Archive for January, 2024

ARTful Living: Indoor Events Heat Up a Cold February 

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo: Aso Oke: Prestige Cloth by Nigerian weavers, at St. Louis Art Museum through March 10.

February might be cold but there is plenty to celebrate this month: Black History Month, Lunar New Year and, of course, Valentine’s Day, a day that celebrates love. So, check out these suggestions […]

Brain Neuromodulation Therapy from Cyprus for Parkinson’s, Depression, Mild Cognitive Impairment, etc.

By Simon Yu MD

I am reporting on my new experience at the SOZO Brain Center at AIMIS Clinic in Cyprus for treating neurological conditions. At my advanced Acupuncture Meridian Assessment (AMA) training in Saint Louis in August 2023, we had a case study of a Parkinson’s disease patient who was not responding to the current […]

Breaking Free From Our Realm of Comfort

By Jasmin Acosta, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

We tend to build our comfort zone based on the experiences and environment that we are accustomed to, but at times we create a realm of comfort that is built off our misery.

What tends to happen when we endure a high amount of trauma is that our pain from […]

Care For the Places Around People You Love

By Malachi Rein, Building Energy Exchange Saint Louis Director

It might be an evolutionary defense mechanism in the heart of winter, before spring life, to celebrate love. Not against the weather, but the vitriol that builds up when people are cooped up together and at least one of them (me) has a hokey sense of humor. […]

Chocolate Beet Brownies

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

1/2 C. Cooked, puréed beets (about 2 small roasted)

1/3 C. Chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or white chocolate bars/melts

1/3 C. Unsweetened cocoa powder 

1 1/2 C. GF flour (oat or almond recommended), or all-purpose flour

1/2 C. Unsweetened applesauce 

1/4 C. Maple syrup, Honey, Agave nectar, or coconut […]


By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: The turkey vultures’appetite for dead things serves an important function for the living. Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

A lot of people consider the month of February to be the dead of winter. And while dead may not sound too good to us, it does […]

DailyMed.com: Rx Resource EVERYONE Should Know!

By Diane K. Wilson

Below is an Rx health resource you should know about and use for personal health due diligence!You should be familiar with dailymed.com (vs drugs.com)Process:Go to DailyMed. Then type in the drug. Find the Packager/Mfg. CLICK “+VIEW MORE”.

Why DAILYMED?DAILYMED is mandatorily updated by registered submission for the National Library of Medicine. It will […]

Discover how the Spirit of Gratitude can make life better at Powder Valley Nature Center program Feb. 9

Photo: Heather Feeler

This special free presentation will offer fun and practical ways to help attendees live their best lives.

Spending time in and with nature is a proven source of rejuvenation. The outdoors has a special way of bringing peace and erasing stress. In that same spirit, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is presenting a […]

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 […]

EarthDance Spring Training for Gardeners Program Seeks Participants

For Andrea and Joe Randolph, EarthDance’s Spring Training for Gardeners 2023 program seeded even more than their plans for a productive home garden.

Andrea, a functional nutrition counselor who grew up in Ferguson eating vegetables from her mom’s garden, and Joe, a food-enthusiast-turned-plant-forward-chef, dug into the hands-on Spring Training for Gardeners course last year to find […]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi

Double My WsGoal setting generally leaves me cold. But I stepped into this winter season and New Year with a goal I actually care to meet: to walk at least twice as often as I did last year.

Documented! On the kitchen calendar (Missouri Natural Events), with a red wax pencil, I mark and […]

Founder’s Forum: Winter of Survival and Introspection

By J.B. Lester

Winter finally arrived in St. Louis and our family of feral cats is doing their best to weather the cold. We have a shelter for them and we feed them. We give them fresh water numerous times a day as the water freezes in just minutes. The cats have grown thick coats as […]

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 use […]

Inspirations for Life! CONNECT!

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet columnist

Winter is loved, and hated! It can be difficult for many people, especially where the weather gets very cold… but no matter where we live, we shouldn’t shut ourselves in just because it’s cold out. Looking after our health is important, and especially if we live alone, or can’t get […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Let’s Call it a St. Louis Earthshot! 

By Tom & Carol Braford 

I got some feedback on last month’s article, questioning whether calling it a Moonshot is the best metaphor for our Post Carbon Communities of Practice. Having it be as localized as possible and having St. Louis play a lead role in aligned larger global efforts, however, resonated with a lot of […]

Our Relationship with Food

By Dr. Gail Cloud

Today, I am sharing a little bit about our relationship with food. Food is the first way we are nourished and the main way that we nourish ourselves. So, food is important symbolically as well as literally. In our society, many of us are brought up with fast food, sugary snacks, and […]

Publisher’s Corner

So much to Love about February

Photo: Happy 15th birthday Jazzy

Thank goodness this year is a leap year because we need an extra day in February with so much going on. So many events and special occasions make February a truly exceptional month. Just a few examples of fun February:

Feb 3-13 Mardis Gras. St. Louis has […]

Recycling 101

Reuse, Reduce and Recycle

By Steve Davies, Healthy Planet Columnist

Now when looking back to where I started this column, I realized that I didn’t exactly start off in the right place. Recycling is actually one of three words commonly used in the environmental world, the other two being reuse and reduce. So today, I thought I […]

The Beet Goes On

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

February may be short on days of the month, however it’s full of occasions to prepare, share, and savor fun finger foods with flair. Valentine’s Day is the Wednesday just after Superbowl Sunday, and Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday bridges the festivities together this year. Ash Wednesday is also […]

The Gardening Season Starts with Seeds

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

The winter holidays don’t end at the first of the year, they continue into the first few months of the year when seed catalogs and plant cravings creep into our lives. Like visions of sugar plums, visions of plants dance in our heads. It is time […]

The Heart Chakra: Emotional, Physical & Energetic Well-being

By Diane K. Wilson

Always listen to your heart, because even though it’s on your left side, it’s always right.

-Nicholas Sparks

 Visualize your whole life & what consumes a significant part of it? Matters of the HEART – the FEELING of HAPPINESS.

 When we are children, certain things hold importance: safety, comfort, our first kiss, making friends, getting […]

The Natural Medicine Cabinet – An Alternative to Antibiotics

By Dr. Amy Davis

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 antibiotic […]

Why Don’t Ducks Feet Freeze?

By Sarah Wilson, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

The recent deep freeze got me wondering how ducks can walk across ice or paddle in near-freezing water without a problem? 

To understand this, we begin with the fact that according to the Phylogenetic system, birds are reptiles. This system sorts life by ancestry, not by how they look.Both birds […]

Women’s Health Naturally Expo & Workshops

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, In Carbondale, Ill

Women’s Health Naturally Expo & Workshops (WHN) will be held at the Carbondale Civic Center, 200 S. Illinois Ave, on Saturday, February 24, 2024, 9am-4pm.WHN Expo & Workshops is an annual event that brings together natural healthcare professionals, while creating a nurturing environment where healthcare practitioners can meet with […]

Your Valentine Will Love the Gift of Relaxation

This Valentine’s Day, express your love and appreciation for your partner with the special gift of relaxation. Physical, mental, and spiritual well-being are keys for a healthy and happy life. Sharing self-care with your partner can bring you closer together and is a perfect way to show how much you care.

Vitality Unlimited Spa offers spa […]