Archive for September, 2016

Publisher’s Corner: Autumn Bern And Life Cycles

I had a political conversation with my two twenty-something daughters recently about the importance of voting. They were both Bernie supporters and now are saying they just won’t vote because they don’t like either Hillary or Donald. It wasn’t so long ago, well I guess it was so long ago, that my young heart was […]

The Art of Relating: Getting Rid of Resistance in Your Relationship

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

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Fixing your relationship does take work, but just how much work and how much energy has everything to do with you. Resistance is the greatest hurdle to overcome. Resistance slows the process as a whole and it is why you have probably come to couples counseling in the […]

A True Pet Emergency?

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Blood Loss
Difficulty Breathing
Loss of Conciousness
Traumatic Incident
Possible Poisoning

After 36 years as a veterinary practitioner, several of those years working at the Animal Emergency Clinics, and handling after hours calls for my own clinic, I have come to realize how difficult it is for pet owners to determine whether they have a true […]

Accidental Cure for Macular Degeneration: Vision Loss Affects 37 Million Americans

By Simon Yu, MD

Going blind by impaired vision is one of the most common fears for losing our independence as we grow older. Vision loss affects 37 million Americans over 50 years old including one in four who are older than 80 years old. Low vision is defined as central vision acuity of 20/70 with […]

An Awesome Autumn Adventure Awaits

It will soon cool down, but at YMCA Trout Lodge, they’re just getting warmed up. Nestled in the eastern Ozarks, 90 minutes south of St. Louis, Trout Lodge is a year round country-style resort, conference center and Ranch that believes in family-friendly fun and bonding. Rates include lodging, buffet-style meals, many activities, and children 0-5 […]

ARTful Happenings September 2016


Through September 11
Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum; St. Louis Art Museum; for info, visit www.slam.org.

September 16-November 5
Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington; for info, call 314-531-3030 or visit www.brunodavidgallery.com.

Through October 23
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar Blvd; for info, call […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

As the Leaves of Autumn Turn a Wonderful Variety of Colors,
the ARTS Scene in St. Louis Presents Incredible Variety as Well

Start October with a fresh outlook when PechaKucha comes to the Contemporary Art Museum on October 6. What? You don’t know about PechaKucha? Originating in Toyko in 2003, PechaKucha […]

ArtFul Living

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Art is often equated with beauty.
Surely, art is that — but art is much, much more.

For centuries, art has questioned, inspired, drawn attention to various concerns of societies and governments —uncomfortable topics that, perhaps, only the arts can address. For example, who can stand before Goya’s “Disasters of War” […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Difference Between Grape Seed Extract & Pycnogenol? Benefits of Vitamin B-6?

Q: What is the difference between Grape Seed Extract and Pycnogenol?

A: Both of these are rich sources of flavonoids, antioxidants which protect against free radicals that damage cells and tissues. It is obvious where grape seed extract comes from, but what about Pycnogenol? […]

Back To School Tips For Cleaner Air

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

With the summer season over, children across the region are now settling into their back-to-school routines. If you’re one of the many parents who drive their children to school each day, now is a great time to consider other transportation options that can help reduce the emissions that lead […]

Best Pets For College

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Our kids are preparing for college right about now, and for those newbies entering freshman dorms, or elder classmen or women planning life in an apartment or even a rental home, pets are always a consideration. Why not? We all love our family pets, and they provide us a genuine sense […]

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 […]

Blood, Blood and More Blood

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Some days I feel part veterinarian and part vampire. No, I’m not sucking the blood from my poor defenseless patients. But I do draw blood from many of them with a needle and syringe and then send the blood to the lab for analysis. Animal Health & Healing is a very small […]

Busy Schedule — Easy Meals

By Mariella Funk, Certified Chef
Nutrition Education Director
Operation Food Search

Fall is a busy time of year. Many people are rushing around between work and extracurricular activities, going to school or picking kids up from school. Ever feel like making dinner is a chore? That putting a healthy meal on the table after getting home is the […]

Coalition Report

Alicia Lloyd, Clean Water Policy Coordinator,
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Dead Zone Too Big To Measure?

Despite rampant nutrient pollution and toxic algae outbreaks in the Midwest and off the coast of Florida this summer, for the first time in 30 years, there will not be an official 2016 measurement of the Dead Zone in the Gulf […]

Coalition Report

Ed Smith, Policy Director,
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Elections Have Consequences

The food you eat and the water you drink is impacted by the wheeling and dealing of lawmakers in Jefferson City. This played out in 2016 through two bills, both of which were vetoed by Governor Nixon and both of which were overridden by the […]

Come Enjoy The First Weekend Of Autumn At The Natural Living Expo In Webster Groves Sept. 25

The Healthy Planet magazine is proud to host its 32nd Natural Living Expo, Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road in Webster Groves

“We are very excited to be hosting our 32nd expo in 19 years,” said J.B. Lester, Publisher of The Healthy Planet magazine. […]

Do You Meet Your Daily Nutritional Needs With The Food You Eat?

By Donna Langenbacher

You can now tailor your shakes to your needs.

Introducing, the first fully customizable nutritional shake system for complete dietary support.

Be Young’s Y+O+U Personalized Nutrition lets YOU manage your everyday nutrition needs. Choose the flavor you want, the nutrients you want, the price point you want, then just pour and mix into a smooth, […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

A (pretty easily) Acquired Taste

I thought it was a kind of cabbage soda – and I thought it was Korean. On both points, I was wrong.

In fact, it is a low-calorie, gluten-free fermented tea that originated in China 2,000 years ago. As proclaimed on the website for Companion Kombucha, St. Louis’ first brewer […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Rock Pile

I walked, talked, dreamed and played with mostly imaginary pals, roaming in the woods and fields where I grew up on the rural outskirts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A favorite hang-out spot was a tree-hidden pile of rocks behind the home of our Superintendent of Schools and his family.

An imaginative kid who sits […]

Easy, Healthy, Weeknight Meals

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

Eating healthy, affordable, delicious meals during the week can be particularly difficult given how busy we all are these days. Between work, family responsibilities, household chores, and maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family, there is often little time to plan, shop for, and prepare […]

Explore Innsbrook at the Fall Home Tour Oct. 15

By Katie Tucker

Whether your idea of a perfect fall weekend is ultimate adventure or ultimate relaxation—you can enjoy it all at Innsbrook, which offers more than 100 lakes, hiking trails, horse stables and family events for all ages—truly making it nature’s playground. With vacation A-frame chalets and year-round homes in a beautiful setting, Innsbrook has […]

Fall Teas, Special-teas, and Butter Beer

By Kateri Meyer

As weather starts to cool, match your longing for a cozy, warming beverage with your goals for a healthy you and a Healthy Planet with teas free from pesticides and additives. For your health and safety, and that of tea workers across the planet, 90% of the teas we offer are grown using […]

Fungus, Molds and Mycotoxins: International Mycotoxin Summit 2016 In Dallas

By Simon Yu, MD

Studying fungus (Mycology) was not the most exciting subject during my medical school studies. However, problems associated with fungus, molds, and their byproducts, mycotoxins, have been exploding as a hot topic for the last twenty years. I’ve written many articles on parasites over the last twenty years but few articles on […]

Get Outside & Explore: Early Autumn Nature

By Crystal Stevens

With cooler temperatures ahead, September is a great month to get out and hike the Chub Trail, Castlewood Park, Hawn State Park, Babler State Park, Mastadon State Park, Queeny Park, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Route 66 State Park, or Pierre Marquette Park.

Biking the Great River Road is an epic adventure fun for the whole […]

Go For The Platinum, Gold or Silver

By Linda Wiggen Kraft
Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

If birds and wildlife could give medals for urban and suburban garden habitat that supports and nourishes them, they might give platinum, gold or silver. Fortunately the St. Louis Audubon Society takes care of doing just that by awarding certificates for life enhancing landscapes that provide homes, […]

Green Your Halloween

Sometimes the thought of potential Halloween trash can be more frightening than Halloween itself. Therefore, Recyclebank, the incentives and behavior change platform focused on waste, has got some green Halloween tips that are sure to scare away any waste without affecting your Halloween treats of course!

1. Make a jack-o-lantern. Can’t decide whether to carve or […]

Greening Your Community: Saving The Planet One Garden at a Time

Featuring Meteorologist Mike Roberts and Sweet Potato Project’s Sylvester Brown, Jr.

By Gail Wechsler,
Jewish Environmental Initiative

Many people have begun to use their gardens as a tool to care for our planet and to address climate change. One important way to help the planet and to assist communities in need is through creation of native and urban […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

September 3, 4, 5
Japanese Festival At Missouri Botanical Garden
Join the Missouri Botanical Garden in celebrating the culture and traditions of Japan when the annual Japanese Festival returns to St. Louis! This year marks the 40th Anniversary and the Garden will commemorate by offering even more sensational programming to delight the crowds. From traditional music to […]

Improved Quality of Life: The Path to Wellness

By Dr. Paul Hyland

“Chiropractic patients enjoy increased flexibility, improved posture, improved or eliminated pain, a more relaxed and calm state, and an enhanced energy level—in short, an improved overall quality of life.” —Discover Wellness

A complete approach to WELLNESS begins with chiropractic care, good nutrition, health education and fitness. Chiropractic is typically associated most closely with […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents

<h3>Tiny House Eco Huts at Arizmendi Ecovillage: Be Cool & Stay Cool</h3>

By Tom Braford

As the tiny house phenomenon sweeps the country, one of our partners suggested that our design team take a serious look at including some tiny houses at Arizmendi and at all future Irresistible Ecovillage Solutions communities.

As it happened, we were in Hawaii at […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: It Takes a Village To Raise an Ecovillage

By Tom Braford

In her acceptance speech for the Democratic Party nomination for president, Hillary Clinton returned to the themes of her ‘It Takes a Village’ book written two decades ago. This idea, from an old African proverb, is timeless and applies to much more than raising children, as the other candidate in the race is […]

Local Restaurateur is Taking the Farm to Table Movement to a Whole New Level

Paul Hamilton, Co-owner of Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Vin de Set and PW Pizza in Lafayette Square has upgraded his commercial urban farm this year to include 28 aeroponic towers designed to maximize space and use less water than traditional growing methods.

The additional towers, which are used to primarily grow greens and squash, supplement the 1/2 acre […]

Mulch—Your Tree’s Best Friend

Mulching is one of the most valuable things a homeowner can do for a tree’s health. Mulch conserves moisture and improves growing conditions. But if mulch is applied too deeply or the wrong material is used, it actually can harm trees and other plants. Check out these tips and you’ll be on your way to […]

Nature Wisdom

Lessons from a Jamestown Ancestor

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist
As the sky wheel turns, this is the beginning of the season to remember those who have gone on before us. I can feel my ancestors walking beside me guiding me in important decisions. They are a living influence in my life as their knowledge spirals up from […]

Operation Backpack Volunteers

Support the Health and Education of Local Kids

By Karen Klaus, Director of Development, Operation Food Search

Summer was an incredible time at Operation Food Search! The organization sponsored breakfast and lunch meals that were distributed daily to kids, helping them have a happy, healthy break over the season!

Throughout St. Louis City and County, kids gathered at […]

Prairie Plantings: The Basis for Sustainable Development in the Midwest

By Carol Davit, Executive Director
of Missouri Prairie Foundation

I recently scanned the pages of the business journal of a Missouri city. The renderings in an article about new construction projects illustrated sleek new buildings—some even touted as “sustainable”—yet in every drawing, the vegetation surrounding the buildings looked the same, like a stippled green afterthought.

Initiatives like LEED […]

Publisher’s Corner

Expo Time – Crystal Gets Published – Why I like Facebook

Time again for celebrating the first weekend of Autumn at our Natural Living Expo, Sept. 25 at the Webster Groves Recreation Center. This is going to be one of the best Expos ever as we have Mark Holland and Carol Eder providing live music during […]

September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

By Ava Frick,

Pain is invisible, but its symptoms are not. We can’t point it out, like a growth or broken bone. But we are aware of its presence, at least in ourselves. Knowing when an animal is in pain can be more difficult.

Depending on the nature of the animal, they may hide the […]

Shaw Nature Reserve Hosts Wildflower Sale and Prairie Day In September

Wildflower Sale September 9

Get a jump start on your spring garden now! 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. 9 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Admission to the […]

Solutions For Stress – The Functional Medicine Way

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

We experience stress in various ways. Injuries, infections, allergies, sleep, work, diet, toxins and then there is LIFE!

Throughout our lives we are bombarded with stressful events, good and bad. Even exciting events can be stressful for your body – like a wedding or new baby. Difficult experiences result in emotions like […]

Solutions For Stress – The Functional Medicine Way

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

We experience stress in various ways. Injuries, infections, allergies, sleep, work, diet, toxins and then there is LIFE!

Throughout our lives we are bombarded with stressful events, good and bad. Even exciting events can be stressful for your body – like a wedding or new baby. Difficult experiences result in emotions like […]