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.
the gout, historical illustration
Aug 2010

natural medicine can both prevent the painful stabbing pain — and its underlying causes.

Aug
2010
gao report
Jul 2010

The Government Accountability Office released a report on herbal supplements, alleging that they are often marketed deceptively, and contaminated with heavy metals.

Jul
2010
Lovaza capsules
Jun 2010

Prescription fish oils exist. Are they any different than fish oils you’d buy over the counter?

Jun
2010
chewing gum
May 2010

Chewing gum can improve dental health (of course!), reduce the risk of ear infections, and even help children focus in school. It can help with appetite and digestion. A miracle remedy?

May
2010
nac
Mar 2010

This simple molecule is profoundly beneficial for human health, rivaling even fish oil omega-3s and vitamin D. Research on flu prevention, cardiovascular health, mental health, detoxification… the list is almost endless.

Mar
2010
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