Articles from ‘August 2013’ Issue

Acupuncture: Where East Meets West

by Dr. Sharon L. Fitelson

One can benefit from the wisdom of the ages with Acupuncture treatments and blend it with the innovation of the 21st century diagnostics at the same time. Dr. Fitelson is highly trained, being a diplomat of the National Council of Chinese and Oriental Medicine and Chiropractic Council of Acupuncture as well […]

Air Quality Is A Year-Round Issue

Article courtesy of the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership

With the dog days of summer now upon us, it’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. In a matter of weeks, cooler temps will begin settling in. As they do, many assume that the threat of poor air quality will disappear with […]

An Urgent Plea for the Bees — How You Can Help

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

It sounds like a Hollywood horror story, but it is real and happening right now. Honey bees are dying by the millions all over the world. Over ten million hives have been decimated since 2006 when colony collapse disorder was identified. Last winter over 30% of the honeybee hives in the US […]

Artful Happenings


Through August 11
Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington; for info, visit www.camstl.org. or call 314-535-4660.

Through August 11
Craft Alliance; 6640 Delmar; for info, call 314-725-1177 or visit www.craftalliance.org.

Through August 12
Exhibition on the creator of “Curious George” and his […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Chalk It Up… As ART!!!

I was recently asked to conduct a class on chalk drawing. Sure, I thought, how complicated could that be? After all, I drew on the sidewalk when I was a kid, so I know about chalk drawing, right? Wrong!

It’s odd how things seem to happen […]


With Cathy Schram

Herbal Fiber Cleanse, High Blood Sugar

Q: What can an herbal fiber cleanse do for me?

A: First of all, everyone needs fiber. The recommended dietary fiber intake ranges between 30 and 35 grams per day. Most people only consume about 25%. Fiber provides benefits such as detoxification, proper bowel elimination, weight management, lower cholesterol, improved […]

Bio-Cybernetics and Energy Medicine Conference In Saint Louis Sept. 13-15

by Simon Yu, MD

The 8th International Medical Conference on Bio-Cybernetics and Energy Medicine is being held in Saint Louis, MO on September 13-15, 2013 at the Frontenac Hilton Hotel (See iamconf.com for details).

Medical professionals from all disciplines are encouraged to attend. The conference is sponsored by Prevention and Healing Clinic and The Foundation for Applied […]

Boeckmann Family Takes Sustainable Approach To Farming

by Denise Boeckmann

Boeckmann Family Farm, located in Loose Creek, Missouri, is owned and operated by Denise and Chris Boeckmann along with our four children, Rae, Eric, Kristen and Paul. Our farm produces All-Natural Grass-Fed Beef utilizing a management intensive rotational grazing system with high quality forages.

For twenty five years, we raised poultry under a corporate […]

Coalition Report

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Director of Environmental Policy Coalition For The Environment

Radioactive Baby Tooth Survey Returns

While many areas of our region remain contaminated from our role in the purification of uranium for atomic weapons, our atomic history has another side too. We can celebrate a group of scientists at Washington University and community activists who launched […]

Creativity Abounds at the Jour de Fete in Ste. Genevieve

Are you looking for ideas for a daytrip or weekend outing that will get your creative juices flowing? With an array of craft vendors, captivating exhibits and rich French Colonial history, the Jour de Fete festival in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri could be exactly what you’re looking for. The 47th annual Jour de Fete is scheduled […]

Detecting Dangerous Changes In The Body

by Linda Weber Spradling – Cht, CCT

Hopefully you already know that thermography is being used in conjunction with mammograms or ultrasounds for the earliest detection of breast cancer. However, you may not know that thermography is also a great tool in preventative care and early detection of many other medical conditions. A thermographic scan reveals […]

Earthworms’ Castings

with Jean Ponzi

The Dirt On Sidewalk Poetry

Henry’s open-air table in the Central West End was aflutter with paper – and passers-by. Fresh Poetry Ink, read his sign. An original poem on your topic in 10 minutes!
I stepped right up for my turn. Soil biodiversity, I proposed. It’s stuff I’ve really been digging into.

This self-styled corner […]

Eat With The Seasons: Get Creative In The Kitchen

by Crystal Stevens

Eating locally is a vitally important way each of us can contribute to a more sustainable community and foodshed. Based on the Permaculture Zone Principles, charted in a bull’s eye pattern, each circle represents sustainable ways to access food in our own communities. According to these principles, it is best to grow our […]

Enjoy Expert Resources & Earth-Friendly Fun At The Green Homes & Great Health Festival Sept. 28

The 12th annual Green Homes and Great Health Festival returns to the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival showcases a multitude of options for sustainable living combined with positive ways to maintain the health of people and the planet. The Green Homes and […]

Exhibit Space Now Being Reserved For Healthy Planet Expo, Oct. 20

The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Healthy Living magazine, hosts its 26th Natural Living Expo Sunday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 E. Glendale Road, 63119 (I-44 at Elm Avenue) in Webster Groves.

This popular event will include more than 60 exhibit booths offering a variety of […]


August 3
In-Store Holistic Fair
11am–4pm. Practitioners and readers on-site for walk-in availability. $20 Mini Readings, $25 Aura Photos, $20 Ear Candling, $1 per minute Reiki (30 minutes & up). Held at Holistic Journey – 106 E. Main St., Belleville, IL 62220 — www.yourholisticjourney.com.

August 3, 5, 7
Health of the Honeybee
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 8/03 at noon & […]

Healthy Life Resources

with Chaplain Paul

How To Resolve Emotional Injuries of the Past

As I work with patients to address their health and wellness issues I see a reoccurring problem that seems to be an issue with everyone. People carry an overwhelming burden of unresolved emotional injuries from their past. They relive the memories and they recreate the emotions. […]

Healthy Planet Guide To Education & Enrichment

A Gathering Place Wellness Education Center
A Gathering Place Massage School prepares you for an exciting career in a growing health care profession. You can choose from classes in Medical Massage, Spa work, Eastern / Energy Medicine, Structural Bodywork and Specialty populations (i.e. pregnant women, the elderly). We prepare you for the national board exam and […]

Healthy Planet Summer Fun Guide

Summer in St. Louis has arrived and there is plenty to do in the Gateway City. Here are some of our suggestions for every member of the family. We have something for everyone!

Create a memory or keepsake at YuCanDu Art Studio in Webster Groves. YuCanDu offers art camps, workshops, art parties and open studio time […]

How To Thrive On A Vegan Diet

by Monica Stoutenborough

Ever considered eating all plant based foods? More and more wellknown people are now vegan; Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, even Mike Tyson! Sometimes when switching to a vegan diet, people find some struggles along the way that keep them from staying on the path. Below are some tips that can prevent stress and […]

Make Your Sandwiches Healthier!

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

You may not know it, but August is Sandwich Month. During the summer months when the heat and humidity decide to pair up and hang out in the St. Louis area, many of you may simply not feel like spending a lot of time over […]

Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Finding Your Cat

When a beloved pet disappears, it is a heartbreak and a deep loss. If you are a cat lover, your furry four-legged is part of your family — sharing your home and your affection. If the unthinkable should happen and your beloved cat gets lost or goes missing, there are […]

Persimmons: Fruit Of The Gods

by Cindy Gilberg

In some areas of rural Midwest, where open meadows and pastures are bordered by deciduous woodlands, groves of persimmon trees grow. In late fall, they bear a multitude of delicious fruit that, when ripe, has a flavor reminiscent of apricots. It is highly valued by wildlife making it an important plant to add […]

Publisher’s Corner

The Pride Of The Pride

My daughter Natalie gave birth to my first grandchild on July 23. Jackson James Petty is a healthy 8 lb 12 oz bouncing baby boy with a full head of hair. Sorry Jackson, heredity may dictate losing that mop top before you would like. But for now, bask in the glory […]

Should You Neuter Your Male Dog?

by Teresa Garden, DVM

For decades the answer to this question has been a resounding YES! Veterinarians have recommended the sterilization procedure across-the-board regardless of age or breed and the public complied. However, recent research studies are pointing out adverse consequences of neutering and leading some veterinarians to believe more thought and consideration should be given […]

Standing Up To Environmental Challenges

by Don Fitz

Whatever the threat, Missouri activists are organizing to protect the environment. August 2013 Green Time TV looks at a variety of concerns: honeybees, organic farming, CAFOs and energy.

What’s behind the disappearance of bees in the US? During the first August show, Jane Sueme, owner of Isabee’s Beekeeping Equipment and Supplies, discusses the importance […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitness

by Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

You’ve probably seen people practicing T’ai Chi on TV, in a movie, or even locally, in a park or at the botanical garden. You know it’s a slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial. You may have heard that at advanced levels it is a formidable martial […]

The Green Schools Quest is ON — Because Where We Learn Matters!

by Cindy Bambini, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Green Schools Committee Member and Director of Business Development, Brightergy

It’s August in St. Louis and you know what that means… the latest and greatest options for school supplies have been in the stores for almost a month, swimsuits and shorts are on the final mark-down racks and everyone is […]

Travel Options For Pets

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Many families rush away for a final summer vacation prior to the onset of the school season. In many cases, people enjoy bringing their pets along, if they are traveling by car. There are a number of issues to address to be sure you have a safe trip, free of safety […]