Articles from ‘October 2012’ Issue

A Cinderella Story

By Suzanne Gassner

Allow me to tell you the story of Annie. Annie is a mixed breed of undetermined heritage, probably part sheltie, maybe a little spaniel. Annie’s story begins, as so many of the amazing animals I have had the honor of assisting, with cruelty. She was a victim of severe beatings, starvation, disease and […]

A Landscape Challenge

by Cindy Gilberg

One of our All-American icons is the lawn—expanses of irrigated, fertilized, pest-free and well-groomed green carpet. So popular is this verdant blanket that turf is considered the #1 crop in the U.S., with an estimated 40 million acres in cultivation. The American lawn comprises a majority of our human landscapes and requires a […]

A St. Louis Micro, Artisan Coffee Roaster

Peter Cohen, Owner of Stringbean Coffee Company

Hi, my name is Peter Cohen, I am the owner and roaster at Stringbean Coffee Co. For me, roasting coffee started as a hobby to cure my thirst for bold, non-bitter coffee. I had a good job, though wingtips and preppy banker ties don’t compare to my new wardrobe […]

ART Makes The World A Better Place

By Michelle “ Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

The arts make us more expressive, more understanding, more inclusive. See if you don’t agree:

Bryan Haynes is a well-known, local artist recognized for his works depicting Missouri scenes. He’s done some great historically-inspired paintings of the Lewis and Clark journey. But there’s another reason to recognize Bryan Haynes. […]

Artful Happenings


September 28-November 30
Large scale works by artists from St. Louis printmaking studio, founded by Maryanne Ellison Simmons; St. Louis University Museum of Art, Lindell Blvd.; for info, call 314-977-2666 or visit http://sluma.slu.edu.

Through October 20
Works involving paper, by fourteen artists; The Gallery at Regional Arts Commission, 6128 […]

Ashtanga Yoga

By Sat Inder S. Khalsa

Ashtanga Yoga; this may bring to mind the eightfold philosophy of yoga or possibly a classical yoga discipline consisting of powerful asanas dynamically liked together with the breath. I’m here to discuss the latter.

I began this practice in 2000 and quickly realized that it was for me, being the first physical […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Burkemper

Q: Does zinc really help when you have a cold?

A: Zinc is an essential trace mineral that contains several immune-boosting nutrients which help strengthen the body’s defenses against respiratory infections, such as the common cold. It is also anti-viral and activates T-cell and natural killer cells for antibody production. If you have a […]

Coalition Report

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

St. Louis Needs You

If you were in charge of choosing where to put radioactive waste to minimize the risks of exposure to future generations, you’d be smart to avoid populated areas, major rivers that serve as drinking water sources like the Missouri River, risky floodplains, and […]

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy For Pain and Inflammation

One of the fastest growing treatments for pain management in the last decade has been cold laser therapy, not to be confused with surgical lasers which are used to cut and cauterize tissue. Cold lasers actual heal tissue not destroy. Cold laser therapy works by a process called photo-biostimulation. What this means is that light […]

EarthWorms Castings

by Jean Ponzi

Conserving HUMAN Resources

This is typically an “environmental” column, because my vocation, my profession, my purpose in life is overwhelmingly focused around environmental issues, perspective and actions.

However, from recent, intense and involuntarily expanded hands-on experience – and with a national election rapidly looming – I feel compelled to hold forth in this month’s space […]

German Biological Medicine: It’s Complicated

by Simon Yu, MD

German Biological Medicine leads the world in natural healing. I wrote about German Biological Medicine many years ago. I have been studying German Biological Medicine for over 15 years. I feel they have the most advanced concept of natural healing.

Integration of modern science with natural healing is their strength. What I […]

Get Healthy & Go Green at the Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo in Webster Groves, October 14

Enjoy the beautiful Autumn season as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Healthy Living magazine, hosts its 24th Natural Living Expo Sunday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road (I-44 at Elm Avenue) in Webster Groves.

This popular event will include more than 60 exhibit […]

Green Is The Color Of Fall At The College School

by Adrienne Rusbarsky, School Administrator

The U.S. Department of Education named The College School a Green Ribbon School, one of only 78 schools nationwide in 29 states and D.C. to receive this special award. The College School is one of only two Missouri schools and 12 independent schools to be honored. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne […]

Guide to a Healthy Cup of Coffee

Chauvin Coffee
Until the mid 1920’s, Saint Louis was the largest coffee roasting city in the world, with over 75 major coffee roasting plants.Chauvin Coffee is in its fourth generation as a family owned coffee roaster, continuing the coffee roasting tradition, catering exclusively to the specialty coffee and espresso beverage markets. We strive to offer the […]

Guide To Healthy Pets

Animal Health & Healing
Animal Health & Healing is a full service integrative veterinary practice blending holistic and conventional medicine and surgery to optimize the health of our patients. We have been practicing holistic medicine since 1994. The holistic therapies we offer include homeopathy, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, western herbs, Alpha-Stim®, Bach flower essences, and nutraceutical and […]


October through December
Be Green and Save Green with Perennial do-it-yourself workshops & classes
Save green and be green this holiday season with Perennial’s reMAKE Green Gifts workshops. Craft a special project and personalize your gifts for those special loved ones. You’ll be able to pick and choose projects from our buffet of items and learn simple […]

Harmonious Hormones

By Dr. David Peterson, DC,

Sexuality and sensuality for women is multifaceted. Many of my patients tell me they don’t have any sex drive and the passion just isn’t there anymore. Sleep deprivation, stress and a bad diet can cause imbalances in the chemicals that regulate libido, mood, appetite, metabolism, sleep, and fat storage. […]

Health Care and Environmental Protection

by Don Fitz

One of the greatest crises in the US is the millions of people who cannot afford health care. The “non-system” of US health care has negative environmental impacts, both from overuse by those who receive unneeded treatment and from the worsening of problems by those who are under-treated.

Green Time TV shows during October […]

Kaseeka: Healing Awakening and Activating the Whole of Body, Mind and Spirit with Understanding & Clarity

by Kathleen Christ, NCMBT, LMT

True healing takes place on many levels and dimensions, and is a process of understanding to be lived and experienced. Stepping into healing requires not only the body and senses, but cooperation with the mind, emotions and spirit.

Life on earth is challenging, to say the least, and due to the influence […]

Native Persimmons

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

The old native persimmon tree (diospyros virginiana) in my back yard was large and full of thousands of one-inch diameter persimmons the first year we moved in 20 years ago. Every year since then, the tree has faithfully shared its apricot flavored peach colored fruits, only to leave me bewildered about what […]

New Study Shows Coffee May Help You Live Longer

For generations, coffee drinkers have enjoyed their cup of Joe because it gave them that caffeine lift in the morning. And real Java junkies know that coffee is not just for breakfast anymore. In fact, many coffee drinkers are well documented as enjoying three or more cups a day, raising all sorts of red flags […]

Our Festival of Science

Join the Science Center this November to celebrate the annual Festival of Science, a collection of special events that celebrates the wide world of science and technology. Events run November 2 through November 17 and feature different opportunities for all age ranges.

The Festival kicks off with First Friday: Science Goes Wild on November 2. Take […]

Over 50, or any age? You can feel good, look great and have the best sex of your life!

Unlock the secret. All it takes is balancing two little hormones. American medicine, along with the food and drug companies, has a love affair with the hormone estrogen. Doctors prescribe it like candy with women from the age of sixteen on up with birth control pills (which are normally made with estrogen). Then when a […]

Pet Expo Set For Oct. 20

BRING YOUR PET to the St. Louis Pet Expo on Saturday, October 20, 2012, from 10AM to 6PM, INDOORS at St. Charles Convention Center with FREE admission and FREE parking!

You’re welcome to BRING YOUR DOG, your bird or even your lizard – just make sure that you have proof of current age-appropriate immunizations (if applicable) […]

Publisher’s Corner

A Boy And His Baseball

My life changed forever on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. It was a beautiful night for baseball, as Harry Caray used to say. My wife Niki and I had scored some great seats to the Cardinal game against the Houston Astros. Section 164, row 3, seat 9 to be exact. An aisle […]

SLiiM Holds 3rd Annual Symposium, Oct 13…‘The Anti-Aging Prescription’

Who Needs Dr. Oz? The St. Louis Institute of Integrative Medicine (SLiiM) has the answers regarding your optimal healthcare … right here in our own backyard! A consortium of medical practitioners from a variety of disciplines, SLiiM is dedicated to prevention, wellness and finding the root cause instead of just treating the symptoms.
Nearly 50% of […]

T.V. Personality Ruth Ezell Offers Vinos de la Cruz Wine Tasting At Healthy Planet Expo, Oct. 14

by Ruth Ezell

You may be wondering “why is Ruth Ezell promoting wine?” There are a couple of reasons: For starters, they’re very good.

I had my first glass of Vinos de la Cruz at Rue Lafayette cafe in St. Louis (Check it out if you’ve never been. Its croissants are shipped in daily from Paris!). I […]

The Art Of Relating

With Christine Kniffen, LCSW, Therapist & Relationship Coach

The Art Of Compromise

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According to dictionary.com, compromise is defined as, “A settlement of differences by mutual concession”. I thought that perhaps, as someone who […]

The Benefits of Rehab For Pets

by Ava Frick, DVM, CAC

In the present human medical world it would be very rare for a surgeon not to recommend some form of rehabilitation or physiotherapy following a procedure. This is an important aspect of regaining full recovery and tissue function. So it should be for our pets too. While you may choose not […]

The Human-Animal Bond: From Feelings To Facts

by Teresa Garden, DVM

The greatest fringe benefit I enjoy as a veterinarian is being able to bring my dog to work with me. I’ll sneak into my office between appointments and just steal a glance at her as she sleeps in her little bed beneath my desk. I immediately feel love, tenderness, and warmth. Baby […]

The Risk of Breast Cancer

It is one of the most feared diseases a woman can get, yet the subject is very complex and controversial even among medical professionals. There are many aspects to breast health and breast cancer, each with different points of view. More women are getting breast cancer and they are getting it at younger and younger […]

Vegetables For Dessert?

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

We’ve always been told, “Eat your vegetables,” but did you know this could apply to your dessert too? A recent trend picking up speed is creating desserts that highlight vegetables rather than other typical sweet ingredients. And we’re talking more than just the old favorites […]

Verde Kids: Business On A Mission

Walking into Verde Kids, your first impression might be of a cute baby outfit or a fun game, but upon closer inspection you will realize that every item in the store has a story. That story is related to the store’s mission: To offer a wide variety of eco-friendly clothing, toy, and kitchen and bath […]

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, Other.

After 32 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 […]

You’ve Got A Lot Of Nerve

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

You truly do. All told, the human nervous system is about 600 miles long. The brain has about 100 billion neurons and the spine over 13 million of these nerve cells. There are more nerve cells in one person than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy. […]