Articles from ‘March Issue’ Issue

ALCAT Test Checks Your Body’s Immune Response To 200 Foods

by Dr. Rosa Kincaid, M.D.

One man’s food is another man’s poison.” This is precisely how we defined the purpose of the ALCAT test. The concept that “good food, “ even when it is organic and “free range,” may be hurting you, is why everyone should have an ALCAT.

This amazing test checks […]

Andrea’s Presents St. Louis’ First Gluten-Free Seminar & Vendor Fair March 19th

by Maureen Cason

Pondering what the buzz is over “gluten-free”? What’s gluten, why do some people feel better avoiding it, and what do those gluten-free labels mean on the grocery shelves? What differentiates celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and wheat allergy?

You’ll find answers to these questions and more on March 19th, […]

Annual Orchid Show At Missouri Botanical Garden Exudes Mayan Flair

Travel to a mysteriously different time and place with the debut of the 2011 Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This winter, the Maya-themed show offers colorful orchids, lush foliage and eclectic art and accents, through Sunday, Mar. 27. The show is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through […]

Are Toxins Making You Fat?

by Dr. Stephen Costantino

Did you know that just 50 years ago, the average person weighed 25 pounds less than they do today? And, with so many struggling to lose and keep weight off, why are we heavier now? Are we consuming more calories? Is it genetics? Stress? Did you ever consider […]

ArtFul Happenings


March 1-25
May Photography Gallery, 8300 Big Bend; for info, call 314-246-7673 or visit www.webster.edu/maygallery.

March 11-April 1
Juried exhibition of lidded ceramic containers of human and animal forms; opening reception, 5:30-8 p.m.; Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery, 11333 Big Bend; for info, visit www.stlcc.edu/mc.

March 11-April 9

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “ Mike” Ochonicky – Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Spring Cleaning & Renewal Of Artful Endeavors

Being cooped up all winter certainly gave me time to clean out the coop!
I have a walk-in closet that you couldn’t walk in. Clearing out that space led me to discover a whole new wardrobe in hiding. […]

Ask The Herb Lady: With Cathy Burkemper

Herbal Help For Cold Hands & Feet
Herbal Source For Iodine

Q: My hands and feet are always cold, no matter what the temperature of the room. My friend told me to put some red pepper in my socks. Will this really work?

A: Putting red pepper in your socks actually does make […]

Butler’s Pantry & Bixby’s: A Menu Of Sustainable Practices & Gourmet Cuisine

by Leah O’Donnell – Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

Fresh, innovative, delectable, sustainable, and completely service orientated all in one. This is how I would begin to describe my experience with Butler’s Pantry, and more specifically Bixby’s Restaurant at the Missouri History Museum. If you are not familiar with Butler’s […]

Childhood Obesity & The Transitions Lifestyle System

by Jane Arrington, R.N.

As parents we recognize that we pass on many of our mental, physical, and emotional characteristics to our children. It is perhaps not surprising that we might also be passing on to them a tendency to overeat.

Indeed, childhood obesity has become prevalent among both young children and […]

Coalition Report

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Executive Director ; Missouri Coalition For The Environment

Following Farm Bill Money To Your Table

In this column we are exploring the intersection of food, money, and politics, aka the U.S. Farm Bill. The Farm Bill will be reauthorized in 2012 and everyone who eats should be engaged in setting […]

Earthworms’ Castings

by Jean Ponzi


Plants, stuck in the ground as they are, have adapted their colors, shapes and functions to attract more mobile life forms who help them get around.

Recovering from surgery on one leg, I praise the adaptive moves and devices that help me navigate while I am planted at home for […]


at Sappington Farmer’s Market

By Nancy Smith, secretary, Farm to Family Naturally

For four months now, Sappington Farmers Market has been presenting “Sampling Sundays” one Sunday each month. The store is packed with local farmers and vendors, offering their farm-fresh and locally produced foods for tasting. Music fills the air and […]

FDA Panel Calls for Safety Review of Mercury in Dental Fillings

By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN
(Certified Clinical Nutritionist)

As the saga continues regarding the safety of mercury being used in dentistry, significant information is being presented not only to the FDA in the U.S. but also to the nations of the world.
On Wednesday, Dec. 15th, 2010, Healthy Daily News reported that the U.S. […]

From The Pros: How Does Your Garden Grow?

compiled by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Now is the time to get gardens growing. The pros from area garden centers and nurseries share their tips for what to do now.

Grass seed. Even though most grass seed is normally recommended to plant in the fall a good portion is planted in the spring. Do yourself […]

Get Thee to the Garden!

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Now is the time to get back to the garden. There’s much to do and plant. For most gardeners, it is with great joy that we get back to the garden. The hardest part of winter is not the snow, ice or below freezing temperatures. […]

Green Light Program Offers Intensive Outpatient Plan For Overweight & Obese

by Cherie Massmann, MA, LPC, NCC
Webster Wellness Professionals

As we say good-bye to 2010, many are making New Year’s Resolutions. A common resolution for many people is to lose weight. Regular gym members will tell you that the longest lines for the treadmill occur after the New Year and begin […]


With Craig Jung
Healthy Planet Green Living Editor

The month of January proved to be a wonderful month for Green. The St Louis Green Confluence, Bi-State Green Expo, Alive Launch, and the St. Louis Auto Show were all well attended and much was learned. Thanks to all that hosted these events.

Looking for […]

GROWING GREEN AWARDS Honoring People + Organizations Transforming the Built Environment

By Tom Prost, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Growing Green Awards Committee

The Missouri Gateway Chapter of the US Green Building Council invites you to join us for a very special 3rd annual Growing Green Awards presentation on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm at NEO on Locust. This event not only recognizes those […]

Healthy Cleaning Company Is Committed To Eco-Friendly Business Practices

Jenna Timmerman, owner/operator of the Healthy Cleaning Company, is insistant on using eco-friendly cleaning products in order to help clean up the planet. “We create a clean, safe environment for people to live and work in, and no toxic solvent chemical residues and smells are left in your home or […]

Infrared Saunas: Beneficial to Your Health or Just Hot Air?

Interest in far infrared saunas is really heating up among those seeking to improve their health naturally, and for good reason. Infrared saunas provide a host of benefits, including improving cardiovascular health, increasing the rate of calorie burn in the body, helping in detoxification, and in other areas. […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: Causing A Greener, Greater St. Louis

by Tom & Carol Braford

On Friday, April 8th, several people who have big visions for what is possible in the region will assemble in St. Louis for a Getting it Built workshop. The ‘it’ that will be getting built in this case is a greener culture and economy in our […]

March Is National Nutrition Month – Eat Right With Colors

by Elizabeth Cowie, MS, RD, LD

March may make one think of the beautiful colors of spring that start to emerge such as rainbows after a spring storm or rainbows that lead to a pot of gold at St. Pat’s Day. March is also a time to celebrate eating well. National Nutrition […]

March Morpho Mania Takes Flight At The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House

It’s a must-see March at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield. Visit for the fourth annual March Morpho Mania® and witness up to 3,000 Common Blue Morpho butterflies in free flight – ten times the normal number – inside the tropical conservatory. The Butterfly House is open March 1 […]

Medical Infrared Thermography: Heat Recognition from Tanks to Tumors

By Simon Yu, MD

Unknown to most medical communities, in December 2001 a major milestone occurred when a workshop titled “Tanks to Tumors” was held in Arlington, Virginia. The government speakers noted that significant military advances in thermal imaging and automated target recognition, coupled with medical understanding of abnormal vascularity, offers […]

Missouri Botanical Garden Utilizes Solar Power

In keeping with its ongoing commitment to sustainability and improving the built environment, the Missouri Botanical Garden is utilizing solar technology to help offset the energy and operating costs of its Commerce Bank Center for Science Education (CBEC). The recent installation of 110 solar panels atop the building will produce an […]

Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske; Naturalist

The Deer’s Cry – An Irish Invocation

Everyone claims their Irish roots at this time of year as we celebrate the man behind the day with green beer, bagpipes and parades. I have always wondered who the real Patrick was and in my studies have found my namesake […]

Notes From The Wildlife Rescue Center The Passage of Time: Seasons and Our Future Generations

By Sarah Felumb
Manager of Education Programs
Wildlife Rescue Center

While walking my dogs under an early evening moon on one of our recently warmer nights, I saw my first glimpse of an opossum for the season. Her silent and twitching nose, unblinking eyes, and pale fur showed brightly in the streetlight, and she […]

Plan On Doing A Detox? Read This First!

by Dr. Alethea Eller

Is it too early to be thinking of spring? I must say that my thoughts are drifting to warmer weather. In fact, I found myself adrift at a local department store the other day. Was I checking out the clearance section of long sleeved clothes? – […]

Saint Louis Vegetarian Society Meatout Dinner March 26

by Chris Rathouz

MEATOUT is not about vegetarians or converting people to a vegan lifestyle. It is about showing the regular public how not eating meat every day can have a tremendous and positive impact on their health and the environment. Although it would be great if everyone became a vegan, […]

Spring Cleaning with Pet Safety In Mind!

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Wow! We have had a pretty snowy winter this year and as we approach spring, we need to plan our cleaning exercises with our pets’ safety in mind. What do I mean by this? Spring cleaning means that a lot of furniture and houseplants […]

St. Louis Earth Day Festival Gears Up for April 17

By Cassie Phillips
Executive Director, St. Louis Earth Day

As April 17th draws closer, St. Louis Earth Day is once again busy with coordination efforts for the 22nd annual Earth Day Festival in Forest Park. This community celebration focuses on environmental education and stewardship, and attracts around 25,000 attendees annually with over […]

Stretching Your Horse For Success

by Ava Frick, DVM

Athletes of every sport who receive massage and chiropractic care and do regular stretches have fewer injuries and recover with a shorter down time when an injury does occur. So it goes with horses too. A regular stretching routine is even more important for the stalled […]

Summer Camp Guide

Abra-Kid-abra camps
Make a person 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, […]

Teaching The Art of Living and Dying Well

by Deborah Gambill

Giving from the heart is what our volunteers at Alternative Hospice do best. The end of a life signifies much change for patients and their families. When fear, depression, and a sense of hopelessness are at hand, the kind-hearted volunteers step in as a part of the […]

The Art of Relating

With Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW
Therapist & Relationship Coach

The Lovability Factor

Sign up for my new Art of Relating Newsletter for relationship tips and info on upcoming articles & radio show topics at www.ChristineKniffen.com.

Believe it or not a lot of people suffer silently, or not so silently, with this very thought as it relates to […]

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 […]

Understanding Medical Thermographyld

Thermography creates a map of your body. Via the use of an infrared camera, information is obtained relating to vascular activity, inflammation, lymphatic activity, hormonal dysfunction and other “functional” abnormalities within the body. Annual thermograms are used as a screening tool to identify changes that occur over time while still […]

Webster University to Hold Women’s Rights Conference March 31-April 1

Webster University invites you to attend “Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Education—Security—Economics,” a free conference to be held March 31 and April 1 in the Emerson Library Conference Room, 101 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, Mo.|

Details and online registration are available at webster.edu/humanrights.
Planned and coordinated by Webster University’s Institute for Human Rights […]

Your Skin Is Like Your Lawn

by Linda Hoff

Is beauty only skin deep? The answer is “NO!” Then why are we so concerned with finding the best skin care products or the perfect makeup? Why are we wasting so much money on expensive serums, lotions and creams, only to be disappointed again and again? Because we do not […]