Archive for November, 2016

Coalition Report

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

New Federal Flood Standards Good Start to Stopping Irresponsible and Dangerous Development

The St. Louis area has a long, soggy history with floods. Whether it’s flash flooding or the devastating damage wrought by the major floods of 1993, 2008, 2011, and most recently, 2015 on the […]

“Over The Rainbow” – 31st World Peace Day, December 31st

By Jeannie Breeze

We are living in a time of monumental shift – a time that can feel both exhilarating and challenging, a time that can feel both enlightening and terrifying. As with any birthing there is a sense of urgency, a sense of pressure. Some of you may be feeling overwhelmed and unhappy following recent […]

10 Healthy Fall Fruits and Vegetables

Melissa Bess, former Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Camden County;
Edited by Jessica Kovarik, RD, LD, former Extension Associate,
University of Missouri Extension

Some fruits and vegetables are easier to come by in the summer months, but a good variety is available in the fall and winter as well. It’s important to include fruits and vegetables in your […]

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 […]

14th Annual Fair Trade Market at Manchester United Methodist Church

On Saturday and Sunday, November 19 & 20, and Friday through Sunday, November 25, 26, & 27, 2016 from 9 am to 3 pm, shop the 5,000 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 Look Back at 15 years of Green Building, a Look Forward to the Work Ahead

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

Fifteen years ago, 15 dedicated volunteers came together to form an organization dedicated to green building education and advocacy, to making every building a green building, because they knew that Green Buildings Are Better.

In honor of this milestone, the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway […]

A Truly Family-Friendly New Year’s

For a New Year’s celebration that’s as much fun for the kids as it is for the adults, and for families that want to stay together to play together while ringing in the New Year, YMCA Trout Lodge is the place to be! Located 90 minutes south of St. Louis on 5,200 wooded acres with […]

ARTful Happenings – November 2016


Through November 17
Human rights paintings inspired by real people; Gallery of Contemporary Art at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive; free; for info, call 636-422-2241.

Through January 12

Free; Galleries 234 & 235, St. Louis Art Museum; for info, visit www.slam.org

Through January 22
TOYS OF THE 50’s, 60’s 70’s
“Living room […]

ARTful Happenings December 2016


Through January 20
St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive; for info, call 636-422-2000.

Through February 4
Photographs by the newly inducted Hall of Fame Class of 2016:Sebastião Salgado, Ernst Haas, Steve Jobs, Graham Nash, Thomas and John Knoll, Ken Burns and Annie Leibovitz; International Photography Hall of Fame, 3415 Olive; for info, call […]

ArtFul Living

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

So It’s December!

Maybe the busiest month of the year as we prepare for holiday celebrations, family gatherings, shopping, cooking, end-of-year “stuff to finish,” etc., etc. My ARTful Happenings calendar, viewable online at www.TheHealthyPlanet.com.

There a myriad of ARTful holiday happenings to enjoy this month. […]

ArtFul Living

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

While art often offers beauty, it sometimes gives us cause to rethink circumstance.

Throughout the centuries, artists (whether visual or performing) have used their talents to shake us a bit, to make us see things from a different viewpoint.
Currently on view in the Gallery […]


With Cathy Schram

Vitamin C and Essential Oils For Better Health

Q: I know that Vitamin C is good for you. How much should I take per day to ward off illness?

A: Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is one of our most studied vitamins. Long ago it was determined that scurvy was found to be […]


By Cathy Schram

A Healthy Liver – When To Take Supplements

Q: I have recently been on a variety of medications and I am very concerned about the health of my liver. What can I do to protect it?

A: Your liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body. Its job is to filter […]

Barriers To Better Being

By Don Fitz

It seems like every plan to improve the environment is met with barriers that get in the way for a month, a year or a century. November Green Time episodes delve into surmounting some of those barriers, including criminalization of medical marijuana, power grid disruption, misuse of water, or misuse of land.

Are there […]

Benchmarking Jam: Get Hands-on Help To Benchmark Your Building’s Energy Use

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

Have you recently participated in a fundraiser for your house of worship, your favorite nonprofit or your children’s school? Budgets are tight, and all of our institutions are rightly asking for community support. But there’s a way to reduce operating costs that some organizations may not have […]

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 […]

Celebrate Family and Nature at Innsbrook

Fall has firmly settled in around us and the peace of the season can be felt in the crisp morning air, heard in the crunch of the leaves and seen in the wildlife preparing for winter. For more than four decades, St. Louis-area families have expressed their surprise and delight at the absolute serenity that […]

Coalition Report: Never Forget Flint

By Heather Navarro,
Executive Director Coalition For The Environment

The story of Flint, Michigan is not over and it is not one St. Louis can ignore. I am asked a lot of questions about Flint and what, if any, parallels there are to the drinking water in St. Louis. While I was very pleased to see that […]

Confused About Nutrition?

Learn The Answers Nov. 17 In St. Louis

By Hugh St. Onge
Nutritional Services Inc.

Many people are confused about nutrition! We see a report to “Eat this” and the next day another article that says “Don’t eat that; eat this.” How do we sort all this out so we can more easily shop for ourselves and our […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Bush Honeysuckle: Sweep It!

It’s time to take up our loppers, hand saws and – that most amazing leverage tool – the Puller Bear. To take to the parkways, streams and streets and make a dent in the infestation that’s taking over natural Missouri.

Bush Honeysuckle, Lonicera maackii, is degrading our natural areas. It’s turning […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi


Years ago, in my not-yet-focused youth, I played with friends in the public eye. Our antics were Street Theater. Our original material, performed with abandon, explored deep themes.

We called our troupe Reality Movers.

My great life-mentor Jeannie Breeze, a friend to many in St. Louis, was our leader. She wrote our performance pieces. […]

Election After-Effects

By Phylis Sparks

As we adjust to the outcome of the recent election, many are feeling an after-effect. If you’re like me, you’re mostly just glad it’s over. Regardless of our political perspective, what many are sensing feels like a dismantling; a breaking apart. In one of my favorite books entitled Spiral Dynamics, the authors call […]

FORGIVENESS… It Is NOT What You Think It Is!

By Phylis Sparks

Why is it important to forgive a person who has made you miserable? Because what that person did to you is not what’s making you miserable. What keeps you in misery is your emotional attachment to what that person did to you. Even if you don’t consciously remember it! Another word for it […]

Garden Glow Light Exhibit Highlights Holidays At Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual light exhibit, Garden Glow, is now open through January 1, 2016 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. with the last entry at 9 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Ticket prices vary by date, and range from $3 to $18. Again this year, there is a special “Dine and […]


By Crystal Stevens

The Oxford Dictionary defines gratitude as: “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Gratitude often is only encouraged to be expressed surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday. This causes a narrowing of the word and emotion that is reserved for only a specific time of year. From my […]

Green Dining Alliance Brings Sustainability to St. Louis Restaurant Scene

Membership Grows To More Than 100

The Green Dining Alliance, a program of St. Louis Earth Day, certifies restaurants in sustainable practices, connecting them with resources to help lighten their carbon footprint, and encourages diners to eat at GDA certified locations. GDA restaurants recycle, they phase in energy efficient lighting, they manage water use responsibly, they […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Now Through January 1, 2017
Missouri Botanical Garden Glow
The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual light exhibit, Garden Glow, is now open through January 1, 2016 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. with the last entry at 9 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Ticket prices vary by date, and range from $3 to $18. Again this […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

November 1
CE Blitz: Energy in Buildings
Join USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter for a full-day Continuing Education Blitz exploring energy in buildings, and earn 7 continuing education units for LEED or AIA professional credentials. From global to building specific, educational content will examine energy policies, usage, systems, and financing. WHEN: Tuesday, Nov 1, 8 am -5 pm WHERE: […]

Holiday Sweets Can Weaken Immune System

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. Many of us will be going non-stop from now through the New Year. Holiday parties, family get-togethers and last minute shopping fill our calendars.

Most of us will indulge in at least two or three of the four “C’s” of the […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents Out of the Ashes, Arizmendi Ecovillage!

By Tom Braford

Throughout history, unlikely visionary leaders have stepped into the void and created worldwide movements out of chaos, destruction and despair.

One such individual was Father José María Arizmendiarrieta, a one-eyed, inarticulate young priest who narrowly escaped execution by Francisco Franco’s victorious fascists during the Spanish Civil War in the run-up to World War II.

Assigned […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Come Home To Community

By Tom Braford

Heartache comes not from what is present but from what is not. It comes not from what does not exist but from knowing that it is out there just beyond our reach.

For some it is a fleeting experience of ecstasy that somehow seems illusive. For others it is a long-established way of […]

Murder by Dentists, Saved by Holistic Dental Groups: Tolerating Uncertainty as Next Medical Revolution

By Simon Yu, MD

Two main American holistic biological dental groups, IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) and IABDM (International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine) had their first joint meeting in Reno, NV in September 2016. These Holistic Dental Groups have been leaders in the Dental-Medical health care reform movement.

They are […]

Natural Living Holiday & Gift Guide

Kim’s Herbs & Detox Center
Kim’s Herbs & Detox center is a specialty herbal store centrally located in Olivette, Missouri. We carry high quality herbs that aren’t typically found at supplement stores in the metro area. We carry Nature’s Sunshine, Cheryl’s Herbs, Pure Encapsulations, Essential Oils, Real Time Pain Relief products, Jean’s Greens teas, Organo Gold […]

Natural Living Holiday and Gift Guide

Kim’s Herbs & Detox Center
Kim’s Herbs & Detox center is a specialty herbal store centrally located in Olivette, Missouri.  We carry high quality herbs that aren’t typically found at supplement stores in the metro area.  We carry Nature’s Sunshine, Cheryl’s Herbs, Pure Encapsulations, Essential Oils, Real Time Pain Relief products, Jean’s Greens teas, Organo Gold […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske,

Ethical Wildcrafting

I have walked the Ozark woodlands, ridge-tops and meadows for many years hunting the wisdom of the wild plants. For over four decades I have gathered wild Ozark native plants and crafted them into teas, tinctures, salves and wreaths. This time of year I am gathering roots, barks, seeds and cones. All […]

Order Native Trees & Shrubs from MDC State Forest Nursery

Buy seedlings in bulk for landscaping and habitat needs.

Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) George O. White State Forest Nursery offers a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings for […]

Parasitic Human Called Para-sapiens: Forgiveness for Nobel Prize Winners Gone Bad

By Simon Yu, MD

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article questioning the wisdom of the Nobel Prize. It was titled, “Five Decisions That Made the Nobel Prizes Look Bad”, published on October 9, 2016 in the Sunday news section, and written by Karl Ritter from the Associated Press.

Nobel Prizes cannot be revoked so the […]

POT For Pets

By Teresa Garden, DVM

As most of us are aware, marijuana use is becoming more widespread throughout the United States and Canada. Legal constraints are slowly being loosened. As of this writing, twenty eight states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing for either medical or recreational use of marijuana. Much to the dismay […]

Protect Your Pets At Holiday Time

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Christmas is a wonderful time for family and friends to share the miracle of life, with all the love and merriment of the holiday season. Our homes are adorned with holiday lighting, poinsettia plants and mistletoe. Lots of goodies like brownies and other wonderfully fattening foodstuffs, and of course, the central […]

Publisher’s Corner: A Holiday We All Will Remember

At 65 years old, and having been through a lot in my lifetime, there is little that surprises me anymore. And this presidential election is perhaps the crescendo of that feeling. While watching the returns, I am sure both sides’ amazement meter went up and down like the Screaming Eagle at Six Flags. Apparently there […]

Publisher’s Corner: Why Do We Recycle?

An impressive 75% of Missourians say they recycle according to the Missouri Recycling Association. With the birth of community curbside recycling programs and single stream recycling (which allows homeowners to commingle recyclables together in one bin making it easier to recycle), recycling has become a way of life. Over the past 20 years, we have […]

Self Knowledge is Your Key To Change

By Peggy Levinson LCSW, LMFT

A smart man once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.

Sometimes, both personally and in my psychotherapy practice, I run up against a problem that seems like a brick wall. All of the usual therapeutic techniques aren’t helping. […]

Sip Your Medicine – Tea Talks Dec. 10

By Jamila Owens-Todd, ND
Naturopathic Doctor & Herb Chemist

Why do I do this? It started from my very own personal journey to heal myself. Two decades ago, I dreaded my menstrual cycles due to excruciating pain. I shopped at the local health food store (Golden Grocers at the time) and found a tea, specifically for menstrual […]

St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District News

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

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

How To Fall In Love Successfully

Now accepting Insurance
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So, you have just met someone and you find yourself ready to fall in love again. The big question then becomes determining how this love will be different from previous experiences you have had at other times throughout your life. More importantly, how […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Shifting ‘The Energy’ This Holiday Season

Now accepting Insurance
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Have you paused long enough recently? Have you stopped, taken a step back and just felt the soothing, gentle wind and its calming effect? It is a light, but brisk reminder of all that it good about nature and its ability to restore […]

The Greatest Gifts of a Garden Healing and Hope

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

In this time of gift giving, it is the garden that gives us its greatest gifts: healing and hope. There is so much healing that our world needs, along with needed hope that will allow us to take action to better the world. At home, it’s been hard weeks since the U.S. […]

The Natural Medicine Cabinet: An Alternative To Antibiotics

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

According to the World Health Association, “antibiotics are serious medicine – not to be taken lightly. Overuse has led to increasing numbers of antibiotic resistant superbugs like – MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus).

So what options do you have when you get sick and would like to avoid unnecessary […]

The Wood Wide Web… How Trees Talk, Feel and Communicate

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Trees suckle their children” is something German Forester Peter Wohlebben likes to say. He describes old trees that nurture younger trees and have connections with most other trees in a forest as mother trees. He and Suzanne Simard, a Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, star is a […]

Tips For Living With Chronic Illness

By Denise S. Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain,” – Vivian Greene

Many of us are living with chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, COPD, or fibromyalgia. We struggle with issues such as limited mobility, special diets, chronic pain, fatigue, and other difficulties. […]

Turkey Day is On The Way!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Holiday Cautions for Your Beloved Pets

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 […]

What To Do If Your Child Worries Too Much

By Lucy Schrader,
former HES Associate State Specialist and Building Strong Families Program Coordinator, University of Missouri Extension

My daughter worries at bedtime every night. She always asks, ‘Will you check on me soon? Will you check on me after you go downstairs? Will you check on me before you go to bed?’ I always tell […]

Why Falls Are A Big Concern For Older Adults

By Denise S. Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

Certainly falls can cause injuries, but they may also be the earliest indicator of a significant change in the health of an older adult, the harbinger of further decline. Every year, about one-third of people over age 65 experience a fall. Of these, one in five cause serious injury. […]