Articles from ‘August 2010’ Issue

A New Approach To Medical Care

Functional Medicine expert, Dr. David Peterson, DC, DCCN, explains this new, personalized option for those who suffer without knowing why.


What is Functional Medicine/ Endocrinology?

Functional Medicine is the science of looking at the body as an interconnected whole and applying state of the art testing to diagnose and determine treatment. Natural, researched supplements and lifestyle and […]


By Linda Wiggen Kraft


We mistakenly think we take care of gardens.   But in reality, it is the garden that takes care of us. Yes gardens feed our bodies, but the most important feature of a garden is that we are nurtured not only in body but also in mind, heart and soul.  We need gardens […]




July 30



Co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and Old North St. Louis Restoration Group; 7:30 p.m.; 2700 N. 14th Street (across from Crown Candy); free; for info, call 314-289-4150 or visit www.cinemastlouis.org.


July 30-August 28


Sculptural installation works by Noah Kirby; opening reception, 6-10 p.m.; Good Citizen Gallery, 2247 Gravois; 314-348-4587 […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

The Arts Gets Creative On Tight Budgets


Everyone struggles today to squeeze pennies but nonprofit arts institutions and organizations are real masters at making money go a long way.


At a time when finances are especially tight for nonprofit arts entities, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has come up with a creative way to raise […]


Cathy Burkemper


How Much Vitamim D Do I Need To Take?


Is there a natural remedy for snoring?


Q: I get Vitamin D with my calcium and get a little bit of sun a couple of times a week.  Should I take additional Vitamin D?

A: The RDA for Vitamin D used to be 400 IU’s.  It has now […]

Breaking News…Breaking News… Breaking News… Spend A Day With St. Louis’ Integrative Thinkers

Attending our 1st annual SLiiM Symposium:

“Foundations of Optimal Health”

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Purser Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017



SLiiM began as a “grassroots group of physicians” brought together by Kristen Brokaw, Sales Rep for Ortho Molecular Products and Eric Nielson from Spectra Cell Laboratories in 2008 and has been meeting for over two years. Their goal is to:

1. […]

Career & Education Guide

A Gathering Place Wellness Education CTR

A Gathering Place Massage School teaches massage therapy and healing modalities from the heart!  With our small class sizes, we become like family.  And that is a key to helping our students prepare and Pass the National Board Exam.  Our National Board Exam pass ratio is 97%, on a cumulative […]

Clean Teeth Reduce Illness

By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN

(Certified Clinical Nutritionist)


In 2008, researchers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis completed a year long study which shows that a simple and inexpensive way to reduce the risk of potentially deadly pneumonia in intensive care patients is to keep their teeth clean.

This interesting study was performed by nurse specialists in […]

Daylily Sale At Missouri Botanical Garden, August 21

Take home a piece of the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) during the MBG Daylily Association sale on Saturday, Aug. 21. All plants will come from the Garden’s renowned daylily collection and will be available for purchase from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or while supplies last. Arrive early for best selection. All proceeds benefit the […]

Dear God, I Want A Baby Brother!

By Barb Daly, LMT

These are MY experiences and by NO means meant to  offend anyone of a different belief..If you know me, you know, I love everyone…right where they are…Please, in the reading…feel my heart.

I’m often asked..Have you always been like this? I know they are referring to my work…helping people with pain, but my […]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi


Fan Club


I am an avid fan of low-tech cooling, Throughout the summer I rely on fans, living right here in St. Louis, where (you may have heard or read this before) my household is not air-conditioned.


This is your cue to GASP. Then please exhale with equal force, so your reaction moves some air […]

Environmental Psychology Course Debuts At St. Louis Community College

How does Weber’s law of “Just Noticeable Differences” affect the perception of environmental problems?  How does the psychoanalytic concept of repression explain why people block uncomfortable thoughts about ecological collapse?  And how could the behaviorist approach of socially reversed behavior contingencies increase positive environmental actions?


The worlds of psychology and environment blend in a new course […]

EPA To Issue Final Ruling On Stricter Standards For Ozone Pollution

Article courtesy of the St. Louis

Regional Clean Air Partnership


As residents endure another hazy St. Louis summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to make its final ruling on a stricter standard for ground-level ozone aimed at improving air quality and lung health nationwide.

A decision on a tougher National Ambient Air Quality standard that […]

Establishing Hormonal Balance: A Pathway To Well Being

By Varsha Rathod, MD


This is the third in a series of articles I have written to continue our discussion on the underlying causes and prevention of chronic disease. The digestive system, inflammation, and immunity were covered in the first two articles. This article will focus on maintaining hormonal balance, or in other words, optimizing the […]

Gateway Greening Awarded $50,000 in “What Do You Care About Today?” Contest

Gateway Greening of St. Louis was surprised live on the NBC® TODAY Show July 7 with a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project for being one of four finalists in the What Do You Care About TODAY? contest.


“We thank everyone in St. Louis and across the nation for the overwhelming support we’ve seen for […]

Green & Growing FROM THE PROS

Different kinds of gardens nurture body, mind and soul. Here are the gardens that inspire professional garden and plant people.


Sherwood’s Forest, I Love the Zen Quality of a granite sculpture fountain quietly trickling water over black shinny beach pebbles in a garden shaded by a weeping Red Dragon Japanese maple.  The sound of the water […]

Green & Growing Happenings

Arts & Crafts Overnight  – Three Different Classes – choose one

8- 6 to 8-7 (7 pm to 11 am, $60 -$72)

From Abstract to Realism Plein Air Studio. Bring oils, watercolors, acrylics, colored pencils or pastels to this multi-session, hands-on workshop to develop skills and enrich technique. For novice to professional.

Colors from Nature – Natural Dyes

Learn […]


With Craig Jung

Healthy Planet Green Living Editor


Where are your food scraps going?  Recently, since permits have been issued for food composting in St. Louis and St. Louis County, I have seen a great increase for businesses to start food composting programs, from local restaurants and hotels to the large stores such as Wal-Mart.  Wal-Mart is […]

Grower’s & Market Guide



Berger Bluff Farm

4647 Berger Rd., Berger, MO 63014

573-834-5509 • bbfarm@fidnet.com

Assorted produce available at the Maplewood Farmers’ Market and selling to St. Louis restaurants. Member of the Missouri Organic Association.




Bellews Creek Farm

8095 Highway BB, Hillsboro, MO 63050


The farm is located 25 miles southwest of St. Louis on Bellews Creek in Big River Valley.  Visit […]

Healthy Planet Guide To ArtFul Living

Art St. Louis

For over 23 years, Art Saint Louis has worked to cultivate an appreciation for the role that visual artists play in our community. We fulfill this mission by creating and presenting original exhibitions, educational programming and support services to benefit artists and the community. 555 Washington Avenue, #150; 314-241-4810 or visit www.artstlouis.org.



Center of […]


August 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14 & 15

Making ‘Unleaded’

Airs on KDHX Digital Ch. 980 in the City of St. Louis: 08/02 & 08/09, 8:30 pm, 08/04 & 08/11 7 pm, 08/07 & 08/14 12:30 pm, & 08/08 & 08/15 6pm.  To view online, go to http://kdhxgreentime.blip.tv/ and search for episode 346.  What has […]

Holistic Help For Pets With Cancer

Part 1 of 2

by Teresa Garden, DVM


We all dread hearing the word cancer.  All of us are touched by it in one way or another.  Our pets are too.  One half of dogs and cats over 10 years old have cancer somewhere in their bodies.  Why is cancer on the rise?  Genetics can play a […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: Come Live and Work in an Integral Urban Ecovillage

By Tom & Carol Braford


We have three openings in a co-op rental house at Culver Way Ecovillage and are looking for people interested in our mission to have the Greater St. Louis Region become a model for sustainable lifestyles and economies.  We share meals, house, yard and garden work and are spearheading 350 climate actions, […]

Japanese Festival Returns To St. Louis Labor Day Weekend, September 4 & 5

Experience the reverberating boom of Taiko drums and the mighty clash of a Sumo wrestling match. Delight in the delicacy of bon Odori dance and theatrics of Bunraku puppetry. Savor the smell of grilled shish kabobs and yakisoba noodles, the thrill of martial arts, perfection of bonsai and ikebana displays, serenity of candlelit walks through […]

LouFest Sustainable Music Festival Hits Forest Park This Month

By Brian Cohen

LouFest Organizer


On August 28th and 29th, 18 bands will descend on St Louis for the first ever LouFest Music Festival. The all-ages event in Forest Park will feature 2 stages, great food from local restaurants, fun retail, and a Kids Village with activities for our youngest fans.

Main acts include She & Him (featuring […]

Market Development Key to Growth of Recycling Industry

By David Berger, Executive Director St. Louis-

Jefferson Solid Waste Management District


Even though we recycle more than ever, Missourians still throw away resources worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year.  Throwing away resources is throwing away jobs and economic opportunities.  Given the current state of the economy, we need to capture these lost resources […]

Maximus and Minimus: Cure for All, Cure for None

By Simon Yu, MD


I was in Paris for my honeymoon as a young physician. I studied French for three years in high school and thought it would be good to test my recall of the language. The hotel was very modest. Our typical daily activities included walking to one museum after another.

One evening, I noticed […]

Missouri Coalition For The Environment Seeks Recipes For Vegetarian Cookbook

By Peggy Hermes


The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is planning to issue a cookbook as a fundraiser and as a resource for great vegetarian and vegan eating. We’re seeking recipes from MCE members and other friends of the Coalition. Even guilt-ridden omnivores (like me) have great vegan and vegetarian recipes to share!


We want to make […]

Missouri Organic Association: Meeting Missouri’s Growing Needs

By Nancy Smith, secretary,

Farm to Family Naturally


I’ve been growing organically since 1974, when I “inherited” a backyard garden that was completely organic.  With the garden, came piles of “Organic Gardening and Farming” magazine.  The joy of growing in balance with nature, and without harmful chemicals combined with the learning experience of reading all those […]


By Jennifer Kornberger,

Volunteer Coordinator


Every day volunteers go above the call of duty to make a difference for native wildlife at the Wildlife Rescue Center. They answer calls to assist injured, sick and orphaned animals and teach callers to live harmoniously with wildlife. I have the honor of seeing the positive impact that the volunteers […]


What Would You Do For A Friend?


A good friend of mine told me about the wife of one of his long-time friends who needs a kidney transplant or she will soon die. She has already had one kidney given to her  years ago from her daughter and now it was time for another. Donated kidneys […]

School Nutrition?

By Gretchen Morfogen


A profound oxymoron in most minds these days. Budgetary cuts have reduced most school lunch programs and health/nutrition education classes to next to nothing yet the school are still obligated to provide something….


With the maladies that have inflicted so many children these days, proper, nutrient dense foods are more important than ever. It […]

Summer Pet Care Is Hot Topic

By Tammy Tvetene


We at Critter Sitters know firsthand the distinctive bond that exists between pets and their owners—we experience it every day. We are happy to see St. Louis emerge as a pet-friendlier city, with the human-animal bond being accommodated as pets become welcome in more places.


But taking your pet on every errand or trip […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna


You’ve probably heard something about T’ai Chi, have seen people practicing it in a park, or watched it on a television special about China.  You know it’s some kind of slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial for your health.  You may also know that at advanced […]

Take A Family Vacation To “Green” Chattanooga, Tennessee

By Leah O’Donnell

Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor


There is something special, and maybe a little reminiscent of my own childhood, about piling the whole family in the car for a road trip to get to our summer vacation.  I think the memories made, the sites seen, and the overall experience are things not to be missed by […]

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-Yogiis about this very ancient science of well being.


The topic for this month is:  TANTRA

The word “Tantra” comes from the Sanskrit word  which means “a […]


With Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW,

Therapist & Relationship Coach


It’s Time To

Start Having Fun!


The “Art of Relating” on Blogtalkradio!

Go to www.christinekniffen.com and follow

the link for a complete, detailed listing

of upcoming shows for August



Are you really having fun?  Are you truly happy with the state of your relationship?  Are there times of relaxed, light-heartedness or do […]

The True Story of Chiropractic Part 2- Its Challenges

By Richard J. Davis, DC

In the first article in this three-part series we learned that chiropractic has been used as a healing art since the time of Hippocrates, around 400BC and was re-born in this country in 1895. We learned that doctors of chiropractic are licensed physicians who practice a number of non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical healing […]

There’s A Horse Of A Different Color!

By Dr. Ava Frick, DVM


It’s about time that we varied the species and introduced something for the horse loving friends in Healthy Planet land!  Horses are oftentimes a young girl’s best dream and if lucky become her best friend.  Life changing moments are shared between a horse and owner.  Some fun, some not so fun.  […]

Veterinary Specialization in The St. Louis Metroplex

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM


Long gone are the days when the local veterinarian provided dental and sometimes medical care to humans on the frontier, as well as their role in caring for horses and other livestock. Today veterinary medicine approaches the professional resource and technical sophistication of human medicine in many areas of the science.  […]

Villa di Maria Offers Children Opportunity To Develop Self Esteem & Independence

At Villa di Maria, we provide an environment to meet the intellectual, social, physical and spiritual needs of the child. Children are encouraged to tackle challenging tasks and thereby develop greater self esteem and independence. We strive to foster a respect for the natural world and peace with other human beings.


Our program has a strong […]