Articles from ‘January 2010’ Issue


By Dr. David Peterson  



 Do you have the fat bug? Are you curious?

    Obesity is a major health problem because of its serious health consequences, including Type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary hypertension, sleep apnea, acid reflux, cancers, and a number of psychosocial concerns. Gut bacteria is often never even considered as one of the […]

Eagle Days 2010 At the Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge, Jan. 16-17 They’re Back … The Eagles Are Landing

Those willing to brave a little cold weather will be rewarded with splendid views of America’s national symbol, the bald eagle, at the fifteenth annual Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge.  This year the event takes place Saturday and Sunday, January 16 and 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Old […]

19th Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo Set For February 28 In Webster Groves

Cure your cabin fever as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green and Natural Living magazine, hosts its 19th Natural Living Expo Sunday, February 28, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, I-44 at Elm Avenue in Webster Groves.

This popular event will include 70 exhibits offering a variety of healthy and natural […]

20 to 30 pounds thinner before Valentine’s Day!

Imagine being twenty to thirty pounds thinner before Valentine’s Day, having lost extra inches in the belly and thighs, and defining the shape in your shoulders and arms, so you look and feel amazing. Jane Arrington, R.N and founder of TransFigure Total Health, has helped hundreds of men and women lose twenty to thirty pounds […]

Addressing the A-1 Milk Controversy

By Gretchen Morfogen

Keith Woodward’s ground-breaking work Devil in the Milk outlines a scientific tale of modern diseases and their relationship to the food we consume.  It also outlines how corporate interests can shape the way in which information about food and health is relayed to the public. The author of this book draws upon his experience […]

ARTful Happenings


*January 2-31


Explorations in landscape photography and drawing by Christopher and Michael Lewis; reception, 6-9 p.m.; Marbles Art Gallery, 1905 Park Avenue; for info, call 314-791-6466 or visit www.marblesyoga.com.


January 14


Opening reception, 7 p.m.; Abstrakt Gallery, 1902 Arsenal Street; for info, call 314-577-0342 or visit www.abstraktgallery.com.


January 15-February 13


ARTful Living

Happy New Year!!

Remember how we held our collective breath, waiting for the new millennium to send gremlins into our computers? That was ten years ago! I learned something from that period of global worry; primarily, don’t stress unnecessarily. There are plenty of causes for concern in our world, without adding worry for what might possibly […]

Ask The Manifestation Maven

Kimberly Schneider,

M.Ed., J.D., LPC


Dear Kimberly,

I have a big home renovation project I’ve been putting off for months.  I even bought a lot of the materials and started tearing some things out, and now everything is in chaos and I just can’t seem to get motivated to finish.  What’s my problem? Emily


Dear Emily,

If you’ve been […]


Many Americans are looking for ways to be proactive about their health – from eating healthier to getting regular exercise. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, not to mention the money we save by staying out of the doctor’s office.

Alternative therapies have gained in popularity as people are becoming increasingly skeptical […]

Bi-State Green Expo Set For January 22-24 In Belleville, Illinois

On January 22- 24, 2010, the St. Louis Metro area will have the opportunity to be entertained and educated in a totally green-friendly environment. Bi State Green Expo is hosting an exposition at the Belle Clair Fairgrounds in Belleville, Illinois where green businesses and green consumers can come together in one convenient location.

In a world […]

Celiac Disease & Gluten-Free Foods

By Katherine Woldum, RD, LD


Celiac disease, or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, once thought to be rare, is a chronic autoimmune intestinal disease, that is now recognized as one of the most common inherited diseases, with a world prevalence of about 1:266 people.  For those individuals with close relatives with the disease, the prevalence is more like  1 […]

Colorado Dude Ranches offer Horses, Cowboys & Happy Trails

By Heidi Schoen,

Healthy Planet Green Living Editor


January in Missouri is marked by short, cold, gray days. Dreams of summer are welcome distractions during this hibernation time. Buried now in powdery drifts reaching 300”, I dream about snow covered Grand County Colorado.  I vacationed there with my daughter in August and it is a thrilling vacation […]

Culver Way Ecovillage To Pilot Mutual Benefit Trust Movement in St. Louis

by Tom & Carol Braford


Have you ever wished you could give your banker or money lender a strongly worded reason why you won’t be needing their services anymore?  Well, now you can!

Through a revolutionary financial instrument called Sovereign Technology Credit Obligations (STCO), we can now turn on its head the way we have traditionally done […]

Did you eat too many holiday cookies?

Dr. Alison DiBarto

It’s the New Year, you are a new you! You are going to exercise, eat right, and take care of yourself! Until you hit February and you’re alone watching late night TV with the bucket of ice cream and no one around to stop you. That’s where we come in! Join our 21-day […]

Do you have MUS? Is This Standard Medical Care by Evidence Based Medicine?

By Simon Yu, MD


If you have MUS, Medically Unexplained Symptoms, you are not alone. What are the implications if you have MUS?


A report from the Veteran’s Administration’s (VA) War Related Illness & Injury Study Center of New Jersey, September 2009, explains, “Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) is a term used for health symptoms which remain unexplained […]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi


Resolvo Verde


Father Time has turned his page
The calendar is clean

Now resolute upon Life’s stage
I vow to grow more Green!


To set direction yearly

I must do a self-assessment

So I can focus clearly

And sustainably on yes-ment


Let’s see, in terms of daily stuff

What habits can I tweak?

I always wash my clothes in cold,

My windows do not leak.


The […]

Garden Seeds for New Beginnings & Dreams

With Linda Wiggen Kraft

Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

A garden year, like the twenty-four hours of a day, is filled with rest & activity, planning & doing, and sewing & reaping.   January and the early months are quiet times of rest, planning and sewing.  There is a feeling of contentment from a recently completed gardening […]

Great Outdoors

With Dori Degenhardt, Healthy Planet Outdoor & Fitness Editor


Happy 2010 fellow “outdoorsy” folks!

Every year, I find myself telling readers that now is a great time to give up the idea of New Year’s resolutions and simply embrace a lifestyle that is more active and healthy.  Yes, it’s the time of year that everyone wants to […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Every Monday and Wednesday

Free Exercise Classes

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 snacks provided. […]


by Jen Loui, LEED AP

Green Project  Manager

Butterfly Energy Works

A while back, say sometime in the 50’s, a whole new standard of living came into being, fueled by an enormous new showroom of newly patented appliances. It was a sign of success to have one of these new appliances, and an indication of downright prosperity to […]

Indoor Air Quality: Pollutant, Filtration and Circulation Control

By Frank Robbins, LEED, AP

It’s officially winter and the quality of the air inside our homes is of critical importance.  If you don’t pay attention to pollutants, filtration and circulation bad things can happen.  Let me illustrate my point with a few, completely and utterly hypothetical examples that were definitely NOT taken from my own […]

Kiefer Creek: At Your Own Risk

by Lorin Crandall


You may be familiar with Kiefer Creek—it’s the creek running through Castlewood State Park. One of the premier outdoor recreation areas in the Greater St. Louis Area, Castlewood encompasses 1818 acres in southwest St. Louis County and is host to over 400,000 visitors a year.


Kiefer Creek has a compelling natural beauty and is […]

Live a Six-Sensory Life with Sonia Choquette

Linda Potter

You could call Sonia Choquette a revolutionary psychic, a vibrational alchemist, and a healer. You could also call her a highly successful, internationally acclaimed bestselling author. What she calls herself, however, is a six-sensory instructor and intuitive.

The sixth sense is the voice of your Spirit and the most important sense, she says. “Once you […]

Living In Harmony with Nature

By Richard J. Davis, DC

 Well I finally made it.  Born in New York City some eighty years ago, I longed for something, but didn’t know what.  Being taught city life and the social graces simply increased my feeling that something was false, something was missing in my life.  I moved to Worcester […]


Calling all kids! Do you love plants and nature? Are you looking for a fun way to spend your summer outdoors? Do you need to complete service hours or gain positive experiences to put on your college application? Volunteer with the Missouri Botanical Garden’s SAGE Service Program. SAGE stands for Students as Garden Educators and […]

Planet Pet Picks Pets in the City

by Leah O’Donnell

Pets in the City located in the historic Soulard neighborhood, is my Pet Pick for January.  Owner, Amy Pizano is dedicated to providing all-natural, organic pet foods, dog and cat treats, supplements, and supplies.   This health food store for pets not only offers the best in human quality pet foods, but has done […]

Publisher’s Corner… New Year Brings New Hope?

Hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the Y2K scare. Now like then, there are many “scare mongers” out there trying to make us believe that the end is near and we are on the edge of the social and economic abyss. But things are looking up for the economy in baby steps. The […]

Root Canals: Friend or Foe?

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


A very interesting article was published in JADA (Journal of the American Dental Association), August 2009 issue, that provides fascinating research regarding root canals.


A root canal is usually performed on a tooth that has become abscessed or infected due to extensive decay. The decay results in exposure to […]


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 […]

Stop Emotional Eating For Good

By Laurie Levin, Certified Health Coach

and Licensed HeartMath® Stress Reduction Trainer


Have you ever felt lonely or bored and eaten something when you’re not hungry? Have you felt frustrated, overwhelmed, anxious, then skipped meals and eaten unhealthy snacks instead? Have you been unhappy in a relationship and eaten until you were sick or insecure or rebellious, […]

Sustainable St. Louis Promotes Regional Approach to ‘Sustainable’ Initiatives

By Matt Robbins


In the summer of 2007, a group of representatives from leading St. Louis community and government organizations came together to harness their shared passion to work toward a sustainable future for the region’s environment. The St. Louis region needed an organization to serve as the “connective tissue,” promoting issues of sustainability. The synergies […]


By Gretchen Karros

Yoga and the Philosophy of the Yogic path have had many different interpretations, explanations and definitions.  This monthly section of “The Healthy Planet” is intended to expand and inform both Yogis and non-Yogis about this very ancient science of well-being.


The topic for this month is:  The Bhagavad-Gita, a very […]


By Christine Kniffen, LCSW, Therapist and Relationship Coach

The art of relating, sadly, seems fast becoming a lost art.  We are plugged in, tuned out and evermore isolated in a tech driven world loaded with reality shows filled with superficial, artificial relationships.  That’s not necessarily a good thing in my opinion.    As with many of the […]


By Nancy Smith, member, Missouri Farmers Union

For many people, wheat bread is still the “staff of life”.  But there is a growing segment of the population who must avoid gluten in order to have a healthy digestive system or to avoid allergy issues ranging from respiratory symptoms to behavior disorders.

Individuals who have […]

The Herb Lady’s Top 10 Supplements for a Healthier New Year

With Cathy Burkemper

It seems that each day there is more information about a new herb or vitamin that promises to be the “fountain of youth”.  It can be very confusing as to which ones you should be taking.  I’ve put together a list of 10 supplements that I feel are very beneficial to keep you […]

Tips for Living a Gluten Free Life

from ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner

Dr. Ian Wahl, DAc, LAc, CH


Gluten has been a huge topic in the news in 2009. We notice that more foods are being promoted as “gluten-free”.  Yet most people have no idea what gluten is or why there are “gluten-free” foods.  Let’s see if we can bring some clarity to why even […]

Wild Animals As Pets?

By Pam Bolton, Executive Director

Wildlife Center of Missouri


Frequently, people call the Wildlife Center of Missouri when they find injured, sick or baby animals that they fear are orphaned. We sincerely appreciate the calls from individuals who have the animals’ well-being in mind.  We work closely with the callers in an effort to provide information and […]

Winter’s Flower

Pat Tuholske

Nature Wisdom

January 2010

As a child, I puzzled over the name “Witch Hazel” on the bottle in my mom’s medicine cabinet.  Was it a witch’s potion?  I’d ask her about it and all mom would reveal was that she used it on her skin.  But I secretly imagined the concoction’s magical properties.  What superpowers did […]

Your Gut Could Be Making You Fat

By Josephine Lee, MS, DC

Is your gut making you fat? This answer may be “yes” for many of us. I have observed that many of my patients who have consulted with me over the years for weight problem have been found to have many food allergies. When they stopped eating the allergic foods, they lost […]