Archive for April, 2013

“The Gentle Strength of Letting Go”: The Benefits of Yin Yoga

by Jee Moon, Yin Yoga instructor

When you think of the practice of yoga, your mind might jump straight to an image of a pretty model meditating in full lotus, standing on her head or balancing in a one-legged tree pose. But even those who have spent years on the mat sometimes forget that yoga isn’t […]

4 Columns To Wellness

by Ava Frick, DVM, CAC

Keeping a body healthy these days can be difficult. Our pets are exposed to many chemicals and toxins and the food system is, for the most part, very processed degrading the true food nutrient value. Getting a body healthy once it has started to falter can be even trickier. It becomes […]

ARTful Happenings May 2013


Through May 11
Creative Art Gallery, 3232 Ivanhoe; for info, www.stlws.org.

Through May 17
Gateway Gallery, 21 N. Bemiston; for info, call 314-402-1959 or visit www.gatewaygalleryonline.com.

Through May 31
Missouri Botanical Garden; for info, call 314-577-5100 or visit www.mobot.org.

Through August 25

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonick
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

As flowers explode with color in May, so does the ARTS scene in St. Louis!

One look at the ARTful Happenings calendar will prove how many opportunities to experience the arts fill this month.

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts presents the first exhibition devoted exclusively to Donald Judd’s multicolored works, opening […]

Ask The Herb Lady

By Cathy Schram

What vitamins should I start taking first?

Q: I really want to start on a vitamin program, but I am totally overwhelmed as to what I should be taking. What are some suggestions to help me stay healthy?

A: Congratulations! By asking that question, you have taken the first step in staying healthy and guarding […]

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Medical Hypothesis for Parasites Influencing Autism

by Simon Yu, MD

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and repetitive or stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autism is considered the most severe form of ASD. Milder forms are known as Asperger syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).

The causes of autism/ASD are unknown and controversial. Is […]

Bark In The Park – May 18

Now Includes 5K Run & Pancake Breakfast

The Humane Society of Missouri and Purina ONE® present Bark in the Park, the largest dog festival in the Midwest! The annual event will be held Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at Cricket Field in Forest Park.

New this year! In addition to the 1-mile Walk for Animals and […]

Coalition Report

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Director of Environmental Policy
Coalition For The Environment

Alpha Beta Gamma: Deadly Discrimination Against Females

Apha, beta, and gamma may be the scariest Greek letters on the planet for mothers and daughters.

Alpha, beta, and gamma are types of ionizing radiation released by radioactive materials. When the unstable atoms in radioactive materials fling electrons off, scientists […]

DESTINATIONS: California Dreaming At The Mandalay Hotel & Beach Resort In Ventura County

by J.B. Lester
Publisher/Editor Healthy Planet magazine

My 85-year-old father-in-law loves four things, family, friends, work and golf. And even after being diagnosed with cancer more than a year ago, the resilient Kay Inaba still finds time for everything he loves.

My brother Bill and I recently flew out to the Los Angeles area to visit and play […]

Earth Day Action Grant Recipients Announced!

by Cassandra P. Hage,
Executive Director, St. Louis Earth Day

In the afternoon of Monday April 8th, history was made as a small committee met to review our first round of Earth Day Action Grant proposals. We received 34 qualified proposals with a total request of $58,000. Budgets ranged from $150 – $10,000. We have awarded […]

Four Muddy Paws Hosts The Pet Health & Wellness Fair

Four Muddy Paws is hosting their annual Pet Health & Wellness Fair again this year on Saturday, May 11 from 11 AM – 3 PM in Lafayette Square (1711 Park Avenue). This is their biggest Pet Health event of the season. In fact, it’s so big it takes place on the Fountain Plaza across from […]

Getting Back to the Basics – Sustainable Building and Living

Hands-On Workshops and Classes Offered

by Dan Payne, Deborah Payne, and Kella Unnerstall
Environmental Energy Consultants

In the U.S. we overlook some basic, sustainable, inexpensive and energy efficient owner-built building techniques found around the world. Dan’s goal is to teach/provide the resources to individuals to be more sustainable and self-sufficient in constructing homes of local, inexpensive, sustainable materials. […]


Every Sunday
Practice a Medicine Buddha Meditation
KDK St. Louis meets every Sunday at 11am at the Healing Arts Center to practice a Medicine Buddha meditation. All are welcomed to attend. There is no cost. The Healing Arts Center is located at 10073 Manchester Road, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63122. Visit www.facebook.com/KDKSTL or email: kdk.st.louis@gmail.com to learn more.

 May 4
The Webster Groves Women’s Garden Association will offer truckloads of donated […]

Hot, dry, thirsty and shriveling up? Not!

Beauties that bask in the hottest, sunniest, driest landscapes.

by Ann Lapides
Sugar Creek Gardens

Sedum Sunsparkler Series Stonecrop, Sedum
From a field trial of over 4,000 different sedums, only three were chosen to be part of the Sunsparkler Sedum series. These perennials were selected for their showcase form and exciting colors. Ideal for green roofs, containers, and living […]

Largest Selection of Missouri Native Wildflowers On Sale At Shaw Nature Reserve May 11

Choose from a huge variety of native wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs for home landscaping at the Shaw Nature Reserve’s Wildflower Market on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual sale offers the widest array of native plants available in the metro St. Louis area, selected by the Reserve’s horticulture staff […]

Leading The Community In Reclaiming Vibrant Health

by Linda Frisch

SHAPE ReClaimed™ is a comprehensive homeopathic glycoprotein complex formula. It incorporates a unique combination of synergistic ingredients specifically chosen to balance and restore vibrant health.

Though many will enter this program for its weight loss benefits only, what you may find even more important is the vast number of benefits gained from doing the […]

Living Deep Instead of Fast

by Phylis Clay Sparks

When was the last time you drove on a highway at the speed limit? If you did, you probably felt as though you might get smeared all over the highway by the cars speeding around you. Most of us do everything fast in today’s world. We eat fast food fast, drive […]

Losing Your Edge? It May Be Time To Have Your Testosterone Levels Checked

by Rosa Kincaid, MD

Many of us are aware of the change that women may go through as they approach their late forties and fifties. These changes usually involve fatigue, low libido loss of muscle mass and, let’s not forget, hot flashes. Many are not aware that men also go through a change. For a man […]

Make your Green Ball date for Food, Fashion, Philanthropy, Fun!

Friday, April 26th • 7-11 p.m. • Moonrise Hotel • 6177 Delmar

by Jean Ponzi

Shimmer into your emerald sequins and shake your teal tuxedo tails at the 4th annual Green Ball. On Friday April 26 from 7 to 11 p.m. even the moon glows Green over the Delmar Loop, as sustainably-chic Moonrise Hotel presents this gala […]

Medical Thermography Now Available At Wellness Alternatives

Free Seminar May 8

Medical Thermography is also referred to as Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI). This non-invasive form of testing allows practitioners to diagnose and monitor a large number of injuries and conditions. Thermography’s major clinical value is in its high sensitivity to pathology as it relates to inflammation, vascular activity, and lymphatic activity. In […]

Medications Tailored to Fit Your Pet’s Needs

by Jon P. Frieda

By working with a pharmacy like Neels that specializes in compounding for animals, veterinarians have more sophisticated tools in their tool box when it comes to medication compliance. Attempting to pill an animal can be a stressful experience for both the pet and owner. Often, bribing your pet by stuffing the tablet […]

Movable Classroom Concept Moves To Shining Rivers

Shining Rivers Waldorf School in Webster Groves introduces innovative Movable Classroom concept to Grades 1 and 2, balancing children’s need for movement with their desire to learn creatively.

At Shining Rivers Waldorf School, the most recent innovation in the classroom is decidedly old-school. It doesn’t have any batteries or bells and whistles, and it doesn’t run […]

Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Giving Care

Jack was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in ‘02 and January ‘13 began his third chemotherapy regimen. My husband is a fighter and rarely complains. First of March he hefted cinder blocks onto his shoulder, tossed them into his Kia for traction in the deep snow, and hurt his back. With this […]

New Life Resources: With Chaplain Paul

“End of Life”

The “End of Life” is not the end of “Love”. The end of life is the collection of all the lessons of your life, the celebration of your life’s purpose and the unique meaning of “Who You Are”! 

“Your Life” and “Your Being” are a One of a Kind Definition of Love!

— Chaplain Paul […]

Now Trending: Urban Gardening!

by Patrick Geraty, St. Louis Composting

At one time urban landscapes were viewed as barren and cold slabs of concrete, asphalt and glass. They were perceived as the opposite of the rural setting, rich in vegetation and greenery. However, throughout St. Louis City, residents are finding a way to reconnect with the natural world through gardening.

Urban […]

Nutrition Through Our Golden Years

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

It’s well-known that eating a well-balanced diet that includes a wide variety of foods provides a plethora of health benefits. But as you add more candles to your birthday cakes, your nutritional needs change. There are definitely ways to eat well and stay healthy as […]

Poetry As A Spiritual Practice Retreat

©2013, Kimberly V. Schneider

And when the time comes
(however untimely)
let go
of everything you’ve known.
Be a portal to the possible:
a vessel through which
new realities
be born.
~from the poem The Wisdom of Mary,

©2012, Kimberly V. Schneider

Poetry is experiencing a renaissance, in part because modern poets like Mary Oliver, John O’Donohue and David Whyte, authors such as Caroline Kennedy (Poems […]

Publisher’s Corner

Celebrating Our 16th Birthday with a Return To Mayberry

I used to turn on the news first thing in the morning while getting ready to go to work. Being a journalist, it is part of my DNA to catch up on the latest events of the day. But lately I have taken a break from […]

Quest For A Green School

by Hope Gribble, Education & Green Schools Coordinator,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway

Quest. A peek in the dictionary reveals a spirited description: 1) a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something. 2) an adventurous expedition undertaken by a knight or knights to secure or achieve something. 3) those engaged in such an expedition.
Are you ready […]

Red, Yellow, Orange & Green: What’s It All Mean When It Comes To Air Quality

Article courtesy of the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership

As the weather heats up, the risk for poor air quality conditions also accelerates in the region. And at this time of the year, daily air quality forecast updates let us know if it will be a green, yellow, orange or red air quality day. With each […]

Savor The Seasons

with Crystal Stevens

Dandelion, a Wonderful Weed

An herbalist friend once described medicinal weeds as “plants growing in our backyards often times so close to our back door that they seem as though they are just begging to get inside and alleviate what ails us.” Herbalists across the globe are all aware of the powerful medicinal qualities […]

Shade-Loving Native Ground Covers

by Cindy Gilberg

A shady woodland garden is a favorite retreat during our hot and humid St. Louis summers. It is puzzling, therefore, why many gardeners scratch their heads and curse the shade. They say nothing grows there, yet a walk in Missouri’s woodlands reveals a diverse bounty of woodland plants. Begin by creating a strong […]

Solving Chronic Health Challenges: A New Approach

by Amy K. Davis, MD

I am in awe of the human body, and how amazing it is that, by design, it can heal itself. This capability is under fire however. In my years of practice, I see patients with increasing difficulty in maintaining health. The annoying symptoms and chronic health problems just keep growing. I […]

Spring Allergies Affecting Our Pets

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Every year about this time, pet owners approach me and ask whether pets do indeed suffer spring time allergies, much as we humans do. And, my answer is an emphatic, YES!!! The pollens released from grasses, flowers and trees can impact your dogs and cats.

I often explain that allergies, or the […]

Summer Volunteer Guide for Youth and Teens Now Available Online Offered by United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way of Greater St. Louis’ free Summer Volunteer Guide for Youth will be online by the end of April. This valuable online guide is full of volunteer possibilities this summer at reputable non-profit agencies throughout the St. Louis region for youth and young adults ages 8-19.

Opportunities are now available online at www.unitedwaystlcares.org.
“This Guide is […]

Sustainable Worlds

By Don Fitz

People across Missouri are building ecovillages, revitalizing Dr. Martin Luther King streets and “naturescaping” back yards. May 2013 episodes of Green Time show how Missourians are engaged in making their part of the world more sustainable.

During the first show, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage co-founders Tony Sirna and Rachel Katz describe how 75 people share […]

The Healing Power of Nature’s Beauty

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Imagine a medicine so strong that it alone will let you go home a day early from hospital surgery, you will feel less pain and have fewer complaints about it. In fact, there is a medicine that strong which science is now recognizing and measuring. This medicine is simply the power of […]

What Can Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Do For You?

Laith Naayem, Licensed Acupuncturist

There is very little it can’t do! The World Health Organization acknowledges that acupuncture has been proven to treat hundreds of conditions, from infertility to osteoarthritis. The National Institute of Health conducts and evaluates research on many forms of medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbology, and has concluded that it can treat […]

What Is Homeopathy? The Short Story

by Beth Reese, LPC, CHom

What is homeopathy? It would take a book, or two, to fully explain what homeopathy is and what it does; however, I will offer a brief, concise picture. Homeopathy is a 200 year-old natural method of healing both physical and mental/emotional complaints by supporting the body’s ability to heal itself. Symptoms […]

What Is Montessori?

Anita Chastain
Founder and Head of School
Chesterfield Montessori School

Choosing a school or educational philosophy for children is one of the most important decisions parents can make. It can be quite a challenge weighing the pros and cons of private vs. public education, and traditional education vs. a more progressive style of education. There are financial considerations […]

Why is Spring Grass So Nice? It’s the Nutrients, Not Just Nitrogen!

by Randy Greene

By this time of year you’ve probably put down a dose of pre-emergent fertilizer and have already had to mow the lawn a few times. Everything looks great! Your yard looks healthy and green and it will stay that way, right?

The reason your lawn looks thick and lush in early Spring is because […]

Yoga As A Lifestyle Helps You Tune Into And Understand Natural Rhythms of Life

by Jaime Sanchez, E-RYT 500, ND, founder of West-East Natural Healing Traditional Yoga School

Established in 1996 at Saint Louis University, West-East Natural Healing Traditional Yoga School is the oldest yoga program in the city of St. Louis, MO. We have offered certified 200-hour yoga teacher trainings since 1998 and recently registered its 500-hour program with Yoga […]

You Can’t Change Your Weight Until You Change your Mind! Hypnosis Works!

by Rev. William Mitchell, CI

Hypnotism can be applied successfully as a tool in psychotherapy, medical and dental pain management, to enhance academic achievement, to overcome fears and stage fright, to improve sleep, to increase athletic performance and other applications, however most people think of Habit Control, smoking cessation, weight loss, nailbiting etc.

When I was first […]