Articles from ‘January 2023’ Issue

2023… My year to stay present

Another year has started and to me January brings some type of excitement that no other month can bring.  Every month has their place but January strikes up the feelings of newness and new beginnings. 

I haven’t made a new year’s resolution in a long time.  I never stick to them so why bother.  But then […]

ARTful Living : Happy 2023! Cheers to a fabulous new year!

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

I propose that you include ART in your New Year’s resolutions: attend more ART events, exhibitions, or performances; draw, paint, sing or dance (no one has to see you!). I launched my own 2023 resolution early by enrolling in the Smithsonian Institute’s World Art History Certification Program. My […]


By Dr. Gail Cloud, D.C. 

Finding our own wayIrregardless of other people’s swayIs a hallmark of growing up

Staying young at heartIs not at all the same as being stuck in the pastNot allowing ourselves to separate the wheat from the chaffWhere we are the wheat and others are the chaff

None of this is an easy taskMaking […]

Connecting People, Places, and Planet

By Emily Andrews, Missouri Gateway Green Building Council

A new year holds a lot of promise and opportunity. It’s a chance to reflect, to set new intentions, or to recommit to a goal or practice. This year, your local Green Building Council is making a big change while also recommitting to our mission of making every […]

Conservation Corner: Winter Angel

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

(photo caption: A lunar halo, seen on a cold, January night.)Photo by Dan Zarlenga

Venture outside on a cold, clear January night, and you could have an encounter with a heavenly angel.

The moon is our faithful companion, both on Earth’s journey through space and as a nocturnal beacon for Earth’s […]

Donna Delights and Insights: It’s Almost Here: The Most Taxing Time of the Year

By Donna Linn, Healthy Planet Columnist

Filing taxes can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. To make your life a little easier this tax season, here is some hard-knock wisdom from Harley Linn, CPA, founder of Linn and Campbell Certified Public Accountants.

Organizing your tax information will save you time, money, and that […]

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: Lattice

By Jean Ponzi

Random patternsLinear sketchesFine to bold as eye travels from sky to groundBodies of treesArching upTrunk lines branch upinto dendritic connectionsCapillary actionsOccasionally clotted with the leafy nestsof more mobile kin

Wisp delicate at their twig extremesEach individual’s growing edgesshow how even mighty livesreach fragile into their newest spacesTenderness at the budding tipssprouts resilience

Our tree friendsOur […]

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Pathogens Biohacking, Reprogramming the Epigenome?More:

By Simon Yu MD

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) was first described over 100 years ago and is now recognized more often with many subgroups of classification. EDS is considered genetic-related hereditary connective-tissue disorder. Common symptoms include hypermobile loose joints, joint pain, stretchy velvety skin, and is associated with cardio-vascular problems including aortic dissection, joint subluxation and dislocation, […]

Founder’s Forum: Resolve To Create Comm-Unity

By J.B. Lester

January is the time of renewal, reflection and in many cases reversal of the direction things are going. On a personal level, we look to make our lives healthier, wealthier and wiser. This brings me to a broader topic. Society. Our society needs some serious reflection and a major tuneup.

Social issues are going […]

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 […]

Hearty Cottage Pie


2.3 lbs of lean ground beef6 large yellow potatoes1 large white onion32 oz of beef broth1 cup of all purpose flour16 oz fresh green beans6 large carrotsShredded mild cheddar cheese (optional)


Peel potatoes and dice them to be boiled and mashed. Cut up green beans and dice the onion and carrots as well.

Boil potatoes in a […]

Interview with Amoriah Gray

Amoriah Gray is a seven-year-old author. She started writing her book at age 6 and she’s just finished working on being in a music video for a song she co-wrote with her mom. She is a very inspirational child with a humble spirit. This is just the beginning of wonderful things that this sweet girl […]

Interview with Sarah Landro

Sarah Landro taught preschool for 37 years. Twenty-seven of those years at Zion United Methodist Church. She retired from there but certainly has not slowed down in retirement. She has been motivating and inspiring children and adults for a long time.

SHB: You were in childhood education for many years. How did you get involved in […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: That Uppity Theater Company Goes Green

by Tom & Carol Braford

What do That Uppity Theater Company and Arizmendi Ecovillage have in common? We are both committed to making a difference with the people who are still reeling from the impact of Covid. That is why we recently joined forces to submit a pair of Local Tourism grant applications.

It is common knowledge […]

Managing Your Stress

What kind of thing is stress, that it is so readily recognized, yet managed with such difficulty? A short definition would state that stress is our internal response to the short or long-term life events, or situations, that wrap around us. Interestingly, our initial response seems hard-wired, the well-known “fight or flight syndrome”. This response, […]

MDC seeks recycled Christmas trees to benefit fish and anglers in area lakes

Residents can drop off used natural Christmas trees after the holidays at St. Louis City and County lakes until Jan. 12. 

What better Christmas present could there be than a new home? Of course, some anglers might say an improved chance to catch fish would be at the top of their list. 

Christmas trees can check both […]

Neumi For Your Health

By Pat Purley

Introducing the phenomenal antioxidant of Neumi, the master antioxidant of all antioxidants. Discovered by Dr. Steven K. Scott many years ago.

I have learned through taking this product that one of the keys to fighting off diseases we fear the most is glutathione. When our glutathione becomes too low and weak in our body, […]

Organized for Life: Happy ‘Organized’ New Year!

By Deb Powell

First: WE REST!!!

Then we organize.


Wait, what?! Yes, that’s what I said. Snowmen, angels, greenery, grape vine bows, mistletoe, reindeer… are also winter decor (if they’re not too Christmassy), so leave some of them out. Even lights can create a beautiful atmosphere. This also makes less work for now, and keeps […]

Pet of the Month: Wiley, Snowshoe Cat

Meet Wiley (aka Baby Buddha”, aka “Pup”) He is our 11-year-old Snowshoe Cat. He is extremely friendly and loves being around people. He is called “Baby Buddha” at times because of the way he likes to sit. He is also referred to as “Pup” because we are sure he thinks he’s a dog; obeying commands […]

Seeds… A Garden’s Greatest Treasure

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green and Growing Editor

A garden’s miracle is the transformation of a tiny seed into a growing plant. These tiny capsules of creation hold a greater power than all the jewels of a treasure chest. A seed itself contains life and the power to sustain all life on our planet. […]

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 art […]

Taking Back Our Power

By Jasmin Acosta

The new year is starting, which means we are leaving the past behind us and starting anew! This is the time to start our self-healing journey to celebrate the new year and to expect great opportunities to come along with moving forward from the past. To be able to embark on our journey […]

The Benefits of Pure Oxygen for the Skin

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

The holidays are over, but the blistering cold temperatures are sticking around for a bit longer. With low temperatures comes drier air, and with drier air comes drier skin. If your skin’s appearance is dull and feels chapped from winter winds, then it might […]

The Health Benefits of Birdwatching are Too Good to Pass Up

By Charmin Dahl

This time of year, I find it hard to get motivated to go outside. The combination of bad weather, indulgent holidays, and bittersweet year’s end leaves me feeling mushy in mind and body. But being busy, bloated, and blue are all good reasons to go outside, immediately. Spending time outdoors provides numerous health […]

There’s Only One Earth

Earthbound Recycling takes hazardous waste that others won’t

The world is changing, the climate is changing, and we as humans need to change too. At least that’s the idea, but it can be difficult when you call a recycling center or scrap yard and they tell you about all the things they don’t take, while the […]

Warm Wintry Mix Salad

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

January is here, and it’s a bright new year! After the indulgent culinary offerings of the holiday season, perhaps you’re craving a meal that’s a bit lighter fare, yet still comforting on the blustery, winter days. This Warm Wintry Mix Salad is a toasty, healthful option that’s even delicious to have […]

Water Sampling in North St. Louis County

By Christen Commuso

In case you missed it, Missouri Coalition for the Environment and Just Moms STL recently partnered to form the STL Toxic Waste Alliance. We believe it is every person’s right to know the communities in which they live, work, worship, and play are safe and free from hazardous and radioactive wastes. Through outreach […]

What Are Your Symptoms Telling You?

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Functional Medicine identifies the Root Cause of disease and recognizes that symptoms manifest and provide clues to the underlying cause. The symptoms experienced provide key information to help identify and treat the root cause.

Symptoms that correlate with digestion and the gut microbiome are among the most common. They provide us with […]

What does it mean to be “eagle-eyed”?

By Sarah Wilson, MATo start with, it means eagles can see a wider range of colors than we can. We have three types of cones (photoreceptors) in our eyes; eagles have four. This allows them to detect ultraviolet light. If you’ve watched any crime dramas, you may know that many bodily fluids, such as blood […]