Articles from ‘September 2017’ Issue

A Healthy Diet is Essential For Optimal Health

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

The Standard American Diet is heavily laden with calorie dense nutrient-poor food and beverages, processed foods and includes few fruits and vegetables. It has been linked to the growing problem of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease to name a few. An inactive lifestyle, large portion size, and high stress worsens […]

ALS Patient’s Unexpected Journey: My Patient as My Teacher

By Simon Yu, MD

Several years ago, I wrote an article, Time to Heal at Last: The Story of Rons ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). The odds were against him to live more than few years after diagnosis of ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” at the ALS Clinic at St. Louis University Hospital. ALS is […]

ARTful Happenings – September 2017


Through October 8
Established & emerging St. Louis artists; Millstone Gallery at COCA, 524 Trinity Avenue; for info, call 314-561-4868 or visit www.cocastl.org.

September 1-October 12
All-media exhibition; Framations Gallery, 218 N. Main Street in St. Charles; for info, call 636-724-8313 or visit www.framations.com.

September 2-October 7
Opening […]

ArtFul Living

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

Fall Fashion And The Arts

September signals the end of summer as we round the curve into fall. Time to pull out some autumn fashion pieces! Speaking of which, if you haven’t yet seen Reigning Men at the St. Louis Art Museum, get there […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Should I Take A B-Complex For A B12 Deficiency?

Q: I was told that I have a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Can I just take a B-Complex, or will I need to take a separate B12? What is the difference?

A: Taking a B-Complex will not be enough B12 if you are deficient. B-complex is a […]

Best Pets For College

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Many kids are off to college right about now, and for those newbies entering freshman dorms, or elder classmen or women planning life in an apartment or even a rental home, pets are always a consideration. Why not? We all love our family pets, and they provide us a genuine sense […]

Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

News stories have downplayed the significance of non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), even suggesting that it does not exist. But there is a growing body of evidence that is proving that gluten intolerance is not only real, but there is little doubt among those familiar with the scientific literature that NCGS can […]

Coalition Report

By Brad Walker,
with Aitan Groener and Chris Barnett
Missouri Coalition for the Environment


Environmentalism Requires A Working Democracy!

In the United States today corporations have all the rights of human beings, spending billions of dollars is equated to free speech; and as a consequence our environment is ignored and devalued. Three years ago a Princeton University study […]

Creating A Home For Fireflies / Lightning Bugs

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Fireflies and lightning bugs are two common names for a special kind of beetle that fills our summer evenings with their magic of bioluminescence. Their scientific name is lampyridae. One of the most special times of summer is when fireflies start their evening light show. Flickers of light fly through the air […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Spider Ma’am

I’ve heard you’re never more than three feet from a spider, anywhere on Earth. This is a tribute to the life force of spiders, whose adaptive persistence connects – I have to say it – everything in the Web of Life.

Last spring a spider spun up housekeeping around the sill of […]

Forget What You Thought You Knew About Probiotics

By Dr. Brian Harasha, DC, CFMP, ACBN

I am writing this article to question common myths about probiotics. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as “live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”.

A common belief is that we take probiotics to re-populate our gut with healthy bacteria, and […]

Green Dining Alliance Benchmarking Jam Sept. 20

Take The First Step Toward Cutting Energy Costs For Your Restaurant

By Brianne Bannon,
USGBC-MO Gateway Chapter Intern

Energy efficiency isn’t typically the first thing on a guest’s mind when she walks in to your restaurant. She might be more concerned with the menu, atmosphere, or whether there’s anything left of the tasty peach pie special. But […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

September 6
Look Good, Feel Good
Presented by Iris Salsman and Deborah Zorensky, MS, RD, LD, CCN, Wednesday September 6, 2017, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. The Classroom at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7647 Delmar Blvd., Attendance is free, but please register. How do you feel about yourself in terms of weight, looks and health? Are […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Why Comprehensive Community Matters

By Tom Braford

The world is waking up, even the United States and St Louis! We realize that we are facing serious challenges that we must address sooner rather than later.

As we confront the facts about climate change and many other social and economic challenges, we see that there are solutions, and that some contain the […]

Learn How To Become Healthier and Greener At The Natural Living Expo In Webster Groves Oct. 1

The Healthy Planet magazine is proud to host its 34th Natural Living Expo, Sunday, October 1, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road in Webster Groves.

“We are very excited to be hosting our 34th expo as part of our 20 year anniversary,” said J.B. Lester, Publisher of […]

Mulch — Your Tree’s Best Friend

Mulching is one of the most valuable things a homeowner can do for a tree’s health. Mulch conserves moisture and improves growing conditions. But if mulch is applied too deeply or the wrong material is used, it actually can harm trees and other plants. Check out these tips and you’ll be on your way to […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske

To Create A Salve

I’ve been making salves for almost 40 years. At the height of production, I formulated fourteen varieties and shipped them all over the world. I made salves for burns, bruises, stretch marks, lips, hands, soles, coughs and colds. I felt like a real alchemist as I gently heated the infused […]

Publisher’s Corner: Expo, Eclipse, Politics…

On October 1st, at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex, an event much larger and monumental than the Solar Eclipse will take place — The 34th Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo. If you thought the hoopla over the Eclipse was big, wait until you experience our expo. People line up to get in, parking lots will […]

St. Louis Wellness Center Hosts 10-Year Celebration Open House Sept. 15

By Gwin Stewart,PhD, CRAADC, MARS

Discretely nestled in the residential neighborhood of Webster Groves, The St Louis Wellness Center provides holistic, wellness services to 20,000 visitors each year. If you haven’t yet been to the StLWC, you are invited to attend the Open House and see for yourself how you might benefit from one or more […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Essential Prerequisites For Love

There is a very important distinction between finding love and having a fulfilling, successful relationship. However, for many of us the logic seems to follow the route of we fall in love and then a good relationship ensues. But, I think this logic, while reasonable, is what causes many […]