Articles from ‘January 2020’ Issue

12 Strategies to Enhance Your Immune System

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

We are constantly exposed to potential infectious agents like viruses and bacteria that cause infections such as colds, flu, bronchitis and ear infections. The immune system defends us from invaders and repairs the damage that occurs with infections.

When the immune system is weak infections may occur frequently and […]

A Gateway to Sustainable Development, Kicking off the Year at USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s State of the Chapter & Social Jan. 23

By Brandon Verhoff, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Education Committee Chair

Sustainable development is significant to the future of our environment and society. Sustainable development demands an integrated approach to not only combat climate change, but also work to resolve social injustices. To ensure current and future generations are equipped with the right information to make the best possible […]

ARTful Happenings January 2020


Through April 26JAPANESE ART OF THE RINPA SCHOOLGallery 225; St. Louis Art Museum; for info, visit www.slam.org.

Through June 7JAVANESE BATIK TEXTILESGallery 100; St. Louis Art Museum; for info, visit www.slam.org.

January 4-February 29EXPRESSIONS OF PURE JOYOpening reception January 17, 5-8 p.m.; Green Door Art Gallery, 21 N. Gore; for info, visit www.greendoorartgallery.com.

January 17-April […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Winter Art

Happy New Year! With this issue, I begin my 15th year as Arts Editor here at The Healthy Planet. That milestone caused me to think of how vibrant the arts are in St. Louis.

I recently returned from a trip to the Umbria […]

Blu Room Wellness Center Relocates;

Invites You To Visit Historic Washington, Missouri

Washington MO is a charming river town located only 45 minutes from St. Louis. Washington is known for antiquing, bed and breakfast inns, nearby wineries, and Spa Day’s. 

Did you know that the Blu Room Wellness Center has recently moved to 6 E. Front street directly across from the Amtrak […]

Coalition Report

By Laura Lock,Director of DevelopmentCoalition for the Environmentwww.moenviron.org

MCE Sues EPA to Protect Missouri Lakes & Human Health

On December 3, 2019, Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not protecting Missouri lakes for recreation and drinking water use, and therefore not protecting human health. The EPA approved Governor Parson’s weak […]

Conservation Corner

Why is January the “Other” Fourth of July? 

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Most people focus their patriotic celebrations on the Fourth of July, when we light up the sky with spectacular displays of fireworks. But there’s a reason to celebrate patriotism in January too, and the sky even comes alive with a remarkable show […]

Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Returns Jan. 18-19

Visitors can discover our national bird in the wild and up close at this free eagle viewing festival. 

Few words can describe the thrill of seeing America’s national symbol soaring through the air in the wild, or close enough to touch.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners offer the chance to discover a […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Negativity Girl

I’m launching into 2020 as an advocate for . . . NEGATIVITY. 

This is not a new focus. I gave a TED talk last year in September – a big honkin’ deal – that explored Negativity’s True Nature? from an Earth Girl’s perspective. It’s on YouTube. Google me!

In 2018, as I proposed this […]

Feed The Birds, Count the Birds, Take Action For The Birds

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Our gardens, our lives and our world would not be the same without birds. Yet a recent scientific study reports that bird populations have declined by almost 30% over the last fifty years. A September 2019 article in the NY Times titled, “Birds are Vanishing from North America”, stated: “The analysis, published […]


January 14Weaving Integrative Medicine with Internal Medicine FREE Monthly Seminar and Discussion – Weaving Integrative Medicine with Internal Medicine – Learn how to build your immune system and take charge of your health. If you are suffering from chronic conditions, you’ll learn why you don’t have to live with your “incurable” symptoms anymore. Topics covered include: Cancer, […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo Set For Sunday, March 29

Due the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the HealthyPlanet’s 39th Natural Living Expo scheduled for March 29 at theWebster Groves Recreation Center is being postponed. The health of ourexhibitors and our visitors is our main concern. We will let everyoneknow the new date as we access the current health crisis. If you haveany questions, […]

Learn To Find Balance in the New Year

By Marie Peters, MBA, CPP

Did you spend too much time last year feeling stuck, stressed and exhausted? As busy adults, we often prioritize our responsibilities to work and other people over our own self-care, which leads to discontentment, burnout and, ironically, absences from work due to mental stress.

If you are ready to achieve a healthier […]

Massage Is Not Just A Luxury Anymore

The massage industry has grown significantly in the last 20 years due to a number of factors. One of the more significant reasons is that people have realized that massage is not just a luxury for the rich and famous, but a necessity for everyday health and well-being. Surveys by prominent industry associations show that […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske; Naturalist

The Essence of the Plant

Aromatherapy is the art of using the essential oils of aromatic plants to promote health and well being. Because essences are organic, they work in harmony with your own essence, encouraging the natural healing force within. This allows a balancing of your emotional, mental, spiritual and physical selves. 

The essential […]

New Year Tips For Health, Wellness & Sustainable Living

Reflect and Plan Your Future2020 a new year is here or is it? I know that if you do not purposefully intend to welcome new opportunities or open your mind to new ways of looking at the world around you; your 2020 will look much like your 2019. You won’t have a new year at […]

Octopus Man and Goat Lady: Parasites, Fenbendazole, and Silence of the FDA

By Simon Yu, MD

A Kentucky woman came to see me five years ago; she was convinced she had parasite problems and said that local physicians ignored her. She was not only passing white threadlike parasites with bowel movements, she reported she could feel the movement through her abdomen, legs, arms, and face, and had crawling […]

Past Life Regression and Personal Transformation Workshop January 21

January 21, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Visit www.claytontherapy.com for location and directions.

Join us for a special seminar as Peggy Levinson shares with you how you can uncover memories from your past lives. Using a technique called past life regression. Peggy will guide you through the process of recalling these memories located deep inside your unconscious mind. […]

Plan Now To Be A Part Of The 50th Anniversary Of Earth Day at Festival In Forest Park April 25-26

Sponsorships And Booth Registrations Now Available

In 2020, the entire world will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – first held on April 22, 1970. On that day, 20 million Americans across the country demonstrated for a healthy and sustainable future in massive coast-to-coast rallies that achieved an alignment of political parties and special interests. […]

Publisher’s Corner

This is our January “New Year” Self-Improvement edition. You will find many New Year Tips from many of our friends and clients. I am sure you will find something in these pages that will help you improve the quality of your life. I was once told that the term “self improvement” was incorrect and that […]

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

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW Settling vs Differenceswww.ChristineKniffen.com

It’s hard to recall the number of clients that have come into my office to try to answer that precise question, doubting as to whether-or-not their current relationship is really the best fit. That’s not always easy to answer. However, it helps to have a better understanding of the types […]

The Enemy Creating Chronic Disease

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

Many people understand that food allergies can be life threatening events, like someone eating a peanut and having an anaphylactic reaction. Severe food allergies are scary. However, these types of allergies are relatively rare. More commonly people have what is known as a food sensitivity. Food sensitivities are low-grade reactions to […]

Try Acupuncture In 2020

By Traci Bredenkamp, LAc

Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin filiform needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body to various depths to stimulate the nervous system, brain and fascia to heal. It can help relieve pain and is used for a wide range of other complaints. It […]

Watch Out! Allergy Triggers to Look Out For this Winter

By Ian Wahl, founder and medical director of St. Louis Allergy Relief Center

As the seasons change and the cold sets in, we are often stuck indoors for most of the day. Although it may seem that winter arrives with his own set of allergens, some of the most common allergy triggers are the same […]

Yoga For A Healthy And Happy New Year