Archive for December, 2017

12 Strategies To Enhance Your Immune System!

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

We are constantly exposed to potential infectious agents like viruses and bacteria that cause infections such as colds, flu, bronchitis and ear infections. The immune system defends us from invaders and repairs the damage that occurs with infections.

When the immune system is weak, infections may occur frequently and be difficult to […]

2nd Annual Maplewood Molly Groundhog Day Event

From January 1 to February 1, 2018, area businesses team up to raise awareness about native wildlife in urban areas.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with us by making a donation to Missouri Wildlife Rescue and cast your vote: will Molly see her shadow, or not? All participants’ ballots go into a drawing for prizes from […]

ARTful HAPPENINGS December 2017


Through December 8
Photographs by Richard Sprengeler; part of the IPHF International Photography Collaborative; Schmidt Art Center, Southwestern Illinois College, 2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville, IL; for info, visit www.swic.edu/theschmidt.

Through January 1
Windows of Craft Alliance in the Loop; 6640 Delmar; for info, visit www.craftalliance.org.

Through January 20
Bruno David Gallery, […]

ARTful Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts
Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

?h3>What Is Good Art?

Someone recently remarked to me, “Even when I see what I know is great art, I don’t know what makes it good. I just don’t know much about art.”

That comment prompted a discussion. It caused me to realize that my […]

Artful Living: St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

No matter what holiday you celebrate, this season is a special time for family, friends and memories. 

We think of times past, of family members and friends who are faraway or, perhaps, gone from our lives. But, for too many people, those memories are limited or lost.

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Can I Do For Fever Blisters and Cold Sores?

Q: Every winter, I have a huge problem with fever blisters or cold sores. I even get them inside of my mouth. They are very painful. Any suggestions?

A: Fever blisters, cold sores or canker sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus. Unfortunately, […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What’s A Good Vitamin/Herb Regimen For The New Year?

Q: My New Year’s resolution is to begin a healthy vitamin/herbal program. The problem is, I don’t know where to begin. There are so many choices. It is all very confusing to me. What would you suggest that might get me started?

A: I am so […]

Become an Official Lazy Gardener: Leave Your Garden Messy for Wildlife

By Linda Wiggen Kraft
Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

There are many kinds of lazy gardeners. Most of us have been lazy gardeners from time to time. But to be an “Official Lazy Gardener” you need to make an online pledge* to the Habitat Network stating you will: “leave your garden messy for wildlife and not […]

Bethel Lutheran Church is First House of Worship to Earn ENERGY STAR Certification in Missouri

By Johanna Schweiss,
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

I am excited to announce that Bethel Lutheran Church, located in University City, is the first worship facility to earn ENERGY STAR Certification in Missouri! ENERGY STAR Certification recognizes efficient energy use in buildings. With an ENERGY STAR score of 81, Bethel Lutheran Church outperforms 81% of worship […]

Calling All Angels: 32nd World Peace Day December 31

By Jeannie Breeze

I am Calling All Angels, celestial and terrestrial, because we need help here on Planet Earth! Now, more than ever, we need to LOVE ONE ANOTHER, to feel compassion for all our relations, to bless those who curse us, and to BE the change we want to see in the world.

One of the […]

Coalition Report: Taking Action in Tough Times

By Caitlin Zera, education and outreach coordinator
Missouri Coalition For The Environment

It’s no secret that being involved in environmental issues can be overwhelming – especially in the current political landscape. From devastating disasters like intensified hurricanes and wildfires to the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan, it’s easy to feel discouraged, disempowered, and even disengaged. Even […]

Dream Gardens of January: Seeds to Plant

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

The dream gardening season starts in January. It is full of perfect, abundant, beautiful acres and acres of plants we want to grow. It begins when the holiday rush is over and there is time to sit down with the garden seed catalogs. There are so many plants that we can grow […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Illuminating! Jeannie Breeze

It’s December 31, at 6 a.m. local time. Hearty souls gather in an urban temple to celebrate, affirm and literally make Peace. Around our world, at the same time, many groups of humans tune into Peace.

Kindred spirits have been doing this since 1985, making this date World Peace Day. We in […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

I Am This Person

Stepping into 2018, a determined spark of Good Will is banked in my heart.
I won’t sugar coat this: 2017 was the hardest year I have lived through. Not because of illness or loss of loved ones. I’ve had those times. They were painful but luminous, with loving, healing, positive energies […]

Happy Holiday Visits With Older Adults

By Denise Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

Visiting with older adults at holiday time can be a wonderful experience. It often brings back happy memories, and is an opportunity for renewing family ties. Sometimes, though, seeing a loved one who is aging can be cause for worry. They may be experiencing a decline in their vision or […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

January 6
Alton-Audubon Eagle Ice Festival
10:00am to 2:00pm , Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa Street, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 465-6676. Join us for the kick-off of the much-anticipated eagle watching season with this family friendly event! See a live bald eagle up close and personal at the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., Alton. Then let […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

December 1
Powder Valley Nature Center welcomes renowned Missouri nature photographer Matt Miles
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center will welcome accomplished Missouri nature and wildlife photographer Matt Miles for a special presentation on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Miles, who recently published the book Missouri Wild and Wonderful, will share […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo Set For March 25 In Webster Groves

Click here for registration form.

Giveaways Include: A Trip To Trout Lodge YMCA of The Ozarks, Fox Theater Tickets, Missouri Botanical Garden Tickets & Chipotle Food Cards

The Healthy Planet magazine
invites everyone to come celebrate Spring at its 35th Natural Living Expo, Sunday, March 25, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, […]

Holiday Events at Missouri Botanical Garden and the Butterfly House

Missouri Botanical Garden Events

Through January 1
Garden Glow presented by Wells Fargo Advisors
The Garden’s Fifth Annual Garden Glow runs nightly from November 18 to January 1. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. with last entry at 9 p.m. The expanded event features more than 1 million lights, photo opportunities, food, drinks and music. New this year, […]

I’ve Tried Everything for My Back Pain — What Next?

By Paul Hyland, D.C., B.E.S., B.S., L.M.T.

Chronic back pain is disrupting my life. I’m missing work, having problems walking and lifting. I’m really not enjoying life. Over the counter pain pills take an edge off or do nothing at all for my pain. My medical doctor prescribed medications, but they make me loopy and limit […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Tim’s Place at Arizmendi Ecovillage

By Tom Braford

We were very sorry to hear recently that Tim Montgomery, our local architect at Arizmendi Ecovillage, had been diagnosed with a rapidly debilitating condition. Sadly, he chose to resign from the project and hand off completion of final design to new team members, but his moral authority and commitment to collaboration continue to […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Why Not Put Yourself and Your Money Where Your Mission Is in the New Year?

By Tom Braford

How about making a New Year’s resolution to join and actively support the mission based Irresistible Ecovillage Solutions communities movement?

If not now, when? If not here, where? If not you, who? If not causing a socially, environmentally and economically just and sustainable culture and world, what is your compatible mission that you see […]

Local Leaders Share Ideas On How To Make America GREEN Again!

The Healthy Planet asked some local environmental and conservation folks to share some ideas on how Healthy Planet readers can “Make America Green Again.” We hope you will find some ideas here that will urge you into action in the new year and beyond. Our planet is counting on you!

Become politically engaged – Civil society […]

Medical Heretics in Munich for IPT/LD Conference: (Medical) Renaissance in Florence

By Simon Yu, MD

Obama Care or NObama Care for medical politics aside, rather than accepting current medical care, what we need is a new Medical Renaissance based on New Biology. Renaissance – Rebirth – is always preceded by heretics who change the “paradigm” of current thinking by challenging the ruling authority.

Let me introduce you to […]

Missouri Department of Conservation and Partners Bring Eagle Days to The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Jan. 13-14

Visitors can discover our national bird in the wild and up close at this free eagle viewing festival.

Few words can describe the thrill of seeing America’s national symbol soaring through the air in the wild, or close enough to touch.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners offer the chance to discover a close […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Walking Into Night

The sun has dipped beyond sight. First star lights appear overhead as the sky moves closer to the earth. Night awakens. The wind stills as shadowed hues appear around hills and leafless trees.

I bundled up and venture out for a winter night hike. Our land is isolated far from city […]

Neglecting the Missouri River Has Consequences Downstream

Coalition Report
By Alicia Lloyd, Clean Water Policy Coordinator
Coalition for the Environment

Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) applauds the Enterprise Holdings Foundation $30 million grant to the Nature Conservancy (TNC) for work to, among other efforts, reduce nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River. Reducing nutrient runoff in the midwest would improve the health of our inland […]

New AMA Training Sessions April 27-29 & Aug 24-26 2018: What Doctors and Dentists Say

By Simon Yu, MD

Is it possible to feel, hear, see and detect what is wrong with you beyond X-rays, blood chemistry, EEG or genetic tests? Yes, it is possible. But, I am not talking about artificial intelligence (AI) generated by supercomputers. I am talking about a 5,000 year old ancient technology: measuring the acupuncture meridian […]

New Year Tips

Breathe, Relax, Smile
You’re not “doing it wrong.” You’ve simply forgotten who you are, and why you are here. Dive into this moment and remember. Breathe. Relax. Smile. How do you know that you are exactly where you need to be? Because this is where you are. Everything You Need Is Right Here. Kimberly Schneider, M.Ed., […]

New Year’s Resolutions Are For You On Behalf of Your Pets

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

We all look forward to the New Year, in hopes of making promises to ourselves, hopefully, to better our lives in one or more ways. Those are noble goals, indeed! But, even more noble and gracious, would be for us to honor our beloved pets by committing to those new year […]

Protect Your Pets From The Dangers of the Christmas Tree

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Christmas is a wonderful time for family and friends to share the miracle of life, with all the love and merriment of the holiday season. Our homes are adorned with holiday lighting, poinsettia plants and mistletoe. Lots of goodies like brownies and other wonderfully fattening foodstuffs, and of course, the central […]

Publisher’s Corner

My New Year Predictions

2018 is going to be a year to remember for all you politicos out there. President Trump’s second year in office will bring both good and bad tidings for POTUS, including a surprising ruling from special prosector Bob Mueller. Someone close to the president will most likely be found guilty of a […]

Publisher’s Corner: Cheers & Tears of An Eventful Year

It’s just a few days before Thanksgiving as I write this and I have just put our December holiday issue to bed. Tucked in nicely with all the holiday trimmings you will need to make your celebrations full of love and joy. Every year at this time we become reflective and memories of the past […]

Set Intentions For A Healthy New Year

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

January is a great time to look forward to the year ahead and set intentions. What are your goals for 2018? How do you plan to achieve them? So many of us start off the year with the intention of getting healthy and/or losing weight. We set the intention and we […]

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

I love the holidays. It’s a time when we have the incredible opportunity to gather together with our friends and loved ones. However, if we’re not careful, the holidays can also mean a time of unwanted weight gain, stress, and illness. Luckily, we have some tips to help you avoid these […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

You’ve probably seen people practicing T’ai Chi on TV, in a movie, or even locally, in a park or at the botanical garden. You know it’s a slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial. You may have heard that at advanced levels it is a formidable martial […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Shed the “Limiting Labels” For A Happy New Year

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Well, here we are at the beginning of another year. It’s that time when everyone starts thinking about those many goals they wanted to accomplish that have slipped by, yet again, unrealized for the umpteenth time. These would include the ever-popular […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

The Best Present for You or Someone You Love: Coaching for Personal Growth

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(Insurance Accepted)

So, you have a few things you want to improve about yourself, but you aren’t sure how to make that happen. Do you struggle with setting boundaries? Are you uncomfortable saying “no” and speaking your mind? Do you find […]

The Natural Medicine Cabinet: An Alternative To Antibiotics

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

According to the World Health Association, “antibiotics are serious medicine – not to be taken lightly. Overuse has led to increasing numbers of antibiotic resistant superbugs like – MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus).

So what options do you have when you get sick and would like to avoid unnecessary […]

We’re On A Mission – for Better, Greener Buildings That Will Tackle the Challenge of Climate Change!

By Nick Bristow
Chair, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors

From existing buildings to new construction, we know that buildings play a crucial role in meeting the urgent challenge of climate change. According to the Energy Information Administration, buildings in the United States are responsible for over 40% of national greenhouse gas emissions. The City of St. […]

Why Bees? Beekeeping Workshop Feb. 10 Explains What All The Buzz Is About

MAN’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE HONEY BEE began even before recorded history, man was gathering honey from honey bees living in hollow trees. But honey wasn’t the only reason for keeping honey bees because man soon learned that the honey bee was an interesting and exciting social insect. The story behind what appears to be […]