Articles from ‘November 2018’ Issue

12 Strategies To Enhance Your Immune System

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

It’s that time of year when our immune systems, which defends us from invaders, gets tested. School is back in session; less time is spent outdoors, and summer vacation is over. We are constantly exposed to viruses and bacteria that cause infections such as colds and flu.

When the immune system is […]

2018 Healthy Planet Natural Living Holiday & Gift Guide

Kim’s Herbs & Detox Center
Kim’s Herbs & Detox center is a specialty herbal store centrally located in Olivette, Missouri.  Make sure you come by and purchase some of our awesome products for gifts this holiday season.  We carry high quality herbs and more that aren’t typically found at supplement stores in the metro area. Nature’s […]

3 Easy Steps To Prevent The Flu

By Dr. Emily Hudson, ND

It’s that time of year again! The crunch of leaves under your feet, the brisk Autumn air on your face, and of course, the fevers, chills, congestion, and body aches that come with another potentially record breaking cold and flu season. If this year is anything like last year, it is […]

APPLY NOW for EarthDance Organic Farm School’s 2019 Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program!

The Farm and Garden Apprenticeship is a part-time, hands-on, education in organic gardening, market farming, and applied permaculture at EarthDance Organic Farm School. The Program Runs April-September. Apply by February 1st.
The Program Includes:

Part-time gardening and farm shifts
Field and market training
Weekly classes
5 tours of nearby farms and gardens
Project opportunities in the Seven Generations Garden
Take home a […]

ARTful Happenings


Through November 30
Grafica Fine Art, 7884 Big Bend; for info, visit graficafinearts.com or call 314-961-4020.

Through March 4
Photography exhibition; World Chess Hall of Fame; 4652 Maryland Ave.; for info, call 314-367-9243 or visit www.worldchesshof.org.

November 7-December 30
Multi-media exhibition; reception Nov. 16, 5-8 p.m.; Green […]

ArtFul Living – St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Be In The Know This November!

Art has always spoken out on the tough topics. Throughout history, art in all its forms has served as a voice, as a catalyst, as an inspiration, as an empowerment. From stirring musical works to emotion-evoking paintings, art has never shied away from taking a stand […]

Biomats & Far Infrared Portable Saunas: Quantum Tools for Your Health, from A to Z

By Clint Willett,
Far Infrared Medical Foundation

The Far Infrared Biomat helps with 1,800 Medical Issues from A to Z, with the Biomat’s technology based on a Nobel Prize In Medicine. The Quartz Enhanced Biomat allows the Infrared to gently go into your body 6-8 inches, whereas most all other Infrared Devices and Saunas only go 1-2 […]

CBD Relieves Pain, Reduces Inflammation, Promotes Relaxation

By Tiffanie Jones, ND

CBD (cannabidiol) is found to reduce inflammation in the body, which takes pressure off nerves, and helps to relieve pain. Cannabidiol is one of over a hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis and is legal in all 50 states because it is derived from industrial hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC. It […]

Coalition Report

By Ed Smith,
Policy Director
Missouri Coalition
for the Environment

West Lake Landfill: EPA Signs Record of Decision & State Settles Smoldering Fire Lawsuit

For the first time ever, the federal government committed to remove radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton. The landfill sits in the Missouri River floodplain, in a seismic zone, near a neighborhood, businesses, […]

Counsel of Trees

Nature Wisdom
With Pat Tuholske; Naturalist

Rejuvenate yourself with a crisp walk in the early winter woods. As tree leaves blanket your path, awaken and fill all your senses. Ambling along a forest trail feeds the heart and soul. Be with a tree. Lean your back against its bark for a while. Be patient. Quiet your mind. […]

Do You Have Enough Energy For The Holidays?

By Dr. Steve Zielinski, Pharm.D, FACA

I know this isn’t something we’re always thinking about during the holidays, but maybe it’s time to charge up now before the holidays, the colds, and the in-laws get here.

All of our organs and systems in the body rely on energy to function properly. The energy used by our cells […]

Do you have medical equipment that is not being used? Do you need medical equipment? Now there is HELP…

St. Louis HELP (Health Equipment Lending Program) accepts donations of manual wheelchairs, electric hospital beds, shower chairs, canes/crutches/walkers, grab bars, elevated toilet seats, portable commodes, lift chairs, seating cushions, back supports, diapers/bedpans, folding ramps — every type of item except oxygen tanks and medications. St. Louis HELP loans the donated home medical items to individuals […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Recycling: a romance

Dear Recycling: happy AMERICA RECYCLES Day to you, my beloved friend!

You and I go back a looooong way. Not quite my whole lifetime – though I’m sure my frugal Gramma had a thang for you too – but definitely for my thirty-plus year career in these parts as “Green Jean.”

You’re going […]

Find it on the Web – Recycling Information

Associations, Organizations and Resources
America Recycles Day – www.americarecyclesday.org
Earth 911 – www.earth911.org
e-cycle Missouri – www.e-cyclemo.org
Envirolink – www.envirolink.org
Global Recycling Network – www.grn.com

Household Hazardous Waste
(HHW) Program – www.HHWSTL.com
Keep America Beautiful – www.kab.org
Missouri Recycling Association – www.mora.org
National Recycling Coalition – www.nrcrecycles.org
The Healthy Planet magazine – www.thehealthyplanet.com

Local Recycling Information – Government
City of St. Louis – www.stlouis-mo.gov
(Search Recycling, click Refuse Division’s […]

Forest ReLeaf Recognized for Habitat Restoration Work and Community Enrichment

On November 4, the St. Louis Audubon Society will hold its Fall Gaggle, an awards celebration and auction, at the Schlafly Tap Room in downtown St. Louis. The annual gathering raises funds to further efforts to conserve the environment and educate the community about its natural wonders. Key leaders from within the organization and around […]

Giving Gratitude to the Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

In this season of gratitude giving, being grateful “to” is different than grateful “for”. The “to” implies giving directly back. Giving back is acknowledgement, attention, thanks and love.

Our gardens, and all gardens, deserve our gratitude and thanks. They bring us food and nourishment for bodies and souls. Giving thanks to our gardens […]

Global Recycling Challenges Affect Missouri

By David Berger;
Executive Director St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

If you are like me, you can remember when curbside recycling was in its infancy in the St. Louis region. Only a few materials could be recovered, stored in those tiny stackable bins, and emptied into “eager Beaver” compartmentalized trailers that had haulers chasing milk jugs […]

Green Dining Alliance Brings Sustainability to St. Louis Restaurant Scene Membership Grows To More Than 100

By Jenn Derose

The Green Dining Alliance, a program of St. Louis Earth Day, certifies restaurants in sustainable practices, connecting them with resources to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce waste, conserve water, source locally, and more. All GDA restaurants recycle, phase in energy efficient lighting, never use Styrofoam, and set goals to improve over time. The […]

Guide to Green Dining in the St. Louis Area

Visit www.greendiningalliance.org for a complete list of participating restaurants – be sure to use our site when choosing where to dine out. This Green Dining Guide is cosponsored by The St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste District.

4 Hands Brewing Company1220 S. 8th Street314-436-1559 • 4handsbrewery.com

Atomic Cowboy,4140 Manchester Road, 63110, 314-775-0775www.atomiccowboystl.com

Avenue Restaurant,12 N. Meramec, 63105, 314-727-4141.www.avestl.com

Bailey’s […]

Happy Holiday Visits With Older Adults

By Denise Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

Visiting with older adults at holiday time can be a wonderful experience. It often brings back happy memories, and is an opportunity for renewing family ties. Sometimes, though, seeing a loved one who is aging can be cause for worry. They may be experiencing a decline in their vision or […]

Happy Holidays, Natural Foods, and Holiday Heartburn

By Dr. Ian Wahl

This holiday season we are seeing more and more “All Natural” foods being offered from fresh produce and meats (why should they need an “All Natural” label) to processed foods and cereals (how do they qualify for an “All Natural” label). What does “All Natural” mean when you see it prominently displayed […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

November 6
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November 6
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. She […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Going Together Where No Community Has Ever Gone Before: Two Challenges

By Tom Braford

We face two primary challenges as we create a model lifestyle that is both post everything – global warming, social fragmentation, economic uncertainty – and affordable to all!

The first challenge is what I call the “possibility gap” that always exists when creating something new. This is our all-too-human tendency to discount and even belittle […]

Local Organics Collection Combats Environmental Crisis

A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change predicts a strong risk of crisis by 2040. The panel predicts worsening food shortages and wildfires sooner than we think. Carbon dioxide is a large contributing factor when it comes to the magnitude of damage done to our ozone layer. It creates an […]

Palladium, Not Polonium! Am I Dead?

By Simon Yu, MD

What can we learn from my palladium poisoning misadventure? This year, 2018, was a shock for me when I found out in my yearly routine checkup that I have been poisoned with palladium. It did not show up on previous heavy metals tests. I have never seen that extremely high level […]

Publisher’s Corner: Bits & Pieces of 8

I was going to write a preachy column about the political climate in this country. Then I realized I have been preached to enough for one lifetime. If people are unhappy with the way things are, then they should vote. If people are happy with the way things are, then they should vote. No preaching, […]

Some Say The Future of Medicine Has Arrived and It’s Being Called The Blu Room

JZ Knight is the inventor and Dr. Matthew Martinez helped co-develop and run the initial patient trials in his office in Olympia WA. Blu Room Therapy consists of narrow band UVB Light, music, and the power of the mind which creates an atmosphere where thousands of users worldwide have reported healing benefits such as anxiety […]

St. Louis Bicycle Works Rolls On For 25 Years

St. Louis Bicycle Works (DBA BWorks) collects between 4,000 – 5,000 donated bikes each year. This volume accounts for an average of 65 tons being diverted annually through refurbishing, reusing, or recycling. In 2017, however, 90 tons of materials were processed; representing a 72 percent increase in diversion from landfills. Satellite drop-off locations are available […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Falling In Love Again

Visit: www.ChristineKniffen.com

So, you have just met someone, and you find yourself ready to fall in love again. The big question then becomes determining how this love will be different from previous experiences you have had at other times throughout your life. More importantly, how will you truly know […]

Time To Get To Work, Not Lose Hope

By Johanna Schweiss, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

In early October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report that calls for significant emissions reductions over the next decade to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, the level needed to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. In order to meet the […]

Why Am I So Stuffy?

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

We frequently see patients who report suffering from constant sinus issues. Congestion, stuffiness, runny nose, post nasal drip, and other sinus problems… these are all caused by inflammation. Inflammation is part of the body’s natural defense system. So the question becomes, what is causing inflammation in the body?

Instead of covering up […]