Articles from ‘January 2012’ Issue

20 Health & Wellness Tips For The New Year 2012

1. The Joy in your heart,

coupled with a positive attitude toward what life brings you, will help you through any crisis . . . Even when it seems impossible, find gratitude in all things. Enjoy foods which are whole and raw, as often as you can. Exercise, move and free your body of tension. […]

3rd Annual Bi-State Green Expo Set For Jan. 27-29 In Belleville, Il

The Bi-State Green EXPO is excited to host its third great event, and it is quickly becoming an area favorite for finding “green” products, services, and companies that provide them.  Last year’s event was spectacular and this year promises to be even bigger and better with approximately 100 + exhibitors representing a variety of energy […]

A Revolutionary New 60-year-old diet! Prescribed by a Medical Doctor (MD) Monitored by a Registered Nurse


TransFigure Total Health is a Clayton-based company responsible for transforming local bodies up to 30 pounds lighter in 40 days. Many people who have failed using other diets have gotten into shape through this 1950’s program that focuses on releasing and recirculating abnormal and stored body fat without hunger or excessive exercise. Modern research and […]


by Gretchen Morfogen

2011 was a culinary collision of sorts. So many new ideas came together with the momentum of a freight train but just as quickly faded on down the tracks. Very few of these trends are here to stay. But a few that went outside the box and those that redefined following the rules […]



Through January 9
SEEN 2011
Photography exhibition; Studio Altius, 2301 S. Big Bend; for info, call 314-769-9769 or visit www.studioaltius.com.

January 2-28
Cecille Hunt Gallery, 8342 Big Bend; for info, visit www.webster.edu/news.

January 4-February 17
Work by Meg Matson; reception 1/20, 6-9 p.m.; Gateway Gallery, 21 N. Bemiston; 314-402-1959.

Through January 28
Sheldon Galleries, 3648 Washington; […]


With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

Healthy Planet Arts Editor

The Contemporary Art museum St. Louis

I like to visit art museums, and have seen quite a few of them, all over the world. I love the Prado in Madrid. I’ve been awed by the Louvre in Paris. The Albertina in Vienna is so special and the Musee […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper

Stop Smoking Herbs?
What’s The Story With Red Pepper?

Q: I really want to stop smoking.  Are there any natural supplements that may make this easier for me?

A: I applaud you for wanting to take the step to stop smoking.  This is not always an easy thing to do, but there are a few things […]

Beekeeping Classes Offered At Maritz, February 11, Sure To Be Abuzz With Activity

Do you keep bees? Have you ever wanted to learn how to keep bees?

The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association will offer courses for both beginners and experienced beekeepers on Saturday, February 11, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri.

Prominent bee researcher and Bee Culture columnist Jennifer Berry, certified master beekeeper Erin […]

Coalition Report

by Kathleen Logan Smith

Executive Director ; Missouri Coalition For The Environment


Farm Bill 2012: All Eaters Must Come to the Table

In this column, we’ve been learning more about the U.S. Farm Bill, the package of legislation that impacts our food system- what is grown, how it’s grown, and how much it costs us. The Farm Bill, […]

EarthWorms Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Be Here Now
A New Year’s Time-Life Travelogue

December fades, the season turns,
I hatch my New Year’s plot
And catch myself attaching
To a wish for what I’m not.

Don’t get me wrong, I love it here
Upon this sweet, exquisite planet.
The hitch is human nature:
I would sometimes like to can it.

Drifting into reverie,
Deliciously recalling
A long-past life in lush […]

Four St. Louis Area Yoga Schools Getting Certification From State

by Jamie Sanchez

In February of 2009, all Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher training programs in the state of Missouri were contacted by the Missouri Department of Higher Education regarding their training programs.  It was the state’s opinion that the teacher training programs being offered were vocational in nature since the intention is to train people […]

GDA Certifies First Restaurant: Schlafly Bottleworks


On December 1st, 2011, the Green Dining Alliance (GDA) launched a new certification program aimed at St. Louis restaurants. An initiative of St. Louis Earth Day, the Green Dining Alliance is committed to working with local restaurants to reduce their environmental impact and adopt sustainable initiatives. By considering all areas of operations, the program puts […]

Great Rivers Greenway Completes Gateway Bike Plan


Plan partners propose more than 1,000 miles of bike lanes linking St. Louis City and County and St. Charles County, paving the way for creation of one of the larger bicycle networks in the U.S.

Working to help the St. Louis region become a premiere community that encourages healthy living and active lifestyles, Great Rivers Greenway […]


with Heather Hawk

Healthy Planet Fitness Writer

New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

Happy New Year!  It’s 2012 and once again the time has come to define your resolutions for the next 12 months.  Each year millions of people vow to lose weight and start creating a healthier lifestyle.  Yet each year many of those people are side-tracked from their […]

Healthy Planet Happenings


January 1-31
Holiday Light Recycling
at whole foods Market
Last year, STLOUISGREEN.com’s Holiday Light Recycling Drive collected over EIGHT tons of holiday lights to recycle. That’s EIGHT TONS that stayed out of the landfill! This year we are hoping to recycle 25 TONS! Customers are encouraged to recycle old holiday lights and extension cords. All unworkable holiday lights, […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: Take an Action, Tell the Story, Give a Gift

by Tom & Carol Braford

Would you like to give yourself, your children and your grandchildren the gift of a secure civilization and planet?

One of our mentors and heroes is Sam Daley Harris. Back in the ‘80’s, Sam joined the Hunger Project and gave talks about how to end world hunger. He found that most people […]

Learn To Live A Healthier and Greener Life At The Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo, March 4


Cure your cabin fever as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Natural Living magazine, hosts its 23rd Natural Living Expo Sunday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 E. Glendale Road (I-44 at Elm Avenue) in Webster Groves.

This popular event will include more than 70 exhibit booths […]

Mark Your Calendars… GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend Set for April 14 & 15


Make plans early to join the fun at the 12th annual GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend set for April 14 & 15. This large two-day event is open to people of all ages and fitness levels. The Family Fitness Weekend is widely known as Missouri’s largest fitness event, with more than 25,000 […]

New Year Prescription For Health & Wellness

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

Another year has slipped away. I wonder what’s in store for us in 2012? We may not be younger and we may not be richer but I hope we all may be a bit wiser than before.
We may not know the cure for cancer yet, or even understand […]

New Years Resolutions For Your Pets

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Clarkson-Wilson Veterinary Clinic

Veterinary Pet Rescue

The new year presents the wonderful opportunity to ‘start anew’.  The real challenge is to be consistent and follow through.  At least that is always my own personal challenge.  But not only do we need to care for our human needs, we like to encourage pet owners […]

Nominations Open For 2012 Growing Green Awards!

By Emily Andrews,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Executive Director

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter is excited to host the 4th Annual Growing Green awards to celebrate and recognize people, organizations, institutions and companies that are transforming our built environment and our community into a healthier, more environmentally friendly and prosperous place to live, […]

Nutrition 101: Small Changes Make a Big Difference

by Michele Johnson

Dieting in the New Year?  Have you been trying to lose weight year after year only to find yourself gaining it back? The problem with crash diets and excessive exercise routines is that they are not meant for long-term results. In fact, crash diets may actually make you gain more weight in the […]

Oasis In The Food Desert Farm To Family Mobile Market

By Nancy Smith,
secretary, Farm to Family

A food desert is an area, either rural or urban, that does not have access for ordinary people to healthy foods at affordable prices. The St. Louis area has a number of food deserts. Enter Farm to Family, in partnership with the Wallace HUFED Center, and what have you […]

Orchid Show Begins Jan. 28

Step into an indoor Chinese strolling garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors. The much-anticipated Orchid Show offers visitors the once-a-year opportunity to see an incredible display of 800 blooming orchids from the Garden’s renowned collection. Stroll through the blossoming landscape of fragrant blooms and Chinese-themed accents Saturday, Jan. […]

Parasites Follow Money: Disease Follows Money

by Simon Yu, MD

Disease follows the money. Follow the Dollar bills.” Can we actually predict the future of the world economy, finance, war, politics and pandemic outbreaks based on global data into one basket of information?

According to David Weinberger, a senior researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and co-director of the […]

Parenting Consultant Offers Advice On Child Rearing

by Glenda Moore, Parenting Consultant

Question: My child (who is four years old) has difficulty moving form one part of the day to another.  He continues playing when called to dinner and doesn’t want to put on his coat when it’s time to go outside.  Every change of the day seems to make him fall apart.  […]

Pretty In Pink: The Glamorous World of Arthritis

by Emily Hecker, DC, MBA, CNC

Sixty-two percent of women are more sensitive to weather changes than men. For patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Osteoarthritis (OA), and Fibromyalgia, weather changes result in INCREASED pain.  Changes in barometric pressure, temperature and rain affect inflamed joints. How can you tell if the barometric pressure is changing? Look at […]

PUBLISHER’S CORNER Random Acts Of Kindness Create A Chain of Gratitude


A good friend of mine was telling me a story at lunch the other day. With a broad smile he told of the time  he was on a toll road somewhere and when he got up to the toll booth the person inside said “Go ahead, the guy in the car ahead of you paid […]

Ready, Set, Seeds

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

January is the time to begin the new gardening year by spending time with seed catalogs both in paper form and online. The ritual of sitting with a pile of catalogs, a computer and a cup of tea while snuggled under a blanket is the first gardening activity of the year. The […]

Sustainable Animal Raising vs. CAFOs

by Don Fitz

Do you have a mental image of chickens pecking at insects, hogs rooting for grubs and cattle meandering across fields?  That’s definitely part of sustainable animal raising.  For Darvin Bentlage it also includes producing his own feedstocks of grain, hay and replacement animals.  Even more important, animals raised sustainably are not pumped with […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health & Fitness

by Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

You’ve probably heard something about T’ai Chi, have seen people practicing it in a park, or watched it on a television special about China.  You know it’s some kind of slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial for your health.  You may also know that at advanced […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffin, MSW, LCSW, Therapist & Relationship Coach

Self-Improvement in the New Year

Sign up for my new Art of Relating Newsletter at www.christinekniffen.com Find out what’s coming up this month on my weekly radio show, as well as info on upcoming articles and free relationship tips.

Where do I start?  Are we talking weight loss, less […]

The St. Louis Extraordinary People Series Returns!

by Stacy Hunsicker

I am thrilled to announce a second lecture series coming to St. Louis in 2012.  The 2010 series is a hard act to follow.  We featured Rev. Michael Beckwith (from The Secret),  Gregg Braden ( Fractal Time), don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements) and Sonia Choquette (Trust Your Vibe).  How could we top […]

The Truth About Gluten-Free Diets

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

The New Year brings good intentions of eating healthy and getting more exercise. Many people make New Year’s resolutions based on improving their health in some way. All too often there are dozens of new diet fads that pop up, promising fast results with little […]

Thermography Measures Physiology For Early Detection Of Breast Cancer

by Linda Ditzler, RN, BSN, HN, BSWED

In “The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer” (2003), Sat Dharam Kaur writes, “Although thermography was considered inaccurate 20 years ago and lost favor due to inconsistent reporting methods, efficiency has improved and analysis of thermograms has been standardized.

Unlike a mammogram that detects changes in anatomy, thermography measures […]

Tias Little Returns To St. Louis Jan. 20-22


Yoga Source is honored to bring Master Teacher Tias Little back to St. Louis  for another weekend of amazing classes, January 20 – 22, 2012.

Tias Little has trained in Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, has been a student of Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen practice since 2003, and has practiced Zen since 1995. His teaching specializes in […]

Why Is Cholesterol High

by Ava Frick, DVM, CAC

Cholesterol numbers began rising about the time people quit doing as much manual labor and switched eating habits to refined, processed, fast foods.  (Note:  Animals for the most part are being fed refined, processed, and fast foods.) Then cholesterol really started getting a bad wrap about the time pharmaceutical companies released […]

Winter Brings Eagles To Eagle Days Jan. 14-15


Visitors are invited to view eagles through spotting scopes staffed by trained volunteers at any time during Eagle Days on the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM on January 14 and 15. On both days the World Bird Sanctuary will be presenting an educational program, repeated every 20 minutes from […]