Articles from ‘February 2010’ Issue

A little romance goes a long way!

J.B. Lester; Publisher


I have been married to my wife Niki for 20 years. And yes, guys, I am going to do the romantic thing and off we go for Valentine’s day to a secret location where the wine flows and fireplace crackles. And I am looking forward to getting away with my sweetheart. But I […]

Accidental Cure, the Book, Challenging Medical Informatics and Evidence Based Medicine

By Simon Yu, MD

Beware and be warned! There is another alternative/complementary medicine book coming at you soon. If you have tried every known medical care including traditional/alternative/complementary medicine and still suffer from your chronic incurable disease or medically unexplained symptoms (MUS), consider reading this book which could lead to an “accidental cure.”

I will soon release […]

Annual Report from the West Coast Fancy Food Show

With Gretchen Morfogen


San Francisco is by far one of my favorite cities in the world. Every year or so I have the opportunity to go back for the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Show (NASFTS) This year was unique in that the economy has played a very serious role in the development and […]

ARTful Happenings


Through February 20


Paintings by Jennifer Roussin and woodwork by Vic Barr; Gateway Gallery, 7921 Forsyth; for info, call 314-402-1959 or visit www.gatewaygalleryonline.com.


Through February 27

Oil paintings by Susan Sullivan; phd Gallery, 2300 Cherokee Street; for info, call 314-664-6644or visit www.phdstl.com.


Through February 28


Works by 53 artists, depicting the teapot; Craft Alliance, […]

ARTful Living

by Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Ah, February: the month of  amore, amour, amor, laska, milosc, lieben—however you say it, the month spells L-O-V-E!


“Passion is like glass,” states Third Degree Glass Factory’s recent press release, “ever changing, beautiful, unique, timeless and HOT.” Heat things up with your honey on February 13 at the “Hearts on […]

Artful Living

by Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

Healthy Planet Arts Editor


Art Of Love


Ah, February: the month of  amore, amour, amor, laska, milosc, lieben—however you say it, the month spells L-O-V-E!


“Passion is like glass,” states Third Degree Glass Factory’s recent press release, “ever changing, beautiful, unique, timeless and HOT.” Heat things up with your honey on February 13 at the […]

Ask the Herb Lady BURP!!! What Can I Do For Digestive Gas?

With Cathy Burkemper


Q:        I seem to have a lot of gas and belching after every meal.  I am 52 years old and in great health.  I’ve tried antacids, but they only seem to work temporarily.  Any suggestions?


A:        Do not take an antacid.  They do exactly what their name suggests – neutralize the stomach acid.  They […]

Ask The Manifestation Maven

Kimberly Schneider,

M.Ed., J.D., LPC


IRELAND:  Land of Shapeshifters and Dreamers

Do you ever wish you could go back in time? I’ve always been fascinated with ancient civilizations.  As a child one of my favorite books described the 7 wonders of the ancient world.  I started reading historical fiction about the Roman Empire’s relationship to the Hebrews, […]

By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN

If you were building a new house, would you be concerned about the materials being used to construct your home? Years ago, asbestos was used in insulation products, fireproofing, acoustical materials and floor tiles. We now know that asbestos causes lung cancer and mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the chest and the abdominal cavity). […]

Cool St. Louis: It’s Not Too Late To Lose 5000 Pounds

by Tom & Carol Braford


Many people make New Years resolutions in January and for many of us it includes losing some weight.  This year, in our household we have a different kind of weight loss resolution; we will be adopting the Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds by David Gershon.

Like […]

Deer Creek Watershed Alliance Wins Rain Bird Award For Intelligent Use Of Water

The Missouri Botanical Garden, along with Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District and the Missouri Department of Conservation, has been presented the 2009 Intelligent Use of Water State of the Union Award from Rain Bird, the leading manufacturer of irrigation products and services. The Garden is being recognized for the […]

Did You Say Lover or Liver?

By Ava Frick, DVM


February is the month we think of hearts and loving each other.  If you really love your animals you want to show them your love by helping them via their liver.  The liver has many jobs that focus on metabolic pathways and synthesizing molecules that are utilized in other parts of the […]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi


Love is a Construction Tool


I’ve been thinking about community: what it means, how it works, how to build it. We need community-level power to address the mess of today’s world.


I got onto this train of thought reflecting on the life and loves of Larry Weir, my longtime radio friend and colleague.


If you’ve listened […]



By Susan Wright


Most of my life I have spent searching for peace and happiness.  This included reinventing myself many, many times with new looks, careers, friends, partners, locations, etc. by repeating childhood beliefs and randomly exploring new ideas.  I wanted to see results because I did not know or trust myself.


Despite my focus being external, […]

Gateway Pet Guardians Attempts Largest Rescue in Group’s History

Week Long Rescue Effort Saves 15 East St. Louis Dogs From Frigid Temperatures

Saint Louis, MO, January 5, 2010 – In early January, Gateway Pet Guardians retrieved a pack of 15 neglected adult dogs and puppies from the cold streets of East St. Louis. The pack, originally consisting of six adult dogs, two of which […]

GREEN & GROWING Nourish Your Garden & Lawn with Compost & Mulch

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

 As we dream of soon-to-bloom gardens, don’t forget that now is a time to nourish the garden with compost and mulch.  Although every home needs to compost, more than can be created at home is usually needed for garden beds, shrubs […]

Green Scene

With Heidi Schoen

Healthy Planet Green Living Editor


Welcome back to the GREEN SCENE, where progressive people, places and products aim to enlighten and empower us to live sustainably. Regardless of where our lifestyle is on the green continuum, each one of us can and should take simple steps to improve the state of our local and […]

Gregg Braden and a New World Age

By Linda M. Potter



As 2012 draws closer, are we prepared for its challenges? Is the fate of humanity hanging in the balance? Can we work together to address the critical issues facing our world in time to re-write the 2012 doomsday scenarios and create a better future?

The man behind the questions (and their provocative answers) […]

Healthy Planet Expo Exhibitors


We sell, install and educate about Renewable Energy.



Alpha-Stim ® medical device respresentatives.


Alternative Hospice

High standard of holistic end of life care.



Promoting Green Travel with literature and Train Ticket Giveaway!



Handouts for holistic/integrated vet care, clinic brochures, pet food samples.



Botanically based, Swiss formulated skincare,

cosmetics and nutritionals.



Providing everyone […]


Throughout February

Free Exercise Classes

Every Monday and Wednesday 10:15am – 11:30am – Except Holidays . Location:  Isaiah 58 Ministries – 2149 S. Grand Blvd. – St. Louis, MO 63104. Lose weight or maintain a healthy body. Fun exercise classes conducted by instructor who has taught exercise for 30 years (low impact exercises).  Free healthy beverages and […]

Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo Set For February 28 In Webster Groves

70+ Exhibitors

Wine & Beer Tastings;

Many Natural Food Samples,

Live Music,

Many Giveaways Including

A Family Weekend At Trout Lodge YMCA of The Ozarks,

Amtrak Train Tickets,

Missouri Botanical

Garden Passes & more!

Haiti Relief Effort:

Donate To Help Those Devastated In Haiti Earthquake


Cure your cabin fever as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & […]

It Takes A Big Dog to Help Your Child Stand Up To Bullying

By James Feinberg, Child Clinical Psychologist

To the trained nose or eye, it’s no mystery why some children are bullied. Basically, these children behave differently than their peers. However, children who are bullied are actually very different from each other as are the reasons they are bullied. For example, some of these children are shy and […]

Keep Your Cool During Canada Goose Migration

By Pam Bolton, Wildlife Center of Missouri &

Nancy Schnell, GeesePeace St. Louis



If you spend time outdoors this time of year, you will certainly hear the honking of the Canada geese as they fly overhead in a perfect “V” formation.   What a beautiful sight!  A survey conducted by the […]

Living Green at The New Town St. Charles

The New Town at St. Charles is building a strong reputation as a prime example of a true Green Community. New Town is currently home to over 1,000 families who have made a conscious choice to live a healthier lifestyle in an environment that accommodates that desire. Conceived by Greg Whittaker, designed by the esteemed […]


By Christine Kniffen, LCSW, Therapist & Relationship Coach

So, what is love?  This is a topic that does not suffer a lack of opinions as to how to define it.  It is perhaps one of the most written about, talked about topics we know.  Culture is filled with endless platitudes exposing plenty of silly nonsense.  Take […]

Lower Back, Leg Pain Symptoms of Sciatica

By Paul Hyland, D.C.


 The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body.  From the lower spine, the sciatic nerve splits into two branches, one for each leg, dividing again at the knee.

Sensations and muscle control throughout the lower body can be traced through the sciatic nerve.

Maintaining Spiritual Wellness

A simple definition of spiritual wellness is: the natural state of harmony and balance within the body, mind and spirit.  This natural state is innate. What is spiritual wellness? Do you believe this is a pivotal component to the treatment of illness?

Thinking in terms of physical health is common for most of us.   Diet, rest, […]

Medical Thermography OF Metro St. Louis Inc.

– Early Detection Health Screening


What is it? Medical Thermography (Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging) is a non-invasive health screening procedure that offers individuals the opportunity to be informed of inflammation, vascular change, lymph activity and abnormal physiologic function within their bodies.  Using thermography is another means by which one can monitor their health and overall wellness.


Thermographic […]


By Nancy Smith, board member, Farm to Family Naturally

When I was a teenager living in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, I made a personal field trip to Knoxville’s inner city.  I was checking out a rumor that the grocery stores that served the inner city were appalling compared to the  shiny suburban supermarkets where […]


By Mark Bretz


Every month Operation Food Search, as the largest distributor of free food in the St. Louis metropolitan area, distributes more than 1.5 million pounds of food to 100,000 people in need through its 265 community partner agencies.


Addressing the needs of so many people every month requires the utmost precision and dedication of thousands […]

Parent Education Plays Vital Role In Waldorf Early Childhood Program

By Glenda Moore


Classes include an informational component about a pedagogical element of the school program, i.e. Positive Discipline for Young Children, Music and Movement as a Joyful and Therapeutic Program, The Deeper Meaning of Storytelling, The Importance of Celebrating Festivals from Different Traditions and a myriad of other topics.  Because this program is for children […]

Planet Pet Pick-BuschPetProducts.com

By Leah O’Donnell

Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

Love your pet?  Love to shop from home?  Then be sure to visit BuschPetProducts.com for your four legged friends.  This Missouri based online store is my Pet Pick for February.  Stacy Busch-Heisserer, owner of BuschPetProducts.com, started the online pet store to combine her love of animals with her love of […]

Prevention and Wellness: Your Digestive System

By Varsha Rathod, MD


This is the second in a series of articles I am writing to discuss the causation and eradication of chronic disease. My previous article talked about a diagnosis representing a name that best fits the collection of symptoms you have. This diagnosis allows the doctor to select a treatment regimen. For example, […]

Quilters Take On ‘Easy Being Green’ Challenge For Fanfare of Quilts Show March 20

Members of the Bits ‘n’ Pieces Quilt Guild of Ballwin, Missouri, are taking up the challenge to create quilts with a special “Easy Being Green” message. The rules are simple: the front of the quilt must include (1) something green, and (2) something recycled, reused, re-purposed, re-crafted, or re-imagined. Creative sparks are igniting, and quilts […]


A Gathering Place

Massage School

teaches massage from the heart!  We become like family with our small class sizes.  And that is a key to helping our students prepare and Pass the National Board Exam. Our cumulative National Board Exam pass ratio is 97%.  We help with job placement too.  Many of our students open their […]

Specific Bird Feed Attracts Specific Birds

By Scott Collier; Owner; Wild Birds Unlimited

What kinds of bird feed should I use?

This depends on what kind of birds you want to attract to your feeder.
Do you want finches only, then you use Niger (thistle). It’s not cheap.
Try letting a patch of thistle grow in a corner of the backyard and
enjoy seeing the Goldfinch […]

St. Louis is gearing up once again to participate in the global event known as Earth Hour.

Geile-Leon Marketing Communications, which sponsored the first St. Louis Earth Hour, in 2008 is once again organizing St. Louis’ participation in 2010.

Hoping to build on the momentum created by last year’s event we are encouraging every college/university, municipality, and company in St. Louis to join in the effort to make St. Louis a leading city […]


By Gretchen Karros


Even though Patanjali wrote the profound poem on Yoga called the “Sutras” he has very succinctly given Yogis a “formula” for Enlightenment = “The Sutras”  Here are two very important words that may help you  while studying the Sutras.


Regarding the Sutras of Patanjali, first one need to know about the importance of 1) […]

The Art of Entertaining Offers Valentine Survival Kit & Dinner For 2

By Leah O’Donnell; Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself and the special someone in your life to a delicious meal without all the preparation and planning that normally comes with it.  The Art of Entertaining has a Valentine’s Dinner for Two that is a four course meal.  Start with the warm baked brie […]

True Love and Deep Passion over Fifty? In Words and Photos, a Brand New Book Shouts Out a Decisive Yes!

Perfect for Valentine’s Day—A new book that shares the stories of 29 couples over 50 proving new love is timeless and can happen at any age.


A new book by former newspaper editor Carol Denker is validating for readers what many people over 50 already know: finding true love and romance in the second half […]

Webster University to Hold Human Right to Food & Water Conference Feb. 12 & 13

Webster University invites you to attend The Human Right to Food & Water Conference on Feb. 12 and 13 in the Emerson Library Conference Room, 101 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, Mo. The free conference is part of the Year of International Human Rights 2009-10: The Right to Food & Water, which is focusing on important […]

What is an environmentally conscious person supposed to do about bathroom remodeling?

With people trying to reduce waste in all areas of life, bathroom remodeling can cause some issues.  You see, most people would like to just tear everything out of the bathroom and start from scratch. Remodeling in this fashion is not always the best way to go considering it’s not the most environmentally friendly route. […]