Articles from ‘December 2019’ Issue

“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 […]

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 […]

Guide to Green Dining in the St. Louis Area

Visit www.greendiningalliance.org for a complete list of participating restaurants – be sure to use our site when choosing where to dine out. This Green Dining Guide is cosponsored by The St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste District.

4 Hands Brewing Company1220 S. 8th Street314-436-1559 • 4handsbrewery.com

Atomic Cowboy,4140 Manchester Road, 63110, 314-775-0775www.atomiccowboystl.com

Avenue Restaurant,12 N. Meramec, 63105, 314-727-4141.www.avestl.com

Bailey’s […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Natural Living Holiday and Gift Guide

Kim’s Herbs & Detox Center
Kim’s Herbs & Detox center is a specialty herbal store centrally located in Olivette, Missouri. Make sure you come by and purchase some of our awesome products for gifts this holiday season. We carry
high quality herbs and more that aren’t typically found at supplement stores in the metro area. Nature’s Sunshine, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]