Articles from ‘January 2024’ Issue

2024: NOT a RESOLUTION but a Roadmap to Success!

By Diane K. Wilson

It’s that time of year again… ”New Year’s Resolutions”. I can feel you cringing (as I do) about the mere thought of it. By avoiding the wimpy word ‘resolution’ and choosing more positive affirming words we set an intention similar to scoring a goal in sports!

Also, you may be successful with S.M.A.R.T. […]

8 Easy Ways to Use Less Plastic

By Sarah Wilson, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Standing in Target looking around, I suddenly saw every item as future trash. Everything in the building – much made of or packaged in plastic — is, someday, going to be thrown away. And that was just one of 1900 stores in the US. Same with Walmart (4700 stores).

I […]

ARTful Living

Happy New Year!  Wishing you a very wonderful and wonder-filled 2024!

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo Caption: Intellectual Rigor, by Mark Wetzling, in Upon Further Reflection exhibition.

A little vice might spice this winter when Art Saint Louis presents Sin City, an exhibition of multimedia works by 31 artists, based on the Seven Deadly […]

Autoimmune Disease and Missing Links: A Cure for… Misdiagnosis?

By Simon Yu MD

Do you have one of those autoimmune diseases of “many names” after years of struggling and searching for help with your chronic physical ailments? The rate of the Autoimmune Disorders has risen rapidly in the last 40 years, and has become one of the most common medical diagnoses with a multitude of […]

Blessed to be Busy

Sitting Down to a Full Plate

By Christina Staff, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

“I think you’re a person who’s happiest and functions best when you have a full plate.” He wasn’t talking about holiday meal portions, but instead the figurative plate of projects and tasks we all sit down to at the table of life. At times, […]

Conservation Corner: Snow Fleas  

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: Snow fleas are not really fleas at all, but actually springtails.

Photo from Flickr courtesy of Christa R. http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z9F.

Do the cold weather and short days of January give you cabin fever? Are you itching to get outside? The next snowy day, scratch that itch to go out and […]

Culinary Cheer for a Healthy New Year

By Natalie R. Toney M.F.A.,C.H., Healthy Planet Food Editor    

Photo: Zoodles with pesto and fresh mozzarella.

The new month, and new year tends to greet me with a bit of tranquility after the hustle and bustle of holiday fervor. I enjoy the decorations, music, generosity, and gratitude that is ushered in with the season, though it […]

Don’t Miss The Total Eclipse Of The Sun 2024 In Southernmost Illinois

Grab your eclipse glasses and head to Carbondale or Makanda, Illinois. Both towns are in the centerline of the total solar eclipse that will occur at 1:59 p.m. CST on April 8, 2024, and will last more than 4 minutes in totality.

 So, what exactly is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse is a lineup of […]

Eagle Days Returns to Audubon Center at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary Feb. 10

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

Photo: The annual Eagle Days event returns for 2024 to the Audubon Center at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton. The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

 Few words can describe […]

Earthworms Castings

By Jean Ponzi

Ragman Revered

I see him in my mind with wild red hair, a gangly skeezix kind of guy, in slick jeans and a vintage leather-sleeved letter jacket.

Kelly Stewart was a Tom Sawyer type, with that Hey, come on, LET’S DO THIS charisma that pulled in friends and strangers who became companions in his Rags-to-Resources […]

Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP 

caption: Hands on experience at the EMBA apiary – The Eastern Missouri Beekeeping Association has mentors, monthly meetings and hands on workshops to guide you through a year of beekeeping. 

The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association will hold it’s annual Beekeeping Workshop on February 10th, 2024, at the Aviator Hotel & Conference Center at 6921 South Lindbergh, […]

Fostering Connection with our Elders: Beating Winter Isolation for Seniors

Winter’s chill often brings a sense of isolation for seniors, but with concerted efforts, we can create a warm and connected community. Let’s explore who can help, what actions they can take, and why these efforts are crucial in combating winter loneliness among seniors.

Virtual Socializing plays a pivotal role in keeping seniors connected. Family, friends, […]

Founder’s Forum: New Year Asks Us to Reflect & Persevere

By J.B. Lester

As the holidays come to a close, and we have spent some quality time with family and friends, take this opportunity for an emotional inventory of what the old year has brought us. For me, it has been a year of transition from working full time to part-time and retirement of sorts. I […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo set for Sunday, April 14

Registration Now Open for Exhibitors

The Healthy Planet Magazine is proud to announce its 42nd Natural Living Expo, April 14, 11 am to 5 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 […]

How AI & Data Technologies Are Helping Fleets & EV Drivers Navigate Around Higher Charge Costs During Winter

By Sumit Chauhan

As more drivers, fleet operators and businesses continue their inexorable shift toward sustainable transportation, the electric vehicle (EV) market has continued to experience unprecedented growth ever since the pandemic. However, as the adoption of EVs accelerates, a new set of challenges emerges, particularly when it comes to charging in colder weather. Today’s drivers […]

Inspirations for Life! HELP!?

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

Happy New Year!!!

Well… we made it through another Christmas season! Although it’s a new year according to the world’s calendar, I consider my birthday my new year. But whatever it is to you, today is the first day of the rest of your life, make it count!

We can attempt great […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: St. Louis Moonshot for Civilization and the Planet

By Tom & Carol Braford

We are transformed when we renew our hearts and minds. But it is never just about us, but rather how we care for and serve others, our civilization and that beautiful blue-green marble spinning through space that is our only home. However, it is not fulfilled at that level or even […]

New Year, New You – Make a Resolution for Self-Care

Embark on a rejuvenating journey as you usher in the New Year! When you prioritize self-care, you’ll feel refreshed, revitalized, and ready to face 2024 with a healthier mind, body, and spirit. Whether it’s scheduling regular visits to the Spa or taking a few minutes to focus on yourself each day at home, being mindful […]

Next Level Salsa

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

1 cup salsa

1 Tbs tahini

Stir and serve with veggies or rice cakes


1 tsp frozen orange juice or

1-2 drops orange essential oil

1 Tbs hemp seeds

I have added tahini to this for protein as I’m a vegan.

Everyone I share it with just loves it!

Deb Powell ☺

Our Only Life Purpose Lives Inside of Us

By Jasmin Acosta, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

We tend to search for a life purpose and look for answers as to what it could be since without having a life purpose we tend to feel a void inside of us that we wish to fill, but often we believe that in order to fill that void […]

PEACE — A Poem

By Dr. Gail Cloud

I was recently so touched

It hit me deeply

And I was struck by how freely

His death was felt by so many

A celebrity who somehow was able to connect

From this he had such a great effect

From his outer personality and dancing

His primary way of talking and self enhancing

And yet inside, hidden deeply

Was a force […]

Publisher’s Corner

Overcoming Financial Challenges in 2024

By Susan Hunt-Bradord

Many prices for things we usually buy are up. If you look at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, it shows some interesting facts, including things like food prices being up and gas for your vehicle being down. Housing costs are up, rent is up, interest rates went up, […]

Recycling 101: Christmas Trees

By Steve Davies, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

So, by the time you pick up this edition of The Healthy Planet, the holidays for most of us will be over. The presents under your tree will have all been opened and hopefully you’ll have recycled all of the decorative paper that you used to wrap them while […]

Time to Start Planning for Viewing the 2024 Solar Eclipse

By Kathie Sutin

It’s time to mark your calendar for important dates in 2024.

Monday, April 8 is one date you’ll want to be sure to note. It promises one of the most exciting celestial events of the decade—a rare total solar eclipse spanning parts of the continent from Mexico, through the U.S., into Canada. Primary viewing […]

Wellness & Energetic Strategies for Winter Months!

By Diane K. Wilson

Don’t succumb to the winter blues! Use the following to focus on holistic health & wellness:

1. Superfoods Nourishment

Pomegranates, citrus fruits, kale, sweet potatoes & squash.

Immune-boosting foods rich in vitamin C.

Spices such as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric to boost your digestive & immune system & add flavor.

2. Hydrate & Moisturize

Drink herbal teas, warm water […]

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 […]

Whose Garden Is It Anyway? Gardens for All.

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

In this dreaming part of the year as we prepare for the upcoming garden season, think of your garden in perhaps a different way. A way of gardening where we realize that we are guardians not just gardeners. We are here to care for the sanctuary […]