Articles from ‘December 2023’ Issue

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]