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.
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
stevia leaves
Jan 2009

Fish oil helps you lose weight. Artificial sweeteners… not so much. Plus, what are Coke & Pepsi up to?

Jan
2009
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
black rice
Sep 2008

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, etc. Is there anything to it?

Sep
2008
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