Articles from ‘November 2022’ Issue

ARTful Living: November Offers Variety of Live Performances

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo Caption: On the Edge of Something Else, by Katharina Grosse, at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Enjoy November’s “cool” with great jazz—at Jazz St. Louis, of course! 

The lineup kicks off with John Pizzarelli (Nov. 2-6), followed throughout the month by Marilyn Maye, Dave Grelle’s Playadors, Cecile McLorin Salvant […]

Avoiding Self-Rejection

By Jasmin Acosta

Everyone has experienced rejection whether it is from being rejected from a job, a romantic partner, or from family and friends. Oftentimes, this leads us to fear having hope and motivation to strive for our goals that we desire to reach, in order to avoid being rejected. However, we should not allow rejection […]

Cats: That One Extra Life That Is Saving Lives

By Carrie M. Hilton, Healthy Planet Staff Writer

Our great city is home to Tenth Life Cat Rescue, which is well-loved by the St. Louis animal community. A rescue dedicated to helping give felines with physical or emotional limitations another chance and does not slow these cats down at all from living their lives filled with […]

Conservation Corner: Hornet Origami

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Take a walk into the woods this time of year, and you’re likely to be greeted with leafless trees arrayed with bare, gangly, limbs. While some might see no need to look closer, if you do look, you might discover an amazing piece of natural paper art, rivaling the […]

Cranberry Cosmo Facial: Anti-aging & Skin Reparative Agent

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

With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, we would like to take the opportunity to rave about an unlikely skincare hero: the cranberry! In addition to being a staple dish on a standard Thanksgiving table, cranberries also have stellar skincare benefits that will noticeably improve your […]

Donna Linn’s Delights and Insights

TALKIN’ TURKEY: It’s The Memories That Nourish Us 

 As Thanksgiving fast approaches, I’m reminded of my grandma’s festive holiday parties with food enough to feed a small army. I’ve always loved the smell of a roasting turkey, gobble, gobble, but those creamy whipped potatoes held a special place in my tummy. And oh, those pies, all […]

Earthworms’ Castings: On A Positive Note

By Jean Ponzi

You’ve got to Acc-centuate the Positive

E-liminate the Negative

Latch on to the Affirmative

Don’t mess with Mister In-Between!

When Johnny Mercer wrote this lyric in 1944, things were in a pretty critical state around the world. Yet his ditty advised Mercer’s fellow human beings to keep on plugging away, maintaining focus on the outcome that is […]

Founder’s Forum: Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

By J.B. Lester

It’s hard to find anyone (especially those who read The Healthy Planet magazine) who doesn’t recycle. I mean, it’s like littering, no one with any social or environmental conscious litters anymore. Single stream recycling can be found in most urban communities making it extremely easy to recycle. Those days of separating the paper, […]

Gluten-Free and Paleo/AIP Holiday Stuffing Recipes

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

What is a holiday meal without a savory dressing or stuffing to compliment the main course and delectable sides? For those who suffer from gluten intolerance, Celiac, Crohn’s, other autoimmune conditions, and dietary considerations, it’s often been par for the course. Here, I offer two gluten-free […]

Good People Doing Good Things: Dara Ashby, Helping Homeless Pets

by Susan Hunt-Bradford; Healthy Planet Publisher

Dara Ashby recently retired from a 32-year career with UPS in occupational health. Like many retirees, she’s busier now than ever. Ambitious and organized. Dara has a compassion for animal welfare that is much needed in today’s world. She is a non-stop go-getter, supported by her husband Blake; they live […]

Good People Doing Good Things: Juliet Holden, Epitome of Kindness

By Susan Hunt-Bradford, Healthy Planet Publisher

SHB: What is your occupation?

JH: Senior Director of Resource Development for Circle of Concern. I raise funds and tell our story. It’s my job to help people understand what we do and, more importantly, the people who are the reason our organization exists.

SHB: What is your personal philosophy?

JH: I was […]

Guide To Green Dining in the St. Louis Area

Photo Caption: Perennial Artisan Ales

The Green Dining Alliance, a program of earthday365,  is now in its 10th year as the St. Louis region’s sustainability certification program for businesses in the food and beverage industry. The GDA works with restaurants, breweries, bars, coffee shops, university campus cafes, catering companies, community outreach kitchens, bakeries, and ice-cream shops.  […]

Holiday Fresh Cut Evergreens Care Tips

By Ann Lapides

Fresh greenery will last indoors for about two weeks; outdoors it will last considerably longer, sometimes even months. To keep your cut greens fresh, try these care tips:

Before making your arrangements condition them to absorb as much water as possible. Snip off the bottom of the stems, then crush the cut ends with […]

Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) for All Chronic Disease: Can Old Cranky Physicians Try New Approaches?

By Simon Yu MD

Let me reintroduce an old forgotten and neglected medical therapy called Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) developed by Mexican military surgeon, Donato Perez Garcia, Sr., MD in 1932. He was able to cure many medical conditions such as asthma, psoriasis, migraine headache, neurosyphilis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and some cancers. Time magazine covered Dr. […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Precision Year-round Community Based Urban Agriculture

by Tom Braford

The frost will soon be on the pumpkins and the snow will soon be flying. This is typically the time of year to hunker down and put our garden to bed for the winter with cover crops and a few hardy plants like garlic and spinach that can winter over.

For a few years […]

Master Herbalist To Speak About Remedies For Health Issues December 4

If you are interested in healthy living and herbal remedies, you will want to check out the St Louis Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church December 4th, at 5 N. Skinker Blvd, St Louis. Master herbalist and owner of the American Herb Shoppe, Lee Wellard, will discuss and present a demonstration on herbal home remedies for major health […]

Organized for Life: Working from a Home Office

By Deb Powell

A reader asked how to organize an office space to work from home, so this month’s article is just that. Good news is you don’t have to build an addition!

Being organized is the key!

If your home is also your work place you will especially need to be organized as you’ll be spending a […]

Pet of the Month

Remi, Border Collie Catahoula Cur mix

Remi is four years old. She is an extremely smart working dog who loves to play. Her favorite game is fetch with her ball or sticks found outside. She gets super excited when the neighbors come over to play with her. Her mom nicknamed her “Roo Roo” because she loves […]

Publisher’s Corner: Every Day We Can Give Thanks

I’m sure the mention of November brings Thanksgiving to almost everyone’s mind. A time to be thankful, get together with friends and family, and of course, eat some specific food you’ve been waiting for all year.

When my family lived in St. Louis, I often cooked Thanksgiving dinner. About 14 of us were there, so it […]

Rock Island Trail Update

By Jim Karpowicz

The Rock Island Trail is a rails-to-trails project, over 200. Miles long, stretching from Beaufort, Missouri in the east to the town of Pleasant Hill, near Kansas City. Combined with the existing KATY Trail it would create a loop trail of over 450 miles, making the state of Missouri a premier cycling tourism […]

Scenic Drives in Shawnee Forest Country In Southernmost Illinois

118 miles:  Rt. 13, 142, Shawnee Forest Rd, Garden of the Gods Rd, Karbers Ridge Rd,  Rt. 1, 146, 145

Harrisburg, ILEquality, ILGarden of the GodsRim Rock TrailPounds Hollow LakeCave In RockElizabethtown, ILRosiclare, ILGolconda, ILDixon Springs State ParkThe Chocolate Factory

Harrisburg is the gateway to the Shawnee National Forest.   Experience this drive in every season.  Spring blooms, […]

Seventeen Schools Awarded for Growth in Missouri Green Schools Award Program

By Anne Cummings, Middle School Sustainability Teacher, School District of University City

Missouri Green Schools (MGS), a state-level collaboration between the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter and Missouri Environmental Education Association, understands that before we can ask students to care for our planet or their communities, we need to connect them personally to healthy living. […]

Thank A Tree – Especially Native Trees

by Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

In this season of gratitude and thankfulness, give your blessings and care to trees. Trees are so essential to the ecosystem we live in. Trees are not the entire ecosystem with all the biodiversity every ecosystem has. But trees are a critical part of the fragile […]

Thank You Note to Daisy’s First Family

By Sarah Wilson, MA

Daisy came to me from the Humane Society of Missouri. The following is to the people who took her there:

You had other options. You could have kept her even though I can tell from her behaviors that she was a lot for you. You could have just given Daisy away to strangers. […]

The Natural Medicine Cabinet – An Alternative to Antibiotics

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

According the World Health Association, “antibiotics are serious medicine – not to be taken lightly. Overuse has led to increasing numbers of antibiotic resistant superbugs like – MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus). 

So what options do you have when you get sick and would like to avoid unnecessary antibiotic […]

The Power of Prayer to Heal

by Teresa Garden, DVM

Prayer has been associated with healing for millennia. People pray for good health and for relief from illness, pain, and suffering. Intercessory prayer can be defined as a direct request to a higher power to intercede in a situation and to help bring about a good outcome. Prayer may result in health […]

The St. Louis – Jefferson Solid Waste Management District Success Stories

The St. Louis – Jefferson Solid Waste Management District is a regional agency that was created in 1993 to assist the public, private and nonprofit sectors in establishing and expanding programs for recycling and waste reduction.   The service area includes the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. Funding […]

This Year Blessing: Live Together In Peace

By Dr. Gail Cloud, DC

The clock is turning. Another year is making its way known in the Western hemisphere through Fall colors, reminding us of the wheel of time towards our winter and time for inner contemplation.

For those who are Jewish and wheel of time time-keepers, this is also the time of the Jewish New […]

Why Don’t Frogs Freeze to Death?

By Sarah Wilson, MA

When the cold comes, our Spring Peepers nestle under a log or into fallen leaves to ride out the winter. There they become frogsicles until they hop back to life in the spring. How?

Anyone who has mistakenly frozen a can of soda knows all about one of the biggest challenges: frozen liquid […]