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.
Feb 2003

“Just as a large police force is needed in a locality where crime occurs frequently, so cholesterol is needed in a poorly nourished body to protect the individual from a tendency to heart diseases… Blaming coronary heart disease on cholesterol is like blaming the police for murder and theft in a high crime area.” -Sally

Feb
2003
Jan 2003

Plus: EFA’s against osteoporosis, PMS The newsletter two months ago covered some basics of fats and oils. Last month covered the omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA’s), found in fish and flax oil (among other places), and how they combat inflammation and help prevent some of our most devastating degenerative diseases. Finally, I’m going to wrap

Jan
2003
Dec 2002

How they help cure almost everything – really! People say omega-3’s are good for the skin. People say omega-3’s are good for the heart. People say they’re good for arthritis, colitis, osteoporosis, brain function, allergies, eczema, and asthma, too. And you know what? People are right. If I had to make a list of the

Dec
2002
Nov 2002

Part I: the basics, plus oils for cooking When you hear about fats and oils in the news, it always seems like the focus is on avoiding them. Advertising trumpets “low fat” this and “fat free” that. Now, many of us are beginning to understand that not all fats are bad for us. (Our store

Nov
2002
Oct 2002

About a year ago, I went hiking with my friend, Paul Gorman. Normally when I go hiking, I’m the one who has to slow down so that people can keep up with me. But Paul is such an incredibly strong hiker, I quickly found myself struggling to keep up with him. I was out of

Oct
2002
Sep 2002

The herb St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) is a safe and effective antidepressant with a long tradition of use, backed now by strong research. It has few side effects, if any. But before I get into the research, let me quote my favorite herbalist, Michael Moore, from his Medicinal Plants of the Pacific Northwest: (He

Sep
2002
Aug 2002

Part I reminded us walking in fresh air, sharing food with friends simple pleasures help stave off depression, and that a balanced, whole foods diet is essential to maintaining good mental health.  The book, Natural Prozac by Joel Robertson and Tom Monte, does a wonderful job explaining the role of food in controlling depression.  We

Aug
2002
Jul 2002

As the joke goes, a man visits his doctor. “Doc,” he says, “I’m feeling kind of blue.” “Tell me more,” says the doctor. “Well,” says the man, “just this week I got fired from my job, I found out my wife was cheating on me, my 15-year-old flunked out of school and started selling drugs,

Jul
2002
Jun 2002

Acne is one of those things that doesn’t really hurt and probably won’t kill you, but it can still make your life pretty miserable. But there are some things you can do about it. And you don’t have to be a teenager either. If you look closely at your skin, you’ll see thousands upon thousands

Jun
2002
Jun 2002

Sugar in foods is dangerous for a number of reasons. First of all, it feeds Candida yeast. As many of us are beginning to learn, the human gut is home to billions and billions of bacteria and yeasts, some good and some bad. Candida is a normal part of the gut flora, and as long

Jun
2002
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