Articles from ‘October 2016’ Issue

Publisher’s Corner: Autumn Bern And Life Cycles

I had a political conversation with my two twenty-something daughters recently about the importance of voting. They were both Bernie supporters and now are saying they just won’t vote because they don’t like either Hillary or Donald. It wasn’t so long ago, well I guess it was so long ago, that my young heart was […]

A True Pet Emergency?

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Blood Loss
Difficulty Breathing
Loss of Conciousness
Traumatic Incident
Possible Poisoning

After 36 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 […]

An Awesome Autumn Adventure Awaits

It will soon cool down, but at YMCA Trout Lodge, they’re just getting warmed up. Nestled in the eastern Ozarks, 90 minutes south of St. Louis, Trout Lodge is a year round country-style resort, conference center and Ranch that believes in family-friendly fun and bonding. Rates include lodging, buffet-style meals, many activities, and children 0-5 […]

ARTful Happenings October 2016


Through December 4
MOCRA; 3700 West Pine Mall on St. Louis University campus; for info, call 314-977-7170 or visit www.slu.edu/mocra.

October 1-27
Art St. Louis; for info, visit www.artstlouis.org.

October 2-28
Work by three winners of U.City’s plei air event; The Gallery of University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar; reception October […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

As the Leaves of Autumn Turn a Wonderful Variety of Colors,
the ARTS Scene in St. Louis Presents Incredible Variety as Well

Start October with a fresh outlook when PechaKucha comes to the Contemporary Art Museum on October 6. What? You don’t know about PechaKucha? Originating in Toyko in 2003, PechaKucha […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Difference Between Grape Seed Extract & Pycnogenol? Benefits of Vitamin B-6?

Q: What is the difference between Grape Seed Extract and Pycnogenol?

A: Both of these are rich sources of flavonoids, antioxidants which protect against free radicals that damage cells and tissues. It is obvious where grape seed extract comes from, but what about Pycnogenol? […]

Biomats & Far Infrared Portable Saunas: Quantum Tools for Your Health, from A to Z

By Clint Willett,
Far Infrared Medical Foundation

The Far Infrared Biomat helps with 1,800 Medical Issues from A to Z, with the Biomat’s technology based on a Nobel Prize In Medicine. The Quartz Enhanced Biomat allows the Infrared to gently go into your body 6-8 inches, whereas most all other Infrared Devices and Saunas only go 1-2 […]

Blood, Blood and More Blood

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Some days I feel part veterinarian and part vampire. No, I’m not sucking the blood from my poor defenseless patients. But I do draw blood from many of them with a needle and syringe and then send the blood to the lab for analysis. Animal Health & Healing is a very small […]

Coalition Report

Ed Smith, Policy Director,
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Elections Have Consequences

The food you eat and the water you drink is impacted by the wheeling and dealing of lawmakers in Jefferson City. This played out in 2016 through two bills, both of which were vetoed by Governor Nixon and both of which were overridden by the […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Rock Pile

I walked, talked, dreamed and played with mostly imaginary pals, roaming in the woods and fields where I grew up on the rural outskirts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A favorite hang-out spot was a tree-hidden pile of rocks behind the home of our Superintendent of Schools and his family.

An imaginative kid who sits […]

Easy, Healthy, Weeknight Meals

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

Eating healthy, affordable, delicious meals during the week can be particularly difficult given how busy we all are these days. Between work, family responsibilities, household chores, and maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family, there is often little time to plan, shop for, and prepare […]

Explore Innsbrook at the Fall Home Tour Oct. 15

By Katie Tucker

Whether your idea of a perfect fall weekend is ultimate adventure or ultimate relaxation—you can enjoy it all at Innsbrook, which offers more than 100 lakes, hiking trails, horse stables and family events for all ages—truly making it nature’s playground. With vacation A-frame chalets and year-round homes in a beautiful setting, Innsbrook has […]

Fall Teas, Special-teas, and Butter Beer

By Kateri Meyer

As weather starts to cool, match your longing for a cozy, warming beverage with your goals for a healthy you and a Healthy Planet with teas free from pesticides and additives. For your health and safety, and that of tea workers across the planet, 90% of the teas we offer are grown using […]

Fungus, Molds and Mycotoxins: International Mycotoxin Summit 2016 In Dallas

By Simon Yu, MD

Studying fungus (Mycology) was not the most exciting subject during my medical school studies. However, problems associated with fungus, molds, and their byproducts, mycotoxins, have been exploding as a hot topic for the last twenty years. I’ve written many articles on parasites over the last twenty years but few articles on […]

Green Your Halloween

Sometimes the thought of potential Halloween trash can be more frightening than Halloween itself. Therefore, Recyclebank, the incentives and behavior change platform focused on waste, has got some green Halloween tips that are sure to scare away any waste without affecting your Halloween treats of course!

1. Make a jack-o-lantern. Can’t decide whether to carve or […]

Guide to Green Dining in the St. Louis Area

Visit www.greendiningalliance.org for a complete list of participating restaurants – be sure to use our site when choosing where to dine out. This Green Dining Guide is cosponsored by The St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste District.

4 Hands Brewing Company1220 S. 8th Street314-436-1559 • 4handsbrewery.com

Atomic Cowboy,4140 Manchester Road, 63110, 314-775-0775www.atomiccowboystl.com

Avenue Restaurant,12 N. Meramec, 63105, 314-727-4141.www.avestl.com

Bailey’s […]

Healthy Planet Guide To Resale Shops

Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique
St. Louis’ premiere designer clothing consignment store centrally located in the heart of St. Louis County.  We offer coveted designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch and more.  Recognized as: Best Place to Get a Deal on Dior – Alive Magazine
“We Heart STL Best of […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

October 1, 3
The National MLK Streets Initiative
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 10/01 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 10/03 at 8:00 p.m. Host Don Fitz and guests Melvin White, Andre Blunt and Robert A. Powell discuss how the Beloved Streets of America vision started and how it has received support. They explore […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents

<h3>Tiny House Eco Huts at Arizmendi Ecovillage: Be Cool & Stay Cool</h3>

By Tom Braford

As the tiny house phenomenon sweeps the country, one of our partners suggested that our design team take a serious look at including some tiny houses at Arizmendi and at all future Irresistible Ecovillage Solutions communities.

As it happened, we were in Hawaii at […]

Love Your Garden To Help It Grow

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Most gardeners love their plants, but do we realize that plants respond to that love and grow accordingly? Of course plants respond to the usual love and care that gardeners provide. As more is discovered about the wisdom of soil, plants and the ecosystem of connections, we can respond with better care. […]

Perspective: Consider the Environment in the Race For Missouri Governor

By Kathleen Logan Smith

When environmentalists look at candidates for the next Missouri governor, they could face quite a dilemma. Neither major party candidate distinguishes himself in care of our land, air and water.

Republicans have certainly been no friend of the environment – they tried to defeat efforts to create a 42-acre state park on the […]

Prairie Plantings: The Basis for Sustainable Development in the Midwest

By Carol Davit, Executive Director
of Missouri Prairie Foundation

I recently scanned the pages of the business journal of a Missouri city. The renderings in an article about new construction projects illustrated sleek new buildings—some even touted as “sustainable”—yet in every drawing, the vegetation surrounding the buildings looked the same, like a stippled green afterthought.

Initiatives like LEED […]

Solutions For Stress – The Functional Medicine Way

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

We experience stress in various ways. Injuries, infections, allergies, sleep, work, diet, toxins and then there is LIFE!

Throughout our lives we are bombarded with stressful events, good and bad. Even exciting events can be stressful for your body – like a wedding or new baby. Difficult experiences result in emotions like […]

Solutions For Stress – The Functional Medicine Way

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

We experience stress in various ways. Injuries, infections, allergies, sleep, work, diet, toxins and then there is LIFE!

Throughout our lives we are bombarded with stressful events, good and bad. Even exciting events can be stressful for your body – like a wedding or new baby. Difficult experiences result in emotions like […]

The Art of Relating: Addiction and Your Relationship

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Now accepting Insurance
visit www.ChristineKniffen.com

Don’t miss The Art of Relating on blogtalkradio
Featured show for October
“Autumn Romance: Stories and Portraits of Love after 50”

A recent national study found that approximately 21 percent of Americans experienced at least one alcohol related problem in the prior year, and roughly 1 in 3 Americans […]

Why Do Seniors Count?

Vote YES on Proposition S on Nov. 8

As 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 each day nationally, taking a critical look at the funding for and sources of senior services is imperative. Especially in the three county St. Louis metropolitan region (St. Charles County, St. Louis County, and the City of St. Louis), where 22% of […]