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Do YOU experience ANY of the following symptoms?
☐ Hot flashes

☐ Weight gain/Difficulty losing weight

☐ Night sweats

☐ Brain fog/Decreased mental clarity

☐ Loss of memory

☐ Fatigue/Decreased energy

☐ Decreased libido (sex drive)

☐ Depression

☐ Anxiety

☐ Mood changes

☐ Trouble sleeping/Insomnia

☐ Vaginal dryness

☐ Pain with intercourse

☐ Muscle or joint pain

☐ Loss of hair/Thinning hair

☐ Migraines

If so, you may be a candidate for harmonié pellet therapy.

Meet harmonié:

  • Safe
  • Individualized
  • Natural
  • Effective
  • Convenient
  • Affordable

Please contact the Couri Center online:

 Or call: 309 692-6838 for a private consultation.

Lemony Minted Asparagus with Saffron Rice

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Serves 6; 30 minutes

  • 1½ cups white rice
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 9 green onions, sliced into 
¼-inch lengths (⅔ cup)
  • 1–2 small fresh red chilies, 
thinly sliced (1 Tbs.)
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1½ lb. asparagus spears, cut diagonally into 1-inch lengths (3 ½ cups)
  • ½ cup toasted sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup sliced mint leaves
  • 2 lemons, cut into wedges, for garnish


  1. Combine rice and broth in large saucepan, and crumble in saffron threads. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and let stand, covered, 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat wok over high heat, until water droplets evaporate within 1 second. Add oil, swirl to coat pan, then add green onions, chilies, and garlic; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, or until onions turn bright green and soften. Add asparagus, and stir-fry 2 minutes more, or until asparagus is bright green and tender. Remove from heat, stir in almonds and mint, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  3. Fluff rice, and spoon onto serving plate. Top with asparagus mixture. Garnish with lemon wedges.


Passeggiata anyone? By Terry Polanin, MSN, APN, Family Nurse Practitioner

italy strollPasseggiata pronounced \päs-sād-ˈjä-tä\ is defined as a gentle stroll. The term originated in Italy and is an Italian tradition where people in small towns would stroll through the main street of town in the early evenings. During the evening passeggiata, this little walk occurs between 5 and 7pm. These are WALKS, not jogs or training sessions or power walks or anything other than a walk for pleasure. The Italians tend to dress up for these walks that are basically a pre-dinner stroll which can turn into a social event visiting with neighbors, letting the little children play in the parks along the way, and enjoying the beauty and neighborhoods around them. Sometimes you will see people pushing strollers, people linked arm in arm, and running into friends.

The passeggiata is often popular on Sunday evenings. If you are traveling in Rome or any city in Italy- especially in southern Italy- you will see the joyful evening walking ritual in motion. Often people will just sit along the route and watch as people stroll along. Some may meet folks along the way and stop at the nearest Italian restaurant for dinner. It is a social time to reconnect with family after a long day and to enjoy the scenery and the sunlight.

In America, how often anymore do you see people just taking an evening stroll? Are we simply too busy trying to get our 30-minute aerobic workout in for the day? Are we too busy running from place to place after getting home from work? Where have our leisurely, relaxing passegiattas gone in America? Is it anything like “where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing…”? (anyone remember that song?) Are we too busy to even notice that the flowers and passegiattas are gone?

A joyful walk in the evening can “reset” your circadian body rhythm and relax you, helping your body slow down for better sleep. A short relaxing walk will help support healthy digestion and relieve stress. Sometimes just going by yourself or taking a walking partner helps people to “unwind” and talk about the day’s events which often helps relieve stress. There are studies demonstrating that even three, short, 15-minute walks a day after meals can improve your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar.

I would like to challenge you to consider setting aside even one evening a week, either before or after dinner, to take a passeggiata. Either alone…with loved ones…or with a friend. This should not take the place of your regular daily moderate physical activity but in addition to that type of physical activity. Both have a place in our lives and health. I think you will find this to be an activity that you look forward to and eventually begin to incorporate even more than one day a week. It could also be a time to engage with your teenager (when they never seem to have much time at home) in light conversation and friendship, which will last you both a lifetime. I have also found that an evening walk after dusk (if you feel it is safe) is such a peaceful, quiet time listening to the relaxing sounds of the evening, and especially peaceful if there is a soft moon and stars glistening. Sometimes it’s just nice to be leisurely and take the time to enjoy the moment!

Here’s to your joyful walk,

Terry Polanin, MSN, APN

Family Nurse Practitioner


Join The Food Revolution Summit 2016 By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

Screenshot 2016-04-27 15.38.09“A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.”

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

As a physician who has a very special interest in nutrition, I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of a wonderful educational opportunity for each and every one of you. This free educational event will likely forever change the way you think about food. Are you worried about what’s happening with our food in this country? Are you concerned about the pesticides and GMOs in our food and how they might affect your health and the health of your family members? The statistics clearly show an alarming rise in various health issues that parallels the spread of harmful chemicals in our food supply.

The good news is: there are so many ways to eat deliciously and see your health improve if you know what to watch out for. I would like to encourage all of you to sign up for a series of informative lectures that address food and your health. The best part is that you don’t have to leave your home or travel to personally listen to live lectures from the nation’s top experts in the field of nutrition.   This lecture series is called The Food Revolution Summit. This will be one of the most important conversations about our food that has ever taken place. You will take a life-changing step to become more informed about the foundation of your health: Food.

How It Works 

From April 30 until May 8, The Food Revolution Summit will be broadcasting 3 riveting interviews each day with their expert speakers. The bestselling author and food revolution legend John Robbins will be interviewing 25 of the top doctors, activists, and scientists in the food world including speakers like Christiane Northrup, MD; Mark Hyman, MD; Joel Fuhrman, MD; Jane Goodall Ph.D.; David Perlmutter, MD; and Vani Hari. I think these are some of the most brilliant people alive! And their collective wisdom is about to be unleashed to help you thrive.

You can get it all online, from anywhere on earth — for no cost. You’ll discover tips and tools to keep you and your loved ones healthy for life. So if you want to feel good about your food, enjoy more energy, vitality and increased immunity, this is the place to be! When it comes to your health and the lives of those you love, the time to get informed and take action is now. And this is the place to do it.

These presentations will help you understand crucial risks and truths in the modern food world, and show you what you can do to stand up for your health and the health of those you love.

The interviews will air at 8, 9 and 10 am, Pacific Time, and each will last an average of about 40 minutes. You can listen live from your computer, tablet, or smart phone, using a link sent to you before the summit starts. Or you can join by calling in to a teleconference line.  Each interview will also be on replay for 21 hours.

Click here to get the whole schedule.

P.S. Be sure to tell your friends and family about the Food Revolution Summit so they won’t miss out on the latest breakthroughs about food.

You can begin your journey to better nutritional knowledge by registering for the Food Revolution Summit at and by downloading the complimentary Real Food Action Guide here.

If you are reading this article after May 8th, you can still have access to these amazing lectures by purchasing the empowerment package at the following website:

Top Ten Reasons We Need a Food Revolution

(Source: the Real Food Action Guide)

  1. Our food system is killing us.

In the U.S., more than 2/3 of the population is now

overweight or obese, and heart disease and stroke are killing

more than 700,000 people every year. The National Institute of

Health reports that in the 1960s less than 2% of America’s kids

had a chronic health condition. Today it’s over 25%. And one in

three American children is expected to get diabetes. All of these

illnesses are directly linked to food and lifestyle choices.


  1. It’s bankrupting us.

Three quarters of medical spending in the U.S. today

goes towards managing lifestyle-related chronic illness. Medical

expenses are already the leading cause of bankruptcy for

families, and they’re quickly driving the entire nation towards

fiscal disaster. In fact, the costs of Medicare in the United States

are expected to double in the next generation. Meanwhile, the

federal government in the United States provides tens of billions

of dollars in subsidies for “commodity crops”, like corn, wheat,

and soy, that are in turn processed into high fructose corn syrup,

white flour, and animal feed for factory farms. The very things

that science tells us we should be eating less of are

actually being subsidized by the taxpayer.


  1. It’s devastating our planet.

Modern food production practices are depleting our

soil and groundwater, polluting our water and our bodies with

neurotoxic pesticides, endangering pollinators like bees and

butterflies, depleting ecosystems of other important wildlife like

frogs, fish and salamanders, and they’re a driving force behind

climate change.


  1. It’s hitting kids and poor people the hardest.

Many low income and inner city communities are

described as “food deserts”, because there is so little access to

fresh vegetables and other healthy foods. People of low income

and people of color have the lowest life expectancy and the

highest rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and

other lifestyle related chronic illnesses.


  1. It’s inhumane.

Farm workers are being exposed to large amounts of

toxic pesticides on the job, and they’re driven to work brutally long

hours for very little compensation. The average life expectancy for

a migrant farm worker in the U.S. is 49 years. In Mexico, conditions

are even worse. And then, there are the animals. Chickens never

see the sunlight and are kept in cages so small they cannot lift a

single wing, mother pigs are forced to spend most of their lives in

gestation crates so small they cannot even turn around, and many

cows never see a blade of grass.


  1. It’s destroying our antibiotics.

To keep animals alive under these deplorable conditions,

they are fed antibiotics with every dose of feed. In fact,

80% of antibiotics used in the U.S. are fed to livestock, not to

people. If you wanted to breed antibiotic resistant bacteria

you’d be hard pressed to find a more efficient way to do it. We

are already seeing increasing incidences where antibiotic resistant

bacteria in humans can be deadly, and this is why.


  1. We can do better.

Less than 10% of Americans eat a healthy diet consistent

with federal recommendations. And an estimated 90-95%

of cancer cases and 80% of heart attacks have their roots in

diet and lifestyle. We know how to radically improve the health

outcome for millions of people – and to save trillions of dollars,

and possibly the future of our planet, in the process.


  1. The times are changing and young people are leading the way.

Sales of organic foods have increased over 26-fold in the last

generation, to now exceed 4% of market share. We’ve seen

a three-fold increase in farmer’s markets in the last decade.

Nine U.S. states have now joined the entire European Union in

banning gestational crates for pigs, and Australia’s two largest

supermarket chains now sell only cage-free eggs in their house

brands. Sales of certified non-GMO products have gone from

nothing to $7 billion in sales in the last 4 years. Sales of natural

foods have now grown to be a $100 billion industry. Thankfully,

younger consumers are leading the way and are far more likely

to stand up for healthier food.


  1. Everyone can benefit.

Whether you’re young or old, sick or healthy, wealthy

or poor, you have a stake in your health. And it turns out there’s

serious money to be made in the food revolution. Farmers,

producers, retailers and consumers all have the opportunity

to take part in a massive shift in how we grow, process, eat

and think about food.


  1. You can be an everyday food revolutionary.

You don’t have to wait for government or industry to

change. You can lead the way by reclaiming your relationship

with food and making it an expression of your values. If you

want health, and a healthy planet, the invitation is clear. Join

the Food Revolution!

To Your Health,

Dr. Couri



How Sleep Habits Affect Your Weight By Hope Placher, PA-C

Screenshot 2016-04-26 08.36.37 It’s common sense that what we put into our body and how active we are affects our weight, but there’s an important piece of the puzzle you may be missing: sleep. Recent polls on sleep from Gallup to the National Sleep Foundation found that Americans – young and old – simply aren’t getting enough sleep.

Studies have shown that sleep restriction leads to marked decreases in leptin and increases in ghrelin. Leptin is a hormone that suppresses appetite, while ghrelin stimulates appetite. Essentially this means that sleep-deprived people feel hungrier and less satisfied, which could cause them to eat more.

Because of social and work commitments, people often accumulate sleep debt during weekdays and make up for lost sleep over the weekend. A 2015 study published in Science Daily looked at the sleep habits of over 500 people recently diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. Researchers found that people with weekday sleep debt of 30 minutes were 72% more likely to be obese. At 12 months, for every 30 minutes of weekday sleep debt at baseline, the risk of obesity and insulin resistance was significantly increased by 17% and 39%, respectively.

One of the core principles of good sleep hygiene is sticking to a regular routine and schedule. Normalizing bedtimes and wake-up times tells your body what to expect and helps support your internal clock and maintain a normal cortisol curve. Keeping odd hours or drastically varying weekday and weekend schedules could increase risk of sleep problems and may be tied into weight.

So how much sleep do you need to support weight loss or maintenance? In the range of seven to nine hours, according to a recent large review by the National Sleep Foundation’s panel of experts. The majority of adults need a minimum of seven hours, but you might need more. The key is to find the sweet spot that leaves you feeling well rested.

To a good night’s sleep,

Hope Placher PA-C, MMS

Exercise IS Brain Power By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

Screenshot 2016-04-26 10.02.51For years we have been told to exercise. Moderate exercise helps prevent cardiovascular disease, eases depression, builds muscles and provides impact to help strengthen bones. However, recent research published in the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, performed by scientists at University of Illinois, is showing that exercise helps grow white space – the part of the brain that contributes to memory capacity, attention span and cognitive efficiency.

Examining the brains of 24 children, scientists were able to show that the white matter found in physically fit kids was thicker and denser. Scientists used diffusion tensor imaging to measure the white space in the children. This technology is able to see how water diffuses into the brain tissue. The less diffusion, the healthier, more fibrous and compact the tissues are. This research coincides with previous research that showed a relationship between older adults’ white space and exercise. This supports that theory that fitness may be beneficial throughout one’s entire lifespan.

This study justifies a variety of other theories that proves exercise is not just important for one’s physical health, but also for their mental health. Children who walk briskly 20 minutes before testing perform better, and adults who engage in just six weeks of aerobic activity show improved memory skills. With technology, tablets, computers and gaming systems becoming more and more common, even with children as young as toddlers, this information should make parents and educators take a good look at how much time children and adults are sitting. Stepping away from your computer at work for a 5-minute walk around the office, a few times a day, might actually improve your efficiency at work! Think about encouraging your child to play outside for 20 minutes after school before they start their homework. Make movement a priority.

How can adding thirty minutes of moderate activity to your daily routine improve your life?

Leslie Rusch-Bayer

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Do YOU experience ANY of the following symptoms?
☐ Hot flashes

☐ Weight gain/Difficulty losing weight

☐ Night sweats

☐ Brain fog/Decreased mental clarity

☐ Loss of memory

☐ Fatigue/Decreased energy

☐ Decreased libido (sex drive)

☐ Depression

☐ Anxiety

☐ Mood changes

☐ Trouble sleeping/Insomnia

☐ Vaginal dryness

☐ Pain with intercourse

☐ Muscle or joint pain

☐ Loss of hair/Thinning hair

☐ Migraines

If so, you may be a candidate for harmonié pellet therapy.

Meet harmonié:

  • Safe
  • Individualized
  • Natural
  • Effective
  • Convenient
  • Affordable

Please contact the Couri Center online:

 Or call: 309 692-6838 for a private consultation.