Archive for December, 2011

“Just Stop It!”

By Dr. Alethea Eller

“Just stop it!” The group of several hundred people, including me, watched the psychologist scream back at his patient.  His advice to an emotionally and mentally tormented woman included 3 simple words, “Just stop it”.  She attempted to state her viewpoint and each time he shot her back, “just stop it”.  We […]

26th Annual World Peace Day: ‘This Is It!’ Love, Peace, Cooperation, Faith

by Jeannie Breeze

“This Is It!” – that’s the theme of the 26th annual World Peace Day, held at 6 a.m.,  Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman (at Kingshighway) in St. Louis’ Central West End. As we greet the arrival of 2012, we will celebrate the monumental paradigm shift prophesied for so […]

Adult Stem Cell Nutrition

by Helen Haywood

Adult Stem Cells are present in your body from the day you are born and are naturally produced in your bone marrow.  Adult Stem Cells are your body’s “master” cells – they have the ability to become virtually any type of cell in the body.  Recent studies have found that stem cells can […]

AES Offers Green Energy Expertise

Advanced Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (AES) is an experienced, professional and full service renewable energy system dealer, solar and wind installer and provider.

AES power systems will meet the standards of quality that come from a NABCEP certified professional. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners awards certification to efficient, safe, and professional Photovoltaic installers.  […]

ArtFul Happenings


Through December 17


Contemporary pinhole photography; Good Citizen Gallery, 2247 Gravois; for info, call 314-348-4587 or visit www.goodcitizenstl.com.

Through December 23


Works by six local artists; Charak Gallery at Craft Alliance in Delmar Loop; for info, visit www.craftalliance.org.

Through December 30



Works by multiple artists; Art St. Louis, 555 […]


By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

I Love Surprises!

Know what my favorite part of this season is? I love the surprises!

Who can look at a wrapped holiday gift and not wonder what’s inside? Confess it: there’s not one of us who hasn’t shaken a package trying to guess what it held before opening it. How many […]


with Cathy Burkemper

Holiday Overeating?

Iron Deficiency Anemia

Q: Help!  The holidays are here and I know I am going to overeat.  Any suggestions?

A: Everyone is worried about over indulging and gaining an extra pound or two over the holidays.  Do you want to enjoy the cookies, candies, great meals and holiday parties without the guilt?  There is […]

Biological Dentistry: Today’s Paradigm Shift

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

After graduating from dental school in 1983, I felt I had received an excellent education. I thought I had the proper dental skills necessary to help my patients restore, repair and maintain their teeth and periodontal (the tissue and structures surrounding and supporting the teeth) health for years […]

Boldly Go Explore with the Saint Louis Science Center and Star Trek: The Exhibition

Appearing for the first time in St. Louis, Star Trek: The Exhibition brings 45 years of authentic Star Trek artifacts to life at the Saint Louis Science Center. Featuring one-of- a-kind costumes, props and filming models from every Star Trek television series and feature film, this exhibition will amaze and inspire Star Trek fans and […]


by Kathleen Logan Smith

Executive Director ; Missouri Coalition For The Environment


Secret Food Bill Scheming Reminds Us of Our Power to Change

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 us. The Farm […]


by Jean Ponzi

Onward Is BestA Christmas Journey

It’s Christmas Eve at the North Pole and all the toys are excited to meet the special child that Santa has picked just for them. But one wooden doll with wild red hair wants to stay with Santa forever! She runs out the workshop door . . . and […]

Feeling Sorry For Them

by Ava Frick, DVM, CAC

Anyone who cares about animals will have a list of situations that make one feel bad about their plight.  Let’s compare lists.

• Dogs that are chained up all the time and never get to run or play,

• Dogs or chickens that are used for fighting,

• Animals left to starve, abused, or […]

Feline Hyperthyroidism: A Once Rare, Now Common Disease

by Teresa Garden, DVM

Back in the dark ages (before laptops, i phones, i pods) when I was just a wee vet student, we learned there was a new entity in feline medicine called “hyperthyroidism”.  It was very uncommon so, of course, we were taught and tested about it constantly and then told we would rarely […]

Food Safety During The Holidays

by Kari Hartel, RD, LD

Program Coordinator,

Operation Backpack and Cooking Matters

Tis the season! The holidays are a wonderful time of goodwill, giving thanks and gathering around a warm fire with loved ones. The holiday season also includes festive celebrations centered around delicious food. Oftentimes holiday parties are a time of inviting friends and family members […]

Gifts for Gardeners…

by Cindy Gilberg

What time of year is upon us again and once more we contemplate the annual question of what to give those on our gift-giving list. If there is a gardener on your list—remember that gardeners are the easiest to shop for. We thrive on visions of our gardens next year. Images of next […]

Green Scene

with Craig Jung • StLouisGreen.com

Healthy Planet Green Living Editor

The holiday season is here. This has been a time of year that generates a lot of waste. But does it have to be that way? Let’s look at some ways to reduce waste this holiday season.

Look for post-consumer recycled gift wrap when shopping for wrapping paper. […]

Hawk On Health

With Heather Hawk

Set A Goal To Jumpstart Your Fitness Regimen

After our second daughter was born I was struggling to find the energy and motivation to exercise. Health and wellness are a passion of mine; however my health was taking a backseat to the many tasks I needed to get done. I decided to take the […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Now through May 28, 2012

Star Trek: The Exhibition

at the Saint Louis Science Center

9:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Saturday. 11am-4:30pm, Sunday. Appearing for the first time in St. Louis at the Saint Louis Science Center, Star Trek: The Exhibition brings 45 years of authentic Star Trek artifacts to life. While entertaining and delighting, Star Trek also foretold the […]

HO! HO! HO! Santa Says to Protect Your Pets from the Dangers of the Christmas Tree!!!

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Christmas is a wonderful time for family and friends to share the miracle of life, with all the love and merriment of the holiday season.  Our homes are adorned with holiday lighting, poinsettia plants and mistletoe.  Lots of goodies like brownies and other wonderfully fattening foodstuffs, and of course, the central […]

Holiday Wreaths Deck The Halls At Missouri Botanical Garden Wreaths Available Through Silent Auction Bidding

The Missouri Botanical Garden is decking its halls for the holidays! Unique creations by some of the area’s finest floral designers will be on display through Wed., Dec. 28 for the annual Holiday Wreath Auction. All 13 wreaths will be sold by silent auction bidding at the end of the exhibition, proceeds benefitting the Garden. […]

How We Feel

by Dr. Joseph F. Unger, Jr., D.C., F.I.C.S

For centuries all systems of healing have shared certain fundamental premises. From acupuncture and yoga to homeopathy and chiropractic, all of these systems adhere to the principle that the body heals itself. Our natural tendency is to move into the direction of greater health. This innate response mechanism […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: A Fusion Shopping Experience: The Gift that Literally Keeps on Giving

by Tom & Carol Braford

Feeling conflicted about going to the malls this season and turning over another big chunk of what you’ve earned to the 1% so they can buy more houses, cars and Congressmen? Wanna join the rest of the 99% this year instead and keep 100% of your hard earned cash and credit […]

It Ain’t Easy Being Green: An Environmentalist’s Love Story

By Hillary Hanson

What does “Going Green” mean to you? Recently, the term has become quite popular among American businesses and governmental organizations alike. For some, the phrase is as simple as remembering to recycle, but at The Wild Basin Lodge & Events Center near the scenic Rocky Mountain National Park, being conscious of every aspect […]

Maintaining A Healthy Connection With Your Teen

by Dr. Vera Gabliani, Ph.D.

The teen years—many parents dread them. The majority of parents I talk with struggle with their teens due to their attitude and ways of responding to their teen.  Teens, by their nature and by the tasks of this stage, often create great anxiety and frustration in adults.  Adults react to these […]

Master Yoga Teacher Tias Little Returns To St. Louis Jan. 20-22

Yoga Source is honored to bring Master Teacher Tias Little back to St. Louis  for another weekend of amazing classes, January 20 – 22, 2012.

Tias Little has trained in Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, has been a student of Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen practice since 2003, and has practiced Zen since 1995. His teaching specializes in […]


Raven wolf CD Released

RAVEN WOLF explains the intention of ‘Spiritual Jazz …on South 9th Street’ is “to change the world one heart at a time” via Peace, Love and Spiritual Jazz. Available online at PugDogRecords.com, iTunes, Spotify.  Available in St. Louis at Vintage Vinyl,  Webster Records, Mystic Valley, Mind Body Spirit, Living Insights, Rising Thought […]

Naturalist Weaves Wreaths Symbolizing Cycle Of Seasons & Web Of Life

by Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

When I weave a wreath of native Ozark plants, I’m creating a portal into nature.  A circle of life crafted from living elements of the prairie, meadow and forest that is a symbol of the cycle of the seasons and the web of life… a circle that enhances ones connection to Nature.

Wreaths […]

Once-in-a-Lifetime Honor Comes Twice to Area Artist: Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky Selected To Create Missouri’s Ornaments For The 2011 National Christmas Tree Display

Ornaments from all 56 U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia to be displayed at the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky of Eureka, Missouri has been chosen to design and create the ornaments for Missouri’s tree for the 2011 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington, […]

Parenting Consultant Offers Advice On Child Rearing

by Glenda Moore, Parenting Consultant

Question:  We have a single 4 1/2- year-old daughter who still sleeps with us.  My husband and I feel it is time for her and us to have separate beds.  How do we make the transition in a way that will not be traumatic for her?

Once the child has become accustomed […]

Promoting Healthy Food and Healthy Farms

By Nancy Smith, secretary, Farm to Family Naturally

February 2012 will be a banner month for the organic movement in St. Louis. Missouri Organic Association has decided to bring the farmers to the consumers. The Missouri Organic Convention, Seed to Plate, The Organic Connection, will be held at Union Station February 2nd through 4th, 2012.  See […]


Make Yourself A Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich  

The holidays are here. And times are tough. Unemployment, gridlock in Washington, wars, financial chaos and so much uncertainty. Sometimes it just gets hard to take. I yearn for simpler times. When the holidays were strings of cranberries and popcorn on the tree. The lights didn’t blink. […]

Sniffing Out The Facts

by Dr. James Feinberg,

Child Clinical Psycholgistc

Both Dude, therapy dog extraordinaire, and Grace, want-to-be therapy dog (i.e. in training) know that both a keen sense of smell and smarts are essential to knowing what critters they’re tracking. They also know that ADHD, Asperger’s, and Speech and Language Disordered kids, to name a few, all act differently. […]

Solstice Healing: Mental/Emotional Balancing Holistically

by Jamila Owens-Todd,

Naturopathic Doctor

The Winter Solstice is a time of self-reflection and quiet.  This is needed in order to keep a healthy outlook on life and to promote balanced moods.  When exploring the mind-body-spirit connection, it is best displayed by the use of the medicine wheel created by numerous indigenous tribes to represent wholeness and […]

Start Your New Life With A Green Wedding Part 2 – The Green Honeymoon

by J.B. Lester, Uncle of the Bride

A green wedding doesn’t end when the bouquet is tossed. The honeymoon can  be a part of your eco-conscious commitment not only to each other, but also to the planet you will share for many years to come. Hallie and Josh chose for their green honeymoon destination the Bosque […]

The Art of Letting Go: A Worthwhile Endeavor

by Sheila Fazio, Holistic Therapist

Letting go can be the hardest challenge that many of us face.  Throughout our lives we are called to let go of attachments, some we wish to keep and others that are not good for us.  We may be trying to let go of a relationship that is making us ill […]


with Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW,

Therapist & Relationship Coach

Shifting “The Energy” This Holiday Season

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.

Have you paused long enough recently?  Have you stopped, […]

This Next Year, Get Yourself a ‘Space Lift’

by Gail Griswold

Looking forward to your 2012 New Year’s Resolution?  Yeah, me neither…

Your resolution to live a healthier life starting at midnight on December 31st can actually last past February 1st this year… and it can start now!  Believe it or not, you can look forward to it.

For 2012, why not resolve to tread a […]

True Health via Homesteading

by Gretchen Morfogen

Filtering the information flooded upon us through the hoards of media outlets can allow us clarity in our choices. The bombardment of data is excruciatingly difficult to sift through. Many of us have the innate ability to know what is best based on our overall health radar but some of us have no […]

Warning: Miracles Happen! Your Medical Problems May Not Be What You Think or What Has Been Diagnosed

by Simon Yu, MD

As a physician practicing Internal Medicine and Alternative/Complementary Medicine, I warn my patients, on their first visit, that I have no idea whether I can help them. I warn them my evaluation is different than most medical doctors and that my recommendations may seem odd and may not make any sense at […]

Watts of Wild Holiday Fun at the St. Louis Zoo

Wander through the Saint Louis Zoo’s dazzling winter wildland, and enjoy thousands of colorful lights and seasonal sounds at U.S. Bank Wild Lights. The exhibit is open Fridays through Sundays, November 25 to December 11 and nightly December 16 to 23 and 26 to 30, 2011, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

You’ll be enchanted by whimsical […]


by Linda Wiggen Kraft

At holiday giving time, we give gifts to those we love. Our gardens are something we love and deserve our gifts too. Gardens are a part of living earth, our own small part of living Gaia, the system that sustains us all. The most important gifts to give our gardens are those […]

Why Am I Tired, Fat and Moody?

by Dr. Dave Peterson, DC, DCCN

Thyroid Statistics

• 27 million people in the US have a thyroid disorder.

• Half of those people are undiagnosed.

• 80% of all thyroid disease cases are diagnosed as Hypothyroidism.

• Females are five times more likely to develop hypothyroid conditions than males.

• 20% of people with Diabetes will experience a thyroid disorder.

• […]