Hi.  I'm Zara, PhD. 
Before I hit the phone booth to transform into super-mom,
I wore glasses and a lab coat....

Now, I have a passion for sharing the science behind natural health options, and putting it into practice.  Stick with me to see the science, and join the journey!


I have a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago, a Naturopathy degree, and Certification as a Natural Health Professional.  I have published in prestigious biomedical journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience, and Biochemical Pharmacology.

20 years ago, I interned at the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (now the NCCIH).  There, I saw the funding stream for scientific research on alternative health treatments.  I give that experience credit for morphing me into this scientist swimming against the mainstream.

In my former life as a scientist, I spent a lot of my time getting hot data on individual vulnerability to drug addiction, and the effects of chronic stress. 

I could probably argue that I am still studying the effects of chronic stress…

in a very personal,

not receiving any funding,

decidedly not hot,

sort of way.





I am a recovering perfectionist, an aspiring snowbird, a Catholic homeschooler, and a homebirther.  I love being in business with my husband, flipping houses, reading books with my kids, doing service projects, and drinking tea always, but especially from old, dainty china.  My husband and children light up my life with awesome.  I almost named one of my children Awesome, actually.

I'm glad you're here.  I hope we can see more of each other.  You can find me on Facebook, and Pinterest.  I'll even visit you in your email (just use that little box over there on the right). 

Let's talk soon!


You can browse our Articles by Topic here,


Return to the Science of Natural Health Homepage,


Or, Check out what's new...



Recent Articles

  1. Homemade Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

    Jan 11, 17 01:02 PM

    Homemade bone broth is easier than you think. Try this recipe for chicken bone broth using things you already have in the fridge.

    Read More

  2. Science of Natural Health Privacy Policy

    Jan 06, 17 12:15 PM

    Privacy Policy for The Science of Natural Health

    Read More

  3. Eggplant Parmesan

    Sep 09, 15 11:41 PM

    Eggplant Parmesan: • 2 eggplants (about 1 pound each), cut into 12 slices each • 1½ tsp. kosher salt, divided • ¾ cup whole-wheat flour • ¾ cup liquid

    Read More


Opinion Articles

The following pieces are not scientifically-based, but rather, reflect opinions on controversial natural health topics. Many use arguments from scientific literature.



Healthy Halloween Ideas

Natural Remedies for Children: What I Use

Delayed Food Alergies. Our Story.

The Vaccine Controversy From a Scientist Gone Mother

A Junk Food Tax is unlikely to solve America's health epidemics

New! Leave a Comment

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups


Natural Cancer Therapies

Sign -Up for our Newsletter

E-mail Address
First Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Sharing the Science.

Which Probiotic to Choose?
What are probiotics?
Grass Fed Beef Nutrition

Natural Breast Cancer Treatment
Diet and Nutrition Articles
Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements