Year: 2006
scholar studying at a desk
Dec 2006

I’ve always wanted to write a column on how to find information for yourself. Now, in this last column before the printed version of the Debra’s Natural Gourmet newsletter goes to paid subscription (still free on-line), seems like as good a time as any.

Dec
2006
broccoli in water
Nov 2006

Actually, fiber is for a lot of things.  That title was just to get your attention. This is about a special kind of fiber called glucommanan.

Nov
2006
capsules and tablets
Oct 2006

I just counted: we have 104 different multivitamins.  And they’re all “good.” This guide should help you make sense of them all. 

Oct
2006
blood pressure cuff
Aug 2006

The higher our blood pressure, the harder the heart has to work.  Over time, this enlarges the heart, which is not a good thing… but we do have options.

Aug
2006
milk thistle plant in field
Jun 2006

Milk Thistle, lecithin, kutki, and schizandra berries are all useful supplements for the liver.

Jun
2006
Jun 2006

Satisfying trail mix. Try it, you’ll like it! And, of course, the variations are endless. Yes, it’s a little spicy (you can make it to suit your taste buds), but remember that cayenne pepper increases circulation. Nuts like pistachios as part of a balanced diet can lower blood pressure in folks with hypertension. Lots of

Jun
2006
genes double helix microscopy
May 2006

“For me the question that fascinates is:  Are we stuck with faulty DNA and damaged genes?  Is our inherited DNA our destiny?”

May
2006
saffron on a plate, surrounded by saffron flowers
May 2006

As many as 75,000 saffron flowers – a football field’s worth of intensive cultivation – are needed to produce a single pound of saffron.

May
2006
liver
May 2006

Detoxification. Metabolism. Storage and synthesis. Is the liver our most important organ? And what can we do about it?

May
2006
butterbur plant
Apr 2006

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) has the largest leaves of any plant native to England, as much as three feet across. In olden times, people used to wrap butter in them.

Apr
2006
empty bottles of alchohol
Feb 2006

87% less colic, 50% less booze, 27% more breast cancer, 60% less ovarian cancer, 56% fewer colds (that get better 35% faster); and why spicy olive oil is better.

Feb
2006
Inflatable turkey in our front window
Jan 2006

The day we finally bought our space and became masters of our own destiny, it occurred to me: we have 68 different kinds of lip balm. The day before, when everything was still up in the air, it occurred to me: this place feels like home. On that day, a customer came up to me

Jan
2006