mention three in particular because they support adrenal health (think energy) and hormone balancing (think sanity).

If you would like to take supplements as part of your self-care program, you cannot go wrong with Lorna Vanderhaeghe products.


Adrenal exhaustion occurs when we are doing too much, not eating and drinking well, suffering from toxicity, or not getting enough rest.Lorna-Vanderhaeghe-AdrenaSmart

All in a day’s work for most mom’s, wouldn’t you say?

Unsurprisingly, adrenal exhaustion is a common condition for women. Fortunately, ADRENAsmart, provides key ingredients which:

  • Help us handle stress better
  • Support healthy hormone function
  • Support cardiovascular health
  • Improve endurance
  • Aid in deep, restful sleep
  • Stop night-time waking
  • Normalizes cortisol (our stress hormone)
  • Balance mood
  • Improve mental clarity


As you can imagine from the name, ESTROsmart is designed to balance our hormones. Beginning with puberty, women experience extreme fluctuations in hormones throughout our lives. When our hormones are fluctuating harmoniously, in balance with one another, we do not experience extreme reactions to the fluctuations.

ESTROsmart provides the following benefits to women:Lorna-Vanderhaeghe-Estro-Smart

  • Maintains healthy estrogen-to-progesterone balance
  • Prevents and treats fibrocystic breasts
  • Detoxifies toxic estrogens from plastics, pesticides
  • Halts abnormal cell growth, including breast lumps, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, thick uterine lining
  • For those with Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and ovarian cysts
  • Halts the conversion of good estrogens to bad estrogens
  • Eliminates PMS and makes periods effortless
  • Maintains healthy PAP smears
  • Eliminates hormonal acne

CLA Plus

With adrenal exhaustion and fluctuating hormones comes fluctuating weight. As we age, that weight tends to settle around our middles and becomes more and more difficult to lose. We can view it as a natural part of aging or we can make efforts to address it.

CLA Plus allows us to address it without the effort. It is also helpful for women going through menopause and women with diabetes. Here is what you can expect from CLA Plus:

  • Aids weight lossLorna-Vanderhaeghe-CLA-Plus
  • Increases lean muscle
  • Accelerates fat loss
  • Controls blood sugar
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Research shows a 7 lb weight loss in 90 days

The Take-Away Message

When all is said and done, the important message here is that we, women, require self-care to work at our maximum power potential.

By making small lifestyle changes like drinking more water, exercising more, and getting more sleep, we may see huge improvements.

When we need a little more help, in the form of supplements, Lorna Vanderhaeghe products deliver high quality, effective results.

Mothers are powerful creatures. We are the vessels through which life is created. We are nurturers, care-takers, and peace-keepers.

We withstand extreme pain and perform amazing feats of strength for our little ones. Our capacity for love is boundless.

Our power is sacred and our self-care needs are deserved. One day a year, we are honoured as mothers. But it is every day of the year that we are mothers. We must honour ourselves throughout our lives by engaging in self-care and recognizing that we deserve it.


Easy Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse Offers Immediate Results

The Liver
The Liver

It’s that time of year when we climb out of our winter caves and prepare for another year of activity. The first thing many of us do is clean out winter’s accumulation of dust and grime and bring in fresh air and sunshine.

However, when it comes to our bodies, it seems that most of us do very little cleansing. It seems that we take better care of our homes than our bodies.

At Surrey Natural Foods, we suggest that you start with cleansing your liver and gallbladder. The liver is one of the most important organs of the body, performing functions related to (among other things):

  • digestion,
  • metabolism,
  • detoxification,
  • storage of nutrients,
  • production of vital protein components of blood plasma, and
  • support of the immune system.

In fact, the liver performs over 500 different functions. It is of vital importance yet we, North Americans, do very little to support it. The result is that we succumb to many chronic diseases which could be avoided if we looked after our livers properly.

Our favourite liver cleanse is the Stone Cleanse by Shael Stonebridge. Based on a recipe by Andreas Moritz, this time-tested program helps the liver and gallbladder release stones which have formed in them.

Shael packages the seven-day Stone Cleanse kits himself, using targeted ingredients recommended in a specific order to promote the pain-free expulsion of gallstones from your liver and gallbladder.Ingredients include:

  • Magnesium malate OR malic acid for the first six days.
  • Colosan tablets on day six and day seven.
  • Epsom Salts OR magnesium citrate mixed with water on day six and seven.
  • Grapefruit Juice mixed with Olive Oil on day six. (not provided in kit)

The cleanse also requires one twenty-four hour fast from 1 PM of day six till 1 PM of day seven. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? If you’re anything like me, after looking at that list you probably have a lot of questions.

Shael Stonebridge, R.H.N.
Shael Stonebridge, R.H.N.

Fortunately for people interested in his products, Shael endeavors to respond quickly and make himself available. In my case, he answered my email in less than an hour. Here are the questions I sent to him and the answers he provided.

What is the purpose of the malic acid or magnesium malate during the first six days of the cleanse? Please explain.

This breaks up the gallstone matter in the liver ducts into nuggets which can safely be pulled from the liver during the StoneCleanse.

Are there any side effects?

Only very mild effects reported.  Loose stools are normal during the cleanse.

You list in your insert that Magnesium Malate can be used for aluminim detoxification. Is the same true of Malic Acid?

I am certain of Magnesium Malate’s quality as an aluminum chelator.  I do not think Malic acid alone will do this.

What is “Colosan”?

Magnesium Oxide.

Why fast between day 6 and day 7?

So food in the digestive system will not interfere with the cleanse.

What is the purpose of the espsom salts or magnesium citrate drink beyond creating a laxative effect?

Providing enough magnesium to make the bile duct supple enough to pass a golfball-sized gallstone with no pain.

livergallbladderWhat is the purpose of the Olive Oil / Grapefruit Juice mixture?

To trigger the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder.

Why should I lie down for 20 minutes directly after taking it?

So that gravity will not hasten the passage of the olive oil.

Will I be up through the night going to the toilet?

Not usually.  In my many cleanses – I have done 54 to date – I only had to get up in the night twice.

When should I expect results?

Gallstones should be floating in the toilet with the first loose stools of the morning of day 7. No gallstones may pass with the first and second cleanse — it may take 3 cleanses to dislodge them enough to pass. This happens with about 3% of people starting the cleanses.

What kind of results should I expect?

To pass gallstones from the liver and gallbladder, repeat the cleanse until they are all out!

What are the benefits of doing this cleanse?

  • Restoration of essential bile flow to digestion.
  • Restoration of alkalinity to the lower digestive tract.
  • Restoration of the liver’s ability to dump filtered metabolic waste down the bile duct, eliminating it from the body, instead of being forced to store this toxicity within.
  • With the liver working for you instead of being sidelined ALL systems and organs will be restored and revitalized — many illnesses and issues will vanish.

StoneCleanse-Maximum-StrengthHow often should I repeat it?

Every 2 weeks.

Shael’s Stone Cleanse takes the guesswork out of liver and gallbladder cleansing. He offers four “strengths”: Maximum Strength, Regular Strength, Gentle Strength and Most Gentle Strength. But, I recommend talking to Shael about your unique needs to determine the best package for you.

You can reach him by email at He is also available at Surrey Natural Foods every Saturday from 10 AM till 5 PM. Call Surrey Natural Foods at 604-588-3828 to book an appointment.

Your liver is the most important organ in your body for detoxing harmful or toxic substances. If you already suffer from a chronic health issue, chances are your liver is struggling.

Other ways to support your liver are:

  • Drink Milk Thistle Tea or take a Milk Thistle supplement
  • Eat an organic, whole foods diet
  • Eliminate chemicals from your diet and household products, including cleaning products and anything you use on your hair or skin
  • Ensure that your bowels are moving regularly

Welcome new health this spring that will enable you to enjoy your summer with vigor and vitality. Good health begins with the elimination of toxins. So, treat your liver well.

Please post any questions, comments, or testimonials you have in the comments section below.

Survey Results: Four Main Health Challenges

By Trina Ricketts

old-age-1The bad news is: 100% of the 63 fans and customers who participated in our recent survey, are aging. The good news: Age ain’t nothing but a number.

Jesting aside, the results of our recent survey were very enlightening. We learned about the health concerns you are dealing with and the health topics that interest you most.

For starters, who are you? It was great to learn that:

  • The majority of you (60.3%) are women between 35 and 55 (49%) but we also had many participants in the over 55 range (30%).
  • At least one of you is a “Zoomer” (baby boomer with a zip) “who wants to live forever.” We suspect there are many of you. 😉
  • Most of you work full or part-time and 22% of you cope with a chronic health condition.
  • Almost all of you, who answered our survey, shop in the store (92%) but 20% of you order online too.

A sincere thank you to everyone who participated. We held a draw for a $50 gift certificate and Roya was the winner. We recorded the draw and put it on youtube.

What Is Your Biggest Health Challenge?

This was by far the most interesting part of the survey results. As you can imagine, health conditions suffered among 63 people who shop at a natural food store run the gamut. We cannot mention them all here for lack of space.

However, there were four areas of concern that really stood out. Here they are in order of frequency mentioned starting with the most talked-about health challenge from the survey results.

  1. Diet and Nutrition Challenges
  2. Weight Challenges – mostly overweight but also underweight
  3. Gastrointestinal Challenges – including autoimmune diseases
  4. Pharmaceutical Injury and Detoxification Challenges

These are very broad categories and there may not be a “one size fits all” approach to coping with challenges even within the same categories. Alternately, there may be ways you can support health across the board.

We will touch on each of the above topics briefly, but we encourage you to come down to the store or give us a call to discuss your unique supplemental nutrition needs.

Diet and Nutrition Challenges

We are probably preaching to the choir when we tell you that the most important thing you can do for your health is to correct your food. But even the staunchest foodies will forget sometimes.

When one diet combination doesn’t seem to be working for you, the solution is to try another. In all the stories where people cure themselves of chronic debilitating diseases, they had to change their diet many times before they got it just right.

Medi-C-Plus-VitaminCChanging your diet, in itself, can be very challenging. But it is worth it. And when you get the results, you will find the motivation to stick with it.

If you are in the midst of changing the way you eat, be prepared for a healing crisis. Many people describe the course of their recovery from chronic illness to be a series of healing crises, whereby the body is becoming healthier, so it does some housekeeping to clean out the toxins that are causing your dis-ease.

Healing crises can be severe and debilitating. But there is one supplement that will always help you during a healing crisis – vitamin C. Our favourite vitamin C supplement is Medi-C Plus which is a product of Dr. Gifford-Jones, an eminent natural health proponent. He says:

“This vitamin bolsters the immune system and decreases the risk of shingles, promotes healthy gums, guards against mercury and lead toxicity, decreases wrinkles and even neutralizes the venom of rattlesnakes.”

There are many benefits to supplementing with vitamin C; an easier detox from changing your diet is just one of them.

Weight Challenges

The unfortunate thing about weight challenges is that we don’t always see an improvement overnight. There are so many underlying issues, that what works for one person may not work for another.

ionic-magnesiumSimilarly, different bodies react to the same problem in different ways. An underweight person may be dealing with nutrient absorption issues, but so might an overweight person. Hormones affect our weight and vice versa.

One thing that everyone should pay attention to is their poop. Whether it’s coming out or not, and how it looks when it’s coming out. If your poop is not healthy, you aren’t either.

There are many supplements that can help to get your bowels moving. One that seems to be a “best kept secret” is magnesium. People who have been plagued by constipation for years have been astounded at how well a simple magnesium supplement can make a difference.

One of the very best magnesium supplements you can get is the ionic form of magnesium. Not only does it help with constipation, but many have testified to other incredible benefits such as pain relief, lowering blood pressure, and lessening premenstrual syndrome symptoms (PMS).

Gastrointestinal Challenges

vita-biosaWithout a doubt, when it comes to gastrointestinal challenges, there is always one supplement you should be taking. Probiotics. No matter who you are or what your medical history has been, if you suffer from gastrointestinal distress in any way, you need more of the good bacteria.

We recommend Vita Biosa as an ideal probiotic due to its triple-fermented and liquid properties. It is easily digestible and designed to match the ph of your stomach so that those little bacteria warriors survive and get to the intestines where they are needed the most.

For people who prefer to swallow a capsule rather than drink a liquid probiotic, Dr. Ohhira’s is superior.

Pharmaceutical Injury and Detoxification Challenges

Does this describe you? There are many of us who trusted the medical establishment when they prescribed us pharmaceuticals but those pharmaceuticals went on to hurt us severely.

Whether it was vaccine adverse reactions, antibiotic toxicity, disintegration of bones and cartilage, or other mind-boggling damage – the number of people harmed by pharmaceuticals is staggering. It is one of the leading causes of death in America.

Whatever immediate and urgent damage we are responding to, we also need to address the toxicity that has inevitably burdened our bodies through pharmaceutical exposure. Our livers take the brunt of this work, so it makes sense to support the liver.

We spoke in another post about Shael Stonebridge’s Liver Cleanse which is an affordable and effective way to gently cleanse the liver regularly. There is also Liv-Herbal Formula, which is known to be very effective at supporting the liver, especially in extreme cases.


We’ve only scratched the surface of how you might address the challenges listed above. Depending on your unique circumstances, there may be more appropriate supplements for your needs.

Circumstances vary and may include what you can afford, whether you’ve had body-altering surgeries, whether you are dealing with emotional stressors in your life, and more.

How We Can Help

Surrey Natural Foods is not just a food and supplement store. We are a family, a neighbour, and a network of like-minded, health promoting optimists. We care about helping people and making a difference.

It was for these reasons that we sent out the survey. We wanted to know how we could serve you better and this is what we came up with. Based on your responses:

  • We will post articles on our blog and in our newsletter about topics of interest to you.
  • We will order products you love, whenever possible.
  • We will be sensitive to your time constraints and conditions that might affect you during your visit to our store.
  • We will deliver items locally to people with mobility issues or for any other reason. Please feel free to ask anytime.
  • We will take your concerns, suggestions, and compliments very seriously.
  • We will do our best to help you find ways to live your best life. (Share your advice with us too, please!)

Poster_8x8_NothingisimpossibleThanks again to all who participated in the survey!

We are constantly amazed at the strength of people facing adversity in their health and the foresight of those practicing preventative health. We hear incredible stories from many of you about what you’ve learned and experienced.

What we’ve learned from you is that nothing is impossible. As long as a person has hope and commitment, she will reach her health goals. We are honoured to be a part of your journey.

PLEASE TELL US MORE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW! If you missed our survey or if you took our survey but thought of more to say, please contact us or post your feedback below in the comments section.


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