Good Earth aims to keep customers healthy through winter

This past Saturday, Nov. 22, Good Earth Market once again held their Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by Compassionate Care Hospice. Plenty of healthy contributors throughout the community brought in their areas of expertise, including polarity therapy, offering free chair massages.

“We’ve been really busy,” said Susan Ryan, manager and owner of Good Earth, of the event.

The organic market has already had customers swarming in for fresh cranberries and organic turkeys as the holidays near. They have also picked up new lines of dietary and vitamin supplements, including Country Life, New Chapter and Enzymatic Therapy. Health technicians and nurses from Beebe Hospital Community Health were at the fair on Saturday, providing free screenings, checking cholesterol and blood sugar.

“It’s very important to be aware of what you’re eating,” said Beebe’s Sandra Roberts. “A lot of it’s common sense, and you can still make a very good meal while avoiding fats.”

Shellfish, she noted, while widely popular throughout the region, is very high in cholesterol, and while no one should have to avoid eating it for that reason alone, they should be enjoyed in moderation, she said.

“There are other risks out there that we call ‘silent diseases,’” Roberts added. “Diabetes affects all your other systems in the body. That, and heart diseases, can really sneak up on you, and you should go in for regular check-ups, even around the holidays, to make sure you aren’t suffering from something you don’t even see.”

“We’ve got something new and exciting, too,” Ryan added. Neuropathic doctor Brian Jones was on hand and will be making regular trips every Thursday to Good Earth to help customers and clients understand the benefits of natural approaches to human health, including areas such as cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure.

“People are becoming more aware of their bodies,” said Jones, “in light of all the enormous amounts of medication that are required and recommended. I help people find other complementary avenues.

“Everyone should know that I’m not an alternative doctor,” he emphasized. “I’m not telling people to change what they’re doing. I’m simply teaching ways you can modify what you’re doing. A lot of natural medicines have been used in Europe, and I help people understand their benefits and talk of their connections with enzymes, biotics and other natural proteins.”

By sitting down and speaking with clients, Jones said he feels he can accomplish more, informing them of what they need to know.

“I want people to understand the subtleties of complimenting their diet,” he said. “I discuss herbal enzymes, water usage and really rebalancing the body. It’s easy to have an overload of medication, including vitamins. I am empowering people with a wealth of knowledge, so they understand what is out there.”

For a Thursday consultation with Jones, call Good Earth for an appointment at (302) 537-7100.

Even those not fully focused on their health can stop in to Good Earth Market, too, for upcoming events, including a “Meet the Artist” evening, where some of the shop’s most creative contributors will visit on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. sharing their one-of-a-kind work, from paintings, pottery and handmade jewelry to cards, soaps and more.