Articles from ‘February 2018’ Issue

10 Reasons Why A Better Night’s Sleep Means A Better You

A good night’s sleep is vital to our physical health and emotional well-being. That’s why the benefits of good sleep should never be underestimated, and why getting a proper rest on a regular basis isn’t just a good idea, it’s an essential one. And to prove it, we’ve put together the top 10 reasons why.

Sleep […]

Acci-Dental Blow Up in Medicine: Battle Plan for Asymmetric Threats Cancer, Post-Lyme, & Chronic Diseases

By Simon Yu, MD

What would you do differently if you find out that persistent, post Lyme-like syndromes, and certain cancers, are caused by unrecognized hidden parasite infections and/or dental-related problems? Have you ever wondered why you got sick, and wondered why your medical doctors did not know why, and what is wrong with you? If […]

Are You Still Drinking Milk?

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

By now, most of my patients and readers know how I feel about dairy: it’s nature’s perfect food—but only if you’re a calf. We have no biological requirement for this food, and yet, we’ve been told over and over again that dairy is a great source of calcium, milk makes healthy […]

ARTful Happenings February 2018


Through February 5
Works by Garrett Clough; The Gallery of University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar; for info, visit www.ucitylibrary.org.

Through February 25
Green Door Gallery, 21 N. Gore; for info, call 314-402-1959 or visit www.greendoorartgallery.com.

Through February 28
Presented by Portfolio Gallery at St. Louis Artists’ Guild, 12 […]

ArtFul Living: St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Art may not intend to be political, but somehow art does seem to get tied to politics.

Recently, I’ve been reading about the art of the Renaissance, and how deeply it became entwined with the politics of that era. The artists of the Renaissance, although wanting to just express their creativity, became […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What To Do For Colds and Congestion

Q: If I take Echinacea every day, will this prevent me from getting a cold?

A: Although Echinacea is considered one of the best-known, safe immune strengtheners available, you should not take this herb on a daily basis. It is typically recommended to take at the first sign […]

Coalition Report: Clean Water For All

By Heather Navarro, Executive Director
Coalition for the Environment

Without any fanfare an entire department of state government gave up its most basic functions of serving the environment and people and jumped into the pockets of private, for-profit interests. The mission of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had been pretty straightforward: … to protect our air, […]

Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready?

By Teresa Garden, DVM

A number of hurricanes and tornadoes have come and gone this past year. Left in the storms’ ruinous wake are shattered homes, businesses, and lives. Some will rebuild. Others will not or cannot. Could our brothers and sisters on the east coast have been better prepared for this freak-of-nature storm? Can we […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Endangered Species – Tuneful!

What happens when humans SING about creatures that our actions have endangered? Other humans – of all ages – can learn about these critters and learn to care about them!
FIRE DOG, a local pop-rock band with rockin’ Earth awareness, is ready this month to release a whole CD of original […]

February Is National Pet Dental Month

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

February starts the annual PET DENTAL MONTH, and subsequently, this is a great time to discuss dental disease in our pets, both dogs and cats. Unfortunately, pet owner compliance for pet dental care is estimated to be around 33% or less. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), presents data confirming the […]

Healthy Flora Creates A Happy Gut!

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

When intestinal flora is healthy, it favorably impacts your overall health and vice versa. Understanding how to rebuild your flora is key to improving your digestion, ability to fight infections and a healthy weight for starters.

The flora (trillions of microbes that inhabit your intestines) is important for many reasons:

Vitamin production – […]

Healthy Planet February 2018 Happenings

February 3
Rockwoods Reservation’s Maple Sugar Festival
The annual Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival returns in 2018 on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to the whole family at no cost. What makes winter so special for maple lovers? For about six weeks, from mid-January to the end of February, nature cooks […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo Set For March 25 In Webster Groves

Click here for registration form.

Giveaways Include: A Trip To Trout Lodge YMCA of The Ozarks, Fox Theater Tickets, Missouri Botanical Garden Tickets & Chipotle Food Cards

The Healthy Planet magazine
invites everyone to come celebrate Spring at its 35th Natural Living Expo, Sunday, March 25, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, […]

HOCATT: It’s All About Oxygen

By Pat Bauer, NP-C

With every breath we take we absorb oxygen from the atmosphere and combine it with glucose allowing our bodies to create energy. We are alive when that happens. What a miracle! With the efficient use of oxygen we have good health. In youth, our cells perform exquisitely. However, as we age cellular […]

Honoring, Protecting & Loving Birds – 2018 The Year of the Bird

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

There is mythology that when a person becomes enlightened the language of birds becomes as clear as that person’s native tongue. In this state of consciousness the wonders of the universe are revealed by birdsong.

This idea is not as far-fetched as it may seem. Human language and bird language are more similar […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Calling all Eco-sponsors and Eco-pioneers: Eco Training and Development Center

By Tom Braford

At Arizmendi Ecovillage, we realize that much of what it takes to build an ecovillage is not immediately obvious. It takes specialized education, skills and ways of working with each other and the surrounding community.

This requires research, experimentation, discovery, innovation and invention and ultimately a constructed ecology that includes social and economic, as […]

Kindness: Give Yourself a Gift and Settle for More in 2018

By Jon Frieda

At some point in my life I decided to settle for more and not less. Now, I’m asking you, dear readers, to do the same. I know that when people read this they will instantly identify this statement with monetary gain, but this is not at all what I am referring to. Give […]

Publisher’s Corner

LOVE Defined

No matter how you define it, LOVE is a driving force in human behavior. Just the mere mention of the word has created relationships that have lasted a lifetime and made the cold-footed dodo run for extinction instead of face a committed relationship. Some people have a hard time dropping the “L” word for […]

Seven Nature Inspired Activities To Fill Your Heart This Month

By Crystal Stevens

1) Plant trees! Planting trees is a wonderful way to connect with nature. Our family plants trees together as often as possible, especially to commemorate special events such as birthdays and anniversaries. Choose a native tree species from Grow Native that is right for your space. When planting trees, be sure to pay […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Real Change Through Real Action

Plenty of us have periods in our lives when we are simply taking some time out to just rest. We have ventured out towards our endeavor, only to seemingly hit a brick wall, and have once again retreated to the comfort of our daily routines. After all, there […]

The Latest, and The Greenest!

By Johanna Schweiss,
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Each January, the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council announces our annual educational catalog. We strive to provide high quality educational opportunities that provide practical knowledge and inspiration, focusing on hot topics in sustainability and green building. I’m excited to highlight a few of our […]

Urban Chestnut Named One of EPA’s Sixteen National “WasteWise” Winners

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company was recently named one of the EPA’s sixteen national WasteWise Award Winners for their sustainability efforts in 2017, earning Small Business Partner of the Year. The WasteWise program recognizes organizations ranging from small nonprofits to large multinational corporations that demonstrate significant effort to prevent and divert waste.

“Sustainability has been a major […]

Who’s Your Health Ally?

By Jamila Ownes-Todd, ND

I am excited to see the continuous growth of holistic practitioners in St. Louis. I am also honored to be apart of this community. As new technologies increase and ancient herbs are revisited, along with modifications on a healthful eating plan; it is refreshing. It is refreshing to see how holistic medicine […]