Archive for January, 2015

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

Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC
Dr Banerjee’s Wellness Centre

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 […]

“Teaching” Mindfulness to Our Children

By Monisha Vasa, M.D.

Can we actually teach our children how to be mindful? Or are we just trying to preserve the inherent consciousness that they already seem to have? In other words–is mindfulness truly taught, or is it just “unlearned” over time?

I remember watching my children eat when they were four or five years old. […]

A Valentine’s Day Gift For Your Heart

By Dr. Rosa Kincaid, MD

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, most of us will be rushing to make that last minute purchase for that special significant other in our lives. It could be a wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, mother, father, sibling or close relative or friend. Whom ever that special person might be and whether you […]

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Love. The quintessential four letter word. Confounds everyone, can feel quite elusive at times, and yet seems to be the underlying desire that motivates most people in their lives, that is, to feel loved by someone. The desire to experience unconditional love is so […]

Acupuncture Meridian Assessment Training for Detecting Parasites and Dental Problems

Training Designed for MD, DO, and Dentists
March 27-29, 2015 in St. Louis, MO

By Simon Yu, MD

Do you have life-time chronically ill, professional patients that simply aren’t healing no matter what you do? Or may appear to be improving but don’t really get well? What is missing in your medical evaluation and treatment plan? The parasites […]

ARTful Happenings February 2015


Through March 2015
Maryland Height Government Center, 11911 Dorsett Road; for info, visit www.tewagner.com.

Through May 10
MOCRA, on St.Louis University campus at 221 N. Grand; for info, call 314-977-7170 or visit http://www.slu.edu/x99722.xml.

February 6
Opening reception, 5-9 p.m.; Spanish language tour, 6:30 p.m.; Contemporary Art […]

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

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

The ARTS Are Important, In Many Ways!

Much of what we know about earlier cultures comes to us through the art left behind by those peoples. Art speaks to us from across the centuries. Today, we enjoy plays, concerts, dance performances, exhibitions, museums, festivals and everything else that falls under the broad […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What About Calcium and Magnesium Supplements?

Q: If I already take a calcium supplement that contains magnesium, should I take additional magnesium?

A: That depends on a number of factors. A majority of the population is low on magnesium. The RDA for magnesium is 300-420 mg. per day, although 500-600 mg. per day is recommended […]

Backyard Bird Feeding During Winter Months

By Steffie Littlefield
Garden Heights Nursery

Many Gardeners find that feeding the birds is a rewarding and enjoyable hobby in the midst of chilly winter weather. Watching the wild birds feed and setting–up feeders is also a great family activity. These easy winter bird feeding tips can help you make the most of your feeders during the […]

Be a Part of the Future of Food at The MOA Conference in February

By Crystal Stevens

The Missouri Organic Association (MOA), a non-profit all volunteer organization, is gearing up for its 6th Annual Conference on February 5th, 6th and 7th at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Springfield MO. Participants are comprised of farmers, ranchers, scientists, health officials, and consumers who want to learn more about the foods […]

Biomats & Far Infrared Portable Saunas: Quantum Tools for Your Health, from A to Z

By Clint Willett,
Far Infrared Medical Foundation

The Far Infrared Biomat helps with 1,800 Medical Issues from A to Z, with the Biomat’s technology based on a Nobel Prize In Medicine. The Quartz Enhanced Biomat allows the Infrared to gently go into your body 6-8 inches, whereas most all other Infrared Devices and Saunas only go 1-2 […]

Call To Reason

By the Master of Wisdom,
through Benjamin Creme,
8 November 2014

The time is soon coming when men will realize that the most important problem facing this generation is the ecological imbalance which threatens vast areas of Earth. As you know, men are divided as to the extent of this problem but unless their attention is squarely fixed […]

Cauliflower: A Culinary Captivator

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

Although kale seems to have been the trendy “it” vegetable over the past few years, it may have some competition this year. Cauliflower is poised to become the next hip veggie in 2015, which is fantastic considering the plethora of health benefits it provides. Cauliflower […]

Coalition Report

By Heather B. Navarro
Executive Director,
Coalition For The Environment

The Confluence of Food, Health & Farming

Nutritionists fighting obesity know it. Local farmers preparing the soil know it. And environmentalists studying water quality know it. The “what,” “where,” and “how” of our food has big impacts. Eating locally grown fruits and vegetables and locally raised beef, pork, and […]

Compassion & The Art of Loving

By Crystal Stevens

“Life’s most persistent & urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

The world is in dire straits. Philosophers, prophets, educators, healers, scientists, activists, environmentalists, free thinkers, dreamers and the like have been trying to find pragmatic solutions to global epidemics for centuries. In all the searching, […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

As The Crows Fly

Our office move occurred in the dead of winter. The transit from a quiet tree-green suburban neighborhood to stark concrete city left me feeling shocked and grim. I hated being there, deprived of any hint of nature.

Then one workday’s sunset hour, a swoop of dark shapes caught my attention. Winged […]

February is Pet Dental Month!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

February starts the annual PET DENTAL MONTH, and subsequently, this is a great time to discuss dental disease in our pets, both dogs and cats. Unfortunately, pet owner compliance for pet dental care is estimated to be around 33% or less. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), presents data confirming the […]

Full/Upper Body Imaging With Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI)

By Linda Weber Spradling

Q: Is there a health scan that is safe, FDA approved and economical?

A: YES, and thousands of people in the United States have taken advantage of Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) which is now offered at Medical Thermography of Metro St. Louis. A patented DITI system detects infrared radiation to measure […]

Getting Heart Healthy One Step At A Time

American Heart Association

A few good choices can help you feel better and stay healthier!

Getting diagnosed with health problems such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol is a wake-up call that it’s time to make major lifestyle changes.

The good news is, a few simple changes can help you avoid such a diagnosis in the first […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

January 7, 14, 21, 28
Own 2015. Add more know-how to your Life Toolbox with Mind Fest’s entertaining classes. Wednesday evenings at 7- 8:30pm beginning January 7. Limited classroom seating means small and personal classes. Advance registration guarantees your spot. Ta-da! The First Fabulous Four adds more wonder to January: January 7, 7p Be […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Through March 22
Orchid Show at Missouri Botanical Garden
“Orchids and Their Pollinators” The annual Orchid Show offers visitors a once-a-year opportunity to see a rotating display of hundreds of orchids from the Garden’s expansive permanent living collection amid a tropical oasis inside the Orthwein Floral Display Hall. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Orthwein Floral Display Hall. […]

Healthy Planet Magazine To Host Spring Expo March 29 In Webster Groves

Live Music, Free Health Screenings, Food & Drink Samples, Free Tote Bags & Much More!

Enjoy the beginning of Spring as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Natural Living magazine, hosts its 29th Natural Living Expo Sunday, March 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road (I-44 […]

Hearts In The Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Home is where the heart is. That home can be our gardens. Planting seeds of our hearts into the garden lets us experience gardens in a deeper and more loving way. Just as seeds of plants are planted into the soil of mother earth, seeds of our hearts are planted in that […]

Job Market Demand Grows For Healthcare Professionals

Interest in health and fitness seems to spike in the new year as people resolve to replace holiday goodies with healthier choices. Of course, health and wellness are important year round, and some people not only want to stay healthy themselves, they want to help others live healthier lives.

If you’re interested in preparing for a […]

Learn How to Green Your House of Worship at Feb. 22 Workshop

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

Over 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States come from the building sector. Anywhere there is a building, there is an opportunity to measure its energy use and make changes to conserve energy, save money, improve building occupant experience, and protect the environment. This is […]

New Center To Open in South St. Louis Offering Expanded Birth Options

In May of 2015, midwives Susan Mickley, CPM and Linsey Kornya, CPM, will open the doors on a small birth center in the heart of South St. Louis. Susan and Linsey are excited to expand birth options for families in the St. Louis area, including Illinois. Confluence Midwifery Center is located at 3271 Roger Pl, […]

Orchid Artist Solo Exhibition At Missouri Botanical Garden

Patricia Laspino, contemporary American painter and founder of the “Orchid Alliance Project-Bridging Art & Science”, will be showing recent paintings in a solo exhibition entitled, “Orchids in the Realm of the Sublime” in the Monsanto Hall Gallery at the Missouri Botanical Garden through March 8, 2015.

Laspino’s provocative large scale oil paintings will highlight orchids subjects […]

Publisher’s Corner

Love Has Many Faces

You know what they say, “Love makes the world go round.” “Love is a many splendored thing.” “All you need is Love.” “Tis better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.” It’s clear that Love has many faces, meanings and interpretations. The bards have spent countless ink […]

The Art of Relating: Valentine’s Day Success

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

To find out more about me or my services, I invite you to take a look at my website: www.ChristineKniffen.com. I look forward to seeing you at the March 29 Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo!

We can all have very strong feelings about this particular day in mid-February. Some think it […]

The Tale Of Mr. Peanut

By Teresa Garden, DVM

February is Heart Health month and we were asked to write about heart matters. As a twist on the subject, I decided to take the opportunity to write about a chance encounter with one of God’s creatures which left an indelible impression upon my heart.

It was Saturday, August 31, in the hellish […]

Trailnet’s New Interactive Map Allows St. Louis Residents to Map Neighborhood Greenways

Trailnet and partners are excited to share the progress of Trailnet’s Neighborhood Greenways St. Louis project. In the project’s newly released video, featuring St. Louis pedestrians and bicyclists, viewers see how Neighborhood Greenways can make walking and biking a way of life in St. Louis. A new online interactive map encourages residents to plot their […]

Wired For Love

By Phylis Clay Sparks

This comment was once made by self-help author, Tony Robbins: “I never fail to be amazed at the overwhelming number of people whose rules wire them for pain.” When it comes to relationships, how are you wired? Can you think of some rules you have made for yourself and your relationships that […]