Archive for July, 2015

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

The Process of Letting Go

When someone dies or we experience a loss of something to which we have been attached on any level, it is very appropriate to feel sadness or grief. Loss includes any kind of losing: the loss of a person, a relationship, a job, a career, our […]

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Empowerment Comes From Inside

Do you believe that freedom comes only when you make enough money to be comfortable and have the things that you want, or when your boss leaves you alone or the kids finally listen to you and behave the way that you would like for them to […]

ARTful Happenings July 2015


Through August 2
Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, on the SLU campus; for info, call 314-977-7170 or visit www.slu.edu/mocra.

Through August 4
The Dark Room; 615 N. Grand; for info, call 314-531-3416 or visit www.thedarkroomstl.com.

Through August 1

ArtFul Living: St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Art For All!

An evening at the theatre is always special. Live performance, whether a play, opera, dance or concert, has no match. Likewise, viewing an actual work of visual art, up-close and personal, is memorable. (It’s amusing to note that when viewing the Mona Lisa, one hears whispers in multiple […]

ArtFul Living: St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Cool Art In Hot August

The mere mention of “August” forms heat waves in my brain. Maybe the arts community is wise when it comes to weather, because there are lots of cool performances and exhibitions on the schedule.

Regular readers to this column may know that I am an artist, specializing […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Are Adaptogenic Herbs?

Q: I have been stressed out more than usual. A friend said I should take an adaptogenic herb. What does that mean?

A: There is a class of herbs known as adaptogens. This means that by taking them, they allow your body (mainly the nervous system) to adapt to any and […]


By Cathy Schram

Are There Herbs For Night Vision & Burping?

Q: I have noticed lately that I seem to be having trouble seeing while driving at night. Are there any supplements that can improve my vision?

A: Actually, there is an herb that has been studied and has been shown that it does have many benefits for […]

Battlefield Acupuncture in St. Louis: Chicago and St. Louis Energy Medicine Conferences

By Simon Yu, MD

Unknown to most medical communities in St. Louis, the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) held their annual conference in St. Louis in April 2015. Several hundred medical doctors from around the world with all different medical specialties attended the conference.

The theme of the conference was: “Medical Acupuncture. Ancient Roots. Modern Applications.” […]

Beautiful Bean Salads

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

Summer in St. Louis can get unbearably hot, and the last thing you might want to do is spend a ton of time in a hot kitchen. Fortunately, bean salads are a great way to enjoy fresh, delicious summer produce with a nutritious pantry staple […]

Beer & Food Pairings At Llywelyn’s Pub: From Traditional To Light & Delicious

bstrong>By Tom Behnen
Llywelyn’s Pubs Director of Operations

4 Hands Divided Sky Rye IPA and Shrimp Curry
It only makes sense that an India Pale Ale would go well with Curry. Our Curry is a bit on the sweet side so it balances well with the dryness that the Rye in this particular IPA brings. The IPA style […]

Coalition Report

By Alicia Claire Lloyd
Clean Water Policy Coordinator,
Missouri Coalition For The Environment

Missouri’s Lawsuit Threatens Clean Water

No sooner had the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Protection Rule, did states’ attorneys generals start filing suit. The rule clarifies the definition of “waters of the US” — a clause at the […]

Coalition Report

By Heather Navarro
Executive Director
Missouri Coalition For The Environment

Leave A Legacy With Your Voice

Not everyone can purchase land in large quantities to protect the environment like Leo Drey, one of MCE’s founders, did, but we can all share his foresight. If you have ever planted a tree you know it’s hard work to prepare the […]

Compost: A Gardener’s Most Valuable Resource

By Crystal Stevens

Quality soil is the most vital aspect of growing organically! A healthy, living soil is the key to vigorous and healthy plants. Compost, vermicompost, and other organic soil additions can add nutrients to your soil, improving plant vitality.

As my husband Eric Stevens says, “Building healthy soil is the key to having optimal health […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Green Giants: Honoring Passages & Persistence

Across Missouri, a flood of late-May tributes presaged our summer rains. Their focus was the passing, on May 26 at age 98, of a conservation hero: Leo Drey.

Leo inherited his St. Louis family success when their line of Drey Perfect Mason jars was bought by the (still home-canning) […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Lost My Shoes

The first time was surprising.

I keep my shoes in the same place, on the bedroom floor. I put most things in the same place, to remember where the heck I put whatever-it-is. But that day, those shoes had been right where I left them . . . and a day or […]

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 Bench-marking Campaign is challenging our region to reduce its energy consumption by 25% by the year 2020! And the first step towards conserving energy and money is energy benchmarking. You know the saying- you can’t manage what you […]

Food Sensitivities: The Foods You Eat Can Build You Up Or Break You Down

Last month’s article “The Story of Megan” has generated a lot of interest in food sensitivity testing. As discussed in that article, the foods you eat can either build you up or break you down. If you have a sensitivity to a particular food, eating that food will negatively impact your immune system. This will […]

Get Healthy and Go Green at the Healthy Planet Expo September 27 In Webster Groves

The Healthy Planet magazine is hosting its 30th Natural Living Expo Sunday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 E. Glendale Road, 63119 (I-44 at Elm Avenue) in Webster Groves.

The Autumn Expo will include more than 50 exhibit booths offering a variety of eco-friendly, healthy and natural products, […]

Getting More Out of Our Urban Landscapes

By Heather L. Venhaus,
Regenerative Environmental Design, LLC

Imagine a home or urban landscape that can ease the impacts of drought, reduce flooding, improve the water quality of creeks, rivers and lakes, cut energy costs, clean air, and capture greenhouse gases all while improving our health and happiness. Sounds awesome, right? These benefits, known as ecosystem services, […]

Going Green from the Outside In: Exteriors by Mosby

By Ken Ware, Business Manager,
Exteriors by Mosby

Exteriors By Mosby, a division of family-owned, Mosby Building Arts, launched in March of 2015 with a focus on roofing, siding, windows and doors. We chose to separate Exteriors from the rest of the business to provide dedicated exterior experts to meet our clients’ needs.

While the possibilities of […]

Heading Back To School On A Healthy Note

We all want what is best for our little ones—there is no doubt about that. With fall just around the corner and school about to start, it is important to ensure that your child is heading to school on a healthy note. Here are a few simple steps you can take to help your child […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

July 7
Look Good, Feel Good
Presented by Iris Salsman and Deborah Zorensky, MS, RD, LD, CCN, 7pm. The classroom at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit, 7647 Delmar Blvd. Attendance is free, but please register. How do you feel about yourself in terms of weight, looks and health? Are you noticing that your energy level […]

Herbs, Oils & Energy Therapy For Animals

By Maureen Keller
Healing Touch For Animals Practitioner

I have been enjoying an abundantly successful and fulfilling practice for two years. As my clientele grows, I have the unique ability to educate, as well as empower, my clients to help mantain their animal’s good health and well being.

The energy work I provide for my clients comes from […]

Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Pets

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in our dogs and cats is characterized by increased numbers of inflammatory cells such as lymphocytes, plasmacytes, eosinophils, or neutrophils infiltrating the lining of the stomach, small intestines, or colon, or any combination thereof. Similar diseases exist in people such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or chronic […]

It’s Not Just Calories That Make Bellies Fat!

By Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC

Dear Seeker of Health & Fitness, Have you had any of these in your life? Injury, pain, surgery, infection, illness, divorce, financial stress, job stress, poison ivy, giving birth, irritable people, starvation diets, the menstrual cycle, eating junk foods, drugs and medication, excessive cold or heat, staring into computer monitors, […]

It’s Not Just Calories That Make Bellies Fat!

Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC
Dr Banerjee’s Wellness Centre

Dear Seeker of Health & Fitness, Have you had any of these in your life? Injury, pain, surgery, infection, illness, divorce, financial stress, job stress, poison ivy, giving birth, irritable people, starvation diets, the menstrual cycle, eating junk foods, drugs and medication, excessive cold or heat, staring into […]

Kids Who Garden, Eat Vegetables

By Crystal Stevens

Children love to learn. They love feeling a sense of purpose, a sense of accomplishment and they love more than anything to make their loved ones proud. Our children have the farm life; they have fields to run in, an endless supply of mud puddles to jump in, dirt piles to dig in […]

Leo A. Drey: Keeper of Missouri Forests & Streams

Leo A. Drey: Keeper of Missouri Forests & Streams
January 19, 1917 – May 26, 2015

By Margaret Hermes

In 1970, as Board President of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, which he co-founded, Leo Drey wrote, “When the majority demands that this planet be kept habitable, the powerful will respond.” A powerful figure in Missouri conservation, Leo […]

Listening & Learning: Podcasts in the Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

I spend lots of time working in gardens, my own and others. There are many days from 7am to 7 pm. I love listening to the sounds of the garden: birds, bees and breeze to name a few. I also love listening to garden podcasts to learn more about gardening and to […]

Make a Bigger Difference: Greening Your Life, Your Community, and Your House of Worship August 25

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

In his recent encyclical on ecology, Pope Francis stated that “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

While we can acknowledge the severity of […]

Nature Wisdom: Confessions of a Plant Lover

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Yes, I talk to my plants. And I don’t feel silly about it. For thirteen years, I was known as “the plant lady”. Being proud of my job, I considered myself the self-appointed ambassador of the tropical plant. Traveling a weekly route to businesses, stores, nursing homes, hotels and restaurants, I brought […]

New E-Book From Local Author

Natural Medicine From The Kitchen: A Treasure Trove of Traditional Gastronomic Remedies

By Thomas Duckworth
Doctor of Kototama Life Medicine

Apparently, every book on food, nutrition and diet published in the past 50 years has turned a profit for the author or publisher. From Adelle Davis to Nathan Pritikin, from George Osawa and Macrobiotics to Barry Sears and […]

Publisher’s Corner: Old Is The New Young!

I often forget just how old I am. Looks like no matter what I do, I will turn 64 on July 28. I am not trying to dismiss my age, and I am not in some sort of senior denial. It just seems like yesterday that I spending my summers playing baseball at Memorial Field […]

Rick Hotton & The Mindful Art of Holy Mole

By Randy Moore

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery from The Prince

Rick Hotton is stuck in time, but he’s not complaining. The 56-year-old cartoonist from Sarasota, Florida lives life with […]

Summer Heat Concerns For Your Pet!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Summertime draws all of us out to be more active, exercising through yard work, or walking and jogging around our special haunts. It is important to understand a few points regarding our pets’ well being.

Heat stroke is one of the primary concerns we have this time of year. It can take […]

Tai Chi Ch’uan For Health & Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

You’ve probably seen people practicing T’ai Chi on TV, in a movie, or even locally, in a park or at the botanical garden. You know it’s a slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial. You may have heard that at advanced levels it is a formidable martial […]

The Art of Relating: Giving Away The Power

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Have you ever found yourself giving away the power in your relationships? By this I mean a pattern of becoming overly focused on your romantic relationships and losing your independence to some degree. Have you found yourself going along with most things and letting someone else make many of the […]

The Five “Rs” of Gut Health

Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair, Rebalance.

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Optimal function of the digestive system is critical to health. Problems within the gut can cause more than just stomach aches, gas, bloating or diarrhea. GI issues may be the root of chronic health problems including autoimmune diseases, skin problems, fatigue, headaches and heart disease. How can […]

Thermography Is For Everyone

By April Abbonizio
Certified Clinical Thermographer

Thermography, or Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), is a very reliable and accurate tool that provides precise and objective information that can lead us to a successful diagnosis and treatment. It is quick, painless and there is no radiation involved. It is a test of physiology and function of our bodies. Thermography […]

TMS: A New Treatment For Severe Depression

By Dr. Steve Harvey, MD

TMS is a new and highly-effective treatment for major depression. TMS, which is transcranial magnetic stimulation, treats severe depression by stimulating a targeted area of the brain with magnetic pulses. TMS was approved by the FDA in 2008, and has improved since then.

Most people who suffer from major depression get relief […]


MDC’s Campaign Focuses on Our Trees and Forests

Trees Work. Trees work for your health. Trees work for your family. Trees work for your wallet. Trees work.

Did you know that being around trees lowers your blood pressure and pulse rate? Guess what else. Kids perform better on tests and have reduced symptoms on ADHD after being […]