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.
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
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