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.
THIS
MONTH
A woman holding two tomatoes
an ear of corn
Apr 2007

“How (you might ask yourself) could MON863 possibly have been approved for human consumption? Well, there’s an interesting story here.”

Apr
2007
probiotics under a microscope
Apr 2007

Not all bacteria are “bad” for us. In fact, healthy probiotic bacteria inside our bodies are crucial for everything from immune health to liver detoxification. They may even contribute to healthy mood.

Apr
2007
a photo of a woman covered in vegetables
Mar 2007

This is an article about skin.  Not “problem skin,” but skin that glows with health, and ages well.  It’s about thick, luxuriant hair, and strong teeth. The idea here is that our outsides reflect our insides.  Lynne Lori Sullivan, who works with this and other health topics, says she has very sensitive skin and likes

Mar
2007
4 skeletons playing musical instruments
Feb 2007

Can potassium — potassium citrate! — really by a solution to bone health? There’s surprisingly good research here, suggesting the answer is yes.

Feb
2007
red grapes in a bowl
Jan 2007

Resveratrol is an antioxidant — and much more — found in red grapes and red wine. Many people believe the health benefits of red wine can be attributed to resveratrol. Some people are even talking “anti-aging.”

Jan
2007
scholar studying at a desk
Dec 2006

I’ve always wanted to write a column on how to find information for yourself. Now, in this last column before the printed version of the Debra’s Natural Gourmet newsletter goes to paid subscription (still free on-line), seems like as good a time as any.

Dec
2006
broccoli in water
Nov 2006

Actually, fiber is for a lot of things.  That title was just to get your attention. This is about a special kind of fiber called glucommanan.

Nov
2006
capsules and tablets
Oct 2006

I just counted: we have 104 different multivitamins.  And they’re all “good.” This guide should help you make sense of them all. 

Oct
2006
nuts on a cutting board
Oct 2006

A conversation with Grace Pintabona — natural nurse, diabetic, and diabetes educator — on how she navigates the condition.

Oct
2006
hypertension
Sep 2006

We continue the article by covering Coenzyme Q10, Reishi mushroom, passionflower, hibiscus, whey protein, coleus forskohlii, and more.

Sep
2006
blood pressure cuff
Aug 2006

The higher our blood pressure, the harder the heart has to work.  Over time, this enlarges the heart, which is not a good thing… but we do have options.

Aug
2006