A Healthy Dose

Almost two decades of writing on natural health from our monthly newsletters, and the Debra’s braintrust. A deep dive into herbs, vitamins and common sense.

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February 1, 2010 Sticking to that Darn Diet! This isn't just about weight loss. This is about all those other diets: gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian, low-purine, paleo, FODMAP, and more.
lomatium dissectum leaves and flowers
November 1, 2009 Lomatium Root: Possibly the Best Anti-Viral Sometimes an herb comes along that barely has a shred of research to back it -- but it's amazing. It's the best we've got. Lomatium is one of those herbs.
eggs sunny side up
October 1, 2009 The Ten Healthiest Foods Actually, we kept going, and got as high as 13 Healthiest. Some of what made the cut may surprise you!
pineal gland
September 2, 2009 Melatonin: The Hormone for Sleep Melatonin is normally produced in our own bodies, in the pineal gland. It is also available as a supplement. It's the brain's way of signaling to itself -- and the...
wasabi
September 1, 2009 Mystery Plant Makes You Psychotic! ... in which we sarcastically (caustically, even) address the allegations that a popular condiment can make you psychotic. Because that's how the media talks about healing herbs.
acai berries
July 3, 2009 Açaí: The Amazing Amazonian Scam Berry Sometimes a legitimate good-for-you food is overtaken by its own marketing. There's nothing wrong with the acai berry. But it isn't half of what people say it is...
A flu virion
June 1, 2009 Bird Flu, Swine Flu, Three-Toed Sloth Flu "Public Health bulletins are sounding more and more these days like a Dr. Seuss book, evocative less of mass pandemic death than whimsical barnyard shenanigans."
neti pots
May 1, 2009 Your Amazing Neti Pot (And What To Put In It) Neti pots works! But what do you put in them? Do you need to use bottled water? Are there herbal ingredients you can add, in addition to salt?
healthy hair
March 1, 2009 Beautiful Hair and Nails (and Skin and Bones, too…?) There are a lot of products out there claiming (or at least strongly implying) that they’re going to make you a whole lot prettier.  When it comes to hair and...
american cheese
February 2, 2009 Homogenized Plastic Mass: It’s What’s For Dinner On behalf of the United States food industry, I would like to apologize to the rest of the world for that thing we call "American Cheese."
stevia leaves
January 1, 2009 Fascinating Factoids and Random Research Fish oil helps you lose weight. Artificial sweeteners... not so much. Plus, what are Coke & Pepsi up to?
x-ray of arthritic ankle and foot
December 1, 2008 Arthritis, Part 2 Arthritis hurts! Here, we review and differentiate some of the supplements that put out the fire, ease the pain, restore eroded joint cartilage, and lubricate the joints. Some work quickly....
x-ray of arthritic ankle and foot
November 1, 2008 Ouch, Ouch. Arthritis The first step is understanding the different kinds of arthritis -- rheumatoid, osteo, etc. -- and understanding how your diet and lifestyle interacts with this degenerative condition.
black rice
September 1, 2008 Food that is Black A few months ago, I came across a news item claiming that the newest food trend in Japan is black food: black sesame seeds, black rice, black vinegar, black soybeans,...
sun in a blue sky
September 1, 2008 Take Vitamin D, Live Longer For years, people didn’t pay much attention to vitamin D. We knew that adequate levels were important to prevent osteoporosis, rickets, and other bone and joint diseases. And that was...

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