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.
Sep 2003

“I’m going to have a little fun, get a little preachy, and offend some people. Some people, including friends, people I respect, are going to disagree with some of these (see #3 and #6). But as long as I’ve got this soap box, I intend to use it for all it’s worth.”

Sep
2003
Jul 2003

While osteoarthritis (OA) is a simple matter of wear-and-tear on the joints, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a little more complicated. In RA, the immune system gets involved. It may be oversimplifying things to simply say the immune system “attacks” your joints. But basically, that’s what’s happening.

Jul
2003
May 2003

Osteoarthritis (OA) is pretty simple. Basically, there’s wear-and-tear on our joints, which is balanced by certain maintenance processes. As long as maintenance can keep up with the wear-and-tear, we’re fine. But as we get older, maintenance slows down while wear-and-tear doesn’t. So the joint starts to erode. This is when OA starts. Younger people can

May
2003
Mar 2003

A few months ago, when I wrote the newsletter article on osteoporosis, I barely touched on vitamin K. All I said was: “You need it to move calcium around your body. If you eat a good serving of green vegetables a day, you’ve pretty much got it covered. Some people do benefit from taking extra.”

Mar
2003
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
cultivated cordyceps mushrooms
Oct 2002

One of our most profound and revered tonics, Cordyceps can increase oxygenation and energy, immune function & more.

Oct
2002
St. John's Wort
Sep 2002

The herb St. John’s Wort is a reliable and gentle aid for lowered mood. We’ll talk about St. John’s Wort — tradition, and science — and then move to aromatherapy.

Sep
2002
a silhouette of a man in the sunset
Aug 2002

Last month we talked about “lifestyle.” Now let’s start talking amino acids. Did you know that neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine are made by the body from natural amino acids.

Aug
2002
A dark and foggy landscape
Jul 2002

Are people depressed due to what’s going on in their lives (“situational depression”), or is it simply a matter of brain chemicals (“endogenous depression”). Maybe it’s both…

Jul
2002
acne face
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. Zinc, vitamin B6, and herbal allies to the rescue.

Jun
2002
cookies dusted with sugar
Jun 2002

Craving something sweet? Aren’t we all…

Jun
2002
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