Articles from ‘October 2013’ Issue

“I Can Do That” Honoring Your Child’s New Found Independence

by Lisa Trout, Admissions Director 
and Lise Riet-Lague, Director of Advancement
Chesterfield Montessori School

“Wow, my child can do THAT?” is a frequently heard exclamation from parents of children enrolled in a Montessori school. The answer is always a resounding, “Yes!”

In an authentic Montessori environment, children acquire many new skills that enable them to act with independence, confidence […]

50 Years of Learning: The College School 1963-2013

by Kevin Navarro (Class of 1989)
and Assistant Head of School

In 1963, Webster College President, Sister Jacqueline Grennan, served on President Kennedy’s advisory panel on educational research and development. Sister Grennan was a pioneer in developing the best practices in education across the country. In St. Louis, she worked to transform the Webster College Education Department […]

After 35 years, Hair Salon Makes Decision to Go Organic!

Katherine Affolter has been doing hair in the Overland area for over 35 years. She began her beauty career in the same spot as her business operates today. Ultimately, purchasing the salon and expanding the business to include a tanning salon offering UV & vegetable-based custom spray tanning! After 35 years in the same location […]

ArtFul Happenings


Correction: PHD Gallery is located at 2300 Cherokee, not 2600 as was listed erroneously in the Sept. issue. CABINET OF CURIOSITIES: PICTORIAL & DIMENSIONAL ODDITIES continues through October 26. For info, for info, call 314-664-6644 or visit www.phdstl.com.

October 4-November 22
Digital media exhibition; Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main in St. Charles; for info, […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts
Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Exclusive behind the scenes look from The Healthy Planet

Sometimes I go to an exhibition or a performance without doing any homework, to just experience the art for its own sake. Still, I find the ARTistic experience is enhanced by knowing the background of […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Magnesium & Calcium?
Tea Tree Oil For Earaches?

Q: Do I need to take magnesium along with my calcium, or can I just take it by itself?

A: You always want to take magnesium along with your calcium supplement. Whenever you are deficient in magnesium, the absorption rate and metabolism is greatly diminished, and prevents the […]

Autumn’s Child – A Musical Smoothie To Fill The Sheldon

by Mya Duran

Autumn has always been a creative season for musician Mark Holland. Having named his musical project, Autumn’s Child partly based on this fact.

There was also the influence of color and texture that is found in nature contributing to the naming of his group as well.

Not just coincidence there is also musical color […]

Best Foods For Cancer Prevention

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

Unfortunately, we’ve probably all been touched by cancer in some way or another, whether it be from a personal struggle with the disease or knowing a friend, colleague or family member who has suffered from it. While there are many factors involved in cancer development, […]

BStrong4Life: Strength-Balance-Bone Health Seminar Oct. 15

By Dr. Brenda L. Kingen

We all know that exercise is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle, yet a very small percentage of our population can commit to an effective and consistent fitness program over time. We have also learned through research that high intensity training, actions that stress muscle and bone at peak levels, […]

Coalition Report

MCE Green Onion Gala Set For Oct. 11

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Director of Environmental Policy Coalition For The Environment

Every fall, the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) hosts an anniversary event at which we honor individuals and organizations that have made a positive difference for Missouri’s environment. In October, MCE will honor one individual and […]

Craft Beer Guide


Alpha Brewing Company
14091 Washington Ave., St. Louis.

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
One Busch Place, St. Louis.

Augusta Brewing Company
5521 Water Street, Augusta.

Buffalo Brewing Company
3100 Olive Street, St. Louis.

Cathedral Square Brewery
3914 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis.

Crown Valley Brewing Company
St. Genevieve, MO.

Exit #6 Brewery
5055 Highway North, St. Charles.

4 Hands Brewing Company
1220 8th Street, Saint Louis.

Granite City Food & Brewery
11411 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur.

Griesedieck […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

I Am/Not
One of Those Women Who

You know the type.
Mumbling to Fluffy, or others of the 269 cats who, bless their flea-sweet little hides, have their queenly run of the place.

I live with one cat, and one dog, and routinely converse with many of my fellow humans, including the one kingly husband who keeps […]

Eat With The Seasons: Savor The Season of Autumn

by Crystal Moore-Stevens

In the Midwest, we are fortuitous enough to experience all four of the breathtaking seasons. Autumn is especially beautiful in this region. The vibrant colors of leaves rustling in the trees in the autumn air are striking and inspiring. The autumn offers not only a bountiful harvest, but also an abundance of art […]

Enjoy A Fresh, Healthy Brunch At Piper Palm House’s Café Madeleine

by Leah O’Donnell
Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

Recently my family had the pleasure of dining at the Piper Palm House’s Café Madeleine. The experience was one we will remember and will look forward to having again. Located within the magnificent Tower Grove Park, this gem is a place to enjoy the perfect brunch. The outside plaza at […]

Got Clay?

by Cindy Gilberg

Recent lack of rain has turned most soils into a hard surface with fissures and cracks, thirsty for a good autumn rain. Missouri, well known for its clay, was once famous for bricks and pottery made from that same sticky clay. Clay, an important component of soils, is electrically charged and attracts molecules […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

October 5
In-Store Holistic Fair
11am-4pm. Practitioners and readers on-site for walk-in availability. $20 Mini Readings, Ear Candling, Reiki or Mini Chakra Balancing, $25 Aura Photos. Held at Holistic Journey, 216 Frank Scott Pkwy East, Swansea, IL 62226. Call 618-234-8280 or visit www.yourholisticjourney.com.

October 5 & 7
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 10/05 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy […]

IRELAND: Land of Shape-shifters and Dreamers

by Kimberly V. Schneider,
M.Ed., J.D., LPC

When I first visited Ireland several years ago, I felt I’d come home. Some part of me that had been sleeping my whole adult life stirred into consciousness. I’d been studying Celtic Spirituality for nearly twenty years, but experiencing the spray of the wild Atlantic on my face, sensing the […]

New Jersey, La Vista, Kirkwood and De Soto: An Eco-Spirituality Quest

by Maurice Lange, Director of Eco-Justice,
Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

As a Catholic priest with the Missionary Oblates, I found myself in the mid 1990’s trying to find ways to blend my love for the Earth (ecology) with my devotion to God (theology). My quest to explore “eco-spirituality” got me invited on a […]

Parenthood: Raising A Healthy, Happy & Eco-Friendly Baby

With Natalie Petty

One of the first questions we ask ourselves as new parents is: “How do I keep my baby happy?” Sometimes we will even settle for contentment, especially in those times when our little one is crying and crying and won’t settle. It breaks our heart, and we want to do anything we can […]

Publisher’s Corner

Healthy Planet Hosts 26th Natural Living Expo, Oct. 20 In Webster Groves

I want to personally invite you to our 26th Natural Living Expo Sunday, October 20, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 E. Glendale Road, 63119 (I-44 at Elm Avenue) in Webster Groves.

Our Fall Expo will include more […]

Raintree School in West County Provides Nature-inspired, Experiential Education to Preschoolers, Kindergarteners

At a local kindergarten and preschool with large, child-centered classrooms, gardening is part of the curriculum. It’s a place where students learn to grow and harvest food before cooking it in the St. Louis-area’s only school-based green kitchen. After, the children go outside for physical education where they will climb boulders, jump over logs and […]

Should You Spay Your Dog?

by Teresa Garden, DVM

Spaying a female dog is actually the surgical procedure known as a complete ovariohysterectomy. The ovaries, uterine horns, and uterus are surgically removed, rendering the female effectively “sterilized”. She cannot conceive nor bear offspring and will not come into heat. Recent large research studies performed by the University of California-Berkley and the […]

Suffer from Bursitis, Tendonitis, TMJ, Plantar Fasciitis or other soft tissue conditions? New treatments you may want to try!

by Dr. Paul Hyland

Chiropractic is typically associated most closely with back pain, neck pain and headaches. Most of our patients are shocked to find out that we can also effectively treat many other conditions from plantar fasciitis to carpal tunnel syndrome without surgery. How is this possible? With the innovation of new therapies, soft tissue […]

The Blessing Basket Project

On October 19, 2013 St. Louis will create a positive global change

When you make the powerful choice to join The Blessing Basket Project at the organization’s 8th annual warehouse sale on October, 19th, 2013 – you are making a decision to make the world a better place. This world-changing event happens only once a year […]

The Creatures of Halloween Night: Should we fear them or admire them?

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Halloween is a different sort of celebration today in contrast to its more sinister beginnings in very early Irish/Celtic culture. This period of the year represented a change from sunny, warm and long lighted summer days to the onset of cooler, darker and shorter days of fall. This time was also […]

This Fall, Give Your Lawn a Facial. Top Dress With Compost!

Your lawn was good to your family this summer. Reciprocate this fall by giving it a top dressing “facial” using the ultimate 100% natural lawn care product – STA-certified compost.

Just as a spa facial restores a healthy glow and smooth texture to your skin, top-dressing – which simply involves spreading a thin layer of compost […]

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter ECORIDE Connects Green Learners With Opportunities

By Johanna Schweiss,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

On Sunday, October 20th, cyclists and walkers will gather in Soulard at 9 a.m. for the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Fourth Annual ECORIDE. And while participants will enjoy a day of pedaling or touring the historic Soulard neighborhood, the impact of this event will be felt by members […]

Using A Barter Exchange Makes Good ‘Cents’ In A Sluggish Economy

by Richard Harris

One growing sector in this sluggish economy is barter, not just swapping services directly for products or service we need, but doing business with a professional barter exchange. Most business owners have excess time in their schedule or inventory that can be utilized and save cash.

Barter is being used daily to increase sales, […]

What Causes You To Look Older Than You Are?

by Dr. Carrie Jardine

We all get older but accelerated aging can occur at any age. For example, one day four years ago, my mirror told me I aged 10 years in the past month. I ate good, exercised, took supplements and lived spiritually and yet those wrinkles and eye circles revealed my organs weren’t working […]

What YOU Can Do With Medical HYPNOSIS, The Original Natural Medicine

by Rev. William Mitchell, CI

When people find out that I am a Hypnotist, they want to know what can be done with Hypnosis. Hypnotism is much more than a party trick or a comedy routine. The National Institutes of Health technology assessment panel recognizes hypnosis in the treatment of a variety of disorders and recommends […]

Wild Eating: From Your Garden and Beyond

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

The decline in nutrition of plants isn’t something that started with big agriculture, in fact it started during the dawn of the agricultural age, when humans switched from hunter gatherers to growing food.

According to some historians, this decline in plant nutrition is over ten thousand years in the making. But how can […]

Yoga For A Healthy Back

by Monica Stoutenborough

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints and reason for physician visits in the United States. On average, health care spending for those with back pain has been estimated to be around 60% higher than those without back pain. There can be a wide variety of causes including prolonged periods […]