Archive for November, 2019

“Love Is The Answer” – 34th Annual World Peace Day Celebration

By Jeannie Breeze

Bright and Beautiful Beings! If you attend the annual World Peace Day celebrations, please know that I consider you a part of my family, my Family of Light! This year marks the 34th annual World Peace Day Celebration – “Love Is the Answer”, happening Tuesday, December 31st, 2019, 6 a.m. at Central Reform […]

ARTful HAPPENINGS December 2019


Through December 9
All media exhibit; Framations Gallery, 218 N. Main in St. Charles; for info, visit www.framations.com.

Through December 12
Self portraits by 16 invited artists; St. Louis Community College at Wildwood; for info, visit www.stlcc.edu.

Through December 23
Works by 52 regional artists; Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine; […]

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

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

World Art

As Arts Editor here at The Healthy Planet, I get lots of info about ARTful exhibitions in our area. But I also get a lot of information about the arts in other places around the world.

I am out of the office as this issue goes to press. Actually, […]

Coalition Report

By Ed Smith, Policy Director
Coalition for the Environment

April 22, 2020: Mass Mobilization for Climate Action In Jefferson City

Next year marks 50 years since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. While we’ve made progress on several fronts, human activities remain a threat to ecosystems and the survival of species. Unfortunately, cleaner air and water […]

Conservation Corner

December: Who Cooks For You?

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

One might think that venturing outside into nature in the middle of a December night would be a recipe for solitude. The rhythmic pulsation of the insects we hear during the warmer months is now gone, and the cold, still air is quiet as a […]

Cornucopia Symbolizes Abundant & Bountiful Harvest

By Crystal Stevens

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the word cornucopia is derived from the Latin term cornucopiae, meaning horn of plenty. The cornucopia is revered as a symbol of bounty or abundance; it is typically described as a “curved goat’s horn overflowing with fruits and grains”. The cornucopia, emblematic of the bountiful harvest can actually […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Avoid a Food Waste SNAFU

The idea of composting food waste has a huge appeal.

Not surprising since we humans have lived in Nature’s expert systems for all time, observing (first-hand, until this industrial age) how anything that once lived is literally decomposed and returned to Earth in a cycle of truly ZERO waste.

We are, […]

Earthworms’ Castings

The Longest Night

With Jean Ponzi

Mom and I sat together on her sofa, listening to music on her laptop.

Audio quality is not the best from a MacBook Pro, so we were cuddled close to the computer. That was nice; physical affection is not my family’s strong suit.

It was also poignant: December 21, 2018, was the last […]

French and Australian Connections on Lyme, Inflammation and Cancer: Medicine Week 2019 at Baden-Baden, Germany

By Simon Yu, MD

Medicine Week in Germany is considered one of the biggest cutting-edge complementary medical conferences in the world and there are multiple lectures simultaneously held at the huge congress hall. I gave a lecture on Parasites, Inflammation and Immune Dysregulation in the section on “Causal Therapies for Chronic Inflammation and Chronic Infection,” sponsored […]

Garden Gifts – Books & A Movie

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

December is gift-giving season. There are new garden books and a movie that will delight gardeners and others with their beautiful photography and inspiring words.

The biggest and most beautiful book is by well-known gardener, photographer and garden writer Ken Druse. The work of flower photographer Ellen Hoverkamp also graces the cover and […]

Giving Thanks to the Gardens We Love

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

This time of garden pause, when green growing ends and the quiet of winter begins, is a time to gather our gratitude for all the gardens we have loved, love now and will love in the future.

There are the gardens I have loved that no longer exist. My grandmother’s fresh strawberries picked […]

Green Dining Alliance Brings Sustainability to the St. Louis Restaurant Scene

By Victoria Donaldson

The Green Dining Alliance, a program of earthday365, certifies restaurants in sustainable practices, connecting them with resources to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce waste, conserve water, source locally, and more. All GDA restaurants recycle, phase in energy efficient lighting, never use Styrofoam, and set goals to improve over time. The GDA meets restaurants […]

Green The Church

Getting the Black Church involved in Environmental Justice and Climate Change

Green the Church, (GTC), is an initiative designed to tap into the power and purpose of the African American church community, and to explore and expand the role of churches as centers for environmental and economic resilience”

GTC hosted its annual summit in St. Louis, MO […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

November 29-December 1
Fair Trade Market
The largest Fair Trade Market with over 3,000 sq. feet of merchandise. By choosing Fair Trade products, you get great value and ensure equitable wages and treatment for farmers, artisans and their communities from around the world. Manchester United Methodist Church, 129 Woods Mill Road, manchester, Missouri 63011. 9am-3pm. manchesterrumc.org/ftm.

November 30, […]

Healthy Planet November Happenings

November 9
Open House at Holistic Fitness in Shrewsbury
Noon-5pm Saturday. Join us as we celebrate our new services. Attend free hourly presentations and receive coupons for discounted sessions. Free massage chair mini-sessions. In our classroom, learn about Skin-Care without Chemicals & see a Facial Demonstration at noon, Advanced Cranio-Sacral Therapy & Acupuncture at 1pm, “End Dieting […]

Homeopathic Laws for Parasites: High Doses Kill, Moderate Doses Irritate, Low Doses Laugh

By Simon Yu, MD

Homeopathy, a popular alternative to modern conventional medicine, was founded by German physician Christian Hahnemann in the early 19th century. Homeopathy has been providing millions of people looking for alternative, non-invasive form of therapeutics worldwide and especially for the treatment of chronic diseases as a means to promote prevention and healing.

Homeopathy stimulates […]

Hypothyroidism: An Undiagnosed Epidemic

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

Hypothyroidism, the name for the production of too little thyroid hormone, is a vastly under-diagnosed health problem in this country. Why is it so difficult to diagnose and treat low thyroid function? The main reason is that the symptoms are not very specific and are often present for many reasons besides […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Creating Safe Zones in an Increasingly Risky World

By Tom Braford

When our first cohousing community group at Arizmendi Ecovillage created a statement of who we are, we included safety as a word that resonated for our members on multiple levels.

It included physical safety, of course, but also things like an assurance that this is a safe investment for members’ housing and cooperative business […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: The Right Crew and the Right Tools

By Tom Braford

A lot can happen quickly when you have the right crew and the right tools. We were reminded of that recently when we needed some people to clean up the Ecovillage site.

A couple years ago, a church group, who was sponsoring some African refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, asked if a […]

Laser Therapy for Conditioning and Performance

By Dr. Brian Harasha

Laser therapy never ceases to amaze me regarding its multitude of applications. In this article I discuss the use of laser in athletic conditioning and performance. It is no wonder Olympic athletes and professional sports teams utilize laser therapy regularly to achieve high levels of success.

Lasers are commonly used in athletics at […]

Litter Box Woes

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Most people are surprised to learn that in 10% of multiple-cat household there are problems of inappropriate urination or defecation. The incidence of this malady increases by 10% with each additional cat in the household. The bad news is that this is a serious problem that can ruin your bond with the […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske; Naturalist

Plant Spirit Wheel

For many seasons, I have walked woods, meadows and river bottoms seeking the wisdom of the wild plant. When a plant is found, I make an offering of thanks and then gather. An acorn may have fallen on the path, wild grass may be lining a trail, rose hips may […]

Publisher’s Corner

My Greatest Holiday Memory

The holidays bring back memories of more than sugar plums and reindeer. I have had 67 Christmases and of course can only remember about 64 of those. Old photos and videos certainly help. And I wanted to write about “my favorite Christmas” this year, but it is almost impossible to choose. There […]

Reflecting On Green Building Success In 2019

By Richard Schuessler, Chair,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Board of Directors

It’s been another important year for green buildings in the St. Louis region. We at the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter have continued to play a vital role in continuing the greening of our region. I want to share some of our collective accomplishments, initiatives, and […]

Shamanic Energy Medicine: Thank You To The Lineage Keepers of Ancient Knowledge*

By Holly Schmitt,
Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner

Why would a modern, college educated professional turn to ancient healing methods? I have a thriving psychotherapy practice of 35 years. Why move into using healing tools that came from way back in human history?

Well, psychotherapy, like “western medicine”, is brand new to our species. This means we are at […]

Sllyce Republic Offers Roman-style Pizza

Residents of Wildwood and surrounding areas are enjoying a new flavor in town. The group behind Llywelyn’s Pub opened Sllyce Republic Pizza in Mid-June, located at 2490 Taylor Rd.

Sllyce Republic Pizza is a Roman-style pizzeria that fuses the mouth-watering taste of chef-inspired pizza and sandwiches while using only the freshest ingredients. Specialties include a dough […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Why So Many of Us Struggle with Balance in Our Behaviors: Understanding vs Blaming

Your “Personal Relationship Coach”
is just a click away at www.ChristineKniffen.com

I have spoken to many clients at length about balance. I tell them that in the absence of balance there is stress and at times chaos. The struggle against “excess” […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Good Stress Management Skills Equals a Less Stressed Life

Your “Personal Relationship Coach” is just a click away at www.ChristineKniffen.com

Self-improvement is an extremely broad concept that provides many opportunities and presents numerous areas in which to inject change. As I have worked with clients through the years I have frequently heard that […]

The Benefits of Thermography in Maintaining Breast Health

By Linda Spradling

October was breast cancer awareness month but we like to call every month breast health awareness and education month! We want to answer some of the questions we get about the benefits of thermography in maintaining breast health. While we do not advise our clients to have a thermogram in lieu of a […]

The Dangers of Acetaminophen

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

We recently discussed the problems with ibuprofen, which had many people thinking they would just reach for acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, instead. However, before you do so, it’s important to note that acetaminophen has its own problems.

Acetaminophen is an OTC analgesic consumed in the United States in massive quantities. Each week, […]

The Healing Arts Center Offers Free Massage For Cancer Patients In Treatment

Clients in cancer treatment have been coming to the Healing Arts Center to receive free massage for the past several years. As a client in this clinic, you receive care and compassion, which are an important part of the healing process. The Healing Arts Center is a wellness center and massage therapy school that offers […]

The Natural Medicine Cabinet – An Alternative to Antibiotics

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

According 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 antibiotic […]

We Need A World of Green Buildings

By Emily Andrews,
Executive Director,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

World Green Building Week was last month – did you even know there was such a thing?! When I went to their website, I read the following sentence: We need a world of green buildings. And then I got really excited. Of course that’s what we […]