Articles from ‘February 2013’ Issue

A Note On Sweet Valentine Eating; Even With Diabetes

by Libby Quigley, RD

If you have been diagnosed as having or at-risk for diabetes, it may be hard to believe that the words “diabetes” and “sweets” can go together, but they can.

Part of what makes it hard is that you have been exposed to years of “eat me” messages from the mass media. These […]

A Pawpaw Patch of Your Own

by Cindy Gilberg

One of the many childhood songs we learn has the lyrics “Picking up paw-paws, put ‘em in a basket…way down yonder in the paw-paw patch.” I did not realize exactly what that meant until I first tasted the delicious and exotic pawpaw fruit. The native pawpaw tree (Asimina triloba) is the only cold-climate […]

ARTful Happenings


Through February 16
Good Citizen Gallery, 2247 Gravois, for info, call 314-348-4587 or visit www.goodcitizenstl.com.

Through February 21
Concurrent exhibitions; Art St. Louis; 555 Washington; for info, call 314-241-4810, or visit

Through February 23
Sculpture and photography by Philip Hitchcock; PHD Gallery, 2300 Cherokee; for info, call 314-664-6644 or visit […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

February Is Arts Exceptional

I just got a new cell phone. It’s a new I-phone, so I feel that I’ve finally stepped into the 21st century, learning how to text (but not when I drive!). I can now describe the ARTful events for February accurately as OMG!!

Although every month offers […]


By Cathy Schram

The 411 on Garlic and Milk Thistle Tea

Q: I know that garlic has numerous health benefits, but I simply cannot stand the taste of garlic. When I take it in pill form, I still taste it and sometimes even smell like it. What can I do?

A: If there was […]

Building a Better Environment in Missouri

by Don Fitz

From revitalizing Dr. Martin Luther King streets to “naturescaping” back yards and protecting the Ozark Riverways, Missourians are creating a better environment. February 2013 episodes of Green Time show how people can take concrete steps to improve their corner of the world.

During the first show, Mitch Leachman of Audubon describes naturescaping as landscaping […]

Cavity Reduction Using Dental Ozone

By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN
(Certified Clinical Nutritionist)

In 2012, I wrote an article in The Healthy Planet that received much attention after its publication. It was titled Dental Ozone: Simple, Safe and Effective. It explained many of the positive effects that ozone therapy could provide for our dental patients today.

Recently, I received more scientific literature that […]

Coalition Report

Greed-topia Comes to the Lou

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Executive Director; Missouri Coalition For The Environment

Few things have more impact on your body’s health than what goes into it. The substances that fuel the growth, repair and maintenance of your body’s cells can promote health – or harm it. You decide what foods to eat, what […]

Craft Beer Guide: Where Beer Is Brewed And Imbibed In The St. Louis Area


Alpha Brewing Company
14091 Washington Ave., St. Louis.

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
One Busch Place, St. Louis.

Augusta Brewing Company
5521 Water Street, Augusta.

Buffalo Brewing Company
3100 Olive Street, St. Louis.

Cathedral Square Brewery
3914 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis.

Crown Valley Brewing Company
St. Genevieve, MO.

Exit #6 Brewery
5055 Highway North, St. Charles.

4 Hands Brewing Company
1220 8th Street, Saint Louis.

Granite City Food & Brewery
11411 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur.

Griesedieck […]

Craft Beer Lovers Find Home Brewing A Hoppy Hobby

by J.B. Lester,
Healthy Planet Publisher/Editor

The world of imbibement is split up into three groups: beer lovers, wine lovers and everyone else. I have been drinking beer since before I should have. A good wine is wasted on me. I went from milk to beer, pretty much skipping soda altogether. So I have been sipping suds […]

Do You Have an Invisible Illness?

by Dr. David Peterson

“Nearly 25 years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Having tried countless types, brands, and combinations of thyroid hormones, I continued to struggle with profound fatigue, digestive problems, and an ever growing and worsening list of symptoms. Consults at top US medical centers left me empty-handed and, at times, demoralized. My […]

EarthWorms Castings

by Jean Ponzi

Becoming a Lover

As a bold young woman coming of age in the 20th Century’s Autumn Years, when our society offered a fairly intelligent middle-class babe like myself unprecedented access to diverse adventurous options, I defined for myself (with the kind of bravado that a bold young person so keenly feels) some sweeping Life […]

Focus On Fiber…

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

One of the world’s most important nutrients is fiber. We’ve all heard the term, yet the majority of Americans are still falling short on the recommended daily amount of fiber. The amount of fiber a person needs each day will vary based on the number […]

Healthy Planet 25th Natural Living Expo March 10

The 25th Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo will take place Sunday, March 10 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex, 33 East Glendale Road in Webster Groves, Missouri, 63119.

Exhibit booths filled with healthy and green vendors include free health screenings, healthy food, wine beer, coffee & tea samples. Find out […]

Healthy Planet Happenings – February, 2013

February 2 & 11
Free Talk on benefits of Meditation
A presentation by Ishaya Monks on a simple yet powerful practice that releases stress from the body, brings peace to the mind and returns life to optimal potential.

Feb. 2, 2013 at 2pm. Place: Holistic Journey,106 East Main St, Belleville, IL

Feb 11, 2013 at 6:30pm. Place: McClay Public Library, […]

Humane Society of Missouri

BRRRRR… I’ts Cold Outside!

by Suzanne K. Gassner

When the temperature (and the snow) begins to fall, pets need extra care. Here are some helpful suggestions to make the winter season more bearable for your pet.

Cats and dogs need protection from wet and cold and are happiest and healthiest when kept indoors as part of your family. […]

K-9 Pack Leader, Bob Laut, Will Change Your Dog’s Life… And Yours!

story and photo by Leah O’Donnell
Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

It turns out there is a better way to live than revolving each day around your dog. After adopting a rescue dog this summer, I quickly discovered my family was facing some challenges with our new four legged family member, Maverick.

Our household was now turned upside down […]

Look for Green Dining Alliance-Certified Members in Your Neighborhood Today!

by Jeanette R. Reynolds,
Programs and Communication Director
and Cassandra P. Hage
Executive Director, St. Louis Earth Day

The Green Dining Alliance (GDA), an initiative of St. Louis Earth Day, is a locally tailored certification and education program for restaurants and diners alike. The GDA was designed to increase environmental awareness and influence consumer decisions with the end goal […]

Meditation Classes Feb. 9 & 10 at Mercy Center

by Shirley Stoll

Did your list of resolutions for the New Year include one or more of the following: reduce stress and anxiety or lead a healthier lifestyle? If so, consider adding one more resolution to your list. Learn to meditate in 2013 and help make these resolutions a reality in your life!

Meditation has many benefits! […]

My Dad — William Huber

by Kathleen H. Christ, LMT, NCMBT

Seeing this ad (to the right), one can’t help but regard it as a profound testament to the spirit and drive of the American way of life. My dad, the man in the photo, was born in 1918 with a serious heart murmur, serious enough that his father warned him […]

New Parenting Issues Caused by Technology Overload: Tips to Fix

by Diane Lang
Therapist, author and Positive Living Expert

“How can I be a good parent with all these distractions? Between my cell phone, texting, e-mails, etc. I feel I never get a break.”

Today’s technology overload creates three main fixable problems that parents should address with these specific tips listed below.

Fixable Problem #1:
We Are Always “Plugged In”
Parents […]

Publisher’s Corner: Finally, A Winter To Complain About

I am not at all a fan of Old Man Winter. But due to carbon emissions, greenhouse gases, and climate change, our winters have been quite mild … until now! I know all bout the “season of silent slumber” and we all need time to reflect. But I walked to the money machine the other […]

Searching For an Old New Cure: Ivermectin Deficiency Syndrome?

By Simon Yu, MD

A small group of researchers are racing to find a new cure for cancer from forgotten old medications. One of the medications is Ivermectin, a common parasite medication for dogs as a heart worm medication. Most veterinarians recommend de-worming dogs with monthly Ivermectin as a preventive measurement.

Have you had Ivermectin lately? If […]

St. Louis’ Largest Craft Brewer Schlafly Beer Turns 21

by Susan Haberer

“I’m not going to pretend to be Mother Theresa.
I haven’t saved the world. But two zip codes here are better off now than they were when we moved into two empty buildings.”

—Tom Schlafly

This year, 2013, is the 21st year of Schlafly Beer. When Tom Schlafly and Dan Kopman opened the Schlafly Tap Room […]

The Bad News Is Your Cat Has Diabetes; The Good News Is…

by Teresa Garden, DVM

Most of us have a friend, family member, or coworker who is a diabetic. But many people are unaware that diabetes is a common endocrine disease afflicting our pet cats. It results from a decrease in insulin secretion from the beta cells of the pancreas and/or a decrease in insulin action. The […]

The Magnificence of Magnesium: A Mineral Must for Maintaining a Healthy Body

by Jon P. Frieda

Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients needed by the human body. It is critical for the optimal performance of over 300 essential biochemical reactions. Primarily, magnesium is calming and soothing on muscles and the nervous system as well as a powerful anti-inflammatory, but the broad range of which it affects […]

The Sweetness of Garden Dreams

Meet the “Garden Artist” Linda Wiggen Kraft and “Native Plant Expert” Cindy Gilberg in person at The Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo March 10. Let Linda and Cindy answer all your garden design and planting questions before the 2013 gardening season begins.

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

It is in the dream time of winter when the sweetness of […]

Winter Is Upon Us… Take Heed!

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

We are just getting a taste of winter weather, albeit with little snow, but more than enough frigid cold. What are our pet concerns this time of year? Many should be obvious, but nonetheless, we will review them for our reading audience.

Cold can be threatening, but wet cold and wind are […]