Articles from ‘November 2010’ Issue

‘Meat & Greet’ Area Farmers At Sappinton Farmers’ Market Nov. 11-13

By Nancy Smith, Board Member

Farm to Family Naturally


Because of its climate and topography, Missouri is uniquely suited to farms which raise livestock.   Naturally-raised pork and beef without any hormones or antibiotics are available in abundance from conscientious local farmers.  100% grass-fed beef and poultry are also found in Missouri.  The difference in taste, nutrition and […]

25th Annual World Peace Day Celebration, December 31

By Jeannie Breeze


How quickly 2010 has seemed to pass! Such an accelerated time! We have been challenged to stay calm and optimistic in these incredible moments, where all of history and perhaps the fate of the Earth itself, sometimes seem to hang in the balance. I hope you have kept sweet company with that sacred […]

Acupuncture & Immunity for All Ages

By Dr. Sharon Fitelson


It is very important to keep the immune system finely tuned, not only in Flu season, but all year round. This year, the attention put on the H1N1 flu strain and the overall seasonal flu has us all acutely aware of the need for flu prevention.  The reality is that we should […]




Through November 6



New paintings; Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington; for info, call 314-531-3030 or visit www.brunodavidallery.com.


October 28 through December 5


Video art by Caspar Stracke featuring fragments of feature and documentary films; Gallery 210 on UMSL […]

Artful Happenings



December 3-17


Opening reception, 5-7 p.m.; May Gallery of Sverdrup Bldg.; 8300 Big Bend; free; for info, call 314-246-7673 or visit www.webster.edu/maygallery.

Through December 17



Luminary Center for the Arts, 4900 Reber Place; for info visit www.theluminaryarts.com.

Through January 15


Works on or of paper by multiple artists; Bruno David Gallery, […]


With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

Healthy Planet Arts Editor


November Is Art Show Season


The best artists and fine crafts artisans come to town on November 5,6,7 for the 9th Annual ARTstravaganza!, a wonderful art-filled extravaganza. For many years, the event has been a highlight of Missouri Artisans Association, the 501c3 statewide arts organization better known as The Best […]


By Cathy Burkemper


Why Is Folic Acid So Important?

What Can I Do For Fever Blisters?


Q:Why is Folic Acid so important?


A: Folic Acid, or Folate, is a very important nutrient for everyone, not just pregnant women.  In fact, the FDA requires food manufacturers to add it to grain products such as cereal and pasta.  It helps make […]


Cathy Burkemper


Natural Herbal Help For PMS or High Cholesterol


Q: Do you have any suggestions for PMS?  About one week prior to starting my period, I get very anxious, bloated and have extremely tender breasts.  What can I do?


A: There are a lot of choices when it comes to PMS.  Hormonal changes can affect our bodies […]

Color Me Blue, Color Me Red: Bio-Cybernetics and Color Medicine Conference in St. Louis

By Simon Yu, MD


What is Color Medicine? Does Color really promote healing? It has been known for thousands of years that colors have profound effects on man and all living organisms. Colors have also been associated with symbols of mysticism and used for physical rejuvenation and emotional and spiritual healing.

There is probably no civilization or […]

Complementary Care Services Alternative Hospice’s Different Approach to Dying

By Deborah Gambill,

LMT/CYI/Reiki Practioner


In most indigenous cultures a death is considered no less important than a birth—acknowledging  the  mystery and beauty surrounding the  end of a life’s cycle…friends and family pause and bear witness to the final miracle as the soul moves forth.   Alternative Hospice comforts and supports their patients and  families through natural […]

Danforth Center Exceeds Goals For World Food Day Commemoration

Two days, 1,500 volunteers, 200,000 fed was the motto of the staff and a small but dedicated team of volunteers as they prepared to commemorate World Food Day on Friday October 15 and Saturday October 16.  But thanks to an enormous outpouring of support from the community 1,700 volunteers created 350,000 meals in just two […]

Downtown is Becoming Bike Central: Commuter Bicycle Station, Urban Shark and Trailnet will Locate Together

The 411 Building at 10th and Locust streets will soon be  home to a Downtown Bicycle Station, Big Shark Bicycle Co. and Trailnet, a nonprofit dedicated  to creating more bikeable and walkable communities, positioning Downtown St. Louis as a place  to get in and around without a car.

The Downtown Bicycle Station will be 1,450 square […]

Energize Missouri Homes: Over $7 Million in Rebates For Energy Improvements

Rick Shilliday


The Homeowner Upgrades and Geothermal program is offering Missouri homeowners $7.75 million in rebates for home energy audits and whole-house energy efficiency improvements.  This program is part of Energize Missouri Homes created from funds received by the Department of Natural Resources from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The Missouri Botanical Gardens […]

Federal Tax Credits For Energy Efficient Home Improvements End Dec. 31, 2010

By Travis Seeger


I cannot believe it is December already, where has this year gone?? I remember my grandparents and parents and the older generation in general telling me how fast time will go by as you get older, I really didn’t think that was possible. Literally, I know time doesn’t speed up, however, our perception […]

Fitness Tips from the Experts: Personal Training at a Glance

By Terri Canis


Lisa Palmer of PerforMax Fitness Professionals and Jay Siefert of Studio Element Personal Training are two St. Louis based personal trainers that enable their clients to maximize their workouts.

Lisa, a mother of 3 children, was initially inspired to fitness by her stepson Nate.  Nate had been a personal trainer for 10 years and […]

Fitness Tips from the Experts: Zumba® At A Glance

By Terri Canis


Zumba® classes are Latin-based dance routines led by fitness instructors.  A participant can expect to burn on average between 500 and 800 calories per class depending on fitness level and class intensity.  Tracie Sanderlin and Sara Brendel are two St Louis Zumba instructors that discovered the benefits of Zumba classes through vastly different […]

Fitness-Focused Caribbean Vacations Help Support Healthy Lifestyles at “My Destination Wellness”

By Jeff Kramer


Need a vacation? Most of us do. As many as 50 percent of Americans don’t get away at least once a year to rejuvenate. And when they do, it is difficult for travelers to maintain healthy diet and fitness regimens while on the road.

Imagine being able to continue or begin a wellness plan […]


Sappington Farmers’ Market offers special order fruit and gift baskets to customer specifications.  Prices start at $29.99. Call the store and talk to Fran Orlando, produce manager, 314-843-7848. We also have many party trays to pick from. Visit www.sappingtonfarmersmkt.com  for more information.




Fine art, greeting cards, coloring book, jewelry and gifts are designed […]


By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor


Sometimes the best gifts are those that are truly beautiful, cost almost nothing and are made from things that normally get recycled or end up in the landfill.  For years I have made two garden gifts that always get rave reviews.  They are envelopes made from magazines […]

Good Pet Care Starts With Dr. Doug

By Leah O’Donnell

Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor


When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, one of the top priorities is the veterinary care your pet receives.  After all, you and your pet will spend years frequenting your veterinarian’s office for exams, medications, foods, or dental cleanings.  Finding a veterinary clinic that meets your needs and the […]


Story & photo

By Linda Wiggen Kraft


Giverny is a small town outside of Paris where artist Claude Monet planted his sprawling garden and dug his garden pond so he could paint his beloved flowers, especially his water lilies. Musée de L’Orangerie in Paris houses two large oval rooms, built to Monet’s wishes that totally surrounded […]


With Craig Jung

Healthy Planet Green Living Editor



he StLouisGreen.com Holiday Light Recycling Drive is under way and will continue through Dec 12 at 18 area Walmart locations including Granite City and Collinsville.  Starting on Dec.13th other locations will begin collecting, which include 18 Car-x locations, Goodwill, Kirkwood Recycling Center, Schlafly, Whole Foods (Town and Country location […]


With Craig Jung


Healthy Planet Green Living Editor


HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!  The StLouisGreen.com Holiday Light Recycling Drive and Website 2.0 Launch Party is November 18th at Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis from 6pm-9pm.  Join us for food, drinks and fun as we launch the Drive and new StLouisGreen.com website.  Please bring your holiday lights to […]


Animal Fitness Center

Give your animal hope for a better, longer, and pain-free life with healing therapies and nutrition. Dr. Ava Frick specializes in the diagnosis and management of animal injuries, disease and nutrition problems using veterinary chiropractic, pain management, clinical nutrition and rehabilitation therapies. Take a virtual tour of our center at www.avafrick.com – you […]

Healing Children Through Pet Assisted Therapy

By Dr. James Feinberg

Child Clinical Psychologist


As your child having difficulty making friends? If so, should you be worried? Given that a child’s ability to make friends, grow friendships, and maintain friendships over time not only reflects his current psychological health but his future psychological adjustment and success as an adult, the answer is without a […]


November 1, 3, 6 & 7


Airs on KDHX Digital Ch. 980 in the City of St. Louis: 10/25 & 11/01 8:30 pm, 10/27 & 11/03 7 pm, 10/30 & 11/06 12:30 pm, & 10/31 & 11/07 6 pm.  To view online, go to http://kdhxgreentime.blip.tv/ and search for episode 352.  Host Don Fitz […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Through December

Help Bag Hunger This Holiday

Whole Foods Market stores are teaming up with Share our Strength® and local food pantries to help alleviate hunger this winter. Shoppers at Whole Foods Market can purchase a Bag Hunger™ grocery tag to donate to the store’s designated local pantry or shelter. The Midwest region of Whole Foods Market […]


By Cheryl Hoard


Since ancient times the months of December and January have been thought of as “cold time” or “stay at home time.” We know these months as holiday time and they can also be thought of as a time of withdrawal and renewal. Certain spices are traditionally used during these months.

Some of the earliest […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: Bold Climate Actions

By Tom & Carol Braford


Since the Cool St. Louis Climate Summit in October, we have been in action on several fronts.  We had a full team of workers on 10/10/10, winterizing the Green Beings garden.  The first EcoTeam is in full swing, aimed at lowering our own carbon footprints and discovering where the holes were […]

Irresistible Community Builders Presents: Creating an Integral Urban Ecovillage Collaboration

By Tom & Carol Braford


We have often said that it takes a village to raise a child and it takes a community to raise an ecovillage.  We have never specifically said, however, what that community would look like or how it would go about forming the ecovillage.  This is because, even though there are now […]

Is Vegetarianism Just Trendy Or Is It A New Way Of Life?

By Sonny Saggar, M.D.


Depending on whom you ask, and how you design your poll, there are between 2 and 20 million vegetarians in America. What is not disputed is that that number is increasing. Why?

Our increasing knowledge of nutrition and disease, and our urgent environmental concerns, results in an inevitable gravitation towards changing to a […]

Learning on The Land to Grow an Ethic of Excellence

By Matt Diller, Third Grade Teacher

at The College School


Measure twice, cut once.” is the old school wisdom of craftsman carpenters.  It is a quote Ron Berger, the author of Ethic of Excellence, likes to say to remind us that, if we are thoughtful about how we approach our work and execute our work with […]


By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky

Healthy Planet Arts Editor



Handmade works make heart-filled gifts. They tell the recipient that you really care enough to seek out that so-special, one-of-a-kind gift. Skip the malls this year to make your gifts true expressions of creativity.


Mark your calendar now for December 3 and 4 as well when The Foundry Art Centre […]

Massage: Much More Than Just a ‘Treat’

By Angie Smith


Did you know that scientific studies have shown massage therapy to provide many more health benefits than just relaxation?

A new study suggests that massage not only relaxes the body, but also boosts the immune system and prompts beneficial hormone changes.  A clinical trial done by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles demonstrated that […]


Proper treatment of this organ is critical

to living a well-balanced life


by Varsha Rathod, MD


In the last two editions of my quarterly Newsletter (which can be found on my website at www.preventivemedicinestl.com), I discussed how the adrenal glands produce hormones and neurotransmitters that help us respond and adapt to stress.  The adrenal glands can be thought […]

Memorable Meals

By Gretchen Morfogen


This month is a planning month. Planning for the year end holidays, planning for visiting family, planning for kids out of school, planning meals, planning parties and planning for the season decorating, each year we plan.

Planning ahead can help with the stress of putting together the family holiday meal. Even though Thanksgiving is […]

Natural Living Gift & Holiday Guide

Fruit & Gift Baskets

Sappington Farmers’ Market offers special order fruit and gift baskets to customer specifications.  Prices start at $29.99. Call the store and talk to Fran Orlando, produce manager, 314-843-7848. We also have many party trays to pick from. Visit www.sappingtonfarmersmkt.com for more information.




Fine art, greeting cards, coloring book, jewelry and […]


By Charlotte Kubb, volunteer


Whether it is in reference to nature, our computers, or even our own, sluggish tendencies, the word “hibernate” brings to mind thoughts of stillness, of sleep.  Despite the perceived drowsiness of the season, much of Mother Nature is still hard at work and you don’t have to look very far to find […]

Notes From the Wildlife Rescue Center: THANKFUL FOR TURKEY!

By Pam Bolton,

Executive Director Wildlife Rescue Center


The wild turkey, a native bird of North America, is not the same as the domestic bird that people customarily serve for a Thanksgiving feast.  During the day, wild turkeys forage for acorns, wild berries, fruits and insects in open woodlands or forests.  At night, they roost in low […]

Ochonicky Chosen To Create Ornament For White House Christmas Tree

In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot fir tree decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white and green, as a local choir and a “quartet” from the U.S. Marine Band performed. 87 years later, on December 9, 2010, this American holiday tradition continues to […]

Pesto Festo: EarthDance’s Celebration of Local Farms & Fundraiser Nov. 6

Pesto Festo is EarthDance’s premier fundraising celebration of the year and includes live music, dancing, local food, live art, a silent auction, The EarthDance Mission Awards, and much more. Located at the Savoy in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 6th, it is a confluence of community and an opportunity to give thanks for the year’s bountiful […]

Publisher’s Corner

Change & Family Are All We Can Count On


There’s only a couple things you can always count on, and one is CHANGE. Not much ever remains the same no matter how much we think it does. If something bad is going on in your life, just wait, things will change for the better. If things […]


During the holidays we are all challenged with what to buy for our friends, family and co-workers. Holidays have become known for “giving” and that is a good thing. But maybe we have gotten away from what it means to really “give” someone something. More often than not, we give someone something they really don’t […]

Question Everything

By Dr. Alethea Eller


Why?” asks your 2 year old.  “How does this work?”  And my personal favorite, “what happens if I do this?”  So the barrage of questions comes.  However, as time goes by the questions slow down until a time comes where they almost seem to cease all together.  Why is this?  Have we […]

Recycled and Repurposed Materials are Transformed into Art in New Exhibit at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild

What to do with all the junk that we accumulate as we go through life? Why not transform these materials into art? In the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s upcoming art exhibition Collective Reasoning, artists have re-purposed and re-imagined everyday objects as works of art.

The artwork shown in Collective Reasoning was selected by juror John Watson, […]

Rumi’s Wedding Night: An Evening of Music, Discussion and Healing Between Christian, Muslim and Jew, Dec. 17

John MacEnulty,

Native American Flute, in Concert

A celebration of the poetry of the most popular and beloved 

poet in America today, a 13th century Muslim poet – Rumi.

Friday evening, December 17th

6:15 panel discussion

With Fatima Kashavarz, Imam Muhammed Hasic, Howard Schwartz,

& John Renard

7:30 Concert, Rumi’s Wedding Night

John MacEnulty, Native American flute

8:30 open dialogue with audience

at […]

Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT™): A Chiropractic System of Healing

By Dr. Joseph F. Unger, Jr. DC, FICS


How good do you want to feel? This is the question that all of us should be asking ourselves when it comes to our health and well being. We suffer from an array of discomforts and diseases that get little to no relief, despite spending substantial portions of […]

Small Farms Are Real Farms

By Nancy Smith,

Secretary, Farm to Family Naturally


Is it any wonder that most people are confused about our food system?   It’s hard to know what a farm is.  The factory farm model is one which has produced unsafe food that has no taste, and the small family farms are few and far between.  Still, the […]

SMALL TOWN LEADS TO BIG SURPRISES Ste. Genevieve, MO is far more than just a Small Town

Ste. Genevieve is a small, quaint town nestled on the Great River Road and Mississippi River Trail. It boasts to be the oldest in Missouri and definitely has worked hard to preserve and restore its history, but this small town is far more than just history.  Ste. Genevieve is home to many original specialty shops, […]

So, My Kids Want A Pet!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM


Every year around the Holidays, parents often soften to the idea of acquiring a new pet for the household, a process that is a multi-faceted one.

The very first step in our process begins with one or more family discussions.

All ages included, sit your family down to discuss issues surrounding this impending […]

St. Louis Earth Day: Recycling On The Go Turning Trash Into Resources

By Cassie Phillips

St. Louis Earth Day Executive Director


St. Louis is an active city, laden with events. On any given weekend from April through October, St. Louisans can select from an eclectic mix of street festivals, ethnic celebrations, outdoor concerts, fundraising runs and walks, art fairs, or food and beverage showcases. Events range from one day […]

St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District Pages

St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

The St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District has been working to expand recycling in the St. Louis region since 1993.  The District is a regional public agency that serves St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.  Almost two million people reside within the District, making ours […]

Sustainable Visionary Peter Raven: Sees How Plants Sustain Us!

By Jean Ponzi


Dr. Peter H. Raven is now President Emeritus of Missouri Botanical Garden. The St. Louis Business Journal has honored him as a Sustainable Visionary in the publication’s 2010 Heroes of the Planet Awards.

Over the 40 years of his Garden leadership (13 of which I’ve also worked at the Garden), I’m honored to say […]

Taking The Mystery Out of Yoga

By Gretchen Karros


The topic of this month is;


and Chakras


Yoga has many different areas of practice but all of them involve body, mind and spirit.  For instance, if you are practicing Patanjali’s Eightfold Path or any other Yogic practice, the objective is still the same – develop flexibility in the body, go inside to learn […]

Taking The Mystery Out of Yoga

By Gretchen Karros


The topic of this month is;



These three topics often take a chapter or two or even a whole book to describe their complexity. This article is just a reminder of some of the things you might already know about these important topics.

Posture and breathing should always be considered as […]


With Christine Kniffin, LCSW, Therapist & Relationship Coach


What Really Matters this Holiday Season?



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


It’s a simple question, but perhaps one that you haven’t given much thought to in this ever fast-paced world we […]


With Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW,

Therapist & Relationship Coach

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


Sometimes the sweetest love

happens in the second half of life


In one of my recent Blogtalk radio shows I had the unexpected pleasure of interviewing the […]

THE BIRTHING OF A YURT IN ST. LOUIS, MO Healing in the Round – An Aquatic and Sacred Space


Healing in the Round – An Aquatic and Sacred Space


By Kathleen H. Christ, LMT, NCMBT


Architects, engineers and scientists know of the strength, stability and efficiency of a spherical shape – our earth, planets, the sun, a bird’s nest, a tree trunk, a reed of grass.  So, it […]

The Fair Trade Market Weaves a Single World of Delight In November

A Shopper’s Paradise, the 8th Annual Market

Opens with a Special Oriental Rug Event

By Kellee Sikes


Enjoy shopping for holiday and everyday treasures handmade by artisans and farmers from around the world defying poverty through fair trade work, not aid or charity. The Fair Trade Market, one of the largest in the country, provides a shopper’s paradise […]

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 she is understood, valued and […]

The Holidays Are A Time Of Group Energy of Giving, Hope and Peace

By Rosa Kincaid, M.D.


The “Holiday Season” in our great country, is defined by amazing group energy of giving, hope and peace. You can feel it in the air and see it in the eyes of small children. No wonder that our “major” religions also recognize this time of year as specifically marking major historical and […]


By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN

(Certified Clinical Nutritionist)


Is it possible that your teeth have a biological effect on other parts of your body? In order to understand this concept, let’s consider the therapeutic effects of Chinese acupuncture.

Chinese acupuncture believes there is a universal life energy called Chi (also spelled “Qi”) present in every living creature. […]

Turkey Day is On the Way! Holiday Cautions for Your Beloved Pets!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff

Clarkson Wilson Veterinary Clinic


November houses Turkey Day, and that means tons of great foods, lots of family love and more.   Many of our pet health concerns around Thanksgiving have to do with all those scrumptious table goodies getting into the mouths of our non-discriminating pet gourmets.

Generally speaking, any introduced and thereby, unfamiliar […]

Visit BUILDstlouis.org Join the Effort to Help Local Businesses Survive! Now, more than ever, we must support our local independent businesses.

By Ed Mantels-Seeker


Spend your money wisely during these tough times. 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. Most consumers believe the myth that national chain businesses are always cheaper, or the best value. It’s not true. […]

Visit the Green Living Expo at the Missouri History Museum!

Back by popular demand, the Missouri History Museum presents the Third Annual Green Living Expo! An exciting afternoon filled with vendors and activities designed for the whole family, and all of it is FREE. Saturday, December 4 from noon to 4pm, enjoy eco-friendly shopping, featuring local vendors, locally produced, and organic products. You’ll find recycled […]

WALKING IN A WINTER WILDLAND Experience the Holidays in a Wild New Way at the Saint Louis Zoo during U.S. Bank Wild Lights

Frolic and play this holiday season at the Saint Louis Zoo. Stroll through the Zoo’s enchanting holiday wonderland and enjoy thousands of colorful lights and seasonal sounds Fridays through Sundays, November 26-December 12 and nightly, December 17-23, 26-30, 2010 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

You’ll be dazzled by the vibrant light displays this year that include […]

Webster Wellness Professionals: Increase in Older Men & Women with Eating Disorders Seeking Treatment

By Dr Kimberli McCallum, M.D.


Women and men in their 30s, 40s and 50s are now seeking treatment in increasing numbers, challenging beliefs that eating disorders occur mostly in adolescent girls. The prevalence of eating disorders in middle age is not known and older adults are not all alike in their presentation.  To date, little is […]