Archive for April, 2011

A Lifelong Commitment To Growing Healthy Food

By Nancy Smith, Secretary, Farm to Family Naturally

Lillian Glass Hunter is a legend in her own lifetime. She has spent years improving the lives of fellow Bootheel residents while improving the quality of the homegrown produce offered in St. Louis markets.

Lillian was born during the Great Depression and remembers many of […]

Allergies: a Tale of Two Seasons you don’t have to dread spring and fall

by Varsha Rathod, M.D. Spring is in the air and is exciting for most of us. To others, spring is a season of suffering- sneezing, coughing, asthma, runny eyes, itchy rashes, fatigue and that awful ‘fog in the head.’ If this is you or you recognize a friend or […]

Artful Living

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonichy
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

A Creative St. Louis Symphony and Spring Art Blooms

You have to give the St. Louis Symphony credit with finding connections of all kinds to attract people to its performances. Not that the Symphony isn’t great all by itself. But within the past year, SLSO tempted […]

Arts Calendar


April 1-11 (Plaza Frontenac)
April 11-21 (The Magic House)

Artworks by 100 students presented by St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Assoc.; for info, visit www.stlsymphony.org/picture.

April 1-16
Contemporary letterpress prints; free ;Cecille Hunt Gallery, 8342 Big Bend.

Through April
New electronic exhibition at www.IntegralLife.com; for info, call 314-961-9775.

April 1-29
Photographs from the […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper

Natural Approach to Help Relieve Constipation

Q: It seems the older I get, the slower my bowels move. Should I be concerned about constipation?

A: Yes, you should be concerned. Constipation is a serious problem in our society. Do you know that a lot of people believe that regularity […]

Be A Compliant Pet Owner!

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

The onset of spring reintroduces exposure to many new challenges to our beloved pets as they begin to explore our yards and woodlands. Thereby, it turns out to be a usual time for a majority of pet owners, to receive reminders for our pets’ annual examinations […]

Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park and Resort Offers Fabulous Family Fun Getaway

Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park and Resort opened in March of 2009. We are located in beautiful French Lick, Indiana high on a hill with a gorgeous view. The 40,000 square foot water park is enclosed in a glass structure which provides a tropical atmosphere year round. We […]

Climbing Rose Offering Children’s Art Classes And Parenting Classes Beginning Fall 2011

By Glenda Moore

Climbing Rose Waldorf Kindergarten will be offering two new programs to the community beginning in the fall of 2011. The first will be an Art Class designed for 5 to 10 year old children in which parents will be able to enroll the child for the semester. […]

Coalition Report

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

You Are Invited To The Table

In this column, we are learning more about the U.S. Farm Bill- or the Food Bill as it should be known-, because in 2012 Congress will re-authorize this complex series of multi-billion dollar legislation. How its provisions are […]

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: Think Parasite, Allergies and More Parasites

By Simon Yu, MD

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, also known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), often strike between ages 15 and 35. The term inflammatory disease encompasses a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms in their severity from mild diarrhea, proctitis, fatigue, and abdominal cramps to life-threatening intestinal inflammation with […]

Earthworms’ Castings

by Jean Ponzi

Rx Recycling

Saturday April 30 will be the second annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Dozens of St. Louis area sites, in Missouri and Illinois, will accept unused and outdated medications at no charge, from 10 a.m. to 2 […]

Eating Lightly Now In 2nd Printing

Eating Lightly is a collection of over 400 vegetarian and vegan recipes from friends of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, ranging from the family of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Pat and Peter Raven to some of Missouri’s most creative professional chefs to your next-door neighbor. Not only have contributors […]

EPA Recognizes Metro Lighting With 2011 Excellence in Retailing For Lighting Award

Metro Lighting earns the national ENERGY STAR Excellence in Retailing for Lighting Award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency

For the second consecutive year, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Metro Lighting with the national 2011 Excellence in Retailing for Lighting Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing […]

Food For Thought: Market Saturation Vs. Sustainability

By Gretchen Morfogen, Culinary Writer

Communities starting up Farmers Markets are all the rage but somewhere in the rush to have an open air market while supporting your local farmer, a sense of propriety and reason must come into play. Having worked as a market master for several area farmers markets, I […]

From The Pros: Garden Insight

Participate in the pot recycling program that Missouri Botanical Garden offers.
This program has saved over 980,000 pounds of plastic garden pots, cell packs and trays from landfills so far. Drop off points at six locations including Sherwood’s Forest. For more information please visit: http://www.mobot.org/plasticpotrecycling
Dave Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest Nursery, Manchester, MO

Manage your […]

Green Energy Options: Geothermal & Programmable Thermostats

by Travis Seeger

Wow spring is definitely here, even though we saw some late winter snow and had a “hard” winter in general spring has arrived!!

One of the things that caused me to understand just how much winter we had was the season’s utility bills, wow! Natural gas continues to be on the rise […]

Green Light Program Offers Intensive Outpatient Plan For Overweight & Obese

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

Are you one of the 33% of all Americans that are overweight? Have you tried diet after diet with limited long term success? For some people, the extra weight they carry is more than they can address on their own with a sensible […]


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

The month of April, Earth Month is here! It is my favorite month for Green! There are so many things happening throughout the month, it is absolutely fantastic. Currently there are over 40 events and activities on the StLouisGreen.com calendar.

Hope everyone will […]

Hawk On Health

With Heather Hawk
Healthy Planet Fitness Writer

A Smooth Transition to Spring Training

There are new blooms on the flowers, buds on the trees, and a new bounce in our fitness regimen with the arrival of warmer temperatures. The fresh air of Spring appears to be the perfect time for the launch of this […]

Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch Offers Hospitality For Allergy Sufferers, Romance, Baseball Fans & More

By J.B. Lester, Healthy Planet Publisher

A few years ago the term “StayCation” was born. Now with gas prices on the rise again, the “StayCation” is back in the news. And what better city to “Stay” and explore than our own St. Louis.
My wife Niki and I were recently the guests of the […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: Culver Way Cash

by Tom & Carol Braford

Creating a local currency is nothing new. In fact, at one point in time all currency was local. And, in a very real sense, anything from beads to seashells to IOU’s that we exchange as a representation of real value is a currency. And […]

It Is All About Sustainability…and hCG?

by Dr. Alethea Eller

I am eyeing that patch of my yard at the top of the hill that will soon be our vegetable garden. The kids love the cherry tomatoes that they pick mid-summer and eat fresh off the vine. I am a bit curious to see if the raccoons will […]

Love the Earth A Billion & 10,000 Ways

By Linda Wiggen Kraft
Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

It is the little things that add up to make big changes. When it comes to the health of the earth and the health of our bodies the simple act of growing a vegetable garden can have big impact for both the […]

Native Plants in the Landscape

by Cindy Gilberg

Gardening with native plants is becoming the norm rather than the exception around the country as well as right here in Missouri. The benefits of native landscaping is fueling a gardening movement that says no to pesticides, fertilizers and excessive water use and yes to biodiversity and more […]

Notes From The Wildlife Rescue Center The First Step – Volunteer!

By Jennifer A. Kornberger

We’ve all heard the phrase in rally cries, “Save the planet!” And, it sounds terrific! Who wouldn’t want to actually save the planet? But, then again, that task also sounds so daunting and massive. It’s intimidating enough to stop us in our tracks. Which aspect of environmental […]

Oxi Fresh Provides More Natural Way for Carpet Cleaning

The power of oxygen is undeniable; Mother Nature has utilized oxygen to naturally purify the earth for thousands of years. Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning system also uses oxygen to naturally clean carpets and has opened a new franchise in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

When asked to explain their system, owner Craig […]

Rabbit Rage When good plants are eaten by bad bunnies, don’t get mad – outsmart the varmints!

By Kim Reiss, Sugar Creek Gardens

Rabbits fall into two categories: 1. Fuzzy creatures that define the word “cute,” or 2. Demons of destruction that eat expensive plants. If you identify with the “fuzzy, cute” definition, then read no further. If, however, you see them as the truly evil […]

Reuse First, Then Recycle…There Really IS A Business From Reuse

By Angela Haas

The world of electronic recycling has changed dramatically since we first started in 2003. Now there are many large and small companies joining in. Unfortunately, most do not care about reuse, nor do they care about being a true recycler. The Missouri law doesn’t cover residents. That’s where […]

Sacred Motherhood, Sacred Grandmotherhood

by Kathleen H. Christ, LMT, NCMBT

Recounting the current woes and hardships of our culture could fill many pages, and as mothers and grandmothers, watching our children manage as best they can, can be a heart-wrenching and mind-numbing experience. If you are a prayerful person, you may feel that you live […]

Spring Clean With Ameren Missouri Refrigerator Recycling Program

Get $35 for your spare, working fridge or freezer!

Ameren Missouri can now help you lower your monthly energy bills and pay you to do it! Right now, they are providing a $35 rebate to recycle your spare, working refrigerator or freezer. The appliance is even picked up, free of charge, and […]

St. Louis Earth Day 2011 Wanted: 6.9 Billion Agents of Change

Learn more and apply in person 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 17th at Forest Park on the Muny grounds

by Cassie Phillips, St. Louis Earth Day Executive Director

By now we all know that Earth Day is not just one day of the year – it’s every day that we make an effort to […]

St. Louis/Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

The St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District has been working to expand recycling in the St. Louis region since 1993. The District is a regional public agency that serves St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. The District assists local governments, private businesses, and non-profit […]

Summer Camp Guide

Abra-Kid-abra camps
Make a person appear! Ride a unicycle! Twist animal balloons to take home! Sound fun? This is only the tip of the iceberg at Abra-Kid-Abra’s one-week entertainment camps! We offer four different programs at community centers and schools throughout St. Louis, all summer: magic, […]

Supporting A Screen-Free Childhood

At Shining Rivers Waldorf School in Webster Groves, we get a glimpse into the magical world of childhood. As children grow, the wonder and imagination of the early childhood years evolve into an experience of meeting the beauty and complexity of the world with creativity and curiosity. This foundation […]

Taking The Mystery Out Of Yoga

by Gretchen Karros

The topic for this month is; VARIOUS YOGA PATHS

As you have read in several articles of “Taking the Mystery out of Yoga” the philosophy of India dates back many thousands of years, consequently it is very difficult to put a date on the beginning practice of some of the paths […]

The Art Of Relating

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

Selflessness in the Wake of Tragedy

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.

I couldn’t help but be moved […]

The Benefits of Vibrational Therapy

by Michele Johnson, Owner, Vitality Unlimited Spa

Vibrational Therapy, also known as Vibrational Medicine, puts a scientific twist on health and wellness. It’s based on a scientific principal that all matter vibrates through natural energy. When injured or damaged, energy in our body can become stagnant and out of […]

The Birds & The Bees Visit Ste. Genevieve

Spring Events Begin With Earth Day

Spring is here and Ste. Genevieve is ready with an array of events beginning Saturday, April 23 and concluding Sunday, May 22.

The first events celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 23rd from 10am to 4pm and are free of charge. The Bolduc Properties will begin their herb sale, […]

To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate… THAT IS THE QUESTION (PART 1 of 2)

by Teresa Garden, DVM

Controversy surrounds the issue of vaccinating our dogs and cats. Recent research at veterinary universities such as University of Wisconsin and North Carolina State University is showing vaccines are producing long term immunity in our pets. DHPP vaccines in dogs will last at least 3 years […]

Training Tips for the Novice Marathon Runner

by Andy Joggerst, Certified Personal Trainer, Studio Element Personal Training

If you are planning to take on the Go! St. Louis Marathon or half-marathon this April, perhaps for the first time, there are certain elements of preparing and training you need to know. Hopefully you have already begun training and are giving yourself […]

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Help Build a Stronger and Greener Local Economy and Preserve St. Louis’ Unique Local Character

By Ed Mantels-Seeker, Board President, BUILD St. Louis

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 […]