Archive for December, 2015

“Heart of Peace”: 30th World Peace Day, December 31st

By Jeannie Breeze

As we prepare for the 30th annual World Peace Day, “Heart of Peace”, Thursday, December 31, 2015, 6 a.m. at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman (at Kingshighway) in St. Louis’ Central West End, the intention, as always, is to create a joyous, holy celebration of love and community, where our differences fade away […]

2016: The Year Of You

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

Make 2016 the year of you. There is nothing more loving that you can do for yourself than to make sure you are living the healthiest and longest life possible. Most of you out there understand that health and longevity require some effort. However, there are a lot of people who […]

489 and Counting: Unintended Consequences of Nasty 17

By Simon Yu, MD

Millions of people are suffering from unexplainable, unexpected symptoms. They are often given a “medical sentencing” of life threatening conditions that defy conventional thinking. This happens in spite of their living a “clean life” including a positive attitude, exercise, eating organic foods, and enjoying a supportive family life. Here are the stories […]

53 New Year Tips For Healthy and Sustainable Living

Breathe, Relax, Smile
You’re not “doing it wrong.” You’ve simply forgotten who you are, and why you are here. Dive into this moment and remember. Breathe. Relax. Smile. How do you know that you are exactly where you need to be? Because this is where you are. Everything You Need Is Right Here.
Kimberly Schneider, M.Ed., J.D., […]

Acupuncture Meridian Assessment (AMA) Training for Detecting Parasites and Dental Problems

Training Designed for MDs, DOs and Dentists
March 18-20 and August 26-28, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri

Training 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 […]

Alert: Christmas Trees Can Prove Injurious to Your Pet’s Well Being

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Who would ever have thought that those beautiful, warm Christmas symbols, the Christmas Tree, or Chanukah Bush, can be such a concern for our beloved family pets?!?!? Let me explain why!! The potential concerns arise in relation to behaviors that are innate to our family critters. Whether they are puppies, kittens, […]

Are You Aware of the New Changes in Medicare Benefits?

By Michael Cohen

Medicare alone is not enough! Medicare Supplement insurance is available for those of us who are 65 and older. When was Medicare started? In 1965 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill for the start of Medicare. Medicare pays only for Plan A which covers part of your stay in the hospital. The […]

ARTful Happenings December 2015


Through January 2
Wed-Sun nights through Dec. 17, nightly Dec. 18-Jan. 2, 5-9:30 p.m.; admission charge; Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw; for info, visit www.mobot.org/glow.

Through December 31
Works by Maryville University Photography students, alumni and faculty; The Dark Room,
615 N Grand; for info, call 314-531-3416 or visit www.thedarkroomstl.com.


ARTful Happenings January 2016


January 15-March 20
Opening reception, 6-8 p.m.; Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar; for info, call 314-725-1177 or visit www.craftalliance.org.

January 15-April 3
Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood
Arcangelo Sassolino: Not Human
Peter Sutherland: Forests and FiresTala Madani
Arlene Shechet: Urgent Matter
Ned Vena
The Propeller Group
Opening reception, 7-9 p.m.; […]

ArtFul Living

With Mike “Michelle” Ochonicky Healthy Planet Arts Editor

“Well, That’s Different!!”

Why do people say that when they encounter the unexpected? Of course, it’s different — that’s what makes “it” interesting! We say strange things when we don’t know what to say.

Different means interesting. Have you ever said, “Oh, it was wonderful — everything was the same […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

I did a quick search of December holidays, and came up with an interesting list: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia, Ramadan, St. Nicholas Day, Boxing Day, Omisoka, and a few others that I did not know. The common thread among them all involved […]


By Cathy Schram

Herbal Help For Smoking Cessation

Q: My New Year’s Resolution is to finally stop smoking. Any advice?

A: That is a great resolution! Whether you are dependent on your cigarettes or just simply enjoy them, either way, they are not healthy for you or the people around you. Nicotine acts as a stimulant on the […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Herbs & Vitamins For Eye Health

Q: I am a senior citizen and I take very good care of myself, however, I am worried about my eye health. A lot of my friends have macular degeneration. What can I do to help prevent this from happening to me?

A: Macular degeneration is the leading cause […]

Coalition Report

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

Counting Up 2016

It’s the new year and the counting begins again. As the calendar starts ticking away the days of 2016 we start counting other markers – inches of precipitation, tons of CO2 emitted, pounds of trash generated, and ER visits for air-borne illnesses. In January, […]

Coalition Report

By Caitlin Zera,
MCE Membership Specialist
Coalition For The Environment

It’s Not What You Give, It’s How You Give…

Purchasing gifts during the holidays introduces all kinds of dilemmas for the environmentally-conscious: is the item local, fair trade, organic? There are a few initiatives like “Giving Tuesday”and “Buy Nothing Day” which challenge the traditional holiday shopping habits of Black […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

The Best Team Ever

I’ve been working at the Missouri Botanical Garden for over fifteen years with two amazing, inspiring, wonderful women.

This official anniversary was in November, and the glow persists. Actually, we have worked together longer – for twenty years – because our team formed before we transplanted into the Garden. But who’s […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Prospering in Pod-Space

I have had to become
a Pod Person
It seems to be part of my fate
To stay one with the trees
As they dance with the breeze,
And be for Nature an advocate.

With my purpose deliberately rooted
And my focus a positive choice
I am honored to be for the plant world
A hearty hand, motion, and voice.

My […]

First Line of Defense part 2

By Ava Frick, DVM, FAIS

(Part 2 of a 2-part article)

Last month focused on the immune system, challenges it faces along the road of life and how stress plays a role in reducing the functions of this system. Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances as well as exposures to various chemicals, drugs and toxins present an ongoing immunological […]

Garden Dreams and Garden Seeds

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

My gardening year starts in January when I order seeds for the upcoming growing season. It is a time of dreaming and planning, and a time of feeling awe and gratitude for the amazing life of plants. Selecting seeds is my favorite winter ritual. I set aside a few quiet hours for […]

Go Local St. Louis Urges You to Shift Your Shopping!

By Terry Winkelmann, Co-founder, Go Local St. Louis

Go Local St. Louis, the new independent business alliance, urges you to shift your shopping this holiday season and think local first!

The group, which formed in September and already has nearly 100 members, promotes the idea of keeping your income circulating in your community by shifting your shopping […]

Green Buildings Are Better!

By Nancy Rodney,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Development Committee Chair

As Americans, we spend 90% of our time indoors. The buildings where we live, work, learn, and play have a huge impact on our health. Can you imagine if there was no one advocating for greener and healthier buildings? No one bothering to save energy or reuse building […]

Green Real Estate Agent Helps Clients Achieve Sustainable Goals

By Maggie Lalor

My name is Maggie Lalor, and I’m a green real estate agent.

Our homes are important to us for many reasons. We spend time in our homes with our family and friends, eat, sleep, and plan gardens there. Decorations, family photos, pets, and memories fill them. A lot of time, emotion, energy, and money […]

Healing Autism Begins In The Gut

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

This past month a new U.S. government survey found that 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older have been diagnosed with Autism. Now at more than 2% of the total youth population, the future for these children, their families and their communities will be challenging. We need to focus on […]

Healthy Holiday Habits

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

The holidays carry lots of joy and merriment. Time spent with loved ones often brings with it indulgent, celebratory, rich foods. While these tasty treats are time-honored traditions, they can pack quite the calorie punch. In order to enjoy classic holiday foods with your friends […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

December – January 2
Missouri Botanical Garden Glow 2015, Holiday Light Exhibit.
Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the Garden at night as they are surrounded by unique lighting installations throughout the grounds. Open 5 – 9:30 pm Nov. 21 through Dec. 17. $16 adults (ages 13 and older), $12 members, $10 children (ages […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

January 2, 4
About the Sweet Potato Project
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 01/02 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 01/04 at 8:00 p.m. Sylvester Brown came up with the idea for the Sweet Potato Project, which began in 2012. They get summer jobs as they learn how to plant food, grow it, make […]

Healthy Planet Spring Expo Set For Sunday, March 20

Food Samples, Wine & Craft Beer Tastings, Live Music, Free Health Screenings, Drawings, Giveaways & Much More

The Healthy Planet magazine invites everyone to come celebrate the first day of Spring at its 31st Natural Living Expo, Sunday, March 20, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Center in Webster Groves, 33 East […]

Here’s The Reason You’re Fat…

By Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC

The reason you can’t lose weight has nothing to do with your will-power, over-eating or the Right Diet!…

The Reason you are fat and unhealthy is because you have disgusting plaque and horrible little ‘CRITTERS’ living in your guts!

This is harmful Plaque (below) – Everybody has it. But to keep from getting […]

How To Tell If Your Cat Is In Pain

By Teresa Garden, DVM

We all know what pain feels like. We know it negatively impacts our quality of life. Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Pain is considered the “4th vital sign” in people. People can easily communicate verbally and nonverbally to let us […]

Is Depression A Brain or Gut Issue?

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

Antidepressants are the #2 selling class of medication behind statin (cholesterol lowering) medications. Approximately 25 million people over the age of 12 are taking antidepressants. To put this into perspective, about 26 million people have been diagnosed with heart disease and 21 million have diabetes.

Antidepressants are based on the theory of […]

Keeping Your Perspective While Parenting A Teenager

By Vera Gabliani, Ph.D.

I get regular calls from concerned parents who are overwhelmed with their teenagers, so I decided to share some practical information about teen development to facilitate your awareness and empower you to work more effectively with your children.
Let’s start with a brief overview of this pivotal time. I believe that having a […]

Meet & Greet The Native Pollinators: GREAT GARDEN BOOKS

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

There are two outstanding books that introduce us to native pollinators and show how we can invite them into our gardens. Native pollinators are as important as non-native honeybees in keeping plants and animals, including us, alive. There are over 4,000 species of native bees in the United States. Many of them […]

Natural Living Gift & Holiday Guide

For Your Holiday Menu
Freddie’s Market offers delicious hams, fresh natural turkeys, party trays, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and local wines that are perfect for your holiday party or family dinner. Let Freddie’s Market make your holiday meal planning stress free by doing the work for you. This full service, family owned market provides their customers with […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

From Cedar To Pine

I grew up in the Cedar forest and have a deep appreciation for this ancient tree. Living among the Cedars taught me who I am and how I fit into the world. Cedar’s energy constantly renews my life journey and has carried me into a new adventure surrounded by the […]

New Year Resolutions For Your Pets

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

The new year presents the wonderful opportunity to ‘start anew’. The real challenge is to be consistent and follow through. At least that is always my own personal challenge. But not only do we need to care for our human needs, we like to encourage pet owners to consider resolutions for […]

Nominations Now Open For GROWING GREEN AWARDS

By Becky Finch,
Growing Green Awards Working Group Chair

Celebrating 15 years of Green And Healthy Spaces!

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Growing Green Awards! The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter is excited to host the Annual Growing Green awards to celebrate and recognize people, organizations, institutions and companies that are transforming our […]

Publisher’s Corner: Change Starts With You

This is the time of year when everyone looks to make resolutions to change something for the better. Many people want to lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more… you get the picture. I imagine you are one of these people. I know I am. But there is one thing about making changes that everyone must […]

Publisher’s Corner: Shopping and Supporting Local Businesses Are Part of Who We Are

There is a lot of talk about “Shopping Local” and “Supporting Local” businesses these days. And for good reason. I understand the allure of the big box stores, with their “Super Big Discounts”. They are all about “cheaper” and “convenience” it seems. But is that really who we are? The truth is, our communities were […]

Slim Down Your Pasta Dishes

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

Pasta may very well be one of the world’s most tasty foods. It is often described as being a “comfort food” but there is little comfort in knowing, most of the time, pasta dishes are extremely high in calories and heart-harming saturated fat. However, pasta […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan for Health and Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

You’ve probably seen people practicing T’ai Chi on TV, in a movie, or even locally, in a park or at the botanical garden. You know it’s a slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial. You may have heard that at advanced levels it is a formidable martial […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Reinventing Your Life

I always like to say, “The great thing about life is that you can reinvent who you are anytime you want”. Fortunately, we don’t have to continue our current negative self-narrative that we have carefully cultivated through the years. This is the negative self-narrative that is associated with lots […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Coaching For Personal Growth

So, you have a few things you want to improve about yourself, but you aren’t sure how to make that happen. Do you struggle with setting boundaries? Are you uncomfortable saying “no” and speaking your mind? Do you find yourself struggling with moving ahead by setting concrete […]

The Eagles Are Back!

Eagle Days Jan. 16-17 at The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and its partners offer anyone eager to see eagles the chance to discover a close connection with our nation’s emblem bird. The Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 […]

The Five “Rs” of Gut Health

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair and Rebalance

Optimal function of the digestive system is critical to health. Problems within the gut can cause more than just stomach aches, gas, bloating or diarrhea. GI issues may be the root of chronic health problems including autoimmune diseases, skin problems, fatigue, headaches and heart disease. How […]

Why Bees? Beekeeping Workshop Feb. 6 Explains What All The Buzz Is About

Beekeeping is an interesting hobby with sweet rewards! The world that bees create inside their hive is largely self-sufficient, requiring monitoring more than intervention. The infrastructure and hierarchy they create is a breathtaking creation requiring not much more time and effort than a garden. Colonies will forage up to 8,000 acres, so the entire community […]

Women’s Wellness Weekend At Trout Lodge Feb. 19-21

What’s YOUR New Year’s resolution? Most people vow to get into better shape, lose weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle. But do you notice when you go to the gym – no one is smiling. There’s got to be a better way to get in a healthier mindset.

Here is the perfect solution to start the […]