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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MONTH
Linus Pauling
apple cider vinegar
Feb 2010

“Somebody asked me recently, “What the heck is KLB6?”  Still around after all these years, this formula is an old-fashioned diet aid was all the rage when I was in college in the 60’s.”

Feb
2010
cutting board
Feb 2010

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.

Feb
2010
lomatium dissectum leaves and flowers
Nov 2009

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.

Nov
2009
eggs sunny side up
Oct 2009

Actually, we kept going, and got as high as 13 Healthiest. Some of what made the cut may surprise you!

Oct
2009
pineal gland
Sep 2009

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 rest of the body — that it’s time to sleep.

Sep
2009
wasabi
Sep 2009

… 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.

Sep
2009
acai berries
Jul 2009

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…

Jul
2009
A flu virion
Jun 2009

“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.”

Jun
2009
neti pots
May 2009

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?

May
2009
healthy hair
Mar 2009

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 nails at least, there are two that actually work. 

Mar
2009
american cheese
Feb 2009

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.”

Feb
2009