Articles from ‘March 2024’ Issue

$elling the Value of $ustainable Homes

By Brandon Verhoff, Missouri Gateway Green Building Council Education Committee Volunteer

Demand for sustainable homes is surging, and it’s not just about saving the planet. A recent study by Freddie Mac revealed that homes with high energy-efficiency ratings sold for 2.7% more than their less eco-friendly counterparts. This “green premium” is attracting both environmentally conscious buyers […]

A Buzz-Worthy Plant

By Ann Lapides

Here’s a plant that has created considerable buzz in the plant world. Redemption Elephant Ears, Colocasia, has many talking about its stunning foliage. In spring, rippled, shiny green leaves emerge and quickly turn jet-black. As the leaves mature, a neon-pink center blotch forms with veins, growing larger and radiating outward like a starburst. The rich […]

ARTful Living

March may “come in like a lamb,” but this month is a whirlwind of ARTful events

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo Caption: “Shaved Portions,” by Chakaia Booker, at Mildred Lane Kemper Museum

Varsity Art, March 1-18 at Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine, opens the 28th annual exhibition of multimedia works by regional university art […]

Conservation Corner

The August 2017 total solar eclipse created a 360 degree “sunset” at the iconic McBain Burr Oak tree near Columbia, Missouri.photo by Dan Zarlenga

Four Minutes of Night

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

An immense, cir-cular shadow moves over the land, blocking out the sun and reveal-ing the brightest stars. It creates a 360 degree sunset, […]

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 […]

EarthDance Organic Farm School 2024

Why do bees and chickens need each other? How many miles of fungus are beneath our feet at the farm, and why do we care? What is your favorite vegetable, and what are some fun ways you can play with your food? What role do farms play in our everyday lives? How are they connected to […]

Earthworms’ Castings

How Now, No Mow?

By Jean Ponzi

Gusts of debate, swirling through local suburbs, are seeding fertile dialogue around early spring suspension of lawn-height regulations, for a month of No Mow

I caught wind of this because, on my job, I coach municipalities that do sustainability stuff. A couple of them were considering adopting No Mow April, […]

Founder’s Forum: Spring Brings Renewal & Repurposing

By J.B. Lester 

It’s mid-February as I write this in St. Louis and some daffodil shoots are popping through the soil next to the garden gnome standing sentry alongside our front fieldstone walk. It’s amazing how life is always eager to renew each year as the temperatures often deceive their seasonal clocks. Climate change has made […]

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 use […]

How We Can Help Cardinals Raise Their Babies

By Sarah Wilson, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

When Cardinal babies break out of their eggs, they weigh a bit more than a penny; about 3.5 grams. Within a week, they reach 25 grams. That’s 7x in 7 days! Imagine our newborns going from 7 pounds on Monday to 49 pounds by Sunday. How much food would […]

Inspirations for Life! CREATE!

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet columnist

It’s March! Spring starts on the 19th! We made it through another winter! ☺

Spring is a great time to create new beginnings! Start new adventures, new habits, gardens, hobbies, get into shape, spring clean, learn, plan activities and vacations… Create something! It’s good for the mind, and you’ll feel productive […]

Internal Spirit Holistic Fair April 20 & 21, 2024

We are excited to announce that the Internal Spirit Holistic Fair/Expo is coming back to the Machinists’ Hall, 12365 St. Charles Rock RD., Bridgeton, Mo. 63044 for another two day Metaphysical/Holistic event.

Saturday, April 20 from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday, April 21 from 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $6.00 to be […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Calling All Communitarians

By Tom & Carol Braford

Years ago, we formed a core group of people interested in creating a cohousing community in St Louis. We found a great site in a mixed neighborhood in the eastern part of the Central West End and held a series of workshops with the architects who brought the concept to the […]

KC Metaphysical Fair in St. Charles, March 30-31

The KC Metaphysical Fair will be back in St. Charles Easter weekend at the Ameristar Casino Conference Center. This will be the third year the event has been at this location, and it is a great space. There are several restaurants on site, and tons of parking. Just head up to the Yellow level of […]

Know When To Pour Water

By Jasmin Acosta, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

When we look into the mirror we are met with our reflection staring back at us, an image of our inner-self and identity, but this image is not always mirrored in the perspectives of others that are around us. Despite our efforts to show the world our true inner-selves […]

Metabolic Therapy for Cancer, Theory and Practice: Keys to Longevity – What Can Sabotage a Ketogenic Diet?

By Simon Yu MD

Metabolic therapy is an important part of overall cancer therapy but not a cure for all cancers. Previously, I covered Thomas Seyfried, PhD and Dr. Otto Warburg’s work on cancer from the point of view of the human body as a matrix of meridians; we can measure the immeasurable and invisible acupuncture […]

Mystic Fair April 26, 27, 28

“Whether you are a veteran of the metaphysical lifestyle, just starting to dabble, or you have no idea what that even means, the STL Mystic Fair welcomes you!⁣

The Mystic Fair is a metaphysical, psychic, and holistic wellness fair. We have eight fairs a year in different locations around the Midwest. 

The Mystic Fair is a space […]

New Builders Spring Home Show Fenton to be Held March 16-17 at STL Athletic Center

The first-ever Builders Spring Home Show Fenton will be held at STL Athletic Center Saturday and Sunday March 16-17, with free admission and parking. The new home show, located in a great Southwest St. Louis County location near the intersection of I-44 and I-270 in Fenton, MO, gives area residents the opportunity to see more than 125 […]

Organized for Life: It’s Spring! Let’s Lighten Up!

By Deb Powell, Healthy Planet Columnist

So you survived the winter, again. Way to go! If you’ve been following my articles, starting in the September 2022 issue, you should be getting some areas of your life organized. The heaviness of the cold, the excitement and exhaustion from the holiday season, and the lack of sunshine, are […]

Practice Breathing and Improve Your Health

By Dr. Amy Davis

People frequently live in a chronic state of fight or flight. This creates a long term drain on your energy and health. The negative impacts on your body may include fatigue, weight gain, poor digestion, sleep problems, memory and concentration impairment, anxiety and depression, heart disease, osteoporosis etc. It’s very important […]

Publisher’s Corner

Welcome spring, the season of renewal

Even though STL winter wasn’t as cold and snowy as winter’s past, most of us still welcome spring. The longer days and increased sunlight trigger the body’s production of serotonin, which promotes a sense of well-being and can help reduce stress. Warmer weather encourages outdoor activities, which can connect us […]

Recycling 101… Spring Cleaning

By Steve Davies, Healthy Planet Columnist

Well, I think it’s safe to say that with both the little snow we had on the ground last month, along with the chill in the air having now moved on, Spring is well on its way. Actually, it seems like Spring has been here for a while with the […]

Spreading Good Karma: It’s Werth it.

By Christina Staff, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Good karma: the result of good deeds done to others. A seemingly common encounter at the check-out counter created a core memory within me I didn’t initially anticipate, yet it continues to surface nearly a year later. These learning lessons elevate ordinary moments into the extraordinary range.

I was having […]

Step into Spring with Revitalizing Nail Care Treatments

Spring is the perfect time to rejuvenate your hands and feet.

Proper nail care is not just about appearance. It also offers many physical and mental health and wellness benefits.

During the cold winter, your hands and nails can become dry and rough. Daily pressure on your feet can cause discomfort and lead to calluses and rough […]

The “Spring Cleaning Guide” for Personal Energies!

By Diane K. Wilson

Spring is a time of renewal, a chance to shake off the heaviness of winter and embrace the fresh opportunities that lie ahead. But while we often focus on cleaning out our closets and scrubbing our homes top to bottom, it’s equally important to consider the energy we carry within and […]

The Charm of Colcannon

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

Spring is near, with St. Patrick’s Day almost here, and green will be sprouting up everywhere to be seen. Rain or shine, parades will line the streets, while corned beef and cabbage simmer in area homes, churches, and pubs. Meanwhile in Ireland, it’s not likely that […]

The Eating Habits of Centenarians

By Dr. Gail Cloud

Centenarians have been interviewed about what they attribute their long lives to. There are many factors, and one important factor is their eating whole foods.

They grew up on veggies from their garden and they may not always eat well, but generally they eat whole foods. This means they don’t eat much food […]

The First Colors of Spring — For Our Bodies and Our Souls

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

Gardens of spring feed both our bodies and our souls. The burst of colors with spring blossoms is like the change in the Wizard of Oz as it goes from black and white to color. Something awakes deep within us with living colors from the earth. […]

Unleash Your Potential: Overcoming the Fear of Seeking Help

By Diane K. Wilson

Do you find yourself hesitating to seek help even when you know you are not yourself? Many individuals struggle with the fear of the unknown, the uncertainty of solutions, and the daunting prospect of personal improvement. This fear often leaves them feeling stuck and drained, affecting their mind, body, spirit and ethereal […]

We Are Trees

After a day of climbing and trimming a tree, I sat in my pickup truck staring down as sunlight shown on my hand rested on my knee. The veins from the wrist to the knuckles were winding from what looked like root systems, tree trunks, flowing in and out of crotches into branches and I […]