Archive for September, 2011

‘Rosemary Grove, Naturally You’ is a Little Boutique With A Big Heart

Located in the middle of charming Kirkwood, Missouri among many restaurants, shops, a bustling farmer’s market and of course the famous Kirkwood train station.

Sidewalk shoppers stop in daily to visit Sarah Wood the owner.  Sarah says, “Since opening in April, I’ve received wonderful feedback from the community. I love explaining to my customers that they […]

21st Pesto Feast Ponders GMOs in Our Food

By Don Fitz

After more than two decades of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food, what have we learned?

What are GMOs and how did Monsanto get to be the world’s largest producer?  Throughout the existence of GMOs, putting foreign DNA into food has raised serious questions.  Do GMOs in food pose a danger to human […]

2nd Annual Food & Farmer’s Expo

The 2nd Annual Food & Farmer’s Explo offers Food Samples, Fashion Show, Talks, Nutrition Info Meet The People Who Grow Your Food Sept. 18, 10am-4pm at Webster Groves Recreation Complex

Last year’s event drew over 1000 visitors in just 6 hours and a bigger crowed is expected this year,” said J.B. Lester, publisher of The […]


Everyone from  licensed health professionals to the general public should be interested in connecting Energy Medicine to the best of Western Medicine.  Simon Yu, MD believes we should “Think differently to correct the underlying problems that cause our illnesses.”Dr. Yu has put together professionals from Australia, Germany, Canada and several states in the U.S. discussing […]

Advocates For Edible Controversies

By Gretchen Morfogen

The food news of late has reason for concern. There is no arguing that our leaders in Washington are failing miserably at getting their act together and finding a cohesive balance in order to attain results of any kind that benefit the common man.       That being said the focus that seems more like […]

Art of Entertaining Helps with Meals as Schools Start Again

By Leah O’Donnell; Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

As the summer comes to a close, it seems life gets hectic again and figuring out what to have for dinner seven nights a week can be daunting.  The Art of Entertaining, located at 8796 Big Bend Boulevard in Webster Groves, MO has the perfect solution for you.   Family […]

ArtFul Happenings

August 26-September 23

Closing reception, Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m.; May Photography Gallery, 8300 Big Bend;  314-246-7673  www.webster.edu/maygallery.
Through September 22

Dutch-inspired posters by UMSL design students returning from Amsterdam; Gallery Visio on UMSL campus;314-516-6690.
Through October 15
No Limitations:A Mixed Media Fiber Show

Fiber work by Suzanne Galli Koenen; Norton’s Fine Art & Framing, 2025 […]

ArtFul Living: September is Opening Month For Many Shows

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

September signals the opening of school, the opening of a (hopefully!) cooler season and, best of all, the opening of new exhibitions and performances.

Have you ever wanted to collaborate with an artist to create a piece of art that draws public attention? What would it be like to say […]


By Cathy Burkemper

Q: Right before my menstrual cycle, my breasts become extremely painful and tender.  I can even feel tiny little bumps in them.  Should I be concerned?

A: Any time you feel something abnormal in your breasts, I recommend seeing a physician.  More than likely, you are experiencing fibrocystic breasts.  This is a very common […]

Award-Winning Journalist Jack Shenker Comes to Webster University Oct. 3

Webster University will host award-winning British journalist Jack Shenker at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood. The free lecture is open to the public.

A correspondent for the United Kingdom’s Guardian newspaper as well as a wide range of other magazines and newspapers, Shenker made headlines around the globe earlier this […]

Best Pets For College

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

College is upon us and depending on our living conditions, many students look for appropriate pets to keep close to their heart.

Humans bond with animals, and vice versa.  At home, we may have traditional pets like dogs and cats.  However, as students head for college, they often search out a replacement […]

Bio-Cybernetic and Energy Medicine Conference, September 9th to 11th

If you are a physician or practitioner using conventional diagnoses with conditions that Western medical science finds difficult to cure, or even labels as “incurable,” then you will want to know about Bio-Cybernetic and Energy Medicine for your practice.  Eastern medicine has understood energy flows in the body for 4,000 years.  Energy Medicine measures these […]

Coalition Report: Jobs & Prosperity at Our Table

by Kathleen Logan Smith, Executive Director Missouri Coalition for the Environment

In this column, we’ve been learning more about the U.S. Farm Bill, the package of legislation that impacts our food system- what is grown, how it’s grown, and how much it costs. The Farm Bill, or the Food Bill as it should be known, is […]

Death by (Modern) Medicine: White Coats as a Symbol of Life and Death

By Simon Yu, MD

Death is part of life. Modern medicine saves lives. At least, I like to believe that, but death by medicine? Death by (Modern) Medicine written by Gary Null and Carolyn Dean is not what you may have in your mind. I have just read their books, Death by Medicine by Gary Null […]

Divine Design: Were You Created to be Overweight?

By Dr. Alethea Eller

Have you wondered, “Maybe this is just how God made me?”  Yes, it is possible that you may be on a quest of perfection.  It is also very possible that your body is changeable.  Read on.

Your body functions on a “divine design”.   Your body perceives stimuli and responds accordingly, just as it […]

Emotional Eating & Weight Management Help at Webster Wellness Professionals

By Randall C. Flanery, Ph.D.

One third of all Americans are overweight, despite all of the diet books, exercise regimens, and the latest celebrity advice on how to rapidly lose pounds and look like a movie star (really, Heidi, 14 hours of exercise a day?).  For some people, the extra weight they carry is more than […]

Farm Family

From The Pros

These gardening pros look forward to the cooler weather of fall. Read what inspires them.

“I love the Fall season.  The lack of humidity and the cooler crisp air is a real invitation to get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer us, especially after such a brutally hot, humid summer. The birds […]

Get Healthy and Stay Healthy @ Living Life Expo, Oct. 8

The St. Louis Public Library has the perfect way to help everyone get healthy and stay healthy. The Baden Branch, 8448 Church Road, hosts its Fourth Annual Living Life Expo! on Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s FREE and open to the public. The Expo! features healthcare professionals who will answer […]

Getting Rolfed: What’s In It For Me? How About Feeling Better?

By Alan and Sally Cina,  Rolf Structural Integrators

Structural Integration, the work of Dr. Ida Rolf, is a systematic approach to releasing the tensions and torques in the body so that it is aligned in gravity.  Often the body feels and responds like it did when we were younger. The work is slow and methodical covering […]

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Green Homes, Great Health Festival

By Jean Ponzi

Saturday, September 24, 9am-5pm Missouri Botanical Garden

Celebrate sustainable living and explore ways to maintain your personal and family health – and a healthy planet. This event combines features gathered since 2002 as the EarthWays Green Homes Festival with three years of the Garden’s Healthy Planet-Healthy You Festival. The day will be packed with […]


By Craig Jung, StLouisGreen.com Healthy Planet Green Living Editor

Finally, fall is on its way here, and with it comes all the great events we are used to seeing every September!

The Green Homes Festival you might remember from last September is a little different this year. It is the Green Homes and Great Health Festival, and […]

Green Up Your Home With Lighting

In easy and super-effective way to “green up” your home is with lighting. Because lighting accounts for a big chunk of US electricity usage – up to 34% – it’s a great place to focus when you’re looking for a place to start reducing your environmental impact, and making changes is relatively simple and cost […]


September 4 & 11

Beginning T’ai Chi Class

The St. Louis T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association, a not-for-profit organization based in Webster Groves is starting a session for beginners Sunday, September 4 & 11 at 10:00 am. For information, call 314-961-1355, or check the website: www.taichistlouis.org.

September 6-11



For the second year, WITS is […]

Hawk on Health: Heather’s Top 5 Tips For Success

with Heather Hawk, Healthy Planet Fitness Writer

When referring to our fitness regimen, success is usually defined as reaching our goals whatever those goals may be. Life has a way of taking us off course and therefore distracting us from achieving success.  In my experience, there are a few key elements that can help keep you […]

Healing Toxic Overstimulation

By Jamila Owens-Todd,  Naturopathic Doctor

As we evolve and expand as a society, we also increase our toxic load of overstimulation.  We all understand that the chronic exposure to chemicals promotes dis-ease but what do we do about it?  Many have struggled with being exposed to heavy metals, candida overgrowth or even food allergies.  The question […]

Help Create Food Packets To Commemorate World Food Day

A child dies every six seconds from malnutrition and related illnesses according to reports by the World Health Organization.  St. Louisans are invited to help address this critical need at a community event on October 14 and 15 at the The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a not-for-profit working to eradicate malnutrition and preserve the […]

Help Raise The Voice of the Environment In Jefferson City and “Kick ‘em Back

By Missouri Votes Conservation

Do you ever get frustrated that the quality of our air, the health of our streams, and the wellbeing of our ecosystems are taking a back seat to big corporations in Missouri?  That self-interested entities like Big Oil, Big Coal and Big Ag dominate the conversation in Jefferson City and, more importantly, […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: The Blind Venetian Cafe’ and Hostel at Culver Way Ecovillage!

By Tom & Carol Braford

The Blind Venetian will be one of the first charter businesses to open at Culver Way Ecovillage. The name comes from the fact that this fusion enterprise will be physically located on Olive Street directly under the portion of the original Art Craft Venetian Blind Manufacturing Company sign that includes those […]

It’s not over yet…

by Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens

Just when you thought all the fun was over, the late season perennials and shrubs begin to entertain us.

Just released, the U.S. National Arobretum’s new introduction ‘Duet’ Beautyberry, Callicarpa, delights us with profuse white berries that are sprinkled among its rich white and green leaves.  Does well in sun to […]

Let’s Talk Dirty

By Debbie Haikal, the Common Sense R.N.

Death begins in the gut” according to Nobel Prize winner Dr. Eli Mitchnikoff.  It seems remarkable, but the little creatures living inside of you have been linked to everything from allergies, to arthritis, acne, candida, obesity, rashes, foggy brain, sinus issues, vaginal infections and more. All of these have […]

Mindless Eating Can Eat Away At Your Relationship with Yourself

By Cheryl Wasserman, MA, LPC, NCC,  Licensed Professional Counselor

How do you feel about yourself after you discover that you polished off a bag of potato chips when your intention was just to “have a couple”?  What do you say to yourself when you try on the jeans that fit great just a few months ago […]

Miracle Greens For Optimal Health

By Dr. Rosa Kincaid, MD, FAAFP

One of my most interesting stops during my frequent trips to Ghana was visiting the home of Dr. Gottlieb Kofi Noamesi, A well- renowned botanist and expert in tropical medicine and the healing properties of plants, the doctor owned an herb store full of neatly packaged supplements which were remedies […]

Nature Wisdom: Animal Kin

By Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

In a recent trip to the city to run errands and put my mom’s flower garden to bed, I took note of every animal I saw or heard.

In my 100 mile round trip I encountered:

Horse Herd grazing roadside field

Cows munching hay bales in pasture

Black Snake slithering along shoulder

Honey Bee held captive by […]

Naturopathic Doctor Says Optimal Health is More Than The Lack of Sickness.

By Shaneice Thomas

The first step to understanding naturopathic care is realizing that your body is its own healer. It is also important to recognize that prevention is the key to optimal health, which is more than the lack of sickness. Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Christy Jenkins is passionate about helping people become ambassadors of their […]

Orchard Hotel In San Francisco is ‘Certified Green’ Destination

By Colleen Rohm Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor 

In August when the temperature in St. Louis reached over 100 degrees, my husband, Matt & I dropped our 3 children off with their grandparents in Indiana and boarded a plane to beautiful San Francisco.  This was our first (of many to come) visit to this city.  Vacationing without […]

Publisher’s Corner: The Little Things…Simple Pleasures

There’s no doubt about it. Times are tough. And it takes a toll on you. Politics, taxes, healthcare, finances, war, teenagers… you get the picture. Now is the time to enjoy the little things in life. Circle the wagons and remember what brings you the most comfort and joy. So here are some things that […]

Rain Crow Ranch Offers ‘Healthiest Beef on the Planet’

The Whisnant Family proudly presents Rain Crow Ranch, American Grassfed Beef.  As 6th generation farmers, Mark and Patricia Whisnant, DVM, along with their six children oversee every aspect of production from our family farm to your plate.

Rain Crow Ranch, located in the rolling hills of the southern Ozarks has successfully combined science with the artesian […]

Something’s Just Not Right

By Debbie Haikal, The Common Sense R.N.

Currently, there are more than 59 million Americans with thyroid issues. Most are undiagnosed yet still know something is just not right. The thyroid is a key regulator of energy, mood and metabolism. It influences and collaborates with every system in your body. Living with symptoms of thyroid disease […]

Springtime in September

By Linda Wiggen Kraft Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

Of course in St. Louis, it is never springtime in September, but this year we need to make it feel like it.  If it has not been the hottest summer of record, it certainly felt like it.  Not only was it uncomfortable for people, there have […]

St. Louis Rams “Green” Initiatives Include Sustainable Efforts Such as Waste Reduction, Recycling, Energy Conservation, The Green Team & More!

By Craig Jung, Healthy Planet Green Living Editor

In 2007, the St. Louis Rams established their Greening Platform and later established the Green Team which has proved to be a huge success for the Rams and the fans.  The focus of their efforts, while mainly on waste reduction, recycling and energy conservation, has also embraced many […]

Sustainably-Grown Meats Are “Growing” In Popularity.

By Nancy Smith, secretary,  Farm to Family Naturally

Since we at Farm to Family Naturally’s Sappington Farmers Market began sourcing all-natural local meats when we opened in July of 2008, the availability of alternative meats has increased exponentially.   Our first offerings were products of some of our store farmer/owners.  Ranchers’ All-Natural source-verified beef and Heritage Acres […]

Taking The Mystery Out of Yoga

By Gretchen Karros

TOPIC OF THE MONTH: Ashrams (Spiritual Centers)and is a continuation of last month’s topic about Amaji at her Ashram in Kerala, India.

Before going into this month’s article, it seems that now is a time for an explanation of the true meaning of what an “Ashram” is.  This is a quote from a book […]

Taste of St. Louis Goes on a Low-Carbon Diet with EGS

The Taste of St. Louis is one of the region’s most anticipated events, drawing a crowd of close to 350,000 over the three day weekend. In addition to being the most anticipated food event of the year, the Taste is becoming widely known as the most eco-conscious.

The Taste cracked open EGS (Event Greening System) in […]

Teeth and the Focal Infection Theory

By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN (Certified Clinical Nutritionist)

Are your teeth “connected” to other parts of your body?  In other words, can an abscessed or infected tooth actually cause a problem somewhere else, say your lower back, sinuses, stomach or even your heart?

Focal Infection Theory (FIT) is the idea that a local infection affecting a small […]

The Art Of Communication Between Parent & Child

By Dr. Vera Gabliani, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

Good communication is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship with your child, gives her a positive view of herself and serves as her foundation and model for good relationships throughout her life.  When you truly listen to your child, you communicate to her that she is understood, valued and […]

The Art of Relating: Validation Starvation

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

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.

Do you suffer from Validation Starvation?  By that I mean an ever-present feeling […]

Thermography: Early Detection Breast Health Screening & Much More

By Linda Spradling

Thermography, via the use of an infrared camera, gives us information relating to vascular activity, inflammation, lymphatic activity, hormonal dysfunction and other “functional” abnormalities within the body. Annual thermograms are used as a screening tool to identify changes that occur over time while still in the stages of early development and before there […]

Think about rainbarrels as you plan for 2012

By Doug Nissing Owner, Green Friendly Gardens

Water conservation can be a hard sell in St. Louis since our summers seem more often filled with floods rather than droughts. Just because we seem to have an abundance of this precious resource in our rivers doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t give serious thought to monitoring use of […]

Threshold of a Revolution in Preventive Scientific Biomedicine in the 21st Century.

By Nihal S.DeSilva, PhD and Tipu Sultan, MD Environmental Health & Allergy Center, EHAC-St. Louis, MO

Environmental Health Signals and Epigenetic Medicine (Epigenome)  may top all other forms of Preventive Care:Early Detection Of Epigenetic Changes In Preventive Medicine Require the Deciphering of ‘Evidence-based’ Biomarkers Using the Rapid Diagnostic Techniques of Raman Spectroscopy.

We are at the threshold […]

Tools For Loving Yourself

By Shiela Fazio, Holistic Therapist

We all can feel bogged down by our perception of being judged as less than perfect. Sometimes we feel it comes from strangers, family members, in-laws and co-workers but the most damaging judgments are those that come from inside.  Our deepest fears of inadequacy, loneliness, and disconnection lead to a drive […]

Top Performing Native Plants

By Cindy Gilberg

At the August ‘Wild Ones’ (www.stlwildones.org) native landscaping meeting, we toured a couple of native plant gardens in Maplewood. Despite the sweltering heat and lack of rain, the plants were thriving, blooming and full of pollinators, butterflies, and small birds. With so many species available in the native plant palette, choosing which ones […]

Try A Detox Wrap For Inch Loss and Cellulite Reduction

By Linda Hoff, Licensed Esthetician,  Certified Wellness Consultant  and Certified Sugaring Practitioner

What do all women want at this time of year? Better make that any time of year? All together now, INCH LOSS and CELLULITE REDUCTION! We are all looking for that magic solution to smooth, tighten and tone our bodies and skin. And, while […]

UMSL Center for Humanities Hosts its 17th Annual “What is a City?” Conference

The University of Missouri – St Louis’ Center for the Humanities invites participants to its 17th annual What is a City? conference on Oct. 27-28, 2011. This year’s theme is “Science in the City,” following on last year’s Food in the City conference. Recognizing how many scientists live in cities and work on health, energy, […]

Upcycled Fashion Show at 2nd Annual Food & Farmers Expo

By Karen Klaus

Operation Food Search Nutritionistas inspired by Colors of the Fall Harvest Upcycled Fashion Show Planned For Sept. 18 at Food & Farmer’s Expo. Operation Food Search.

Local hunger-relief leader, Operation Food Search, partnered with RUNG, a boutique featuring upcycled clothing, for a fashion photo-shoot at Wayside Community Garden in Normandy, one of the local […]

Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Offers Children’s Art Classes

Glenda Moore who has been a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher for many years is now offering Children’s Art Classes for 5, 6 and 7 year old children.  Held on a Thursday morning from 9 am to 12 noon, the class will encompass a truly creative artistic experience as well as a closely guided social play experience […]

When is a Pet Emergency Truly a Pet Emergency?

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Blood Loss
Difficulty Breathing
Loss of Conciousness
Traumatic Incident
Possible Poisoning

After 31 years as a veterinary practitioner, several of those years working at the Animal Emergency Clinics, and handling after hours calls for my own clinic, I have come to realize how difficult it is for pet owners to determine whether they have a true […]

Where “Green” Meets Cool

By Travis Seeger

We would like you to picture this, you coast down your street, turn in the driveway and hit the garage door button.  At that moment “your home” setting is brought on.  The garage light is turned on, the kitchen lights come on, and the normal path way you take is lit to your […]

Why Would You Learn To Do Hypnosis?

By Rev. William Mitchell,

Pastor First Baptist Church and Director of Mitchell Institute of professional Hypnosis is a pastor,my training in seminary had been very traditional. When I was approached about learning to use hypnosis to help people,I called a psychologist that belonged to my church. My psychologist friend said, “Hypnosis is great! I use hypnosis […]

Your Journey To Wellness Expo Set
for Oct. 22 In St. Charles

Join us as we embrace healthy living at the Your Journey To Wellness Expo, Saturday, October 22, 2011, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the St. Charles Convention Center (Grand Ballroom), One Convention Center Plaza, (On the South Side of Highway 70 between Fifth Street and Highway 94) in St. Charles, MO.

This exciting, free event […]

Your Natural Solution to Healthy Clear Skin: SkinofLife.com

By Nicole Minor

Dealing with acne, eczema, dry skin or wrinkles can be extremely frustrating.  If you have a persistent skin condition, it can be tempting to run out to your local store, grab what seems like it would work, and use it on your face and body while not giving any thought to the ingredients […]