Articles from ‘April 2012’ Issue

‘Power To The People’ Initiative Would Offer Cleaner Energy Future For Missouri

by P.J. Wilson

Are you sick of rate increases on your Missouri electric bill?  Then it’s time to step up and support a new initiative for renewable energy.  The Power to the People initiative will result in a cleaner energy future for Missouri, and it’ll also put a stop to the senseless rate increases we’re constantly […]

2012 Plastic Pot Recycling Program to Open April 2

Don’t pitch those pots! Help reduce the amount of horticultural waste in landfills by recycling your plastic garden pots, polystyrene cell packs and plant trays at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Plastic Pot Recycling will be offered starting April 2 and will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 31 at the […]

23rd Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival “Heroes for the Planet: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions”

By: Orb (aka Cassandra P. Hage, St. Louis Earth Day)

As promised in last month’s article, I have mused, researched and reflected to determine an appropriate Superhero identity. This April, I am pleased to unveil… Orb. My inspiration for this newly developed Superhero Self, is based on Orb-weavers – a fantastic and complex segment of the […]

Abra-Kid-abra camps

Levitate a person five feet off the ground! Ride a unicycle! Twist animal balloons to take home! Sound fun? This is only the tip of the iceberg at Abra-Kid-Abra’s one-week entertainment camps! We offer four different programs at community centers and schools throughout St. Louis, all summer: magic, circus stars, comedy, and balloonatics. Half or […]

Andrea’s Gluten Free: A One-Stop Shop in Full Bloom

By Maureen Cason

Looking for one-stop gluten-free shopping?  Folks who must eat a gluten-free diet have asked; Andrea’s Gluten Free has answered the call!

Andrea’s Gluten Free is a dedicated gluten, peanut and tree nut free kitchen and retail store in Chesterfield that bakes delicious, sweet and savory treats daily. They also carry pre-packaged food staples and […]

Anything Is Possible

Manifestation Maven

Kimberly V. Schneider,

M.Ed., J.D., LPC

When our daughter Bridget was small I couldn’t bear to buy her clothes for the next season in case she wasn’t alive to wear them. Bridget had a congenital heart defect, and for the first few years her hold on life seemed fragile. But an encounter I had when […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper


Eye Health


Q: I have been having a lot of headaches lately.  How do I figure out the cause and what can I do to relieve the pain?

A: Headaches can be very difficult to figure out.  There are many factors that can contribute to your headaches.  For example:  weather, allergies, hormonal activity, diet, and […]

Bad, Bad Chemical Fertilizers?

by Randy Greene

Are chemical fertilizers really as bad as we have been told? Chemical fertilizers are here for a reason.  They are meant to provide food for a plant regardless of the condition of the soil.  The most concise way to explain the purpose of chemical fertilizers is that they are meant to “provide the […]

Burnout Syndrome: Late Stage of Exhaustion

by Simon Yu, MD

Fatigue and exhaustion is one of the most common complaints seen in doctors’ offices besides depression, anxiety, allergies, hypoglycemia, and aches and pain. Have you ever felt “bone tired?” Have you been so tired that your body feels numb, your brain feels foggy and you feel like a Zombie throughout the day? […]


by Kathleen Logan Smith

Executive Director; Missouri Coalition For The Environment


Finding No Joy In Being Right


This spring if you are lucky enough to live near a healthy, natural stream, hear the serenade of the spring peepers, watch fish dart in the waters, see turtles sunning themselves, and experience that delight of a child discovering minnows and […]

Dietary Strategies to Reclaim Your Health and Your Shape

by Dr. Sharon Fitelston

Bad food choices and ill health go hand in hand. In fact, an estimated 70% of illnesses can be prevented by a healthy diet. Obesity alone has become one of the biggest contributors to common diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and dementia. Scientists are now finding that the […]

Earth Day & Nutrition: Making The Connection Between Environment and Our Bodies

by Kari Hartel, RD, LD

Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search

Earth Day is approaching, and once again I begin considering the impact my eating habits have on the earth. As a health professional, I find myself getting lost in my own world of recipes, nutrition recommendations and guidelines—often placing the importance of my food choices […]

Evening Shade Farms hosts 11th Annual Herb Days Festival, May 26-27

11th Annual Herb Days Festival, May 26-27

by Nancy Smith, Secretary, Farm to Family Naturally

Making soap has to be one of the most fulfilling livelihood adventures available to the homesteader or small independent farmer. Using a basic formula and adding wonderful fragrances and healing properties with herbs and flowers one has grown on the […]

Find It On The Web — Recycling Information

Associations, Organizations and resources

America Recycles Day- www.americarecyclesday.org

Envirolink – www.envirolink.org

Global Recycling Network – www.grn.com

Missouri Recycling Association – www.mora.org

National Recycling Coalition – www.nrcrecycles.org

Resource St. Louis – www.resourcestlouis.org

The Healthy Planet magazine: www.thehealthyplanet.com

e-cycle St. Louis – www.ecyclestlouis.org

e-cycle Missouri – www.e-cyclemo.org

St. Louis Green –  www.stlouisgreen.com

Keep America Beautiful – www.Kab.org

Earth 911 – www.earth911.org

Local Recycling Information – Government

City of St. Louis  –


(then […]

Free Resource For Recycling

Earth911 helps consumers find local recycling

information through the largest and most accurate

recycling directory in the U.S. 

Through this directory, information on more than 1 million ways to recycle over 300 materials is available for free.  Just a few clicks at www.earth911.com will provide you with local information on recycling locations and services along […]

GET YOUR GREEN ON! at the Moonrise Green Ball April 27

by Jean Ponzi


This Green Ball sounds like fun! The Moonrise Hotel is so chic – and sustainable.

I love the bar on their rooftop – such a view! Did you know the Moonrise Terrace Bar is solar powered? The awning is a power plant – how cool is that?

As cool as struttin’ the Green Carpet with […]

GREEN TIME TV Health Care in Cuba: Lower Cost and Environmental Impact

By Don Fitz

Can poor countries get quality health care without the expense and environmental damage of a US health care model?  It is impossible for them to afford the massive buildings and parking lots that characterize US insurance companies and sickness institutions.  But Cuba, has a life expectancy equal to the US at a fraction […]


with Heather Hawk

Healthy Planet Fitness Writer

“Spring Fever” …Back to Outdoor Exercise

We’ve had a mild winter and warmer temperatures have been tempting us throughout the season.  The arrival of Spring brings the promise of consistently warmer weather.   St. Louis has a wonderful Spring season with mild days that are perfect for taking your workouts outside.

Outdoor exercise […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

April 2 – April 30

28-Day Healthy Eating Challenge At Whole Foods Market

6:30 – 7:30 pm, $35 all 5 sessions (individual sessions not available) Are you ready to move forward with your healthy eating goals? We’ll help you stick to it with delicious recipes, education and a community of support. Every Monday in April we will […]

Holy Tomato! New Grafted Tomatoes Create “Tomato-mania”

by Kim Reiss, Manager Sugar Creek Gardens

There’s no more dedicated group of gardeners than the tomato gardener.  Some are loyal to the heirloom varieties, while others mix it up with the hybrids.  And the Sweet Cherry 100s?  They’re in a class all their own.

If you’re serious about tomatoes, I hope you’re sitting down because there’s […]

Hypertension: Putting Pressure on This Hidden Stranger

by Teresa Garden, DVM

Most of us are very familiar with getting our blood pressure checked during routine doctor appointments.  The cuff gets wrapped securely around our upper arm, next comes the pumping, and then the doctor or nurse gives us good news or bad.  Often, if our blood pressure is higher than normal, some simple […]

Important Information To Digest

Hitting the #2 spot on the list for America’s Top Selling Pharmaceuticals is the most popular and widely prescribed medication for indigestion.  Although the stomach acid reducers seem to be the ideal solution for gastrointestinal distress, these medications may not be as effective as intended for many people. The reason: they impair the normal processes […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: Chaos Point for Community At Culver Way and Beyond

by Tom & Carol Braford

A few months ago a scientist friend gave me an inspiring book, Chaos Point 2012 and Beyond: Our Choices Between Global Disaster and a Sustainable Planet, by Dr. Ervin Laszlo, a critical systems analyst for the UN, founder of the Club of Budapest and someone who has been nominated twice for […]

Join The Cardinal’s Green Team See Games For Free While Helping The Planet

The St. Louis Baseball Cardinals began the “4 A Greener Game Program” at Busch Stadium during the 2008 season as a two month pilot program.  After tremendous success, the program now averages over 25 volunteers per game with numbers increasing year after year. Since its inception, the program has diverted over 1,836 tons of recycling […]

Kirkwood Living Green Presents: 3rd Annual “Earth Day at the Market”

Saturday, April 21st,


Kirkwood Farmers’ Market

By Walter Smith,

Chair of Kirkwood Living Green

This year’s theme focuses on Urban Agriculture, Community Gardens, Growing Local, and Sustainability.

Exhibits and experts will offer everything you need to know to create a natural, organic, productive, and easy-to-maintain yard.

Get information on rain gardens, raised gardens, native plants, chickens, composting, and planting […]

Learn About LED Lights At Metro Lighting’s “Show Me LED” Event, April 17

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will require you to purchase a more energy efficient light bulb to replace your old incandescent light bulb. The act has already made the manufacture and importation of the standard 100 watt incandescent bulb illegal in the United States on Jan 1st, 2012.

When shopping for new energy […]

Losing A Legend — Joe Pollack

by Gretchen Inman

Last month a very special person departed this planet forever. His legacy will remain a part of the St. Louis food scene just as Jack Buck left his mark on St. Louis baseball.  Joe Pollack was a writer with whom I remember from my childhood growing up in Alton. Reading the St. Louis […]

Native Gardening For Hummingbirds

by Cindy Gilberg

When do the hummingbirds return to St. Louis? Their arrival is almost perfectly timed to the blooming of the wild columbine in our woodlands, sometime in late-April. The promise of nectar is welcome after an exhausting spring migration north from Mexico and Central America. Known only in the western hemisphere, there are over […]


Through April


Fraser Leonard Fine Art Gallery, 3611 Schutzen Street, in New Melle, Missouri; for info, call 314-853-3695.

Through April


Acrylic painting by Arlene Ligori; Norhtwest Coffee Roasting Company, 8401 Maryland; for info, call 314-791-6466 or visit www.alligoi.com/fine_art.

Through April 13


Fine Arts Gallery, Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown; for info, call 314-889-1403.

Through April 28


Pet Health Care Concerns for Springtime Garage Cleaning!

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Clarkson-Wilson Veterinary Clinic

Vet Pet Rescue

Spring is upon us!   Unseasonably warm, breezy evenings where choruses of spring peepers and intermittent barred owl hoots fill the darkness with harmonic melodies.  I find myself outside earlier in the morning and later in the night, with two of my beloved canine companions, Bruno and George,  […]

Pinpointing Preventive Biomarkers of Health & Disease Molecular Spectroscopic Medicine Epigenomics-4: Biophotonic Raman Barcoding to Decipher Health & Disease

by Nihal S. DeSilva, PhD

and Tipu Sultan, MD

Environmental Health & Allergy Center

In our earlier articles we indicated to you the importance of the biological phenomenon of Epigenomics in modern bio-medicine. We also indicated how prevention of any chronic disease is closely dependent on epigenomic biomarkers. At EHAC we have an on-going program to […]

PUBLISHER’S CORNER Earth Day and all the trimmings

It wouldn’t be April without Earth Day in St. Louis. And this year’s celebration is sure to take us one step farther towards the sustainable world we all desire. Earth Day’s fearless leader and this year’s super hero, Cassandra Hage (Orb), has chosen the theme of Heroes For The Planet, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions. Make […]

Slow Garden Days – Slow Art Day

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

There is no official Slow Garden Day like there is an official Slow Art Day, but hopefully that will change.  This year Slow Art Day is April 28th. In St. Louis it takes place at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and in over 65 cities worldwide, all on the same day.

For […]

Spring Cleaning with Young Children

by Sara Gable, Ph.D., State Specialist and Associate Professor,

 Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri Extension

Spring is the time of year for cleaning. Your young children can help with cleaning tasks, especially when they are members of a team that works together. Such activities help children focus on a task, talk about what needs to […]

St. Louis Composting Celebrates International Compost Awareness Week and the CCUP Launch

by Ashley Bement, St. Louis Composting

St. Louis Composting invites you to join in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 6-12, 2012. This year’s theme is “Compost!…Replenish the Earth for Generations,” and planned activities span the globe with celebrations scheduled across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and Ireland. Composting advocates will […]

St. Louis Regional Arts Commission It takes imagination to envision the future. Just imagine what could happen in St. Louis when creative minds come together….

Some time ago, I found myself on the other end of the media, being interviewed by a national magazine for an article on arts in the Midwest. “Aren’t you surprised that there are so many artists in the Midwest?” asked the writer. The question shocked me, but  I realized that it came from an assumption […]

St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

The St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District has been working to expand recycling in the St. Louis region since 1993.  The District is a regional public agency that serves St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.  Almost two million people reside within the District, making ours the largest of the twenty […]

Successful Internet Dating



with Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW,

Therapist & Relationship Coach

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When it comes to internet dating there appears to be two […]

Taking The Mystery Out of Yoga

By Gretchen Karros




There are many different types of Meditation, partly because this spiritual discipline has been around for thousands of years, changing and expanding along the way. The ancient Rishis (spiritual teachers) date from as far back as 3,000 B.C. where these men taught ancient versions of mediation to their chelas […]

The Art Of Entertaining Expands: Now Offers Breakfast & Extended Hours

Story & Photos by Leah O’Donnell

Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

Our focus is 100% on customers,” explains Ann Lemcke, owner of The Art of Entertaining, about the benefit of the recent expansion of their building and extended hours.  If you have not stopped by The Art of Entertaining lately, you are missing out.   It looks like a […]

The Paleo Lifestyle

by Emily Hecker, DC, CNC, MBA 

How did our ancestors eat? Did they count calories, shop gluten-free, or watch the lastest episode of Dr. Oz to avoid contaminated apple juice? They ate what was available and they learned by trial and error that certain foods gave them strength, brain power, endurance, or pain. Did they […]

Transformational Healing for Pain

by Carolyn Baker

I would like to share with you what I have learned about the way the body talks to me.  Before I got into body work I sat at a desk all day.  I was overweight, unhappy, a single parent, and a people pleaser.  I always had aches and pains and never had the […]

USGBC Growing Green Awards Honor Those Transforming the Built Environment

by Megan Ridgeway,

Growing Green Awards Committee Chair

In March 29th the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council held their fourth annual Growing Green Awards banquet at the recently-completed Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 Headquarters to announce and celebrate 2012 winners. Nearly 200 attendees joined to celebrate the accomplishments of all the nominees. […]

Webster University Hosts Inaugural Sustainability Conference April 16

State of Sustainability

in Higher Education and Our Role in Society

Elizabeth Stroble, president of Webster University, is pleased to announce its first-time sustainability conference entitled:  State of Sustainability in Higher Education and Our Role in Society.  The conference will be held on April 16, 2012 and features Keynote Speaker, Paul Rowland, Executive Director of the […]

Why Can’t I Get Well?

by Dr. Joseph F. Unger, Jr. DC., F.I.C.S.

Have you ever suffered from a condition that seemed to resist every effort to resolve it?  For many people the ability to get well, no matter how hard they try, is elusive.  “Why is that?,” you may ask.  All too often people are told that deep-seated psychological problems […]