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.
x-ray of arthritic ankle and foot
Dec 2008

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. Some take longer…

Dec
2008
x-ray of arthritic ankle and foot
Nov 2008

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.

Nov
2008
Sep 2008

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 about it.  Get enough, but not too much, and that was about that. The last few years, though, vitamin D has been thrust into the

Sep
2008
Jun 2008

The Peppers: Once, when I was a kid, my mother had a friend, and her friend had a son, and when my mother hung out with her friend, I was expected to hang out with the son.  Well, I found this son to be particularly annoying.  And in my youth, I was not very tolerant

Jun
2008
May 2008

Ah yes another piece for which I must write a disclaimer!  To whit: “my opinions here in no way reflect those of anyone else on staff, or, indeed, on Earth.  Also, they don’t reflect Debra’s, yet she is still kind enough to print them.  Cheers.” Did anyone else catch that article in the New York

May
2008
May 2008

I suppose the icy depths of winter would be a more appropriate time to cover herbs that are heating and spicy.  But now is when the mood strikes, so, here goes. Actually, summer might not be such a bad time for this, after all.  Traditional South American, Asian, and Indian cultures don’t back off the

May
2008
Feb 2008

So I talked about food last month, and tried to dispel some of the myths about what you should and should not eat.  This month, I’d like to recommend five ways to use supplements to reduce cholesterol.  As always, I like to start with the ones that are the most holistic, that have the most

Feb
2008
Jan 2008

I’ve been putting off writing this one for years.  First of all, it’s an enormous topic: you can reduce cholesterol levels by decreasing absorption, increasing excretion, reducing the rate at which it is reabsorbed once it’s been excreted, by preventing it from sticking to blood vessel walls, or by reducing the production of cholesterol in

Jan
2008
Dec 2007

We have more than an entire shelf’s worth of brain supplements at the store, and all sorts of stuff on other shelves, too, that people take to be smarter.  And most of them, frankly, won’t do much for you at least not if you’re basically okay to begin with.  It’s only when you head off

Dec
2007
Nov 2007

This is an article on weight loss.  I last covered the topic for the May, 2001 newsletter.  Yet just recently, it has recently been called to my attention that the first article did not entirely solve the problem… That first one was called “It’s May Already, and I’m Still Too Fat For My Bathing Suit!” 

Nov
2007
Oct 2007

A study published just last month in The Lancet, England’s most respected medical journal, has confirmed that artificial food colorings and preservatives make children hyperactive. Many of you saw this, I’m sure.  It was front page news. However it hardly came as a surprise to anyone who has followed the issue over the last 34

Oct
2007
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