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
chocolate coated coconut bar
Jul 2006

…and now you’re going to be thrilled you can eat.

Jul
2006
milk thistle plant in field
Jun 2006

Milk Thistle, lecithin, kutki, and schizandra berries are all useful supplements for the liver.

Jun
2006
genes double helix microscopy
May 2006

“For me the question that fascinates is:  Are we stuck with faulty DNA and damaged genes?  Is our inherited DNA our destiny?”

May
2006
saffron on a plate, surrounded by saffron flowers
May 2006

As many as 75,000 saffron flowers – a football field’s worth of intensive cultivation – are needed to produce a single pound of saffron.

May
2006
liver
May 2006

Detoxification. Metabolism. Storage and synthesis. Is the liver our most important organ? And what can we do about it?

May
2006
butterbur plant
Apr 2006

Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) has the largest leaves of any plant native to England, as much as three feet across. In olden times, people used to wrap butter in them.

Apr
2006
empty bottles of alchohol
Feb 2006

87% less colic, 50% less booze, 27% more breast cancer, 60% less ovarian cancer, 56% fewer colds (that get better 35% faster); and why spicy olive oil is better.

Feb
2006
a flower in sunlight
Dec 2005

Yes, we make vitamin D when sun hits our skin. But how much vitamin D do we make? And how much is enough?

Dec
2005
a flower in sunlight
Nov 2005

“If I had written this article on vitamin D just a few years ago, I would have struggled to fill a single page… But the last few years have seen an explosion of research…”

Nov
2005
woman with a face mask
Nov 2005

Pandemic flus are cause for both reasonable concern, and sometimes unecessary panic. We have an herb that has stopped pandemic flus in the past.

Nov
2005
silk tree blossom
Oct 2005

Clean omega-3 fish oils are gaining traction within the research community for their strong clinical trial results; Silk Tree is a traditional remedy from China.

Oct
2005