Archive for July, 2012

A Bird’s Eye View of Your Landscape

by Cindy Gilberg

The young male goldfinch flies along in the open cautiously, keeping an eye out for the neighborhood cooper’s hawk, as he seeks the safe haven of a group of shrubs or small trees. His keen eyes are fine-tuned to also spot food, but in this neighborhood there is very little in the way […]

Artful Happenings


Through August 18
Works inspired by Jewish culture; Gallery at Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar; for info, visit www.art-stl.com/gallery.

Through September 7
Comic art and illustrations; Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main in St. Charles; for info, call 636-255-0270 or visit www.foundryartcentre.org.

August 3-September 16
Works by local artists inspired by stray dogs and cats, opening […]

ArtFul Happenings



June 30-August 11
Architectural photography by Keith Mosier; opening reception, 6-10 p.m.; $10 donation at door benefits Food Outreach; PHD Gallery, 2300 Cherokee; for info, visit www.phdstl.com.

July 6-August 9
Opening reception, 6-8 p.m.; Framations, 218 N. Main in St. Charles; for info, call 636-724-8313 or visit www.framations.com.

July 13-19

Artful Living

Art Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

I get a lot of submissions for things to include in my ARTful Living column. Between issues, my email inbox fills up and is generally overflowing. (I’m sure trees rejoice now that we have become a paperless society!). So, I sort through all those […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts
Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

July Defines “Summer.” Say “July” and thoughts of summer relaxation come to mind.

No school for kids, maybe a lightened work schedule for adults. The pace is slower with al fresco dinners or morning coffee on the porch. The days are long and the dress […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper

Natural Relief From Insects and Which is the best form of calcium?

Q: I spend a lot of time outdoors in my garden and I just keep getting bitten up by mosquitoes and chiggers. I don’t want to use insect repellant because I feel they are not good for you. I’ve tried some of the natural […]

Ask The Herb Lady

Ask The Herb Lady With Cathy Burkemper

Probiotics after Antibiotics and Natural Help for Healthy Nails

Q: I just finished a round of antibiotics and my doctor recommended that I supplement with some probiotics. How long should I do this?
A: I am so happy to hear that your doctor suggested probiotics, aka friendly flora. Whenever you […]

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

By Rebecca Maynard Patient Care Advocate

For most of my life I thought I ate pretty clean. I ate according to the food pyramid; made sure I washed my fruits and veggies, and only occasionally allowed myself to entertain my Rolo & Cherry Coke addiction. For the most part, I was a steak and potato kind of […]

Can You Answer Life’s Big Questions?

Can You Answer Life’s Big Questions?
What’s Next? Where Am I Going? How Can I Get There?

by Shannon Casey Falkenstein
Executive & Career Coach

“Figure out who you are; then do it on purpose.” –Dolly Parton

What will your life look like in September? Can you imagine smelling the first crisp scent of fall and realizing that another summer has […]

Caring For Your Pets While You’re Away

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

August is a common time for families to attempt a final vacation prior to the coming school season. People call our clinic asking about boarding references again and again. It is important to educate pet owners to their options in caring for animals while they are gone.

One first option that I […]

City of Clayton Demonstrates How Municipalities Can Go Green

Article courtesy of the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership

Nationwide, as communities look for ways to reduce their environmental footprint, the City of Clayton is serving as a model for municipalities in the St. Louis region.

Clayton’s efforts to go green began in 1997 when the city established its Ecology and Environmental Awareness Committee (EEAC), a […]

Coalition Report

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

Summer: Here’s Your Chance to Get In

Stepping into a spring-fed stream on a Missouri summer day demands fortitude as hot skin meets icy cold water. Gasping for breath, easing into the water only prolongs the discomfort. Children have the right idea, just dive in. Ahhh. Seriously. […]

COALITION REPORT: Where’s America’s Farm Bill?

The House Wants You to Eat in the Dark and Pay the Bill

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 us. […]

Dental Death Trap: Murder By Dentists

by Simon Yu, MD

July 2000, JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) published shocking data that stated a total of 225,000 deaths per year occur from iatrogenic (doctor induced or treated) causes. This constitutes the third leading cause of death in the United States after deaths from heart disease and cancer.

Even more shocking data was published […]

Dental Ozone: Simple, Safe and Effective

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

As a dentist, working in the oral cavity can certainly create some interesting challenges. We are constantly fighting a battle with infections that are found in the soft tissue and/or the underlining bone structures. These infections can come from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

Conventional methods have taught us […]

DESTINATIONS: Huntsville, Alabama Is A Real Blast of Southern Hospitality

by Leah O’Donnell, Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

Southern hospitality is alive and well in Huntsville, Alabama. My family set out for this incredible destination and visited the US Space & Rocket Center. Huntsville is a great place to go on a family vacation or to stay a few nights in route to a southern beach destination. […]

Earthworm Castings

by Jean Ponzi

I float on a noodle in a country lake
On a big pink tube of fossil fuel
Compressed from bodies of Earthling neighbors
When this land lay under forgotten seas
I bob (just an extra) in a pageant of droplets
Advancing, receding with no intermission
Flowing or locked into ice-crystal patterns
Always glistening under a star
Ablaze with energy more than […]

Easy Ways To Eat More Fruits & Veggies

by Kari Hartel, RD, LD

Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search

Summer is upon us and there is an abundance of fresh produce available in stores, farmers’ markets and possibly your own backyard if you’re lucky enough to have your own garden. What better time to enjoy the delicious flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables than […]

Education & Enrichment

A Gathering Place Wellness Education CTR

A Gathering Place Massage School teaches massage therapy and healing modalities from the heart! With our small class sizes, we become like family. Having fun while learning is a key to helping our students prepare and Pass the National Board Exam. Our National Board Exam pass ratio for 2010 – […]

Ferguson Non-profit Buys and Preserves 129-year-old Organic Farm

EarthDance creates a model for land conservation and organic farming education

When someone “buys the farm,” it’s not usually cause for excitement.

But when Molly Rockamann of EarthDance and Ron Coleman of The Open Space Council walked out of a title office on Thursday, May 24, they were elated. The Ferguson-based non-profit EarthDance purchased the Mueller Farm […]

Food Allergies More Common In Children Living In Urban Areas

St. Louis Allergy Specialist, Dr. Manoj Warrier, on the expert panel for the study. 

A nationwide study demonstrates the connection and prevalence of child food  allergies and the surrounding environment in which a child lives; urban, suburban and rural.

Of the nearly 40,000 families surveyed, results showed that the share of children with food allergies  was 9.8 […]

Food For Thought

by Teresa Garden, DVM

One of the most common questions I am asked as a veterinarian is “What is the best way to keep my pet healthy?” My answer, probably different from most veterinarians, is feed your pet a natural, well-balanced diet. Good nutrition is the base of the pyramid that optimal health is built upon. […]

Garden Fragrance – The Good and The Bad

story & photo by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Smell is the most direct experience of all sensual pleasures. Olfactory cells link directly to our brains in the areas of memory and emotion. Smelling garden fragrances can be a healthy life enhancing experience, or it can bring a stew of toxic chemicals into your body and bloodstream when […]

Healthful Travel Advice For Summer Family Vacations

by Jim Meyer, Nutrition Specialist
University of Missouri Extension

Spring and summer months are the perfect time to squeeze in a family vacation. Too often, however, we return from our travels feeling exhausted and weary from an “unfit” vacation. The reasons are many: overeating, trying to log too many miles, sporadic sleep schedules and too little exercise.

Here […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Through August 19
Missouri Botanical Garden; 314-577-5100 or visit www.mobot.org/lanternfestival.

July 6
First Friday: Cooking on the Nanoscale
At St. Louis Science Center
6 pm – 10 pm. Watch as Chef Jones, an instructor at L’Ecole Culinaire, turns carrots into caviar through the spherification process, deconstructs champagne, bakes an angel food cake in 60 seconds and uses liquid nitrogen […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Through August 19
Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night” at Missouri Botanical Garden
Elaborate, illuminated works of art from China will take center stage this summer at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. “Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night” showcases Chinese culture, traditions and symbolism through larger-than-life, detailed scenes crafted from colorful […]

Hormone Issues?

by Dr. Alethea Eller

She sat across from me at my desk for a new patient consultation. She was a lovely woman in her 50’s and she began telling me why she had come in. Her face turned red. She calmly removed layers of clothing while continuing to tell her story. She gently blotted her face […]

It’s Not What You Know?

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

Fully loaded in her dock, the old steamship was going nowhere fast. She was ready to haul precious cargo to its destination with many people counting on these goods being delivered in a timely fashion. The captain dispatched every engineer at his disposal to troubleshoot the problem.  No […]

Making Meal Time Family Time

by Kari Hartel, RD, LD
Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search

August is “Family Meals Month” and we all know how important it is for families to share meals together. Enjoying home-cooked meals with families has been proven to have enormous benefits in physical, mental, behavioral, social and educational development in children, and families who eat […]

Missouri Botanical Garden Hosts Japanese Festival September 1-3

Join the Missouri Botanical Garden in celebrating the culture and traditions of Japan when the 36th annual Japanese Festival returns to St. Louis! From traditional music to martial arts, sumo to sushi, bon odori dancing to bonsai displays and thunderous taiko drumming to Tea House Island tours, the three-day Labor Day weekend is filled with […]

Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske; Naturalist

The Enchanted Forest

I am a forest walker. I feel most at home in an Ozark forest. When I visit ocean or desert, I often hear a deep calling to find a forest and wander the lush green depths. The realm of the forest is in my blood and bones. As I wind […]

One Way To Throw A Wonderful Wedding

by J.B. Lester, Father of the Bride
Publisher, The Healthy Planet magazine
photos by Mia Ulmer, Birchtree Studio

June 2, 2012 was the day my first-born daughter Natalie got married to a good young man named Ben. The Pettys are now pulling up stakes and taking their two-person act to Kansas City where they will continue on with […]

Parasite Guy on UFO and FUO: Aliens and Parasites

by Simon Yu, MD

Unknown to most Missourians, Missouri had a close encounter with UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) and aliens near Cape Girardeau before the famous Roswell incident happened in New Mexico in 1947. The source of the information was from one of my patients who is a university librarian who recently gave me a copy […]

Pet Health Benefits: Study Shows Dogs And Cats May Make Kids Healthier

Dogs and cats may not just provide your family with love and constant companionship — they could also have a powerful effect on the health of children early in life, according to a small new study.

New research in the journal Pediatrics shows that children who live in a home with a pet during their first […]

Pet Owners Beware! Summer Heat Can Prove Life Threatening for Your Beloved Pet!

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

We all love to share summer adventures in the sun with our beloved companions, but please beware!Dogs wear a coat of fur 24/7 and they lack the ability to sweat over their body surface, making them especially vulnerable to excess heat build-up and possibly, complete life threatening heat stroke.And worse yet, […]

Photo Meditations in the Garden

story & photos by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Parts of my garden are on sabbatical this year, or should I say this gardener is partially on sabbatical. My front gardens are lovely, the back ones are not. There are large areas of bare scorched earth and neglected weeds. An invasive groundcover (green agepodium) has crept into two […]

Publisher’s Corner

Urban Farming, Lanterns and Our Next Expo

Everyone is talking about urban farming these days and with good reason. Whether it’s creating neighborhood gardens in the “food deserts” of our inner cities, or the modest suburban vegetable garden, “home-grown” has benefits beyond measure. I figure there must be some farmer in my genealogy because I love […]

Publisher’s Corner

Salute To Indie Business

Every July 4 we celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks, cotton candy, parades and flag waving. I started thinking about what it takes to be independent — the trials and hardships of going it on your own without ties to someone or something else providing safety, security and most of all finances. […]

Pure Opportunity:

Engineer, Marine Biologists, and Esthetician Join Forces to Launch Kvell Cosmetics, LLC

Entity has exclusive right to distribute algae-based skincare line, Oceanwell, in U.S.

Established in March 2012, St. Louis-based Kvell Cosmetics, LLC announces its full operability as the exclusive U.S. distributor of algae-based skincare line, Oceanwell. The Oceanwell product line is created by biotechnology firm, oceanBASIS, […]

Scorching Heat Leads To Poor Air Quality

Do Your Share For Cleaner Air

Article courtesy of the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership

As we head into the final weeks of a summer that has already delivered a 10-day streak of triple-digit heat and a string of poor air quality days, the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership is reminding residents that their voluntary efforts […]

Sisters Establish Memorial Fund In Memory of Their Father

Joseph P. Kearney Memorial Heart Fund
to benefit Mercy Heart & Vascular Hospital

Sisters Colleen Rohm, Cady Warnecke and Jody Capdeboscq announced the establishment of the Joseph P. Kearney Memorial Heart Fund. The Fund was created in memory of their father, Joseph P. Kearney, who passed away on June 10, 2011, from heart disease. All proceeds from […]

Sleepless in St. Louis

Article Courtesy of Wellness Alternatives

Does sleep elude you? Are you fatigued? In a 2009 survey, 66% of patients reported they were not sleeping well. One in three believes sleep problems affected their ability to enjoy work and life. 6 of every 10 Americans experience chronic sleep disturbances or insomnia more than 4 days a week. […]

St. Louis EcoFaith Meet-up Aug. 26 at the Schlafly Tap Room

by Steve Lawler

Great things are happening within the St. Louis Interfaith Green Community. People who care about sustainability and environmental responsibility because of their spiritual or religious identity are engaging with public policy issues, composting, solar power, recycling, greening their buildings, urban gardening and more. Temples, ashrams, mosques, religious communities and orders, synagogues, churches and […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitness

by Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

You’ve probably seen people practicing T’ai Chi on TV, in a movie, or even locally, in a park or at the botanical garden. You know it’s a slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial. You may have heard that at advanced levels it is a formidable martial […]

The Art of Relating

The Art of Relating
with Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW,
Therapist & Relationship Coach

Their Cheating Isn’t About You!

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People cheat. We may not like it, but it’s a reality. Plenty of people have felt the […]

The Art of Relating

Balancing For A More Stress-Free Life

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

Self-improvement is an extremely broad concept that provides many opportunities and presents numerous areas in which to inject change. As I have worked with clients through the years I have frequently heard that all too common complaint regarding stress. In my humble […]

The Gluten Enigma

by Gretchen Inman

Three million Americans have celiac disease and the counts are on the rise with over 18 million with gluten sensitivity. The continued emergence of people afflicted with some sort of sensitivity or full blown intolerance to gluten is slowly becoming an epidemic. As a food lover I could not imagine being restricted to […]

The Hip Bone’s Connected to the Leg Bone

The Hip Bone’s Connected to the Leg Bone

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

As the lyrics of a famous old song go, the bones comprising our skeletal structure are connected. But that’s only part of the story. In fact, everything in our bodies is connected. It is truly difficult to comprehend or […]

Visit the Embassy Suites St. Louis Hotel And Adjacent Laurel Apartments July 10

The local U.S. Green Building Council, along with the developer, investors, rehabbers, architects and apartment dwellers of Embassy Suites downtown and the adjacent Laurel Apart-ments are hosting a giant open house on July 10. Between 5:30 and 6:15 PM, complimentary PI pizza and beverages will be served. A brief overview of […]

Volunteers Needed as YMCA Book Fair Rapidly Approaches

Thousands of St. Louis area residents have been finding new friends in old books at the YMCA Bookfair for 33 years, and that tradition continues August 17-22, 2012 at the Kennedy Recreation Complex.

Started in 1978 by a group of dedicated Y volunteers, the YMCA Bookfair has grown into a massive, six-day event for book lovers. […]

Volunteers Needed as YMCA Book Fair Rapidly Approaches

Thousands of St. Louis area residents have been finding new friends in old books at the YMCA Bookfair for 33 years, and that tradition continues August 17-22, 2012 at the Kennedy Recreation Complex.

Started in 1978 by a group of dedicated Y volunteers, the YMCA Bookfair has grown into a massive, six-day event for book lovers. […]

White Roofs Are Green, Energy-Efficient & Cool!

White Roofs Are Green, Energy-Efficient & Cool!

White Caps, Green Collars LLC is making St. Louis an even cooler place to live! Established in April 2009, we’re a local, woman-owned business devoted to painting flat roofs white in order to save energy and money, create green-collar jobs, and make our community and environment healthier and more […]

Why Do So Many People Have Allergies These Days?

by Jason Sibert

In years past, it was the pasty-faced, sickly kid in class that had all the allergies. Today it seems everyone is allergic to something – peanut butter, animals, pollen, dust, grass, and even the air we breathe.

Why are allergies on the increase in the United States?
Approximately 54 percent of the population suffers from […]

Your body is talking to you: Recognize and Heal The Pain

by Carolyn Baker
Transformational Healer

I find that people with busy schedules who don’t have time to think about themselves are the ones who ignore the pain until they can’t move. Most people with this lifestyle come to see me with complaints like, “I have had the headache for about a week”, or “My back has been […]