Archive for June, 2014

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

A Picture of Your Soul (part 1)

When we are born, we are born integrated, body/mind/spirit functioning effortlessly with each other. What happens is that pretty early on, we all begin to receive messages from the world around us about who we are and who we are not, or how we […]

Alice In Wonderland Style Gardens

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Last year I got the best compliment about my garden ever. A dog walker who came by daily told me my garden looked like an Alice in Wonderland garden. Although it is mainly organized chaos and a Midwestern version of English Cottage style, I like to think of it as a wonderland […]

Art of Folklore Returns In Witch Doctor Storytelling

By Benjamin Petty

Here at Witch Doctor Storytelling we reach perfection every time we perform for you or your event.

We also offer variety to meet your every need, choose from four different storytelling packages and characters.

Kingla Kuk is a woodland witch doctor. He specializes in stories dealing with creation and Native American myth. His show is […]

ARTful Happenings


Through August 20
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts; 3716 Washington; for info, visit www.pulitzerarts.org.

Through September 28
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum; 3415 Olive; for info, call
314-535-1999 or visit info@iphf.org.

Through July 11
Works by multiple female artists; The Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar; for info, visit www.stlrac.org.

Through August […]

ArtFul Living

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor


It happens to everyone: you pass a place and think to yourself, “I’ll go there sometime.” But you don’t. Perhaps you pass that place repeatedly, randomly, once in awhile or often, always with the same mental note to spend some time there, later. Maybe, you’ve been to some of the […]


With Cathy Schram

Need help for: Skin Problems? Anemia? Constipation?

Q: My teenagers all seem to have problems with their skin; acne, blackheads, etc. What can they do to really make a difference by using something natural?

A: Skin problems can be caused by a variety of reasons. Typically, there is some sort of imbalance in the body. […]

Boeckmann Farm Is A Family Affair

By Nancy Smith

Chris and Denise Boeckmann and their four children, Rae, Eric, Kristen and Paul represent the 2nd and 3rd generations on their farm in Loose Creek, MO. In 1963, Chris’s father purchased the farm and moved his young family there. He had been one of 13 children on the farm in Koelztown in South […]

Clean It Up: The 11 Toxins to Avoid

By Kris Ash

Toxic ingredients in our soaps? Seems hard to imagine, and yet with the FDA minimally regulating the cosmetic/skincare industry, companies are putting a plethora of ingredients in our cleansing products that are proving to be natural irritants, disruptors to our hormone & endocrine systems, and even carcinogenic. It’s not a wonder that people […]

Coalition Report

By Lorin Crandall
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Cleaning Up The Clean Water Act

Have you ever wondered why we allow industrial dumping in some streams but not in others? Although we have a federal Clean Water Act and state water quality standards, we have had to rely on the courts to address controversy over which waters deserve […]

Duh Vinci Code for Tasmanian Devils: Cracking the Cancer Code

By Simon Yu, MD

In case you didn’t know, about 70 percent of the wild Tasmanian devil population has disappeared from Tasmania Island due to a facial tumor. This has occurred just since 1996 when it was first recognized. Tasmanian devils are a carnivorous marsupial from Australia. If the current rate of decline continues, devils could […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Honoring Cindy Gilberg: A Champion of Native Plants

This spring, the Deer Creek Watershed Alliance recognized with an award the extraordinary contributions of one woman, Cindy Gilberg, to a movement that is powerfully changing how people across St. Louis relate to nature, through native plants.
The award was presented by Rick Holton, Deer Creek Alliance […]

Eating Locally: A Global Solution

By Crystal Stevens

Eating locally is a vitally important way each of us can contribute to a more sustainable community and food shed. Based on the Permaculture Zone Principles, charted in a bull’s eye pattern, each circle represents sustainable ways to access food in our own communities. According to these principles, it is best to grow […]

Femme Ferment & Craft Beer

It’s Not Just A Boy’s Club Anymore!

By Maureen Zegel

Craft beer drinkers will cite their epiphany moment, the instant they tasted their “forever” beer – a hoppy IPA, a smooth wheat beer maybe it was a hearty stout. For most of us, it changed our drinking and buying habits. For others, it changed their life.

“I was […]

Food Intolerance: When Food You Love Doesn’t Love You

By Amy Davis, M.D.

Food intolerance is different from true food allergies. It is delayed in its onset and is less serious (not life threatening) but can be very annoying just the same. The symptoms are a result of a delayed immune response which occurs gradually 1-24 hours after eating.

If you have food intolerance, you may […]

Greening Your Home and Your House of Worship

By Emily Andrews, Executive
Director USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Over the past few months, there has been a lot of attention given to climate change – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, recent proposed carbon emission regulations for power plants, and even comedians like John Oliver. It’s good to see the topic back in the news and […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

July 5
In-Store Holistic Fair
11a-4p. Practitioners and readers on-site for walk-in availability. Guests Rev. Maureen Amen-Gay and Mary Brandt. $20 Mini-Readings, Ear Candling, Reiki or Mini Chakra Tune-Up, Tuning Fork Therapy, Tibetan Healing Bowl Sessions or Reflexology. Held at Holistic Journey, 216 Frank Scott Pkwy East, Swansea, IL 62226. Call 618-234-8280 or visit www.yourholisticjourney.com.

July 5 & […]

Healthy Planet Magazine To Host Fall Expo Sept. 28 In Webster Groves

Enjoy the first weekend of Autumn as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Natural Living magazine, hosts its 28th Natural Living Expo Sunday, September 28, 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 55 […]

How To Slow Down Your Genetic Clock

There has been a great deal of study in recent years about what causes us to age, and whether it’s possible to slow down our genetic clock.

For many years it was thought that cells were immortal if given an ideal environment. This long-held belief was discarded in the early 1960s when Dr. Leonard Hayflick observed […]

July Heat is a Genuine Concern For Our Pets. BEWARE!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

It has been an unusual spring, indeed. Fortunately, we have had a good deal of rain as of late. But the summer heat is upon us as well. Pet owners must be sensitive to this issue.

Heat exhaustion is a terribly dangerous and insidious condition that can impact our pets, particularly heavy […]

Let Food Be Your Medicine

By Monica Stoutenborough

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, type II diabetes, autoimmune illnesses, dementia, and osteoporosis, are now considered by many to be an inevitable part of aging. We assume that as we get older we will likely be diagnosed with one or more chronic conditions. In addition to blaming our age, we often credit […]

Marfa Dialogues/St. Louis

An Examination of Artistic Practice, Climate Change Science,
and Civic Engagement at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, July 30-Aug. 3

Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and The Public Concern Foundation are bringing Marfa Dialogues to St. Louis, July 30 – August 3. This programming series, taking place at Pulitzer Arts Foundation and throughout the St. Louis area, will bring […]

Naturally, You Care About What’s In Your Hair Products & So Do We!

At Katherine and Company Family Hair Care, we use only the finest organic based hair color and products!

By using a state of the art, naturally developed hair color line we are able to deliver long-lasting color without the harsh chemicals in traditional hair colors!

We offer 100% Grey Coverage in over 80 fade-proof shades, proven to […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Shadow of the Bird

“Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The shadow of the bird has intrigued me since first capturing my attention. Two decades ago I was working outside on our back deck when bird shadows began floating across the wood’s surface. Glancing up, I saw […]

Packing A Safe Picnic Meal

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

Who doesn’t love a summer picnic lunch in the park? July is “National Picnic Month” and what better way to celebrate than with a nutritious, fresh, tasty picnic lunch. A picnic is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend quality time with friends […]

Publisher’s Corner: Support & Buy Local From Friends!

One of the great joys I have experienced during my 18 years at the helm of The Healthy Planet magazine, is the friendship I have found with many of our clients. There’s a strong theme in this edition of “Buy Local” and the many benefits of supporting area businesses. Maybe because I started this magazine […]

Quality Time is Key To Building A Strong Family

By Nina Chen, Ph.D., CFLE,
Human Development Specialist,
University of Missouri Extension

Creating and maintaining a nurturing family environment requires a great deal of energy and work. Quality time together is one of the most important elements for building a strong family.

Quality time should be planned with all family members. A family meeting can be a beneficial activity […]

Ride Amtrak To The Missouri State Fair Aug. 7-17

‘Celebrate Kids in Agriculture’ With Special Kid’s Train Ticket Discount

A new event day, “Celebrate Kids in Agriculture” Saturday, Aug. 16, will top the list of exciting new promotions offered at the 2014 Missouri State Fair. Activities this day will be coordinated by the Missouri State Fair and Missouri Department of Agriculture, and sponsored by Missouri […]

St. Louis Public Library Hosts Seminar on Diabetes: What’s New, What Works, and How It Can Be Prevented

By Kara Krekeler, St. Louis Public Library, Science and Technology Librarian

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes. What’s even more startling is that, of those, more than 8 million don’t know they have it.

To help raise awareness about the disease, the St. Louis Public Library and its partners
present Diabetes: […]

Summer Craft Beer Guide


2nd Shift Brewing

4 Hands Brewing Co

AB InBev

Alpha Brewing Company

Augusta Brewing Co

Cathedral Square Brewery

Charleville Brewing Co.

Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co

Excel Bottling Company

Exit 6 Brewery

Ferguson Brewing Company

Griesedieck Brothers Brewery Company
The Griesedieck family has been involved in the brewing industry for over 245 years, spanning two continents, surviving the Napoleonic Wars, two World Wars and Prohibition. At […]

The Greatest Freedom

By Phylis Clay Sparks

The greatest freedom is the freedom to choose,
Either this way or that… to win or to lose.
One chooses laughter, another a frown,
One gets up while one stays down.
I can choose love or I can choose fear,
You can choose peanuts, I can choose beer.
We can argue against or decide to agree
Because it’s our […]

Tips to Help Save Energy During the Summer Swelter

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

With the dog days of summer now settling in, the risk of poor air quality conditions is on the rise, as heat, humidity and intense sunlight react with hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxide emissions to create ground-level ozone pollution. With much of the pollution we breathe coming from power plants […]

Top 10 Problems & Myths Concerning All-Natural, Latex Mattresses

By Doug Belleville

1. Latex Mattresses are expensive.
They can cost from $1500 and range up to $5500 putting them in a class that either requires monthly payments through financing or may be out of range for some buyers. However many owners of latex beds believe it’s worth the cost because they last so much longer than […]

Your Personal Relationship Coach

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Skype Coaching — A Sign Of The Times

I’ve been away from what I love most for almost two years. Life has a way of doing that at times. But, now I have returned to what gives me the most happiness and fulfillment in my helping profession. Let me take a moment to introduce […]