Articles from ‘March 2015’ Issue

Coalition Report

By Heather B. Navarro
Executive Director
Coalition For The Environment

Trouble Lurks in the Legislature Get Outside Quick!

Something’s working in Missouri, so why are some in the General Assembly trying to take it away? It’s not uncommon for Missouri to hover at the bottom of the charts for things like air quality, smoking, and emotional health. However, when […]

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

New Beginnings

Spring is around the corner, and along with its arrival come all sorts of new beginnings. We begin to hear the birds returning to the trees, the buds of long dormant flowers start to emerge, and the greens of the grasses and leaves on the trees begin to push […]

ARTful Happenings March 2015


Through March 27
The Green Center, 8025 Blackberry Avenue in University City.

Through March 28
Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit gallery210.umsl.edu.

Through April 11
Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976.

Through May 10
VAST […]

ArtFul Living: St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Mystique, music, hot jazz –
find it all this month

The very mention of the Salem Witch Trials conjures mystique. What was reality and what was imagination? How could an entire village, and beyond, become involved in what history has come to recognize as mass hysteria instigated by a group of teenage girls? […]


By Cathy Schram

Apple Cider Vinegar & Colloidal Minerals

Q: I have heard that taking apple cider vinegar is really good for you, but I just can’t stand the taste. Does it come in a pill form?

A: Yes! You are in luck. There are capsules that contain apple cider vinegar powder that are very effective. Typically, one […]

Become A Backyard Host At The Fifth Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour June 14

Winter: the season of seed catalogs and graph-paper layouts, garden books, websites, and classes like those offered by the Audubon Society and Gateway Greening last month. But spring always returns and before you can say “late frost” it will be time for the Fifth Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour!

A grassroots event, the Sustainable Backyard Tour is […]

Biomats & Far Infrared Portable Saunas: Quantum Tools for Your Health, from A to Z

by Clint Willett,
Far Infrared Medical Foundation

The Far Infrared Biomat helps with 1,800 Medical Issues from A to Z, with the Biomat’s technology based on a Nobel Prize In Medicine. The Quartz Enhanced Biomat allows the Infrared to gently go into your body 6-8 inches, whereas most all other Infrared Devices and Saunas only go 1-2 […]

Environmental Disputes

By Don Fitz

Environmental activists often find themselves on the opposite side of the fence from powerful economic interests. March 2015 episodes of Green Time TV explore how this can happen as a result of chemical contamination in the karst topography of Missouri’s Ozarks, changing to sustainable energy, and over-reliance on antibiotics in livestock.

The first March […]

FOOD-SHUI: Feng Shui Your Food & Better Your Life!

By Gina Rossi

With March bringing the discussion of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), this is a wonderful opportunity to look at the Feng Shui of our food! The Five Element Cycle and Yin & Yang, both direct how we can eat to bring more abundance, health and love into our lives, and who doesn’t want that?!

When […]

Gardening is a Verb: Cultivating Spaces that Nourish Heart and Soul

New Cindy Gilberg Essay Book Celebrates Native Plants

By Jean Ponzi

If you’ve picked up The Healthy Planet magazine or Gateway Gardener over the past few years, you’ve probably read the native plant landscaping columns contributed by Cindy Gilberg. Thousands of readers did, around St. Louis and across Missouri, as Cindy wrote for statewide publications too.

Her vivid […]

Growing Green Spotlight

7th Annual Growing Green Celebration To Be Held March 26, 5:30-8:30pm, at Third Degree Glass Factory

By Steve O’Rourke, USGBC-Missouri
Gateway Chapter Marketing Committee

The Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is proudly recognizing a special group of people who have transformed our built environment in notable ways. For the past six years, the USGBC-Missouri […]

Healthy Planet Guide To CSAs (Community Support Agriculture)

By Crystal Stevens
La Vista CSA Farm

(CSA) Community Supported Agriculture Farms operate under a subscription model. Shareholders or members pay up front to help the small farmer cover seed and operating costs at the beginning of the growing season. Members then receive a weekly share of the seasonal harvest grown throughout an allotted period of time, […]

Healthy Planet Guide To Summer Camps & Programs

Ackermanns Swim Program
A Sports Facility – Teaching children 4-11 the life skill of swimming and water safety for 65+ years. Family owned and operated at the same location, 1044 Curran Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122. Group swim lessons in 4 heated pools with different water levels for progressive safe learning. Enrollment by one or two […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

March 7:
Webster Groves Herb Society Workshop.
Members from the Webster Groves Herb Society offer free demonstrations on the simplicity of home seed propagation, how to make a simple herb infused facial scrub, how to make their famous herbal moth repellant, and more. Participants may take home […]

Healthy Planet Magazine To Host Spring Expo March 29 In Webster Groves

Live Music, Free Health Screenings, Food & Drink Samples, Free Tote Bags & Much More!

Enjoy the beginning of Spring as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Natural Living magazine, hosts its 29th Natural Living Expo Sunday, March 29, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road (I-44 […]

Helping Animals Release Stress And Alleviate Pain

By Maureen Keller

Researchers have found that animals can help everyone – from those with PTSD, to autistic children. These heavenly creatures help us forget our worries, and immerse us with the joy and happiness of unconditional love. However, animals experience an accumulation of stress and anxiety just as humans do, and if there is no release, these […]

Incredible Edibles in the Front Yard

By Linda Wiggen Kraft
Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

This year it’s more edibles in my gardens. Yes I have a garden in back for vegetables only, but after looking at the hundreds of plants in my front gardens last fall, I decided I’m adding more edibles this year.

Edible plants go beyond beauty to bring nourishment […]

It’s Not Just Calories That Make Bellies Fat!

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 into […]

March is National Nutrition Month: Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle

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

March is National Nutrition Month, a yearly nutrition education campaign put out by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The goal of National Nutrition Month is to bring attention to the significance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through smart food choices and regular physical activity. […]

Missouri Native Plants Soar In Popularity

By Abby Lapides-Elliott

The Missouri native gardening trend is gaining steam as gardeners are discovering its many benefits. Adapted to Missouri’s particular and unique climate, Missouri native plants easily create luscious gardens overflowing with blossoms. They are tolerant of rapid weather changes, cold snaps, heat waves, drought, and whatever else Mother Nature throws at us.

Missouri native […]

Morpho Mania Takes Wing At Butterfly House During March

March brings a very special kind of madness to the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House — the annual March Morpho Mania® event! Visit during the month of March, when the Butterfly House floods the tropical conservatory with thousands of breathtaking Blue Morpho butterflies — a perennial favorite. What better way to celebrate spring?

Native to the […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske

The Elements Within

The lure of spring draws us outside with warm winds, bird song, frog calls and greening grass. As kids we were set free, we owned the world and mastered the elements. We knew the power of air, adventure of water, magic of dirt and wonder of fire.
The elements can be doorways, […]

Optima Nutrition: Turn ON Your Healthy Living…

By Elena Lazarev

Optima Nutrition is a totally tubular and radical place to indulge in your herbal supplement needs. Herbs have been around for centuries for our medicinal purposes. Until recently we have considered to retrace our ancestor’s roots of medicine. The purpose we serve is to provide organic and non-GMO products into the hands of […]

Perspective: The Truth About Marijuana

By Linda Emmanuel

Up until the early 1900s, holistic doctors were prescribing and using cannabis (a/k/a marijuana or hemp) to treat disease. This was standard practice until allopathic medicine took control of the medical industry.

In 1942, cannabis was removed from the Pharmacopoeia, a reference for pharmaceutical drug preparation. Then in 1970, the government placed cannabis […]

Publisher’s Corner: Spring Needs To Sprung

I realize that when I designed the cover for this edition, I was perhaps somewhat optimistic of what March can offer up in St. Louis. As I sit here just a week from March, sulking in February’s frozen folly, I can only picture in my mind, butterflies and tulips. I have been taught over the […]

Putting The Spring Back in Their Steps

By Ava Frick, DVM

Pet parents are continually looking for ways to return to their pets the ”spring in their step” that was there when they were younger. Arthritis is no fun and unfortunately many pet parents have first-hand experience with this degenerative condition. A medical therapy growing in popularity both here and abroad, which has […]

Rainscaping Grant Deadline March 20

There is a new rainscaping program from MSD Project Clear! Rainscaping is a part of MSD Project Clear, a program by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to improve water quality for everyone by focusing on clear priorities, clear communications, and clear water.

The new program is the Rainscaping Small Grants Program and focuses on […]

Springtime Preventative Health For Your Pets

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

It’s just about springtime and we are all excited about leaving our winter cocoons and blossoming into backyard explorers, often joined by our beloved pets, either dog or cat. The first issue regards updating your annual examinations and immunizations. Each veterinarian will host their own healthcare program for your pets, so […]

Sugaring: All Natural Hair Removal

By Linda Hoff

Are You Going to be the Last Woman to Try Sugaring? Did you know that the only sugaring spa in St Louis is close by in Webster Groves? Why haven’t you tried this amazingly gentle form of hair removal? Do you even know what sugaring is?

Sugaring is an all-natural hair removal process that […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

How To Fall In Love Successfully

So, you have just met someone and you find yourself ready to fall in love again. The big question then becomes determining how this love will be different from previous experiences you have had at other times throughout your life. More importantly, how will you truly know […]

Time to Die. Is it Possible to Bend Time?

By Simon Yu, MD

Dead Man Talking

Death and dying is a touchy subject I address with my patients and their families every day. I’ve also spoken with many patients about their “Time to Heal” and written several articles on that subject. Now, it is time to talk about Time to Die. Every Wednesday morning, we have […]

What YOU Can Do With Medical HYPNOSIS

By Rev. William Mitchell, M.Div. BCH, CI

The Original Natural Medicine

When people find out that I am a Hypnotist, they want to know what can be done with Hypnosis. Hypnotism is much more than a party trick or a comedy routine. The National Institutes of Health technology assessment panel recognizes hypnosis in the treatment of a […]