Archive for August, 2012

‘Wildlife Rescue’ to open at the Science Center this October

New exhibition explores animal rescue and rehabilitation

This fall, visitors are invited to practice feeding a California condor chick, guide young whooping cranes as they learn to fly and care for injured turtles – all in the new special exhibition, Wildlife Rescue. Using interactive exhibits, multimedia and hands-on activities, Wildlife Rescue shares the compelling stories of […]

22nd Pesto Feast Plans for GMO-Free Midwest

by Don Fitz

Are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) being used to enable a few corporations to dominate the world’s food supply? In September, there will be events across the world regarding Monsanto’s increasing control of food and its aggressive development of GMO technology. Called “Occupy Mon-santo” globally the St. Louis portion of the events is “GMO […]

An Integrative Approach to Biological Dentistry

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

If you ask most people, “What effects do your teeth have to do with your overall health and wellness?” the answer most likely given is, “I never really thought about it,” or “I didn’t know that my teeth had anything to do with my overall health.”

However, if you ask […]

Are Wood Floors Really Eco-Friendly?

By Richard Olson

At first thought, using lumber in any type of mass production lends one to remember pictures of barren hillsides that had been raped of their trees by logging companies. It’s difficult to imagine or calculate how forests can replenish themselves when harvested in such massive quantities. My mind could not wrap around these […]

Artful Happenings


August 30-September 21
Opening reception, 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Humanities East Bldg., 11333 Big Bend Road;  314-984-7632.

August 31-September 29
Opening reception, 6-10 p.m.; Good Citizen Gallery, 2247 Gravois; 314-348-4587 www.goodcitizenstl.org.

September 1-October 14
First St. Louis exhibit; Sept.7 reception, 6-8 p.m.; Northwest Coffee Roasting Company, 8401 Clayton;  314-791-6466.

September 5-29

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Art and Fashion…

Together they create intimate art, art that can be worn, art that can be touched.

As models strut the fashion runways around the world, there’s no doubt that what they wear is cutting-edge art. Those very oh-so-haute couture creations are then tamed down a bit and marketed to […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper

What Do B Vitamins Do Specifically? What To Do About Heavy Periods?

Q: I feel it is important for me to take a B-Complex daily, but I would really like to know what each of the B vitamins do specifically. Can you give me a breakdown?

A: Great question. I also feel that a B-Complex is […]

AVMA and What They Want To Do With Raw Food Diets

by Ava Frick, DVM, CAC

By the time you see this it may be too late.  On August 2 or 3, 2012, the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) will vote to adopt a policy against raw feeding of cats and dogs. The resolution to be voted on titled POLICY ON RAW OR UNDERCOOKED ANIMAL-SOURCE PROTEIN IN […]

Believe It or Not…You Need Cholesterol!

by Rosa Kincaid, MD

Cholesterol, the soft, waxy substance in your bloodstream and also present in every cell of your body is vital to life. Cholesterol has a bad reputation and it is time to better understand this crucial molecule. Cholesterol is present in the membranes of all cells, it is the precursor to all hormones, […]

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 […]

Building Green? Think Existing!

by Cynthia Smith, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Program Committee & Architectural Woodwork Corp. 

More often than not, people don’t seriously consider existing buildings when they choose to build green. This choice would require fighting against our human nature to value things that are shiny and new more than things that are old. In other words, construction from the ground […]

Coalition Report

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

No More Naked Juice

With mailboxes bulging with campaign mail, robocalls ringing our phones, pollsters shrieking on Sunday morning talk shows, and candidates slinging mud on television ads, the last thing many of us want to talk about this fall is politics.

Instead, let’s talk about our […]

Drugging Geniuses…

by Jamila Owens-Todd, Naturopathic Doctor 

There are many options for healing our children with ADD/ADHD/ODD (behavioral disorders). Medicating young children is not always the best option. Teachers are overworked and undercompensated, therefore stressed. Parents may have unrealistic expectations of their children. Children are forced to have a mental and spiritual balance in an unsupportive system. This combination, […]

EarthWorms Castings

by Jean Ponzi

Summer Soliloquy 2012

This summer was a scorcher — extreme, intense — devastating for some, including people, crops, wildlife, trees. And yet-living truly acclimatized to even this season’s dry, blazing ZAP — I welcome September celebrating this summer, and every summer, for all its green and growing power.

When the calendar flips to September, summer […]


The Bridge to a Better Life for Animals

By Suzanne Gassner

In a world of fast-paced, high technology, there seems to be a loss of connection with animals and the world we share. You rise to an alarm clock, turn on the coffee, blow dry your hair, dodge traffic, sit at a computer entering data, rush home, […]

Go Green & Get Healthy at the Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo October 14 in Webster Groves

Enjoy the beautiful Autumn season as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Natural Living magazine, hosts its 24th Natural Living Expo Sunday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road (I-44 at Elm Avenue) in Webster Groves.

This popular event will include more than 60 exhibit […]

Green Homes, Great Health Festival At Missouri Botanical Garden Sept. 29

by Jean Ponzi

This 11th annual celebration of sustainable living brings together our region’s top options for protecting and improving health for people and the planet – in one resource-packed day of family fun Sept. 29 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Discuss your home improvement ideas with our region’s experts on all things Green. More than […]

Guide to Healthy Pets

Animal Health & Healing
Animal Health & Healing is a full service integrative veterinary practice blending holistic and conventional medicine and surgery to optimize the health of our patients. We have been practicing holistic medicine since 1994. The holistic therapies we offer include homeopathy, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, western herbs, Alpha-Stim®, Bach flower essences, and nutraceutical and […]

Harvest In The Heartland

story by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Thirty miles east of Kansas City is a garden called Heartland Harvest Garden. It is the largest public edible garden in the country. The garden is part of Powell Gardens, Missouri’s other botanical garden. There are over 900 acres to this botanical garden that opened in 1988, with twelve acres of […]

Healing Children Through Pet Assisted Therapy

By Dr. James Feinberg, Child Clinical Psychologist

Is your child having difficulty making friends? If so, should you be worried? Given that a child’s ability to make friends, grow friendships, and maintain friendships over time not only reflects his current psychological health but his future psychological adjustment and success as an adult, the answer is without […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

September 1
1 – 2 PM. This exciting new program offers visitors a chance to dive deeper into dinosaur diets and make a cast of a real dinosaur tooth. The program is fun for kids, families, and adults. Tickets are $5 per person and space is limited so be sure […]

Heritage Poultry & Eggs

is a Step From The Past into the Future, Focusing on Egg and Meat Quality

by Ben Roberts

Over the years I’ve watched the decline in the quality of chickens and eggs by the multi-national corporations in their quest for greater production. They have given up the quality in the eggs that the protein standard of the […]

Hitch Up The Wagon Sept. 15 And Head To Prairie Day At Shaw Nature Reserve

Take a step back in time for Prairie Day at the Shaw Nature Reserve, Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interact with early settlers and explore what life was like on the great American frontier during this bi-annual event. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a day of historical activities and exhibits, […]

Is Your Lawn Gone?

by Randy Greene, Greene’s County Store & Feed

Missouri had the hottest July on record in 2012. Fescue and bluegrass lawns are not suited for the high nighttime temperatures that we experienced this summer.

No matter how much you watered, you likely still had parts of your lawn die, or maybe the entire lawn died.

In extreme temperatures, […]

Lawn & Garden Rescue: Solutions for the Summer’s Record Heat

by Patrick Geraty, President, St. Louis Composting

Fretting over a lawn and garden ravaged by this summer’s extreme drought and record-breaking heat? Homeowners and gardeners need not stress over barren, brown yards and withered flowers and vegetables. Fall is the perfect time to top dress your lawn and serve your garden a heaping helping of all-natural, […]

Llywelyn’s: Celtic For Good Times

by J.B. Lester
Healthy Planet magazine publisher/editor

A group of us from The Healthy Planet magazine recently attended a 4 Hands Brewing Co. Beer Dinner & Taste hosted by Llywelyn’s Pub in Webster Groves. Culinary director Greg Marshall put together a four-course tasting of items such as grilled chicken, seafood cakes, blacked fresh snapper and grilled oatmeal […]

Missouri Recycling Association Annual Conference

Recycling Comes Full Circle

Join the Missouri Recycling Associ-ation for the 15th annual MORA conference held at the Hilton Frontenac September 10–12, 2012. MORA has partnered with the Composting and Organics Association of Missouri (COAM) to offer an understanding of how recycling and composting work together to bring recycling full circle.

This intensive three day educational conference […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Summer’s End

Gathering plants for my herbal goods during this summer’s high heat, I was captivated by a pink milkweed in full bloom with over a dozen swallowtail butterflies vying for nectar. Deeply touched by this spectacle of fluttering wings, I felt this was a vibrant affirmation of life in the midst of […]

Obesity Has Replaced Tobacco as Leading Cause of Sickness and Death

Two thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and the fastest growing segment for obesity is our children. Today, one third of children are overweight. Is it our genes? Even with a genetic predisposition to obesity, we can suppress those genes with proper diet and lifestyle. Knowing that we can “turn off” bad genes can […]

Planting A Green Screen

By Cindy Gilberg

Privacy is the number one reason people want a fence or screen in their landscape. They can escape the outer world and have their own space, a quiet oasis. And of course there is always that undesirable view to obscure—the neighbor’s trash cans, playground, doghouse, etc. In many neighborhoods, the prevalent plant that […]

Publisher’s Corner

Two Friends, Two Views, One Lively Lunch

Two friends have been meeting for lunch almost every day for two years now. Both men are in their 60s and one says he’s always voted left of center (we’ll call him LOC) and the other man says he’s right of center (we’ll call him ROC). In the last […]

The Art of Relating

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

Taking Ownership of Your Part in the Equation

Fixing your relationship does take work, but just how much work and how much energy has everything to do with you. Resistance is the greatest hurdle to overcome. Resistance slows the process as a whole and it is why you have […]

The Whole Story On Whole Grains

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

Whole grains are good for the whole body, but what exactly makes a grain whole? And what happens to grains, nutritionally-speaking, when they are refined and no longer whole?

A whole grain contains all three parts of the original grain kernal—the bran, the germ and the […]

Therapeutic Reflexology Classes Teach Methods Proven to Reduce Pain, Improve Sleep

Long recognized throughout the world for their healing ability, reflexive therapies (reflexology is one of the most popular) have come into their own. Reflexologists use fingers and hands to work specific areas (both large and small) called reflexes on the feet and hands to encourage the body to normalize, balance, and heal itself.

Long a folk […]

Think Dental When the Latest Medical Therapy Fails

Mouth Battery, High Speed Drill and Others

By Simon Yu, M.D.

Whenever there are resistances to standard medical care, you need to think about missing links. Specifically, think about dental related medical problems that might be the underlying cause of your illness. In other articles, I’ve covered the dangers of dental/medical problems from amalgams, systemic effects of […]

What Is Montessori?

by Anita Chastain
Founder and Head of School
Chesterfield Montessori School

Montessori is a proven educational philosophy developed by the Italian physician and educator Dr. Maria Montessori beginning in 1907 and currently practiced in an estimated 20,000 schools worldwide, serving children from birth through age 18. In the United States, more than 4,000 independent schools, as well as […]

Who Needs Dr. Oz in St. Louis, When We Have SLiiM?

Who Needs Dr. Oz? The St. Louis Institute of Integrative Medicine (SLiiM) has the answers regarding your optimal healthcare … right here in our own backyard! A consortium of medical practitioners from a variety of disciplines, SLiiM is dedicated to prevention, wellness and finding the root cause instead of just treating the symptoms.
Nearly 50% of […]

Who Peed in the Tub

by Dr. Althea Eller

When I am not at the office being a physician, time is consumed with my 3 small children. Just the other evening, all three were washing in the oversized tub. I heard my oldest say, “I think someone peed in the tub”. I went through the rounds of questioning. “Was it you?”“Was […]