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Sassafras Offers Free Thyroid Workshop

Dr. Russell DesMarais will present a workshop on up-to-date treatment approaches for thyroid dysfunction, from 6 to 8 p.m., on February 2, at Sassafras Health Foods, in White Bear Lake. DesMarais has more than 40 years of experience as a pioneer in functional medicine, natural integrative healing and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The workshop will cover topics of how the thyroid works, the five major causes of thyroid dysfunction, lab tests and ways to safely resolve symptoms. “New science is looking at toxins, diet and stress as being the major causes of thyroid problems,” DesMarais explains. “I have been offering these approaches very successfully to patients over the last decade.”

In addition to the continued training and free class offerings, the store has a community bulletin board featuring local practitioners of many different healing modalities with whom customers can connect as well as a staff of passionate, informed employees.

“With our knowledgeable and caring staff, we encourage people to learn about the supplements they’re taking,” explains owner Paula Comstock. “We do as much research as we can as well as help our customers find places to research products and health concerns on their own.”

Sassafras carries over 3,500 items, including vitamins, herbs, minerals, fish oils, essential oils, skin care, cleanse kits, protein powders, gluten-free snacks and much more.

Cost: Free but must register as seating is limited. Location: 2186 Third St., White Bear Lake. RSVP 651-426-0101. For more information, visit

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