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.
the many faces of stress
Jun 2005

Everyone has a stressful few weeks now and again. We’re otherwise healthy, well adapted… just those 2 or 3 weeks are kicking our butts! Here’s how to prepare, how to cope, how to thrive.

Jun
2005
passionflower blossoms
Apr 2005

There are a lot of herbs for anxiety. It’s one of the things herbs are actually really good at! But how do you pick one? We go through the options.

Apr
2005
kava leaves
Mar 2005

Anxiety, simply put, is worrying.  And we’ve all done that!  Anxiety disorders, however, are when we worry for no good reason, or the worrying doesn’t go away, or takes over our lives.

Mar
2005
exhausted woman asleep at her desk
Feb 2005

Melatonin is the “sleep hormone.” Cheap, easy, safe, and reasonably effect. It works for most people. We’ll talk about melatonin — and about what do do if melatonin doesn’t work for you.

Feb
2005
Vitamin E capsules
Jan 2005

Is the reports that called vitamin E “dangerous” true? Or was it a hatchet job by mainstream medicine and the pharmaceutical industry? Actually, the truth is a little more nuanced…

Jan
2005
man in bed with the flu
Dec 2004

Adam’s 5-Point Plan to NOT. GET. SICK. Plus a quick-and-dirty guide to dealing with specific symptoms if you are sick: cough, congestion, swollen glands, tonsillitis, etc.

Dec
2004
sneeze
Nov 2004

Adaptogens (the ginseng-class herbs) are especially useful for lowered immunity due to stress, sleep deprivation & overwork. PLUS Antibiotics: the good, the bad, and the unecessary.

Nov
2004
Atlantic blue fin tuna
Oct 2004

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are vitamin-like substances found in food, that regulate inflammation, hormones, mood, and more. But not all EFAs are created equal…

Oct
2004
dairy cows
Sep 2004

Whey protein is nature’s superior protein source — and delicious in smoothies and shakes.

Sep
2004
Weston Price photograph of Gaelic children with good nutrition
Aug 2004

In the early 1930’s a dentist named Weston Price traveled to Switzerland to disprove a theory. At the time, people believed that dental problems had nothing to do with diet, but rather, with “race mixing”…

Aug
2004
Various logos used to show food attributes
Jul 2004

Organic? non-GMO? Humane? MSC-certified…? Food packaging these days can look like a sky full of stars, each star an attribute that’s (ostensibly) important to us.  But what do they all mean?

Jul
2004