Archive for November, 2013

‘GARDEN GLOW’ Lights Up Missouri Botanical Garden This Holiday Season

Tickets are now on sale for Garden Glow 2013, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s first-ever winter light exhibit. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the Garden at night surrounded by a spectacle of unique light installations. The exhibit opened Nov. 23, 2013 and runs through Jan. 4, 2014. Tickets are date-specific and sold in […]

‘Heart of Love’ – 28th World Peace Day

By Jeannie Breeze

We know that peace is an “inside job”, one that begins with us, and we know that peace radiates from us when we express from the Heart of Love. Because we literally live in the Heart Center of “Turtle Island” (North America), where major arteries come together – the Mississippi, the Missouri, the […]

A Montessori Perspective on Reality & Imagination

by Barbara O’Brien, Ph.D.

A young child has many developmental tasks, but one of the most critical is his ability to orient to his own place and time. As adults, we need to be as helpful as possible to the child in understanding his world. This is a big responsibility; one not to be taken lightly. […]

Acupressure Massage For Better Health

Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. The pressure to the key points of the body alleviates the buildup of toxins in our tissues that cause stiffness in the body which encourages the body to undergo natural self-healing, such as […]

ArtFul Happenings


Through November 17
COCA Gallery, 524 Trinity Avenue; www.cocastl.org.

Through December 7
Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit gallery210.umsl.edu.

Through December 26
Annual juried exhibition; Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine; for info, call 314-241-4810 or visit […]

Artful Happenings


December 6
December 13
Through December 17; opening receptions, 6-8 p.m.; Luminary Center for the Arts, 2701 Cherokee; for info, visit www.theluminaryarts.com.

Through December 21
Over 100 drawings and paintings by Czech-born Lidila Troup-Burian (1924-2013); Creative Art Gallery, 3232 Ivanhoe; for […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Third Time Is Charming…

“I suppose you know what this call is about,” said the voice on the other end of the phone. “Frankly, no, I don’t!” was my instant reply. The call came unexpectedly from Governor Jay Nixon’s office in late September. To say that it shocked me is […]

Artful Living

with Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Insider tips for Healthy Planet readers:

Love classical guitar? Regular readers of this column know I love the flourish of an acoustic guitar. I must have been a senorita in a past life because this is music that just “speaks” to me. St. Louisans are fortunate to have the Classical […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Advice for Dry Eye Syndrome

Q: I have dry eye syndrome. What causes this and are there any supplements that may help this condition?

A: Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a very common problem, particularly among peri and post-menopausal women. The eyes have ocular layers that make up the tear film. There are three different […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Any Advice for Spider Veins or UTIs?

Q: Lately, I have noticed spider veins forming in my legs. I am afraid they will turn into varicose veins. Are there are any herbs that may help improve this condition?

A: Spider veins, which are very common, often lead to varicose veins. This is considered a venous […]

Autumn’s Child At The Sheldon Nov. 19

Autumn has always been a creative season for musician Mark Holland. Having named his musical project, Autumn’s Child partly based on this fact .

There was also the influence of color and texture that is found in nature contributing to the naming of his group as well. Not just coincidence there is also musical color and […]

Avoid Alzheimer’s Through Diet

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

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and research continues to prove that diet and exercise can play a huge role in preventing this unfortunate disease, which affects more than five million Americans. Alzheimer’s disease is now so prevalent that it is the sixth leading cause […]

Cancer is a Metabolic Disease as if Cancer is Metabolic Parasites: Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D. on Ketogenic Diet for Cancer Therapy

by Simon Yu, MD

The Ketogenic Diet has been used, with great success, since the 1920’s by John Hopkins Hospital and the Mayo Clinic for the management of brittle diabetes and seizures. However, it has not been a widely accepted standard medical therapy after the introduction of insulin and seizure medications. It became a less known, […]

Coalition Report

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

Many Hands Move Hearts

You, and the friends, allies and members of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment have carved 2013 into history. More than most years, 2013 arrived loaded with challenges: a subsurface landfill fire in a radioactive nuclear weapons waste site in north St. […]

Coalition Report

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

Active or Radioactive?

A catchy tune by Imagine Dragons has become the unofficial anthem for many of the activists in north St. Louis County who learned earlier this year that they live in the shadow of radioactive uranium wastes now threatened by a subsurface landfill fire. […]

Conscious Sedation for the Biological Patient

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

The modern day use of dental anesthesia has been effectively administered for over 50 years. Its purpose, of course, was to reduce or eliminate the painful effects associated with most dental procedures.

Local anesthetics such as lidocaine, polocaine, mepivicaine, septicaine and marcaine are routinely used in our office along with […]

December Green Time Shows Discuss Health Care in a Global Environment

by Don Fitz

It is possible to provide health care much more cheaply and with vastly smaller environmental effects than the US does. Cuba is rapidly becoming a model of how to accomplish this on an international level. While guaranteeing free health care to all of its citizens, Cuba sends brigades throughout the world to […]

DESTINATIONS: Grand Pacific Palisades, Torrey Pines, Aviara & Much More!

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

San Diego, Carlsbad, La Jolla Area Is Great “Green” Adventure

From the beautifully landscaped patio area of the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, we looked out over the Pacific Ocean into the warm late afternoon sun. Boats moved slowly across the water in all directions while the spout of a whale migrating […]

Earthworms Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Bare Trees

One bright morning in early November
My eyes open into a lattice of branches:
The colors are gone!
The leafy space empty!

What happened to this Growing Season?

This year’s Spring bestirred so slowly…
Chilly rains kept April creeping
Life-force, tempered, held back buds
Until a mid-May BURST of Greening

Summer days were mild, a blessing
So many nights cooled just by […]

Earthworms’ Castings

with Jean Ponzi

Two Veterans’ Stories Preserving a Precious Legacy

The Missouri Veterans’ History Project evolved from a national Clinton-era effort to honor and record the experience of all U.S. military veterans.

Congressional grants awarded to the states in 2000, through legislative sponsorship from AARP, bought digital video equipment and jump-started use of an interview process from the […]

Eat With The Seasons: Green Your Holiday Season

by Crystal Moore-Stevens

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, try to breathe deeply and know that there are many ways to keep your earth stewardship alive this time of year. Reduce your carbon footprint by helping to limit your part in the viscous waste cycle and shopping frenzy that is inevitable with […]

Emotional Peace For The Holidays

By Dorothy Tomasic, M.A.
Certified EPT Works
and Emotion Code Practitioner

Emotional Peace, oh, doesn’t that just sound relaxing, nurturing, centering and… well, peaceful! Breathe in Peace, breathe out worry and stress.

As we enter into the holiday season and begin expending our time and energy on extra planning, shopping, visiting, entertaining and you name it, our lives at […]

Goodnight Gardens

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

The end of the calendar year for gardeners is like the quiet time at the end of day, when adults tuck their children into bed, read them bedtime stories and say goodnight.

Gardeners can do the same as gardens are tidied and tucked to bed before the long winter’s rest. Using the classic […]

Healing Children Through Pet Assisted Therapy

by Dr. James Feinberg
Child Clinical Psychologist

As 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 a […]

Healthy “Life” Resources

With Chaplain Paul

Creating Healthy Holidays

The holidays are a time that can stir up allot of things. It is a time with heavy focus on family and special times for family to get together. There are many that the holidays just magnify their aloneness and lack of family connection. Depression can often increase during this time. […]

Healthy Life Resources

with Chaplain Paul


OK, what is a virtue? You have certainly heard the phrase, “Patience is a virtue”.
The dictionary says that a virtue is a particular moral excellence. In my work with patients and clients I see a consistent pattern in peoples’ lives regarding the effects of “Impatience” and how toxic it can be. Patience truly […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Through January 20, 2014
Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World!
The Saint Louis Science Center opened its doors for an insect invasion as it hosts Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World! Oct. 19, 2013 through Jan. 20, 2014. The exhibition, which was developed by national pest control company Terminix, is a multisensory experience that immerses visitors into […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Through January 5

The Annual Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show at Missouri Botanical Garden
Delights visitors of all ages with G-scale trains of many eras traveling along 900 feet of track through a miniature holiday landscape made up of festive decorations and thousands of fresh plants, accented by beautiful poinsettias and flowers. The 2013 show, […]

Helping the Geriatric Cat Reclaim Interest in Self and Life

by Ava Frick, DVM, CAC, FAIS

Cats, one of nature’s most fastidious animals, suffer from dandruff, dirty skin, and matting fur as they age. This condition is very annoying to this once neat and clean creature. Petting them can even appear to be uncomfortable.

This is due to the cat’s inability to maneuver and do ritualistic routine […]

Laser Therapy For Your Pet

by Teresa Garden, DVM

The term “laser” has been found in scientific papers dating back to 1959. Laser is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. Laser therapy is essentially light therapy. The light delivered by the laser converts to energy the body can use. Therapeutic lasers are used for healing. They are […]

Local Holiday Craft Beers

Saint Louis Brewery / Schlafly Tap Room –
2100 Locust Street, St. Louis, 63103.

Schlafly Bottleworks,
7260 Southwest Ave, St. Louis, 63143.

Established in 1991, Schlafly Beer has always had a simple mission: to brew great beer and throw great parties. Today, Schlafly brews over 50 styles of beer each year, from its flagship Pale Ale, to […]

Maintaining A Healthy Weight During The Holidays

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

As the holiday festivities continue, you may find yourself surrounded by big, celebratory meals, with high-calorie appetizers, sugary libations and comforting main dishes. Of course, no holiday feast would be complete without a plethora of decadent desserts, each one looking more delicious than the next. […]

Natural Living Gift & Holiday Guide

Purina farms Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar Dec. 14-15
Bring the whole family, including your dog, to the Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar on December 14 & 15 from 11a.m. – 4p.m. at the indoor Purina Event Center at Purina Farms. Enjoy canine games, shopping, festive food, bounces houses and photos with Santa. Plus, meet adoptable pets waiting for forever […]

Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

The Power of Ozark Native Plants

Medicinal wild plants growing in our native environment can be the key to staying strong and healthy. With them we share the wind, sun, seasonal changes and earth energy. We are of the same place… the same ecological niche. In our global society, we often turn to […]

Parenthood: Raising A Healthy, Happy & Eco-Friendly Baby

with Natalie Petty

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is upon us, and this year will be a very new experience for me. Last year at this time I was just finding out I was pregnant, and this year I have a beautiful, healthy 4-month-old little boy. He is the light of my life, and […]

Parenthood: Raising A Healthy, Happy & Eco-Friendly Baby

with Natalie Petty

Babies are adorable, there is no denying that, but newborns don’t do a whole lot. It’s fun to watch them sleep and wiggle but that’s all there really is to it. Now that my son Jackson is 3 months old, he in finally starting to act like a little person. When you smile […]

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 […]

Publisher’s Corner

The Holidays & Old Friends

The Holidays are a time for celebrating with good friends and family. Even though the weather outside might be frightful, good friends are so delightful. Nothing warms your heart more than a trusted old friend. And that brings me to my my warmest old friend Charlie. Charlie is always there for […]

Publisher’s Corner

Comes To Mind On Deadline

Sometimes nothing prolific comes to mind on deadline. That is why we columnists do these quick hits of thought geared to tickle your fancies and perhaps raise the hair on your neck.

Leaves are falling, floating to the ground while squirrels scurry to hide their winter cache. It’s Autumn, summer has left […]

Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields: Studies, Tests and Results

By Kathleen H. Christ, NCMBT, LMT

Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMFs) have been used successfully and extensively on more than ten thousand people for over 60 years and for many conditions throughout the world. Though many therapies using PEMFs have been FDA-approved, most doctors and therapists in the US are unfamiliar with this type of treatment. Over […]

RainScape Rebates & Rewards

by Cindy Gilberg

Clean water is a precious resource. Human development has replaced much of the natural world with buildings and pavement. These hard surfaces allow rainfall to run off, carrying pollutants with it. Resulting rainwater related problems can be addressed with an array of sustainable landscaping practices called “rainscaping”. Fostering more permeable soils and deeper […]

Sleep and Sleep Deficit: How It Affects Your Health

by Varsha Rathod, M.D.

We all know what it means to sleep and feel rested. Medically, sleep refers to a suspended state of consciousness, sensory activity, and voluntary muscle activity. It is an anabolic state, which means that it fosters growth and repair of the body, especially rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, and musculo-skeletal systems.

I teach […]

St. Louis Green 2013 Holiday Light Recycling Drive Aims to Recycle 136,000 lbs of Unwanted Holiday Lights

St. Louis Green, in partnership with Walmart, is once again working to collect unwanted holiday lights. With over 400 collection sites, the partnership hopes to continue building off of last year’s success. According to St. Louis Green founder, Craig Jung, “Our goal this year is 136,000 pounds of lights diverted from local landfills.” Once collected, […]

Take A Forest Bath

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Taking a bath in the forest is not what Forest Bathing is. It is taking a leisurely walk in the woods so that your body, mind and spirit can be bathed in the beauty, fragrance, sounds and sensual experiences of nature. Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is the official Japanese term for taking […]

The Future Of LEED: The Green Building Rating System Gets An Update

By Johanna Schweiss, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

As Americans, we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, and the buildings where we work, live, and learn have a huge impact on our personal health, our community, and our environment. The built environment consumes 76% of our national electricity use, creates 65% of […]

Who Should Be Having Annual Thermal Imaging?

by Linda Weber Spradling, CCT, CHt

Digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI) is a totally non-invasive procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body. X-Ray, C.T. Ultrasound and M.R.I. are all tests of anatomy that measure the structures of your body….”DITI” is unique in its capability to […]

You Can Help “Build The Book House” This Holiday Season

Independently owned, community bookstores are the backbone of the local literary community. In a world of e-books, glowing tablets and online ordering, the Book House has stood the test of time for more than 30 years offering an eclectic assortment of new, used, rare and out-of-print books from a character-filled Victorian house in Rock Hill. […]