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
beans and legumes
Jun 2013

Fiber is arguably our most-important-yet-least exciting nutrient. Does it really prevent cancer and heart attacks? Help us lose weight? Keep us from feeling tired? Detox the liver? Make the world a better place? And what about soluble vs. insoluble fiber?

Jun
2013
bare feet in the grass amidst flowers
Jun 2013

It’s a war of attrition. Debra tells you how to win.

Jun
2013
nettle leaf with seeds
May 2013

Amidst the buying and selling and marketing, the big natural products trade show had some oases of traditional herbalism.

May
2013
Herpes virus under a high-powered microscope
Mar 2013

Shingles, cold sores, mono & chicken pox are all outbreaks of the herpes virus. We can treat outbreaks, and strengthen the immune system to prevent them.

Mar
2013
antique acupuncture chart
Feb 2013

Is there really an herb for this? How quickly does it work? And how can we slip it into Bob’s coffee without him noticing?

Feb
2013
a package of tamiflu pills
Jan 2013

Never before have we written for the sole purpose of criticizing a specific drug, or pharmaceutical company.

Jan
2013
four kinds of salt
Dec 2012

Is salt destined to always raise our blood pressure? Debra says no!

Dec
2012
Oct 2012

Is high fructose corn syrup really worse than plain white sugar? Does vitamin C actually cure a cold? Is coffee good for you?

Oct
2012
exhausted woman asleep at her desk
Oct 2012

A good night’s sleep is absolutely foundational to good health. Without it, we see an increase in heart disease, brain disease, weight gain, depression, lowered immunity, and wrinkles.

Oct
2012
stomach pain
Sep 2012

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is more common than you might know. Alternating constipation and/or diarrhea, often (but not necessarily) worsened by stress.

Sep
2012
basil and thyme in terracotta
May 2012

Antioxidants are the protective compounds that protect our cells from “rust.”

May
2012