Archive for August, 2023

A Garden for All to Enjoy

By Vincenzo Parisi

Good Day.

On North Ballas Road, there lies a glimpse of bright colors as people pass by. I have been planning, planting, and maintaining my gardens of many roots and bulbs for 20 years.

I chose an assortment of colors consisting of a broad spectrum of fragrant Asiatic Oriental Lilies, Iris (bearded and rainbow). There […]

A Method to the Madness

Monarch Butterfly Event Sept 16

One can only guess that news of the decline of the world’s largest population of migrating insects would drive a naturalist mad. So mad that they would rally fellow master naturalists and master gardeners into taking affirmative action. In 2015, Bob Lee did just that. His vision encompassed the entire state. […]

A Method to the Madness

One can only guess that news of the decline of the world’s largest population of migrating insects would drive a naturalist mad. So mad that they would rally fellow master naturalists and master gardeners into taking affirmative action. In 2015, Bob Lee did just that. His vision encompassed the entire state. It partly involved planting […]

A New Chapter

By Dr. Gail Cloud

What does a new chapter look like for you? How do you address a new chapter regarding a health incident or illness or injury? How might you look at your relationship with food, and what would a new chapter look like for you? We can always write a new story for ourselves […]

A New Season Brings Awareness of the Importance of Self-Care

Summer is ending, and school is back in session. Along with all the excitement and opportunity of a new school year comes a new set of challenges. From getting everyone out the door on time in the morning to managing a hectic schedule of homework and activities, parents find themselves busier than ever.

As hard as […]

ARTful Living: As summer winds down, the area abounds in ARTful opportunities

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo caption: Valley of Oaxaca after Jose Maria Velasco, by Justin Favel at CAM

Grand Center’s big start in the arts reopen September 8 with fall exhibitions:

Contemporary Art Museum, thanks to a National Endowment for the Arts grant, presents new works by Nevada-based artist Justin Favela. Favela uses familiar […]

Can Playing Hooky Be Healthy?

By Christina Staff, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

When was the last time you played “hooky” and broke free from the day-to-day grind? It was a typical Thursday morning and an abnormally mild August day. With pleading eyes, my son sat on our sofa asking to do that very thing – play hooky. Considering my office workload, […]

Chiropractic Care for Everyone

Revival Health and Wellness, nestled in the picturesque town of Fenton, Missouri, stands as a beacon of holistic well-being and rejuvenation. With its serene ambience and comprehensive approach to health, Revival has become a haven for those seeking to achieve optimal wellness in mind, body, and spirit.

At the heart of Revival’s philosophy is the belief […]

Conservation Corner: As the World Terns

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo caption: A Caspian tern, a member of a worldly species, flies over a Missouri wetland. Photo courtesy the Missouri Department of Conservation.

During the month of September, Missouri skies see many avian visitors pass by on their autumn migration paths. There is one particular bird that is especially cosmopolitan. […]

Conservation Corner: Freshwater Mussels, the Polite Parasites

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

During the heat of August, people often turn to a cool Missouri stream for relief. The calmly flowing waters provide welcome refreshment from the late summer sun. While there you might notice a very interesting aquatic critter that’s so shy that it never comes out of its shell. That […]

Creating Your Own Memories

By Jasmin Acosta, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Memories are a window for us to relive the highlights of our life that have stuck out and have left an impact on us. The memories that we have can be made to provide us with the ability to look back onto the past and to see great moments […]

Do You Know the Potential Impacts of Solar Flares?

By Diane K. Wilson

The sun reigns as a powerhouse, illuminating Earth and nurturing life! Yet, solar flares have effects on both the Earth and our bodies.

Solar flares are colossal eruptions of intense radiation that occur when magnetic energy stored in the sun’s atmosphere is suddenly released which can both awe and impact the very fabric […]

Earthworms Casting: Moving Stuff

By Jean Ponzi

Facing a major office move, I saw opportunity for a personal unpack.

I framed the task as a Study (anecdotal) from the (subjective) Research Question: How do I deal with moving Stuff? toward Hypothesizing: How can I move my strengths into activity where I, frankly, suck?

How I normally deal with Stuff: acquisitive in a […]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi

This Milkweed was Planted for Monarchs

Look close with guest columnist Besa Schweitzer into Milkweed’s wildly bugged-out world.

My neighbor planted a Swamp Milkweed on the edge of her patio to attract monarch butterflies to her garden.

Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) may be their most preferred food source of the milkweed genus, the only plants monarchs […]

Fall is for planting!

It’s always hard to let go of the fun days of summer. But then thoughts turn to what waits for us in fall. Crop harvests, colored leaves, golden sunsets, and warm sweaters. Fall invites us to slow down, get cozy, and take a deep breath of crisp air. Each season has its novelties and delicacies, […]

Favorite Flower Zinnia

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

There are many favorite flowers, but zinnias are #1 in my summer garden. They bring such joy and childlike pleasure. In fact, these feelings of innocent joy are exactly what the flower essence “zinnia” imparts in flower essence therapy. Butterflies and pollinators love them too, especially […]

Founder’s Forum: This Truth is Self-Evident

By J.B. Lester

I just got back from a walk at 9:30 a.m. and it’s already 85 degrees and feels like 94 degrees with the heat index (which combines actual temperature and humidity). It’s safe to say it’s darn hot outside. In fact, June 2023 was the hottest June on record nationally. I know it’s silly […]

Founder’s Forum: My First Year of (Semi) Retirement

By J.B. Lester

I must say retirement agrees with me. It has been a year now since I officially retired and handed over the reins to The Healthy Planet magazine to my good friend Susan Hunt Bradford. She has done a great job keeping the editions coming and providing the St. Louis area and beyond (via […]

Good People Doing Good Things: Jennifer Cobb

By Susan Hunt-Bradford, Healthy Planet Publisher

Jennifer Cobb’s list of accomplishments is more than impressive. I knew she was the perfect candidate for Good People Doing Good Things. Her notable achievements include:

NFL Super Bowl Cheerleader Alumni

Producer “House of Arms” movie

Award-winning children’s book author: “Cheer for Care”

Founder Team Gateway to a Cure

VIP Fox Representative for the Michael […]

Inspirations for Life! Health and Weight! Can we control it?

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

Health is a goal! Weight is a side effect!

I have been eating a plant based diet for 25 yrs, preparing 95% of my food, and make mostly healthy choices. I don’t eat fast or fried food and very little processed. I don’t eat meat or dairy, and prefer salt over […]

Inspirations for Life! Milestones!

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

First milestone reached! I’ve lost 20 pounds!!! It feels great! But I think the side effects are even better!

I feel younger and happier every day. My heart rate and blood pressure are down, I’m more agile, I walk easier and faster, my joints aren’t as stiff, and I feel like […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: A Mustard Seed

By Tom & Carol Braford

I recently read the book, Mere Christianity, by CS Lewis that was originally a series of radio broadcasts near the end of World War II. At the time in 1939, the Church, the whole community of believers, had already lapsed in the practice of the Golden Rule of the New Testament […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Prioritizing Long-term Workability

By Tom & Carol Braford

After celebrating Independence Day, many of us are wondering once again if our union will long endure and even more importantly if our species, civilization and Earth as a habitable planet will long endure.

Fortunately for now at least, we and those in other more or less democratic countries still have a […]

Join the Green Schools Quest for a Rewarding School Year

By Porscha Hayes, Show-Me Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA

Are you a school looking for ways to go green that do not leave your piggy bank shattered? Do you want to offer more avenues of engaging programming to your students without stretching your teachers too thin? Are your students eager to see real-world impact as a result […]

Medical Acupuncture on Skin Meridian: Better Than Biologics for Eczema, Psoriasis and More?

By Simon Yu MD

Skin care is a big business for cosmetic industries, anti-aging medicine, dermatology and pharmaceutical giants. New psoriasis and eczema treatments called Biologics are leading many TV commercials. The largest outer surface sensory organ in the body, skin is metabolically active with a sophisticated immune complex system to protect the body. Changes in […]

Missouri Botanical Garden Announces Extension of Chihuly Nights for Acclaimed Chihuly in the Garden 2023 Exhibition

 Due to popular demand, the Missouri Botanical Garden will extend Chihuly Nights Sept. 7 through Sept. 30, 2023, Thursday through Saturday nights. This ticketed evening experience offers visitors a chance to see Chihuly in the Garden 2023 in a spectacular way. With thousands of pieces of blown glass forms in 20 dramatic installations throughout the Garden’s grounds, Chihuly in the […]

Native Plants that Fatten Fall Birds

By Sarah Wilson, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

How do birds stay warm in the winter?

How do they have the energy to migrate south?

Fatty foods. And a lot of them. Fat has more calories than carbohydrates or protein. It fuels birds flying south and warms those hunkering down in the cold.

How seriously do some migrating birds take […]

On September 6, Join Growing City Greens to Raise Money for Food Sovereignty

City Greens Market is hosting a “green party” for food sovereignty, and you’re invited! Join them on Wednesday, September 6, at the Wild Carrot to raise some greens for City Greens and their mission of increasing food access for everyone. While attending Growing City Greens, you will enjoy the freshest of farm-to-table food from local […]

On September 6, Join Growing City Greens to Raise Money for Food Sovereignty

Photo Caption: City Greens Staff

City Greens Market is hosting a “green party” for food sovereignty, and you’re invited! Join them on Wednesday, September 6, at the Wild Carrot to raise some greens for City Greens and their mission of increasing food access for everyone. While attending Growing City Greens, you will enjoy the freshest of […]

Optimizing your Health: Are Nutritional Supplements Right for You?

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

I am commonly asked by my patients, “Can I get all the nutrients I need from food?”

In an ideal world, eating organic, whole, fresh food, would provide all the nutrients our bodies require to function optimally. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we still fall short. Some of the reasons for the […]

Organized for Life! It’s a Wrap!

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

I hope you were encouraged and inspired by my organizing articles over the last year. I trust you made lots of progress, saved some money, and your life is now running smoothly.

This is my last article for ‘Organized for Life’. As much as I love writing them there are so many […]

Organized for Life! Mid-summer Fun!

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

One more month of summer! Beaches, golfing, garden markets, events, pool parties, vacations, barbeques, ball games, camping, luscious produce…

It’s time to start getting organized for September, but don’t stop having fun, summer isn’t over yet!

Here is a short list to check your progress.

Planning for canning! Is your garden harvest or […]

Our Zero Energy Future is Here

By Emily Andrews, LEED AP O+MExecutive Director, Missouri Gateway Green Building Council

Photo: Navigate Office Center

This month will see a celebration of Missouri’s first Zero Energy Certified building and I couldn’t be more excited. There are a lot of different terms out there when it comes to building as climate solutions – green buildings, net zero […]

Peonies are Excellent Perennial Plants

By Ann Lapides

Peonies are perennial garden classics, adored the world over for their magnificent blossoms and heavenly fragrance. They are incredibly long-lived plants; some have been known to live 100 years! Superb as cut flowers, peonies have no rivals. Alone or in mixed bouquets, they have an ethereal beauty and an unforgettable perfume. Peonies are […]

People Helping People

By Christina Staff, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Photo caption: My son and I planted a small container garden. We may have gotten overzealous with tomato plants, benefiting several friends and family members with backyard fruit.

How did August find us so quickly? With each lap around the sun, I try to do better about celebrating those around […]

Pomme de Terre River and Lake

By the MCE staff

The beef processing facility Missouri Prime Beef Packers is proposing to discharge 350,000 gallons per day of their waste directly into the Pomme de Terre River, which flows into Pomme de Terre Lake. This facility is located in Polk County outside Pleasant Hope, Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is […]

Publisher’s Corner

By Susan Hunt-Bradford

September: The Start of my Favorite Season

 I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin spice, but if that means cooler weather is coming due to fall being right around the corner, bring on the pumpkin spice. Occasionally, I meet someone who enjoys hot weather, but most people I know are impatiently waiting to put […]

Publisher’s Corner

August: Summer isn’t over yet!

By Susan Hunt-Bradford

Trying to find a way to be outdoors and deal with the heat can be a challenge but can also be fun. The Missouri Department of Conservation has a great event: Nocturnal by Nature, a free nighttime event Saturday, Aug. 12 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the August A. Busch […]

Recycling 101: Seeing is believing

By Steve Davies, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

So, I thought I would start off with what I would consider the simplest of the three basic materials being recycled today, glass. As I first talked about, I still remember our local recycling center having three individual glass bins, one for green, one for brown and one for […]

Recycling on the Road

By Steve Davies, Healthy Planet Columnist

It was just last week, when I was sitting on the screen porch of our family cabin up in northern Minnesota that I began to start thinking about what I should write my next article on. I was thinking about plastics because safe to say, plastics are everywhere.

After writing about […]

Repurposing Antiparasitic & Antifungal Drugs for Cancer

By Simon Yu, MD

In September, I am presenting at the Cancer Control Society conference in California. My topic: Is it possible to treat cancer as a neglected infectious disease? Is cancer a metabolic disease, with tumors growing – and metastases spreading – like a metabolic parasite? It may sound farfetched, but there is growing evidence […]

Should You Really Use Sunscreen Every Day?

By Cassidy Hartmann, Licensed Esthetician at Vitality Unlimited Spa

Protecting yourself from the sun is the single most important part of everyone’s skin care routine. Premature skin aging such as wrinkles, sagging skin and sunspots can be prevented with regular daily use of an SPF 15 sunscreen. It also reduces your risk of developing squamous cell […]

Strategies to Enhance Your Immune System!

By Amy Davis, M.D.

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 resolve. […]

Take a Walk with Native Lands, Plants & Art

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

The treasures of Forest Park are often a surprise. A few weeks ago, my husband and I experienced both native plants growing on what was for thousands of years native land* and art created by Native Americans. We took a walk through the Savanna in Forest […]

The Builders Home & Remodeling Show is the One Stop for Your Next Home Project!

The 43rd Annual Builders Home & Remodeling Show, presented by LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, returns to St. Charles Convention Center September 22-24. The Show, produced by the Home Builders Association of St. Louis, gives area residents the opportunity to see more than 150 companies in 300 booths on both levels of the Convention Center. Show visitors can […]

Uniting Terrain and Germ Theories for Optimal Well-Being

By Diane K. Wilson

In the realm of health, two prominent theories are: the Terrain Theory and the Germ Theory. Imagine your body as a complex landscape, and pathogens as explorers seeking entry. Just like a ship navigating treacherous waters, our health journey is a delicate balance between the terrain we offer and the germs we […]

What do you find hard to love?

By Jasmin Acosta, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Our love for others is sometimes given unconditionally without any limitations. Still, we often limit the love we give ourselves based on the parts of us that we find hard to love since we tend to measure our worth depending on aspects about us that we believe are flawed.

Usually, […]

Who Did I Used To Be

By Dr. Gail Cloud

Who did I used to be

Certainly I used to be somebody

As I get older and old enough to join the purple hat club

With my full head of gray hair

I notice that people look at me differently

Doors get opened graciously

And I no longer am looked at as someone who is somebody

I am looked […]