Articles from ‘August 2014’ Issue

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

A Picture of Your Soul (part 2)

Last month, we talked a bit about “wounding” that a child receives when they are small and trying to make sense of their world. By no means an exhaustive list of all the ways that wounding occurs, what happens as a result of this […]

Are You Struggling In Your Relationship?

Your Personal Relationship Coach
Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Are you currently struggling with some aspect of your relationship or do you feel that there is certainly room for improvement? A relationship is like a car. It has many components and all need to work seamlessly together in order for a satisfactory ride.
Perhaps you have even tried […]

ARTful Happenings August 2014


Through August 27
Dark Room; 615 N. Grand; for info, call 314-531-3416 or visit www.thedarkroomstl.com.

Through August 30
Including works by Lichtenstein, Picasso, Osver, Leger; Kodner Gallery, 9650 Clayton; for info, call 314-993-4477 or visit www.kodnergallery.com.

Through August 30
Works by 3 artists; Green Door Art Gallery, 21 N. Gore; for info, […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Arts Integration + Arts Collaboration = Good for All

Arts integration is the new buzz. It’s a sad fact that when budgets are tight in school districts, the arts are first to be reduced or even eliminated. That’s a serious mistake because we know the schools that value and […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Health Benefits Of: Dandelions, Blueberries, Grapes and Acia Berries

Q: I love drinking dandelion tea and I even enjoy dandelion leaves in my salad. What kind of health benefits do I get from dandelions?

A: Dandelions are actually quite nutritious and have been used to treat a variety of health problems. The entire plant is […]

August Family Travel Imposes Concerns for Pet Care!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

School semesters start just around the corner. Early August is often a final chance opportunity for families to travel one last time this summer. Obviously, there will be decisions made regarding the care of their pets. Do they stay or do they go along?? What are pet owners’ options and considerations?

If […]

Coalition Report

Heather B. Navarro,
Executive Director, Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Creating a Legacy at the Ballot Box

In 1969, a year when we were watching humans land on the moon, there was a dedicated group of people focused on the future of planet Earth. Faced with the increased spraying of pesticides, industrial development in our floodplains, and the […]

Craft Beer in St. Louis: The View From Behind The Bar

By Maureen Zegel

Tom Behnen has been selling beer in St. Louis for more than a decade. He talks beer history in compressed archeological terms to describe the craft beer movement. Layer upon layer, new beers arrived in the St. Louis market, he says, and the beer-drinking public responded with enthusiasm.

“You can see the evolution of […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi


This summer I celebrate a milestone birthday, a good time to acknowledge some major gifts of influence in my life.

The gratitude lineup starts with my Gramma, who I lived with, off and on, until I was four. In those formative years. She was an inadvertent master of reverse psych, telling gregarious little me: […]

Green Tips For The Trip Back To School

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

Just as quickly as it began, the end of summer is almost here. In just a few short weeks, students across the St. Louis area will be heading back to school. Amid the rush to fill supply lists and find the perfect back-to-school clothes, the environment may not be […]


August 2, 4
The Right to Farm or the Right to Harm?
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 8/02 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 8/04 at 8:00 p.m. Wes Shoemyer explains that Missouri law guarantees rights to family farmers; but the so-called “Right to Farm” would extend these rights to corporations. That could give advantages […]

Have You Reviewed Your Current Medicare Supplement Insurance?

By Michael Cohen

This article is to introduce myself to the readers of The Healthy Planet newspaper.
I am Michael Cohen and I have been a resident of St. Louis all of my life. I am 69 and graduated high school in 1962. I went to the University of Missouri at St. Louis until 1967 before entering […]

Healthy Planet Magazine To Host Its Fall Expo Sept. 28 In Webster Groves

Enjoy the first weekend of Autumn as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Natural Living magazine, hosts its 28th Natural Living Expo Sunday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road (I-44 at Elm Avenue) in Webster Groves.

This popular event will include more than 55 […]

Japanese Festival Returns To Missouri Botanical Garden 8/30-9/1

Join the Missouri Botanical Garden in celebrating the culture and traditions of Japan when the 38th annual Japanese Festival returns to St. Louis! 2014 marks the year of the Dianthus or “Nadeshiko,” commonly referred to as the “Pink.”

From traditional music to martial arts, sumo to sushi, calligraphy, bon odori dancing to bonsai displays and thunderous […]

Keeping Your Dog Cool in Summer

By Ava Frick, DVM

You want to exercise your dog but you also know the summer temperature and humidity can be dangerous. How do you keep your pooch cool and yet enjoy the outdoors? Try some of these options!

Walk early morning and later in the evening. The morning is the preferred time as the ground has […]

Kids, School & Anxiety

By Dr. James Feinberg
Child Clinical Psychologist

Have you actually thought about whether or not your child or teen is psychologically prepared to return to school? My hunch is: probably not! Don’t feel bad. Typically, most parents don’t give this transition much thought. Granted, for many kids, this is an uneventful transition. For other kids, this transition […]

Meet The Farmers: La Vista CSA Farm – Hands-On Sustainability

By Nancy Smith

Not far from St. Louis, near the village of Godfrey, Il, itself a charming place on the Great River Road, lies a farm that is unique in its conception and its covenant with the community. Originally founded by an Oblate, Maurice Lange, 12 years ago, La Vista farm and CSA provides boxes of […]

Need To Use Up Summer Veggies? Try Stir-Fry!

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

Have you found yourself inundated with a generous amount of beautiful produce given to you by friends, purchased at a local farmers’ market, or simply from your own garden? Well, there is no quicker way to enjoy the season’s bounty than with an easy, healthy […]

Placebo Effects on the Brain’s Inner Pharmacy: Quantum Uncertainty of Matching Reality with Expectation

By Simon Yu, MD

A placebo (Latin term for” I shall please”) treatment is considered a medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or medical condition intended to deceive the patient while professing to help the patient. According to the British Medical Journal published in 2004, 60% of the physicians in Israel used placebos in their medical […]

Plant a Garden for Fall

By Crystal Stevens

August just might be the hottest month of the year in the Midwest. Don’t let that deter you from planting a fall garden. There is still time to have fresh homegrown produce for fall. Most fall crops are started from seed in May, June and July. In August, if you haven’t already started […]

Publisher’s Corner

Summer is My Season!

My grandson Jackson turned one on July 23. The summer Cicada serenaded his special day with a buzzing rendition of “Happy Birthday.” My little Leo celebrated a chicken and mac and cheese dinner at the Llywelyn’s Pub as we raised a glass of brew in his honor. The big shebang will be […]

S.O.P. – Save Our Planet

When one looks deeply into the present situation in the world, two things stand out as particularly important: the danger of war and the acceleration of the Earth’s ecological imbalance. There are, of course, many other problems: the economic debacle which affects many countries, especially in the West; the huge increases in the price of […]

Summer Craft Beer Guide


2nd Shift Brewing

4 Hands Brewing Co
4 Hands Brewing Company, located in the LaSalle Park neighborhood, will provide the craft beer enthusiast a handcrafted portfolio inspired by the American craft movement that pushes the limits of creativity. Our barrel-aging program will produce a truly unique line on beers. The use of wine and spirit barrels containing […]

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 Healthy Planet Magazine’s Guide To Resale Shops In The St. Louis Area

There is nothing more exciting than a bargain! And this love of a “great find” has spawned an enormous growth in resale shops throughout the greater St. Louis area. From clothes, to furniture, to collectibles to any sort of knick knacks you can imagine, thousands of bargain-hunting consumers are out in droves frequenting resale shops, […]

The Power of Purple Coneflower

Story & Photo by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Purple coneflower is one of the best-known and best-loved native prairie plants.
Its daisy-like composite shape with its large spiky orange and brown seed heads and pink/purple flower petals is well loved by gardeners living in prairie lands and way beyond those borders. It is also well loved by insects […]

What’s Wrong With Big Kitty?

By Teresa Garden, DVM

I first met Big Kitty in 2003. He showed up at my friend Shelley’s house looking down on his luck: dirty, old battle scars covering his face, and a torn and infected left eye lid. Shelley, being the kind-hearted person that she is, managed to trap him and brought him in to […]