Articles from ‘February 2023’ Issue

A Dog’s Guide to Happiness

By Sarah Wilson, MA, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Every time Lou comes home, Daisy stops what she is doing, grabs a favorite toy, and stands near the side door, wagging so hard she hits her sides. She is waiting for the moment he enters.

People told me many times as a dog trainer how they wished their […]

A Memorial to David Lobbig

By Jared Opsal; Executive Director, Missouri Coalition for the Environment

With sorrow, we are reporting to you the passing of our longtime friend and supporter, David Lobbig, on January 1, 2023. David always made time for people and for conversation, both in person and via email. He was known for being patient, attentive, thoughtful, thorough, and […]

Acupuncture Meridian Assessment (AMA) Training for 2023

By Simon Yu, MD

Medical and Dental (MAD) JEDI Project

Hidden parasites and dental problems are one of the most difficult, unexpected medical challenges. They serve as an “Interference Field” why patients are not responding to medical treatments. I have been training medical doctors and dentists how to detect and treat hidden dental, parasite, fungal and allergy-immunology […]

ARTful Living

February is a time to celebrate your love — your love of the ARTS! Might I suggest…

Photo caption: Yayoi Kusama presents Narcissus Garden at Laumeier’s gallery

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra offers up a performance on February 18-19 of DeBussy’s Iberia, Ravel’s La Valse and the first SLSO performance of […]

Avoid the Killer Cleanup — Life in Leaf Litter and Stems

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

There is a cycle, a circle of life, that cannot be broken if we love birds, bees, and insects that are necessary for the ecosystem of life. This cycle of life is often broken when we do killer cleanups of our garden beds.

What is a killer […]

Avoiding the Urgency Trap: Slowing Down for Climate Justice

By Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray

In climate activism, an “urgency trap” bleeds from the corporate sphere into our efforts to heal the world. Amplified by various “tipping points” and deadlines for extinction, urgency has become the climate movement’s main strategy based upon the assumption that urgency + fear = action. But I want to make the […]

Be the Beat — Learn Hands-Only CPR

Photo Credit: American Heart Association

February is American Heart Month, and this year, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focusing on heart and brain health, is encouraging every family in St. Louis and across the country to “Be the Beat” by learning Hands-Only CPR. Locally, the Association is offering a variety of opportunities […]

Benefits Of Hot Stone Massage

By Amy Williams, Licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician at Vitality Unlimited Spa

When you think about getting a massage, most people envision a Massage Therapist using their hands to release knots and tension in overused muscles. But there is another medium that is beneficial to massage – hot stones.

How It Works

The treatment generally consists of the […]

Conservation Corner: A Witch’s Magic Potion

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo caption: Ozark witch-hazel blossoms, as if by magic, in the middle of winter.Photo by Jim Rathert, Missouri Department of Conservation

Leave it up to a plant called witch-hazel to bloom in the middle of winter, cure ailments, and find water by magic Ozark witch-hazel is a shrub that grows […]

Crispy Rice Paper Veggie Rolls with Quick Garlic Chili Oil

By Natalie R. Toney M.F.A., C.H.

Fresh spring rolls are one of my many occasional go-to’s, yet sometimes I crave the crunchy, chewy satisfying goodness of crispy rolls. Whether hosting a Super Bowl party, Superb Owl party, or need a delicious hand-held healthy snack for movie or game night, Crispy Rice Paper Veggie Rolls are sure […]

Donna’s Delights and Insights

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes: What’s Your Dream?

By Donna Linn, Healthy Planet Columnist

It’s only natural to dream about how we’d like to spend our time, and what we’d like to accomplish. Common fantasies include starting a business, embarking on a new adventure, and winning the lottery. No dream is too big or […]

Eagle Days returns with new date and location: Feb. 11 at Audubon Center at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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

Few words can describe the thrill of seeing America’s national symbol soaring through the air in the wild or close enough to touch. And winter is the ideal time to view bald eagles in Missouri. The metro area’s […]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi

Life as a River of LearningDavid Lobbig – 1961-2023

“He went down into the river in a bathysphere he made himself – it was really no more than a barrel. He reached his hands out into the muddy dark water, to understand the Mississippi River from being on its very bottom.”

I knew my friend […]

Founder’s Forum: Be An Advocate For Your Heart

By J.B. Lester

February is heart month. It’s always a good time to remind everyone to keep an eye on your heart and be an advocate for your health. They say that knowledge is power, and I encourage you to research information about high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, especially if you have a family history […]

Have You Already Broken Last Month’s New Year’s Resolutions? Here Are Some Tips to Get You Back on Track.

By Susan Hunt-Bradford, Healthy Planet Publisher

Linda Nissenbaum is a certified professional life coach who does executive and life coaching. She has helped many clients all over the U.S. and other countries achieve their goals. I asked her some questions to help us stick with our resolutions that many of us started in January but have already […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo set for Sunday, March 26

Registration Now Open for Exhibitors

The Healthy Planet Magazine is proud to announce its 41st Natural Living Expo, March 26, 10 am to 4 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 […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Zero-Carbon Freight and Transportation

By Tom & Carol Braford

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a working model must be worth a million and a working prototype, a billion.  This is the rationale behind ICB’s Reliable Alternative Freight and Transportation (RAFT) system and our strategy to get it going and growing in St Louis with a grant […]

Organized for Life: 3 Areas of the Heart

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

I’m sure you’re thinking, ‘what does organizing have to do with the heart.’ Since it’s heart month, I want to help you organize some areas of your heart so it can be healthy, strong, and beautiful, like these roses.

Our hearts need to work properly, not saddened, poisoned, or overloaded because […]

Owning Our Responsibilities

By Jasmin Acosta, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Each one of us has our own story that is composed of memories, experiences, and traumas that have contributed to shaping the person that we are today. Oftentimes, after going through traumatic events in our life that were out of our grasp to control, we tend to wonder what […]

Pet of the Month

Buddy, the Cockapoo

Buddy is the perfect pup. Buddy loves chasing birds and catching field mice in his backyard. He is 4 ½ years old and loves all his family. He especially loves his mom and any other girls in the family. You’ll likely find him curled up by the fireplace, chewing a nice bone or […]

Publisher’s Corner: February… A lot to do in 28 days

By Susan Hunt-Bradford

February in Missouri is typically cold and can be a little dreary with a full range of often unpredictable weather, but the month has many bright spots. Things like Heart Health Month, Black History Month, and Valentine’s Day…any day you celebrate with a bit of chocolate is fine with me. And the Super […]

Rescue Me CARE STL

CARE STL is partnering with Good Dog Enrichment and Training to introduce our newest training initiative, “RESCUE ME!” This program targets a group of long timer shelter dogs that will do best with some training to set them up for success when transitioning to a new home. There is a common misperception that long-stay dogs […]

Setting Intentions

Letting Go of the Should

By Christina Staff

Letting go of the word should was an intention I promised myself in 2023; a simple enough word, but don’t underestimate its power. We get so wrapped up in how life should look, versus embracing how it could look. This need to compare is a sneaky thief of time […]

Stuffed Mushrooms, Mix of Breaded and Not Breaded


6 large and 9 smaller fresh whole button mushrooms

6 tablespoons 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons reduced fat shredded cheese of your choice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

How to Make It

Step 1Remove stems from mushroom caps. Clean the mushrooms, I use a vegetable brush, but you […]

Super Quick Super Bowl Hummus

By Julie and Matt Allen, Healthy Planet Food Editors


1 x 15 oz can of chickpeas1 x tbsp of tahini paste1 x large garlic clove, chopped3 x tbsp of fat free Greek yogurt1 x half a lemon2 x cucumber3 x carrots


Drain off the chickpeas using a sieve over a bowl or jug to catch the liquid […]

The Big One is Back! Home & Garden Show, Missouri’s Largest Home Product Market Place, Returns March 3-5

St. Louis (January 13, 2023)–The 45th Annual Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show, presented by LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, returns to America’s Center & The Dome Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5. The Home & Garden Show gives area consumers a chance to see, learn about and buy the latest home products and services under […]

The Natural Medicine Cabinet – An Alternative to Antibiotics

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

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 […]

The Power of Touch and Breath

By Dr. Gail Cloud, DC

Most everyone would like to be healthy and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. We want to feel good and have the energy to learn, move and experience life. When we are younger, unless we have a chronic illness or disability when we are children, we take our health for granted. And why […]

Zucchini Pizzas


1 large zucchini cut into 1/4-inch slices, around 16 slices.1/8 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon pepper1/3 cup pizza sauce or light alfredo sauce3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella or low-fat cheese of your choice. 16 turkey pepperoni slices


Preheat broiler. Arrange zucchini in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Broil until crisp-tender, 1-2 minutes per side.Sprinkle zucchini with salt […]