Articles from ‘March 2013’ Issue

Aquatic Rebirthing Breathwork

by Kathleen H. Christ, LMT, NCMBT

Rebirthing Breathwork is a process of saturating the entire body with oxygen through a deliberate and concentrated process of repetitive, continuous-flow breathing. It brings about youthing and transformational effects on a cellular level within the entire body.
Cells and organ systems grow healthier with quicker metabolism, and not only age more […]

ARTful Happenings March 2013


Through March 23
Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit http://gallery210.umsl.edu.

Through March 24
Works by nine area bookmakers; Charak Gallery of Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar; for info, visit www.craftalliance.org.

Through April 13
Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

On Stage & Under Water In March…

It is fair to say that where there is a diversity of cultures characterized by genuine engagement there is also creativity, innovation and productivity,” said Cecelia Nadal, founder and executive director of Gitana Productions. Her words accurately describe the Al-Andalus Ensemble, performing in […]


With Cathy Schram

What is Guggul? And Natural Remedies for Stress

Q: What do you know about an herb called Guggul?
A: Guggul or Guggul Lipid, is an Indian Herb that has been shown to significantly help lower cholesterol. Gum resin is taken from the guggul tree, a small thorny tree native to certain semi-arid regions of India. […]

Aspiring Brewmaster Directs Operations At Llywelyn’s Pub

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

I suppose it’s my English, Scottish, Irish, German heritage that makes me such a beer lover. After visting many pubs and taverns in Europe, I have long been a beer aficionado or as one beer blogger calls himself, a “cerevisaphile”. Cerevisa is Latin for beer. In most countries, the local “pub” […]

Be Young Essential Oils: A Life Restoring

by Donna Langenbacher

Today, more than ever, we need to return to nature. Many of us eat processed food tainted by chemical fertilizers. Most work in climate controlled buildings under artificial lights. People are busy–too busy to seek authentic cures. Instead, they look for quick fixes to eliminate the symptoms that are the natural outcome of […]

Bixby’s & Cafe Madeleine Serve Irish Brunch On Sundays In March (Except Easter)

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Bixby’s and Cafe Madeleine will serve Irish brunch specials every Sunday in March, except Easter Sunday, from 10am to 2pm. Cost will be $24.75 per person at Bixby’s, $13.50 for children 12 and under, children 3 and under are free. At Cafe Madeleine the cost is $23.75 per person, […]

Coalition Report

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Director of Environmental Policy Coalition For The Environment

STL Radwaste Issue Heats Up

Just when we thought having uncontained radioactive waste in the floodplain upstream from people’s drinking water couldn’t get any worse, now there’s a new threat to public health.

First, the background: St. Louis was ground-zero for Uranium purification during World War II […]

Community Health Weekend Set For March 15-17

Lifestyle medicine experts, Dr. Hans Diehl and Dr. John Kelly, will empower you to take control of your health. The movie Processed People kicks off this event on Friday, March 15 at 6:30, followed on Saturday morning, March 16, at 10:00 AM with a series of lectures throughout the day (lunch is provided), and at […]

Craft Beer Guide


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 […]

Double Helix Stable Cluster Water: The Theoretical Physicist On Water For Healing

By Simon Yu, MD

The Second International Water and Health Symposium was held at California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) on Jan 31-Feb 1, 2013 in Pasadena, California. I want to share some of my experiences from the symposium. Many distinguished academic professors and medical clinicians from around the world attended. They heard the presentation by […]

Earth Day Action Grants

A New Micro-Funding Program For Environmental Action

Over the last handful of years, the St. Louis Earth Day Festival has become a successful fundraiser for our organization which shares the same name. Funds raised through the production of the Festival help support our programs like Recycling On the Go and the Green Dining Alliance. These programs […]

EarthWorms Castings… by Jean Ponzi

Our Solid Waste Management District System
A Quiet Resource That’s Under Siege

You recycle now without a second thought – at home, at school – and chances are good that your workplace pairs recycling bins with the trash cans too.

At Lambert Airport, the convention center, at Cardinals and Rams games, and St Louis Earth Day’s Recycling On […]

Explore The Natural World At Home

by Cindy Gilberg

Nature will never cease to amaze if you take the time to slow down and observe it. Learning to slow down and be more observant is not so easy for busy families—it is much like being a child again and going on a treasure hunt. In fact, sharing this time with a child […]

Growing Green Awards March 28

Keynote: “Using Design For Change”

Designer, architect, builder, author and teacher Emily Pilloton will headline USGBC-Missouri Gateway’s fifth annual Growing Green Awards celebration on March 28 at the Palladium.

An industrial designer on paper and high school teacher in practice, Pilloton began a bold immersive experiment in an impoverished rural North Carolina county to prove educational challenges […]


March 2 & 7
Going Raw: Fresh Raw Food Talks for Dogs and Cats
Feeding a fresh, minimally-processed raw food diet is so important for both dogs and cats. You’ll learn how to get started, the benefits of rotating between proteins, and how feeding a fresh, raw food diet can help with many common problems including join support, […]

Healing Issues of the Heart — Mind-Body-Spirit Wellbeing

by Dorothy Tomasic, M.A.,
Certified EPT Works Practitioner

Currently within the healing arts community, there is discussion about making connections between the mind and heart regarding our visions and hopes for how we would like our life to be. In the field of energy healing, various modalities focus on letting go of or changing false beliefs we […]

Healthy “Life” Resources

with Chaplain Paul

“Spiritual Maturity”

Recently someone asked me, “How do you define the meaning of the word “Spiritual”? When someone says, “I am not very religious but I am spiritual”, what do they mean?

Then they went on to ask me, “What defines “Spiritual Maturity”? Wow, two very deep questions! I would be interested in how you, […]

Healthy Campfire Cooking

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

Even as there is still a chill in the air, you may be starting to plan your first camping trip of the Spring or Summer. Or maybe you are one of those hardy winter campers. Please clip this article and put it with your camping […]

Healthy Planet Guide To CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)

CSA Guide for in and around the Saint Louis Area
Your guide to fresh, local produce grown responsibly.
Know your farmer… Know your Food!

By Crystal Moore-Stevens

Eating is one of the most profound human experiences; it is vital to our existence and a common thread defining us culturally. That which sustains us ultimately holds our entire existence together: […]

Healthy Planet Magazine Hosts 25th Natural Living Expo March 10 In Webster Groves

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.

More than 65 exhibit booths filled with healthy and green vendors include free health screenings, healthy food, craft beer, coffee & tea […]

How Did My Daughter Develop A Love Of Writing?

by Barbara O’Brien, Ph.D.,
Developmental Psychologist

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
– Maya Angelou

We’ve all been there. We’ve seen our children put their shoes on the wrong feet, their shirts on backwards, and we’ve seen them misspell words like “pardy” instead of “party.”

And, our instinct is […]

Humane Society of Missouri

by Suzanne K. Gassner

Another Form Of March Madness

If you listen very carefully you can almost hear it. And if you take a deep breath you can even smell it. The subtle signs of spring are all around us and it won’t be long until all that is quietly stirring blooms to life. Yes, spring is […]

Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske,

Life With Trees

I hope your life is blessed with trees.

Large trees are absolutely essential to the well-being of Earth and all beings. They are the skin of the Earth, covering and protecting. Our world depends upon vast numbers of trees to control weather cycles, regulate oxygen-carbon dioxide ratios, purify the atmosphere, produce and […]

Planting The Seeds of Happiness, Hope and Love

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Hope, happiness and love are perhaps the strongest positive emotional forces humans can experience. One of the ways to grow and nurture these feelings is to plant seeds in a garden, take care of them, watch them grow and reap the harvest of nourishment for body and soul.

Spring brings renewal to life. […]

Proactive Versus Reactive: The Pitfalls of Finding Help For Your Adolescent

by Beth Reese, LPC, HCom

My career as a family therapist (aka psychotherapist) started back when parents could receive help proactively from the Division of Family Services. I worked with stressed out single mothers with limited resource face the daily pressures of meeting the many needs of their children. I taught parenting skills and about the […]

Publisher’s Corner

This Is Our 25th Expo In 15 Years

Way back in 1997, I was more than busy trying to get a fledgling Healthy Planet magazine off the ground. It was tough, but at least I had 17 years of publishing experience under my belt thanks to my firest venture, The Webster-Kirkwood Times. I knew it was […]

Shock Top Now Offers Six Flavorful Varieties Of Beer

Shock Top offers six different varieties of beer including the Belgian White, Raspberry Wheat, Wheat IPA, Lemon Shandy, Pumpkin Wheat, and Honeycrisp Apple Wheat.

We’ve shaken up traditional tastes by brewing a spiced Belgian-style wheat ale with real orange, lemon and lime peels, and then added a little coriander spice to the mix. This uniquely-crafted and […]

Springtime Cleaning Poses Concerns For Your Pets. Beware!!!

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Somehow, springtime stimulates even the most committed couch potatoes towards garage and basement cleaning. It may be the sense of ‘a new beginning’, associated with the inviting sounds of an orchestral ensemble of backyard birds; the smells and sights of newly erupting fragrant roses, dogwoods and peonies; or, maybe it has […]

Summer Camp Guide

Abra-Kid-abra Camps
Make a person magically appear! 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 or full day. […]

The Genetically Modified Food Connection with Invisible Illness and Foodborne Diseases

by Dr. David Peterson

Harmful chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and parasites in the food we eat and drink cause foodborne illnesses. Many of these toxic chemicals are naturally occurring. New research speculates many apparent causes of bacterial food poisoning may actually be lectin poisoning.

What are Lectins? The majority of lectins are of plant origins found in plant […]

Use Horticultural Molasses to Kill the Dreaded Nutsedge – Organically!

By Kim Reiss

I hate nutsedge – and my lawn is full of it. I once used a chemical product in a small area to treat it, and because I didn’t read the directions correctly, I burned away the nutsedge – and all the grass – for 3 years. I had a round dirt patch in […]

Why Use or Learn Hypnosis?

by Dr. William Mitchell, CI

In the state of mind we label Hypnosis, research studies show we are more responsive to suggestion. Hypnosis can help us use our inner abilities to achieve a goal. Pain management, habit control, fears, and a vast range of psychological and medical issues may be addressed in a positive way with […]