Articles from ‘January 2016’ Issue

2016: The Year Of You

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

Make 2016 the year of you. There is nothing more loving that you can do for yourself than to make sure you are living the healthiest and longest life possible. Most of you out there understand that health and longevity require some effort. However, there are a lot of people who […]

53 New Year Tips For Healthy and Sustainable Living

Breathe, Relax, Smile
You’re not “doing it wrong.” You’ve simply forgotten who you are, and why you are here. Dive into this moment and remember. Breathe. Relax. Smile. How do you know that you are exactly where you need to be? Because this is where you are. Everything You Need Is Right Here.
Kimberly Schneider, M.Ed., J.D., […]

Acupuncture Meridian Assessment (AMA) Training for Detecting Parasites and Dental Problems

Training Designed for MDs, DOs and Dentists
March 18-20 and August 26-28, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri

Training By Simon Yu, MD

Do you have life-time chronically ill “professional” patients that simply aren’t healing no matter what you do? Or may appear to be improving but don’t really get well? What is missing in your medical evaluation and […]

Are You Aware of the New Changes in Medicare Benefits?

By Michael Cohen

Medicare alone is not enough! Medicare Supplement insurance is available for those of us who are 65 and older. When was Medicare started? In 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill for the start of Medicare. Medicare pays only for Plan A which covers part of your stay in the hospital. The […]

ARTful Happenings January 2016


January 15-March 20
Opening reception, 6-8 p.m.; Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar; for info, call 314-725-1177 or visit www.craftalliance.org.

January 15-April 3
Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood
Arcangelo Sassolino: Not Human
Peter Sutherland: Forests and FiresTala Madani
Arlene Shechet: Urgent Matter
Ned Vena
The Propeller Group
Opening reception, 7-9 p.m.; […]

ArtFul Living

With Mike “Michelle” Ochonicky Healthy Planet Arts Editor

“Well, That’s Different!!”

Why do people say that when they encounter the unexpected? Of course, it’s different — that’s what makes “it” interesting! We say strange things when we don’t know what to say.

Different means interesting. Have you ever said, “Oh, it was wonderful — everything was the same […]


By Cathy Schram

Herbal Help For Smoking Cessation

Q: My New Year’s Resolution is to finally stop smoking. Any advice?

A: That is a great resolution! Whether you are dependent on your cigarettes or just simply enjoy them, either way, they are not healthy for you or the people around you. Nicotine acts as a stimulant on the […]

Coalition Report

By Heather B. Navarro, Executive Director Coalition For The Environment

Counting Up 2016

It’s the new year and the counting begins again. As the calendar starts ticking away the days of 2016 we start counting other markers – inches of precipitation, tons of CO2 emitted, pounds of trash generated, and ER visits for air-borne illnesses. In January, […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

The Best Team Ever

I’ve been working at the Missouri Botanical Garden for over fifteen years with two amazing, inspiring, wonderful women.

This official anniversary was in November, and the glow persists. Actually, we have worked together longer – for twenty years – because our team formed before we transplanted into the Garden. But who’s […]

Garden Dreams and Garden Seeds

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

My gardening year starts in January when I order seeds for the upcoming growing season. It is a time of dreaming and planning, and a time of feeling awe and gratitude for the amazing life of plants. Selecting seeds is my favorite winter ritual. I set aside a few quiet hours for […]

Green Real Estate Agent Helps Clients Achieve Sustainable Goals

By Maggie Lalor

My name is Maggie Lalor, and I’m a green real estate agent.

Our homes are important to us for many reasons. We spend time in our homes with our family and friends, eat, sleep, and plan gardens there. Decorations, family photos, pets, and memories fill them. A lot of time, emotion, energy, and money […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

January 2, 4
About the Sweet Potato Project
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 01/02 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 01/04 at 8:00 p.m. Sylvester Brown came up with the idea for the Sweet Potato Project, which began in 2012. They get summer jobs as they learn how to plant food, grow it, make […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo Set For Sunday, March 20

Food Samples, Wine & Craft Beer Tastings, Live Music, Free Health Screenings, Drawings, Giveaways & Much More

The Healthy Planet magazine invites everyone to come celebrate the first day of Spring at its 31st Natural Living Expo, Sunday, March 20, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Center in Webster Groves, 33 East […]

Here’s The Reason You’re Fat…

By Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC

The reason you can’t lose weight has nothing to do with your will-power, over-eating or the Right Diet!…

The Reason you are fat and unhealthy is because you have disgusting plaque and horrible little ‘CRITTERS’ living in your guts!

This is harmful Plaque (below) – Everybody has it. But to keep from getting […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

From Cedar To Pine

I grew up in the Cedar forest and have a deep appreciation for this ancient tree. Living among the Cedars taught me who I am and how I fit into the world. Cedar’s energy constantly renews my life journey and has carried me into a new adventure surrounded by the […]

New Year Resolutions For Your Pets

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

The new year presents the wonderful opportunity to ‘start anew’. The real challenge is to be consistent and follow through. At least that is always my own personal challenge. But not only do we need to care for our human needs, we like to encourage pet owners to consider resolutions for […]

Nominations Now Open For GROWING GREEN AWARDS

By Becky Finch,
Growing Green Awards Working Group Chair

Celebrating 15 years of Green And Healthy Spaces!

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Growing Green Awards! The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter is excited to host the Annual Growing Green awards to celebrate and recognize people, organizations, institutions and companies that are transforming our […]

Publisher’s Corner: Change Starts With You

This is the time of year when everyone looks to make resolutions to change something for the better. Many people want to lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more… you get the picture. I imagine you are one of these people. I know I am. But there is one thing about making changes that everyone must […]

Slim Down Your Pasta Dishes

By Kari Hartel, RD, LD
Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search

Pasta may very well be one of the world’s most tasty foods. It is often described as being a “comfort food” but there is little comfort in knowing, most of the time, pasta dishes are extremely high in calories and heart-harming saturated fat. However, pasta […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan for Health and Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

You’ve probably seen people practicing T’ai Chi on TV, in a movie, or even locally, in a park or at the botanical garden. You know it’s a slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial. You may have heard that at advanced levels it is a formidable martial […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Reinventing Your Life

I always like to say, “The great thing about life is that you can reinvent who you are anytime you want”. Fortunately, we don’t have to continue our current negative self-narrative that we have carefully cultivated through the years. This is the negative self-narrative that is associated with lots […]

The Eagles Are Back!

Eagle Days Jan. 16-17 at The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners offer anyone eager to see eagles the chance to discover a close connection with our nation’s emblem bird. The Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 […]

The Five “Rs” of Gut Health

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair and Rebalance

Optimal function of the digestive system is critical to health. Problems within the gut can cause more than just stomach aches, gas, bloating or diarrhea. GI issues may be the root of chronic health problems including autoimmune diseases, skin problems, fatigue, headaches and heart disease. How […]

Why Bees? Beekeeping Workshop Feb. 6 Explains What All The Buzz Is About

Beekeeping is an interesting hobby with sweet rewards! The world that bees create inside their hive is largely self-sufficient, requiring monitoring more than intervention. The infrastructure and hierarchy they create is a breathtaking creation requiring not much more time and effort than a garden. Colonies will forage up to 8,000 acres, so the entire community […]

Women’s Wellness Weekend At Trout Lodge Feb. 19-21

What’s YOUR New Year’s resolution? Most people vow to get into better shape, lose weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle. But do you notice when you go to the gym – no one is smiling. There’s got to be a better way to get in a healthier mindset.

Here is the perfect solution to start the […]