Archive for February, 2011

A Walk Down Loyalty Lane

By Nancy Smith, Secretary, Farm to Family Naturally

In a lifetime of working with farmers, one of the strongest characteristics I have encountered is loyalty. Most farmers are loyal to their belief systems, their families, their customers, their suppliers, their friends and their organizations. It’s a salt-of-the-earth characteristic that can be counted on. It’s one of […]

Ancient Healing in the Modern World: Spring Qigong Retreat at Shaw Nature Reserve April 28-May 1

by Cis Hager

Not so long ago the mention of Qigong might bring a puzzled look to a reader. Today, these ancient health systems are widely practiced throughout the country, even encouraged by doctors as an adjunct to traditional therapies. They fall into wide ranging categories incorporating stillness, dynamic movement, breathing, sound, visualization and self massage.

Health […]

Animals & Cancer: Part 2 How to Prevent the Likelihood of Developing Cancer

by Ava Frick, DVM

Preventing the likelihood of developing cancer requires awareness and vigilance. A list of ways you can help include:
Nutrition – Develop a grain free feeding plan for the animal’s life. Avoid genetically modified crops (GM). GM is a crude and imprecise way of incorporating foreign material into crops, with unpredictable consequences. GM plants […]

Are Specialty Camps Right For My Child?

Imagine having a few weeks to do nothing but explore and play in something you find interesting. Many kids today are enjoying just that. Specialty camps are a great way of allowing kids to actively engage in their favorite activities, or explore new passions.

Over the last decade, the number of camps catering to kids specific […]

Artful Happenings


February 1-18
May Photography Gallery, Sverdrup Bldg., 8300 Big Bend Blvd.; free; 314-246-7673 or www.webster.edu/maygallery.

Through February 26
Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Blvd., for info, call 314-531-3030 or visit www.brunodavidgallery.com.

Through March 5
Paintings by Jeff Kapfer, sculpture by Jerry Miller, photography by Mark Florida; PHD Gallery, […]

Ask the Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper

Herbs & Vitamins To Help Prevent Colds

Q: If I take Echinacea every day, will this prevent me from getting a cold?

A: Although Echinacea is considered one of the best-known, safe immune strengtheners available, you should not take this herb by itself on a daily basis. It is typically recommended to take at the […]

Coalition Report

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Executive Director; Missouri Coalition For The Environment

Money, Health, and Big Business Intersect in the Farm Bill

The five-year Farm Bill, which our Congress is once again debating, gives us the opportunity to examine the relationship between our tax dollars, health, farms, and food.

Today, the Farm Bill represents about $110 billion per year in […]

Dental Care In Our Pets

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Veterinary statistics suggest that by age 3 nearly 70-80% of our pets, both dogs and cats, suffer from some form of dental disease. While our critters do not typically have ‘cavity’ problems like humans, they do suffer from all sorts of other conditions. Most frequent is the condition called ‘periodontitis’ or […]

Diabetes…Prescription Drugs…and Wasted Dollars

by Jennifer Tobias

Extra pounds…lots of them, (think obesity), is a major factor in the development of Type 2 Diabetes. What was once a disease seen mostly in people over the age of 60, is now a disease that scoffs at the boundaries once set by years of life. Researchers have found that carrying excess weight […]

Dude Can You Comfort Me?

by Dr. James Feinberg, Child Clinical Psychologist

Imagine being a child and losing a parent, sibling, friend, or pet. Who would you talk to about your sadness and other feelings, and who would really understand your grief?
Understanding a child’s grief is complicated because a child’s age essentially determines his or her actual understanding of death. For […]

Earthworms’ Castings

by Jean Ponzi

The Restful Time

I hear it often this time of year – “I cannot wait for spring!” – but this isn’t my refrain.
A Chicago friend lamented it recently, adding “If I could only garden all year, every day ….” OK, it’s a lot colder, longer, up where she lives, but she also hires a […]

Fat Cats & Portly Pooches

by Teresa Garden, DVM

The holidays have come and gone. Left in their wake are a few extra pounds we carry as a reminder of our merriment. Our pets may not be as vulnerable to seasonal weight gain, but obesity is now an extremely prevalent and important disease afflicting our furry […]

Gateway to German Biological Medicine: Saint Louis to Baden Baden, Germany via Canada

by Simon Yu, MD

If you are interested in good German beer, wine and/or German Biological Medicine, you may consider joining the Occidental Institute Research Foundation (OIRF) from Canada. The institute, founded by Dr. Walter Sturm, is now managed by his wife Carolyn Winsor-Sturm who will guide you on their annual German […]

Green Light Program Offers Intensive Outpatient Plan For Overweight & Obese

by Cherie Massmann, MA, LPC, NCC Webster Wellness Professionals

As we say good-bye to 2010, many are making New Year’s Resolutions. A common resolution for many people is to lose weight. Regular gym members will tell you that the longest lines for the treadmill occur after the New Year and […]

Green Scene

with Craig Jung • StLouisGreen.com
Healthy Planet Green Living Editor

If you are looking for a green job or you are a green employer that wants to post a green job there is now a website that serves the St Louis Region. StLouisGreenjobs.com has been launched. The unique program is a collaborative […]

Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo Exhibitors for February 27, 2011

Advanced Energy Solutions
Solar Installation & Training
Alpha-Health Solutions
Alpha-Stim Medical Device Demo
Alternative Medicine Center
Complimentary Diagnosis Sampling
Ameren Missouri Pure Power
Sign-ups, Gifts, Green Products & More
American Grassfed Beef
Grassfed Beef Samples & Info
Amtrak – National Railroad
Ticket Giveaway & Train Travel Info
Andrea’s Gluten Free
Gluten Free Food Samples & Info
Animal Fitness Center
Veterinarian Rehab, Supplements & Info
Animal Health & Healing
Holistic/Integrated Pet Care & […]

Healthy Planet To Host Its 21st Natural Living Expo, February 21

Free Health Screenings, Chair Massages,
Healthy Food Samples, Wine & Beer Tastings,
Missouri Botanical Garden Ticket Giveaway,
Amtrak Ticket Giveaway, Free Eco-Friendly Tote Bags,
Live Music & Much More!

Cure your cabin fever as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Natural Living magazine, hosts its 21st Natural Living Expo Sunday, February 27, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the […]

Heather Hawk Partners with St. Louis Foodbank to Promote the Pound for Pound Challenge

National health and fitness correspondent encourages a healthy lifestyle that helps feed the hungry

Heather Hawk has long espoused the virtues of healthy living as a means for individuals to feel better about themselves. Now, the national health and fitness correspondent is using her expertise to help the St. Louis Area Foodbank get […]

Human Nutrition 101: Is There One Diet For All Of Us

By Varsha Rathod, M.D.

Have you been perplexed by the plethora of concepts on what is considered optimal for human nutrition? These range from eating raw and vegan, vegan, vegetarian (with or without eggs, dairy and fish), vegetarian and poultry/fish, all meats and vegetarian, meats and no carbohydrates from grains, starchy fruits […]

Incredible Edibles for Home & Community Gardens

Learn All About Them Saturday, Feb. 19

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

On Saturday Feb. 19th two inspiring and intensely educational opportunities to learn how to grow edibles at home or in a community garden will offered. Two day-long workshops offer national speakers, authors and in-depth classes about growing, harvesting and eating food from […]

Introducing a New Anti-Aging Strategy: The Posture Program: 10 minutes a day to keep your body active and pain free!

Stand Taller ~ Live Longer

by Sharon Fitelson, D.C.

Studies now show that a loss of height as we age might also indicate a shorter life span. Simply put, the taller we stand, the better we move and the better our heart, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems function. You have to keep […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: Jobs + Owning a Business = Sustainability (JOBS)

by Tom & Carol Braford

We keep hearing everywhere that we need more jobs! We need to remember, however, that having a job is just a means to an end. What we really need is a way to support ourselves and our families. Hopefully, we can work in a field […]

Native Plant School at Shaw Nature Reserve Now in its 5th Year

Now in its 5th year, the Native Plant School series at Shaw Nature Reserve is offering thirteen, 3-hour courses on sustainable landscaping using native plants. Courses range from gardening with deer, natural garden design, controlling invasive plants, and native plant propagation, to name a few.

Classes are held both inside and in […]

Notes From The Wildlife Rescue Center – Winter WaterFowl Woes

by Nancy Schnell, GeesePeace

Many people enjoy visiting a community lake and watching the ducks and geese. At this time of year, we can see an amazing number of beautiful migratory waterfowl from northern states and Canada.

Although most of us enjoy feeding our backyard birds, it is not a good idea to […]

Nutritional Response Testing™ Safe, Natural and Effective Personalized Health Improvement

by Dr. Sarah Wilmsmeyer, PharmD

Are you worried about your health, the health of your children, or your grandchildren?
Have you been to other health care professionals who have only been able to cover-up your symptoms?

Are you tired of being sick, feeling unwell or just plain sick and tired?
Do you suffer with a chronic disease that other […]

Pet Professionals Available At Natural Living Expo, Feb. 27

by Leah O’Donnell – Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

The Healthy Planet is happy to welcome Treats Unleashed, Vet-Pet Rescue, Animal Health & Healing, and Animal Fitness Center to our Natural Living Expo on February 27, 2011.

Treats Unleashed will be offering holistic pet food samples, a variety of pet toys, training aids, and […]

Romance Is Year-Round In Tiny Town of Historic Saint Genevieve, Missouri

Surprise your sweetheart with a romantic weekend in Ste. Genevieve. The historic downtown offers the perfect place for stepping back into the fascinating world of an authentic, eighteenth-century French colony while you enjoy the romantic atmosphere and charm of small-town America. Much of historic Ste. Genevieve’s charm and ambiance is due […]

St. Louis Composting Teams with Washington University, Frito-Lay and Missouri Botanical Garden

St. Louis Composting Teams with Washington University, Frito-Lay and Missouri Botanical Garden for Region’s First Commercial Food & Organics Composting Program

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans discard more than 96 billion pounds of prepared food each year. Now, in St. Louis, some of that food waste is […]

Take A Look at Eco-Friendly Xtrema Cookware at Healthy Planet Expo, Feb. 27

Creating a “Greener” home can begin in a room where many people spend a significant portion of their time: the kitchen. Xtrema’s collection of 100% ceramic skillets, woks, saucepans, bakeware and teaware advances “Green” agendas every time someone cooks with them.
The “Green” goal is that of “protecting the Earth and its […]

Taking The Mystery Out of Yoga

By Gretchen Karros

Early Indian Philosophy – Prakrati and Purusha
In earlier articles about Yoga we have addressed Vedanta, Ayurveda, Patanjali, Prana and many other areas of Hinduism. This article goes a little deeper into the primal source of the philosophy of Prakrati and Purusha.. This short article may enlighten […]

The Art of Relating

with Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW, Therapist & Relationship Coach

Cabin Fever Syndrome & Your Relationship

Sign up for my new Art of Relating Newsletter at www.christinekniffen.com.
Find out what’s coming up this month on my weekly radio show, as well as info on upcoming articles and free relationship tips.

Okay, I really don’t know if there […]

The Hidden Cost of Healthcare

by Dr. Alethea Eller

I am still addicted to Seinfeld episodes after all these years. My sister and I joke that there is a Seinfeld episode appropriate for every event in life. One of my favorite episodes revolves around the Baby Label Maker, a gift that is sure to organize and […]

The Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT™) of Healing and Organ Function

By Dr. Joseph F. Unger Jr., DC

Sacro Occipital Technic is a system of diagnosis and treatment in chiropractic that incorporates multiple aspects of human functions. It integrates spine, muscle, nutrition, reflexology, cranial manipulation and other functions essential for the human healing process. This includes the relationship between the nervous system and […]

Vibrational Therapy Addresses Etheric Field Sound Therapy Workshop with Original Developer, David Hulse – February 26-27

Science is now making it increasingly clear that it is possible to therapeutically impact upon physical and emotional issues by affecting the subtle energy bodies which are in dynamic equilibrium with the physical body.

According to Dr. Richard Gerber in Vibrational Medicine the etheric body is a subtle-energy template that guides the […]

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Help BUILD a Stronger Local Economy and Preserve Local Appeal

by Ed Mantels-Seeker

Spend your money wisely during these tough times – buy from local independents. Don’t let the St. Louis area become just another generic Anytown, overloaded with non-local chain stores and franchise businesses that drain money from our local economy […]

West Coast Fancy Food Show Recap

with Gretchen Morfogen, Culinary Writer

January is a perfect time of year to leave the cold snowy Midwest and participate in San Francisco’s annual National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Show (NASFTS). A place where food manufacturers, brokers, distributors, retailers, chefs, merchants, foodies, etc. gather under one roof for […]

Worldly Art Opportunities In Town This Month

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

What could be better in the middle of winter than a trip around the world? Not in your budget just now? Maybe it is, and you won’t even need a passport. Check out these worldly ARTful opportunities right here in town this month:
The Sheldon […]

YogaSource Announces 6th Annual 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Training with Chris Yonker, E-RYT, and Heidi Crocker, D.C., E-RYT. The training will run March through October 2011 and is appropriate for those already teaching or who aspire to teach, as well as for those who wish to deepen their practice. The training program will cover principles of hatha yoga, teaching […]