Archive for June, 2016

Coalition Report

By Heather Brouillet Navarro,
Executive Director Missouri Coalition for the Environment


Missouri Parks Challenge

It’s the season for day trips and weekend adventures. Do you know where to go to play in the cool, clear water of a spring fed creek? Or where to hike along the bluffs of the Meramec? Or where to see the skeleton of a […]

Missouri Botanical Garden Offers Sensational Summer Nights Happy Hours Thursday Evenings Through Labor Day

This summer, spend your Thursday evenings at the Missouri Botanical Garden for Sensational Summer Nights. The Garden will be open Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day for visitors to enjoy garden-style happy hours.

Guests can experience the garden with all their senses. Flora-inspired cocktails and light food will be […]

10 Plants You Can Incorporate Into Your Garden This Month

By Crystal Stevens

Newbie gardeners often associate gardening with spring. At La Vista Farm, we like to plant seeds, and transplant crops every week to ensure a continuous harvest. Having multiple successions of plants is key to keep your garden vibrant throughout the summer and fall. Plants have life cycles. Some last a few weeks (radishes) […]

10th Annual Celebration of St. Louis Beer

June 11 At The St. Louis Riverfront

The 10th Annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival is the premiere showcase of the St. Louis beer scene. This festival features over 100 styles of beer from over 40+ STL-based breweries, as well as exclusive brewery collaborations and home brew club tastings, live music and great food all in […]

5 Little-Known Things That Make Autoimmune Thyroid Worse

By Dr. Adam Hughes

If you are managing your autoimmune thyroid disease through diet and lifestyle, then you probably know about the autoimmune diet, supplements, non-toxic home and body products, and getting enough rest.

But are you aware of hidden sources of stress that may be triggering autoimmune flares?
Common autoimmune diseases today include Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, […]

6th Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour Set For June 12

By Terry Winkelmann

You may have heard of — or even gone on — a unique event in St. Louis called The Sustainable Backyard Tour. This year, June 12th will be the sixth year for the tour a free open-house-style peek into private yards and gardens throughout the city and county.

Why is it called a Backyard […]

A Framework for Healthy Summer Meals and Snacks

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

Summertime is often a jam-packed time of the year – longer days filled with activities from cookouts to vacations to swimming and more – summer just provides so many opportunities for things to do! And with all those activities keeping you busy, healthy eating can […]

A Very Unique YMCA In Our Own Backyard

Nestled in the eastern Ozarks, there’s a place that believes in family-friendly fun and bonding, where the mountains of southern Missouri meet the bright blue sky, and people of all ages are playing, relaxing and exploring – away from the ordinary. Meet YMCA Trout Lodge, a year round resort located 90 minutes south of St. […]

Area Residents Encouraged to Take Steps to Improve Air Quality in Light of Stricter EPA Standards

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

Last October, the Environ-mental Protection Agency (EPA) strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb), down from 75 ppb, in an effort to further protect public health. As the St. Louis area settles into its first air quality forecasting season highlighted […]

ARTful Happenings July 2016


Through July 21
Exhibition featuring works by 10 award-winning artists from 2015 exhibitions; Art Saint Louis, 1223 Pine; for info, visit www.artstl.org.

Through September 11
St. Louis Art Museum; exhibition admission fee; for info, visit www.slam.org.

July 5-29
Mixed media by Gloria Douglas and quilte by Mike […]

ARTful Happenings June 2016


Through June 19
Juried exhibition of Mississippi River photography; Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway in Alton; for info, visit www.MississippiRiverPhotoShootOut.com.

Through July 2
St. Louis Artists’ Guild; 12 N. Jackson Avenue; for info, call 314-727-6266 or visit www.stlouisartistsguild.org.

Through July 3
Featuring Jessica Andersen, Virginia Eckinger, Tamryn McDermott , Emilie Mulcahey and […]

ArtFul Living

With Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

This Summer, Try Something
ARTfully different…

Laumeier Sculpture Park understands that even summer can get long and boring for teens. The solution? Teen Pizza & Art Night! On July 15, from 7-9:30 p.m., the 13-17 year-old crowd can enjoy an evening of creative expression and fun activities at the Kranzberg Education […]

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

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

The Art is Outdoors

This June!

Revel in the ARTful atmosphere of Missouri Botanical Garden with this year’s Sensational Summer Nights, every Thursday evening starting on June 2. From 5-8 p.m., visitors can experience the garden with all their senses: floral-inspired cocktails and light fare available for purchase at Sassafras restaurant becomes the […]


Cathy Schram

Blood Sugar & Fatty Food Issues…
What Can I Do?

Q: Do you think Berberine will help me with my blood sugar levels?

A: Berberine has been used for many years to help control blood sugar levels. There have been many studies and clinical trials using berberine not only for diabetes, but for high blood pressure and […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Summer Sinus

Q: My wrist has been hurting and my hand is numb and tingles. Could I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

A: What you described are indeed symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnels are conduits of bone and connective tissues that encase the bundles of nerves and tendons in the […]

Coalition Report

Alicia Lloyd,
Clean Water Policy Coordinator
Missouri Coalition
for the Environment

Summer’s here! Find out what you need to know about your watershed before diving in!

Summer brings sunshine, warmth, and ample opportunities to explore and enjoy Missouri’s bountiful waterways and lakes. As you’re making plans to get out on your favorite canoeing or swimming spot, it’s a great time […]

Create an Awesome Brain – The Functional Medicine Way

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

I commonly hear these concerns from patients: “I can’t focus”, “I am so forgetful”, “I have brain frog”. If you are one of those people be assured there are solutions for you. Functional Medicine is perfect in this situation because it addresses the root cause of symptoms and can improve your […]

Creating Moments of Joy for Older Adults

By Denise S. Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

I have a friend who, at 77 years of age, is afraid to retire. Its not that he has financial worries or insurance concerns; he’s afraid of boredom. He says “I don’t want to just sit in front of the TV”. Many people share my friend’s concerns and are […]

Dare To Grow A Wild Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

I have a new hero in the world of loving and working with gardens, Mary Reynolds. She is an Irish garden designer whose new book and a movie based on her true fairytale story of winning a gold medal in 2002 at the world’s most prestigious garden show, the Chelsea Flower Show […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Neighbor to Neighbor Mosquito Control

Missouri is on alert for Zika virus, even though no cases have originated here yet. Our local authorities are ramping up measures to protect our region, collaborating across city, county and state lines. But even working together, they can’t do it alone.

Dealing with tiny flying bugs takes more than […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Monarchs and Mosquitoes
An Ode to Person-Power
and Eco-Choice

Your Pollinator Garden
Is a banquet for the Bees
And the Milkweeds you have planted
Flag in Monarchs off the breeze

Wild flowers, like stars, are blazing
Wafting scents and beaming hues
To attract the winged critters –
Eco-logical yoo-hoos!

Your relationships in Nature
Are a growing source of glee
As the biosphere around you
Pulses with diversity.

But […]

Farm To Table: Growing For The Greater Good

By Crystal Stevens

One of the joys of growing food for the community is educating others about the importance of eating local for both our own health and the health of the environment. All of the local farmers in this region educate their communities either through example, through internship programs, through school field trips and through […]

For Peace and Serenity, Try Falling Water… 16th Annual Pond-O-Rama Set For June 25-26

By Ginny Mueller

There is nothing so calming and peaceful as the sound of gently moving water. If it doesn’t exist in their current environments, members of the St. Louis Water Gardening Society create their own serenity in their water gardens—and once a year, they are willing to show everyone how sweet it is. The 16th […]

Geisert’s Farm To You Market

Geisert’s Farm To You Market features locally and regionally produced products, focusing on clean labels, natural and organic ingredients and great taste!

For those who truly want to know where their food comes from, check out Geisert’s Farm to You Market in Washington, Missouri. Well known Natural Pork Producer, Todd Geisert and his wife, Katie, have […]

Green Buildings Are Better!

By Emily Andrews,
Executive Director of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Green buildings are better for people, better for the environment, and better for the bottom line. They steward natural resources and lower our environmental impacts. And they are healthier places for building occupants, especially important because Americans spend 90% of our time indoors. We live, work, […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

June 4
Green Homes Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden
See pages 5 & 24 of this issue for complete details.

June 4, 6, 2016
Did Levees Cause Flood of 2015-16?
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 06/04 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 06/06 at 8:00 p.m. The St. Louis area was hit with record-setting floods from the end […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

July 2, 4
A Local Look at Energy Efficiency
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 07/02 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 07/04 at 8:00 p.m. Residential energy efficiency can play a key role in reducing demand for electricity. Host John Hickey discusses energy efficiency measures for homes with Jim Jordan and Stephen Mahfood. […]

Healthy Planet Summer Beer Guide

2nd Shift Brewing

4 Hands Brewing Co

4204-Main Street Brewing Company

AB InBev

Alpha Brewing Company

Augusta Brewing Co.

Bastard Brothers Brewing Company

Big Muddy Brewing

Cathedral Square Brewery

Charleville Brewing Co.

Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co

Deslogetown Brewery

Earthbound Beer

Edg-Clif Brewing Company
Edg-Clif Farms and Vineyard is proud to announce our new Craft Beer line made on site by Edg-Clif Brewing Company. Stop in this summer […]

Living Building Challenge: A Tool for Transformative Thought

By Hope Gribble, Education & Green Schools Manager,
U.S. Green Building Council-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Inspirational. Harmonious. Restorative. Regenerative. Beautiful. Living Buildings aim to provide much more than shelter. They are designed and built to a performance standard that “calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s […]

Medical Acupuncture on Gallbladder Meridian: Therapeutic Illusion on IBS and Autism

By Simon Yu, MD

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and changes in the pattern of bowel movement. Your doctor may diagnose IBS based on limited tests and review of your clinical symptoms. The stool test for ova and parasites are almost always negative.

The causes of IBS are not clear. However, […]

Native Oak Savanna is a Treasure in Forest Park

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

It is no surprise that Forest Park was the number one urban park in the country in a recent nation-wide survey. There are many treasures in Forest Park. One that isn’t well known is the five plus acre Kennedy Woods Savanna located up a small hill, next to Skinker Blvd just south […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske,

Beyond the Thorn… a Bramble Bounty

Humans have a primal connection with the Bramble. For thousands of years, we have harvested Black Raspberries, Gooseberries, Blackberries and Rose Hips for food and medicine. Our ancestors made good use of the thorny hedges to keep out unwanted visitors and ill-natured intruders.

In ancient Europe, creeping under a […]

Nutrition and Fitness Go Hand in Hand

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

People often wonder, what’s more important—a healthy diet or exercise? For optimal health, the answer is both. A nutritious diet focusing on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats, coupled with a fitness regimen of cardiovascular exercise, weight-bearing activities, and flexibility […]

One Hundred Years of Misadventure in Medicine: Command and Control for Obedience to Authority

By Simon Yu, MD

One Hundred Years of Solitude, a popular novel written by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982, tells of the multi-generational story of the Buendia family in a town called Marcondo, metaphor for Colombia.

Forty years ago, I read this book. I can vaguely remember the […]

Publisher’s Corner: It’s Official, I’m Old!

Well it’s official, I am now a senior citizen, and eligible for all that entails as of July 28 when I turn 65. Other than Medicare I am still looking for the perks of getting old. I have so much more wisdom than I did when I was in my 20s but what I have […]

Publisher’s Corner: Spring into Summer!

There’s something magical about the seasonal transition from Spring to Summer in June. So much is growing and blooming while midwestern storms share their tears and tantrums. The bees bounce from clover to clover and the butterflies seem to be making a come back. My family recently took a day trip to La Vista CSA […]

Saint Louis Science Center Opens GROW, an Interactive Agriculture Exhibit

Guests will Explore the Many Stories of Food Production

Sit in the driver’s seat of a giant combine like those used on a farm. Dig deeper in soil and learn how to plant your own backyard garden. Use headphones to listen to the sounds of a bumblebee hive and witness the action inside the hive live […]

Springtime Ticks are More Than Just A Nuisance – They Are Harbingers of Potential Diseases for Pets & Pet Owners Alike!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

It’s so lovely outside these days! Springtime has all of us out and about, exploring the seasonal beauty with our trusty pets alongside. We may be planting in the garden, taking relaxing evening walks, jogging or hiking the many paths available in our park systems, and more. And, with any of […]

St. Louis Brewers Guild’s Troika Brodsky Talks Beer & Brewing In St. Louis

Just a week after the 10th Annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival’s successful debut on the St. Louis Arch grounds, St. Louis Brewers Guild’s Executive Director Troika Brodsky is still busy promoting the beer scene in St. Louis.

“Beer is booming and there has been a ton of growth right here locally as we have seen […]

SUMMER HEAT Concerns For Your Pets!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Summer time 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 […]

Summer Vacation for Caregivers

By Denise Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

The phone rings. It’s your daughter, calling to invite you to spend a weekend at the lake with the grandkids. Unfortunately, you say you can’t go because of your responsibilities as a family caregiver. Everyone is disappointed, including you. Does this sound familiar?

As all caregivers know, sometimes you just […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Good Stress Management Skills Equals A Less Stressed Life

Now Accepting Insurance
(see website for more info)

Self-improvement is an extremely broad concept that provides many opportunities and presents numerous areas in which to inject change. As I have worked with clients through the years I have frequently heard that all too common complaint […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

A Roadmap to Lasting Love

Insurance Accepted!

That is your heart telling you that you want? What would you like to be different in your life this year as it pertains to love and relationships? Contrary to the scenes that play out in many wonderful romance movies, great relationships don’t just drop from […]

The Positive Air Quality Impacts of Idle Reduction

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

Do you idle your personal vehicle in drive-thrus, parking lots or drop-off zones? Consider this: Idling vehicles emit 20 times more pollution than a car traveling at 30 mph. And the pollution released from vehicle idling includes air toxics, which are known to cause cancer, respiratory and reproductive effects, […]

Therapy Pets: Everyday Heroes!

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Have you ever considered if your pet dog could be a therapy dog? Therapy dogs or “visiting pet programs” have been around since the 1980s. These are programs in which animals help people just by visiting with them. The benefits to the people they visit are vast and far reaching. A visiting […]

Webster University Sustainability & Butterfly Energy Works presents Collaboration in Our Community: A Summer Lunch & Learn Series

Join Webster University Sustainability and Butterfly Energy Works Wednesdays from 12pm-1pm this summer to learn about strategies and solutions being created and used right here in our local community to improve environmental, social and economic sustainability. These events are FREE and box lunches will be provided. After the final session on August 10th, attendees will […]

What Makes Functional Medicine Different?

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Functional Medicine is proactive, predictive and personalized medicine which empowers patients to take an active role in their own health. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. The Functional Medicine physician […]