Archive for October, 2017

A is for Acorn, Not Analog – Nature Words Gone From a Dictionary

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Imagine our world with no acorns, apricots, blackberries, clover, crocus, ivy, mint, nectar, ravens, tulips, violets or wrens. These are just some of the words that the publishers of the 10,000 word Oxford Junior Dictionary, for seven year olds, deleted from its most recent publication. The editors at Oxford University Press claimed […]

Applicants Needed For 2018 Earthdance Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program

The Farm and Garden Apprenticeship is a part-time, hands-on, education in organic gardening, market farming, and applied permaculture at EarthDance Organic Farm School.

The Program Runs April-September. Apply by February 1st.

The Program Includes:

Part-time gardening and farm shifts
Field and market training
Weekly classes
5 tours of nearby farms and gardens
Project opportunities in the Seven Generations Garden
Take home a weekly […]

ARTful Happenings November 2017


Through November 25
Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists at The Sheldon, 3648 Washington; for info, visit www.thesheldon.org.

Through December 10
Highlights from the MOCRA collection, plus behind-the-scenes view of conservation work; Museum of Contemporary Religious Art on St. Louis University campus; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; suggested donation […]

ARTful Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

This month, let’s talk about two ARTful spots that may not be on your radar.

Housed on Pine, in the middle of St. Louis University’s campus, is the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, better known as MOCRA. Unless you’re familiar with the SLU campus […]


With Cathy Schram

Kids’ Colds & Coughs

What is 5-HTP?

Q: Now that my kids have gone back to school, they keep coming home with either a runny nose, cough or a cold. What can I do to help prevent them from getting sick?
A: You are not the only parent going through this dilemma. The kids just seem […]

Climate Change Theatre Action Brings Home the Impacts of a Changing World

By Robin Saidenburg,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Intern

Art has always been used as a way to highlight challenges that societies face, and make a commentary on social issues of the time. Music, pictures, paintings, and theater have the power to make people stop and think. One theater group in particular, That Uppity Theater Company, has done this […]

Coalition Report

By Ed Smith
Policy Director,
Missouri Coalition
For The Environment

MCE Pushes & Succeeds at Advancing Government Transparency at West Lake Landfill

Government transparency is driven by the public’s right to know. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a vital tool MCE uses to request documents from the federal government related to its activities and our environment. MCE […]

Coalition Report: Could We Meet Harvey in St. Louis?

By Heather Navarro
Executive Director,
Missouri Coalition
For The Environment


Warmer oceans, epic rains, and unfettered sprawl are a few of the alleged perpetrators behind the damage caused in Houston by Hurricane Harvey. How would St. Louis hold up in a similar situation? Our region is no stranger to catastrophic flooding. Like Houston, much of our region is served […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

State of Recycling 2017
Around St. Louis – What’s Working?

Recycling takes the spotlight on November 15, as America Recycles Day, like Earth Day, encourages us to practice Green.

I’ve worked with recycling, since 1996, as a community enviro-educator for the EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden. I also serve on the executive board of the […]

FSM, AMA and Pain: Spooky Parasites, Fungal and Dental Entanglements

By Simon Yu, MD

Would you like to get into the world of quantum weirdness and spooky healing? Treating pain is a huge topic these days. We have a growing opioid crisis because conventional medicine often fails at diagnosing and treating pain. What if I told you there were alternatives that can work much better? And […]

Garden A.R.T. – Attention Restoration Theory

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

We all can benefit from A.R.T. in our gardens – attention restoration theory. As we know from our experiences, and studied by science, nature positively alters how we respond to the stresses of everyday living and extreme stress full situations.

We respond to urban environments and nature environments with two different kinds of […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

November 4
Slovak Festival
Saturday November 4, 2017. Meals from 11 am to 6 pm. St. Lucas Lutheran Church. 7100 Morganford Road, 63116. Authentic Slovak Dinners and Slovak Bake Sale. Separate Carry-out line. Music with Larry Haller from 11am to 2 pm. Joe Polach and the St. Louis Express from 3 to 6 pm. Stuffed Cabbage rolls […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

October 1
Healthy Planet Natural Living Expo
More than 50 booths offering information,products and services pertaining to health, wellness and sustainable living. For complete information see pages 4 and 5 of this edition of The Healthy Planet or call 314-962-7748.

October 5
The Green ($) Behind Going Green
The benefits of green building extend beyond energy efficiency and increased occupant […]

Hurricanes, Molds and Death: Don’t Mess with Molds, the Undertaker

By Simon Yu, MD

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared the first Fungal Disease Awareness Week in August 2017, urging healthcare providers and their patients to, “Think Fungus” when symptoms of infection do not get better with treatment. This Call to Action was timely, as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and more are leaving […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: The Ecozoic and You

By Tom Braford

An architect friend recently said that in school he learned that form follows function. But, more often than not, it looks like form follows finance.

This got me thinking, if that is the case, and there does seem to be some evidence for that, then the reverse should also be true and finance follows […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: The Integral EcoHogan in the Sky

By Tom Braford

Forty years ago, graduate students at UC Berkeley School of Architecture were inspired to actually build their dreams for a better world by their beloved young renegade professor, Sim Van der Ryn, who some years later would come to be known to the world as ‘the intrepid pioneer of the eco frontier’.

The students […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome A Functional Medicine Approach

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Functional Medicine provides a new way of thinking about chronic disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which can impact 1 in 6 people and is entirely correctable.

Typical symptoms of IBS include:

Diarrhea that often comes on after a meal

Each person with IBS may have a different cause even though the symptoms are […]

Learn How To Become Healthier and Greener At The Natural Living Expo In Webster Groves Oct. 1

The Healthy Planet magazine is proud to host its 34th Natural Living Expo, Sunday, October 1, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road in Webster Groves.

“We are very excited to be hosting our 34th expo as part of our 20 year anniversary,” said J.B. Lester, Publisher […]

Lifesaving Emergency Kits Available To St. Louisans At No Charge

In response to National Preparedness Month and the devastation of Hurricanes Andrew and Irma, Bethesda Health Group has begun a life-saving initiative providing key medical information to first responders in case of an emergency. Having this data available has saved countless lives in the US. Non-profit Bethesda is now providing free Emergency Medical Information kits […]

Llywelyn’s Pub to Raise $15,000 for National Breast Cancer Foundation Through Month of October

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Llywelyn’s Pub will use their signature cups to fundraise for a cause that offers breast cancer education, free screenings and patient support.

Through the month of October, Llywelyn’s Pub will be releasing a limited-edition pink LlyCup to add to your collection. The cups will be available at all […]

Meal Plan Project Helps Wellness Coach Thrive After Heart Virus

By Vincent Clardy

As a wellness coach with a viral attack to my heart, I was rushed to the ER, for the third time that year. I felt the most crushing chest pain that I had ever experienced and I didn’t know what to do to fix it. My heart rate, blood pressure, and C-Reactive protein […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske,

The Custom Of Gratitude Wreaths

In this turbulent time of natural disasters, civil unrest and personal challenges, it seems essential to practice Gratitude. Gratitude is the key that unlocks positive energy in your life. It is the alchemy that turns problems into blessings and the unexpected into gifts. Find what channels your gratitude, optimism, […]

New Therapies For Allergic Dogs

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Atopy (atopic dermatitis) affects 10 – 15% of dogs. Genetics play a role. The following breeds are predisposed and if have allergies should not be bred: Terriers, Setters, Beagles, Boxers, Lhasa Apsos, Bulldogs, Miniature Schnauzers, Retrievers, Dalmations, and German Shepherds. Age of onset for atopy/allergy is 6 months to 3 years for […]

Organo Gold Introduces a Healthier Coffee, Beverages, & Products

By Pat Purley

Organo Gold produces the world leading brand of 100% organic Ganoderma, 100% Ganoderma spore powder, Ganoderma lucidum mycelium, a grapeseed oil extract. North Americans consume 500 million cups of coffee per day, everyday!

The Catalyst of our product line is GANODERMA! The history of Ganoderma lucidum dates back as far as 5000 years ago. […]

Past Life and Metaphysical Concepts for Personal Growth Workshop Oct. 19 at The Center of Clayton

This workshop is for anyone interested in Past life or Present life Regression and wants to know more. Peggy Levinson LCSW has studied Present and Past Life Therapy with Dr. Brian Weiss, author of Many Lives, Many Masters, since 2013.

Join us in exploring deep states of relaxation and metaphysical approaches that can help get to […]

Plan For A Pet-Safe Thanksgiving

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of year, our woodlands adorned with fall flora, cool weather changes, and the portal for Christmas and New Year’s seasons following close behind. What’s to Worry?!?!? All that great food! Bad for our waistlines, and maybe, worse for our beloved pets!!

So many goodies! The general rule […]

Publisher’s Corner: Can You Hear Me Now?

At the request of my friends and family, I went to get my hearing tested recently. I knew my hearing wasn’t what it used to be due to many earaches as a child and just a year and a half ago my eardrum in my right ear burst. I know it’s been hard on those […]

Publisher’s Corner: I’m Exercising My Right To Be Thankful

As Thanksgiving approaches, I can’t help but think of how much we take our freedom for granted. Like a child who get’s tucked in by his mom or dad at night, we pull up the covers knowing our country will be there when we wake up. Yes, history has provided us with hiccups over the […]

Raintree School Goes Solar

Ranked 33rd among U.S. states for most solar-friendliness but with the potential to generate 42.7% of the electricity used in state from rooftop solar panels, Raintree School announces the completion of campus solar panels, moving Missouri one step closer to reaching renewable energy goals. The unveiling of Raintree’s whole-campus system, projected to defray over 80% […]

Shipt Launching Grocery Delivery in St. Louis

Member-based grocery delivery company partners with Dierbergs

Shipt, the fastest growing online grocery marketplace, announced today that it is partnering with locally owned Dierbergs Markets to begin delivering fresh groceries to St. Louis-area residents starting Sept. 14, 2017.

Founded in 2014, Shipt is committed to simplifying its members’ lives by offering a new, convenient grocery shopping experience. […]

St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management 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 programs for recycling and waste reduction. The service area includes the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. Funding […]

Styrofoam Collection Discontinued at 2018 Recycling Extravaganza

Beginning in 2018, St. Louis Earth Day’s Recycling Extravaganza – the largest collection event in the St. Louis Metro Area for hard-to-recycle items — will no longer accept any form of Styrofoam. By eliminating Styrofoam collection from their annual Recycling Extravaganza event, St. Louis Earth Day aims to reinforce a fundamental recycling message: Styrofoam is […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen,

Sometimes the Sweetest Love Happens in the Second Half of Life


During one of my Blogtalk radio shows I had the unexpected pleasure of interviewing the author of a fantastic book titled, “Autumn Romance: Stories and Portraits of Love after 50”. I knew that I would like the topic, as I am a […]

The Art of Relating: Staying Too Long Really Does A Number On Your Ego

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW


The pain of a relationship that ends can feel devastating. This is especially true when you ignored nagging thoughts along the way that were telling you to go and that you would not be able to get your needs met by this person. Furthermore, if the other person then does the […]

Vitamin C and Cancer

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

It is an unfortunate part of the day and age we live in that virtually every person reading this article will have been affected by cancer in some way or another, whether it be through a friend, a loved one, or even yourself. This is why we would like to introduce […]

What is A Real Pet Emergency?

Blood Loss • Difficulty Breathing • Loss of Conciousness
Traumatic Incident • Possible Poisoning • Other

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

After more than three decades as a veterinary practitioner, several of those years working at the Animal Emergency Clinics, and handling after hours calls for my own clinic, I have come to realize how difficult it is […]

Why Are People So Depressed Today?

By Nigel Lester, MD

Two thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Plato said, “Life must be lived as play.” In many ways the huge rise in mental illnesses in our society, and especially depression, can be seen as a collective forgetting of the potential for joy and awe that human existence offers us. With so much […]