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Archive for September, 2014

“It’s Not Just Calories That Make Bellies Fat!”

Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC
Dr Banerjee’s Wellness Centre
314-282-3990

Dear Seeker of Health & Fitness,
Have you had any of these in your life? Injury, pain, surgery, infection, illness, divorce, financial stress, job stress, poison ivy, giving birth, irritable people, starvation diets, the menstrual cycle, eating junk foods, drugs and medication, excessive cold or heat, staring into computer monitors, […]

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Why Do I Feel This Way?

When we talk about our soul, a common universal symbol or image used to refer to this soul self is the image or symbol of a child. We all have an inner child that exists inside of us, waiting to be discovered and brought out […]

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Find Ourselves Again

For many people, being in touch with the true adult self inside is an unfamiliar experience. Most people, before deep emotional healing work, are very familiar with the wounded child inside, and have lived the majority of their existence operating out of this wounded child. Despite being uncomfortable […]

Annual Best Of Missouri Market Expands, Welcomes New Exhibitors

Missouri Botanical Garden Celebrates 23rd Anniversary
of Sustainable, Local Shopping Event,

The Missouri Botanical Garden announces the 23rd anniversary of the Best of Missouri Market and will now welcome vendors from neighboring states. The BEST OF MISSOURI MARKET & MORE will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden October 3-5, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. on […]

Are You Ready To Heal?

By Jamila Ownes-Todd, ND

Illness serves a purpose. Let me first start off by saying, you do not have to be sick. A sickness is a reflection of where you are in your present physical state and does not have to hang around longer than it is needed. How long is it needed? Only you will […]

Art Of Entertaining Celebrates 20 Years of Great Food/Service

By Denise Christen
Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editors

Ann Marie Lemcke grew up loving to cook and working in her family’s catering business, Butler’s Pantry (now owned by her brother Richard Nix, Jr.) She saw a void that their full service catering business did not offer which was smaller servings for carry out – and the idea for […]

Art Walk At Garden Heights Nursery Kicks Off Sustainable Shopping Season

By Crystal Stevens

The Holiday Season only adds to the detrimental effects that consumerism has on the earth. We all know the devastating effects that factories and big box stores have on the earth, especially the air and water quality. The influx in money spent at big box stores is at its peak during the holidays. […]

ARTful Happenings – September 2014

NEW EXHIBITS

Through September 12
ROBERT MESSICK: CONTROLLED ELEGANCE
Cathy Gregory Studio Gallery, 2000 S. 39th Street; for info, call 314-773-3935 or visit www.cathygregory.com.

Through November 30
VINTAGE CAMERAS
Presented by International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum; Concourse C in Terminal 1, Lambert International Airport; for info, visit www.iphf.org.

September 3-October 31
PIECES OF IMPRESSIONISM
Reception Sept. 12, 5-9 p.m.; Green Door Gallery, […]

ARTful Happenings October 2014

NEW EXHIBITS

Through October 11
EXPOSURE 17: NOTIONS OF THE GROTESQUE
Works by Travis Lawrence, Heather O’Shaughnessy, Edo Rosenblith; Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or email gallery@umsl.edu.

Through October 28
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: PLATINUM VISION
The Dark Room, 615 N. Grand Blvd.; for info, call 314-531-3416 or visit www.thedarkroomstl.com.

Through November 2
MARK JANKOWSKI: POLAR EYES
Installation work; Kranzberg Arts Incubator, […]

ArtFul Living: St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Three—no, FOUR Cheers for the ARTS in St. Louis!

Between connecting flights on a few trips, I’ve had some time to spend in Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, in The Netherlands. Most travelers consider time spent in an airport as b-o-r-i-n-g. Not so at Schiphol. In fact, art-lovers may feel cheated if they […]

ArtFul Living: St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

The American Arts Experience

The American Arts Experience began as a grassroots effort to raise awareness of the many, many aspects of the arts throughout our country. For 17 days this October, arts organizations and institutions present exhibitions, performances, concerts and all the other wonderful ARTful events that happen in our […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Is 5-HTP and are Antacids Unsafe?

Q: What exactly is 5-HTP and how does it compare to tryptophan?

A: 5-HTP is the amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan. It is the step between tryptophan and the brain chemical called serotonin. 5-HTP is better used because tryptophan must be converted to 5-HTP before it can be metabolized to […]

Ask The HERB LADY

With Cathy Schram

I’m Tired All The Time. Will Green Coffee Bean Extract Give Me Energy?

Q: I am tired all of the time. I have been under a tremendous amount of stress lately and I am worried that I am just worn out. I take a good multivitamin but that is not really making me feel […]

Back To School Pet Basics!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Students are racing back to school during August and September each year. Whether you are heading to junior or senior high school; or, onward to college, there are considerations regarding pet management, and more.

First of all, note that many times, changes in our home schedules may directly impact our pets. Your […]

Beauty is the Manifestation of HEALTH

By Linda Hoff

Beauty is being true to yourself. Are you being true to yourself? What is the one thing you know to be true, but are afraid to admit? Is there an area of your life in which you are feeling stuck? That’s were a holistic health coach can help. A health coach offers support […]

Cancer Control Society’s Cancer Convention: Back to the Future by going Back to the Past

By Simon Yu, MD

The 42nd Annual Cancer Control Society’s Cancer Convention (CCSCC) was held in Los Angeles August 30 – September 1, 2014. This convention reminded me of watching the popular movie, “Back to the Future” from the 1980’s with Michael J. Fox. A time-travelling car changed his character’s future by coming/going back to the […]

Coalition Report

Brad Walker, Big Rivers Director
Missouri Coalition for the Environment
www.moenviron.org

Troubles on the Missouri River

Millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on the Missouri River to construct massive dams upstream and to shorten, straighten, and narrow the lower portion for barge traffic and agricultural use. However, this investment is not reaping the public benefits we often hear […]

Coalition Report

Chris Burnette,Climate Organizer
Missouri Coalition
for the Environment
www.moenviron.org

A First Step Against Climate Change

Climate change has led to a loss in life, property, and economic stability. We are seeing increasingly severe flooding, wildfires, and drought, as well as troubling rates of asthma and other health problems related to climate change and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In 2012, Missouri […]

Donate Used Medical Equipment, Oct. 11 at Select Walgreens Stores

At. Louis HELP’s primary mission is to provide any individual in need with access to free Home Medical Equipment (HME) through our recycle and reuse program enabling them to live as independently as possible and remain contributing members of the community.

Our secondary mission is to divert unnecessary waste from area landfills by providing a local […]

Donate Used Medical Equipment, Oct. 11, 2014 at Select Walgreens Stores

St. Louis HELP’s primary mission is to provide any individual in need with access to free Home Medical Equipment (HME) through our recycle and reuse program. Our secondary mission is to divert unnecessary waste from area landfills by providing a local resource for the reuse or recycling of unwanted HME.

In addition to collecting and distributing […]

Early Detection Saves Lives

By Linda Weber Spradling

Digital infrared thermographic imaging or “Thermography” is a pain-free, radiation-free and non-invasive approach to preventative medicine. Thermograms detect inflammation in the body, vascular and lymphatic activity as well as hormone imbalances and estrogen dominance. Having this information gives you a tool you can use to see what is happening inside your body. […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Happy Bird Day

When I turned 60 this summer I got to experience one of my life’s Uplifting Moments.

Missouri Botanical Garden (one of my favorite places on Earth) hosted the party, featuring a stellar show by one of my favorite bands (amazing musicians and my dear friends), the Augusta Bottoms Consort. On that Whitaker […]

Focus On a Wellness Career At Missouri College

With so much interest in healthy lifestyles today, there are many avenues someone who would like to enter this field could pursue professionally. Missouri College offers several programs focused on healthcare and wellness careers as well as other fields.

Whether you’re looking for hands-on involvement in caring for patients’ healthcare needs or in work that supports […]

Freezing Up Summer Produce

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

As fall gets into full swing, you may be wondering about what to do with all of your summer produce. Americans throw away hundreds of dollars’ worth of food every year, with the majority of that being produce that spoils too quickly, or dairy products. […]

Fun and Philanthropy at “Green Ball”

Will Celebrate Sustainability Fifth annual Green Ball to Benefit EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden

The fifth annual Green Ball will roll out the green carpet in the Delmar Loop to welcome the green-minded movers and shakers of St. Louis for a night of fun philanthropy.
Presented by Moonrise Hotel, Green Ball 2014 will be held […]

Gateway Garlic Urban Farm Smells Success

By Crystal Stevens

Mark Brown, a St. Louis transplant, has been farming in Missouri for 13 years and has been active in Urban Farming in St. Louis since 2005. Mark comes from a long line of farmers in the Northern Illinois and Wisconsin regions. Some of his earliest childhood memories are of harvesting and eating raw […]

Green Dining Alliance Brings Sustainability to St. Louis’ Restaurant Scene

St. Louis is a town with plenty of good food. Our unique culinary traditions have always drawn from the diverse farming community around us – and now, as more and more of us want to see a more sustainable restaurant industry in our town, diners can dine green with confidence when they see a “GDA-certified” […]

Healthy Planet 28th Natural Living Expo Set For September 28, 2014

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 50 […]

Healthy Planet Guide To Resale Shops

Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique
St. Louis’ premiere designer clothing consignment store centrally located in the heart of St. Louis County.  We offer coveted designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch and more.  Recognized as: Best Place to Get a Deal on Dior – Alive Magazine
“We Heart STL Best of […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

September 5
SHAW WILDFLOWER MARKET
Get a jump start on next year’s garden! Both new and experienced gardeners will find a wide variety of native wildflowers, grasses, sedges, small-flowering trees and shrubs for home landscaping at the Shaw Nature Reserve’s fall Shaw Wildflower Market on Friday, Sept. 5 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Admission to the sale […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

October 1 – 31
Non-GMO Month
Non-GMO Month was created by the Non-GMO Project in 2010 as a platform for raising awareness on the GMO issue. Non-GMO Month is an opportunity to coordinate our voices and our actions, so that we can stand up loudly and clearly for our right to know what’s in our food, and […]

Honey: What Makes Local So Sweet?

By Jane I. Sueme
Isabee’s Beekeeping Supplies

Nectar of the Gods, Sweetness and Light, Liquid Gold –
call it what you like, local honey is here!

When it comes to honey, what is local? For purposes of supporting the local food community, local can mean your neighborhood, town, regional or even national if it’s harvested and packaged within that […]

It’s Not Just Calories That Make Bellies Fat!

Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC
Dr Banerjee’s Wellness Centre
314-282-3990

Dear Seeker of Health & Fitness,

Have you had any of these in your life? Injury, pain, surgery, infection, illness, divorce, financial stress, job stress, poison ivy, giving birth, irritable people, starvation diets, the menstrual cycle, eating junk foods, drugs and medication, excessive cold or heat, staring into […]

La Vista Farm Dinner, Sept. 13, 2014

By Crystal Stevens

La Vista Farm in Godfrey IL will be hosting their 2nd Annual Farm Dinner Fundraiser Sept. 13, 4 to 7 pm. The theme for this year’s Seed to Table feast is Global Fusion. The dinner will be prepared by the farmers themselves, truly making it a unique field to plate dining experience.

Join fellow […]

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky Named Executive Director of Missouri Citizens for the Arts

The Missouri Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky of Eureka, Missouri to fill its position of Executive Director.

An award-winning artist, Ms. Ochonicky is the former Executive Director for BoardLinkStL, as well as the former Executive Director of Missouri Artisans Association /The Best of Missouri […]

Missouri College Offers Several Programs Focused On Health & Wellness Careers

With so much interest in healthy lifestyles today, there are many avenues someone who would like to enter this field could pursue professionally. Missouri College offers several programs focused on healthcare and wellness careers as well as other fields.

Whether you’re looking for hands-on involvement in caring for patients’ healthcare needs or in work that supports […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

The Wisdom of Stillness

As daylight grows shorter, squirrels bury nuts, geese wing south, ladybugs swarm, and auburn leaves descend. The shift of the season is upon us. Amid the scurry of activity I seek stillness and solitude like the lone acorn gracing the Ozark forest floor.

Embracing serenity and simple things, I have […]

No Quick Fix To Food Allergies

By Dr. Rosa Kincaid, MD

Staying healthy is not that easy. This I found after trying to avoid gluten for the past two years. It can mean: not getting to eat any of your own birthday cake, restriction of most comfort foods and not having much to drink when at a party. So, like many of […]

Parasitologists in New Orleans for Hunger Games: Parasites and Cancer Metabolism

By Simon Yu, M.D.

The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists was held in New Orleans, Louisiana in the summer of 2014. Most of the several hundred attendees were from universities around the United States and other countries. They were immunology/parasite/biology department teaching faculties including Masters and Ph.D. candidate students. Also, there were […]

Perfect Persimmons

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

It’s that time of year again in my backyard. A perfect persimmons harvest is going on. The mature native persimmon tree (diospyros virginiana), maybe 90 years old and 40 feet tall, is sharing its beautiful sweet peach colored fruits. Starting in September this tree drops its ping-pong size fruits onto the ground […]

Praying and Planting Trees for Peace

By Phil Berwick

THE PRAYING: As professionals in the Healthy Planet, we keep our columns focused on what we do in our trades and crafts. But I am aware, that the events in Ferguson have been written, spoken about and filmed from one end of the world to the other. So with a philosophical tree saw […]

Publisher’s Corner

I’ve Got Mail

Everyone loves to get mail. There is a psychological connection between the mail we get and our self worth. The more mail you get, the more you are loved or are some sort of VIP. There is nothing more exciting than coming home and opening up the mail box and seeing a letter […]

Publisher’s Corner: Family Stories Of The Sea

To celebrate my grandson’s first birthday this summer, we decided to treat him to his first trip to the ocean. Great Grandma (GG) lives in Florida on the Atlantic coast just south of the Kennedy Space Center. They call it the Space Coast and we were excited to get Jackson’s feet in the sand for […]

Raising Resilient, Confident and Aware Children

By Dr. Vera Gabliani, Clinical Psychologist

The majority of parents I encounter worry about their child’s self esteem and ability to cope with the stresses of life. Well-intentioned parents believe they need to protect their child from making mistakes and experiencing failures or disappointments in order to build their self esteem. So, when a difficult situation […]

Sisters’ Book Makes ‘Being Green’ Easy for Children

The Earth is a big place to keep clean; but even little steps help complete the task. This is the rationale behind “The Earth, The Alphabet and Me,” a book designed to help even the youngest of kids to adopt an eco-friendly mindset and start taking care of the environment.

Local sisters Jenny Donaldson, an art […]

St. Louis Rams Practice A Greener Game

The St. Louis Rams are greening our operations, from recycling and waste reduction to energy efficiency and the use of recycled materials. Since our participation in the NFL’s first carbon neutral game in 2005 against the Philadelphia Eagles, we have been committed to establishing and growing our Green Platform with the intention of identifying authentic […]

Tasty, Trim Tacos Prepared In A Healthy Way

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

Many people say tacos are one of their favorite meals. In fact, we’ve devoted an entire weekday to the delicious dish—Taco Tuesday, anyone? Oftentimes, tacos can be loaded with a lot of fat and sodium, but they don’t have to be. There are several ways […]

The Creatures Of Halloween Night: Should We Fear Them or Admire Them?

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Halloween is a different sort of celebration today in contrast to its more sinister beginnings in very early Irish/Celtic culture. This period of the year represented a change from sunny, warm and long lighted summer days to the onset of cooler, darker and shorter days of fall. This time was also […]

The HP Axis and its Involvement with Hormonal Difficulties Unlocking the Hormonal Mystery

By Dr. Mark Schopp, D.C.

The HP Axis is a major part of the neuroendocrine system that controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, including digestion the immune system, mood and emotions, sexuality, and energy storage and expenditure. In the treatment of any hormonal problem the Doctor must evaluate whether or not the HP […]

the Total Health Competitive Advantage

By Donna Langenbacher

Be Young Total Health is focused on a complete approach to restoring life. Our mission is in our name: to offer complete, whole-body wellness to people in search of a comprehensive alternative solution to ongoing health concerns. Be Young Total Health product line is designed to provide all natural, no preservative, whole food-based […]

Thinking Of Spring In September

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Fall gardens are growing full force now, which is the perfect time to dream and plan for next year’s spring and summer gardens. Spring blossoms bring a sense of renewal after winter’s cold. Now is the time to plan for them. There are spring bulbs to be planted soon along with perennials, […]

Trees Work!

MDC’s Campaign Focuses on Our Trees and Forests

Trees Work. Trees work for your health. Trees work for your family. Trees work for your wallet. Trees work.

Did you know that being around trees lowers your blood pressure and pulse rate? Guess what else. Kids perform better on tests and have reduced symptoms on ADHD after being […]

Veterinarian, Heal Thine Own Dog

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Baby Love Garden came into my life five years ago courtesy of the Xolo Rescue League. Baby, a toy Mexican Hairless, was deemed a “special needs” adoption who required a home with no children and no other dogs. She needed a lot of time and attention since she was extremely shy and […]

What Position Does CHIROPRACTIC Play In Sports?

By Dr. Paul Hyland, D.C.

Chiropractic plays the position of “The Edge” in performance, prevention and future. Would a 10% “Edge” in performance help you make the team, get that scholarship, win that championship or recover from an injury in time for that game? Regular chiropractic care can be that “Edge”. Dan O’Brien, Olympic Gold Medal […]

Where We Learn Matters

By Susan Lanigan

On Sept. 27, 2014, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council will sponsor the 3rd annual Green Apple Day of Service. This global event will bring together thousands of students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members for education, community events, and service projects to contribute to the goal that […]

Without Licensure, How to Choose a Professional Reflexologist?

No two feet are alike. The same applies to reflexologists. Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois do not have licensure for reflexology. Yet, reflexology is one of the most requested bodywork therapies in the U.S. What makes reflexology special and how does someone like YOU choose a professional?

Modern-Day Reflexology
Reflexologists use fingers and hands to work specific […]

Your Personal Relationship Coach

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

COMMITMENT: What is it and are you both fully engaged in your relationship?

I was recently a guest on City Corner with Steve Potter (see website for full interview). I was asked to be a guest to talk about my SKYPE Services, as it is was something different and trending. I was […]

Your Personal Relationship Coach

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Do You Feel Stuck In A Bad Relationship

“I’m not happy, but I don’t know what to do about it.” “I’ve tried everything and nothing has changed.” “Should I stay or should I go?” “What if there is no one out there for me?” “Isn’t something better than nothing?” If you find […]