Articles from ‘May Issue’ Issue

8th Annual Clean Air Festival Set For May 19 In Kiener Plaza

On Thursday, May 19, the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership will host its 8th annual Clean Air Festival at Kiener Plaza in Downtown St. Louis from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will mark the official start of air quality forecasting for the summer season and provide those in […]

Abra-Kid-Abra Camp In Crestwood

Abra-Kid-Abra is offering five different Summer Camp programs at their Studio in Crestwood. Each day, kids experience a variety of short activities, to keep them engaged and having fun! Kids will develop presentation skills and build confidence while having fun. Camps are available for ages 6-14 years old. […]

Andrea’s Gluten Free Focuses on National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

By Maureen Cason

Weight loss/weight gain, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, acid reflux, vomiting, dizziness, migraines, depression, osteoporosis, fatigue, brain fog, joint pain, thyroid problems, anemia, bruising, leg cramps, and autoimmune issues.

Wondering what a possible medical diagnosis might be?
“According to customers we surveyed, it could be celiac disease,” says Andrea Kosinski, owner and Chief […]

Are You A Head Case?

by Dr. Joseph F. Unger, Jr. D.C. F.I.C.S.

The nervous system is the body’s “Command Central” influencing virtually every aspect of its function. Your nervous system exerts influence upon muscles and joints as well as the function of organs and glands. Eighty percent of the nervous system resides in the head. The […]

Are You Developing Heart Disease Right Now?

by Dr. Nick Hasenfratz

So let me ask you, are you preventing heart disease right now or are you developing heart disease right now? The reality is that 1 out of 2 Americans is developing heart disease right now this second. An estimated 81,100,000 American adults (more than 1 in 3) […]



Through May 6
Photography by Alecia Hoyt; Studio Altius, 2301 S. Big Bend; for info, call 314-769-9769 or visit www.studioaltrius.com.

April 29-June 5
Photography by Louis Kelly, Carol Shapiro, Barb Steps, Linda Yust; The Gallery at Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar; for info, call 314-863-5811 or visit www.stlrac.org.

Through […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky. Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Celebrate, Celebrate, Celebrate! It’s warm and wonderful and we’ve waited all winter for the merry month of May, so CELEBRATE!

May means Mother’s Day (don’t forget—it’s Sunday, May 8!). Moms work hard all year long, so why not stretch that Mother’s Day celebration a few extra […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper

Q: Are greens helpful in the detoxification process?
A: It is time to do some “Spring Cleaning” for your body. Greens are an excellent way to rid your body of unwanted toxins. Chlorella, algaes and cereal grasses help your body to detox. Chlorophyll is another good choice. […]

Author Andrea Wulf Tells The Tale of How Plants Shaped The Founding Of America “Founding Gardeners” Presentation and Book Signing, June 2

Take a closer look at the lives of America’s founding fathers to learn how their attitudes toward plants, gardens, nature and agriculture shaped the forming of our nation. Author Andrea Wulf presents “Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation” at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shoenberg […]

Bark In The Park Back In Action May 21

Bark in the Park
A Walk for Animals and Country Fair
Presented by the Humane Society of Missouri and PurinaONE®
Saturday, May 21 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (rain or shine) Walk begins at 11 a.m.
Cricket Field in Forest Park

Grab a leash, lace up your sneakers and get ready for the largest dog event in the St. […]

Best Bargains for Your Diabetes Wellness… Save 40%-50% on A Cardiovascular Event… aka Heart Attack, Stroke

by Jennifer Tobias

No, this is not an advertisement to sell procedures, products, or equipment. It is way of presenting some statistical facts gathered by leading experts in the field of public health matters and offer tips that can help folks make great strides in beginning or continuing on their road […]

Best Deal in Town is ‘Buy the Pound’ – St. Louis’ First Goodwill Outlet Store Will Open May 5

Bargain hunter or not, a new deal will be discovered every 20 minutes at the area’s first Goodwill Outlet store. The Grand Opening for this new clearance shopping experience is at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011. The Goodwill Outlet Store is located at 3728 Market Street, St. Louis, MO […]

Can You Melt Away Calories AND Help Find a Cure for Breast Cancer?

For those of you “Zumbaholics” out there, (you know who you are) you know what this means! Two hours of pure joy, fun, friends and gathering together to raise money for our friends at Susan G. Komen for the Cure® St. Louis Affiliate! For you potential newbies new to our passion, the […]

Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week and Give Compost a “Grow”

by Ashley Bement
St. Louis Composting

At. Louis Composting invites everyone to join in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week, May 1-7, 2011. This year activities span the globe with celebrations planned across the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia and Ireland — composting advocates will be encouraging everyone, everywhere to […]

Coalition Report

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

Saving Ground

As we examine our food and farm system, and the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill in this column, we cannot avoid noting that the most care should be taken for the soil which is the foundation of our farmland’s and forest’s […]

Craniosacral Therapy: Releasing, Rebalancing and Reorganizing the Body on a Core Level

by Kathleen H. Christ, LMT, NCMBT
Aquatic Therapist

A brief summary: The craniosacral system is a semi-closed hydraulic system that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord. It is the metabolic machine responsible for the inflow of nutrients and the outflow of waste products. The cerebrospinal fluid is a clear […]

Discount Wednesdays At Butterfly House

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is offering an added excuse to plan a visit – half-price extended evening hours on Wednesdays all summer long! The Butterfly House will stay open late from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Half-price evening admission is $3 for […]

Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch Offers Great “Certified Green” Getaway

by Leah O’Donnell, Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

When you are looking for a vacation from the “everyday,” sometimes you literally don’t have to look any further than your own city. St. Louis has so much to offer that I think we sometimes take it for granted. Recently, my family decided to […]

Earthworms’ Castings

by Jean Ponzi

The Answer is Growin’ in the Rain

This time of year especially, we see the havoc rain can play – in our streets, basements, storm sewers, swollen rivers.

We’re blessed with plenty of water in our part of the world, but the ways we manage this precious resource need a flood of […]

Feel More Joy: Raise Your Serotonin Levels Naturally

by Dr. Alethea Eller

A salute to all moms!

You give everything to your children. It seems that you are hard-wired for this to benefit you. I was sitting in a seminar a few years ago and heard the most interesting link our body has. Women have an internal trigger […]

Flat World, Geocentric Thinking

by Dr. David Peterson, DC, DCCN There are a few infamous scientific theories that have been proven wrong throughout history because they lacked real scientific evidence or thought. Is your health care based on advanced scientific evidence and thought? I can remember hearing the following and saying, “What were they thinking?”

The […]

Flees, Ticks, Mosquitoes, Oh My!

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM Tis the Season!!! Pets and pet owners are enjoying a beautiful, albeit, inconsistent spring time weather. Rain and warmth encourage the return of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and lots of other bug critters. Dogs and cats, exploring our yards, pastures and woodlands, are […]

Garden Love: Let Me Count The Ways

by Linda Wiggen Kraft The month of May is not only a time to be busy in the garden, but it is also a time to acknowledge all the ways there are to love a garden and gardening. After all it is National Gardening Month and the perfect time to […]

Green Light Program Offers Intensive Outpatient Plan For Overweight & Obese

by Cherie Massmann, MA, LPC, NCC Webster Wellness Professionals Are you one of the 33% of all Americans that are overweight? Have you tried diet after diet with limited long term success? For some people, the extra weight they carry is more than they can address on their own […]


with Craig Jung • StLouisGreen.com
Healthy Planet Green Living Editor

The month of April proved to be a fantastic month of Earth Day Celebration’s. What a wonderful time of the year! The St. Louis Cardinals “4 A Greener Game” got off to a great start, the dvd GashOle released. You may […]

Growing Green Awards Honor People And Organizations Transforming The Built Environment

On March 30th the Missouri Gateway Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council held their third annual Growing Green Awards banquet at NEO on Locust to announce and celebrate the 2011 winners. These outstanding individuals and organizations advocate and are active in transforming the built environment. They share a passion for […]


with Heather Hawk – Healthy Planet Fitness Writer

Set A Goal To Jumpstart Your Fitness Regimen

After our second daughter was born I was struggling to find the energy and motivation to exercise. Health and wellness are a passion of mine; however my health was taking a backseat to the many tasks I needed […]

Help Build a Stronger and Greener Local Economy and Preserve St. Louis’ Unique Local Character

By Ed Mantels-Seeker, Board President, BUILD St. Louis

Spend your money wisely during these tough times – buy from local independents. Don’t let the St. Louis area become just another generic Anytown, overloaded with non-local chain stores and franchise businesses that drain money from our local economy and diminish St. Louis’ unique […]

How Effective Is Your Hygiene Checkup

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

Dental cleanings are one of those procedures we know we need but don’t get too excited by them. We tend to be much more motivated toward activities for which we understand the importance. Even if they aren’t as exciting as an exotic vacation. Most people […]

I’m Tired of Spending Money on my Lawn and it’s Looking Worse!

by Randy Greene

The title of the article is what we hear all the time from customers who are just tired and fed up with what is going on with their lawns. This comment can come from customers who have twenty-year-old lawns or lawns that are just a couple of years old. […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: The Jolly Green Giant is Awakening

by Tom & Carol Braford

Something is happening in St Louis and it’s no accident! A green velvet revolution is underway!
A couple of years ago, a small group of people started asking each other the question, “If you could have St Louis be any way, how would you have it be?” Then […]

Make Your Shade Garden Sparkle with Light and Texture

By Kim Reiss, Sugar Creek Gardens

Just because your garden is cloaked in shade doesn’t mean you can’t have a dazzling display. When you’re gardening in low-light, it’s true you won’t have the bright fireworks of blooms that you get in full sun, but you can still use leaf variegation, texture, […]

Man Up! Don’t Ignore Your Body’s Check Engine Light to Live Longer & Healthier

by Dr. Stephen Costantino

During my nearly 10 years in practice, I’ve noticed an alarming trend in who does not come through my door: MEN! Barely 30% of my patient base is male, which is why I was pleased to learn that, each June, Congress encourages Americans to observe National Men’s Health […]

May is National Gardening Month: Inspirations from the Pros About Why They Love to Garden

“I didn’t start gardening until after working for almost 20 years in corporate communications, a profession I loved — until I discovered gardening. It was a big change, going from pantyhose and make-up to dirty fingernails and sunburns, but I love every minute I’m outside. You may not get rich gardening, […]

Metaphysics and Medicine: Metamorphosis of Modern Medicine into Pseudo-Religion

by Simon Yu, MD

What is metaphysics? At the beginning of the history of Western philosophy in ancient Greece, Aristotle was questioning the “origin of everything.” Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world by trying to answer two basic questions: “What is […]


by Cheryl Wassermann, Licensed Professional Counselor

Mindful eating is a way of eating that creates a whole new relationship to food. It allows us to pay close attention to the wisdom of our bodies as opposed to the judgmental, harsh and simultaneously demanding, insatiable voice in our head. It allows […]

Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske Naturalist

Nature Deficit As modern humans, most of us seem to be moving away from Nature. We spend most of our time sitting with a screen, driving our cars, and working indoors. Our daily lives are more and more separate from the natural world. We have to […]

New Pure Power Option Makes it More Affordable to Support Green Power in Missouri!

In response to customer demand for a more affordable commitment to green power, Ameren Missouri is proud to introduce the Pure Power Half-Block participation option. This 500 kilowatt-hour per month option makes it even easier and more affordable to support the development of new green power sources in Missouri… and reduce […]

Producers of the Ozarks Plateau

By Nancy Smith, secretary, Farm to Family Naturally

The Ozarks plateau is an isolated region populated by hard-working, independent people who are full of creative ideas for marketing their farm products, but little ability to get them to urban areas where they can be sold. That’s why Farm to Family Naturally works hard […]

Program Blends Ecological and Economic Challenges for Gifted Kids

What do landfills have to do with recycling? Politics with business plans? That’s some of what academically talented students, grades 3-8, will ask when they explore the tradeoffs between economic desires and environmental realities in ECO Academy, June 13 – 24.

ECO Academy, blending ECO-nomics + ECO-logy, is one of 11 Summer […]

Program Blends Ecological and Economic Challenges for Gifted Kids

What do landfills have to do with recycling? Politics with business plans? That’s some of what academically talented students, grades 3-8, will ask when they explore the tradeoffs between economic desires and environmental realities in ECO Academy, June 13 – 24.

ECO Academy, blending ECO-nomics + ECO-logy, is one of 11 Summer […]


by Gretchen Morfogen

It is fascinating to discover valuable information regarding the foundations of modern thought and action stemming from words and issues hundreds of years old. Current writings mention the word protoecology in connection with the mindful awareness of our food souces and the impact that industrial food production has […]


by Gretchen Morfogen

It is fascinating to discover valuable information regarding the foundations of modern thought and action stemming from words and issues hundreds of years old. Current writings mention the word protoecology in connection with the mindful awareness of our food souces and the impact that industrial food production has […]

Rain Gardens Contribute to Clean Water

by Cindy Gilberg

Water is a precious resource and clean water is even more valuable. Studies show that a significant percent of water pollution is the result of stormwater runoff – rain that runs off of rooftops, pavement and other impervious surfaces. Down it flows, carrying with it chemicals and trash from […]

Relief for Foot Pain and Peripheral Neuropathy

by Shawnee Schellingerhout, R.N

Hands Over Feet Reflexology specializes in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy. Often a painful and debilitating ailment, reflexology is an ideal natural method to manage the pain. But first, let’s discuss what are the signs associated with peripheral neuropathy, as well as what peripheral […]

St. Louis Renaissance Faire

Spectacularly Brings the Past Alive for Fun and Frolic for 4 Weekends May 14-June 5

Travel back in time this May and June, as clashing swords and thundering hooves resound through Wentzville’s Rotary Park when the 13th annual St. Louis Renaissance Faire transforms the shaded woodlands into an entire 16th-century French town.

“We’re […]

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, […]

Summer Volunteer Guide For Youth And Teens

Offered by United Way of Greater St. Louis

United Way of Greater St. Louis’ free Summer Volunteer Guide for Youth is now available. This valuable guide is full of volunteer possibilities this summer at reputable non-profit agencies throughout the St. Louis region for youth and young adults ages 8-19. All agencies listed […]

Taking The Mystery Out Of Yoga

by Gretchen Karros


The actual history of India is very hard to write because only the ancient scriptures are revered and the history was very seldom elaborated on. Maybe it is because it did not seem important compared to meditation and chanting that kept them in the moment. […]

The Art Of Relating

With Christine Kniffin. LCSW, Therapist & Relationship Coach

Anything But Rejection!

Sign up for my Art of Relating Newsletter at www.christinekniffen.com
Find out what’s coming up this month on my weekly radio show, as well as info on upcoming articles and free relationship tips.

Have you ever taken the time to sit down and think […]

The Role of Adult Stem Cells

by Helen Haywood

In your search for optimal health you can do your best by eating a balanced diet, maintain your fitness and keep daily stressors at bay. But have you addressed the need to release your adult stem cells-the core of your body’s natural renewal system? Welcome to […]

TransFigure Total Health Now Provides Medical HCG Program

Jane Arrington, R.N.

For the past few years TransFigure Total Health, through the HCG diet, has enabled clients to lose up to 30 pounds or more over a period of several weeks. Many people who have failed using other diets have gotten into shape through this 1950’s program that focuses on […]

Ways To Go Green While You Spring Clean

Article courtesy of the St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership

After a very long, cold winter, spring is now in full swing in the St. Louis area. And now that warmer temperatures have arrived, many of us are beginning to tackle those spring cleaning chores that we put off during the cold weather […]