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Articles from ‘June 2020’ Issue

12 Strategies to Enhance Your Immune System

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

We are constantly exposed to potential infectious agents like viruses and bacteria that cause infections such as colds, flu, bronchitis and ear infections. The immune system defends us from invaders and repairs the damage that occurs with infections. 

When the immune system is weak infections may occur frequently and be difficult to […]

A Staycation Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft,Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

We are all living in a different world. Limiting our everyday travels and our travels to far off destinations means our vacations may be staycations. A staycation is staying at home and having a vacation there. It doesn’t have to be a disappointment, in fact the perfect […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Hello? Is Anyone There?

As I write this column, the “reopening” of the metro area is beginning. 

This virus is serious indeed: many have lost loved ones, suffered through the symptoms, desperately needed income, or missed precious time with family and friends. I confess to […]

Battlefield Body in an Age of Pandemic*

By Jon P. Frieda, MBA

“He who sweats more in training bleeds less in war.” 

 – This is the Spartan warrior creed. 

A fitting thought for how you can protect yourself during the era of Covid-19 and beyond. Specifically, before you enter a battle it is a good idea to know the terrain so that you can respond […]

Best Playgrounds Can Be Found Right Here In St. Louis

By Jessica Hoagland 

I’m going to make a bold hypothesis: Saint Louis has the best playgrounds on the planet. 

Let’s start with Forest Park. Much bigger than Central Park in New York or Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, it’s America’s most beautiful urban park. Forest Park is a historic natural playground all its own, even without […]

Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

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

Coalition Report

By Heather Navarro,Executive DirectorCoalition for the Environmentwww.moenviron.org

Is There a Democracy if There Are No People?

The General Assembly finished their legislative session last month while their constituents hunkered down at home due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Our democracy hinges on the ability of the public to participate meaningfully. While there were important measures for the […]

Conservation Corner

Stinger vs. the Jewel

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

This is the story of two plants: a nettle not to touch, and a weed you may want to.

If you spend time in summer exploring moist, thick, forests and lowlands, or along wooded creeks and streambanks, it might get you before you know it! Stinging nettle. 

The […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Watering

Water is Life!

Experts at NASA, who know how living stuff works in space, shout out to H2O: our essential physical functions are all sustained by water’s unique chemical and physical properties. Without water, we humans could not breathe, digest or move a muscle. 

Our cells would shrivel up and die, including our precious brains, […]

Happenings

Wednesdays in June

LEANING INTO OUR NEW WORLDWeekly Meditation Session. I am offering 30 minute weekly virtual meditation sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00 p.m. CST until 5:30 p.m. to help us all deal with what comes up inside of us in the face of this unknown. If interested, just download or go to zoom. Put […]

Improved Quality of Life: The Path To Wellness

By Dr. Paul Hyland, DC

“Chiropractic patients enjoy increased flexibility, improved posture, improved or eliminated pain, a more relaxed and calm state, and an enhanced energy level — in short, an improved overall quality of life.”

— Discover Wellness

A complete approach to WELLNESS begins with chiropractic care, good nutrition, health education and fitness. Chiropractic is typically associated […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Reimagining and Redesigning

Community in the Covid-19 Era

By Tom Braford

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, we were already well along the path of reimagining and redesigning at Arizmendi Ecovillage as a way of addressing other endemic challenges like global warming.

Coincidentally, many of our standard physical features already put us at the standard now required in airplanes and hospitals. These include […]

Keeping Lung Health Top of Mind as The Fight for Cleaner Air Presses On

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

Our lungs are always hard at work to keep us alive and well, but oftentimes we take them for granted. During the coming summer months, when weather conditions create a risk for higher ozone pollution levels and ozone-related health concerns, it is especially important to prioritize lung health by […]

Laser Therapy For Alzheimer’s Disease

By Dr. Brian Harasha

Concern is growing about the increasing number of people suffering from the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease in our communities. This disease destroys lives, is taxing on caretakers, and has extreme financial cost averaging $350,000 during its course.

There is no medical cure for this condition and rates of new cases are climbing […]

Pond-O-Rama: Stroll Through Lovely Gardens and Ponds The Weekend of June 27th and 28th

For months we have been sheltering from the storm of the Covid-19 virus. It has been an unusual time as we have all managed to do so many ordinary and extraordinary things that fill our days. 

June is the perfect time of year to enjoy the outdoors, take a stroll, refresh your outlook, and enjoy the […]

Publisher’s Corner

Who Was That Masked Man?

In this age of COVID-19, we have learned once again how anything, I mean anything, can turn political. I heard from a physician, (not knowing or caring his political leaning), that if you wear a face mask and wash your hands 10 times a day (or hand sanitizer if soap and […]

Students Making A Positive Impact with Green Schools Quest

By Fredericka Brandt,USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

The annual Green Schools Quest project-based challenge of the US Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter continues to grow every year. For the 2019-2020 Green Schools Quest, 68 schools and 68 mentors across the gateway region participated in implementing no or low-cost sustainability projects at their […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW 

Couples Coaching On-Line… A Sign of the Times

www.Christine Kniffen.com

Your Personal Relationship Coach is just a click away…. 

Most therapists I know have quite abruptly been thrust into the “telehealth” world, participating virtually in on-line sessions with our clients. I am happy to say that I have been working with telehealth for quite some time and […]

The Peers Store: A Conservation Outpost For Magnificent Missouri

Imagine a place where you can listen to bluegrass music on the front porch of a country store overlooking a native grass and wildflower prairie – and arrive there on the Katy Trail!

Magnificent Missouri believes that this place, near the Missouri River west of St. Louis, is one that can bring new friends to the […]

Virtual Green Living Festival June 6, 9, and 11

Online at mobot.org/greenlivingfest

Help your family, friends, and coworkers live green!

Join us for a series of virtual workshops, children’s activities, panel discussions, and exhibitor consultations that explore the links between sustainability, energy efficiency, conservation at home, and a healthy environment.

Welcome to the very first Healthy Planet Virtual Natural Living Expo!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to cancel our traditional Natural Living Expo on March 29, 2020. We decided to bring you many of those exhibitors here, virtually, for you to browse and discover many resources that will help you live a healthier and more sustainable life. At each booth you will find a live link […]

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