Articles from ‘June 2010’ Issue



Presented by The Healthy Planet magazine and sponsored by AgriMissouri





New Haven Farmers Market

On the Levee Walk @ Olive/Main – New Haven, MO 63068


Thursdays at 4 pm until dusk



More than simply a marketplace, the Farmers’ Market is a weekly, social event! It is a place where friends meet after work and families picnic on the […]

Acai Berry Helps Combat Cancer Cells

By Ari Khagi


Everybody knows that eating fresh vegetables and fruits is very good for our health. Do you know that these products have been proven to reduce the risk factors of getting chronic disorders like cancer and different heart diseases? Such fruits as mangoes and grapes containing antioxidants were scientifically tested to destroy cancer cells. […]

Allergy Season is Upon Us … Again

By Teresa Garden, DVM


Yes, it’s that wonderful time of the year again when  birds are chirping,  flowers and trees are in full bloom, and people and pets are miserable with symptoms of allergies.  It is the first time ever that all of our staff at Animal Health & Healing were sick with allergies for several […]


With Michelle “Mike” Ochincky

Healthy Planet Arts Editor


Experiencing Art:

The French Connection…


Albert Hubbard declared, “Art is not a thing; it is a way.” And ARTful living has many facets. A huge part of art, I think, is the experiencing of it—namely, the “way.”

When the opportunity arose to share rent on a little house in the Languedoc region […]


With Cathy Burkemper


Memory Loss & Heart Disease


Q: I am 67 years old and seem to be forgetting everything lately.  What kind of nutritional supplement can I take to keep this from getting worse?


A: There are several different supplements that you could take to improve your memory.  The most common supplement is Gingko Biloba.  It provides […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Chiropractic

By Dr. Brenda L. Kingen


When I try to thread a needle, button my shirt, or crochet, I can’t seem to feel my finger tips.  I’ve also noticed when unscrewing jars, my grip feels weak.  In fact, I almost dropped a cup of coffee the other day.  I wake up 3-4 times a night and I […]

Clean Air Partnership teams with EPA to bring EnviroFlash air quality forecasting service to the St. Louis area

Article courtesy of the St. Louis Regional

Clean Air Partnership


This summer, individuals in search of the latest air quality information need to look no further than their e-mail inboxes. Thanks to a new partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership (The Partnership) is now providing area residents with […]

Colonics Reduce Bloating, Increase Energy

By Cindy Caldwell


Do you wish you weren’t BLOATED ALL THE TIME???  Do you wish you could feel better?  Do you wish you could have a normal, easy bowel movement?  How about more energy…could you use some more of that?  Colonics or colon hydrotherapy may be your answer.  Decreased bloating, increased energy and improved bowel movements […]

Confused about Breast Health Screening?

By Linda Weber Spradling


There has been much controversy in the news lately regarding mammograms.  For many years women were told to start yearly, screening mammograms at age 40.  Since cancer is now the disease most likely to lead to premature death women are justifiably concerned that breast cancer will be the cancer they are most […]

Critter Sitters: all-in-one pet care services

By Leah O’Donnell

Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor


The excitement of summer is here and for many of us, weekends away and vacation plans are a part of the excitement.  One important factor in planning for vacation is who will care for your pets while you are away.  Critter Sitters of St. Louis is my recommendation and Planet […]

Crown Valley Offers Escape To Missouri Wine Country

Situated in beautiful Ste. Genevieve County, Crown Valley Winery is a premier destination to enjoy incredible wines in a fun, easy going atmosphere.  Now seven years old, Crown Valley Winery was opened in April 2003 by owners Mr. & Mrs. Joe Scott. As a child, Mr. Scott spent summers in Coffman on his grandfather’s farm.  […]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi



My favorite of these columns are the stories where the joke’s on me, the vignettes from my pretty Green life that hopefully inspire you to live a bit Greener while enjoying a laugh at my quirks and foibles.

Laughter builds resiliency, the reserves we need to hang in there when the only funny you […]

Fresh From The Farmer

By Nancy Smith, Board Member

Farm to Family Naturally


There has never been a more difficult time to be a farmer.   It seems as though so many odds are against them (including government regulations, big farm co-ops, new laws, etc.).  And so it is wonderful and exciting that some families are still dedicated to making a living […]


Here are suggestions

for plants to attract

pollinators and for

pond gardens, along

with other things for

pollinators in the garden.


Greene’s Country Store and Feed

We have items to encourage pollinators including bee keeping supplies (complete hive ready to go along with veils, gloves, smokers, bee brushes, hive tools, and feeders).  Native bee homes along with […]

Garden Notes, Classes & Events

National Pollinator Week –

June 21 -27th

Missouri Botanical Garden Celebrates Pollinators all month long.  Pollinator Photos – Submit your pollinator photos to Flickr for the MO Botanical Garden photomontage, www.flickr.com/groups/1381284@N20/.  A photomontage of these images will be shown on YouTube in July. St. Louis Zoo has a special pollinator dinner June 22nd – details below.


Beekeeper Backyard […]


By Gretchen Morfogen


There are several terms that I have come across lately that relate to a deeper overall understanding of what can be accomplished in a small garden environment. It also relates to a bigger picture once several of these ideologies merge in a community setting. I sense a trend along some of these lines […]


With Dori Degenhardt

Healthy Planet Outdoors & Fitness Edior


June is what I like to refer to as “bring on the races!” month.  There are usually more 5Ks this month than any other out there.  There are many websites touting their own 5 and 10K races, however, I’ve found that Matt and Ben over at Big River […]


Bees, Butterflies & More

Pollinators in Peril National Pollinator

Week, June 21-27


by Linda Wiggen Kraft


Pollinators, those creatures that carry pollen from flower to flower ensuring that plants produce fruits, vegetables, and seeds need our help for their survival, just as humankind needs their help to live on earth. Bees, flies, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles, birds and bats […]


With Craig Jung • StLouisGreen.com

Healthy Planet Green Living Editor


St. Louis County has named a new Director of Energy Sustainability, Anne Klein, formerly with St. Charles County as the Director of Policy.  In her new role, she will be promoting energy efficiency and energy sustainability policies.  The program is funded by an $8.4 million grant from […]

Healing Foods from the Bible: Jesus Did Not Eat Junk Food

By Simon Yu, MD


Brendan, my three year old grandson, started Lutheran Sunday school this year. He is a good student. He learned that Jesus died on the Cross. When my wife asked him what else he learned, he said Jesus ate junk food. I am not so sure about the Lutheran’s teaching for those children […]


Art St. Louis

For over 23 years, Art Saint Louis has worked to cultivate an appreciation for the role that visual artists play in our community. We fulfill this mission by creating and presenting original exhibitions, educational programming and support services to benefits artists and the community. 555 Washington Avenue, #150; 314-241-4810 or visit www.artstlouis.org.



Center of […]


June 3, 5 & 6


Airs on KDHX Ch. 21 in the City of St. Louis: 06/03 7 pm, 06/05 2:30 pm,& 06/06 6 pm.  Where does mercury come from and how does it damage nerve cells?  Host Don Fitz and guest Bob Criss of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University ask how Missourians […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: Cool St. Louis!

By Tom & Carol Braford



The cool spring weather we are experiencing this year could be a metaphor for St. Louis from now on.  Some scientists predict that the effect of global warming in our region is likely to be cooler, wetter weather interspersed with hotter, drier weather.  Global warming is the cause but climate disruption […]

It’s Easy Being Green!

By Cindy Sauzek


Safer cleaning products can help protect the environment, your family, and your pets.  When you or your service professional uses a cleaning product, it is released into the environment inside your home or office and down the drain to the outdoors.  Adults come in contact with cleaning products on a regular basis, as […]

LOVE IN ACTION! The Force that Motivates Julia Butterfly Hill

By Karen Klaus, Director of Development, Operation Food Search


What is the force that would keep someone attached to a tree for two years?  The answer for Julia Butterfly Hill is love!


It wasn’t love however that brought her to the tree.  It was her soul searching for purpose and her youthful naiveté that landed her in […]

Meramec Horticulture Student Offers Proposal For K-12 Wetlands Restoration Curriculum

Tony Zebrowski has big dreams—dreams that could easily become reality, thanks to a supportive and knowledgeable faculty at St. Louis Community College-Meramec (STLCC). Zebrowski is a student in the Meramec Horticulture program and will receive his Associate in Applied Science degree next year. Before coming to STLCC, he served as an Americorps VISTA in New […]

Moving Into Meditation: Yin/Yang Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation

Yoga Source Presents

A Workshop with Sarah Powers June 25, 26 & 27


This workshop is suitable for anyone who has been doing Yoga for at least one year and has a strong interest in meditation. In this workshop Sarah will provide an atmosphere for balancing body, heart and mind through active and passive yoga poses, as […]

NEWS FROM NEELS CAFFEINE: Risks, Benefits, and Lesser Known Facts

By Jon Frieda


Caffeine is the most widely used drug in the world. It is commonly consumed in coffee, tea, and a variety of soft drinks, like soda and other carbonated energy drinks.  While caffeine has several positive attributes, overuse is common and widespread, and has the potential to lead to several health debilitating conditions.

Caffeine is […]


By Pam Bolton;

Executive Director Missouri Wildlife Center


The lyrics of an old song by the Byrds describes baby season at the Wildlife Rescue Center, “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven”.

As we leave squirrel season, we enter opossum’s season, or “possum” as everyone calls them, at the Wildlife […]

Pond-O-Rama: June 26th & 27th

There are many reasons people create water features in their gardens.  They give a sense of serenity and peace with enchanting water movement and sound.  Water lilies, lotus, reeds, rushes and other amazing plants can only be grown in ponds.  Fish, koi and goldfish, become pets for some pond owners. Water gardens can also remedy […]

Publisher’s Corner

June Gets My Vote For Best Month Of The Year


There is just not a better month in St. Louis than June. And not just because of Father’s Day either. I mean, Father’s Day is pretty much the forgotten holiday. Mother’s Day is a big deal, with lots of thought, cards, presents special brunches & dinners. […]

Saint Louis Art Museum Offers Summer Youth SmART Program

The Saint Louis Art Museum invites community and school groups to participate in its annual free summer arts education program. This year, Youth smART explores a wide variety of sculpture from around the world. Come celebrate the wonders of three-dimensional art by studying large and small-scale works of art made of wood, metal, cloth, stone, […]

Springtime Ticks are More Than Just a Nuisance: They are Harbingers of Potential Disease for Pets & Pet Owners Alike!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM


It’s so lovely outside these days!  Springtime has all of  us out and about, exploring the seasonal beauty with our trusty pets alongside.  We may be planting in the garden, taking relaxing evening walks, jogging or hiking the many paths available in our park systems, and more.  And, with any of […]

Taking The Mystery Out of Yoga

By Gretchen Karros


Yoga and the philosophy of the Yogic path has many different interpretations, explanations and definitions.  This monthly section is intended to enlighten, expand and inform both Yogis and non-Yogis about this very ancient science of well-being.


The topic for this month is:



First of all, it is important to know what meditation […]


With Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW,

Therapist & Relationship Coach


Fixing Your Relationship

by getting rid of Resistance



Check out this month’s radio show lineup……     

June 7:  Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA 

June 14: Choose to be Happily Married:

How Everyday Decisions Can Lead to Lasting Love

June 21: Sex, Love & Money

June 28: The Heart […]

There’s An Urgent Care In Downtown St. Louis? Yes There Is!

By Dr. Sonny Saggar, MD


There is a great deal of confusion among the general public regarding the access to healthcare.


Where should I go? Whom should I see? How much will it cost? How long should I wait before someone can see me? How long before I can get an appointment? Will they take my insurance? […]

Toothpastes Are Not All The Same

By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN

(Certified Clinical Nutritionist)


A concerned mother called my office once with an intriguing question. “Is it possible that my daughter can get sick from brushing her teeth with her toothpaste?” I asked her what type of toothpaste she was using and it was one of the popular name-brand toothpastes on the […]

Tour Energy-Saving Green Homes June 19

Green building practices are well rooted and showing persistent, continued growth in new and rehabbed homes throughout the St. Louis region. Explore the many benefits of building Green during the 4th annual St. Louis Regional Tour of Green Homes on Saturday, June 19 from noon to 4 p.m.


You can download a self-guiding map to 10 […]