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Vol. 17 No. 9

PLANET PEOPLE Publisher/Editor: J.B. Lester Lifestyles Editor: Leah O’Donnell Healthy Living Editor: Colleen Rohm Arts Editor: Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky Green & Growing Editor: Linda Wiggen Kraft Associate Editor: Niki Lester

COLumNisTs: Environment: Kat Logan Smith, Jean Ponzi Food & Drink: Kari Hartel, RD, LD Animals & Nature: Teresa Garden, DVM; Ava Frick, DVM, Suzanne Gassner,HSM Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM, Pat Tuholske, Naturalist Relationships: Christine Kniffen,LCSW

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am not at all a fan of Old Man Winter. But due to carbon emissions, greenhouse gases, and climate change, our winters have been quite mild ... until now! I know all bout the “season of silent slumber” and we all need time to reflect. But I walked to the money machine the other night from my office and then just a few blocks to the restaurant and almost froze! And before you mothers and grandmothers out there start asking if I was properly dressed, the answer is yes. I was wearing my very warm and toasty Columbia brand overstuffed coat. But I did notice that it was made in Vietnam and that makes me wonder. How cold does it get in Vietnam? Seems like every year I complain about winter. It is definitely my least favorite season. Maybe if I had a fireplace in our home. But alas, no hearth for these popsicle toes. I think the older you get, the more you disdain frigid and frosty forecasts. Guess that’s why the sunbelt is full of blue hairs. You hardly ever hear of someone retiring to Nome, Alaska or Ely, Minnesota. I’ve never been to Nome but I’ve been to Ely and let me tell you, it was colder than a ............... I cry icicles just thinking about it. This cold snap does remind me of how spoiled we have gotten in the past few years. Winters have been more like extended autumns with frost on the pumpkins being the big snowfall of the season. And

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I know my wife loves snow. Every time even the slightest flurries begin, the phone rings and she is telling me to look out the window. Knowing that it does not brighten up my day. I have said it before and I will say it again, the best thing about winter is it makes me cherish Spring just that much more. I don’t think I have any moisture left in my body. The dryness of winter has sucked the water from my skin and turned me into one big flake. I am sure there are plenty of you out there that agree with that comment... Hey, wait a minute. What am I saying? The second best thing about winter is that we get to host our 25th Natural Living Expo March 10. I am sure everyone will have serious cabin fever by then. And we will have what ails you at the expo. Seems like just yesterday we put on our first show. But 24 events later we are still drawing the crowds. Our winter show (and yes March 10 is still officially winter until Spring blooms on the Vernal Equinox March 20) is our biggest event. This time around we have a great line up of live music by Harpist Terri Langerak and guitarist Carol Eder. There will be plenty of food and drink samples, free health screenings and drawings for trips and train tickets. Visitors can get free tote bags, Chipotle burrito coupons, Missouri Botanical Garden tickets and much, much more. Check out the back page of this issue to get your discount admission coupon and I will see you at the show! stan musial will be missed. I saw Stan play when I was a kid and that was towards the end of his career. And I am 61. So it shows you how many years we were all graced with his sweet swing, his crooked smile, his gentlemanly demeanor and his ability to remind us that there is nothing wrong with being a nice guy. I don’t think I have ever seen a picture of Stan where he wasn’t smiling. Something we all can learn from “The Man.” (And that’s an understatement). I guess baseball wasn’t “just a business” to Stan. No excuses, just a love for the game and its fans. In Good Health, J.B. Lester; Publisher

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EarthWorms Castings by Jean Ponzi

Becoming a Lover


s a bold young woman coming of age in the 20th Century’s Autumn Years, when our society offered a fairly intelligent middle-class babe like myself unprecedented access to diverse adventurous options, I defined for myself (with the kind of bravado that a bold young person so keenly feels) some sweeping Life Goals. One of the goals I set for my life was to Become A Great Lover. And I very deliberately further defined this intention as being One Who Loves. I like to deal with the heart of the matter and leave myself a lot of options. Now a notable feature of self-direction, especially when one truly works the idea (which I do, through many adventurous means, with a host of thrilling, creative companions), is that our goals really do take root. In heart, and soul, and personal process. And they bloom in meta-manifestations and in our most subtle, secret innards. One becomes the Self envisioned and sought-for. So your goal had darn well better be good. Being A Lover, in my youth, was a piece of double-chocolate cake. Of course there was plenty of angst and drama. That’s a young person’s thang. As engrossed as I was in relational la-la, I kept my (sometimes fuzzy) focus true to my self-appointed goal - and was

blessed with guidance to grow and change beyond romantic day-to-dayness. I grew to the point where I said to myself “I am ready and I want TRUE LOVE.” And the human being arrived in my life whom I truly believe is the mate to my soul. This is no small cheese. And it means, for me, meshing my needs and ambitions to dance through every set of life’s numbers - whatever the rhythm, whatever the tune - with my chosen partner. You betcha, I could go it alone. I have before and I could again, but the Way of Living Together, I deeply believe, is a task at hand so needed to help evolve my species - us humans! - beyond our Me-First, Rugged Individualist, Cowboy-Against-The World orientation that is one big honkin’ factor keeping us so painfully, destructively feeling and acting separate from the glorious bounty of most of Earth’s inter-dependant communities - which aren’t faring too well “against” us, have you noticed? So my commitment to True Love, working/playing together with fellow humans - my best beloved and quite a few others – has fused with the love that has become my profession, my vocation, and a Great Love in my life: Love for Earth and All My Relations. It’s funny how these ever-lovin’ dots connect together. And – who knows? – if I keep telling and writing, I might be living a good Love Story.


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“Having tried all that medical doctors could offer without improvement and, more recently, experiencing further damage, it was early 25 years ago I was diagtime for a change. Dr. Datis Kharrazian’s nosed with Hashimoto's book, Why Do I Still Have Symptoms? If My Thyroiditis. Having tried countless types, Lab Tests Are Normal led me to Dr. David brands, and combinations of thyroid horPeterson. Even though his office is in mones, I continued to struggle with profound Missouri and I live two time zones away, Dr. fatigue, digestive problems, and an ever growDave’s protocol combining laboratory testing ing and worsening list of symptoms. Consults Dr. Peterson with patients’ qualitative descriptions led to at top US medical centers left me empty-handaccurate diagnoses of all that has been triggering my ed and, at times, demoralized. My husband, friends, inflammation and autoimmune disease. This was truly and colleagues watched in distress, as I grew weaker a first. and increasingly ill. Dr. Dave’s depth of knowledge and experience I reacted to everything I ate as my heart raced and and keen diagnostic skills have led to a turn-around in pounded in my chest. Then headaches, nausea and my health. Objective and subjective measures show fatigue occurred throughout the day. I could not sleep that inflammation has been steadily declining and and was taking sleep medication that did not really strength and vitality are returning. It feels like a mirhelp. My diet had regressed to boiled chicken and acle but it is, in fact, based in science. Thank you, Dr. broccoli. I was unable to leave the house because I Dave!” S.S. never know when it would happen. I suffered from CISB is a behavioral complex induced by infecconstant pain throughout my body. tions and immune trauma and mediated by proI could write volumes about the doctors who treated me like a hypochondriac until I finally found inflammatory cytokines. This adaptive response is the one who recognized what I have. You just have to visit body’s attempt to enhance recovery by conserving different doctors until you find one who listens to energy to combat chronic inflammation. During you.” S.S. inflammation brought on by physical triggers (food, This woman’s husband called to express his conbacteria, environmental, etc.), there is increased procern about his wife’s invisible illness. How could she duction of certain cytokines and chemokines (small look so good and feel so rotten? My answer to him messenger proteins) by white blood cells and other was that in addition to having Hashimoto’s cell types. When cytokines and chemokines are Thyroiditis, his wife’s condition had devolved into a released into circulation, systemic and neurological condition known as Cytokine Induced Sickness symptoms result. To further complicate the situation, Behavior (CISB). Thyroid Disorders, Autoimmune hormone dysregulation and neurotransmitter (chemiDiseases, and CISB are intricately associated. cal text messengers) imbalances occur simultaneousCISB sickness behavior is seen in patients with ly. autoimmune conditions or cancer and has been It is now possible to develop clinical supplement described as a symptom cluster. Sickness behavior protocols that are aimed at controlling or inhibiting may be the result of both the disease and the treatpro-inflammatory cytokine production. Lab tests are available to evaluate cytokine, neurotransmitter, and ment. These symptoms translate to a poor quality of hormone imbalances. Treatment strategies relieve life for the patient. CISB individuals have little motipatients from the symptoms of sickness behavior and vation to eat, are listless, complain of fatigue and correct the origin of the inflammation. In my clinical malaise, lose interest in social activities, and have sigexperience, my motto for CISB patients is that they nificant changes in sleep patterns. They have an must be treated ‘low and slow’ so as not to provoke inability to experience pleasure, may have exaggeratany pro-inflammatory immune or excitatory neuroed responses to pain and an inability to concentrate. transmitter response. Sickness behavior includes lethargy, depression, anorexia, energy conservation, fever, and cognitive CISB symptoms are real. If you or someone you impairment. Those suffering from CISB are compliknow has an invisible illness, contact Wellness cated patient cases and are often diagnosed as depresAlternatives at 636-227-2929. We are experts in sion or bi-polar. Many with CISB find themselves Functional Medicine. having adverse reactions to medications and supplements. by Dr. David Peterson


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My Dad - William Huber by Kathleen H. Christ, LMT, NCMBT


eeing this ad (to the right), one can’t help but regard it as a profound testament to the spirit and drive of the American way of life. My dad, the man in the photo, was born in 1918 with a serious heart murmur, serious enough that his father warned him not to do physical things that might overstress his fragile body. So sports, which my dad loved, were to be observed and not played. Well, that certainly didn’t last long! My dad was the middle child of five children, having one older brother and two younger brothers and his one and only oldest sister. They played hard and struggled as most families did during those years. Fighting was just a normal introduction to a new neighborhood or school. Who would get to be the top dog?! Early on, my dad decided or discovered that he was a lover, not a fighter, and that he could be persuasive in discussions or even in a first meet. He also had an innate sense of other people’s talents, and would help direct them toward their life’s work, and to others that could also support and help with their education and advancements. My father opened so many doors for so many people in St. Louis that it is truly amazing. Most of them have passed on now, but their children and families still express gratitude to my dad and what he meant in their dads’ lives. What a wonderful legacy! Through training and natural God-given gifts, my dad found he had a talent for numbers. It wasn’t long after school that he became a Certified Public Accountant, first working with the Defense Department, and later, the IRS. He was rejected for service during World War II because of his heart. He and my mom met at a parish dance in north St. Louis when he was 21 and Mom was 18. Four years later they were married, and nine children slowly filled their cribs and their home. My dad was determined that he would make the dollars and cents necessary to keep everything together and moving forward. When the sixth child was arriving, he began his own CPA firm: Huber, Ring and Co., and several years later, a computer company. Working exceedingly long hours and being a soccer coach for his six sons certainly took a toll on him and my mom. Yet, he always believed that attitude was everything, and if he would sleep on a problem, usually by morning he would have a good working solution. I mention all of this because people look at the accompanying picture and think: “Well, there’s some good genes.” However, my dad has walked this earth and experienced life just like everyone else. In 1990, he developed prostate cancer (PSA 74.9) and was not pleased with the treatments that were offered here in the U.S. So, knowing nothing of Germany or the German language, he went alone to Germany for three weeks of hot water treatments for his prostate. He returned with a PSA of .002 that remained for the next 10 years. In 1992, he had a four by-pass heart surgery, and in 1994, he had both of his knees replaced. Whenever my dad had

surgeries, the top concerns were pneumonia and congestive heart failure. The medical community stressed that those were his greatest threats. Since 2000, his prostate has again become a problem, and his treatments have had limited success. For ten years following his Germany treatment, he was given a hormone shot once a month and all was well. Then the insurance company and the doctors decided that was too often, and changed his hormone shot to once every three months, and then to once every six months. Immediately, his PSA number changed for the worse and is now 135. He has been blind in his left eye since a stroke in 1976. He had major surgery in 2009 for a hernia which was blocking his stomach (it had pushed his stomach upside down and made processing food nearly impossible). More recently, in 2011, my dad’s prostate became so large that his urinary tract and colon were totally blocked. With this level of difficulty plus his age, the medical community bought him time with a catheter and meds for bowel movements. He was in constant pain, not sleeping, and was giving up on life very quickly. He lived in a nursing home for four months. So what is a daughter to do? Like my dad, I enjoy pushing the outer limits, and since holistic healing and health are my passion and my life, and my dad has been willing to try every new therapy and modality that I learn and can offer, I went to work with a rife (frequency generator) machine and a red laser. Every day for a month I did intervention with those devices, which were shrinking his prostate. Naturally, working on a 95-year-old male body is quite different than a top-performing athlete, a woman, a child or an infant. So, a measured, thoughtful, easy-does-it approach is a must, especially when this is your dad! Dad showed improvement within two days, and left the nursing home two weeks later to continue healing and caring for my mom. For the past eight years, my mom was suffering with kidney failure, and my dad was her primary caregiver. Her concerns were first, and if there was time later, then my dad would have treatments. My mom died at age 91 on May 16, 2012. Since then, we have developed a daily and weekly plan that has worked like a gem for my dad. His strength, energy and mental abilities are steadily increasing. He is enjoying renewed hope and confidence for the future, and many activities with 66 grandchildren and great grandchildren (with more on the way!). He always loved kids and always wanted a BIG family! He, of course, is missing my mom tremendously, but he talks with her daily and has wonderful dreams with her regularly. What a grace and a blessing! In the photo, taken six weeks ago, my 95-yearold dad had just completed a wave runner ride at 62 mph. We will be highlighting his adventures all year long in this space – don’t miss it! Please call the St. Louis Aquatic Healing Center at 314-432-5228 for more info.

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CRAFT BEER GUIDE Where Beer Is Brewed & Imbibed In The St. Louis Area


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CRAFT BEER GUIDE Where Beer Is Brewed & Imbibed In The St. Louis Area

Craft Beer Lovers Find Home Brewing A Hoppy Hobby by J.B. Lester, Healthy Planet Publisher/Editor


he world of imbibement is split up into three groups: beer lovers, wine lovers and everyone else. I have been drinking beer since before I should have. A good wine is wasted on me. I went from milk to beer, pretty much skipping soda altogether. So I have been sipping suds for some 45 years. Now in my early 60s, I have long since learned to drink responsibly for both better health and public safety. Growing up in a beer city like St. Louis certainly helps inspire a foamy future. I was weaned on our city’s most famous brew. Then a trip to Europe in 1970 introduced me to new ales from distant lands. My beer education classes were in pubs, brewhauses, taverns, and sidewalk cafes. My eyes and tastebuds were opened to new flavors, textures and aromas. My beer bouquet broadened.. Some years later American microbreweries and craft beer brewers began to get all their hops in a row. I like to think of craft beer as a specialty food, like handmade cheese and artisan bread. Craft beer has varying definitions, but most seem to agree that it is made in smaller batches using traditional yet creative ingredient combinations and it has to offer amazing flavor. With the growth in sales of craft beers over the past few years, the larger breweries have gotten into the mix either with their own entries or

(Above left to right) Home brewers Nick Holtgrewe, Scott Kreher and Doug Cleveland. (Right) Nick and Scott prepare the boiling pot for their next batch of home brew. by acqusition. Some controversy is bubbling in the brewing world surrounding the definition of Craft Beer, but I will leave that to the brew experts and beer bloggers to open that can of hops. There is no doubt that the popularity of craft beer has created more interest in the world of brewing – from the beer giants to the home brewer. And luckily for me, I have a home brewer living right next door. Today’s home brewers are not exactly mountain moonshiners. In fact, my neighbor, Nick Holtgrewe, is about to earn his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Washington

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University. His brewing buddy Scott Kreher is an English and Journalism teacher in the Parkway School District and Nick’s roommate Doug Cleveland (the official taste tester) is also an aspiring home brewer and St. Louis University law student. I offered up some questions to Nick about home brewing that helped shed some light on the ever growing popularity of this hoppy hobby. When and why did you get started in the fine art of home brewing? Nick: “I became intrigued by the homebrewing process because of my first chemistry professor at Truman. I originally went into his office to ask him about a chemistry homework problem and that ended up turning into an hour long conversation about brewing beer, from which I left with multiple papers and books on the brewing process. Needless to say, that conversation piqued my interest enough to ask for a homebrewing starter kit for my birthday in 2009 and I really haven’t looked back since.” How has your home brewing evolved? Nick: “I’ll never forget the first batch of homebrew my dad and I made together, a generic wheat beer kit. Looking back on that day, we had absolutely no idea what we were doing. In the end we probably made a subpar beer, but that only drove me to want to know more and brew better. After I moved into my own place I began brewing more often, buying books on the

subject, learning new techniques, and eventually brewing with a friend using grains instead of extract. Since converting to all-grain we’ve brewed about 5 gallons once a month for the last two and a half years consisting of all sorts of different types of beers.” Would you like to be a professional brewmaster? Nick: “A lot of people ask me if I’d like to open a brewery in the future and I can’t say that I do. Not that it wouldn’t be fun, but I like homebrewing as a hobby and I think that I’d enjoy keeping it that way for the rest of my life. However, I also reserve the right to change my mind at anytime.” If you could only drink three more beers in your life, what would they be? Nick: “This is a tough question because there are so many great beers out there and I’ve probably only had the opportunity to try a small fraction of them, but I’ll give it a shot. North Coast Brewing Co. Old Rasputin, Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA, and Ayinger BräuWeisse.” What do you see as the future for Craft beers? Can there ever be too many craft breweries? Nick: “I’m sure this comes as no surprise but there is a ridiculous demand for craft beer these days, so much so that as soon as a hot beer hits the stores it’s usually sold out within a few days, sometimes less than a day. So the future implies more supply, meaning more breweries or a major expansion of the breweries we currently have. We seem to be in an exponential growth period for craft breweries, especially in the St. Louis area, but I’d like to think that this will level off sometime in the near future. But hey, if we run into a huge problem of having too many craft breweries, that is a great problem to have in my opinion.” Does your background in science help you as a home brewer? Nick: “With so many years of being exposed to a laboratory environment it’s hard not to view brewing as a science project. Data logging, yeast management, gravity readings, etc. are all things that I find fascinating mainly because I love dealing with numbers. Those good data records help immensely if and when you’d like to recreate a beer you brewed years ago, so it does have its benefits in that regard. What brewing clubs or associations do you belong to and have you received recognition for your efforts? Nick: “Currently I only belong to the Garage Brewers Society that meets once a month at the O’Fallon Brewery. The occasional “Hey, that tasted

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The Healthy Planet magazine • with others. “Brewing is a process with the right amount of work and the right amount of down time to be a social event,” said Kreher. “You work quickly to crack the grain, boil the water, and start the mash, but then you have an hour until the next step. Plus, it's cyclical: we drink the previous beer as we make the next. In this way, it pays to keep brewing so no man ever goes thirsty. My wife even made a chocolate milk stout kit last year because she was jealous of seeing all the beer I had brewed!” Stay tuned for more craft beer stories in the March and April editions of The Healthy Planet magazine. In the meantime, I suggest visiting a local brewery or a brew pub and taste testing for yourself what all the excitement is about. It will certainly cure what ales you! - JBL

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St. Louis’ Largest Craft Brewer Schlafly Beer Turns 21 another national program, we purchase Renewable Energy Certificates, offhis year, 2013, is the 21st setting 100% of our electricity year of Schlafly Beer. usage. Both Bottleworks and the When Tom Schlafly and Tap Room use single stream recyDan Kopman opened the cling programs, and compost Schlafly Tap Room in 1991, their vision enough food scraps to divert 70 tons was to make great beer and throw great of organic waste from landfills annuparties, but the company has grown into ally. much more. Schlafly Beer’s lasting In 2012, Schlafly Beer became impact may be its contribution to the St. “I’m not going to pretend 5% employee owned, with options to be Mother Theresa. Louis community. for future employee purchase. This I haven’t saved the world. program has solidified Schlafly Tom Schlafly refers to the two zip codes where Schlafly breweries now But two zip codes here are Beer’s place in the community, as exist. The Schlafly Tap Room is in the better off now than they employees are motivated to make 63103 zip code and was a burned-out were when we moved into the brewery a better place for both two empty buildings.” shell. The production brewery, Schlafly themselves and the community. —Tom Schlafly Bottleworks, is in Maplewood and was Schlafly Beer is looking outside converted from an empty grocery store. St. Louis to improve the image of That abandoned grocery store is now home to our city. In 2011, the brewery started campaigning Gardenworks, Schlafly Beer’s 1/7 acre garden, to increase the national visibility of St. Louis. This growing fresh produce for Bottleworks and the Tap culminated in an employee-led tour of New York Room. The garden is currently growing vegetables City, telling national writers about Schlafly Beer, St. in a hoop house built by the garden team. Also, the Louis and visiting our fair city. Schlafly Farmers Market is at Bottleworks, operatThere is much more to be done. With communiing every Wednesday from April-October, 4-7pm. ty mindedness flowing through the brewery, Being a productive member of the St. Louis Schlafly Beer has a good foundation for future community is an important goal in Schlafly Beer’s improvements. operating plan. One avenue towards meeting this For more information visit goal is reducing the company’s impact on our enviYou are invited to sample Schlafly Beer at the ronment. We recently installed a 105-panel solar Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo, Sunday, March array on the roof of Bottleworks, and through a com10 at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex, 10 bination of Ameren’s Pure Power program and am to 4 pm, 33 East Glendale Road.

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f you have been diagnosed as having or atrisk for diabetes, it may be hard to believe that the words “diabetes” and “sweets” can go together, but they can. Part of what makes it hard is that you have been exposed to years of “eat me” messages from the mass media. These messages have urged you to rely on, even prefer, processed, often highly sweetened, foods. And that means you are likely to have developed eating habits that are hard to break. Add in buffets, parties and dinners, and it can be difficult to control your sugar levels. But don’t despair! There are ways to still enjoy dining – including the sweets - especially for special occasions like Valentine’s Day. As a registered dietitian, I have found that these quick tips can help people indulge a sweet tooth while still eating healthfully: Plan Your Meals for the Week Don’t just obsess on one day or meal. Plan a menu showing what you will be eating for the three days before and after a special day or event. When you are at a party, focus on family and friends more than the food. When choosing foods to eat, choose foods that you really like and keep portions small. Don’t waste calories on foods that are important to you or that you can eat any day of the year. Include foods in your menu that will help satisfy your sweet tooth. You may even try some that have been prepared with a sugar substitute.(Note: I work with an all-natural sugar alternative that can be used in all types

of cooking, hot and cold, without spiking glycemic levels. It’s called Valta™ SugarBlend.) Redo the family favorites Substitute a healthier ingredient that won’t affect taste. For example, make a relish or cookies with a sugar alternative. If you’re going to someone else’s home for a meal, volunteer to make your favorite, so you can prepare the dish in a way that makes it healthful for you—and others—to eat. Watch serving sizes Make your choices count. You could enjoy just one medium slice of apple pie (equaling about 63 carbs) OR get the same number of carbs in 1/2 cup of stuffing + 1/2 cup of green beans + 1/2 cup mashed potatoes, a few slices of turkey, some gravy, and salad with a little dressing. Don’t skip meals Your body needs to be fortified regularly. You may be tempted to “save up” calories to use for dessert by skipping a meal, but that is not a good idea - especially for those with diabetes. “Starving” can cause your blood sugar to drop dangerously, a condition called “hyperglycemia”. So make sure you eat a healthy breakfast. It is also a good idea to carry a between-meal snack—especially if you are traveling—in case you need a boost before meal-time. Don’t forget water Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Plain old H2O is the best for staying hydrated and cleansing your system. The Mayo Clinic recommends that men aim for about thirteen 8-oz glasses, for women about 9. Check with your doctor, though, just in case there is a reason for you to modify your intake. And beyond water… Try changing to club soda and naturally flavored sparkling waters. They have no sugar, are low in carbohydrates and do not spike sugar levels. In coffee, use low-fat milk instead of flavored creamers. As far as toasting, if you are going to drink something alcoholic, always do it with food, never on an empty stomach. The American Diabetes Association has some specific guidelines as to what and how much men and women can generally indulge in when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Start with guidelines like these, and then get more individualized guidelines if you have medical conditions, such as diabetes. Your dietitian or diabetes educator can be wonderful resources. The bottom line Healthful eating can allow you to appreciate the occasion without worrying over food. Elizabeth Quigley R.D. is a registered dietitian and nutrition instructor based in Palm Desert, California. She is a consultant to Valta™ SugarBlend, the first allnatural sugar alternative. Now available at Dierbergs.

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ne of the world’s most important nutrients is fiber. We’ve all heard the term, yet the majority of Americans are still falling short on the recommended daily amount of fiber. The amount of fiber a person needs each day will vary based on the number of calories that person consumes. The Institute of Medicine recommends eating 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories of food consumed. As a general rule of thumb, you should probably be consuming 25-38 total grams of fiber per day. Dietary fiber, found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and legumes, is most commonly associated with preventing or relieving constipation. However, fiber has other beneficial roles, including lowering your risk for diabetes and heart disease and helping you maintain a healthy weight. Different Types of Fiber Dietary fiber, which includes all portions of plants that your body can’t digest or absorb, passes through your body intact. There are two different types of fiber—soluble (can dissolve in water) and insoluble (does not dissolve in water). You should be getting a variety of both types of fiber in your diet. soluble Fiber – This fiber forms a gel-like substance in water and can help lower your cholesterol and blood sugar. Sources of soluble fiber include beans, peas, oats, apples, carrots, barley, citrus fruits and psyllium. insoluble Fiber – This fiber provides bulk to your stools and helps move material through your digestive system, thus promoting regularity. Sources of insoluble fiber include beans, vegeta-

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t is in the dream time of winter when the sweetness of gardens begins. It is a time of hope, imagination, planning and learning. The seed catalogs have arrived and the ritual of choosing what to grow this year begins. My ritual is to sit down for a few hours and look at all the pages, marking the seeds I want to buy. My favorite catalogs are heirloom ones. They connect me with plants of the past that deserve a place in our future. I am amazed at the numbers of different vegetables, herbs and flowers that exist that we never see in the grocery store. Through heirlooms, I feel a connection to the long lineage of home gardeners who have preserved these treasures. The beauty of both vegetables and flowers is astonishing. One of my heirloom catalogs has over 200 kinds of different tomato seeds, in more colors and shapes than anyone could imagine. My new favorite vegetable plant is the easiest plant I grow. It is lemon sorrel, rumex acetosa. It is a green with lemon tart leaves for salads and soups. The best part is that it is a perennial. It can be cut back several times a year, looks good even in the heat, rabbits and bugs leave it alone, and it grows first thing in spring and last in the fall. I am not immune to the new offerings though. I have a new favorite zinnia called Queen Lime Red. There is no red in this flower, instead a dusty rose and light green that

look like an old vintage hand painted photo. And at the other end of the alphabet are the ageratums that can grow short or tall. That is not to say I don’t love the flowers in between A and Z, because I do. There are just too many to name. My list of wanted flower and veggie seeds ends up too long. I still don’t have the farm to grow all that I would like. I have to shorten the list, which is the hard part. One thing I do is to look for vegetables with flowers and food that are as beautiful as any ornamental. Chinese Red Noodle beans and Giant Golden Amaranth are examples. I am going to grow them in my front yard, along with other edibles this year. As I look at my long list of seeds, I let my dreams transform into reality and choose the plants I can easily grow and take care of. Even if I can’t grow them all, at least the seeds I do put in the ground are filled with the wonder, imagination and dreams of a glorious garden for this year. Linda Wiggen Kraft is a landscape designer whose work centers around holistic and sustainable gardens. She is also a mandala artist and workshop leader. To see what seeds Linda is planting in her garden this year and where blog: she got them, visit her Her website is: She can be contacted at 314 504-4266.

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A Pawpaw Patch of Your Own able to more sunlight as long as there is afternoon shade with adequate organic matter and moisture in the ne of the many childhood soil. For those low, wet and shady songs we learn has the lyrics areas of the yard that are typically dif“Picking up paw-paws, put ficult to landscape and where lawn 'em in a basket…way down doesn’t grow, pawpaw is an ideal yonder in the paw-paw patch.” I did not realize exactly what that meant until I first option that offers some stormwater tasted the delicious and exotic pawpaw management. Other native plants that Pawpaw fruit. The native pawpaw tree (Asimina are good companions for this type of triloba) is the only cold-climate representa- photo by Scott Woodbury site are spicebush (Lindera benzoin), tive of a family of otherwise tropical plants. pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia), Dark reddish-brown flowers appear in spring with an palm sedge (Carex muskingumensis), ferns, wild geraodor of rotting grapes that attracts its pollinators—beenium (Geranium maculatum), and golden groundsel tles and flies. Pawpaw fruit, resembling small green(Senecio aureus), to name just a few. ish-yellow bananas, hangs in clusters of 2-3 from its Pawpaws are a great choice for use as a small ornabranches in autumn and has a flavor reminiscent of mental tree and are increasingly popular in edible landbanana-mango custard. Because of the popularity of scapes. There are many cultivars available--just ask this fruit among birds and other wildlife, many people your local nursery or find a supplier at pick the fruit just prior to ripening and ripen it inside to Perhaps the widest variety is available at Forrest ensure that they get a taste of its sweet pulp. Keeling Nursery in Elsberry, MO, just north of St Pawpaw is the only host plant for one of our most Louis ( When purchasing beautiful butterflies—the zebra swallowtail. Because pawpaws for your landscape, be sure to choose 2-3 difof this close and very specific relationship, the native ferent plants and/or cultivars due to the fact that pawrange of the butterfly is the same as that of the pawpaw paw is self-sterile (does not accept pollen from the tree. They both are found from Pennsylvania to same tree). This will ensure good cross-pollination and fruit production. Once the fruit ripens, eat it fresh Nebraska and south to Florida and Texas. Zebra swaloff the tree or try it in custards, cakes and quick breads. lowtails are seen in early spring searching for young Support eating local food by planting some pawpawpaw leaves on which to lay their eggs. The leaves and twigs contain a bitter-tasting chemical that, when paws—what could be more local than your very own, eaten by the caterpillars, makes them bitter as well and homegrown fruit? therefore free from predation by birds. The bitter Cindy Gilberg is a Missouri native and horticulleaves also make the pawpaw a good choice for deer turist whose work includes design and consulting, resistant landscaping. teaching and writing. Much of her work focuses on The “patch” in the children’s song refers to the way native plants, habitat gardens and rain gardens. in which pawpaw trees spread by rhizomes and grow Cindy’s projects include work at Shaw Nature Reserve into large colonies or groves. Not a large tree, the and its Native Plant School, the Shaw Professional pawpaw grows about 20-30 ft. tall with large, tropicalLandscape Series and the Deer Creek Watershed looking leaves. Though its natural habitat is shady, Alliance. Cindy can be contacted at 314-630-1004; low woodlands along creeks and in valleys, it is by Cindy Gilberg


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ew things have more impact on your body’s health than what goes into it. The substances that fuel the growth, repair and maintenance of your body’s cells can promote health - or harm it. You decide what foods to eat, what beverages to drink. However, not all choices are under your individual control, which is why it is critical to work together to extend your healthy personal choices into the social and political realm. Working together, we can press for fewer toxics in our air, water, and food. Because of this, I write today to inform you of two threats to health that require us to unite. Last month I shared what scant information has been made available on a trade agreement known as the TPP - the Trans Pacific Trade Partnership. The TPP currently involves Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. Japan, Thailand and South Korea may be next to join. Next month, negotiators meet again for more secret talks. The TPP will affect jobs, wages, food, migration, the environment, access to medicine, consumer safety, banking regulations, indigenous rights, Internet protocols, government procurement and more. We don’t have the details because the public, the media and even Congress are not permitted to engage in the secret process that is dominated instead by 600 corporate lobbyists. Rumors are that the TPP goes even farther than some of our other trade agreements administered through the World Trade Organization (WTO). Some are calling

this “NAFTA on steroids” referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement that helped export U.S. manufacturing jobs. Before our government commits to terms of this agreement, the people and our elected officials deserve a say in its provisions. You can learn more February 17th at Greedtopia: A Teach-In on Trade & Climate Change 12:30-4, at the Forest Park Visitors Center (Register at The event will feature a more in-depth look at the TPP, the tar sands Keystone XL pipeline, the Enbridge pipeline that stretches across Missouri, and threats to our health from coal ash dumps. Knowledge is power so plan to come and power up. If you drink water in the City of St. Charles or St. Louis, or if you visit the restaurants, medical facilities, and entertainment venues in the City, take note. There are few things more personal than the water we drink. We make our coffee with it. We fill our baths. We water our gardens. Threats that risk its safety and quality demand our attention. St. Louis faces such a threat. The City of St. Louis is considering a contract with Veolia Water, a French multi-national corporation with a lousy track record when it comes to the environment, contract performance, and quality standards. The contract is for $250,000 to help the Water Division find ‘efficiencies’. Sadly, the company’s pathetic record suggests they find efficiency by cutting quality, shrinking the work force, and clipping corners like environmental standards. Cities across the world have severed ties with Veolia, even cancelling contracts only half complete. The company’s home city of Paris, France even let them go. For years the company operated the hazardous waste incinerator in Sauget, Illinois right across the river from St. Louis - a facility with a rash of problems including fires and explosions - without a Clean Air permit. The company’s record speaks for itself. Dump Veolia members vow to fight to keep Veolia away from St. Louis water. The City’s Board of Estimate and Apportionment will decide the contract. It meets the third Wednesdays in Room 200 at St. Louis City Hall at 2 p.m. See more at or join the St. Louis Dump Veolia cause on Facebook.

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Look for Green Dining Alliance-Certified Members in Your Neighborhood Today! by Jeanette R. Reynolds, Programs and Communication Director and Cassandra P. Hage Executive Director, St. Louis Earth Day


he Green Dining Alliance (GDA), an initiative of St. Louis Earth Day, is a locally tailored certification and education program for restaurants and diners alike. The GDA was designed to increase environmental awareness and influence consumer decisions with the end goal of increasing sustainable dining opportunities in and around St. Louis. We promote the restaurants that are paying attention to the impact of their business practices with an eye on the environment and the local economy. As third-party administrators of the program, we are able to provide a nonbiased assessment of a restaurant’s current practices and work with them to recommend appropriate, achievable strategies for annual improvement. The Green Dining Alliance certification was researched and designed by staff at St. Louis Earth Day, with support from trusted industry professionals. The GDA’s comprehensive 3rd party certification process differentiates restaurants that have demonstrated a commitment to sustainability through practices and policies that shape the way they do business. The Certification Process GDA Member Restaurants have gone through a rigorous certification process and have proven they’ve gone above and beyond industry norms to reduce their environmental impact. First, restaurants must commit to applying our GDA Core Concepts: • Ban: smoking, Styrofoam, and #6 plastic (polystyrene) • Recycle (single stream or separated recycling, which shall include glass, aluminum, cardboard, plastic, and paper) • Set waste reduction and diversion goals and track progress • Phase in compact florescent bulbs (CFLs), LEDs, and efficient ballasts (as appropriate) with routine replacement (create and follow a phase-in plan) • Share baseline data from utilities and

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oes your list of resolutions for the New Year include one or more of the following: reduce stress and anxiety or lead a healthier lifestyle? If so, consider adding one more resolution to your list. Learn to meditate in 2013 and help make these resolutions a reality in your life! Meditation has many benefits! Doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to many illnesses. Research has shown meditation is beneficial for a wide range of health problems. Other benefits include better sleep, reduced blood pressure and improved relationships. As stress is greatly eliminated through meditation, our

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Dr. Deepak Chopra, best selling author and leader in the holistic health field, has revived Primordial Sound Meditation. This ancient form of meditation uses mantras, or Primordial Sounds, which are selected for each individual. This simple mantra technique, which is practiced twice daily, allows our awareness to go beyond the activity of our mind to the stillness of our spirit. This process allows our bodies to gain the deep rest necessary to release stress and fatigue. The result can be improved health, more satisfying relationships, increased creativity, and renewed enthusiasm for life. Primordial Sound Meditation can be learned by people of any age, culture, and educational background. It is recommended for anyone who wishes to enjoy greater peace, freedom and fulfillment. About the Instructor, Shirley Stoll, B.S., M.A. - Shirley has been involved with meditation since 1995 and is certified by Dr. Deepak Chopra as a Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor and affiliated with the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. As a former teacher, she combines her love for teaching with her commitment to meditation.

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HERB LADY Cathy Schram Q: I know that garlic has numerous health benefits, but I simply cannot stand the taste of garlic. When I take it in pill form, I still taste it and sometimes even smell like it. What can I do? A: If there was only one herb that you were going to take, I would recommend garlic. Fresh garlic can cause bad breath, indigestion and create an unpleasant smell on your skin. This is due to the allicin, an oxidant that is released when a clove is cut or chewed. However, studies have shown that garlic does not have to be fresh, nor its smell required in order to obtain health benefits. The other option is called Aged Garlic Extract (AGE). It is a concentrated form of garlic that still retains its allicin content, yet is completely odorless. Here are some of the health benefits of AGE: • Has anticancer activity, prevents free radical damage • Boosts immunity and protects against viral, bacterial and yeast infections • Helps reduce fatigue and stress • Protects against toxic effects of pollution, radiation and drug toxicity • Has been shown to help reduce blood pressure and/or cholesterol levels • Has anti-aging effects, enhances memory and stimulates neuron growth in the brain Garlic is very safe and has no known side effects other than it is a mild blood thinner so be careful if you are taking other blood thinners.

Q: I’ve been drinking milk thistle tea to help protect my liver but my friend says that I should take the pills instead. Why? A: I am so glad that you know that milk thistle helps protect your liver; however, your friend is right. The active component of milk thistle is silmarin. Silmarin is not water-soluble and when you make tea, the herb is steeped in water, thereby making it ineffective at protecting the liver. Our livers are mighty organs. They filter out damaging agents that we take in by eating, drinking, breathing or absorbing through the skin. It has a big job to do. It also produces bile to help break down fats and carbohydrates. It even regulates hormones like testosterone and estrogen. Did you know that once damaged, the liver can actually heal and regenerate itself? Silmarin speeds up this process. This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care. Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Schram, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.


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Building a Better Environment in Missouri by Don Fitz


rom revitalizing Dr. Martin Luther King streets to “naturescaping” back yards and protecting the Ozark Riverways, Missourians are creating a better environment. February 2013 episodes of Green Time show how people can take concrete steps to improve their corner of the world. During the first show, Mitch Leachman of Audubon describes naturescaping as landscaping with native plants. Jennifer Porcelli and Jan Freeman give perspectives of the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and a St. Louis homeowner. Planting native species instead of zoysia or Bermuda grass can save homeowners $1000 per year. They need vastly less water and no fertilizers or pesticide poisons. On February 9, Melvin White, William Carol and Barry Jarmon discuss the use of green visions and technology in rebuilding Dr. Martin Luther King streets throughout America. Why is it that a legendary figure like Dr. King is associated with crime ridden pockets, poverty stricken areas that plague our nation’s MLK streets? Beloved Streets of America is out to change the perception of these MLK streets from being unsafe dilapidated streets to beautiful and prosperous ones across America. This Green Time includes the movie “Beloved Streets of America.” The third and fourth shows in February look at one of Missouri’s greatest treasures: the Ozark

National Scenic Riverways. The Sierra Club’s John Hickey, Greg Iffrig of the L-A-D Foundation and Kally Coleman, of Friends of Ozark Riverways review rivers known for their clear water, gushing springs, and long, clean gravel bars. Visitors enjoy floating, johnboating, fishing, bird watching and hiking. But the rivers are threatened by excessive use of illegal roads, ATVs (all terrain vehicles), scenic easements, and even horse traffic. Movies include footage by Tom Malkowicz and “Why We Must Save the Current River.” Green Time now airs on KNLC stations in four Missouri areas. It appears at noon on Saturdays in St. Louis on Channel 24-1 and at 8 pm on Mondays in St. Louis on Channel 24-2, Springfield on Channel 39, Joplin on Channel 36 and Marshfield on Channel 17. February Green Time programs air on Saturdays, Mondays & Wednesdays on these dates: · February 2, 4 & 6: “House Calls for Habitat;” · February 9, 11 & 13: “The National MLK Street Initiative;” · February 16, 18 & 20: “Ozark National Scenic Riverways;” · February 23, 25 & 27: “Threats to the Ozark Riverways.” Also see Green Time on and f a c e b o o k . c o m / p a g e s / G re e n - Ti m e TV/186014811491714 If you would like to help produce Green Time TV call 314-727-8554 or email


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From the time we awake in the morning and until we go to sleep at night, we are having a conversation with life; one that no one can here. Actually, it is more like a monologue. Every action we engage in is preceded by a thought. Thousands of cognitions fire each day as we participate in our day to day activity. Emotion and feelings generate from this dynamic and we navigate through it all attempting to make sense of it and to maintain a meaningful focus and balance in our lives. The average person doesn’t pay much attention to the content or the environment of this inner world of “Self Talk” that we engage in every day. In fact, most become dependent on the same patterns day after day not aware of the impact this monologue is having on their well being and ultimately their health. The unconscious mind, hears the implied negative messages of these thoughts over and over. Especially those you create about yourself. These negative “Self Opinions” then become the basis of your “Core Beliefs” about your self. Those core beliefs become the compass you use to lead and guide your life. So, if the environment of your self talk is addressing unresolved negative emotions related to fear, guilt, shame, blame, anger and resentment over and over…day after day… are flooding yourself with toxic energy that will dramatically effect your physical body. It is a form of self abandonment and self inflicted “dis-ease” which can lead to disease and major illness. I have developed tools that I teach patients and

clients to become the “NOTICER”, the personal witness of this inner world and to change the toxic environment into a nurturing environment. It is hard work but can produce amazing results. One patient writes: “Chaplin Paul guided me to a sense of awareness of my repeated acts of self abandonment. He has empowered me with skills to control my emotions by being the noticer of my thoughts. Something happens, I have a thought about what happened and then comes the feeling related to that thought. Using the skills that Chaplin Paul has taught me, I can stop myself after a thought and decide if the thought is valid or if it is based on an old worn pattern of self abandonment; those patterns that I developed long ago. The work I have done with Chaplin Paul has helped me to understand I do have control over my feelings. He has shown me how to peel that label of “depression” off and replace it with the notion that I have wounds (like many people do) that need healing. I am not “depressed,” I am wounded. Wounds can be treated and healed.” Wounded Little Girl,December 16, 2012. This patient has worked very hard this past year and is well on her way to a much healthier life. She has learned how to monitor and manage the environment of her self talk to where now, it has become a source of self love and self worth instead of self abandonment and self inflicted toxicity. I can help you become the “NOTICER”, the personal witness of this inner world and to change the toxic environment into a nurturing and loving environment, an environment of healing. Peace and Joy in this New Year, Chaplain Paul Chaplain Paul R. Johnson, M.Div. Director for Medical Spiritual Wellness Prevention and Healing, Inc. Office 314-432-7802 Cell 314-440-1527 E-mail

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searching for an Old new Cure: Ivermectin Deficiency Syndrome? By Simon Yu, MD


small group of researchers are racing to find a new cure for cancer from forgotten old medications. One of the medications is Ivermectin, a common parasite medication for dogs as a heart worm medication. Most veterinarians recommend deworming dogs with monthly Ivermectin as a preventive measurement. Have you had Ivermectin lately? If you have Medically Unexplainable Symptoms (MUS) or cancer, you may consider trying Ivermectin, de-worming medication. Talk to your doctor, although, unfortunately, most medical doctors are not familiar with hidden epidemic parasite problems and/or usage of parasite medications. Ivermectin is an old parasite medication isolated in 1979 and widely used since the 1980s for dogs, horses, and humans. Ivermectin is exceptionally potent. It is a broad spectrum anti-parasitic drug which kills nematodes like pin worm, strongyloids, ascaris and onchocerciasis. In fact, Ivermectin is one of my favorite and most frequently used parasite medications. Ivermectin selectively blocks the worm’s GABA receptors but not the mammalian counterpart. It is a muscle relaxant which blocks the phosphorylation of the ascaris muscle. Often, I will combine Ivermectin with pyrantel pamoate, praziquantel, or tinadazole for a variety of medically unexplainable symptoms. The selection of the medications and dosages has been based on Acupuncture Meridian Assessment (AMA). (Read many articles on AMA and parasites and related medical problems on my website.). I have experienced some dramatic responses for medically unexplained symptoms and some cancer cases. From my clinical experiences, I wrote a book, Accidental Cure, and have been presenting my case studies at medical conferences. A physician who heard my

lecture at one of the conferences told me that Ivermectin has anti-cancer properties and anticancer stem cell properties. At a higher dose, Ivermectin can inactivate the protein kinase PAK1 and blocks the PAK1-dependent growth of human ovarian cancer and NF2 tumor cell lines (Drug Discov Ther: 2009; 3 (6): 243-246). PAK proteins encoded by the PAK1 gene are critical for cytoskeleton reorganization and nuclear signaling. This is probably more than you want to know about this parasite medication unless you have an unusual medical condition or cancer. PAK-1 kinase is required for the growth of more than 70% of human cancers such as pancreatic, colon, breast and prostate cancers, and neurofibromatosis. The p21 activated Kinase PAK1 is implicated in tumor genesis. Inhibiting PAK1 signals induce tumor cell apoptosis (cell death). PAK1 has also been implicated for maintenance of glucose homeostasis in pancreatic beta cells and skeletal muscle. (J. Biol Chem 2011 Dec 2:286) The medical journal, Blood, recently published that Ivermectin induces chloride-dependent membrane hyperpolarization and cell death in leukemia cells (Blood, November 4, 2010, vol.115). The paper states Ivermectin synergizes with chemo agents cytarabine and daunorubicin to induce cell death in leukemia cells. Basically the research shows that using a chemo agent with de-worming medication can make chemotherapy more effective for chemotherapy resistant leukemia. Cancer stem cells are the reason why cancer cells often develop resistance to chemotherapies. These researches are telling us that a combination of chemo agents with Ivermectin is targeting cancer stem cells. Killing cancer stem cells is the holy grail of cancer therapy. The story does not end with Ivermectin. Bauer Research Foundation published on December 12, 2012 that Praziquantel , my other favorite parasite medication for liver flukes, synergistically enhances Paclitaxel


Cavity Reduction Using Dental Ozone By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN (Certified Clinical Nutritionist)


n 2012, I wrote an article in The Healthy Planet that received much attention after its publication. It was titled Dental Ozone: Simple, Safe and Effective. It explained many of the positive effects that ozone therapy could provide for our dental patients today. Recently, I received more scientific literature that continues to support the impressive usage of dental ozone. This literature includes treatments in cavity reductions of enamel and root surfaces of the teeth. Scientific articles always add more credibility to the results seen in practice. So if you’re a science buff and you like to see scientific reviews, I’ve collected the following references for you. Clinical Reversal Of Root Caries (Cavities) Using Ozone, Double Blind, Randomized, Controlled 18 Month Trial, Holmes J. (Berkshire, UK), Gerodontology, Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 106–114, December 2003. Conclusions: Leathery non-cavitated (i.e. without empty spaces) primary root caries can be arrested non-operatively with ozone and rematerializing products, i.e., MI Paste. This treatment regime seems to be an effective alternative to conventional “drilling and filling.” Effect Of Ozone On The Oral Microbiota And Clinical Severity Of Primary Root Caries, Baysan A., Lynch E. (London, England), Am J Dent. 2004 Feb;17(1):56-60. Conclusions: Ozone application either for 10 or 20 seconds dramatically reduced most of the micro-organisms and decay in primary root carious lesions without any side effects recorded at recall intervals. It is suggested that this simple and non-invasive technique may benefit many patients with root caries throughout the world since this approach to treat root caries can easily be employed in primary care clinics and in the domiciliary treatment of home-bound elderly people and immobile patients in hospices and hospitals. Treating Open Carious Lesions In Anxious Children With Ozone. A Prospective Controlled Clinical Study, Dahnhardt JE, Jaeggi T, Lussi A. (University of Bern, Switzerland), Am J Dent. 2006 Oct; 19(5):267-70.

Conclusions: 94% of the children were treatable and 93% lost their dental anxiety. The hardness values of the enamel improved significantly in the ozone-treated test lesions after 4, 6, and 8 months of clinical evaluations. Personally, I’ve been using dental ozone in my practice since June 2012. I’m amazed at its effectiveness for treating dental restorations, gum disease, and sinus infections. It also promotes wound healing after tooth extractions and helps to reduce tooth hypersensitivity with just one treatment. After learning what dental ozone can do for root caries, I feel compelled to offer this non-invasive service (no drilling or fillings) for our patients where conditions are applicable for this therapy. It’s safe, simple, and effective. Ozone therapy has successfully been used in the medical field for treatment of a variety of diseases for more than 100 years. The versatility of ozone therapy, its unique properties, non-invasive nature, and absence of side effects and adverse reactions were responsible for its widespread use. This is why it’s exciting to observe the therapeutic potential that dental ozone offers dentistry and hopefully its continued clinical applications for the future. With Switzerland, Germany and the U.K. leading the way on ozone research, we can only hope that the U.S. will begin to aggressively pursue the remarkable effects that ozone therapy can provide for our entire health community. To learn more about dental ozone, look at our website under Dental Services then Dental Ozone. Dr. Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN is one of the few Dentists in the U.S. that are Certified Clinical Nutritionists (CCN). He practices Biological Dentistry that includes mercury free, tooth colored fillings; healthy dental materials; balancing body chemistry; and nutritional therapy. For articles and information about Biological Dentistry and patient success stories visit or call his office 314-997-2550. Attend a free monthly presentation and discussion by Dr. Rehme on Biological Dentistry the third Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm. Please call to verify the date and reserve your space.

cine, I wonder, if they will create an Ivermectin Deficiency Syndrome. Monthly de-worming for medically unexplained symptoms or for cancer patients might be a better solution than searching for this mysterious Ivermectin Deficiency Syndrome. Dr. Simon Yu, M.D. is a Board Certified Internist. He practices Internal Medicine with an emphasis on Alternative Medicine to use the best each has to offer. For more articles and information about alternative medicine as well as patient success stories, and Dr. Yu’s revolutionary health book Accidental Cure: Extraordinary Medicine for Extraordinary Patients, visit his web site at or call Prevention and Healing, Inc., 314-432-7802. You can also attend a free monthly presentation and discussion by Dr. Yu on Alternative Medicine at his office on the second Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm. Call to verify the date. Seating is limited, arrive early.

(Taxol) efficacy to inhibit cancer cell growth (PloS ONE 7(12): e51721). Taxol is a common chemo agent for ovarian cancer, breast cancer, small cell lung cancer, head and neck cancer, esophageal cancer, prostate and bladder cancer. The clinical data indicate that praziquantel could greatly enhance the anticancer efficacy of Taxol in various cell lines including Taxol resistant cell lines. The combined treatment induced significant mitotic arrest and activated the apoptotic cascades, tumor cell death. The concept of a new use of an old drug is not a new idea but there is not much financial incentive for pharmaceutical companies. You wonder how many old forgotten medications are available in your pharmacy’s medicine cabinet. Searching for an old new cure continues by a small group of researchers. These researches are the latest new trend. Once this information gets out to main stream medi-

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New Parenting Issues Caused by Technology Overload: Tips to Fix by Diane Lang Therapist, author and Positive Living Expert “How can I be a good parent with all these distractions? Between my cell phone, texting, e-mails, etc. I feel I never get a break."


oday's technology overload creates three main fixable problems that parents should address with these specific tips listed below.

Fixable Problem #1: We Are Always "Plugged In" Parents always felt overwhelmed and busy, but now with all the added technology, our work weeks are much longer and we feel like the world never stops. The new work week looks way different then the days of 40 hours a week. Most people work 6080 hours a week due to longer commutes and always being "plugged in" due to technology. But this is just part of the battle... Fixable Problem #2: Communication Issues Within Families Technology also causes communication issues within families. I hate to tell this true story, but it gets exactly to the point. I was at dinner the other night and I saw a family of four sitting around the table waiting for their food. The mom was reading the menu but the dad and the two kids were all texting or searching on their phones. It made me sad to see a family actually have the opportunity to spend quality time together and not take advantage of it. Unfortunately, this example is quite common and becoming the norm. I know in my own household if I'm in the house and my husband is outside in the yard, he will call me on my cell before walking inside to talk to me. Fixable Problem #3: Instant Gratification and Laziness We have created a society of instant gratification and laziness. We see the problems in kids as a result. Their lack of physical exercise, social skills and obesity are big issues today. It's one thing to have a group of friends, but nowadays we hear kids

say "I have over a 100 friends on Facebook" but yet they only have met a few in person. Five Tips to Fix: Because of the technology overload, we are up against new issues in parenting and relationships in general and there are no new rules or handbooks to help families handle this situation. However, some basic tips still apply to keeping a happy, healthy home: 1. Communicate - we always tell parents to spend some quality time with their kids. It used to be have family dinners together. We now have to add to the dinner that there should be no technology! The dinner table should be a sacred time where everyone joins in the conversation: parents, children and other family members. Ask open ended questions that cannot be answered with a "yes" or a "no." 2. Be an active listener - in the world of technology, we don't have as much face to face time BUT when we do it's important to be a good listener. Make sure to have direct eye contact. Watch your non-verbal language, show you're listening by nodding your head, facial expressions, etc. Listen to the whole story or question, pause to think about it and then answer. Really listen when someone talks don't think about your answer or another topic while they are speaking, show you care. 3. Socialization is a key factor in our happiness. Join in with family events, the community, friends, etc. Make sure a lot of your socialization is in person, we need face to face interaction. 4. Lose the attachment - all the latest technology is great and helpful, but we don't NEED it. Don't allow your life to be controlled by technology. Have technology free times such as after 8pm at night and during dinner time as mentioned above. This is your time to spend with family, read a book, etc. 5. Be a good role model - you teach your kids through your actions. Kids are visual learners so if your kids constantly see you on the phone, texting, etc. they will follow suit. If you're ignoring your kids to text or sitting at the dinner table with your laptop or TV on, you will have your kids repeat the same behavior. Kids will imitate what they observe. What do you want them to see? For more information about Diane Lang visit

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The Magnificence of Magnesium: A Mineral Must for Maintaining a Healthy Body by Jon P. Frieda


agnesium is one of the most important nutrients needed by the human body. It is critical for the optimal performance of over 300 essential biochemical reactions. Primarily, magnesium is calming and soothing on muscles and the nervous system as well as a powerful anti-inflammatory, but the broad range of which it affects our health is both magnificent and awesome. Would you be interested to know that there are many symptoms of magnesium deficiency and several health conditions that can occur or be accentuated by an inadequate amount of magnesium in the body? If so, read on as we highlight and explore causes of magnesium deficiency, as well as some of the most significant benefits of maintaining optimal magnesium levels to ensure that your body and all of its vital processes can operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Interestingly, up to 80% of Americans are believed to be magnesium deficient, although this phenomenon is wholly underreported. The reason for this misunderstanding is that when a magnesium deficiency is suspected, the standard test used by the medical community is to measure magnesium serum levels in the blood. In reality, only about 1% of this mineral is found in the blood, with approximately 66% found in the bones, and the remaining 33% in muscle. While the body works hard to maintain an adequate blood serum level of magnesium, a more appropriate method of how to assess true magnesium levels in the body is to measure its content in the red blood cells. It is for this reason that many individuals who are determined to have sufficient magnesium blood serum levels are actually magnesium deficient. Why are most Americans deficient in magnesium? The simple answer to this question is a universal phenomenon that we have explored in previous newsletters, which is responsible for many of the health related deficiencies and ailments that have reached epidemic proportions in the United States, that being the typical American diet. Magnesium is the most deficient element in the modern American diet. If you recall, the American diet consists of approximately 62% processed foods. To put this in perspective, we Americans eat around 31% more packaged/processed food than we do fresh foods like fruits and vegetables. The result is a “double whammy” in that our diets are lacking in essential minerals like magnesium and rich in synthetic additives and preservatives. Magnesium can help to improve brain function and lessen symptoms of depression. Supplementing with magnesium has been clinically shown to increase brain function by improving brain electrical activity and promoting better learning ability, sharper memory and improved focus. Magnesium can help to decrease inflammation and improve heart health. Inflammation is not only

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February Is Arts Exceptional


just got a new cell phone. It’s a new Iphone, so I feel that I’ve finally stepped into the 21st century, learning how to text (but not when I drive!). I can now describe the ARTful events for February accurately as OMG!! Although every month offers plenty to see and do ARTfully, this month is exceptional. The ARTful Happenings is packed with a diverse list to must-see and do’s. Due to space constraints in our print issue, it’s the difficult duty as arts editor to select what to leave in and what to take out; this month was truly tough. Please check out the ARTful Happenings online at for even more events. Recently, while awaiting a film at Hi-Pointe Theatre, an acquaintance got out of her seat to come over and ask if I knew about the Turner center for the arts. She told me a little, just


February 1-23 KeLLeY JOHnsOn: neW PaInTInGs TUan Lee: GraZIa escOBar-MOraLes: resUrrecTIOn OF HUn-naL-Ye Opening reception, 5-9 p.m.; Bruno David Gallery; 3721 Washington; 314-531-3030

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ARTful Living St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor enough to pique my interest. The film started; she returned to her seat, but I had to learn more…. The Turner Center for the Arts was founded in 2006 as a branch of Bridges community support. The Center is now spreading its own wings at 3109 Sutton in Maplewood in a wonderfully ARTful way. “It is our belief that all individuals have the right to, and need for, opportunities for creative self-expression,” director nate Larson told me in a recent interview. “With that as our goal, we strive to create and maintain a space that is open, warm, safe and freeing to facilitate the making of fine art by all who enter our doors.” Great concept, but it gets even better: As a studio space, the Turner Center offers art-based day programs for adults with disabili-

ARTful Happenings February 6 MarDI Gras Dance Boudin Brothers Zydeco Band; lessons at 7:30 p.m.; dancing 8:15-10 p.m.; $10 admission; Focal Point, 2720 Sutton; 314-822-0310 or visit

February 1-27 LaUren YOUnGe: recOLLecTIOns Opening reception, 6-8 p.m.; mixed media by local artist; The Gallery of University City Public Library, 6701 Delmar; for info, visit February 1-april 28 JereMY DeLLer: JOY In PeOPLe Opening reception, 7-9 p.m.; Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington; 314-535-4660 or visit February 1 - March 7 rHD: BLanK canVas sTUDIO Opening reception, 6-8 p.m.; Framations Art Gallery, 218 N. Main Street in St. Charles; for info, call 636-724-8313 or visit February 4-March 17 carOL cOreY: InsIDe Is a sTaTe OF MInD rOBerT BOeTTcHer: PHOTOGraPHY Opening reception, Feb. 15, 6-8 p.m.; Northwest Coffee & Roasting Company, 4510 Maryland; 314-791-6466. February 7-april 13 OrnaMenTaL IrOn: neW WOrK FrOM JOHn MeDWeDnUFF Gallery 210; 1 University Blvd. on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5851. February 8-March 22 PaPerWOrK In, On, & OF PaPer VI Reception, 6-8 p.m.; Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main, St. Charles; 636- 255-0270 February 15 MarK seLLan: InFrareD IMaGes anDY Van Der TUIn: scULPTUre Opening reception, 6-10 p.m.; Third Degree East Gallery, 5200 Delmar; 314-367-4527 or visit February 22-May 18 eDWarD BOccIa: earLY WOrK Opening reception, 7-9 p.m.; Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington; 314-533-9900, February 24-March 23 reBecca BarOn & DOUGLas GOODWIn: LOssLess #5 Gallery 210; 1 University Blvd. on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5851. February 28-March 29 BOarDWaLK: a reGIOnaL JUrIeD eXHIBI-

ties, as well as evening classes for them. There are integrated after school art classes and summer art camps for children both with and without disabilities, and even open studio time on Thursdays for teenagers to find ways of creative expression. It’s a welcoming place where creativity and freedom of expression are alive and well, particularly for those who may not find a way or a place to express themselves artistically in the mainstream. Finished works are exhibited at the Turner Center and online. Plus, the works are available for purchase, making every one of the aspiring artists who participate at the studio into professional, exhibiting artists. Last year, Turner Center teamed up with Koken art Factory at 2625 Victor Street to present st. Louis Outsider art Fair. Attended by over 3,000 in 2011, the event

February 7-9 anne OF Green GaBLes Performed by Y-Teens; 7:30 p.m.; West County YMCA, 16464 Burkhardt Place in Chesterfield; call 636-532-6515 ext. 227 or visit February 8-10 VaLenTIne caBareT Dramatic License Productions presents Dancers by Dave Walter, 2010, mixed media on handbuilt panel. Rat Pack and More actor and singer Turner Center for the Arts. Dean Christopher accompanied by his TIOn OF InTerIOr DesIGn band; Dramatic License Theatre in Chesterfield Mall; 636Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery, 11333 Big Bend; for 220-7012 or visit info, call 314-984-7632 or visit February 9, 16, 23, March 2 arT of THe aFTerLIFe acrOss TIMe & cULTUre Through February 10 Ancient Egypt, Renaissance Italy, South Asia, Modern Mrs. sOrKen & THe DUcK VarIaTIOns Europe; 10:30 a.m.-noon; $80 for series; St. Louis Art Mustard Seed Theatre; Fine Arts Theatre on Fontbonne Museum; 314-721-0072 or visit University campus, 6800 Wydown; for info, call 314-7198060 or visit February 9


Through september FLIGHT OF THe BUTTerFLIes OmniMax film featuring beautiful, giant screen images; St. Louis Science Center; 314-289-4400 February 1 FUnKY DOG GUMBO BaLL Featuring Funky Butt Brass Band, Dog Town All Stars Funkestra, Gumbohead; 8p.m.; Sheldon Ballroom, Washington; $15; 314-534-1111 February 2 LUTHer cOLLeGe nOrDIc cHOIr 8 p.m.; St. Louis Cathedral Basilica, 4431 Lindell; for info, call 314-533-7662 or visit February 3, 10, 17, 24 FaMILY sUnDaYs: aFrIcan arT 1-4 p.m.; free; St. Louis Art Museum; for info, call 314721-0072 or visit February 6 sT. LOUIs sYMPHOnY OrcHesTra cOncerT serIes Collaboration of The Pulitzer and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at The Pulitzer, 3716 Washington$20/$10 students; 314-534-1700 or visit

WaLL BaLL Fundraising gala for St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery; 7-11 p.m. at Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar; for info, visit February 9 FaMILY DaY: ManDaLa PrOJecT Free but registration required; 1-4 p.m.; Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar; 314-725-1177 or February 14 sOUnD WaVes + POeTrY: VaLenTIne’s eVenT The Pulitzer, The Contemporary and 88.1 KDHX join to present visual art, music, poetry, food, love, and loss through The Progress of Love exhibition at The Pulitzer, 3716 Washington; 6-9 p.m.; visit February 15 THIrD FrIDaY Free ParTY Make a sweetheart glass tile for just $10; demos, live music, food/drink available; 6-10 p.m.; Third Degree Glass Factory, 5200 Delmar; 314-367-4527 February 15-17, 22-24 WInnInG HIsTOrY: THe BrancH rIcKeY sTOre Presented at The Gaslight Theater, 360 North Boyle Ave, 314-725-4200 x10 or visit

February, 2013 will run April 26-27 this year, offering affordable original art created, as Nate said, “by people who do art because they do it, because it’s instinctive for them, not to gain recognition or to make a statement.” Simply put, it’s art for art’s sake. But the funding of the Turner Center’s impressive programs is even more creative. They’ve found gold in coffee beans. art House coffee, founded by Nate’s father, provides supported employment (gainful, competitive employment for persons with disabilities). They offer seasonal, organic, mostly fair trade, coffees roasted right next door. Subscribers can sign up to have regular deliveries brought to their doorstep. Additionally, Art House provides office-delivery service and keeps Tiffany’s Diner in Maplewood supplied with fresh brew. The money from all Art House Coffees goes to help pay for paints, brushes, paper, canvas, clay and basically anything else that is used in the Turner Center for the Arts studio. You’ve got to love this concept. So get a cup of Joe to make you feel good and, if you buy it from Art House Coffee, it’ll make you feel even better knowing that you are also supporting the ARTS. Find more details at or call 314-781-4440. February 17 FaMILY cOncerT: MaGIcaL MOVeMenTs The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, new spin on a classic by Britten,, featureing DanceWorks Chicago dancers; St. Louis Symphony, February 21-24 carMIna BUrana Performed by Nashville Ballet, Bach Society, St. Louis Children’s Choir, UMSL Orchestra & Singers; Touhill Performing Arts Ctr; 314-534-6622 February 22 BasILe Greek Comedy Presented by International Studies & Programs; $20; 8 p.m.; Touhill Center for Performing Arts on UMSL campus; 314-516-4100 or visit February 22 LIFT eVerY VOIce Black History Month Celebration performance; St. Louis Symphony; Powell Hall; February 22 FILM screenInG: 24 HOUr ParTY PeOPLe 7:30 p.m.; Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington; for info, call 314-535-4660 or visit February 23 cHrIs BOTTI One night only performance with St. Louis Symphony; Powell Hall; for info, visit February 23-24 THe GrUFFaLO COCA Family Theatre, 524 Trinity, February 24 Oscar eXPerIence sT. LOUIs ParTY Fundraiser hosted by Cinema St. Louis, 6-10:30 p.m.; $100; Monarch, 7401 Manchester; for info, call 314-2894153 or February 24 IGnITe/ILLUMInaTe POeTrY reaDInG Featuring Mary Jo Bang; presented by St. Louis Poetry Center at Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; free; 314-725-1177 or visit February 28 PacO Pena FLaMencO Dance cOMPanY Presented by St. Louis Classical Guitar Society; 7:30 p.m.; Touhill Center for Performing Arts on UMSL campus; for info, visit February 28-March 17 BOeInG, BOeInG 1960’s wacky farce; Dramatic License Productions at Chesterfield Mall; for info, call 636-220-7012 or visit More Artful Happenings at

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Winter Is Upon Us...Take Heed! by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM


e are just getting a taste of winter weather, albeit with little snow, but more than enough frigid cold. What are our pet concerns this time of year? Many should be obvious, but nonetheless, we will review them for our reading audience. Cold can be threatening, but wet cold and wind are really the culprits of concern. Obviously, the best protection for your pets is to keep them inside your home, the basement, or even the garage. Yet, even these protected areas may not be enough. Provide insulating materials for floor coverings, or in some cases you might consider hanging a heat light or radiant heater. I know they are available at most hardware stores or at your local Grainger Store. For pets obligated to an outside dog house, be sure to insulate the walls, floor and ceiling. Straw floors can be useful, but need to be cleaned regularly to avoid pet exposure to collecting feces or urine. Fresh water must be available. There are safe water heaters you can install for your pet bowls, but be sure Fido can access water at all times. Further, nutritional needs often increase during these cold months of winter, as your pets are fighting to create body heat through increased metabolism. Having extra calories may prove quite beneficial. However, I strongly suggest you visit with your veterinarian before changing up the diet program. If your pet already has issues with obesity, or may have a medical condition like diabetes or kidney disease, requiring special consideration before making such a change! Pet clothing is a significant industry these days. I believe there is real value in considering some sort of pet apparel that not only spruces his/her looks, but keeps their core body temperature in a proper range. Remember that ears, muzzles & lips, and certainly, feet are all going to be inordinately exposed to the elements. You may need to protect those areas with coverings, or at least with regular cleaning and care as well. Ice and snow can pack up between the toes and pads of the feet, creating damage or even frostbite. Ears are particularly vulnerable to this condition. It is basically, a freezer burn to the tissue that may result in a full tissue slough, if you are not careful. Another big concern in wintertime regards all the chemicals and other products available to your pets, especially for pets who are being housed in basements and garages. Lock up fertilizers, bug sprays and the like. Be sure the cabinets and storage boxes are secure. Whatever is safe for your kids is good policy to employ for your pets. Electric cords for heaters and such, need to be secured away from your exploring pets, as they can bite straight away and either get an electric burn, or even electrocution. And, we always discuss the concerns of anti-freeze, or ethylene glycol, which most of us use in our winter radiators. The problem is that this chemical is sweet tasting and thereby, an attractant for pets. The poisoning by anti-freeze is dose and time dependent. If you have any inclination of a poisoning or exposure, please take your pet to the vet or to an emergency facility immediately.

One last note concerns cats. They are amazingly capable at protecting themselves in the height of winter and usually do just fine. Nonetheless, I encourage all cat owners to follow all the concerns and suggestions presented herein. Cats like to hide up in the car engine where they find adequate heat. I can tell you that nary a winter season goes by without cats being injured or killed when their owners unknowingly start the engine as they leave for work. Please be careful and mindful of both your cats and your dogs, and consciously implement good cautionary practices on their behalf. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of winter time. Just do it carefully!! Fondly, Dr. Doug Pernikoff Clarkson-Wilson Veterinary Hospital

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The Bad News Is Your Cat Has Diabetes; The Good News Is... by Teresa Garden, DVM


ost of us have a friend, family member, or coworker who is a diabetic. But many people are unaware that diabetes is a common endocrine disease afflicting our pet cats. It results from a decrease in insulin secretion from the beta cells of the pancreas and/or a decrease in insulin action. The most common causes of diabetes in cats are obesity, pancreatitis, and amyloidosis of the pancreatic beta cells. Diabetes occurs most often in middle age and is common to male and female cats. How would you know if your cat has diabetes? Most pet owners will witness increased drinking and urination from hyperglycemia. Your cat may be eating more and losing weight at the same time. Cats may be jaundiced due to concurrent liver or pancreatic disease. Some cats may exhibit a plantigrade stance (standing and walking flat-footed on their rear feet) due to peripheral neuropathy. If you see these symptoms in your cat, please see your veterinarian immediately. Diabetes is diagnosed by blood tests showing elevated glucose and fructosamine. Urine will test positive for the presence of glucose. Forty percent of diabetic cats will have concurrent urinary tract infections which can be confirmed with a urine culture and treated with appropriate antibiotics. So the bad news is your cat has diabetes. The good news is this disease may last only months rather than a lifetime. Prompt treatment with appropriate dietary and insulin therapy will allow many cats to revert back to normal. The goal of therapy is to control clinical signs, prevent and treat concurrent disease, avoid hypoglycemia, and maintain ideal body weight. It is essential to feed low carbohydrate-high protein diets. Grain-free foods such as Evo, Orijens, Taste of the Wild, and Wellness Core are some examples of these foods. They are available in canned or dry form at pet stores featuring natural pet foods. We prefer the canned versions since they are always a little lower in carbohydrates than their dry counterparts. Canned foods will provide more moisture to the cat and are a great vehicle to hide supplements. Grain-free foods have lower glycemic indices, can improve weight loss in obese cats, and are very tasty. Your veterinarian can also provide low carb-high protein prescription diets to treat diabetes. Examples are Hills MD and Purina DM. Meal feeding is recommended. This allows you, the pet owner, to monitor your cat's food intake closely so that insulin is given only when the cat is observed to eat a meal. Injectable insulin is the mainstay of therapy for diabetic cats. Long acting insulins such as PZI,

Lantus, Humulin N and Vetsulin are chosen for cats. Pet owners are taught to give the injections subcutaneously twice daily. While the challenge is daunting at first, most pet owners become quite proficient at administrating the injections. Pet owners are instructed to keep the bottle of insulin refrigerated so it will last for a few months rather than the labeled 28 days. This cuts down on the expense of buying it greatly. When ready for use, the bottle is rocked gently back and forth to mix the crystalline solution thoroughly prior to drawing it into the syringe. Each syringe is to be used only once and then discarded. The type of insulin syringe must match the type of insulin used. They both need to be labeled U-40 or U-100. It is important to rotate injection sites on your cat. Using the same area all the time can cause granulation tissue which will decrease insulin absorption from the subcutaneous tissue. And, of course, it is vitally important to measure the dosage accurately. Your veterinarian or vet tech will teach you to do all of these things. Always give kitty a treat after the injection. This could be an edible treat or perhaps combing, playing or petting time. Clinical studies are showing cats treated with Lantus insulin have an 80-90% chance of going into remission within 4 months. Those treated with Protamine Zinc insulin have a 40-50% chance of reverting to normal. These numbers can only be achieved when feeding a low carbohydrate-high protein diet. Cats will stay in remission if kept on a low carbohydrate-high protein diet and if not allowed to gain weight! The success of treatment can be monitored in various ways. As the pet owner, you should see a decrease in excessive drinking and urination within a few weeks of starting therapy. Appetite should return to normal and ideal body weight should be reached. Your veterinarian will monitor the disease by performing blood and urine tests. Clients can be taught to check blood glucose levels at home using the Alpha Trak Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit (Abbott). All of this information will allow your veterinarian to decide if the insulin dosage needs to be increased or decreased or maintained for your particular pet. Diabetes can be very successfully treated in our pet cats. And again, the good news is that treatment for some pets may be required for only months rather than years. In our next article we will focus on diabetes in dogs and supplements to use for diabetes in pets. Dr. Teresa Garden is chief veterinarian/owner of Animal Health & Healing, a full-service holistic and conventional veterinary practice in the Maplewwod/Richmond Heights area. Visit online at; phone: 314781-1738.

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K-9 Pack Leader, Bob Laut, Will Change Your Dog’s Life ... And Yours! story and photo by Leah O’Donnell Healthy Planet Lifestyles Editor

because he wants to please us and not because he gets a treat. K-9 Pack Leader – Bob Laut – has changed our family, our dog, and our life for the better. Bob Laut has been working with dogs since he was just seven years old. His family bred military dogs and he has continued to work with dogs throughout his life. In 2009, after a near death motorcycle accident with injuries that kept him from going back to his previous career, Bob decided to do training and rehabilitation for dogs full time. He is certified in kennel management, service dog training, drug detection, felony apprehension, personal protection, organization and group obedience. K-9 Pack Leader offers in-home training, with the average session time being an initial visit and one additional shadow visit. Bob Laut works with many area rescue groups and is supportive of local charities and fundraisers. He is in the process of creating a state of the art facility that offers boarding, grooming, and dog day care, which should be open by summer. This facility will be called Mid Town Mutts and will be able to accommodate dogs that other places are not able to handle. He will also be running a program called Camp Good Dog, which is a two-week boot camp for dogs that need the one on one extended time for training. K-9 Pack Leader can assist you with behavioral problems such as pulling on the leash, food aggression, marking in the house, digging holes, begging at the table, people and dog aggression, basic obedience, and much more. K-9 Pack Leader’s Bob Laut will be at The Healthy Planet’s Natural Living Expo on March 10. Be sure to stop by to speak with Bob and see rehabilitated dogs first hand. You can also visit or give Bob Laut a call today at 314-660-5316 to learn more. He will change your life!


t turns out there is a better way to live than revolving each day around your dog. After adopting a rescue dog this summer, I quickly discovered my family was facing some challenges with our new four legged family member, Maverick. Our household was now turned upside down by a Great Dane mix that weighs around 85 pounds. Many of the things we tolerated, were “tolerable” to us, such as the need to kennel Maverick during every meal to keep him from putting his face on our dining room table or making sure no socks and dare I say, underwear were left out as he would swallow them in one gulp.

What made our family finally decide that we needed help was Maverick’s aggression toward our guests, especially men. The more comfortable our new best friend became in our home, the more he thought this was “his” house and that no one should be allowed to enter it, but us. This was the one thing that we just could not tolerate. The many other issues (meals, eating everything, the inability to “sit” to get his leash on due to over excitement, and some other inconvenient behaviors) were nothing compared to the fact that we could not answer our door without ensuring our dog was locked up in the kennel. Getting him in the kennel with someone at the door was even becoming quite a challenge. This has all changed thanks to two sessions with K-9 Pack Leader extraordinaire, Bob Laut. When I contacted K-9 Pack Leader business owner and dog behavior expert, Bob Laut, he spent a significant amount of time with me on the phone discussing my concerns and what I hoped to achieve from his services. Bob explained the importance of my entire family being involved and willing to participate in changing Maverick’s behavior. I set up a time for Bob to come and meet with my family, including our newest four-legged member. I had my reservations, as Bob was an exact representation of who our dog would not allow in our home. Bob did not share in my concerns about meeting our dog, but did give me a few instructions of what to do before he arrived. I spent the week prior to his visit talking with my family about how exited I was that Bob was going to help us change our dog’s behavior. The “training day” arrived. Within twenty minutes of Bob Lauts arrival, my family changed what we expected of our dog and what we should be doing to have the

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K-9 Pack Leader Bob Laut with Maverick soon after their first encounter and training session. respect from him that we deserve. Bob took the “leader” role in our house, and our dog Maverick knew it, respected it, and for the first time in months, was out of his kennel with a man in our house (see the photo of them together). It was remarkable. Bob gave us instructions on how to have Maverick understand that we are the “leaders” of the house, it is “our” house, and when we instruct him on what he should do, he will be corrected if he does not follow the instructions. By the end of our two hour session with Bob, we had a changed dog (and more importantly - a changed family). We now had the tools we needed to continue our


dog’s transformation to being in the proper place in the pack. It turns out, our dog wants us to be the leaders and he wants to please us by doing what we ask. It has been over a month since we learned how to properly lead and train our dog. Bob met with us for our initial session and one follow up session, to check our progress. We now have a dog who sits and stays while we answer the front door, waits until we tell him “free” before he goes outside, sits and stays in a different room while we eat meals, stays at the pace we do on his walks, will leave food, treats, socks, and anything else when we tell him to “leave it,” and he now follows our instructions


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I’ts Cold Outside! by Suzanne K. Gassner


hen the temperature (and the snow) begins to fall, pets need extra care. Here are some helpful suggestions to make the winter season more bearable for your pet. Cats and dogs need protection from wet and cold and are happiest and healthiest when kept indoors as part of your family. When outdoors for even short amounts of time, dogs needs a dry, elevated doghouse with clean, dry bedding (straw works best) and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out. Or, consider adding a dog door to the garage with a soft cushion in the warmest corner. A bowl of frozen water cannot help a thirsty pet. Check outdoor water bowls often when it is below freezing, and break the ice or refill with water as necessary. Outdoor dogs need more calories in the winter to produce body heat, so increase the amount you feed your pet. On the other hand, indoor dogs and cats may get less exercise in the cold months, and will need fewer calories to avoid weight gain. Check your pet’s paws after a walk. Rock salt, sand or chemicals used to melt snow on sidewalks can irritate pets’ paws. These chemicals can become imbedded in the paws and may cause burns to the feet and mouth of a pet as they lick their paws. You may need to wipe them with a wet cloth after an outing. Dogs outside in the snow may need the ice between their

The Healthy Planet magazine • paw pads removed. Antifreeze tastes good to pets, but it is a deadly poison. The most likely source of the poison is radiator drainage spots in your garage, which should be flushed with water immediately. Wipe up any spillage immediately when adding fluids to the car. Dispose of used antifreeze properly so that it is not a threat to strays and wildlife. A cat may crawl up under your car seeking shelter and warmth near the engine. It may get caught in the fan and seriously injured when the engine starts. Open the hood of your car, honk your horn or slap the hood noisily with your hand before starting the engine on cold days to startle any animal seeking shelter. Signs of frostbite include reddened or pale skin and itching. Be sure your pet is seen imme-

diately by a veterinarian, as frostbite can cause serious, painful infection and/or damage to the tissue. In severe cases, hypothermia may occur. Watch for hypothermia which causes the body’s system to shut down and can result in death. It is likely your pet will be lethargic and in extreme cases, unconscious. Seek professional veterinary help immediately. Have a heart….it’s really cold. If you have any questions or concerns consult your veterinarian or the Humane Society of Missouri. If you see an animal that is being neglected or needing help, call the Humane Society of Missouri at (314) 647-4400. For more information on cold weather safety with pets, visit the Humane Society of Missouri’s website at

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Women's Health Specialists of St. Louis is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive health care for women in St. Louis and the surrounding area. Caring for your complete health care needs is what distinguishes us in the health care community. We provide each individual patient with the most up to date health information and compliment our care with alternative and natural therapies including nutritional testing, supplements and Bioidentical Hormones. Our team of providers are dedicated to exceptional treatment and care of our patients. We focus on the quality of a women's life and it is our commitment to each and every patient. Please call our office at (314) 292-7080 for an appointment. All of our providers enjoy the opportunity to educate women about women's health. In addition, we would like for you to continue with welcoming our newest provider, Dr. Laura Eastep, M.D. She has new patient appointments available, so give us a call. 456 N. New Ballas Rd., Ste. 386, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 314-292-7080 • Pharmacy Services provided by:

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Looking for a captivating speaker to inspire transformational change? Kimberly Schneider is the author of Everything You need Is Right Here: 5 Steps to Manifesting Magic and Miracles and the AudioBook Terrible Beauty: Poems and Reflections for Precarious Times. An Adjunct Professor of Communication at Washington University-St. Louis, Kimberly is a reg-

ular contributor to Great Day St. Louis television show. Kimberly has over thirty years of speaking experience in diverse settings. She enjoys engaging and inspiring audiences on topics including thriving in crisis, manifesting miracles, transformational communication, ethics and unconscious limiting beliefs. Kimberly’s keynote talks and custom workshops

combine riveting stories, on the spot coaching, experiential exercises and original poetry. To book Kimberly for your event call 314-275-8188 or email Go to to request Kimberly’s Free Conscious Manifestation eCourse and you’ll receive the first chapter of her book at no charge.

Alternative Hospice is a locally owned, community based end of life program, dedicated to being an advocate for our patients and providing them with a high standard of holistic end of life care. We strive to empower our patients and their caregivers with the knowledge and information that they need to make informed decisions

regarding their care. Our focus is on comfort, quality of life, and facilitating of a peaceful passing with dignity, respect and love. Alternative Hospice is a physician directed, nurse coordinated program of care. Dr. Joseph Flaherty with St. Louis University Medical School Department of Geriatrics serves as our

Medical Director and guides our team. Our team is seasoned in conventional end of life care and several are experienced in complementary care techniques… the body, mind, and spirit in rhythm. Our values include: integrity, accountability, respect, trust, compassion, and passion to serve. Volunteers needed, please call 636-343-3839.

Dr. K. Shane Neifert of St. Louis Spine & Health Center offers a unique set of healing talents to his patients. He views each patient as an individual and seeks to find and correct the ‘weak links’ in their health. Based on his findings, he works to strengthen areas of weakness, which optimizes the patient’s overall health. He facilitates this healing using natural techniques ranging from chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture, ener-

gy balancing, and detoxification, to emotional freedom technique, hormone balancing, nutritional counseling, and allergy testing and treatment. Many use these talents to maintain their body’s own healing potential. The office of St. Louis Spine & Health is equipped with the latest in technological advances in natural healing including Foot Bath Detoxification and Spinal Decompression which addresses sciatica and her-

niated, bulging, and/or slipped discs. Also offered within the office are the services of a superb, licensed massage therapist, Sharon Maust, who is qualified in multiple approaches to massage. St. Louis Spine & Health is located at 12401 Olive Blvd. #202, which is found in the Tempo Medical Building (approx. 1 mile west of Hwy 270 on Olive Blvd). Call for more information at 314-576-1495. • Weight Management o Weight loss o Weight gain

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The BioMat’s quantum energetics allows the body to fight disease and heal with a naturally strong and efficient immune system. It is composed of 17 layers of technology, combining Far Infrared Rays (FIR), negative ions and amethyst crystals. Time spent on the mat relieves pain and joint stiffness, reduces stress and fatigue, boosts the immune system, burns calories and many other healthful benefits. Infrared Rays, nature’s invisible light and most

beneficial light wave, penetrate skin and increase circulation to detoxify the body of harmful toxins. The FIR can increase blood flow and clean the arteries (which means it can help lower blood pressure), release toxins, increase metabolism, heal soft tissue and relax muscles. Negative Ions are Nature’s Energizer. Ion particles cleanse and purify the air we breathe. Amethyst bolsters the production of the hormones

and strengthens the cleansing organs, the circulatory system and blood, the immune system and body metabolism. Be proactive about your health and well being. A good nights sleep on the BioMat or a mere 30 minute nap, can go a long way to ensuring a healthier, happier you. Call The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit to schedule an appointment to try the BioMat. 314.725.6767.

St Louis Aquatic Healing Center offers state of the art, cutting edge alternative health therapies for health, healing, balancing and detoxification. Many of our therapies can only be found at St Louis Aquatic such as: The MG-PRO, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Cellular Exercise, widely used in Eastern Europe for 30 years with extensive research behind it; cleaning and

promoting cell repair and regeneration; The Quantum Pulse frequency generator, successfully eradicates many viruses and pathogens; Watsu/Wassertanzen, warm water shiatsu therapy to relieve pain and revitalize organs, and Cranial Sacral Therapy in the pool, all the benefits of CST amplified by the water. We also offer T-Zone, Whole Body Vibration for health and fitness, Nutri-

Energetics Systems (NES) health evaluation and therapy to promote the body’s natural healing and detoxification, far-infrared sauna, ionic foot soaks, ear candling, lymphatic drainage, other therapeutic massages and much more. Call, email or visit our websites for more information. 314-432-5228,,,

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H o l i s t i c D E N tA l c A R E BioLogiCAL DENTiSTry Michael g. rehme, DDS, CCN & Associates

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Our approach to holistic health includes the entire body and the oral cavity is no exception. We are dedicated to serving our patients and promoting a level of health care that carefully evaluates and reviews the use of dental materials, dental procedures and also offers dietary and nutritional support for each and every individual that is seen in our office.

Did you know that examining the mouth can reveal the presence of illnesses or unstable conditions in other areas of the body? If you feel like you’ve just about exhausted all your options in your search for better health, have your mouth examined with a different approach in mind. Get motivated, get educated, and get ready to participate in a

health-oriented lifestyle that will provide dental alternatives and a nutritional foundation designed to help support your own body’s healing powers.

The focus of holistic dentistry is to consider the mouth as a part of the whole body. We use materials and methods that are more compatible biologically with the body instead of the traditional dental materials. Examples of non-compatible materials are mercury fillings, non-precious heavy metal crowns, bridges and partials or dentures. Alternatives to fluoride are used

for the prevention of cavities. Proper alignment of the jaws and teeth are the foundation of how the body perceives itself in space. The result of improper alignment can result in symptoms of headache, ears ringing, loss of hearing, pain in the head and neck and clenching or grinding of the teeth. Good nutrition is inseparable for good

health. If your diet consists of food and drink made with white flour, sugar and no fresh fruits and vegetables, your body is likely to be acidic with resultant more medical and dental problems. For your dental evaluation contact our office for an appointment by calling 636-4589090 or email at

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HealtHy Planet HaPPenInGS February 2 & 11 Free Talk on beneFiTs oF MediTaTion A presentation by Ishaya Monks on a simple yet powerful practice that releases stress from the body, brings peace to the mind and returns life to optimal potential. Feb. 2, 2013 at 2PM. Place: Holistic Journey,106 East Main St, Belleville, IL Feb 11, 2013 at 6:30pm. Place: McClay Public Library, 2760 McClay, St. Charles, MO. Contact information; 888-474-2921 or February 5 discover Missouri Wine and chocolaTe 6-7 p.m. Tate of Charleville Vineyard shares samples from his family’s Ste. Genevieve winery. Beer samples also on the docket and of course we will pair with some delicious chocolates sure to please. 314.966.6566 call to Reserve your Spot Location: Local Harvest Grocery and Café, 12309 Old Big Bend Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122. February 6 headaches, Migraines and concussions Presented by Marty Wolins, HTCP, CST, LMT. 5:306:30pm. The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7649 Delmar Blvd.Cost: Free. Class will include demonstrations of at-home techniques to address headaches and migraines, and the concepts behind Healing Touch and Craniosacral Therapy in addressing headaches, migraines and concussions . Case studies include adults with years of head pain as well as a high school football player with multiple concussions. After class, participants will have the opportunity to purchase two treatments for the cost of one. Marty is certified in Healing Touch, which is a biofield therapy, and Craniosacral Therapy. Her Craniosacral work is a blend of the bio-mechanical approach, known best through the Upledger Institute, and the bio-dynamic approach, which is known for dissipating physical and emotional trauma. To find out more about Marty Wolins, visit her website at: For information and registration, call The Center at 314.725.6767. February 9 valenTines daY is here, Will You be Fine? 1:30-3:00pm. Sweets for the sweet? This time of year many of us are still reeling from our holiday sugar binge. Are you ready for more candy? Moderation with regards to sweets does not have to leave you feeling deprived, even on Valentine's Day. Show your sweetheart and yourself some LOVE with healthier sweet treats. Join Chef and Certified Health Coach Sharon Tutko for a fun discussion of how to love your healthy by curbing sugar intake. Uses of sugar alternatives like stevia and honey will be discussed. Cost: Free. Held at The Healing Center, 734 DeMun Ave in Clayton. For details or to register call 314-727-2120 or visit February 9 bee keeping classes aT MariTz Do you keep bees? Have you ever wanted to learn how to keep bees? The Eastern Missouri Beekeepers Association will offer courses for both beginners and experienced beekeepers on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Maritz in Fenton, Missouri. Prominent scientists Jamie Ellis, Jerry Hayes, Heather Mattila, and Juliana Rangel will be among the instructors leading the workshop. The courses will focus on beekeeping as a craft, and the biology of the honey bee as a super-organism. The Beginners Beekeeping course is intended for persons with no prior beekeeping experience. The class will cover all aspects of basic beekeeping to prepare students to start beekeeping in 2013. Tuition cost is $90 per person. More information is available by calling 314-894-8737 or as listed online at February 9 & 10 priMordial sound MediTaTion class Primordial Sound Meditation is a meditation program developed by Dr. Deepak Chopra. Class will be held at the Mercy Center in St. Louis, MO. Contact Shirley Stoll for more information or registration: 800-796-1144, or Resolve to meditate in 2013!

February 10 celebraTe black hisTorY MonTh MusicallY aT The Missouri boTanical garden Enjoy the sweet harmonies of heart-felt gospel music at the Missouri Botanical Garden in celebration of Black History Month. The Celebrate the Gospel concert marks its 24th year at the Garden on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. The event is included with Garden admission. The First Baptist Church of Chesterfield choir will perform traditional and modern renditions of inspirational gospel music. Bring the entire family to enjoy this lively performance by the esteemed and talented choral group. The concert will be held inside the Garden’s Shoenberg Theater. Seating is limited and available first-come, firstserved. Celebrate the Gospel is included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4. Missouri Botanical Garden members are free. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer. For general information, visit or call (314) 577-5100 (toll-free, 1-800642-8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at and February 10 school open house & Tour 2-4pm. Fostering a love of learning in young children, ages 3 to 6 years, in a warm and encouraging environment is the goal of A Growing Place Montessori School. Come for a school tour and to learn more about our program. A Growing Place Montessori School, 7001 Forsyth Blvd. (at Big Bend), 63105. February 11 Menu planning aT local harvesT 6-7 p.m. Join owner Maddie Earnest for a fun-filled menu planning workshop. Grab your friends and enjoy wine and food samples while planning a month of meals. 314.966.6566 call to Reserve your Spot Location: Local Harvest Grocery and Café in Kirkwood, 12309 Old Big Bend Road, 63122. February 11 & 12 FarMer valenTine’s 4-5 p.m. Bring your little one and let them make a special Valentine for one of our local farmers. Feel free to shop while we help your child craft a card. Drop in anytime from 4-5 p.m. Best for kids ages 4 and up. Location: Local Harvest Grocery and Café, 12309 Old Big Bend Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122. February 12 WhaT vegeTables To planT When Speaker Series at the Wildwood Farms Community Garden - all classes are free and open to the general public. Wildwood Farms Community Garden Speakers' Series presents "What Vegetables to Plant When" February 12, 2013 6:30 pm at Wildwood City Hall in the Wildwood Town Center on Main Street 636-458-0440. February 12 inTegraTing alTernaTive Medicine WiTh convenTional Medicine FREE Monthly Seminar and Discussion - Integrating Alternative Medicine with Conventional Medicine Learn how to build your immune system and take charge of your health. If you are suffering from chronic conditions, you'll learn why you don't have to live with your "incurable" symptoms anymore. Topics covered include: Cancer, Heart Disease/Stroke, Diabetes, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, ADD/ADHD, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Food Allergies, Nutrition, and many more. You should come to this discussion also if you feel, "My Doctor said everything is fine! Then why do I feel so lousy?" Second Tuesday each month at 6:30 pm at our healing clinic - Prevention and Healing, Inc., Dr. Simon Yu, M.D., Board Certified Internist, 10908 Schuetz Road, St. Louis, MO 63146, Weaving Internal Medicine with

Alternative Medicine to Use the Best Each Has to Offer. Call to verify meeting date; seating is limited, arrive early, 314-432-7802. See patient success stories at

date, 314-432-7802. For more information, read the article on our web site at titled "New Medicine, New Biology: Spiritual Wellness, Spiritual Assessment, and Spiritual Care."

February 16 rebirThing breaThWork in WarM WaTer 1:30 -4:00 pm with Kathleen Christ at the St. Louis Aquatic Healing Ctr in Creve Coeur, MO. Rebirthing Breathwork is a process of saturating the entire body with oxygen through deliberate, concentrated, repetitive, continuous-flow breathing. Powerful and gentle the results are higher energy, less pain, more inspiration, clearer thinking and peacefulness. Space limited, reservations required, $20.00. Please call 314-432-5228.

February 21 deTox and WeighT loss lecTure Thursday evening: 6:30-8:30pm with Dr. Jo Lee at the High Ridge Public Library in High Ridge, MO. Free to the public. Please call 636-226-5228 for more info.

February 18 Free inTroducTorY class: beTTer healTh Through Whole Foods Do you want to make wise nutritional choices? Are you confused about how to choose the right foods, and stick to a nutritional program? Let our nutritional experts help you learn how to empower yourself nutritionally. Our instructor, Esther, is a holistic health practitioner who is passionate about nutrition, having healed herself from debilitating Lupus symptoms through nutrition and complementary therapies. She has a degree in Holistic Nutrition Studies, and will help motivate you to change your life through food. Following the free class, those with further questions can schedule two one-on-one sessions for a discounted price of $90 total. Class to be held Monday, February 18 at 7:30pm at Holistic Fitness, 7501 Murdoch Ave, Shrewsbury, MO 63119. (Office is near I-44 at the Shrewsbury Ave Exit). Space is limited, RSVP with your phone and email address to 314-6473999 or February 19 sloW and local Food—hoW To’s 6-7 p.m. Join Kelly Child’s of Slow Food and Maddie Earnest of Local Harvest and co-author of Missouri Harvest for an informative and tasty talk. What makes food SLOW? Who is growing endangered seeds? 314.966.6566 Call to Reserve your Spot Location: Local Harvest Grocery and Café, 12309 Old Big Bend Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122. February 19 connecTing Your healTh beTWeen Your TeeTh and bodY FREE Monthly Seminar and Discussion. Connecting Your Health Between Your Teeth and Body. You may not realize it, but your teeth and gums may be making you ill or weakening your immune system. Hidden infections. Unresolved illness. Find out what may be happening between your teeth and body and what to do about it. Discover how infection and illness transfer between the teeth and body. Understand how biological dentistry focuses on your overall health. Learn about what dental materials are compatible with wellness, mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings,the impact of dental procedures, how certain dental procedures can influence your body, and nutritional therapy that supports a healthy mouth. Third Tuesday Each Month, 6:30 pm at the Holistic Dentistry office of, and presented by, Dr. Michael Rehme, D.D.S., C.C.N. (Certified Clinical Nutritionist), 2821 N. Ballas Rd, Suite 245, St. Louis, MO 63131. A Healthy Choice for Dental Care. Call to verify seminar date and reserve your space at 314-997-2550. See Patient Success Stories at February 19 Free MonThlY Wellness supporT group Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship, learning opportunities in Medical Spiritual Information and exercises to strengthen your journey in managing your plan of care and treatment. Support Group Leaders: Dr. Simon Yu, M.D. and Chaplain Paul R. Johnson, M.Div. When: Third Tuesday each month (with an occasional exception) at 6:30 pm. at our healing clinic, Prevention and Healing, Inc., Dr. Simon Yu, M.D., Board Certified Internist, 10908 Schuetz Road, St Louis, MO 63146, Weaving Internal Medicine with Alternative Medicine to Use the Best Each Has to Offer. Call to verify meeting

February 21 Free FuncTional nuTriTion seMinar: siMpliFYing liFesTYle and dieTarY recoMMendaTions Dietary and Nutritional Guidelines are constantly changing. Are you confused about nutrient deficiencies and what foods your body really needs? Are you taking 10 or more supplements and do not really know why? Are you taking 10 or more medications and your health remains unchanged? Dr. Adam Hughes, DC is having a Free Seminar on effective Metabolic and Nutritional guidelines to help your body heal and increase your energy. If you are suffering from a chronic illness such as Diabetes, Low Thyroid, Heart Disease, Digestive Disorders, or Chronic Fatigue, then this seminar is for YOU! Dr. Hughes will be discussing not only WHAT steps to take when making Dietary Lifestyle changes, but also WHY and HOW deficiencies and toxicities have such a detrimental effect on our bodies. This seminar is full of practical information you can apply immediately! Dr. Adam Hughes is a Holistic Chiropractor and Certified Internal Health Specialist. This seminar is FREE to the public. Thursday, February 21st from 6:30 to 7:30 at Kingen Chiropractic Wellness Center, 2001 South Hanley Rd, Suite 220, Brentwood, MO. Call to RSVP as space is limited. Contact us at 314-646-0013. February 23 poWder valleY hosTs Workshop To inTroduce hoMeoWners To beneFiTs oF naTive planTs Powder Valley Nature Center will host Partners for Native Landscaping—A Workshop for Homeowners Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The goal of the workshop is to demonstrate to homeowners the advantages of using native plants in their gardens and landscaping. It will also provide practical tips, techniques and case studies to make it pragmatic and costeffective. The cost of the workshop is $20, which includes a buffet lunch and a copy of the Native Landscaping Guide to take home, a $5 value. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 314-3011500. Partners for Native Landscaping—A Workshop for Homeowners is sponsored by MDC, the St. Louis Audubon Society, St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District, Shaw Nature Reserve, The St. Louis Chapter of Wild Ones, and the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Grow Native! Program. MDC’s Powder Valley Nature Center is located in Kirkwood at 11715 Cragwold Road, near the intersection of I-270 and I-44. February 23 parTners For naTive landscaping: a Workshop For hoMeoWners 8 AM–4 PM. Workshop Cost: $20 (Includes buffet lunch and landscape guide). This in-depth workshop is designed for homeowners and offers information and resources on how to landscape with native plants to create greener communities. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to purchase Missouri wildflowers and learn more about the partnering organizations. Come learn how to: • Landscape for Birds and Butterflies; • Identify and Remove Invasive Plants; • Design a Native Garden; • Plan a Rain Garden. Register by calling Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center at 314-3011500 or at is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Metropolitan Sewer District, Shaw Nature Reserve, St. Louis Audubon Society’s Bring Conservation Home Program, Wild Ones St. Louis Chapter, and Grow Native.

February, 2013 February 25 WHAT CAN STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION DO FOR ME? 7:30-8:30pm. Do you feel like you're getting old? Chronic aches and pains getting you down? If you’ve ever wondered about how you could get out of pain, just feel better or move like you used to, this is your opportunity. Attend a lecture on Structural Integration the work of Dr. Ida RoLF. The lecture will focus on how it works and what you can expect. Part of the lecture will be a hands-on demonstration by Alan. Cost: FREE. With Alan Cina LMT, Advanced Structural Integrator and Board Certified Structural Integrator. Cost: Free. Held at The Healing Center, 734 DeMun Ave in Clayton. For details or to register call 314-727-2120 or visit February 26 PREP AND PLANNING YOUR GARDEN 6-7 p.m. Jennifer from Greenscapes give you the inside story on readying your yard/beds for planting. 314.966.6566 Call to Reserve your Spot Location: Local Harvest Grocery and Café, 12309 Old Big Bend Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122. February 27 BONE UP ON BONE HEALTH 7:00-8:30pm. Got bone worries? This class is for you! We all lose bone over our lives, and many of us drink milk, take supplements or even medications to help prevent bone problems. The thing is, dairy foods, calcium supplements and medications don't address the root cause of thinning bones. COme learn what you need to do to keep or restore bone health. And, learn a bit of the science and research to understand what you should know and what you may NOT need to worry about after all. Cost: Free. Held at The Healing Center, 734 DeMun Ave in Clayton. For details or to register call 314-727-2120 or visit February 27 “HEALTH STARTS HERE” AT WHOLE FOODS MARkET with Jerret Hotle, Katie Harris and Marcia Whelan. 6:30 - 8pm, $15.00, Advance registration is required and is available here: Want to learn more about our Health Starts Here™ (HSH) program as well as sample some amazing recipes? If so, then this is the class for you! Join Jerret and Marcia, our in-store HSH representatives along with one of our finest inhouse chefs, Katie, to guide your way through the steps of making healthier eating choices. Get a chance to see what all the buzz is about when it comes to kale, quinoa and collard greens. Learn how easy it is to work with recipes that utilize foods in their most natural state that are nutrient dense, are all plant based and without any added oils. The flavors are robust, alive and full of vitamins and minerals. We’ll teach you tools you can easily incorporate into your home kitchen and share with your friends and family. We promise you won’t leave hungry! For more information please call 636-527-1160. February 27 NATURAL SUPPORT FOR CANCER RECOVERY 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Natural remedies have long been used to support cancer recovery. Cheryl has been fortunate to experience years of feedback from customers on this subject. Learn which actions of herbs and essential oils would be most supportive. Cheryl will tell the stories behind two historical formulas known as the Hoxey Formula and Essiac Tea. Cost: $15. Held at Cheryl's Herbs. Visit Please call in advance for a reservation 314-645-2165. February 28, March 1 & 2 PERSONAL NUTRITIONAL CONSULTING with Live Blood, Urine and Saliva Analysis. 10am – 5pm with Dr. Sandra Kay Walker, ND at the St. Louis Aquatic Healing Ctr. in Creve Coeur, MO. Each session is 1 ? hours examining the health and vitality of each organ system, mineral reserves, antioxidants, proteins, pH balance and carbohydrate metabolism, to name just a few. $165 for first appt, $150 if paid in advance. Please call 314-432-5228. Dr. Walker’s slots fill fast. Upcoming: The Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo, March 10, 10am-4pm, Webster Groves Recreation Complex, 33 East Glendale Road. See back page.

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