Articles from ‘October 2011’ Issue

ArtFul Happenings

New Exhibits

Through December 11

At MOCRA on the St. Louis University campus; 314-977-7170.

September 30 – Summer 2012

Opening reception, 5-7 p.m.; Lopata Sculpture Garden at The Sheldon; for info, visit www.thesheldon.org/galleries.asp.

October 1-15

Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, 8342 Big Bend; for info, call 314-968-7174 or visit www.webster.edu.

October 2-November 19


ArtFul Living – Can You Say, Free???

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

The arts sometimes are viewed as a luxury, using “expendable income.” That’s a fact in lots of places. I’ve spent as much as $35 for admission to art museums in some parts of the world. This month, however, I was truly struck by how many free—absolutely free– ARTful […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper

Q: I already know that Oil of Oregano is a wonderful natural antibiotic.  Does it make a difference if you use the encapsulated oil or the liquid?

A: Wild oregano oil is more powerful than goldenseal or Echinacea, therefore making it a very powerful natural antibiotic.  It is also very beneficial in treating bacterial […]

Bisphenol A: A Dental Concern
for Our Patients or Not?

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

An important lesson that I’ve learned over the years about Biological Dentistry is to ask questions. Then to be willing to make the appropriate changes that seem necessary for improving the health and well being of our patients.The use of specific dental materials and their biological compatibility for […]

Chew on This: Organic Tops Chemical Ag

By Kathleen Logan Smith
Executive Director ; Missouri Coalition For The Environmen

In this column, we’ve been learning more about the U.S. Farm Bill, the package of legislation that impacts our food system- what is grown, how it’s grown, and how much it costs. The Farm Bill, or the Food Bill as it should be known, is […]

Connie’s Green Grocery Offers
Organic Produce “Delivered”

There are many reasons why buying organic is a good decision.  At Connie’s Green Grocery, we understand these reasons and have included just a few of those for you here.


Although more and more large-scale farms are making the conversion to organic practices, most organic farms are small, independently owned family farms of fewer […]

Continue Care For Maximum Results

By Dr. Paul Hyland

Have you ever wondered why it seems to take a long time to complete the prescribed course of chiropractic care even though you may have been out of pain for a long period of time?

There are normally three stages of care that you will go through during your course of treatment. They […]


With Jean Ponzi

On housework days when the weather is fine, any time of year, my laundry gets sun-dried out on the clothesline.

My line strings around a triangle of trees. I loop the nylon rope over an old iron hook that some earlier dwellers in our home screwed into the Ailanthus tree to hold their hammock.  […]


By Dr. “Mike” Michael Fenster

As both a chef and an interventional cardiologist I am often asked about how to construct a diet of flavorful, delicious foods that are also healthful. In response I have developed the Grassroots Gourmet™ philosophy, a philosophy of enjoyment from palate to soul, but grounded in reality. I find that […]

Education Guide

A Gathering Place Wellness Education Center
A Gathering Place Massage School teaches massage therapy and healing modalities from the heart! With our small class sizes, we become like family. Having fun while learning is a key to helping our students prepare and Pass the National Board Exam. Our National Board Exam pass ratio for 2010 – […]

Extolling the Virtues of Corn

By Gretchen Morfogen

Is there a more versatile edible? Scientists estimate that the ancestry of corn in the Americas dates back to 10,000 years ago, and that it is closely related to a wild grass called teosinte. It looked very different from our corn today. The kernels were small and were not placed close together like […]

Focus Is On Art In Ste. Genevieve In October

Ste. Genevieve’s tradition as a center for visual arts comes alive in October, with major art shows and activities for artists and art lovers.

The oldest European settlement on the west bank of the Mississippi River was home in the early 1800s to famed naturalist artist John James Audubon. In the 1930s and 1940s it was […]

Gardening Tips From The Pros

Here are the plants and gardening suggestions that the Plant Pros recommend for hot dry summers just like the one we had.  Take note of these plants and tips and use them for next year’s garden.

“This was really a year where heat-loving, drought-tolerant plants thrived.  So I was happy to see my coneflowers, butterfly weed, […]

Get Healthy and Stay Healthy
@ Living Life Expo, Oct. 8

The St. Louis Public Library has the perfect way to help everyone get healthy and stay healthy. The Baden Branch, 8448 Church Road, hosts its Fourth Annual Living Life Expo! on Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s FREE and open to the public. The Expo! features healthcare professionals who will answer […]


With Craig Jung from StLouisGreen.com
Healthy Planet Green Living Editor

Happy October! Is there such a thing as a green Halloween? The costumes, the decorations, and the candy all provide a great opportunity to make our lives more sustainable. Tell us how you plan to reduce, reuse, and recycle this Halloween at www.facebook.com/stlouisgreen. The holidays are just […]

HAWK ON HEALTH – Cyber Fitness

With Heather Hawk
Healthy Planet Fitness Writer

It is a simple fact that we are a cyber-world, turning to the Internet for answers to most all of our questions relating to news, business, family, and medical issues. The Internet offers immediate information in large quantities, and at a reasonable price….free in most cases. This applies to […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

October 1
Also performing River Blender Chorus, Shades of Jade, Ambiance; 8 p.m.; Touhill Center for Performing Arts on UMSL campus; $20 & $35; 314-516-4949 or visit www.touhill.org.

October 6
Lost & F(o)und: Perennial’s Annual Fundraiser
6-8:30pm. Bridge Tap House + Wine Bar, 1004 Locust, St. Louis, MO 63101. $10. Buy tickets at www.tinyurl.com/lostandfound2011. Lost + […]

Homeopathy To The Rescue

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Homeopathy is a wondrous form of medicine founded in the 18th century by German physician Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. It is sometimes referred to as “the science of medicine that cures”. Homeopathic medicine is based on the principle of “like cures like”. This is a simple elegant form of medicine that is gentle, […]

INFLAMMATION NATION: Linking Obesity, Depression and Fatigue

The St. Louis Institute of Integrative Medicine (SLiiM) announces its second annual, symposium focusing on prevention, wellness and finding the root cause for patient-disease states.

“Inflammation Nation: Linking Obesity, Depression and Fatigue” will be held on November 5, 2011 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Purser Center on the campus of Logan College. More […]

Irresistibile Community Builders Presents: Announcing Integral Economy Markets at Culver Way EcoVillage

By Tom & Carol Braford

We are taking our economy into our own hands. With the big banks and billionaires sitting on piles of money and over $1 trillion in the S&P 500 on the sidelines, it looks like we are on our own to get our economy moving again. When national monetary policy failed in […]

Lessons From a Hot Dry Summer

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

A gardener’s biggest asset is hope for a better garden next year. Gardens need nurturing just as we need nurturing from them. But after a hard summer, we gardeners need inspiration to give us hope for next year. With fall’s cooler and wetter weather we can look back to see what lessons […]

Low-Level Laser Therapy: “Healing Light”

By Kathleen Christ, NCMBT, LMT

Albert Einstein was, quite possibly, the most intelligent person who ever lived. His theories and ideas were so far ahead of his time, that even now, the smartest scientists alive are still discovering his value.

One of his theories published in 1917, spoke of how lasers function. However, it was not until […]

Mindful Eating: FALL Carb Cravings

By Cheryl Wasserman, MA, LPC, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor

Can you feel the difference in the air? Are you noticing changes in animals’ behavior? Are you aware of the subtle signs that Fall has arrived?

There’s a not so subtle sign that my clients notice this time of the year: Are you craving carbs? And, if so, is […]

No Pain, No Problem!

By Dr. Alethea Eller

Unarguably one of the top reasons why people go to the doctor is pain. Something hurts or the whole body aches. Living with pain can be totally consuming. I am going to share information with you that will help you end this cycle of pain. The first step is to look at […]

NOTES FROM THE WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER: Celebrate Autumn With the Wildlife Rescue Center

By Suzi Margraff, Intern
Wildlife Rescue Center

Halloween is around the corner, but some animals are already donning their masks. Our local raccoons have the best costume with ringed tails and black masked eyes. And since they are nocturnal, they will be out with us on Halloween night, most likely “trick-or-treating” in wooded areas. No worries. They […]

Pooch Power: The Healing of Four Paws

By James Feinberg, Child Clinical Psychologist

Ask any pet owner, young or old, about their dog and a large smile will come across their face, their mood will brighten, and they will offer to show you various photos of their dear ones on their smart phone. Those of us who live with dogs and other mammals […]

Publisher’s Corner: October Could Be The Busiest Month

By J.B. Lester, Publisher

This is a busy time of year. October is the month of transition as every living thing on the planet prepares for winter. As the weather bounces from cool to warm and back to cool again, this fickle season has a special place in many hearts. As the milkweed seeds become […]

Raising Resilient Children

By Dr. Vera Gabliani, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

The majority of parents I talk with worry about their child’s self esteem and ability to cope with the stresses of life. Well intentioned parents believe they need to protect their child from making mistakes and experiencing failures or disappointments. So, when a difficult situation arises, they will typically problem […]

SciFest Saint Louis : Explores Global Environmental Issues, Local Green Projects

By Maria Totoraitis

Returning to the Saint Louis Science Center for a fourth year, SciFest Saint Louis is set for October 18-23. From the United Nations Kyoto Protocol to backyard chickens, SciFest will explore environmental topics and resources for the entire family to think globally and act locally. The weekend sessions open to the public cover […]

SEA BUCKTHORN: A Berry That’s Off The Beaten Path

For centuries, Traditional Chinese Medicine has relied on sea buckthorn for its therapeutic benefits as a remedy for a range of illnesses from digestive disorders to respiratory problems.  Today, sea buckthorn’s vibrant orange berry, including the oil, is revered for its nutritional and regenerative properties and considered a Superfruit.

Sea Buckthorn’s Nutritional Components

This hardy shrub that […]

Shake The Hand That Feeds You… 2nd Food & Farmers Expo A Big Hit

By Nancy Smith, secretary, Farm to Family Naturally

An array of delicious food awaited eager attendees at the Second Annual Food and Farmers Expo held at the Webster Groves Recreational Complex September 18. Foodies, locavores and folks who just wanted to “shake the hands that feed them” were standing in line long before the doors opened […]

Something’s Just Not Right

By Debbie Haikal, The Common Sense R.N.

Currently, there are more than 59 million Americans with thyroid issues. Most are undiagnosed yet still know something is just not right. The thyroid is a key regulator of energy, mood and metabolism. It influences and collaborates with every system in your body. Living with symptoms of thyroid disease […]

St. Louis Rams “Green” Initiatives Include Sustainable Efforts Such as Waste Reduction, Recycling, Energy Conservation, The Green Team & More!

By Craig Jung, Healthy Planet Green Living Editor

In 2007, the St. Louis Rams established their Greening Platform and later established the Green Team which has proved to be a huge success for the Rams and the fans.  The focus of their efforts, while mainly on waste reduction, recycling and energy conservation, has also embraced many […]

Taking The Mystery Out of Yoga

By Gretchen Karros


The religions of India are very hard to describe because there are so many different sects, religious leaders (Gurus), invasions of the foreigners who brought their own religions, as well as the fact that throughout their history, they have been reluctant to record important […]

The Art Of Relating: Essential Prerequisites For Love

With Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW,
Therapist & Relationship Coach

Sign up for my new 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.There is a very important distinction between finding love and having a fulfilling, […]

The College School Offers Experiential Curriculum
Open House Nov. 12

By Adrienne Rusbarsky and Tim Wood

THE COLLEGE SCHOOL engages children, ages 3 to eighth grade, in joyful, meaningful and creative learning through an adventurous, theme-based, experiential curriculum. The diverse community works as a partnership, cultivating excellence in academics, character and collaboration, as the school prepares students for life-long learning, service and citizenship. The early childhood […]

Trees Contribute to Stormwater Management

By Cindy Gilberg

Trees are the original multi-taskers, providing a variety of benefits that go beyond aesthetics. The value of trees in our communities includes the shade they provide, their function as air filters, the carbon dioxide they absorb and the oxygen they release. These benefits can be measured in dollars—quantitatively showing that perhaps money can […]

UMSL Center for Humanities Hosts its 17th Annual “What is a City?” Conference

The University of Missouri – St Louis’ Center for the Humanities invites participants to its 17th annual What is a City? conference on Oct. 27-28, 2011. This year’s theme is “Science in the City,” following on last year’s Food in the City conference. Recognizing how many scientists live in cities and work on health, energy, […]

When is a Pet Emergency Truly a Pet Emergency?

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Blood Loss
Difficulty Breathing
Loss of Conciousness
Traumatic Incident
Possible Poisoning

After 31 years as a veterinary practitioner, several of those years working at the Animal Emergency Clinics, and handling after hours calls for my own clinic, I have come to realize how difficult it is for pet owners to determine whether they have a true […]

Where “Green” Meets Cool

By Travis Seeger

We would like you to picture this, you coast down your street, turn in the driveway and hit the garage door button.  At that moment “your home” setting is brought on.  The garage light is turned on, the kitchen lights come on, and the normal path way you take is lit to your […]

Your Journey To Wellness Expo Set
for Oct. 22 In St. Charles

Join us as we embrace healthy living at the Your Journey To Wellness Expo, Saturday, October 22, 2011, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the St. Charles Convention Center (Grand Ballroom), One Convention Center Plaza, (On the South Side of Highway 70 between Fifth Street and Highway 94) in St. Charles, MO.

This exciting, free event […]