Articles from ‘April 2010’ Issue



April 2-May 14


Opening reception  April 16, 6-9 p.m.; Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main; 636-255-0270 www.foundryartcentre.org.

April 3-30


Paintings and drawings from Bulgaria and USA by Galina Todorova; reception 7-9 p.m.; Marbles Gallery, 1905 Park Avenue; for info, call 314-791-6466 or visit www.marblesyoga.com.

April 9-May 31


Fine art photography by Lauri Baker; opening reception, 6-9 p.m.; S.Carmody […]


With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

Healthy Planet Arts Editor


S-l-o-w D-o-w-n

And Enjoy The Experience of Art


I wear multiple hats, as so many people in the arts tend to do. When not writing for The Healthy Planet magazine, I work for Missouri Artisans Association/ The Best of Missouri Hands. This statewide nonprofit organization recently formed a collaboration with […]


Cathy Burkemper


Q: I seem to be constipated a lot and have to take some type of laxative to help me.  I am confused as to all the different types.  Can you please explain them to me and advise me as to what I can do perhaps through my diet?

A: There are many things that can […]

At John Beal Roofing, We Have Great News For Those of You Who Care About The Planet!

Do you need to replace the roof on your home or commercial building?  You can use eco-friendly roofing materials that protect both your home and the environment.  Now more than ever, it’s easy to save energy and be environmentally responsible when making your roofing choices.

According to the EPA, about $40 billion is spent annually in […]


Retired veterinarian Bill Dierberg and his family opened Canine Country four years ago to offer a place for all types of dogs to enjoy and frolic freely while spending time with their owners.

Canine Country is a private facility featuring, two enclosed 20 acre meadows, five other enclosed areas from 3 to 7 acres, a walking […]

Cell Phones & Universal Chips

By Kathleen H. Christ, NCMBT, LMT


A growing body of evidence has shown that the Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) and Frequencies (EMF) emitted from cell phones, cordless, phones, iPods, PDAs, Bluetooth, etc…, also called Electropollution, can have a devastating effect on our health and wellness, and may increase our risk of disease and illness over time.

In fact, […]

Come See The Show At New Town St. Charles

If you haven’t come out to New Town at St. Charles to participate in all the activities offered, than you are missing out on one of the greatest venues for family entertainment in the area. For over five years now New Town has been providing a full summer schedule of fun and free events, and […]

Cunetto’s Offers Tradition, Gourmet Quality Food, & Family-Friendly Service

By Leah O’Donnell

Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor


When I think of authentic Italian food in St. Louis, I automatically think of “The Hill”.  This well deserved association comes from my regular visits to Cunetto House of Pasta.  It is located in the heart of the Italian established neighborhood in St. Louis, known as “The Hill” at 5453 […]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi


The Green Glow


Nature’s first green is gold –

her hardest hue to hold.

  Emily Dickinson



The poet of Concord observed the first renewing flush of life on bare branches and gloried in the subtle change. On the threshold of Earth Day and Spring, I observed a Green glow, heard and saw and felt it, alive in […]

EPA Recognizes Metro Lighting With 2010 Excellence In Retailing For Lighting Award For Protecting the Environment Through Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Metro Lighting with a 2010 Excellence in Retailing Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by marketing and promoting energy-efficient products. Metro Lighting was recognized at an ENERGY STAR awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2010.

Metro Lighting, an ENERGY STAR partner since […]


By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN

(Certified Clinical Nutritionist)


What does your earlobe have to do with your dental health? If you can embrace the tooth-body concept once again, then you certainly will be able to follow the message that I wish to share with you in this article.

Before I was introduced to biological dentistry (also called holistic […]

Garden Advice: From The Pros

Last year over 41 million households in the US grew vegetable gardens.  Of those, 7.7 million were first time edible garden growers.   This year more gardeners are expected to grow vegetables, herbs and fruits.  The garden pros have their favorite edibles, find out what they grow and recommend.

Hillermann Nursery & Florist grows most the many […]

Garden Notes, Classes & Events

Hillermann’s 59th Anniversary 4-3 (Sat, all day, Easter Bunny 1-3) Spring flowers will be blooming inside and out, along with cake and the Easter Bunny. Hillermann Nursery & Florist, Washington, MO 636-239-6729 www.hillermann.com.

Edible Gardening with Soil-Tek & Back to Nature Veggie Gardening

4-3 (Sat, 10 am, free) Discover the newest method of growing edibles in your […]


With Dori Degenhardt
Healthy Planet Outdoors & Fitness Editor

April Means Earth Day and the GO! St. Louis Marathon


April is an easy month for me to highlight outdoor activities.  Two of my favorite St. Louis events happen to fall in April and for me, they each personify healthy living AND springtime in St. Louis:  the GO! St. […]

GREEN & GROWING An Earth Day Garden: Food For Body & Soul

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

The best way to celebrate Earth Day is to celebrate the earth every day.  And what better way than to grow a garden, especially one that nourishes both body and soul.  The best way to connect with Mother Earth is to dig in her soil and eat fruits and food from that […]


With Heidi Schoen

Healthy Planet Green Living Editor


Welcome back to the GREEN SCENE, where progressive people, places and products aim to enlighten and empower us to live sustainably. Regardless of where our lifestyle is on the green continuum, each one of us can and should take simple steps to improve the state of our local and […]

Growing Up Psychic: An Interview With John Holland

By Linda M. Potter


While other kids his age were playing baseball, seven-year-old John Holland was reading metaphysical books.  He knew he was different than other children and so did his friends and family. Now, an internationally known psychic medium and author of his own metaphysical books, such as Born Knowing, Psychic Navigator, and the newly-released, […]

Healthy Planet Fall Expo Set For Sunday, Sept. 29

The Healthy Planet magazine invites everyone to come celebrate the first weekend of autumn, at its 38th Natural Living Expo, Sunday, September 29, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road in Webster Groves.

The first 400 visitors to the expo will receive a free reusable tote bag courtesy […]


April 4

Enrichment Eggstravaganza at the Zoo

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The Zoo’s enrichment team has planned very special “egg hunts” for the animals, including egg-shaped items such as whole melons, colorful piñatas, papier mâché eggs filled with treats, and more.  Visitors can also meet zookeepers at Keeper Chats.  www.stlzoo.org or call (314) 781-0900.  The Saint […]

High-Fructose Corn Sugar (HFCS): It’s A Sticky Situation

By Dr. Daniel Fazio


Experiments conducted in the 1950’s and 60’s resulted in the discovery of a chemical process used to produce a powerful new sweetener. By 1970 this newly developed product found its way into the U.S. food supply.  The production of this product, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is accomplished by exposing corn starch to […]

Holistic Fitness is 8 Years Old 8 Years of Colonics – Can You Imagine?

By Cindy Caldwell


Blessings to you, our fun and wonderful clients- current and future!  What an amazing time of change we all live in.  Thus, we at Holistic Fitness are even more grateful than ever that we are 1) still in business and 2) still love our business!  It is wonderful to love your work, those […]

Hormone Supplementation… Fear vs. Reality

By Deanna Neu

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

If you are confused about perimenopause, menopause and the possibility of hormone supplementation, you are not alone!  I see women in my office every day that have suffered for years with frustrating, life-altering symptoms but have been too afraid of hormones to even consider them as an option.  I also […]

How Do You Measure Success? Your AmerenUE Pure Power program dollars in action


There are many Healthy Planet readers who are proud members of the AmerenUE Pure Power program.  This article is aimed at you.  We want you to fully understand that when you participate in the AmerenUE Pure Power program, you are supporting new, renewable energy generation in several different ways.

First, whether you are a 100% participant […]

IN THE GARDEN PROFILE: Nationally-Recognized Hillermann Nursery Hosts Earth Day Fair April 24

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

The motto “because life should be beautiful and tasty, too” is the mission of Hillermann Nursery and Florist in Washington, Missouri.  Hillerman’s celebrates is 59th anniversary this month to honor the many years of helping bring beauty and nourishment to people’s lives through flowers, gardens and landscapes. And to show its commitment […]


By Dr. Varsha Rathod, M.D.


In my last article, I described the role of digestion in the causation of chronic disease. This article identifies chronic inflammation as the main mechanism of dysfunction, disease and aging.

Inflammation is a process that occurs when a triggering agent such as pollen or bacteria etc., interact with our immune system. It […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: JOIN THE 10:10 GLOBAL WORK DAY TO GET BACK TO A STABLE 350 PPM

By Tom & Carol Braford


This year is the sprint year when we will set the pace in a decade long race to get back to 350 ppm before global warming spins completely out of control.  We will do this primarily by cutting CO2 emissions by 80% by 2020 through the establishment of sustainable lifestyles and […]

Neoplasene: A New Weapon in the War Against Cancer

By Teresa Garden, DVM


Recent research in veterinary medicine suggests that one half of dogs and cats over the age of 10 have cancer somewhere in their body. It does not imply that cancer will be their cause of death, only that it is there. It may rear its ugly head enough for it to be […]

NEW FIRE LAW: Is Your Mattress Safe To Sleep On?

By Doug Belleville

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) their goal is to make our mattress safe. Did they succeed with their new fire safety law? In 2006 the CPSC assessed whether or not there was a health risk potential in conjunction with the chemicals in mattresses and the coming FR standards. Their goal […]

PLANET PET PICKS True Dose Pets Healthy Story

By Leah O’Donnell

Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor


Most of us with pets consider them a part of the family and want them to enjoy the life they have with us to their fullest potential.  Whether your family pet is aging and having a harder time getting around, has dry or sensitive skin, gets uneasy with environmental stress […]

Publisher’s Corner

This next month we begin our 14 year publishing The Healthy Planet magazine. Back in 1997, Earth Day was held at Tower Grove Park and the crowd was a bit smaller although no less enthusiastic. In fact, things were more radical back then. Activist environmentalists could be seen protesting for or against a cause or […]

Schnuck Markets Plants Seeds For Urban Garden Project

By Leah O’Donnell

Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor


Schnuck Markets kicked off the first phase of their Urban Garden Project with a groundbreaking ceremony on March 19, 2010.  Their quest for local produce and sustainability has been a part of their mission for a long time, but putting an organic garden at their corporate office is expanding their […]

Spring is HERE! Allergies & High Efficiency Air Cleaners

By Travis Seeger

It is a great time to get out of the house, take the dogs/kids to the park, go for a nice long walk, just enjoy our spring, it will be gone before we know it, and the days of 90+ temps with 90% humidity will be upon us.  But in that spring morning, […]

St. Louis Earth Day 2010

By Cassie Phillips,

St. Louis Earth Day Executive Director


As we celebrate the 40th Earth Day on April 22, it is important to take a moment to reflect on how far we have come and how far we have yet to go with sustainability efforts.

The idea for Earth Day emerged in 1969.  Senator Gaylord Nelson, Congressman […]

St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District: Growing Recycling Since 1993


The waste reduction and recycling efforts of the residents and businesses in the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District are improving our environment everyday. Through these efforts, waste diversion from landfills has increased in the district from 10 percent in 1990 to 46 percent in 2008, and the results are clear; cleaner air and water, […]

STLCC-Meramec Receives National Recognition for Community Service, Named to President’s Honor Roll


St. Louis Community College-Meramec has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges […]

Taking The Mystery Out of Yoga

By Gretchen Karros


Yoga and the philosophy of the Yogic path has many different interpretations, explanations and definitions.  This monthly section is intended to enlighten, expand and inform both Yogis and non-Yogis about this very ancient science of well being.


The topic for this month is:  HINDUISM

Hinduism is a monotheistic religion that believes God manifests Himself or […]

THE ART OF RELATING Spring Cleaning Your Life

With Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW,

Therapist & Relationship Coach


Check out this month’s radio show lineup

April 5:  Getting Past Your Breakup: 

How to Turn Devastating Loss into the

Best Thing That Ever Happened to You

April 12: Autumn Romance-Stories and

Portraits of Love after 50

April 19:  Kids Caught in the Psychiatric

Maelstrom: How Pathological Labels and

“Therapeutic” […]

The Best-Ever Brown Rice

By Nancy Smith, Board Member

Farm to Family Naturally


Living in rice-growing country, I am fascinated by watching the various stages of rice-growing.  My house is right in the middle between the Bootheel of Missouri and the rice-growing regions of Northeast Arkansas.  Visitors are often amazed to see such an “exotic” crop growing in a “down-home” part […]

The Distinction of Tasmanian Agriculture

By Gretchen Morfogen


Although the movement of late is local, local, local it still remains to be seen that global offerings of certain items keep our food system interesting, diverse and exotically delicious. No on can deny the beauty of field fresh greens still warm from the morning sun or a slice of sweet tomato drizzled […]

The Original Incurable: The Gifted Village Idiot in the Holistic Medical Community

By Simon Yu, MD


Curing the Incurable by Measuring the Immeasurable”, an article I wrote, sounds like hot air with false claims until you understand acupuncture meridians. Certainly, not everybody responds to my recommendations or therapies. However, acupuncture meridian assessment can map out and evaluate your invisible energy fields to make “curing the incurable” possible when […]

Zerona Laser is SAFE and EFFECTIVE For Fat Loss

By Dr. David Peterson, DC, DCCN


Are you doing all the right things, watching your diet, buying organic food and exercising, and still not able to lose weight? Are you one of those frustrated women or men with complex metabolic and endocrine issues? Do you have stubborn fat that refuses to budge? If you suffer from […]