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Archive for October, 2012

21-Day Detox/Purification Program

Purify Your Body of Toxins for Better Health

by Hugh St. Onge,
Nutritional Services, Inc.

Co-sponsored by eight health clinics in the St. Louis area, an August 2 evening lecture at the Doubletree Hotel, Chesterfield, attended by 75 people, outlined a 21-Day Detox/Purification Program.

Although our bodies are designed to rid themselves of the harmful, external toxins to which […]

A Cinderella Story

By Suzanne Gassner

Allow me to tell you the story of Annie. Annie is a mixed breed of undetermined heritage, probably part sheltie, maybe a little spaniel. Annie’s story begins, as so many of the amazing animals I have had the honor of assisting, with cruelty. She was a victim of severe beatings, starvation, disease and […]

A Landscape Challenge

by Cindy Gilberg

One of our All-American icons is the lawn—expanses of irrigated, fertilized, pest-free and well-groomed green carpet. So popular is this verdant blanket that turf is considered the #1 crop in the U.S., with an estimated 40 million acres in cultivation. The American lawn comprises a majority of our human landscapes and requires a […]

A St. Louis Micro, Artisan Coffee Roaster

Peter Cohen, Owner of Stringbean Coffee Company

Hi, my name is Peter Cohen, I am the owner and roaster at Stringbean Coffee Co. For me, roasting coffee started as a hobby to cure my thirst for bold, non-bitter coffee. I had a good job, though wingtips and preppy banker ties don’t compare to my new wardrobe […]

Are You Eating Your Allergies?

by Jamila Owens-Todd, ND

Have you started on a holistic plan and your symptoms started to slowly return? Consider a food allergy. We are aware of the common food allergens such as dairy foods, red meat, corn, soy or sugar. There is a possibility that you can be allergic to broccoli, lentils or peaches. The IgG […]

ART Makes The World A Better Place

By Michelle “ Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

The arts make us more expressive, more understanding, more inclusive. See if you don’t agree:

Bryan Haynes is a well-known, local artist recognized for his works depicting Missouri scenes. He’s done some great historically-inspired paintings of the Lewis and Clark journey. But there’s another reason to recognize Bryan Haynes. […]

Artful Happenings

NEW EXHIBITS

September 28-November 30
MARK MAKING: PRINTS FROM WILDWOOD PRESS
Large scale works by artists from St. Louis printmaking studio, founded by Maryanne Ellison Simmons; St. Louis University Museum of Art, Lindell Blvd.; for info, call 314-977-2666 or visit http://sluma.slu.edu.

Through October 20
PAPER: A GROUP EXHIBITION
Works involving paper, by fourteen artists; The Gallery at Regional Arts Commission, 6128 […]

Artful Happenings

NEW EXHIBITS

October 29-December 27
ART ST. LOUIS XXVIII, THE EXHIBITION
Opening reception, 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 10; Art Saint Louis, 555 Washington Avenue, #150; for info call 314-241-4810 or visit www.artstlouis.org.

November 2-29
CUBA: POLITICS & PEOPLE
Photographs by Deborah Weinstein; opening reception, 6-8 p.m.; The Gallery of University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar; for info, call 314-727-3150 or visit […]

Ashtanga Yoga

By Sat Inder S. Khalsa

Ashtanga Yoga; this may bring to mind the eightfold philosophy of yoga or possibly a classical yoga discipline consisting of powerful asanas dynamically liked together with the breath. I’m here to discuss the latter.

I began this practice in 2000 and quickly realized that it was for me, being the first physical […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper

Q: Does zinc really help when you have a cold?

A: Zinc is an essential trace mineral that contains several immune-boosting nutrients which help strengthen the body’s defenses against respiratory infections, such as the common cold. It is also anti-viral and activates T-cell and natural killer cells for antibody production. If you have a […]

Can Technologies Threaten Our Survival?

by Don Fitz

Technology can turn from humanity’s salvation to its nightmare as toxins spew into the air and water, undermining biodiversity, exhausting natural resources and contributing to climate change. Water is vital to our survival. But the Earth’s supply of fresh water is being seriously compromised.

In the first show of the series, Bob Criss, of […]

Challenging Work

by Barbara O’Brien, Ph.D.
Developmental Psychologist

Parents often think about what they want for their child, what they want their child to become, and what they can do to foster a happy and healthy child. When I think of what I want for my children it is based on how I want them to continue approaching […]

Coalition Report

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

St. Louis Needs You

If you were in charge of choosing where to put radioactive waste to minimize the risks of exposure to future generations, you’d be smart to avoid populated areas, major rivers that serve as drinking water sources like the Missouri River, risky floodplains, and […]

Coalition Report: Choose Your Future

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Executive Director; Missouri Coalition
For The Environment
www.moenviron.org

Welcome to November, my digest edition. Soon the pandering and political mudslinging will be over. Your job this month: Choose. Decisions are made by those who show up, so show up.

In the elections, illuminate your choices about potential candidates by tracking who gives them […]

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy For Pain and Inflammation

One of the fastest growing treatments for pain management in the last decade has been cold laser therapy, not to be confused with surgical lasers which are used to cut and cauterize tissue. Cold lasers actual heal tissue not destroy. Cold laser therapy works by a process called photo-biostimulation. What this means is that light […]

Disappearance of the Universe as We Know It for WIMPs: What If Cancer Patient Doesn’t Really Have Cancer?

By Simon Yu, MD

In case you are not familiar with the history of our Universe, NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) Spacecraft expedition in 2003 revealed vital information about our universe. The age of the universe is estimated at 13.7 billion years old. The universe is made-up of: 4 percent matters consisting of stars, planets […]

EarthWorms Castings

by Jean Ponzi

Conserving HUMAN Resources

This is typically an “environmental” column, because my vocation, my profession, my purpose in life is overwhelmingly focused around environmental issues, perspective and actions.

However, from recent, intense and involuntarily expanded hands-on experience – and with a national election rapidly looming – I feel compelled to hold forth in this month’s space […]

Earthworms Castings

by Jean Ponzi

Four Winds Wedding

I traveled to Colorado this fall to celebrate the marriage of two fine young humans. Groom David, son of dear Missouri friends, is known out there as BL for his strong position (Bow Left) on the whitewater expeditions he expertly guides for a famous rafting enterprise. April, the Bride, is an […]

Eating For Healthy Skin

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

November is Healthy Skin Month, and all too often people forget that healthy skin starts on the inside of your body. What you put into your body is reflected on the outside, through your skin, which is your body’s largest organ. One of the […]

Fair Trade Market: Find Ethical Chocolate, Coffee, Home Goods, Food & Gifts

The 10th Annual Fair Trade Market Offers St. Louis Hundreds of Wholesome Fair Trade Items this November

On Saturday, November 17, Sunday, November 18 as well as Friday through Sunday, November 23, 24 and 25, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 2,500 sq. ft. of space will be filled with fair trade items […]

German Biological Medicine: It’s Complicated

by Simon Yu, MD

German Biological Medicine leads the world in natural healing. I wrote about German Biological Medicine many years ago. I have been studying German Biological Medicine for over 15 years. I feel they have the most advanced concept of natural healing.

Integration of modern science with natural healing is their strength. What I […]

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

Enjoy the beautiful Autumn season as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Healthy 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 […]

Going On A Hike Soon?

by Dr. Alethea Eller

Tis the season to head to beautiful Missouri countryside and enjoy the fall colors displayed all around! Take a deep breath. Smell the crispness… and the mold… and the ragweed.

No worries. Here are three very effective tips to help you through the season.

#1) Prevent the allergy reaction. Yes it is true. Even […]

Green Is The Color Of Fall At The College School

by Adrienne Rusbarsky, School Administrator

The U.S. Department of Education named The College School a Green Ribbon School, one of only 78 schools nationwide in 29 states and D.C. to receive this special award. The College School is one of only two Missouri schools and 12 independent schools to be honored. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne […]

Guide to a Great Cup of Coffee

CHAUVIN COFFEE
Until the mid 1920’s, Saint Louis was the largest coffee roasting city in the world, with over 75 major coffee roasting plants. Chauvin Coffee is in its fourth generation as a family owned coffee roaster, continuing the coffee roasting tradition, catering exclusively to the specialty coffee and espresso beverage markets. We strive to offer […]

Guide to a Healthy Cup of Coffee

Chauvin Coffee
Until the mid 1920’s, Saint Louis was the largest coffee roasting city in the world, with over 75 major coffee roasting plants.Chauvin Coffee is in its fourth generation as a family owned coffee roaster, continuing the coffee roasting tradition, catering exclusively to the specialty coffee and espresso beverage markets. We strive to offer the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Happenings

October through December
Be Green and Save Green with Perennial do-it-yourself workshops & classes
Save green and be green this holiday season with Perennial’s reMAKE Green Gifts workshops. Craft a special project and personalize your gifts for those special loved ones. You’ll be able to pick and choose projects from our buffet of items and learn simple […]

Happenings

November 3 & 4
PRIMORDIAL SOUND MEDITATION
Primordial Sound Meditation is a meditation program developed by Dr. Deepak Chopra. Class will be held at the Midwest Mind & Body Health Center, Creve Coeur, MO. Contact Shirley Stoll for information and registration: 800-796-1144, shirlstoll@charter.net or visit online at www.MeditationConnect.com.

November 4
Cranksgiving: Cyclists to help collect food on bikes
for […]

Harmonious Hormones

By Dr. David Peterson, DC,
DCCN, FAAIM

Sexuality and sensuality for women is multifaceted. Many of my patients tell me they don’t have any sex drive and the passion just isn’t there anymore. Sleep deprivation, stress and a bad diet can cause imbalances in the chemicals that regulate libido, mood, appetite, metabolism, sleep, and fat storage. […]

Health Care and Environmental Protection

by Don Fitz

One of the greatest crises in the US is the millions of people who cannot afford health care. The “non-system” of US health care has negative environmental impacts, both from overuse by those who receive unneeded treatment and from the worsening of problems by those who are under-treated.

Green Time TV shows during October […]

Holidays At Missouri Botanical Garden

Holiday Flower and Train Show Opens November 21 and Kicks off Two Months of Festivities

Celebrate the holidays at the Missouri Botanical Garden! The Garden is sharing the spirit of the season with an abundance of festivities sure to create lasting memories for your family. Enjoy the return of the colorful Gardenland Express holiday flower and […]

Integration of the Male and Female Energies within the Psyche

by Kathleen Christ, NCMBT, LMT

Last month our topic was Kaseeka, accessing the subconscious for the deepest and most stable healing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As we cross this threshold into the subconscious, many possibilities become available, including speaking with our younger and older self, and seeing and directing the path to full brain and […]

Kaseeka: Healing Awakening and Activating the Whole of Body, Mind and Spirit with Understanding & Clarity

by Kathleen Christ, NCMBT, LMT

True healing takes place on many levels and dimensions, and is a process of understanding to be lived and experienced. Stepping into healing requires not only the body and senses, but cooperation with the mind, emotions and spirit.

Life on earth is challenging, to say the least, and due to the influence […]

Kuva Coffee Company Connects With Missouri Botanical Garden To Bring Direct Relationship Conservation Coffee To St. Louis

In 2008, Rainer Bussmann, Director of the William L. Brown Center & Curator for Economic Botany at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Tim Drescher, owner of St. Louis small batch artisan roaster, Kuva Coffee Company, connected to bring an extraordinary and rare direct relationship coffee to the St. Louis market.

While on a trip for medicinal […]

Looks Can Be Deceiving

By Ah Ha! (A Happy Health Advocate)

Well, you don’t look sick.” As I diligently pantomimed how the air conditioning blowing toward me felt like razors on my skin, I tensed up my neck to look like a tree trunk, rolled my eyes back, clenched my teeth and made that ‘screeching fingernails on a chalk board’ […]

Native Persimmons

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

The old native persimmon tree (diospyros virginiana) in my back yard was large and full of thousands of one-inch diameter persimmons the first year we moved in 20 years ago. Every year since then, the tree has faithfully shared its apricot flavored peach colored fruits, only to leave me bewildered about what […]

Native Trees

by Cindy Gilberg

From mid-October into November, the familiar green of our native trees fades away to reveal a brilliant foliar kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and yellows. And every year this prompts an exodus of admirers into the countryside to see the brief display of fall color in our Missouri woodlands. There are approximately 150 native […]

Natural Living Gift & Holiday Guide

Celebrate the Season at Bixby’s
For an intimate lunch with friends or an impressive venue for a family or corporate event, Bixby’s is the place. Experience sweeping views of Forest Park from the comfort of the Missouri History Museum’s second floor. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, Bixby’s is a distinctive lunch destination. Bixbyís also […]

Neel’s Pharmacy Celebrates 80 Years!

Celebrating 80 years in business is an exciting milestone for Jon P. Frieda of Neels Pharmacy. “Neels Pharmacy was established in 1932 in downtown St. Louis by my great grandfather William J. Neels, Senior. One of the original businesses in Crestwood, William’s son Jim Neels, my grandfather, moved the pharmacy to the Crestwood Bank Building […]

New Study Shows Coffee May Help You Live Longer

For generations, coffee drinkers have enjoyed their cup of Joe because it gave them that caffeine lift in the morning. And real Java junkies know that coffee is not just for breakfast anymore. In fact, many coffee drinkers are well documented as enjoying three or more cups a day, raising all sorts of red flags […]

Organic Food No More Nutritious Than Non-Organic

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

On 24 September 2012 the Reuters News Service published a report citing evidence that the amount of vitamins in plant or animal products produced organically and conventionally is not significantly different. The report is suggesting that organic foods are no more nutritious than their non-organic counterparts. I find […]

Our Festival of Science

Join the Science Center this November to celebrate the annual Festival of Science, a collection of special events that celebrates the wide world of science and technology. Events run November 2 through November 17 and feature different opportunities for all age ranges.

The Festival kicks off with First Friday: Science Goes Wild on November 2. Take […]

Our Festival of Science

Celebrate The Wide World of Science and Technology at the Saint Louis Science Center Nov. 2-17

Join the Science Center this November to celebrate the annual Festival of Science, a collection of special events that celebrates the wide world of science and technology. Events run November 2 through November 17 and feature different opportunities for all age […]

Over 50, or any age? You can feel good, look great and have the best sex of your life!

Unlock the secret. All it takes is balancing two little hormones. American medicine, along with the food and drug companies, has a love affair with the hormone estrogen. Doctors prescribe it like candy with women from the age of sixteen on up with birth control pills (which are normally made with estrogen). Then when a […]

Pet Expo Set For Oct. 20

BRING YOUR PET to the St. Louis Pet Expo on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 10AM to 6PM, INDOORS at St. Charles Convention Center with FREE admission and FREE parking!

You’re welcome to BRING YOUR DOG, your bird or even your lizard – just make sure that you have proof of current age-appropriate immunizations (if applicable) […]

Pet Loss and Human Emotion, A Circle of Compassion

by Suzanne Gassner

It’s Rosie,” the elderly gentleman said softly. “I think it’s time.”
Rosie’s back legs were limp. She was overweight, probably the result of good intentions taken to excess. Her eyes were a milky blue-gray, clouded by cataracts. And as we sat together he told me a kind of love story, of the joy a […]

Plan A Meditation Class For Yourself or Group

by Shirley Stoll

Meditation is an effective way to find inner peace by connecting with the unchanging silence within you. Practicing meditation allows you to weave silence and stillness into your mind and body.

One of the most common myths about meditation is a belief that you must force your mind to be quiet when you meditate. […]

Plan For A Pet-Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of year, our woodlands adorned with fall flora, cool weather changes, and the portal for Christmas and New Year’s seasons following close behind. What’s to Worry?!?!? All that great food! Bad for our waistlines, and maybe, worse for our beloved pets!!

So many goodies! The general rule […]

Plowsharing Crafts Volunteer is Designer of New Earrings from Cambodian Artisans

Unexploded ordinance and the casings from military guns litter the Cambodian countryside, a legacy left by decades of war in Southeast Asia. Cambodian silversmiths are using gun shell casings to fashion jewelry, reshaping the raw materials of war to promote a new legacy of peace.

The Cambodian peace dove jewelry made from the shell casings has […]

Presidential Garden

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

As gardeners we can turn our attention from the 2012 Presidential election to a Presidential garden of long ago. Although it was over 200 years ago that Thomas Jefferson created a 1000-foot long vegetable garden with adjoining orchard and vineyard, what Jefferson did with it was revolutionary at the time and still […]

Publisher’s Corner

A Boy And His Baseball

My life changed forever on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. It was a beautiful night for baseball, as Harry Caray used to say. My wife Niki and I had scored some great seats to the Cardinal game against the Houston Astros. Section 164, row 3, seat 9 to be exact. An aisle […]

Publisher’s Corner

Season of Memories

After the last pumpkin is carved and the Halloween costumes are put back in the steamer trunk for another year, it’s time to dust off the cookbooks and prepare for the holiday smorgasbord. Thanksgiving was always a special time for the Lester and Barnard clans when I was growing up. The old phrase, […]

SLiiM Holds 3rd Annual Symposium, Oct 13…‘The Anti-Aging Prescription’

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 […]

Solid Waste News

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. Almost two million people reside within the District, making ours […]

T.V. Personality Ruth Ezell Offers Vinos de la Cruz Wine Tasting At Healthy Planet Expo, Oct. 14

by Ruth Ezell

You may be wondering “why is Ruth Ezell promoting wine?” There are a couple of reasons: For starters, they’re very good.

I had my first glass of Vinos de la Cruz at Rue Lafayette cafe in St. Louis (Check it out if you’ve never been. Its croissants are shipped in daily from Paris!). I […]

The Art Of Relating

With Christine Kniffen, LCSW, Therapist & Relationship Coach

The Art Of Compromise

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According to dictionary.com, compromise is defined as, “A settlement of differences by mutual concession”. I thought that perhaps, as someone who […]

The Art of Relating

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

Getting Back In The Game

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When it comes to dating it is important to think about it in the context of various stages in order […]

The Benefits of Rehab For Pets

by Ava Frick, DVM, CAC

In the present human medical world it would be very rare for a surgeon not to recommend some form of rehabilitation or physiotherapy following a procedure. This is an important aspect of regaining full recovery and tissue function. So it should be for our pets too. While you may choose not […]

The Healthy Planet is Proud to Present Exclusive Interview Info on Two Of This Month’s Major Performances

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Irish music need not be limited to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Celtic Thunder is aptly named as an Irish vocal group that has taken the world by storm. They rumble into St. Louis for a one-night performance on November 8 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. These six singers – […]

The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper

Q: Are you being fair to your supplements?

A:Most people are accustomed to western medicine and expect immediate results. You have to remember, most drugs are like a band-aid to the problem. They usually just mask the symptom. What supplements and herbs do is work on the root or cause of the problem. With […]

The Human-Animal Bond: From Feelings To Facts

by Teresa Garden, DVM

The greatest fringe benefit I enjoy as a veterinarian is being able to bring my dog to work with me. I’ll sneak into my office between appointments and just steal a glance at her as she sleeps in her little bed beneath my desk. I immediately feel love, tenderness, and warmth. Baby […]

The Risk of Breast Cancer

It is one of the most feared diseases a woman can get, yet the subject is very complex and controversial even among medical professionals. There are many aspects to breast health and breast cancer, each with different points of view. More women are getting breast cancer and they are getting it at younger and younger […]

This Is How We Change The World

By Hope Gribble, Membership
& Education Coordinator,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

A defining moment in K-12 education occurred in April 2012. The first Green Ribbon Schools were honored by the U.S. Department of Education. This voluntary program is the first comprehensive green schools program by the federal government. It is modeled after the Blue Ribbon Schools Program which recognizes […]

Thyroid Disorders and Brain Function

by Dr. Adam Hughes

It’s often overlooked, but brain function is extremely important in supporting the thyroid. The brain controls every bodily function. Your pituitary gland drives the thyroid gland. It releases TSH. The part of your brain called the hypothalamus drives the pituitary.

Our brain needs two things to survive: fuel and activation.

Fuel comes in the […]

Vegetables For Dessert?

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

We’ve always been told, “Eat your vegetables,” but did you know this could apply to your dessert too? A recent trend picking up speed is creating desserts that highlight vegetables rather than other typical sweet ingredients. And we’re talking more than just the old favorites […]

Verde Kids: Business On A Mission

Walking into Verde Kids, your first impression might be of a cute baby outfit or a fun game, but upon closer inspection you will realize that every item in the store has a story. That story is related to the store’s mission: To offer a wide variety of eco-friendly clothing, toy, and kitchen and bath […]

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, Other.

After 32 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 […]

You’ve Got A Lot Of Nerve

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

You truly do. All told, the human nervous system is about 600 miles long. The brain has about 100 billion neurons and the spine over 13 million of these nerve cells. There are more nerve cells in one person than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy. […]