Archive for May, 2014

14th Annual Pond-O-Rama Pond and Garden Tour Offers Wide Variety of Water Gardens

The St. Louis Water Gardening Society members offer a wide variety of private spaces for the 14th annual Pond-O-Rama pond and garden tour. There are 47 locations on the two-day tour, 43 of which are private gardens of SLWGS member that are on display only for this tour. Of these 22 will be open on […]

2014 Earth Day Action Grants Announced

By Cassandra Hage
Executive Director, St. Louis Earth Day

Competition among proposals was tough this year! In addition to having many qualified and exciting proposals, St. Louis Earth Day experienced a dip in funding that decreased the amount of available grant funds. Many thanks to the William A. Kerr Foundation; with the Foundations assistance, St. Louis […]

2014 Green Homes Festival Set for June 7 at Missouri Botanical Garden

By Jean Ponzi

This 13th annual celebration of sustainable living spotlights our region’s top options for Greening up your home and lifestyle – in one resource-packed day of family fun!
New features for this year’s event start with our new spring date and inspiring new location: the beautiful grounds and building of the Garden’s William T. Kemper […]

4th Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour Set For Sunday, June 22, 2014

by Terry Winkelmann, Sustainable
Backyard Tour, Founding Director

Ahhh, the backyard: ignored and unvisited six months out of the year in St. Louis, yet vitally important to our world every day. Aesthetically, backyards can make or break a neighborhood especially if they wrap around to include the front yard and side yard. And whatever they look like, […]

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Remembering Your Body

As a culture, we are proficient and instinctual at disconnecting from our physical bodies. We live in a society that is heavily based on a “Western medicine” approach for attending to physical symptoms. When we have a headache, we are immediately encouraged to take an aspirin to relieve […]

An Inspiration for Urban Gardeners Garden Heights Nursery

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Lou D’Agrosa’s love of the outdoors and plants lead him to a horticulture degree from Mizzou and the opening in 1996 of Garden Heights Nursery in Richmond Heights. Lou’s passion, and his staff’s, is to help every homeowner bring beauty to the outdoor spaces of their home. A love for creating beautiful […]

ARTful Happenings June 2014


Through June 21
Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington; for info, call 314-531-3030 or visit www.brunodavidgallery.com.

May 30-June 22
Local established artists mentor young artists; opening reception 6-9 p.m.; Clayton Fine Art Gallery, 21 N. Bemiston; for info, visit www.claytonfineartgallery.com.

June 1-30
Opening reception, […]



Through May 29
50 multi-media works by 49 artists; Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine; for info, call 241-4810 or visit

May1-June 29
Opening reception May 9, 5-9 p.m.; Green Door Art Gallery, 21 N. Gore; for info, call 314-402-1959 or visit www.greendoorartgallery.com.

May 2-June 8

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Summer Is For Children

For more years than I care to count, I’ve spent summers teaching art enrichment classes. It delights me to wonder which of these budding young art enthusiasts will someday blossom into a prominent artist.

Personally, I believe that artistic skill does not necessarily correlate to age. Often […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Any Info on B-12 and Remedies For Leg Cramps

Q: Can you tell me why there is such a price difference in purchasing B12? It seems to come in many different forms also. I was told I was low in B12 but I’m not even sure what it can do for me.

A: Did you […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What is Alpha Lipoic Acid?
Is There a Non-Drowsy Antihistamine?

Q: Can you tell me what Alpha Lipoic Acid is and what it is used for?

A: Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a vitamin-like coenzyme. It is referred to as “universal”, because it is both fat and water soluble. This means that it can neutralize free […]

Choose Native Landscaping

By Crystal Stevens

One of the images that come to mind in the summer is a freshly mowed lawn with beautiful landscaping. Unfortunately, most landscape companies are not practicing sustainable techniques. With over 300,000 residents in St. Louis alone, non sustainable front and back yards can truly leave a negative carbon foot print. Pesticide and herbicide […]

Coalition Report

by Ed Smith, Safe Energy Director
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Unprecedented Problems Requires New Leadership at West Lake Landfill

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found two new areas of previously unidentified radio-active material located at the smoldering and radioactive West Lake Landfill near Bridgeton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. The discovery occurred during work to build […]

Coalition Report

By Heather Navarro,
Executive Director Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Climate Change Hits Home For Missouri

For those of us in the middle of the country, climate change can seem remote and distant. Recent stories about the melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet or submerged islands in the Pacific, for example, push the impacts of climate change […]

Coming To Our Senses — Humans and Plants

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

The garden is where humans can experience life more fully. We do this through full engagement of our senses when we are outside surrounded by nature. We sense through our nervous system, plants have other ways of being aware. We share more of the experience of life with plants than often imagined […]

Cut Sodium To Cut Health Risks

By Kari Hartel, RD, LD

Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search

It is no secret that Americans get way too much sodium in their diets. The recommendation for the maximum daily sodium intake is 2,300 mg (the amount in about one teaspoon of salt). People with diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, adults over 51 […]

Dreary News Regarding Worldwide Air Pollution Highlights Critical Need for Individuals to do Their Share for Cleaner Air

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 7 million people across the globe are currently dying each year from air pollution. This startling news comes as the Clean Air Partnership prepares to kick off the start of air quality forecasting for 2014, and serves as yet another important […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Milkweeds for Monarchs

Let’s throw a lifeline to a beautiful bug!

Remember studying Monarch butterflies in grade school? We learned cool words like metamorphosis by watching a creature you couldn’t miss, with those gorgeous orange and black patterned wings – preceded by an astonishing yellow, green and black striped caterpillar – who hatched out of […]

Energy Benchmarking: You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure!

By Johanna Schweiss,
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

The St. Louis High Performance Building Initiative’s 25×20 Voluntary Energy Benchmarking Campaign is challenging buildings in our region to reduce their energy consumption by 25% by the year 2020!

Energy benchmarking is measuring a building’s energy consumption and comparing its performance to similar buildings. Benchmarking is the first step […]

Enjoy The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden This Spring

Spring into another season of activities at the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden inside Missouri Botanical Garden. Families can explore the great outdoors and experience all the Children’s Garden has to offer: a waterfall, steamboat, cave, rope bridges, tree house and more!

Opened in April 2006, the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden: A Missouri Adventure introduces […]

EPA Recognizes Metro Lighting with 2014 Excellence in Retailing Award

Local lighting company, Metro Lighting, was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the national 2014 Excellence in Retailing Award for Lighting. The award is given to organizations for their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in significant cost savings.

Award winners like Metro Lighting, Sears, Lowes and other […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

June 6
Yogis and Runners Unite in the Fight Against Cancer
Yoga Six is inviting all yogis and runners to unite in a movement to end cancer by participating in the Yoga Six 6K Run to benefit Pedal the Cause. The Upper Muny parking lot in Forest Park will be the site of the 6K Run on Friday, […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

May 3 & 5
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 5/03 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 5/05 at 8:00 p.m. Is it fair to call coal ash “dangerous?” John Hickey, Patricia Schuba and Gary Kappler discuss coal ash dumps in Crystal City MO and North Carolina, problems with […]

Landscaping For Life

Start Your Own Habitat Garden To Attract more Birds and Butterflies

by Mitch Leachman
Executive Director
St. Louis Audubon Society

It all began almost 10 years ago, after I had moved into this my first house. A friend suggested a few plants, all Missouri natives, for a bed along the driveway. When complete, we had installed aster, coneflower, coreopsis, […]

Latest State of the Air Report Ranks St. Louis as One of the Nation’s Most Polluted Cities

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

With May 1 marking the start of daily air quality forecasting for 2014, the St. Louis region is facing more grim news regarding its air quality. According to the American Lung Association’s latest State of the Air Report, St. Louis is now ranked 13th out of 217 metropolitan areas […]

Living With Allergies

By Rosa Kincaid, M.D.

All of us are allergic to something. We have gotten so used to the symptoms that we don’t even realize it. With eye drops that “get the red” out and over-the counter anti-histamines, self-treatment is the norm. We no longer really want to go to the doctor for these things. When things […]

Llywelyn’s Pubs Take Step Forward To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Llywelyn’s Pub is proud to announce the addition of 107 kilowatts of solar energy capacity at six locations across the St Louis area. Patrons to its locations in O’Fallon, Webster Groves, St Charles, Soulard, and Central West End will have the satisfaction of knowing that some of the energy used to prepare their meals and […]

Lose Weight For Summer With Hypnosis

by William Mitchell, CI

Hypnotism can be applied successfully as a tool in psychotherapy, medical and dental pain management, to enhance academic achievement, to overcome fears and stage fright, to improve sleep, to increase athletic performance and other applications, however most people think of Habit Control, smoking cessation, weight loss, nail biting etc.

When I was first introduced […]

Natural Antibiotics For Your Medicine Cabinet

By Amy Davis, M.D.

Antibiotics are threatening the achievement of modern medicine” stated the NBC Evening News’ Brian Williams recently. According to the World Health Association, “antibiotics are serious medicine – not to be taken lightly. Antibiotic resistant superbugs are an increasing threat with names like — MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus).

So what […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Grace of the Deer

May is alive with sights, sounds and smells — the firefly, birdcall, flower bloom, the doe and fawn. Every day I thrill at nature’s displays. As weather brings you outdoors, may you be graced by the Deer. Be watchful as you drive the roads and look for them at […]

Publisher’s Corner

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

I have been thinking about my father recently. Maybe because Father’s Day comes up in June. I was thinking what it would have meant to me to have a cell phone when I was 20 years old and vagabonding through Europe with a friend. If I had a smart phone back then, […]

Publisher’s Corner

Dog Days of May and Other Musings

Our long awaited Spring has finally sprung. And plants and people are popping with delight. May is one of the busiest months of the year, next to October. There is so much going on but none as tail wagging as Bark in the Park, May 17 in Forest Park. […]

Raised Beds Make Gardening Easy!

Article Courtesy of St. Louis Composting

One of the most frustrating things gardeners face in the St. Louis area is clay soil. It is gooey in the spring and solid in the summer. For some reason weeds don’t have an issue developing in it, but fruits, vegetable plants and landscape ornamentals loathe it.

You can dramatically improve […]

Re-Opening the Door To Communicating with Your Teenager

By Vera Gabliani, Ph.D.

Parents often ask me “How can I talk to my teenager? They never want to listen to what I have to say!”

As someone who works with teenagers every day, I have had my share of these frustrating experiences. What I have learned the hard way is that teenagers know the difference […]

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle… and Make Great Beer!

View The Healthy Planet’s Summer Craft & Specialty Beer Guide

By Maureen Zegel

A familiar mantra for environmentalists, concerned citizens and a few industries – Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. has become a way of life for the region’s burgeoning craft breweries. St. Louis’ two largest craft brewers, St. Louis Brewery, makers of Schlafly beers and Urban Chestnut Brewing Company not only […]

Seasonal Allergies Are Upon Us In June

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Allergies occur in our pets when their immune system is reacting to chemicals or compounds that have entered the body by any number of pathways. Your vet may use the term ‘ATOPY’, to describe recurring allergic responses by your family pets. These compounds, referred to as ‘allergens’, can enter the body […]

Spring Allergies Affect Our Pets!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Every year about this time, pet owners approach me and ask whether pets do indeed suffer spring time allergies, much as we humans do. And, my answer is an emphatic, YES!!! The pollens released from grasses, flowers and trees can impact your dogs and cats.

I often explain that allergies, or the […]

Spruce Up Your Salads

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

Eating salads can be a great way to make sure you’re getting your recommended daily servings of vegetables, but sometimes eating the same lackluster salad day in and day out can leave you feeling bored. Here are some tips to help you amp up the […]

SqWires Creates Menu Using Locally-Sourced Ingredients

By Bethany Budde
SqWires Owner & Executive Chef

In June we make it official – Summer arrives with the rollicking enthusiasm of bar-b-que, holidays, tours, concerts, and baseball. One of the tastiest times of the year; we’ll indulge you with incredible fresh veggies and fruit, tempt you with the coolest summer cocktails; and turn you into the hottest host when […]

St. Louis Body Balance and Weight Loss Promotes Optimal Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being for a Healthier Lifetime

By Dr. Raffi Krikorian, M.D.

At St. Louis Body Balance and Weight Loss, we specialize in listening to and solving the unique problems of our patients. We have expertise in weight loss, balancing body hormones (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy BHRT), detoxification, nutrition, anti-aging, and wellness with a focus on preventing cardiovascular conditions and making our patients […]

St. Louis Brewers’ Guild Heritage Festival Offers More Than 90 Varieties of Brews This Year

Have you noticed the abundance of beer festivals in St. Louis? As craft breweries have multiplied in the last several years, beer events have grown with them until it seems there is one almost every weekend May through October. With so many to choose from, does it really matter which to attend? Could there be […]

St. Louis Composting Celebrates International Compost Awareness Week With a Heaping Helping of Compost

By Sara Ryan
St. Louis Composting

St. Louis Composting invites you to join in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 5-11, 2014. This year’s theme is “Compost! The Solution to Sustainable Soil and Water”. Planned activities span the globe with celebrations scheduled across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and Ireland. Composting advocates […]

St. Louis Public Library Helps You Become Heart Smart

By Kara Krekeler, Science & Technology Librarian, St. Louis Public Library

Having a healthy heart is key to living a healthy life. But how can you tell if your heart is healthy? And if it’s not, what can you do to make it healthy?

These are some of the questions the St. Louis Public Library and its […]

Structural Integration and Being Seated

By Sally and Alan Cina

One of the many things we educate our clients about is how to sit. Good posture while seated is very helpful to ones overall health.

Many of us sit too far back and are sitting on the back points of the sitting bones and the tip of the tailbone. This can feel […]

Students Rally Around a Challenge to Green Their School

By Hope Gribble, USGBC-MGC Education & Green Schools Coordinator

Students at North Kirkwood Middle School rallied around the challenge to green their school. The challenge was the Green Schools Quest, and their aim was manifold. Not only did the students want to create a learning environment that was healthier for the planet, but also one that […]

Summer Craft & Specialty Beer Guide – Where Beer Is Brewed And Enjoyed In St. Louis


2nd Shift Brewing

4 Hands Brewing Co

AB InBev

Alpha Brewing Company

Augusta Brewing Co.

Cathedral Square Brewery

Charleville Brewing Co.

Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co

Excel Bottling Company

Exit 6 Brewery

Ferguson Brewing Company

Griesedieck Brothers Brewery Company
The Griesedieck family has been involved in the brewing industry for over 245 years, spanning two continents, surviving the Napoleonic Wars, two World Wars and Prohibition. At […]

Super-symmetry in Physics and Medicine: Delusions, Miracles, and Asymmetry in Medicine

By Simon Yu, MD

Physics is considered a rather boring subject for most people. When you start talking about quantum physics and theoretical physics, people start rolling their eyes and are ready to jump into a black hole in hyperspace or change the subject. Theoretical physicists are kind of mad, nerdy scientists who love to theorize […]

Supplements For Canine Hepatitis

By Teresa Garden, DVM

In our last article we discussed various supplements used to treat or support liver disease. In this article we will focus on a specific and common liver disease in dogs and how supplements are incorporated into their treatment plan.

Canine hepatitis is an inflammatory disease of the liver characterized by fibrosis, hepatocellular necrosis […]

Teeth and the Focal Infection Theory

By Michael Rehme, DDS, CCN
(Certified Clinical Nutritionist)

Are your teeth “connected” to other parts of your body? In other words, can an abscessed or infected tooth actually cause a problem somewhere else, say your lower back, sinuses, stomach or even your heart?

Focal Infection Theory (FIT) is the idea that a local infection affecting a small area […]

The Humane Society of Missouri and Purina® Present Bark in the Park

5k Run, 1-Mile Walk and Family Festival

Saturday, May 17 from
9am to 1pm at Cricket Field
in Forest Park…

Benefits Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Fund

The Humane Society of Missouri and Purina® present Bark in the Park, the largest dog festival in the Midwest! The annual event will be held Saturday, May 17, 9am – 1pm at […]

The Living Colors of Spring

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Spring isn’t just when the weather turns warm, it is when the world bursts into color. The grays and browns of winter turn into the purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red of spring blossoms. These bursts of colors aren’t just any colors, they are living colors. Colors that have a life […]

There’s “LOTS” to See and Do in the Arts World Coming Up Soon

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Have you ever noticed that vacant lot on Washington, across the street from The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts? Rather than seeing a vacant lot, the Pulitzer staff viewed it as a blank canvas. Joining with the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University for […]

Vesterbrook Farm: Year-Round CSA Supreme!

By Nancy Smith

One look at Vesterbrook Farm’s website (www.vesterbrookfarm.com) is enough to convince the reader that this is a farm that is doing a great job of both growing and marketing. The growing is caring, sustainable, and beyond organic. The marketing is well presented, convenient, and tailored to the customer’s needs.

Vesterbrook Farm, owned by Mike […]

What is Montessori?

By Anita Chastain

Choosing a school for your children is one of the most important decisions parents make. It is a challenge to weigh the pros and cons of private vs. public education, and traditional education vs. a more progressive style of education.

For those parents who are contemplating a private education for their children, Montessori […]

What Is Permaculture?

By Crystal Moore-Stevens

I first learned the term “Permaculture” 14 years ago while a senior in high school. I was on an eco adventure in the Caribbean rainforest of Costa Rica with an environmental leadership program called Eco-Act, a program founded and facilitated by The Missouri Botanical Garden in 1981 to inspire earth stewardship in youth. […]

What is Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?

By Linda Weber Spradling

It is a controversial problem that all women must ask themselves. What is my risk and what precautions do I need to take? For some, the answer is easy. For many, it is difficult to wade through all the information.

If you are over 50, have no family history, do monthly self exams […]

Why is Spring Grass So Nice? It’s the Nutrients, Not Just Nitrogen!

By Randy Greene

by this time of year you’ve probably put down a dose of pre-emergent fertilizer and have already had to mow the lawn a few times. Everything looks great! Your yard looks healthy and green and it will stay that way, right?

The reason your lawn looks thick and lush in early Spring is because […]

WINDCREST DAIRY — Yummy Yogurt & Much More!

By Nancy Smith

If you’re looking for a really great outing for the whole family, you need look no further. The Windcrest Dairy Farm Store is one of the best places to get to know your farmer, enjoy a real farm experience, find lots of delicious food to take home, and even milk a cow if […]