Articles from ‘September 2015’ Issue

Healthy Planet Celebrates 30th Natural Living Expo Sept. 27 In Webster Groves

The Healthy Planet magazine is proud to host its 30th Natural Living Expo, Sunday, Sept. 27, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Center in Webster Groves. “We are very excited to be holding our 30th event in 18 years,” said J.B. Lester, Publisher of The Healthy Planet magazine. “ We love […]

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Building Emotional Intimacy In Relationships

What is intimacy? Contrary to popular belief, emotional intimacy is more than sharing time or space together or including each other in daily decisions and activities. True intimacy has much less to do with the quantity of time spent together than it does the level of […]

ARTful Happenings September 2015


September 2-October 29
Opening reception Sept. 18, 5-9 p.m.; Green Door Gallery, 21 N. Gore; for info, call 314-402-1959 or visit www.greendoorartgallery.com.

September 4-23
Opening reception, 6-8 p.m.; variety of fabric media; The Gallery of University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar; for info, call 314-727-3150 or visit www.ucitylibrary.org.

Through October 8
Juried […]

ArtFul Living

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

September is a Month of Diversity of Art…

The Amherst Park Peace Festival on Saturday, September 12, 2015 is a gathering for diverse local groups in a cross-cultural event designed to promote peace and harmony. Near Skinker and Page Boulevards, the 11 a.m.-2 p.m. […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What To Do About Colds and Shingles?

Q: My kids seem to always get colds at the beginning of the school season. Is there something that I can do to do help prevent them?

A: The key to prevention is to keep the immune system strong so that it can fight off anything that starts […]

Back To School Pet Basics

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Students are racing back to school during August and September each year. Whether you are heading to junior or senior high school; or, onward to college, there are considerations regarding pet management, and more.

First of all, note that many times, changes in our home schedules may directly impact our pets. Your […]

Back-To-School Nutrition

By James E. Meyer, Nutrition Specialist,
University of Missouri Extension

As a new school year approaches, parents should be reminded of the important role nutrition plays in assuring kids a successful school year. Nutrition and learning go hand in hand. Kids who are nutritionally fit are more likely to have the energy, stamina and self-esteem that enhance […]

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 […]

Bountiful Fall Gardening

By Crystal Stevens

Gardening is something that is typically associated with spring and summer but fall gardening can be very bountiful, especially if you enjoy a myriad of fresh greens and roots. It’s not too late to plant a fall garden. If you have a large garden space that gets plenty of sun, prepare your space […]

Can a Mattress Be Eco-Friendly?

You can have a conscience as green as the sky is blue, but it’s still hard to sort out what’s real and what’s “greenwashing.” Some terms are vague and some evidence is fuzzy. Let’s look at different ways mattresses are described, so you can sort out what’s real and what’s just a pale shade of […]

Cheers to 35 Years

Young Friends of Operation Food Search Host Wine Tasting Celebration September 26

By Karen Klaus,
Director of Development
Operation Food Search

Join the Young Friends of Operation Food Search as they host “Cheers to 35 Years,” an anniversary wine tasting event (with beer for those who prefer hops to grapes) from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September […]

Coalition Report

By Brad Walker
Missouri Coalition
For The Environment

This is a story about an unrelenting water project that should never have been approved.

The Missouri Bootheel, once one of the largest bottom land forests and wetlands (some call swamps) in the country, is home of the New Madrid Floodway. The Floodway is 133,000 acres and the first of a series […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Non-Toxic Mosquito Nix

Our soaked late spring has boosted early fall mosquito populations. Wet soils and persistent pockets of standing water are ideal breeding conditions for generations of insects.

More than just a nuisance, mosquito bites can infect humans with West Nile Virus. This tropical disease affects most people with only mild flu-like symptoms, but […]

Finding A Garden Paradise Within

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

It was ten-year-olds who turned my world upside down as a garden designer. For years I had designed gardens in a traditional way. I found out what a person wanted in a garden by the inspirations they had seen in magazines, books, at public gardens and gardens of others. Then I would […]

Green Dining Alliance Brings Sustainability to St. Louis Restaurant Scene

The Green Dining Alliance (GDA) is a restaurant certification program that collaborates with restaurants and community leaders to increase local, sustainable dining options. Created by the nonprofit St. Louis Earth Day, the GDA works with restaurants to lower their environmental impact by improving practices, reducing and recycling waste, and sourcing better products – creating more […]

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 […]


September 7-October 18
During this fun 6 week challenge you will be inspired to adopt the Habits of Health with others who want to do the same. Dr. Rebecca Gould DC from The Healing Center is your team leader and coach. This is an all online challenge where you earn points by establishing […]

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 […]

Here’s The Reason You’re Fat…

By Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC

The reason you can’t lose weight has nothing to do with your will-power, over-eating or the Right Diet!…

The Reason you are fat and unhealthy is because you have disgusting plaque and horrible little ‘CRITTERS’ living in your guts!

This is harmful Plaque (below) – Everybody has it. But to keep from getting […]

Invisible Peril

Excerpt from the June 2006 article given by a Master of the Wisdom through Benjamin Creme, editor of Share International Magazine

Great as is the peril posed by global warming, this, unfortunately, is not the greatest, or most hazardous, faced by man today. Did he but know it, man is engaged in a slow but steadily […]

Natural Health Insights: Truth About Cholesterol

Brought to you by the clinicians of The Institute of Natural Health.

This month we would like to address a topic that is discussed in almost every visit to our clinic. The topic is cholesterol. Most people know that their cholesterol level gets checked when they go to the doctor, but very few people actually know […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

The Call

Every year for the past decade, we’ve had large cocoons dangling from our tulip tree. I remember the first one I discovered. It had a huge impact me in many ways. All winter I watched it hanging on the tulip tree. Suspended by a thick silken band, the cocoon was bigger […]

New Dierberg’s Cooking Class Brochure Provides Inspiration for Fall Entertaining

Dierbergs School of Cooking’s 2015 September-October cooking class brochure, which features an extensive line-up of classes blending traditional fall flavors with today’s trends, is available in stores and online. Register now at Dierbergs.com/School.

“I’m always excited for the release of a new brochure because it gets people in the kitchen and cooking,” Dierbergs School of Cooking […]

Publisher’s Corner: 30 Expos Later & Summer into Fall

On Sunday, September 27, we will be celebrating our 30th Natural Living Expo. That does not mean we have been in business for 30 years, since we hold two of these events per year. I think we started hosting these expos back in 1998 against my better judgment. When someone approached me about hosting an […]

Seasonal Staples For Back-To-School Meals & Snacks

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

With the excitement of picking out school supplies and getting the kids fitted with some stylish apparel slowing down, the charge of packing lunches and planning out tasty after-school snacks continues! Kids need nourishing meals and snacks to best prepare them for learning and playing […]

Senioritis – Super Senior

By Dr. Rosa Kincaid, MD

I am a “senior citizen”. People my age tell me that they are having “senior moments” and feel like they are breaking down. They have whole lists of things they don’t do because they are “seniors,” like: thinking about sex, checking out the latest fashions, riding in bicycle marathons, etc. As […]

Summer Bummer? Feeling Bloated or Sluggish? You Can Feel Better!

By Angie Smith, Clinical Director

Summer can be wonderful — it provides opportunities to get outside and see family and friends. However, these activities can encourage us to eat junk food, often leading to bloating and constipation.

A Common Problem
Surveys indicate that constipation is one of the most common GI problems in the United States, affecting 42 […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Making It Happen

How to get there is simple, but it’s the execution of those steps with which we all struggle.
See You at the EXPO!!!!!!!
Visit the Web – www.ChristineKniffen.com

A great relationship always guarantees one thing. You are happy. Otherwise, you just wouldn’t call it a great relationship, as these interpersonal issues tend […]

The Water Energy Nexus: The Connection Between Water Use and Energy

By Marla Esser, USGBC-Missouri
Gateway Chapter Education Committee

I am sure every parent has said it more than they can possibly remember… “Don’t waste the water!” It is an important habit to instill in children. But not wasting water has other implications that even we adults need to be more aware of. Water has a lot more connection […]

This Fall, Give Your Lawn A Facial

Top Dress With Compost!

By The Experts at St. Louis Composting

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 – […]

What Are Your Symptoms Telling You?

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Functional Medicine identifies the Root Cause of disease, and recognizes that symptoms manifest and provide clues to the underlying cause. The symptoms experienced provide key information to help identify and treat the root cause.
Symptoms that correlate with digestion and the gut microbiome are among the most common. They provide us with […]

Who is Afraid of Alternative Medicine?

By Simon Yu, MD

Disappearance of Alternative Medical Doctors

A culture of fear and paranoia is probably the best way to describe the current state of alternative medical professionals. Several patients informed me by phone or e-mail that several alternative medical doctors in Florida and Georgia who were outspoken against vaccinations or chemo/radiation cancer therapies had died […]