Articles from ‘March 2012’ Issue

Andrea’s Gluten Free Keeping It Stirred Up

By Maureen Cason


Have you noticed how much more available gluten-free food has become in mainstream grocery stores?  Andrea’s Gluten Free, a dedicated gluten, peanut and tree nut-free kitchen facility in Chesterfield is busy adding to the visibility by making their goodies more accessible.

“Have you seen our company logo on the freezer door at your local […]

Anti-Aging Health Care: A New Field

by Kathleen Christ


Anti-Aging Health Care promises to be one of the most significant medical specialties of the future, one that will influence human life for generations to come.  With a better informed and practicing populace in nutrition, exercise, lifestyle changes and adjustments, along with the added advantages of biomarker testing and treatments, the next few […]

ArtFul Happenings



Through May 20


MOCRA, 3700 West Pine Mall on the SLU campus; for info, call 314-977-7170 or visit mocra.slu.edu.


March 2-30



Opening reception, 5-7 p.m.; May Photography Gallery, 8300 Big Bend; 314-961-7673 or  www.webster.edu/maygallery.


March 2-31


Oil painting by Teresa Wang; reception, March 5, 6-8 […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

Healthy Planet Arts Editor


I’ll Never Say ‘Never’ Again!


I never cover animal events. I never cover recorded music. And I’ll never say “never” again.

You’ve seen the billboards all over town announcing Cavalia. A beautiful white horse, the epitome of strength and grace. The design simplicity of the billboard says “art.”

Described as a […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper


daily probiotics?


herbs that aid breast milk production


Q: Should I take a probiotic every day?


A:        Probiotics, aka good bacteria or friendly flora, can be very beneficial if taken every day.  Think of probiotics as soldiers for your body.  They are working very hard in your intestinal tract to help your body eliminate toxins and […]

Black or White?

by Dr. Alethea Eller


5:30 AM.  It is THE BEST time of day in my house.  First of all, it is quiet.  Having 3 small kids, quiet moments are cherished.  However, I think it is my most beloved time because that is when I get my morning cup of coffee.  No high maintenance blends or fancy […]

Can You Imagine Reversing the Aging of Your Structure?

by Dr. Brenda Kingen


After almost nineteen years in practice, one of my biggest frustrations has been when patients come to me with certain conditions and have been told that “it’s normal for their age” or “it’s all a part of getting old”! Kingen Chiropractic recently became the first BStrong4Life™ Center in Missouri. With this training […]

Cleanse The Right Way

by Michele Johnson

Cleanses are a great beginning to a new diet plan or jump starting your metabolism to get through plateaus.  Even if you are not dieting, you’ll have a feeling of more energy and well-being.

The first step is to eat lower on the food chain.  Avoid meat and carbohydrates and add more fruits and […]

Contemplating Green Technologies

by Don Fitz


How could a $20 light bulb cost less than a $1.48 one?  Ideas for green living are popping up everywhere.  Right now, light bulbs are a glowing issue.  We all know that fluorescent bulbs are far more efficient than the incandescent ones that are being phased out.  But no sooner than we get […]

Creating A Deer-Resistant Native Garden

by Cindy Gilberg


For those of us in ‘deer country’, the excitement of spring quickly wears off as deer discover and eat in our gardens. While it seems contrary to use native plants to enhance habitat for wildlife and at the same time to want to exclude deer, it is possible to accomplish both as there […]


by Jean Ponzi

Camp EarthWays 2012

Design Your Green Dream Home


Calling all cool planet kids! If you are ages 10-13 and a friend of Earth, this week of creating camping adventure has lots to offer you!

At Camp EarthWays – Young Green Builders you’ll explore the elements of sustainable design – as you design your own fantasy home. […]

Flowers & Plants Bring Happiness, Productivty & Healing To Our Lives

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Flowers and plants, whether the real thing or in art, aren’t just nice things to have around, they have been scientifically shown to bring happiness, productivity and healing in homes, workplaces and hospitals. Scientific studies from Texas A& M University, Rutgers University, Harvard Medical School, and Evidence Based Design have shown the […]

Green Ball April 27 At Moonrise

The Moonrise Hotel will host the 3rd annual Green Ball to benefit EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, gathering a crowd of green-minded movers and shakers in St. Louis for a night of fun and philanthropy. 7-11 p.m., Friday, April 27, 2012, in celebration of the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day and the third […]

Growing Green Awards March 29

The USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter is proud to celebrate and recognize the individuals, groups and organizations actively transforming the built environment while sharing their knowledge of green building and sustainable practices. Tickets now on sale for the Celebration on March 29 at 5:30 pm at the new Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 36 Headquarters! Call (314) 577-0854 […]


with Heather Hawk

Healthy Planet Fitness Writer


Family Fitness


Numerous studies indicate that over sixty percent of Americans are overweight.  Children, ages 9 to 13, are getting fatter fastest.  Parents can help change these trends by altering their family’s lifestyle, building in more physical activity, and teaching wiser food choices.  Experts say physically fit children have higher academic […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

During March

Whole Planet Foundation

Prosperity Fundraiser

The Whole Planet Foundation’s mission is to create economic partnerships with the poor in those developing-world communities that supply our stores with product. Through innovative assistance for entrepreneurship – including direct microcredit loans and tangible support for other community partnership projects – we seek to unleash the energy and creativity […]

Healthy Planet Summer Camp Guide

Abra-Kid-abra camps

Levitate a person five feet off the ground! Ride a unicycle! Twist animal balloons to take home! Sound fun? This is only the tip of the iceberg at Abra-Kid-Abra’s one-week entertainment camps! We offer four different programs at community centers and schools throughout St. Louis, all summer: magic, circus stars, comedy, and balloonatics. Half […]

How Would You Like To Save Half On Your Heating and Cooling Costs?

by Travis Seeger


Did you know that your heating and cooling costs are roughly 60% of your home energy expenses?   So what I am saying is we could literally cut your energy bills by one third.  Even if you have what would be considered a fairly efficient home comfort system.  We are finding that in areas […]

In Search of Nutrient Density

by Gretchen Inman


In light of the latest food gross out on the web – I am referring to the pink slime that was an FDA approved additive in  the fast food burger world, we need to redirect our attention to more food truisms. The images of the extruded blob being packed into boxes for shipping […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: LET THE GAMES BEGIN

by Tom & Carol Braford


Save you ever wished that saving civilization and the planet could be as simple as zapping others or your surroundings with a shot of biodegradable, bright green paint?

Well, now it is! That’s right. With your physical support and a bit of your green we can turn causing a sustainable civilization and […]

March Is National Nutrition Month

by Kari Hartel, RD, LD

Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search


March is National Nutrition Month, which aims to encourage people to make smart food choices and maintain a healthy exercise regimen. The theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month is “Get Your Plate in Shape.”  This theme helps people focus on not only building a […]


Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske


Throughout human history, we have always felt the need to set time apart from daily activities, sit alone in Nature and quest for a vision.  There are many variations of the historical vision quest — from the 72-hour Vision Fast, to a weekend Solitude Quest — from the Night Quest, to a […]

Operation Food Search Benefits from Whole Foods Market® “Bag” Hunger Campaign

Local Stores Donate $7378 to Help Feed those in Need

Operation Food Search is slated to receive a gift of $7378 from Whole Foods Market’s Bag Hunger 2012 campaign. All of the funds will support Food Gatherers in their mission to alleviate hunger in our community. The Bag Hunger campaign gives Whole Foods Market (WFM) customers […]


Molecular Spectroscopic Medicine Comes To St. Louis

At Environmental Health & Allergy Center (EHAC-St. Louis)


Epigenomics-3: Deciphering how Environmental Factors & Your Personal Choices Influence Your Genetic Code (Genome)


by Nihal S. DeSilva, PhD

and Tipu Sultan, MD

Environmental Health & Allergy Center

In our earlier articles we have indicated to you the importance of Epigenomics in preventive medicine. […]


“We Are All Bozos On The Bus”


Have you ever been so close to something it’s hard to recognize? Hard to see the forest for the trees? I find myself guilty of that when it comes to my own magazine. Sometimes I have to stop and actually take a good hard look at what’s in our […]

Rethink Renovations Now Offers Line of Eco-Conscious Furniture

After four years of creating healthy, sustainably minded environments for St. Louis families, Rethink Renovations has made a move to expand on their passion for bringing sustainability to your home by introducing their first line of eco-conscious furniture.

Gail and Barrett Elwyn, owners of Rethink Renovations and parents of two young children, understand first hand the […]

Springtime Village at Purina Farms Welcomes Barnyard Babies

Spring is right around the corner, and at Purina Farms, it means it’s time to welcome baby animals as part of the annual Springtime Village celebration.  Taking place March 21st through April 7th, Springtime Village is a chance for animal lovers of all ages to play with barnyard babies like bunnies, chicks, and piglets as […]

St. Louis Earth Day In The Works For April 22

by Casandra Hage
Executive Director, St. Louis Earth Day

In the past, I have used the March Healthy Planet issue to unveil the theme of the upcoming St. Louis Earth Day Festival and I see no reason to change things up this year, especially since it’s an exciting one. So here it goes, prepare yourself…

Heroes for the […]

St. Louis Radioactive Waste Mess Demands Action

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received its second proposal to leave radioactive waste at a site adjacent to Earth City in northwest St. Louis County and now we must unite to stop it. The site, known as the West Lake Landfill, contains some of the most hazardous radioactive waste in our nation and […]

The Absence of Success on Virtually Every Level: Truth, Lies and Afghanistan How Medical Leaders Have Let Us Down on the War on Cancer

by Simon Yu, MD


Army Times, in the February 13, 2012 issue, covered the very sensitive subject of the war in Afghanistan in an article written by Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis. His essay titled, “Truth, Lies and Afghanistan: How Military Leaders Have Let Us Down” was published in the AFJ (Armed Forces Journal).

Lt. Col. Davis, […]

The Art of Relating

with Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW,

Therapist & Relationship Coach


Your 3-Step Roadmap To Love


Stop by the Healthy Planet Expo on March 4th. I’ll be signing copies of my new book and would love to see you!  


Sign up for my monthly newsletter for free relationship advice, previews of upcoming authors on my radio show and highlights from […]

The Heart of Communication Between Parent & Child

By Dr. Vera Gabliani, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist


Good communication is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship with your child, gives her a positive view of herself and serves as her foundation and model for good relationships throughout her life.  When you truly listen to your child, you communicate to her that she is understood, valued and accepted […]

The Olive Connection from Sparta to St. Louis

by Nancy Smith,

secretary, Farm to Family


It was at a Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo that I first tasted the olive oil offered by Olea. That oil really knocked my socks off. The lightness, freshness, and wonderful olive flavor were so full of pure quality that I knew we had to get Olea olive […]

TransFigure Total Health Adds New Program To Help Clients Get Their Weight Off

by Jane Arrington, RN


Obesity has replaced tobacco as the leading cause of sickness and death.  Two thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and the fastest growing segment for obesity is our children.  Today, one third of children are overweight.  Is it our genes?  Even with a genetic predisposition to obesity, we can suppress those […]

Unchanging Silence in a Changing World

Practicing Meditation For Inner Peace

And Optimal Health


by Shirley Stoll, B.S., M.A.

Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor


“Stop the World – I Want to Get Off” was a popular Broadway Musical in the 1960’s.  Some people living in the ever changing and fast paced world today may have thoughts similar to the title of this show.  […]

Upcoming Fun Ideas for Pets & Pet Owners in Springtime

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Clarkson-Wilson Veterinary Clinic

Vet Pet Rescue


If you are anything like me, you are praying for snow to leave sooner than later, and for warm springtime weather to take over. Sunshine changes my whole mood, making me happy, excited to get out and about, and just encourages me to explore. I was thinking […]

When Trying To Fix “IT” No Longer Works

by Dr. Matthew A. Stralka


Many of us in the Alternative health system have mixed our personal and professional goals.  Many of us come into our line of work as “wounded” healers.  We found that special “something” that has made our lives work…at least in a “band aid” kind of way. Instead of using prescription medication […]

Women and Men Are Suffering In Silence

by Dr. Leslie Scott, M.D.

Hormone deficiencies and imbalances are a natural condition that comes with aging but can have a severe negative impact on daily lifestyles in both men and women. Few people realize how hormone deficient they really are. As we age, hormonal deficiencies can cause a multitude of symptoms, which can decrease our […]