Archive for December, 2023

2024: NOT a RESOLUTION but a Roadmap to Success!

By Diane K. Wilson

It’s that time of year again… ”New Year’s Resolutions”. I can feel you cringing (as I do) about the mere thought of it. By avoiding the wimpy word ‘resolution’ and choosing more positive affirming words we set an intention similar to scoring a goal in sports!

Also, you may be successful with S.M.A.R.T. […]

8 Easy Ways to Use Less Plastic

By Sarah Wilson, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Standing in Target looking around, I suddenly saw every item as future trash. Everything in the building – much made of or packaged in plastic — is, someday, going to be thrown away. And that was just one of 1900 stores in the US. Same with Walmart (4700 stores).

I […]

ARTful Living

Happy New Year!  Wishing you a very wonderful and wonder-filled 2024!

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo Caption: Intellectual Rigor, by Mark Wetzling, in Upon Further Reflection exhibition.

A little vice might spice this winter when Art Saint Louis presents Sin City, an exhibition of multimedia works by 31 artists, based on the Seven Deadly […]

ARTful Living…. Events to Help Celebrate the Season

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo: Winter Celebrations at St. Louis Art Museum, Dec. 9-10.

It’s December 2023—really?? I sometimes wonder how we arrive so quickly to the end of a year—and how did we arrive at 2024 already?? It seems that we were just contemplating the start of a new millennium! Of course, […]

Autoimmune Disease and Missing Links: A Cure for… Misdiagnosis?

By Simon Yu MD

Do you have one of those autoimmune diseases of “many names” after years of struggling and searching for help with your chronic physical ailments? The rate of the Autoimmune Disorders has risen rapidly in the last 40 years, and has become one of the most common medical diagnoses with a multitude of […]

Biochemical Individuality and Functional Medicine

By Dr. Amy Davis

Functional Medicine is focused on overall health by using personalized and system-oriented medical care. We are all truly unique in our genetic makeup and in how our environmental exposures impact us. There are two different components that contribute to biochemical individuality.

First, the genes inherited from your parents and ancestors determine physical strengths […]

Blessed to be Busy

Sitting Down to a Full Plate

By Christina Staff, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

“I think you’re a person who’s happiest and functions best when you have a full plate.” He wasn’t talking about holiday meal portions, but instead the figurative plate of projects and tasks we all sit down to at the table of life. At times, […]

Christmas Poem

By Deb Powell

Who doesn’t know that Christmas is,The best time of the year.There’s lots of stuff, and healthy food,And most of all, good cheer!

The parents have the best time tho,They get to do so much.They have to be both Mom and Dad,Then be Santa Clause as such.

Especially Mom who does the most,It’s like she is, […]

Christmas Tree & Holiday Lights Recycling

Provided by the St Louis Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

Christmas Tree Recycling **All trees must have tinsel, ornaments and lights removed.

 ** City recycling options: (city park sites subject to change with official announcement coming later this year.)

• St. Louis City Parks — free live Christmas tree dropoff — December 26th to January 8th

Forest Park: Lower […]

Conservation Corner: A Tradition Transformed

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: Bird lovers of all ages can participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. Photo by David Stonner, Missouri Department of Conservation.

Christmas was once not so merry for birds and wildlife. In 1800s America, a tradition developed called the “side hunt”. Each Christmas two teams, armed with rifles, […]

Conservation Corner: Snow Fleas  

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: Snow fleas are not really fleas at all, but actually springtails.

Photo from Flickr courtesy of Christa R. http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z9F.

Do the cold weather and short days of January give you cabin fever? Are you itching to get outside? The next snowy day, scratch that itch to go out and […]

Culinary Cheer for a Healthy New Year

By Natalie R. Toney M.F.A.,C.H., Healthy Planet Food Editor    

Photo: Zoodles with pesto and fresh mozzarella.

The new month, and new year tends to greet me with a bit of tranquility after the hustle and bustle of holiday fervor. I enjoy the decorations, music, generosity, and gratitude that is ushered in with the season, though it […]

Don’t Miss The Total Eclipse Of The Sun 2024 In Southernmost Illinois

Grab your eclipse glasses and head to Carbondale or Makanda, Illinois. Both towns are in the centerline of the total solar eclipse that will occur at 1:59 p.m. CST on April 8, 2024, and will last more than 4 minutes in totality.

 So, what exactly is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse is a lineup of […]

Donna’s Delights and Insights

By Donna Linn, Healthy Planet Columnist

Photo Dr. Jason Edwards


 Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, St. Luke’s Hospital, Chesterfield, MO.


The first thing you observe about Dr. Jason Edwards is his warm, welcoming smile. With a natural gift for putting you at ease, he understands the significance of empathy […]

Eagle Days Returns to Audubon Center at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary Feb. 10

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

Photo: The annual Eagle Days event returns for 2024 to the Audubon Center at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton. The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

 Few words can describe […]

Earthworms Castings

By Jean Ponzi

Ragman Revered

I see him in my mind with wild red hair, a gangly skeezix kind of guy, in slick jeans and a vintage leather-sleeved letter jacket.

Kelly Stewart was a Tom Sawyer type, with that Hey, come on, LET’S DO THIS charisma that pulled in friends and strangers who became companions in his Rags-to-Resources […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Celebration Keeper

By Jean Ponzi

There are great-hearted people in all times and lands all over our Earth whose sacred – and often unofficial – job is to keep our human spirits lively and growing, appreciative, and full of shared joy.

This Celebration Keeper work is so important that many ancient legends say if the ones who do it […]

Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP 

caption: Hands on experience at the EMBA apiary – The Eastern Missouri Beekeeping Association has mentors, monthly meetings and hands on workshops to guide you through a year of beekeeping. 

The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association will hold it’s annual Beekeeping Workshop on February 10th, 2024, at the Aviator Hotel & Conference Center at 6921 South Lindbergh, […]

Exciting Announcement about Holistic Energy Therapies & Products!

By Diane K Wilson

Photo: Thank you all who were in attendance and helped!!: (Left to Right) Jennifer Janowitz, friend; Deborah Rhodes, Executive Director of the Southwest Area Chamber of Commerce; Diane K. Wilson, Founder & CEO of Crimson Cre8ive: Holistic Energy Therapies & Products; Monica Sharp, Lindell Bank; Dr. Monica A. Stewart, Community Engagement Liaison […]

Explore Down To Earth & Far Out Books for Gardeners

Explore Down To Earth & Far Out Books for Gardeners

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

The gift giving winter holidays are a time to explore books that expand knowledge and ways of being in gardens and nature. For gardener wannabes and professionals alike, these books expand anyone’s understanding of the world through […]

Festive and Fabulous Gluten-Free Golden Fruitcake

By Natalie R.Toney M.F.A.,C.H., Healthy Planet Food Editor 

When thinking of all of the decadent and delightful treats that are presented, exchanged, and devoured through the holiday season, most have visions of festively decorated cookies, candies, tortes, and pies in their heads (recipes for AIP/GF cookies and dye free icing in the Dec.2022 archives). Then there […]

Finding New Environmentalists Through Art

By Jared Opsal

This past August MCE hosted a traveling art exhibition titled “Americans Who Tell the Truth” in order to promote environmental ideals to a new audience and gain new followers and supporters from the arts community. The exhibition featured 11 portraits of environmental change makers from throughout the U.S. including the unveiling of a […]

Fostering Connection with our Elders: Beating Winter Isolation for Seniors

Winter’s chill often brings a sense of isolation for seniors, but with concerted efforts, we can create a warm and connected community. Let’s explore who can help, what actions they can take, and why these efforts are crucial in combating winter loneliness among seniors.

Virtual Socializing plays a pivotal role in keeping seniors connected. Family, friends, […]

Founder’s Forum: New Year Asks Us to Reflect & Persevere

By J.B. Lester

As the holidays come to a close, and we have spent some quality time with family and friends, take this opportunity for an emotional inventory of what the old year has brought us. For me, it has been a year of transition from working full time to part-time and retirement of sorts. I […]

Founder’s Forum: Our Christmas Eve Adventure

By J.B. Lester

On the night of December 24th, 1959, I squirmed and wiggled shaking the bunk bed. “Hey, Jimmy, are you awake?” My brother Bill asked from the bed below me. “I can’t sleep,” I answered. “I am too excited about Christmas.” I kicked off my covers and carefully climbed down the ladder. “Let’s sneak […]

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., Healthy Planet Food Editor

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 […]

Gifts for the Native Gardener

By Sarah Wilson, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Wondering what to get your favorite native gardening enthusiast? Consider these choices, the first three of which link to Amazon.

Under $25: SHALL Garden Knife

After I used one at a Wild One’s garden installation, I donated my other gardening hand tools and never looked back. A good garden knife like […]

Healthier Foods for the Holidays

By Gail Cloud, D.C.

I thought I would talk a little bit about how to make healthier foods for the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas and Kwanzaa, Chanukah, etc. are holidays we celebrate during this time of year.

How can we cook, celebrate, enjoy, indulge some and still follow a basically healthy way of eating?

First of all, I […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo set for Sunday, April 14

Registration Now Open for Exhibitors

The Healthy Planet Magazine is proud to announce its 42nd Natural Living Expo, April 14, 11 am to 5 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 […]

How AI & Data Technologies Are Helping Fleets & EV Drivers Navigate Around Higher Charge Costs During Winter

By Sumit Chauhan

As more drivers, fleet operators and businesses continue their inexorable shift toward sustainable transportation, the electric vehicle (EV) market has continued to experience unprecedented growth ever since the pandemic. However, as the adoption of EVs accelerates, a new set of challenges emerges, particularly when it comes to charging in colder weather. Today’s drivers […]

Inspirations for Life! HELP!?

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

Happy New Year!!!

Well… we made it through another Christmas season! Although it’s a new year according to the world’s calendar, I consider my birthday my new year. But whatever it is to you, today is the first day of the rest of your life, make it count!

We can attempt great […]

Inspirations for Life! REBEL! That’s me!

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet columnist

Pronounce it however you like, I’m a rebel, and I will rebel! I admitted while contemplating life this morning that I’ve always been a rebel. Being sexually abused for years as a child caused my attitude to be ‘no one will ever push me around me again’. It changed my […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Forty Years In The Wilderness

By Tom & Carol Braford

Forty years ago as I was approaching 40, I was a little bit lost as 40 somethings of every generation seem to be and searching for some purpose in my life. One of my favorite things to do was to deliberately lose myself in Nature, whether it was a remote swimming […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: St. Louis Moonshot for Civilization and the Planet

By Tom & Carol Braford

We are transformed when we renew our hearts and minds. But it is never just about us, but rather how we care for and serve others, our civilization and that beautiful blue-green marble spinning through space that is our only home. However, it is not fulfilled at that level or even […]

Keeping Our Furry Family Members Safe with Holiday Food

By Susan Hunt-Bradford, Healthy Planet Publisher

Veterinarians often see more pet visits to their clinics during the holidays because pets eat the wrong foods. It’s hard to resist giving your pets yummy holiday (people) food, but it’s in everyone’s best interest to be careful about what food we feed our furry companions.

According to The Brownsville Clinic […]

Medical Acupuncture on the Brain Meridian: Rejuvenation of Brain (RB) Therapy from Kazakhstan

By Simon Yu MD

I met Dr. Arman Lurye at the International Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) conference in Mexico City in February 2023. Dr. Lurye gave a talk on rejuvenation of the brain. Some of the cases he presented were compelling, leading me to investigate his RB-Therapy®. After the lecture, he said he could not explain […]

New Year, New You – Make a Resolution for Self-Care

Embark on a rejuvenating journey as you usher in the New Year! When you prioritize self-care, you’ll feel refreshed, revitalized, and ready to face 2024 with a healthier mind, body, and spirit. Whether it’s scheduling regular visits to the Spa or taking a few minutes to focus on yourself each day at home, being mindful […]

Next Level Salsa

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

1 cup salsa

1 Tbs tahini

Stir and serve with veggies or rice cakes


1 tsp frozen orange juice or

1-2 drops orange essential oil

1 Tbs hemp seeds

I have added tahini to this for protein as I’m a vegan.

Everyone I share it with just loves it!

Deb Powell ☺

Our Only Life Purpose Lives Inside of Us

By Jasmin Acosta, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

We tend to search for a life purpose and look for answers as to what it could be since without having a life purpose we tend to feel a void inside of us that we wish to fill, but often we believe that in order to fill that void […]

PEACE — A Poem

By Dr. Gail Cloud

I was recently so touched

It hit me deeply

And I was struck by how freely

His death was felt by so many

A celebrity who somehow was able to connect

From this he had such a great effect

From his outer personality and dancing

His primary way of talking and self enhancing

And yet inside, hidden deeply

Was a force […]

Publisher’s Corner

Overcoming Financial Challenges in 2024

By Susan Hunt-Bradord

Many prices for things we usually buy are up. If you look at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, it shows some interesting facts, including things like food prices being up and gas for your vehicle being down. Housing costs are up, rent is up, interest rates went up, […]

Publisher’s Corner: Reflections of a Year Well Lived

I don’t have many traditions, but one I do have is every December 31 before midnight, I reflect upon the year since January 1. I’m happy that my reflections are always more positive than negative, with an overabundance of unforgettable memories and uplifting moments. I’m never sad or upset by the moments that didn’t go […]

Recycling 101: Christmas Trees

By Steve Davies, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

So, by the time you pick up this edition of The Healthy Planet, the holidays for most of us will be over. The presents under your tree will have all been opened and hopefully you’ll have recycled all of the decorative paper that you used to wrap them while […]

Recycling 101: Recycling through the Holidays

By Steve Davies, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

So, with the holiday season approaching, I thought I would take this time to answer the biggest question that comes up this time of year regarding recycling and that is, can we recycle the wrapping paper we use for Christmas? Well, the answer here lies in the type of […]

Reflections on Green Building and Sustainable Design

By John C. Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, John C. Guenther Architect LLC

It’s been a privilege to contribute to sustainability and green building design efforts over my 47 years of architectural practice. My designs are based upon doing the most with the least, and always start with orientation to the sun’s seasonal path, prevailing winds, the […]

Relaxation is a Gift

Amid the chaos of the holidays, it’s crucial to pause and prioritize self-care. This season, consider treating yourself and your loved ones to rejuvenating spa treatments and all-natural spa and wellness products carefully selected with your well-being in mind. 

The holidays can be a whirlwind of activity, leaving you feeling overwhelmed. Common symptoms of stress include […]

Spending a Day with Ourselves

By Jasmin Acosta, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

We often think about our past selves and think about how time has passed, and how we have changed over time since at one given time we were once a child. Undoubtedly, the cycle of life is inevitable since we are going to age as time passes by where […]

Time to Start Planning for Viewing the 2024 Solar Eclipse

By Kathie Sutin

It’s time to mark your calendar for important dates in 2024.

Monday, April 8 is one date you’ll want to be sure to note. It promises one of the most exciting celestial events of the decade—a rare total solar eclipse spanning parts of the continent from Mexico, through the U.S., into Canada. Primary viewing […]

Try these 40 Hacks to SUCCESSFULLY Survive & Thrive!

Navigating holidays & challenging times requires a multifaceted approach.

By Diane K. Wilson

Connect with Loved Ones: Surround yourself with support.

Practice Self-Care: Prioritize well-being: sleep, nutrition, exercise.

Set Realistic Expectations: Manage stress, acknowledge imperfections.

Create Boundaries: Protect your time and energy through limits.

Seek Professional Support when needed.

Practice Mindfulness: Stay present.

Express Gratitude: Focus on positives.

Volunteer or Give Back: Find purpose […]

Wellness & Energetic Strategies for Winter Months!

By Diane K. Wilson

Don’t succumb to the winter blues! Use the following to focus on holistic health & wellness:

1. Superfoods Nourishment

Pomegranates, citrus fruits, kale, sweet potatoes & squash.

Immune-boosting foods rich in vitamin C.

Spices such as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric to boost your digestive & immune system & add flavor.

2. Hydrate & Moisturize

Drink herbal teas, warm water […]

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 […]

Whose Garden Is It Anyway? Gardens for All.

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

In this dreaming part of the year as we prepare for the upcoming garden season, think of your garden in perhaps a different way. A way of gardening where we realize that we are guardians not just gardeners. We are here to care for the sanctuary […]