Articles from ‘March 2014’ Issue

Are Frozen Foods Nutritious?

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

March is Frozen Foods Month, which begs the question: Are frozen foods good for you? Frozen foods often get a bad rep for being nutrient-poor, calorie-dense foods, and while this can certainly be the case some of the time, there are plenty of healthy frozen […]



Through March 29
Gallery at Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar; for info visit www.art-stl.com/gallery.

Through April 5
Ceramics exhibition; Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway in Alton, Illinois; for info, call
618-462-5222 or visit www.jacobyartscenter.org.

Through May 18
MOCRA on SLU campus, 221 N. Grand; for info, call 314-977-7170 or visit www.slu.edu/mocra.

March 1-31

ArtFul Living

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

If you’re tired of being cooped up, snowed in,
or maybe bored with your burrow,
ART is the ANSWER! Read on…

Normally, I don’t put much stock into wooly worms, or groundhogs, or any other such weather predictors (yes, sometimes that also includes t.v. weatherpeople). This year, however, when Puxatawny Phil crawled […]

Ask the Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Got information on Vitamin K? Gastritis?

Q: How will I know if I have a Vitamin K deficiency and what is Vitamin K good for?

A: Symptoms of Vitamin K deficiency are mainly easy bruising and bleeding, such as bleeding gums, nosebleeds, blood in the urine or stool or heavy menstrual periods. There are two […]

Big Whack Theory: Invasion of Parasites, Bacteria, Virus and Fugus

By Simon Yu, MD

Have you ever heard of the Big Whack Theory? Most people have heard of the Big Bang Theory to explain the creation of the universe 13.8 billion years ago. The Big Bang Theory was developed in 1929 based on Edwin Hubble’s observation that the distance far away galaxies were moving away from […]

BioMat: A Quantum Health Tool That Helps 1,800 Medical Symptoms & Conditions

by Clint Raymond Willett

How is your health? Really, how is it?

What are the tools in your health toolbox for improving your health? What are the ingredients in your health recipe for your optimum health? Do you have the energy and health level that you would like to have now?

The Biomat is a quantum health tool […]

Coalition Report

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Policy Director,
Coalition For The Environment

<h3>The Choice: Healthy Food / Healthy Planet
or Poisoned Food/Poisoned Planet</h3>

The US Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to several requests to increase the levels of pesticides allowed on and in our fruit, vegetables, spices, coffee, meat and dairy. In fact, the agency is continually deluged with such requests. EPA […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Let Them Paint Cake!

Happy 250th Birthday, City of St. Louis! How about some cake?

How about 250 GIANT CAKES, painted by a fleet of artists for display all around this town throughout your semiquincentennial year!

Trés bien for a city girl, hey?

I wanted to be in that number, to contribute my tribute to my adopted […]

Green Springs Eternal

by Karen Klaus, Director of Development
Operation Food Search

Being “green” means considering the possible impact of our actions on the planet and choosing to live in a way that leaves the smallest footprint. We think of reusing, recycling and reducing.

Also, when we think “green” we often think of spring! The color green symbolizes nature, growth, harmony, […]


March 7
Pints for the Planet Event: Fundraiser for the Whole Planet Foundation
5 -7 p.m., Come to Whole Foods Market Galleria from 5-8pm and have a Schlafly beer at Happy Hour! Full glass pints will be $6.00, and individual glasses will be $3.00. Whole Foods Market’s Whole Planet Foundation helps global communities through micro lending programs to […]

Healthy “Life” Resources

With Chaplain Paul

“Wellness” The Whole Being Body, Mind and Spirit!

As we go forward into this New Year, I am deeply concerned about the countless people who are trapped inside the toxic and destructive forces at play in their lives. A “silent killer” if you will! Unresolved emotional and cognitive issues are compromising the health and […]

Healthy Planet Guide To CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)

Your guide to fresh, local produce grown responsibly.
Know your Farmer, Know your Food!
Living La Vida Local

By Crystal Stevens

When it comes to conscious eating, Saint Louisians have a copious amount of options. Individuals who value healthy fresh food grown within their community may support the local foods movement through many different avenues:

Shop at Farmers Markets (don’t […]

Healthy Planet Summer Camp Guide

Camp F.R.E.S.H.
CampF.R.E.S.H.® is a summer day camp at Fontbonne University that takes kids on an interactive, hands-on journey toward better health. The camp, which emphasizes nutrition, wellness, physical exercise and creativity, is open to 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders and is hosted by Fontbonne University’s Human Environmental Sciences department. For questions, please call Mary […]

It’s Not Just Calories That Make Bellies Fat!

by Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC
Dr Banerjee’s Wellness Centre

Dear Seeker of Health & Fitness, Have you had any of these in your life? Injury, pain, surgery, infection, illness, divorce, financial stress, job stress, poison ivy, giving birth, irritable people, starvation diets, the menstrual cycle, eating junk foods, drugs and medication, excessive cold or heat, staring […]

Kicking Off 25 Years of the St. Louis Earth Day Festival!

by Jeanette Reynolds;
Programs and Communication Director; St. Louis Earth Day

On January 14th, we kicked off the 25th year of Earth Day in St. Louis with a Founders Day celebration where stakeholders shared their vision for the future of the organization and we honored those who have contributed toward making the St. Louis Earth Day organization […]

Kids Nutrition: Simple Changes = Big Rewards

By Merilee Kern

We live in an age where food manufacturers are the most health-conscious in history. Take full advantage of these healthy alternatives. It’s simply not an option to choose those refined sugar-loaded gummy bears when dried fruit and trail mix snacks of every sort are a mere aisle or two away.

Make fresh fruit an […]

Learn to Meditate for a Healthier Life!

by Shirley Stoll

Did your list of resolutions for the New Year include one or more of the following: reduce stress and anxiety or lead a healthier lifestyle? If so, consider adding one more resolution to your list. Learn to meditate in 2014 and help make these resolutions a reality in your life!

Meditation has many benefits! […]

Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske,

Life Among Cedars

Our little house is nestled among a Cedar grove. These trees are the gatekeepers of our sanctuary. We feel protected and blessed living among them. Every day we witness the Cedars dance with the breeze, flicker with birds and diffuse the glow of sunset. They graciously scent the air and display […]

Publisher’s Corner

Spring Expo Has It All!

If I do say so myself, our Natural Living Expo on March 30 in Webster Groves has the best line up of exhibitors, entertainment and giveaway goodies ever! The first weekend of Spring is sure to please all our expo visitors as our 27th event has more than 70 vendors offering […]

Resilient Communities Bounce Back Better

by Johanna Schweiss, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

In the past few years, we’ve all witnessed the devastating impacts of extreme weather events, like Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornado, or Hurricane Sandy. Whether it is drought and water shortages, stronger storms, flooding, energy disruptions, or very high or low temperatures, we are all faced with […]

Slow Flowers…

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Have you heard of Slow Food? Probably. Have you heard of Slow Flowers? Probably not. The Slow Flower movement is part of Slow Food’s effort to promote sustainably and locally grown plants. Instead of plants we eat though, Slow Flowers are cut flowers we share in our homes, celebrations and life transitions.

Slow […]

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 […]

Want A Healthier Heart? Change Your Oil!

By Dr. Adam Hughes, DC, IHS

Over the last 10 years, many doctors and researchers have come to find that changing the type of fat and oil in an individual’s diet is perhaps the most important issue in health care. We now know just how terrible trans fats are for your health, but it wasn’t so […]

What’s New?

By Cindy Gilberg

When asked “what’s new” in gardening, most horticulturists will rattle off the names of new plant cultivars. When it comes to native plant landscaping, it’s not about new cultivars, but about new concepts, resources and approaches to gardening. Yes, fortunately, some Missouri native plant growers have introduced plants that are now more available […]