Archive for October, 2015

13th Annual Fair Trade Market at Manchester United Methodist Church

On Saturday and Sunday, November 21 & 22, and Friday through Sunday, November 27, 28 & 29, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm, shop the 2,500+ sq. ft. marketplace of fair trade items from all over the world and “Design your life around Fair Trade!” This is the largest Fair Trade Market in the […]

A Taste of France From My Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

A plant that should be in everyone’s garden is my favorite and easiest to grow edible: garden sorrel. The tangy tart lemon flavored leaves are a green that can be used in salads, sauces and soups. Most people aren’t familiar with this plant because it is not usually sold in stores or […]

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Learning To Care for Ourselves

One of the harshest realities of childhood is that children are not taught or encouraged to grow emotionally, much like they are in terms of their physical progression through life, or even their cognitive development that unfolds over their school years. Most parents do a decent […]

Acne Can Be A Problem At Any Age

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

While acne may not seem like a serious problem to some, anyone who has experienced recurrent break-outs can attest to how difficult and stressful acne can be, both socially and professionally. We all know acne can be a problem for teenagers, but adult acne is an increasing epidemic in this country. […]

Allergies & Home Immune Therapy

By Dr. Rosa Kincaid, M.D.

Allergy season is upon us again. The winds of fall have been known to blow your nose to the hospital. So while you may be used to clearing your throat, sneezing, and refusing some of those sedating antihistamines, there are now other options available. The newer effective and convenient therapy involves […]

Annual Best of Missouri Market

Missouri Botanical Garden Celebrates 24th Anniversary of Sustainable, Local Shopping Event Oct. 2, 3 & 4

The Missouri Botanical Garden announces the 24th annual Best of Missouri Market & More. The Best of Missouri Market & More will take place at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2015 from 9:00 […]

ARTful Happenings November 2015


Through November 28
Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit www.umsl.edu/~gallery/ .

Through December 5
Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit www.umsl.edu/~gallery/ .

OUR PEOPLE, OUR LAND, OUR IMAGES (Through November […]

ARTful Happenings October 2015


Through October 10
Gallery 210, UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit http://gallery210.umsl.edu

Through October 18
Works by 80 paired fiber artists; St. Louis Artists Guild, 12 N. Jackson at Forsyth; for info, call 314-727-6266 or visit www.stlouisartistsguild.org.

Through November 6
William Shearburn Gallery, 665 S. Skinker Blvd.; for info, call […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

A Consideration of Color…

Just the other day, as I was walking into a major retailer, I passed a woman exiting the store. She had blue lips. Not pale blue lips but bright, electric, royal blue lips. Otherwise, she was quite average and […]

ArtFul Living: October Is Outstanding!

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

The William Shearburn Gallery, located at 665 S. Skinker, hosts Andrew Millner’s latest body of work, entitled “Rose Parade.” Millner explores the natural world, with particular attention to the relationship between art and nature, between the natural and the artificial.
Millner photographs his […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Weight Loss…

Q: Is African Mango used for weight loss or cholesterol control?

A: Actually, both. African Mango, aka Irvingia, has been shown to improve body weight and to reduce waist and hip circumference. It has also been shown to be helpful in reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The fruit has a high-soluble fiber […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Morning Sickness & Insomnia When Pregnant

Q: I just found out that I am pregnant. I do take a lot of vitamins and herbs. I am worried about morning sickness and insomnia because I had those problems with my last pregnancy. What can I take that might help me?

A: Congratulations! What an exciting time […]

Autumn Family Activities

By Crystal Stevens

Autumn is the perfect time to be outside. The air is crisp and fresh. Vibrant colors are everywhere. Our winged friends are making great migrations. Wildlife is abundant and busy scurrying about, collecting and storing food for winter. This region has a wonderful array of outdoor activities to choose from.

Nature walks
This area has […]

Autumn’s Child 20th Anniversary Performance at The Sheldon Oct. 27, 2015

“A soul’s journey filled with wonder and grace and an abundance of groove.” This description of Mark Holland given by didgeridoo master, Ash Dargan, sums up Holland’s 20 year journey with the Native American Flute.

A celebration of 20 years of the music of Autumn’s Child will take place October 27 at The Sheldon Concert Hall […]

Best Pets For College

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

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

Biochemical Individuality and Functional Medicine

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Functional Medicine is focused on overall health by using personalized and system-oriented medical care. We are all truly unique in our genetic makeup and in how our environmental exposures impact us. There are two different components that contribute to biochemical individuality.

First, the genes inherited from your parents and ancestors determine physical […]

Biomats & Far Infrared Portable Saunas: Quantum Tools for Your Health, from A to Z

By Clint Willett,
Far Infrared Medical Foundation

The Far Infrared Biomat helps with 1,800 Medical Issues from A to Z, with the Biomat’s technology based on a Nobel Prize In Medicine. The Quartz Enhanced Biomat allows the Infrared to gently go into your body 6-8 inches, whereas most all other Infrared Devices and Saunas only go 1-2 […]

Breast Cancer Awareness: How Do You Prevent Breast Cancer?

By Linda Weber Spradling

The subject of risk and screening for breast cancer is very complex and controversial even among medical professionals. More women are getting breast cancer and they are getting it at younger and younger ages. Most breast cancers occur in women with no known risk factors. How can you find peace of mind?

Hormone […]

Can a Mattress Be Eco-Friendly?

You can have a conscience as green as the sky is blue, but it’s still hard to sort out what’s real and what’s “greenwashing.” Some terms are vague and some evidence is fuzzy. Let’s look at different ways mattresses are described, so you can sort out what’s real and what’s just a pale shade of […]

Coalition Report

By Heather Navarro
Executive Director, Missouri Coalition For The Environment

When Was The Last Time You Signed A Petition?

I spend a lot of time asking people to sign on to environmental campaigns, such as letters to the governor or the EPA. A lot of people ask me “Does it really matter?” That’s not the right question.

I understand […]

Coalition Report

By Melissa Vatterott,
Food and Farm Coordinator
Coalition For The Environment

Giving Thanks for the Foodshed: Support Local Food, Farmers and Farmland

On Thanksgiving, friends and family gather to give thanks for good fortunes and to celebrate with plentiful food. The first Thanksgiving celebrated the Pilgrims’ first fall harvest. Today, most Thanksgiving celebrations involve football and […]

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy for Pain and Inflammation

One of the fastest growing treatments for pain management in the last decade has been cold laser therapy, not to be confused with surgical lasers which are used to cut and cauterize tissue. Cold lasers actual heal tissue not destroy. Cold laser therapy works by a process called photo-biostimulation. What this means is that light […]

Earthworms Castings

With Jean Ponzi


I went away for a couple of days
For work
To a conference
Not far, just across the state

I used to travel-work a lot
Teaching, to meetings
Just pick up and zip off
Networking, learning, collaborating
Feeling like My Best Self, out there everywhere.

But the last few years I’ve reeled that in
Keeping my efforts closer to home
Zipping just around town
This […]

Fall for Fabulous Fall Vegetables

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

Fall has finally arrived and you can now enjoy cooler weather, football Sundays, and, of course, all things pumpkin. Pumpkin spice everything will soon be flooding the marketplace and enticing our taste buds. However, there are many other fall crops that should be coloring your […]

First Ever “Go Local” Indie Business Showcase Oct. 11

By Terry Winkelmann

The first ever Go Local Indie Business Showcase will be held Sunday, October 11th, from noon to 4 p.m., at The Corner Gates, 1821 Cherokee St., across from the St Louis Swap Meet.

The Showcase will demonstrate what independently owned and operated businesses in St. Louis have to offer—who has what, who is local […]

First Line of Defense

By Ava Frick, DVM, FAIS

(Part 1 of a 2-part article)

Keeping a body healthy can be a challenge whether young or old or even in between. Stressors face your pet around every corner. Environmental chemicals and toxins in the foods, carpet, drywall, grass, asphalt, and even the air, are constantly picking away at the body’s ability […]

Fix Up, Clean Up, Clean Out… Recycle

By Vicky and Bob Moore

If you’re like most people, the change of seasons prompts us to start anew. We feel the urge to fix things up around the house, clean up and clean out those closets, the basement and garage, and get our lives and surroundings in order. As you go about these activities, be […]

FUN AND PHILANTHROPY: Green Ball Celebrates Sustainability November 6

By Jean Ponzi

The sixth annual Green Ball will roll out the green carpet in the Delmar Loop, welcoming our region’s eco-minded movers and shakers for a night of fun philanthropy. Presented by Moonrise Hotel, Green Ball 2015 will be held from 7-11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in celebration of all things sustainable. Proceeds from the […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

October 3, 5
Residential Energy Efficiency and Our Homes
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 10/03 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 10/05 at 8:00 p.m. Sierra Club members Laura Neuman-Howe and Jeff Howe discuss energy efficiency upgrades in their home with host John Hickey. They look at energy efficiency effects on utility bills and […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

November 4
Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets Grand Openings Of Two Stores
Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets will open two new stores in the St. Louis area on November 4 in Town & Country and O’Fallon. You are invited to both Grand Openings for a ribbon cutting and the first 250 shoppers will receive a Fresh Thyme reusable bag filled […]

Here’s The Reason You’re Fat…

By Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC

The reason you can’t lose weight has nothing to do with your will-power, over-eating or the Right Diet!…

The Reason you are fat and unhealthy is because you have disgusting plaque and horrible little ‘CRITTERS’ living in your guts!

This is harmful Plaque – Everybody has it. But to keep from getting sick and […]

Here’s The Reason You’re Fat…

By Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC

The reason you can’t lose weight has nothing to do with your will-power, over-eating or the Right Diet!…

The Reason you are fat and unhealthy is because you have disgusting plaque and horrible little ‘CRITTERS’ living in your guts!

This is harmful Plaque (below) – Everybody has it. But to keep from getting […]

Hormones: A Functional Medicine Perspective

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Hormonal imbalances can cause of a host of serious health problems, including inflammation, metabolic syndrome, adrenal fatigue, sexual dysfunction, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, dementia and more. Yikes! While many things can cause an imbalance in our hormones, the good news is we can often fix these imbalances without medications. It […]

ICD-10 Will Do More Bad Than Good: Drop Dead ICD-10!

By Simon Yu, MD

Recently, I received an e-mail newsletter from Clinical Pain Advisor on a controversial topic, the new ICD-10. It is an essay written by Steven Croft, MD, “Why ICD-10 will do more bad than good.” At the same time, I also got advice from my legal counsel that I should drop ICD-10 because […]

Mama Kitty’s Story

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Mama Kitty is one of those cats that lives her life on her own terms. I can best describe her as feisty, fractious, frustrating, funny, and now I’ll add frail to the list. I may diagnose Mama with certain diseases but she decides what she will accept for treatment and what she […]

Natural Living Holiday Guide

For Your Holiday Menu
Freddie’s Market offers delicious hams, fresh natural turkeys, party trays, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and local wines that are perfect for your holiday party or family dinner. Let Freddie’s Market make your holiday meal planning stress free by doing the work for you. This full service, family owned market provides their customers with […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske,

A Niche in Nature

In the early days of Europe, common folk placed wreaths or plant bundles on the door to identify their home in the same manner that house numbers are used today. Individual homes would display flowers, trees and grasses grown in the garden or gathered in nearby woods and meadows. Honor […]

New Solutions For ADHD

By Drs. Jen and Jason Rhodes

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that five million children in the United States have ADHD—that is about five percent of all children. While ADHD is most commonly associated with childhood, studies show that up to 70 percent of children with ADHD continue to have symptoms as adults.

Often, […]

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

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

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and likely everyone knows someone who is affected by this unfair disease. Today there are more than 29 million Americans living with diabetes.

The majority of diabetics have type 2 diabetes, with only 1.5 million having type 1 diabetes, which is […]

October Benchmarking Blitz: Get Hands-on Help to Benchmark Your Building’s Energy Use

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

No matter where you live, work, play, or worship, we’re all looking to reduce costs. And if cost reductions also lower environmental impacts, well you can sign me up! Energy conservation cuts your utility bills while also lowering your greenhouse gas footprint, a win-win in my book. And […]

Prairie Pleasures and Treasures

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

“If you plant it, they will come.”

These are the words of my friend Christine, who with her husband Gary, have lived for the last seventeen years on ten acres of restored native prairie, savannah and woodland. They planted it and have seen them come. The plants call to the insects, pollinators, birds, […]

Professional Patient Named Bob: Operation Open Sesame

By Simon Yu, MD

Who is Bob? Bob is a retired Wall Street lawyer from New York. He has been on a mission searching for the answer to his mysterious chronic fatigue. He quit his job. He thought he was “burned out” while making good money under so much pressure from Wall Street. Poor guy! Even […]

Publisher’s Corner: Give Thanks To The Farmers Who Provide Our Food

When you think of November you naturally think of Thanksgiving and the bounty Mother Earth provides. I can’t help but be in awe of those people who still live off the land as farmers and growers. We work with some of these wonderful people during the year like Denise and Chris Boeckmann at Boeckmann Family […]

Publisher’s Corner: There’s A Hole In My Bucket List Dear Liza, Dear Liza

Everyone seems to have a bucket list these days. Especially those of us over 60. I suppose as we approach our retirement years, we tend to think of our bucket list a bit more than we would at 25. But if a bucket list is truly a catalog of things you want to do before […]

Solid Waste Management District Helps Communities Become More Sustainable

The St. Louis – Jefferson Solid Waste Management District is a regional agency that was created in 1993 to assist the public, private and nonprofit sectors in establishing and expanding waste reduction and recycling. The District includes the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. For more information visit […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Falling In Love This Lovely Fall Season

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So, you have just met someone and you find yourself ready to fall in love again. The […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

The Dangers of Ignoring The Bickering

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Are you currently struggling with some aspect of your relationship or do you feel that there is certainly room for improvement? A relationship is like a car. It has many components and all need to […]

The History of Metro Lighting’s Energy Efficiency Program

By Nick Frisella

Working for a family business has its benefits and challenges. Growing up I worked in the warehouse sweeping floors and putting away stock during summer breaks. After college I quickly realized how hard it is to make it in the world and decided to return to the family business. Upon my return one […]

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 […]

Turkey Day is On the Way! Holiday Cautions for Your Beloved Pets!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

November houses Turkey Day, and that means tons of great foods, lots of family love and more. Many of our pet health concerns around Thanksgiving have to do with all those scrumptious table goodies getting into the mouths of our non-descriminating pet gourmets.

Generally speaking, any introduced and thereby, unfamiliar foods can […]

Volunteers Make A Difference Greening The Places They Love

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

All of us at the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter believes that everyone deserves to live, work, learn, and play in green and healthy spaces. Every year we make progress towards our goal of transforming the built environment, and 2015 has been no exception, largely due to the hard […]

We Will Help Find The Cause Of Your Pain

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

At The Institute of Natural Health, we see a lot of people in pain. In fact, over 100 million Americans suffer with chronic pain. With so many in pain, it seems silly to us that no one is asking the important question: “What is causing the pain?” If you are in […]

What To Do With That Halloween Pumpkin?

By J.B. Lester

There is nothing more iconic than a Jack-O-Lantern on Halloween. The carving event with the little ones watching and waiting in anticipation as the lid slowly comes off the pumpkin and “SCREAM”, the witch comes flying out. Or at least that was the tradition at our house growing up and so it was […]