Articles from ‘December 2010’ Issue

25th Annual World Peace Day Celebration, December 31

By Jeannie Breeze


How quickly 2010 has seemed to pass! Such an accelerated time! We have been challenged to stay calm and optimistic in these incredible moments, where all of history and perhaps the fate of the Earth itself, sometimes seem to hang in the balance. I hope you have kept sweet company with that sacred […]

Acupuncture & Immunity for All Ages

By Dr. Sharon Fitelson


It is very important to keep the immune system finely tuned, not only in Flu season, but all year round. This year, the attention put on the H1N1 flu strain and the overall seasonal flu has us all acutely aware of the need for flu prevention.  The reality is that we should […]

Artful Happenings



December 3-17


Opening reception, 5-7 p.m.; May Gallery of Sverdrup Bldg.; 8300 Big Bend; free; for info, call 314-246-7673 or visit www.webster.edu/maygallery.

Through December 17



Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place; for info visit www.theluminaryarts.com.

Through January 15


Works on or of paper by multiple artists; Bruno David Gallery, […]


Cathy Burkemper


Natural Herbal Help For PMS or High Cholesterol


Q: Do you have any suggestions for PMS?  About one week prior to starting my period, I get very anxious, bloated and have extremely tender breasts.  What can I do?


A: There are a lot of choices when it comes to PMS.  Hormonal changes can affect our bodies […]

Color Me Blue, Color Me Red: Bio-Cybernetics and Color Medicine Conference in St. Louis

By Simon Yu, MD


What is Color Medicine? Does Color really promote healing? It has been known for thousands of years that colors have profound effects on man and all living organisms. Colors have also been associated with symbols of mysticism and used for physical rejuvenation and emotional and spiritual healing.

There is probably no civilization or […]

Complementary Care Services Alternative Hospice’s Different Approach to Dying

By Deborah Gambill,

LMT/CYI/Reiki Practioner


In most indigenous cultures a death is considered no less important than a birth—acknowledging  the  mystery and beauty surrounding the  end of a life’s cycle…friends and family pause and bear witness to the final miracle as the soul moves forth.   Alternative Hospice comforts and supports their patients and  families through natural […]

Energize Missouri Homes: Over $7 Million in Rebates For Energy Improvements

Rick Shilliday


The Homeowner Upgrades and Geothermal program is offering Missouri homeowners $7.75 million in rebates for home energy audits and whole-house energy efficiency improvements.  This program is part of Energize Missouri Homes created from funds received by the Department of Natural Resources from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Missouri Botanical Gardens […]

Federal Tax Credits For Energy Efficient Home Improvements End Dec. 31, 2010

By Travis Seeger


I cannot believe it is December already, where has this year gone?? I remember my grandparents and parents and the older generation in general telling me how fast time will go by as you get older, I really didn’t think that was possible. Literally, I know time doesn’t speed up, however, our perception […]

Fitness Tips from the Experts: Personal Training at a Glance

By Terri Canis


Lisa Palmer of PerforMax Fitness Professionals and Jay Siefert of Studio Element Personal Training are two St. Louis based personal trainers that enable their clients to maximize their workouts.

Lisa, a mother of 3 children, was initially inspired to fitness by her stepson Nate.  Nate had been a personal trainer for 10 years and […]


Sappington Farmers’ Market offers special order fruit and gift baskets to customer specifications.  Prices start at $29.99. Call the store and talk to Fran Orlando, produce manager, 314-843-7848. We also have many party trays to pick from. Visit www.sappingtonfarmersmkt.com  for more information.




Fine art, greeting cards, coloring book, jewelry and gifts are designed […]


By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor


Sometimes the best gifts are those that are truly beautiful, cost almost nothing and are made from things that normally get recycled or end up in the landfill.  For years I have made two garden gifts that always get rave reviews.  They are envelopes made from magazines […]


With Craig Jung

Healthy Planet Green Living Editor



he StLouisGreen.com Holiday Light Recycling Drive is under way and will continue through Dec 12 at 18 area Walmart locations including Granite City and Collinsville.  Starting on Dec.13th other locations will begin collecting, which include 18 Car-x locations, Goodwill, Kirkwood Recycling Center, Schlafly, Whole Foods (Town and Country location […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Through December

Help Bag Hunger This Holiday

Whole Foods Market stores are teaming up with Share our Strength® and local food pantries to help alleviate hunger this winter. Shoppers at Whole Foods Market can purchase a Bag Hunger™ grocery tag to donate to the store’s designated local pantry or shelter. The Midwest region of Whole Foods Market […]


By Cheryl Hoard


Since ancient times the months of December and January have been thought of as “cold time” or “stay at home time.” We know these months as holiday time and they can also be thought of as a time of withdrawal and renewal. Certain spices are traditionally used during these months.

Some of the earliest […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: Bold Climate Actions

By Tom & Carol Braford


Since the Cool St. Louis Climate Summit in October, we have been in action on several fronts.  We had a full team of workers on 10/10/10, winterizing the Green Beings garden.  The first EcoTeam is in full swing, aimed at lowering our own carbon footprints and discovering where the holes were […]

Is Vegetarianism Just Trendy Or Is It A New Way Of Life?

By Sonny Saggar, M.D.


Depending on whom you ask, and how you design your poll, there are between 2 and 20 million vegetarians in America. What is not disputed is that that number is increasing. Why?

Our increasing knowledge of nutrition and disease, and our urgent environmental concerns, results in an inevitable gravitation towards changing to a […]


By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

Healthy Planet Arts Editor



Handmade works make heart-filled gifts. They tell the recipient that you really care enough to seek out that so-special, one-of-a-kind gift. Skip the malls this year to make your gifts true expressions of creativity.


Mark your calendar now for December 3 and 4 as well when The Foundry Art Centre […]

MASTER KEYS TO WELLNESS: THE THYROID GLAND: Proper treatment of this organ is critical to living a well-balanced life

By Varsha Rathod, MD


In the last two editions of my quarterly Newsletter (which can be found on my website at www.preventivemedicinestl.com), I discussed how the adrenal glands produce hormones and neurotransmitters that help us respond and adapt to stress.  The adrenal glands can be thought of as a “conductor” of our hormonal symphony, regulating most […]


By Charlotte Kubb, volunteer


Whether it is in reference to nature, our computers, or even our own, sluggish tendencies, the word “hibernate” brings to mind thoughts of stillness, of sleep.  Despite the perceived drowsiness of the season, much of Mother Nature is still hard at work and you don’t have to look very far to find […]

Ochonicky Chosen To Create Ornament For White House Christmas Tree

In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot fir tree decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white and green, as a local choir and a “quartet” from the U.S. Marine Band performed. 87 years later, on December 9, 2010, this American holiday tradition continues to […]


the greatest gift is an act of kindness

During the holidays we are all challenged with what to buy for our friends, family and co-workers. Holidays have become known for “giving” and that is a good thing. But maybe we have gotten away from what it means to really “give” someone something. More often than not, […]

Question Everything

By Dr. Alethea Eller


Why?” asks your 2 year old.  “How does this work?”  And my personal favorite, “what happens if I do this?”  So the barrage of questions comes.  However, as time goes by the questions slow down until a time comes where they almost seem to cease all together.  Why is this?  Have we […]

Rumi’s Wedding Night: An Evening of Music, Discussion and Healing Between Christian, Muslim and Jew, Dec. 17

John MacEnulty,

Native American Flute, in Concert

A celebration of the poetry of the most popular and beloved 

poet in America today, a 13th century Muslim poet – Rumi.

Friday evening, December 17th

6:15 panel discussion

With Fatima Kashavarz, Imam Muhammed Hasic, Howard Schwartz,

& John Renard

7:30 Concert, Rumi’s Wedding Night

John MacEnulty, Native American flute

8:30 open dialogue with audience

at […]

Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT™): A Chiropractic System of Healing

By Dr. Joseph F. Unger, Jr. DC, FICS


How good do you want to feel? This is the question that all of us should be asking ourselves when it comes to our health and well being. We suffer from an array of discomforts and diseases that get little to no relief, despite spending substantial portions of […]

Small Farms Are Real Farms

By Nancy Smith,

Secretary, Farm to Family Naturally


Is it any wonder that most people are confused about our food system?   It’s hard to know what a farm is.  The factory farm model is one which has produced unsafe food that has no taste, and the small family farms are few and far between.  Still, the […]

So, My Kids Want A Pet!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM


Every year around the Holidays, parents often soften to the idea of acquiring a new pet for the household, a process that is a multi-faceted one.

The very first step in our process begins with one or more family discussions.

All ages included, sit your family down to discuss issues surrounding this impending […]

Taking The Mystery Out of Yoga

By Gretchen Karros


The topic of this month is;


and Chakras


Yoga has many different areas of practice but all of them involve body, mind and spirit.  For instance, if you are practicing Patanjali’s Eightfold Path or any other Yogic practice, the objective is still the same – develop flexibility in the body, go inside to learn […]


With Christine Kniffin, LCSW, Therapist & Relationship Coach


What Really Matters this Holiday Season?



Sign up for my new Art of Relating Newsletter for relationship tips and info on upcoming articles & radio show topics at www.ChristineKniffen.com


It’s a simple question, but perhaps one that you haven’t given much thought to in this ever fast-paced world we […]

THE BIRTHING OF A YURT IN ST. LOUIS, MO Healing in the Round – An Aquatic and Sacred Space

By Kathleen H. Christ, LMT, NCMBT


Architects, engineers and scientists know of the strength, stability and efficiency of a spherical shape – our earth, planets, the sun, a bird’s nest, a tree trunk, a reed of grass.  So, it should come as no surprise that a circular building would be pleasing in many ways, not the […]

The Heart of Communication Between Parent & Child

By Dr. Vera Gabliani, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist


Good communication is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship with your child, gives her a positive view of herself and serves as her foundation and model for good relationships throughout her life.  When you truly listen to your child, you communicate to her that she is understood, valued and […]

The Holidays Are A Time Of Group Energy of Giving, Hope and Peace

By Rosa Kincaid, M.D.


The “Holiday Season” in our great country, is defined by amazing group energy of giving, hope and peace. You can feel it in the air and see it in the eyes of small children. No wonder that our “major” religions also recognize this time of year as specifically marking major historical and […]


By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN

(Certified Clinical Nutritionist)


Is it possible that your teeth have a biological effect on other parts of your body? In order to understand this concept, let’s consider the therapeutic effects of Chinese acupuncture.

Chinese acupuncture believes there is a universal life energy called Chi (also spelled “Qi”) present in every living creature. […]


Experience the Holidays in a Wild New Way at the Saint Louis Zoo during U.S. Bank Wild Lights


Frolic and play this holiday season at the Saint Louis Zoo. Stroll through the Zoo’s enchanting holiday wonderland and enjoy thousands of colorful lights and seasonal sounds Fridays through Sundays, November 26-December 12 and nightly, December 17-23, 26-30, […]

Webster Wellness Professionals: Increase in Older Men & Women with Eating Disorders Seeking Treatment

By Dr Kimberli McCallum, M.D.


Women and men in their 30s, 40s and 50s are now seeking treatment in increasing numbers, challenging beliefs that eating disorders occur mostly in adolescent girls. The prevalence of eating disorders in middle age is not known and older adults are not all alike in their presentation.  To date, little is […]