Articles from ‘April 2015’ Issue

“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 […]

5 Reasons To Support Your Local Organic Farmers

By Brigitte Zettl of Crown Valley Organics

Buying local food decreases your carbon footprint and increases food security: The distance your food travels from farm to table is known as food miles. Much of the produce consumed in Missouri travels for several days on a truck before arriving. This transport releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere […]

A Healthy Flora Creates A Happy Gut

By Amy K. Davis, MD

When intestinal flora is healthy, it favorably impacts your overall health and vice versa. Understanding how to rebuild your flora is key to improving your digestion, ability to fight infections and a healthy weight for starters.

The flora (trillions of microbes that inhabit your intestines) is important for many reasons.


Vitamin production – […]

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

The Earth As Our Spirit Guide

If you have ever spent time by the ocean, you’ve experienced the healing beauty of the earth in the water, sand, sunshine, wind and critters that take up residence by the sea. There is a profound sense of solidity that comes from knowing that the […]

Adopting A Senior Pet: Is it In Your Future?

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Almost every senior dog and cat that finds itself in a shelter or rescue group has a sad story to tell. How and why did the animal wind up there? Was there a death, divorce or job loss involving the former owner? Was there a health or housing crisis and the pet […]

An Earth Day Celebration That is Uniquely St. Louis!

Experience the tradition of the 26th annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 26th from 10 am to 6 pm on the Muny Grounds of Forest Park. Participate in a variety of hands-on educational activities, meet area non-profits that share the mission of Earth Day, and learn about sustainable products and services offered […]

ARTful Happenings April 2015


April 2-29
Paintings of band Uncle Tupelo; reception April 10, 6-8 p.m.; The Gallery of University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar; for info, call 314-727-3150 or visit www.ucpl.lib.mo.us.

Through April 11
Bruno David Projects, 1245 S. Vandeventer; for info, call 314-449-6438 or visit www.brunodavidprojects.com.

Through April 18
Featuring Alberto Aguilar, Damon Davis, […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Collaborations Lead To Special Art Exhibits

When a top culinary artist and a noted landscape artist collaborate, the result is bound to be something wonderful. Gerard Craft is the owner of Niche, Pasteria, Brasserie by Niche and Taste restaurants, as well as being a James Beard finalist — definitely a […]


Cathy Schram

Natural Diuretics
Fingernails & Health

Q: I feel like I have been retaining a lot of water lately. Are there any natural diuretics that may help?

A: Yes. There are actually a number of herbs that are classed as diuretics. There are many reasons you may be retaining water. Tissues hold water when they are damaged through […]

Baileys’ Restaurants’ Commitment to Sustainability & St. Louis

By David Bailey, Proprietor

We all know that food is a basic necessity, but we often lose sight of its importance in creating social bonds, social well being, and social stability. Growing communities through social events and gatherings is also very important to us. For example, over the last three years alone, we have raised more […]

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Hosts Spring Planting Festival May 3-4

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds celebrates spring again with its 15th annual planting festival. Browse through thousands of varieties of plants and learn how to grow them with our “Star-Studded” cast of acclaimed speakers. Join 10,000 gardeners at rural America’s premier event of seeds, plants, music, culture and the celebration of historic American gardening spirit. Enjoy […]

Be A Compliant Pet Owner!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

The onset of spring reintroduces exposure to many new challenges to our beloved pets as they begin to explore our yards and woodlands. Thereby, it turns out to be a usual time for a majority of pet owners, to receive reminders for our pets’ annual examinations and routine health care. I […]

Butterflies & Bees Need Our Help (part 1)

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Butterflies (especially Monarchs), bees (honey) and bees (native), along with other insects are dying for our help. Their dying isn’t just a figure of speech, it is a documented fact that insects urgently need our help.

The challenge of gardeners now, is to grow plants that bring butterflies, birds, bees, insects and life […]

Cancer Is An Infectious Disease as if Cancer is Metabolic Parasites: Evolution and Degeneration of Biology of Cancer Cells

By Simon Yu, MD

Mr. Tim Guilford, MD from California recently e-mailed me a Research Paper Review Article from Oncotarget titled, “Antibiotics that target mitochondria effectively eradicate cancer stem cells, across multiple tumor types: Treating cancer like an infectious disease.” This research paper, published in January 2015 came from, and was funded by, the University of […]

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day!

By Crystal Stevens

Eat local, organic and seasonal fruits and vegetables – know your farmer! 

Join a CSA Farm.

Shop at your local farmers market regularly.

Grow a garden. Try growing and preserving at least 25% of your own food. Growing a garden can be super easy and highly rewarding. Container gardening is an option for those who lack […]

Celebrate Missouri Trees During Arbor Days in April

Conservation Department Encourages Missourians to Plant Native Trees

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians that trees and forests throughout the state are valuable to our health, communities, economy, and environment. MDC encourages Missourians to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests on Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper […]

City of Chesterfield to Host Earth Day Festival

Drive-Thru Recycling, Entertainment and Eco-Friendly Products and Information

The Chesterfield Earth Day Festival is one of the region’s largest Earth Day events and offers a convenient recycling drive-thru, eco-friendly and up-cycled products, information exhibits, plus cultural music and dance performances! The Chesterfield Citizens Committee for the Environment will host the Chesterfield Earth Day Festival on Saturday, […]

City of Sunset Hills Celebrates Earth Day April 18

In Partnership with GO (Green Objectives)

On Saturday April 18, just before Earth Day, The City of Sunset Hills is honoring our environment in partnership with GO (Green Objectives).

FREE FAMILY FUN! Join in on celebrating the beauty of nature at a family fun event for all ages! The Celebration kicks off at 10:00 am on Saturday […]

Coalition Report

By Melissa Vatterott,
MCE Food & Farm Coordinator
Coalition For The Environment

The Foodshed: Where Farmers, Foodies & Environmentalists Come Together

When we take a look at our “Foodshed,” the 100 mile radius around St. Louis, nearly half a million people or 12% of the Foodshed population live in areas of limited healthy food access. For those individuals, if […]

Cook It Up Quick!

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

You are trying to eat healthy, but sometimes life can get in the way. However, it is possible to choose and prepare healthy, affordable, delicious meals in a snap. With a few simple tips, you can make sure you are enjoying nutritious food even when […]

Deadline May 1 To Become A Backyard Host At The Fifth Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour

Spring always returns and before you can say “late frost” it will be time for the Fifth Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour!

A grassroots event, the Sustainable Backyard Tour is a free, self-guided tour of organic yards and gardens throughout St. Louis city and county, taking place this year on Sunday, June 14th.

Sponsored in part by Slow […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Letter Of Intent

My Dearest Earth:

At this time,
How can I be most useful?
How can I best serve?
My ideals are out of the closet (WOW!)
Can I work (still) ahead of the curve?

I used to be a rare voice,
Harping on Green so faintly.
I’m glad to have been a harbinger –
But that doesn’t mean I was saintly.

Heck, […]

Good Sound Nutrition Offers Healthy Snack Vending

Doritos, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Coca Cola are the kinds of items found in most vending machines.

Good Sound Nutrition (GSN) offers something different – All Natural, Organic Snacks and Beverages suitable for people with food allergies, dietary restriction and those striving to make better eating choices with healthy alternatives to standard vending machine fare, […]

Green Schools Quest: Transforming How & Where We Learn

By Katie Belisle-Iffrig, Chair,
Green Schools Committee,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter and Author, Going Green for the GENIUS

The Green Schools Quest is a project-based sustainability challenge that empowers k-12 students to become leaders in transforming their school environments. Initiated by the U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter, the Green Schools Quest provides participating schools with volunteer […]

Healthy Planet Guide To CSAs (Community Support Agriculture)

By Crystal Stevens
La Vista CSA Farm

(CSA) Community Supported Agriculture Farms operate under a subscription model. Shareholders or members pay up front to help the small farmer cover seed and operating costs at the beginning of the growing season. Members then receive a weekly share of the seasonal harvest grown throughout an allotted period of time, […]

Healthy Planet Guide To Summer Camps & Programs

Ackermanns Swim Program
A Sports Facility – Teaching children 4-11 the life skill of swimming and water safety for 65+ years. Family owned and operated at the same location, 1044 Curran Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122. Group swim lessons in 4 heated pools with different water levels for progressive safe learning. Enrollment by one or two […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

April 2
Singing Bowl Therapy Workshop: Finding Your Center Through Sound and Vibration
Presented by: Vickie Jenny. 6:00 – 8:00pm. $55. Singing Bowl sound Therapy combines the elements of sound and sensation to create a unique healing environment. Hand-hammered metal bowls of various sizes and tones are carefully placed on the body and gently played. The receiver is […]

Helping Children Develop Good Health Habits

Linda S. Rellergert, MS,
Nutrition and Health Education Specialist,
University of Missouri Extension

Parents play an important role in helping their children develop good health habits. Healthy children eat well, live a physically active life and feel good about themselves and others. Children need encouragement from parents and other significant adults to develop healthy habits and attitudes.

Eating well
Parents help […]

Hillermann Nursery & Florist

Hillermann Nursery & Florist is a large, locally owned gem of a nursery/garden center nestled in a valley at the eastern edge of Washington, Missouri. Second-generation family members now own and operate the business that was started in the spring of 1951 by Don and Bernie Hillermann. In the many years that it has been […]

Honeysuckle: Scourge of the Wild Woods

By Emily Render

Augusta Honeysuckle Hike April 19 Will Help Stop the Spread Along the Katy Trail

Honeysuckle sounds like a sweet little plant, but don’t be fooled. A few species of invasive bush honeysuckle have ecologists on high alert.

Originally planted as ornamentals in urban areas, bush honeysuckle (Amur honeysuckle and Morrow’s honeysuckle) is spreading to the […]

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Available at The Institute of Natural Health

The Institute of Natural Health has added Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to the list of available services for its patients, clients, and members. For those of you who are not familiar with the amazing benefits of HBOT, you are in luck. In this article we are going to discuss how this painless, non-invasive treatment can […]

It’s Time to Revive Your Soil!

Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week and the International Year of Soils with St. Louis Composting!

St. Louis Composting invites you to join in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 3-9, 2015. This year’s theme is “Be Loyal to Your Soil- Compost!” This fits in perfectly since 2015 is also the International Year of the Soils.

“Healthy […]

Kooky Creations From The Imagination Of The Gardening World

By Abby Lapides-Elliott

Kooky Creations

The imaginative minds of the gardening world have created plants that are sure to entertain us. These selections caught our attention for being fun, silly and just, well, kooky. For an amusing and tasty gardening experience you may want to try:

Is it a potato? A tomato? Its both! Ketchup N’ Fries
From the […]

Lightning Protection in Trees

By Phil Berwick
Certified Arborist

During lightning storms we see only part of what is happening. We do not see with our eyes the thousands of ‘feelers’ all around us, that trees are sending up into the atmosphere, all attempting to ‘connect’ with the charges that are marching through the sky. Lightning strikes, one of the biggest […]

Llywelyn’s Pub Introduces New Menu; Partners With Companion Bakery

By Jessica Baker

Guests who visit any of the six area locations of Llywelyn’s Pub in the St. Louis/St. Charles region will notice something a little different when they sit down to order next time. It’s not the warm, inviting pub atmosphere that’s different or the craft cocktail and beer selection, but you may notice the […]

Looking for a Path to Professional Success?

Check Our Healthcare Programs

As you think about your future and what steps you could take to achieve your professional goals, you may be considering career opportunities in the healthcare field. There are many different directions you could take, depending on whether you want to be involved in hands-on patient care or if the business side […]

Natural Options for Abnormal PAP Test

By Kelley Kirchner, DC, DABCI
Director of Women’s Health,
Institute of Natural Health

Ladies, let’s be honest with ourselves. When that annual appointment rolls around, none of us look forward to it. Yes, we know it is important, but we still dread it or even put off the appointment all together. Next thing we realize, it’s been quite […]

Perspective: What Is Mycoplasma

By Linda Emmanuel

Mycoplasma are the smallest living organisms, even smaller than viruses. Mycoplasma are so small that they can cross the blood-brain barrier. A mycoplasma is the DNA strands of a bacterium, encased in a membrane. Since it has no cell wall, it is parasitic, needing a host for survival. There are 100+ species […]

Publisher’s Corner: Thank You Mother Earth!

I have been thinking about what it takes to love Mother Earth and to live a sustainable life. I wondered how we all got to this place and then I started thinking about how I became a “Greenie.” And that’s when it hit me. I really didn’t do all that much to “become” an environmentalist. […]

Sleep: Are You Getting Enough?

By Jinny Hopp, former Human Development Specialist, Jasper County,

University of Missouri Extension

Research in the area of sleep has determined that as many as two-thirds of Americans lack enough sleep. A National Sleep Foundation poll found that 43 percent of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good […]

Solid Waste & Recycling News

Medical Equipment Donation Drive

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9 am – 2 pm
Twelve Designated Walgreen’s Sites
For a list of locations, contact St. Louis HELP at 314-567-4700 or www.stlhelp.org
Do you have medical equipment that is not being used?
Do you need medical equipment? Now there is HELP…


City of St. Louis – www.stlouis-mo.gov/government (Departments & Agencies, […]

Spring Forward with Be Young Total Health

By Donna Langenbacher

You can prevent illness, repair cellular damage, and promote lifelong wellness with the best products made from fresh, natural ingredients. Research has shown that, when a product is applied to our skin, the chemicals within it can be absorbed into our blood stream within 30 seconds.

If you do not take care of your […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Change Takes Action

Plenty of us have periods in our lives when we are simply taking some time out to just rest. We have ventured out towards our endeavor, only to seemingly hit a brick wall, and have once again retreated to the comfort of our daily routines. After all, there […]

Whole Body Vibration Helps Ease Pain And Improve Health

By Janie Oelke
& Myriam Boter, NCLMT

Worldwide research from over 100 Universities has found that almost everyone can benefit from using the Whole Body Vibration Machine (WBV) for either exercise, physical therapy or massage. Fortunately, this technology is now “vibrating” all over the world because it really works to improve the many health challenges people are […]