Archive for December, 2022

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”

By Natalie R. Toney M.F.A.,C.H.

“There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays”, “Joy to the World”, “Winter Wonderland”…we’re all familiar with the carols of the season. They often begin pouring over speakers in department stores just after Halloween, and carry us through ‘til New Years. Songs of twinkling lights, sparkling snow, dancing sugar plums, snowmen […]

2023… My year to stay present

Another year has started and to me January brings some type of excitement that no other month can bring.  Every month has their place but January strikes up the feelings of newness and new beginnings. 

I haven’t made a new year’s resolution in a long time.  I never stick to them so why bother.  But then […]

A View Into the New Year

By Dr. Gail Cloud, D.C.

Do you ever wonder what themes you might be experiencing in a new year? Do you think about what your dreams are and how you might achieve them? Do you look at your weaknesses and also your strengths and see how they can work together? I love to ask these questions […]

ARTful Living : Happy 2023! Cheers to a fabulous new year!

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

I propose that you include ART in your New Year’s resolutions: attend more ART events, exhibitions, or performances; draw, paint, sing or dance (no one has to see you!). I launched my own 2023 resolution early by enrolling in the Smithsonian Institute’s World Art History Certification Program. My […]

ARTful Living: December 2022

Tis the season — for ARTful living!

There are always oh-so many things to experience during this time of year—and it’s all wonderful

As you shop for holiday gifts, please remember that some of the very best gifts you can give are those ARTful experiences: take the family to a live musical performance, stroll through an exhibition together, […]

Balancing the Brain for Better Health

By Dr. Amy Davis, M.D.

What if there was a safe, non-invasive system that could improve conditions like Attention Deficit DisorderAnxiety, Depression, Learning Disabilities and chronic pain for good and even eliminate the need for medications?

Neurofeedback is a non-drug approach that can improve your quality of life dramatically. Imagine getting better sleepimproving memory, having more energy or being more alert and focused? Neurofeedback can do all […]

Christmas Trees and String Lights

By Jasmin Acosta

December is the time of remembrance and taking the time to reflect on what the year has brought us along with what we are thankful for. The smell of gingerbread, candy canes, and hot chocolate while jolly Christmas songs are playing and seeing bright lights while hearing people laughing brings us joy since […]

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

By Leigh Hendry, Healthy Planet Food Editor

As the days get cooler nothing warms you up like a nice bowl of soup and this is a perfect fall soup! It’s delicious and super easy to make.

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

½ yellow onion, finely chopped2 tbsp olive oil2 cans of pumpkin – 15 oz1 can of coconut milk […]

Connecting People, Places, and Planet

By Emily Andrews, Missouri Gateway Green Building Council

A new year holds a lot of promise and opportunity. It’s a chance to reflect, to set new intentions, or to recommit to a goal or practice. This year, your local Green Building Council is making a big change while also recommitting to our mission of making every […]

Conservation Corner: Ghost Pines of Christmases Past

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: A stand of shortleaf pines towers toward the sky. Photo by Noppadol Paothong, Missouri Department of Conservation.

Decorated evergreen trees in homes, offices, and stores are among the most conspicuous harbingers of the Christmas season. Favorites include spruces from Colorado, Douglas firs of the Northwest, or even Scotch […]

Conservation Corner: Winter Angel

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

(photo caption: A lunar halo, seen on a cold, January night.)Photo by Dan Zarlenga

Venture outside on a cold, clear January night, and you could have an encounter with a heavenly angel.

The moon is our faithful companion, both on Earth’s journey through space and as a nocturnal beacon for Earth’s […]

Donna Delights and Insights: It’s Almost Here: The Most Taxing Time of the Year

By Donna Linn, Healthy Planet Columnist

Filing taxes can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. To make your life a little easier this tax season, here is some hard-knock wisdom from Harley Linn, CPA, founder of Linn and Campbell Certified Public Accountants.

Organizing your tax information will save you time, money, and that […]

Donna’s Delights and Insights

Tis the Seasoning: Christmas With Andy

One of my fondest and most vivid memories is watching the Andy Williams televised Christmas special with my family. I was mesmerized by his smooth, laid back style and melodic voice. I can still see Andy in his glittering red and white Christmas sweater, something he’ll always be remembered for. […]

Eagle Days returns with new date and location: Feb. 11 at Audubon Center at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

This popular annual event will offer visitors a splendid chance to see bald eagles in their natural habitat. 

Few words can describe the thrill of seeing America’s national symbol soaring through the air in the wild or close enough to touch. And winter is the ideal time to view bald eagles in Missouri. The metro area’s […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Ginkgo for Xmas

By Jean Ponzi

Trees have taught me how Love and Capacity for Care branch out at different paces. And how leaving out Awareness can get you stuck being just a stick.

The Christmas my brother was hosting our family in his family’s new home, I wanted to give them what embodied love from me, a tree. Specifically, […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Lattice

By Jean Ponzi

Random patternsLinear sketchesFine to bold as eye travels from sky to groundBodies of treesArching upTrunk lines branch upinto dendritic connectionsCapillary actionsOccasionally clotted with the leafy nestsof more mobile kin

Wisp delicate at their twig extremesEach individual’s growing edgesshow how even mighty livesreach fragile into their newest spacesTenderness at the budding tipssprouts resilience

Our tree friendsOur […]

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Pathogens Biohacking, Reprogramming the Epigenome?More:

By Simon Yu MD

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) was first described over 100 years ago and is now recognized more often with many subgroups of classification. EDS is considered genetic-related hereditary connective-tissue disorder. Common symptoms include hypermobile loose joints, joint pain, stretchy velvety skin, and is associated with cardio-vascular problems including aortic dissection, joint subluxation and dislocation, […]

Founder’s Forum: Holidays, Cats & Retirement

By J.B. Lester

There is snow on the pumpkin this morning. Thanksgiving is next week and the feral cat family on our front porch prepares for the winter ahead. Their coats are getting thicker, and the five kittens are now nearly the size of the momma cat. My retirement is becoming a reality as I am […]

Founder’s Forum: Resolve To Create Comm-Unity

By J.B. Lester

January is the time of renewal, reflection and in many cases reversal of the direction things are going. On a personal level, we look to make our lives healthier, wealthier and wiser. This brings me to a broader topic. Society. Our society needs some serious reflection and a major tuneup.

Social issues are going […]

GF/AIP Holiday Sugar Cookie with natural icing, that Can be Used for Thumbprints and Snickerdoodles

By Natalie R. Toney, M.F.A., C.H.

Cookies, cookies, cookies! It’s that time of year for office parties, school recitals, cookie swaps, and gift exchanges! Festive holiday gatherings are adorned with baked goods in every shape and size resembling neighborhoods of gingerbread, candy cane lanes, jolly Santa’s and Mrs. Claus, alongside reindeer with sleigh’s full of toys. […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo set for Sunday, March 26

Registration Now Open for Exhibitors

The Healthy Planet Magazine is proud to announce its 41st Natural Living Expo, March 26, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex, 33 East Glendale Road, 63119.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor at the expo, please call right away as this event fills up fast or […]

Hearty Cottage Pie


2.3 lbs of lean ground beef6 large yellow potatoes1 large white onion32 oz of beef broth1 cup of all purpose flour16 oz fresh green beans6 large carrotsShredded mild cheddar cheese (optional)


Peel potatoes and dice them to be boiled and mashed. Cut up green beans and dice the onion and carrots as well.

Boil potatoes in a […]

Interview with Amoriah Gray

Amoriah Gray is a seven-year-old author. She started writing her book at age 6 and she’s just finished working on being in a music video for a song she co-wrote with her mom. She is a very inspirational child with a humble spirit. This is just the beginning of wonderful things that this sweet girl […]

Interview with Sarah Landro

Sarah Landro taught preschool for 37 years. Twenty-seven of those years at Zion United Methodist Church. She retired from there but certainly has not slowed down in retirement. She has been motivating and inspiring children and adults for a long time.

SHB: You were in childhood education for many years. How did you get involved in […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: December – A Special Time to Come Together to Celebrate

By Tom & Carol Braford

This is the time of year when people all over the world gather to celebrate in community in many different ways. People of different nationalities, with different beliefs, and different ideologies, often within the same family, put aside their differences to come together in peace and love. 

So many Americans got out […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: That Uppity Theater Company Goes Green

by Tom & Carol Braford

What do That Uppity Theater Company and Arizmendi Ecovillage have in common? We are both committed to making a difference with the people who are still reeling from the impact of Covid. That is why we recently joined forces to submit a pair of Local Tourism grant applications.

It is common knowledge […]

Let it Go

Poem by Dr. Gail Cloud, D.C.

People frequently say, “Let It Go”; why can’t they just let it go

How can we let go of what we haven’t digested

It stays locked up inside of us and keeps us congested

Until we are able 

To dig deep and look at what is in us unstable

To see our core wounds

And from […]

Managing Your Stress

What kind of thing is stress, that it is so readily recognized, yet managed with such difficulty? A short definition would state that stress is our internal response to the short or long-term life events, or situations, that wrap around us. Interestingly, our initial response seems hard-wired, the well-known “fight or flight syndrome”. This response, […]

MDC seeks recycled Christmas trees to benefit fish and anglers in area lakes

Residents can drop off used natural Christmas trees after the holidays at St. Louis City and County lakes until Jan. 12. 

What better Christmas present could there be than a new home? Of course, some anglers might say an improved chance to catch fish would be at the top of their list. 

Christmas trees can check both […]

Neumi For Your Health

By Pat Purley

Introducing the phenomenal antioxidant of Neumi, the master antioxidant of all antioxidants. Discovered by Dr. Steven K. Scott many years ago.

I have learned through taking this product that one of the keys to fighting off diseases we fear the most is glutathione. When our glutathione becomes too low and weak in our body, […]

Organized for Life: Happy ‘Organized’ New Year!

By Deb Powell

First: WE REST!!!

Then we organize.


Wait, what?! Yes, that’s what I said. Snowmen, angels, greenery, grape vine bows, mistletoe, reindeer… are also winter decor (if they’re not too Christmassy), so leave some of them out. Even lights can create a beautiful atmosphere. This also makes less work for now, and keeps […]

Organized for Life: Organized for the Holidays!

By Deb Powell

I have a different view of ‘holidays’. Yes, I celebrate with my family, but I’m against so much fuss, work, and expense that come with it… My theory is this: I don’t need a calendar to tell me when to invite someone over for dinner, or buy them things… If we weren’t so […]

Pet of the Month: Milo, Cockapoo

Milo is a 5 ½-year-old boy who loves being with his mom and dad. He is an old soul who doesn’t like to play much and is completely happy just hanging out in his bed with a bone. He generally only comes out for food, and once the kids are in bed, he can get […]

Pet of the Month: Wiley, Snowshoe Cat

Meet Wiley (aka Baby Buddha”, aka “Pup”) He is our 11-year-old Snowshoe Cat. He is extremely friendly and loves being around people. He is called “Baby Buddha” at times because of the way he likes to sit. He is also referred to as “Pup” because we are sure he thinks he’s a dog; obeying commands […]

Professional Patient Jane on Curing Stage 4 Cancer: Reverse Engineering Chronic Fatigue or Cancer

By Simon Yu MD

Several years ago, I wrote about a Wall Street lawyer who became ill, was unable to work with severe fatigue, and was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He made a small fortune on the Wall Street, and he was able to quit his job, and pursue his medical recovery full time. I […]

Seeds… A Garden’s Greatest Treasure

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green and Growing Editor

A garden’s miracle is the transformation of a tiny seed into a growing plant. These tiny capsules of creation hold a greater power than all the jewels of a treasure chest. A seed itself contains life and the power to sustain all life on our planet. […]

Setbacks and Opportunities

By Jared Opsal

This summer the broad-based movement to take action to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants suffered a major setback in the Supreme Court case of West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency. The court’s 6-3 decision stated Congress did not grant the EPA, in Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the authority […]

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 art […]

Taking Back Our Power

By Jasmin Acosta

The new year is starting, which means we are leaving the past behind us and starting anew! This is the time to start our self-healing journey to celebrate the new year and to expect great opportunities to come along with moving forward from the past. To be able to embark on our journey […]

The Benefits of Pure Oxygen for the Skin

By Amy Williams, Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician at Vitality Unlimited Spa

The holidays are over, but the blistering cold temperatures are sticking around for a bit longer. With low temperatures comes drier air, and with drier air comes drier skin. If your skin’s appearance is dull and feels chapped from winter winds, then it might […]

The Health Benefits of Birdwatching are Too Good to Pass Up

By Charmin Dahl

This time of year, I find it hard to get motivated to go outside. The combination of bad weather, indulgent holidays, and bittersweet year’s end leaves me feeling mushy in mind and body. But being busy, bloated, and blue are all good reasons to go outside, immediately. Spending time outdoors provides numerous health […]

There’s Only One Earth

Earthbound Recycling takes hazardous waste that others won’t

The world is changing, the climate is changing, and we as humans need to change too. At least that’s the idea, but it can be difficult when you call a recycling center or scrap yard and they tell you about all the things they don’t take, while the […]

Warm Wintry Mix Salad

By Natalie R. Toney M.F.A,C.H.

January is here, and it’s a bright new year! After the indulgent culinary offerings of the holiday season, perhaps you’re craving a meal that’s a bit lighter fare, yet still comforting on the blustery, winter days. This Warm Wintry Mix Salad is a toasty, healthful option that’s even delicious to have […]

Water Sampling in North St. Louis County

By Christen Commuso

In case you missed it, Missouri Coalition for the Environment and Just Moms STL recently partnered to form the STL Toxic Waste Alliance. We believe it is every person’s right to know the communities in which they live, work, worship, and play are safe and free from hazardous and radioactive wastes. Through outreach […]

What Are Your Symptoms Telling You?

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Functional Medicine identifies the Root Cause of disease and recognizes that symptoms manifest and provide clues to the underlying cause. The symptoms experienced provide key information to help identify and treat the root cause.

Symptoms that correlate with digestion and the gut microbiome are among the most common. They provide us with […]

What does it mean to be “eagle-eyed”?

By Sarah Wilson, MATo start with, it means eagles can see a wider range of colors than we can. We have three types of cones (photoreceptors) in our eyes; eagles have four. This allows them to detect ultraviolet light. If you’ve watched any crime dramas, you may know that many bodily fluids, such as blood […]

Winter Getaways and Adventures to Shawnee Forest Country

Winter is a great time to enjoy the slower, quieter side of Shawnee Forest Country in Southernmost Illinois. The cooler temperatures mean no bugs or snakes and the trees are bare, allowing you to see much further into the forests. Bluffs hidden behind the summer foliage emerge dramatically into sight. The Shawnee National Forest can be magical any time of […]

Winterize Your Home For Better Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Comfort

By Malachi Rein, Building Energy Exchange Saint Louis Director

I live in an old South City house.  I’m not exaggerating by saying its first family was living there before many of mine set foot on this continent.  When we bought this house we were recent graduates, fresh in our jobs with student loan debt, and parents […]

Wise & Inspiring Nature & Garden Books

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

Winter is coming on. Time to curl up with a book and replenish our deep love of nature. Books filled with wisdom can replenish us and push us into action, inspiring us to be guardians of nature not just gardeners. 

Mary Reynolds is a “reformed” Irish garden […]