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
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
sun in a blue sky
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…

Sep
2008
spicy peppers in a market
Jun 2008

We continue our exploration of the culinary, medicinal, and cultural aspects of spiciness. And we ask: are all peppers created equal? What about ginger?

Jun
2008
cayenne peppers
May 2008

Spicy foods are healthy foods. They stimulate circulation, decongest, and much much more.

May
2008
artichokes
Feb 2008

There are a thousand-and-one supplements you can take to lower your cholesterol. Here, let’s narrow it down just a little: Red Yeast Rice, Fish Oil, Artichoke extracts, and fiber.

Feb
2008
apple with a heart pattern carved in it
Jan 2008

Let’s start with the myth that eating cholesterol necessarily raises your cholesterol, and move on from there…

Jan
2008
rhodiola rosea plant
Dec 2007

We have two shelves worth of “brain supplements.” But how much of it really works? We’re going to look at just a few of my favorites — not for people with diagnosable problems, but just the rest of us who could use a little help.

Dec
2007
sequential weight loss images
Nov 2007

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…

Nov
2007
girl with lollipop
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.

Oct
2007
softgel capsules
Sep 2007

Coenzyme Q10 is found in every cell of our bodies, and is necessary for energy generation. It’s good for the heart, the brain, and even receding gum lines.

Sep
2007