Archive for March, 2019

2019 Summer Camp Guide

Ackermann’s Swim Programs
A Sports Facility. Teaching children 4-11 the life skill of swimming and water safety since 1949. Family owned and operated at the same location, 1044 Curran Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122. Group swim lessons in 4 heated pools with different water levels for progressive safe learning. Enrollment by one or two week sessions. Hours […]

A Butterfly and Moth Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Butterflies and moths give flight to beauty and mesmerize us with their movement through the garden. The winged patterns of colors from dark to light and bright to subtle take our breath away. Butterflies and moths also speak to our souls in a deeper way with the transfiguration of caterpillar to winged […]

A Garden of Edimentals

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

What is an edimental, you may ask. It is a word combination of edible and ornamental. Garden plants are usually classified as one or the other. Plants that are grown for their beauty only are called ornamentals. Plants that are grown to be eaten, are called edible. Usually edible means eaten by […]

A Healthy Diet Is Essential For Optimal Health

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

The Standard American Diet is heavily laden with calorie dense nutrient-poor food and beverages, processed foods and includes few fruits and vegetables. It has been linked to the growing problem of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease to name a few. An inactive lifestyle, large portion size, and high stress worsens […]

A Healthy Flora Creates A Happy Gut!

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

When intestinal flora is healthy, it favorably impacts your overall health and vice versa. Understanding how to rebuild your flora is key to improving your digestion, ability to fight infections and a healthy weight for starters.

The flora (trillions of microbes that inhabit your intestines) is important for many reasons.

Vitamin production – […]

Advanced Laser Therapy Techniques

By Dr. Brian Harasha,
Certified Laser Practitioner

My previous articles discussed very basic information on Laser Therapy and its success with musculoskeletal conditions. This article will delve into more advanced uses.

Advanced Technology
Super Pulsed is the latest laser technology available that allows devices to pulse at speeds up to 100,000 times per second. This pulsing allows high […]

ARTful HAPPENINGS March 2019


Through March 16
Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit www.gallery210.umsl.edu.

Through April 13

Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit www.gallery210.umsl.edu.


ARTful Living

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

Life Is Better Because Of Art!

Art has made a mark on society throughout the ages. Whether grand artistic endeavors or small artistic touches, life is better because of art.

And I love to hear that the arts are STILL touching people everyday, in […]

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

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Great music and great dance add up to a great month!

St. Louis welcomes Stephane Deneve as he begins his first season as the new Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The multi-lingual conductor, who lives in Brussels, Belgium with his wife and 10-year old daughter, promises exciting performances. While […]

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Hosts Spring Planting Festival May 5 & 6

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company is excited about its biggest festival of the year. The 19th annual Spring Planting Festival at Bakersville Pioneer Village near Mansfield, Missouri, is Sunday and Monday, May 5 and 6. The event that started with a small gathering of gardeners in the year 2000 has grown to more than 10,000 […]

Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback Training: Reboot Your Old Brain as a New Improved Brain?

By Simon Yu, MD

Can you reboot and reprogram your old brain as a new improved brain? The new neuroscience of brain mapping and neurofeedback training has been successfully used to treat ADD/ADHD, addiction, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, brain fog, chronic pain, depression, epilepsy, insomnia and sleep disorders, learning disabilities, memory loss, and even […]

Breathe Easier With Houseplants

By Abby Lapides

Houseplants do much more than add decoration to the home; these hardworking beauties can help improve your quality of life.

In the early 90s the NASA that landed a man on the moon – released a study about air filtering houseplants. According to NASA one of the best air purifiers, mother-in-law’s tongue (pictured), also […]

Building Forward: Regional Green Building Challenges and Successes

By Paul Todd Merrill,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

The US economy appears to be moving along at a good clip – unemployment is low; construction activity is strong and companies are recording record profits – how can the green economy and green design and construction continue to keep pace with this growth?

We have made much sustainability progress […]

Call For Sustainable Yards!

By Terry Winkelmann

On Sunday, June 23, 2019, the Sustainable Backyard Tour returns for the 9th year showcasing green living practices, including low-impact lawn care, composting and using recycled materials, organic gardening, chicken and beekeeping, gardening with native plants, water conservation, renewable energy and much more. If your backyard is eco-friendly, and located in St. Louis […]

Celebrate Earth By Re-engaging With It And Become More Aware Of Your Surroundings

By Jon P. Frieda, MBA

There is much that we can learn from our planet. In fact, our senses are the practical ways by which we interpret the world around us. This body language is integral to our survival as a species on this planet that we call Earth. Consider the amount to which we override […]

Celebrating 30 Years Of St. Louis Earth Day

Events Include: Festival in Forest Park April 27-28,
Recycling Extravaganza April 7, Film Series, Earth Day Challenge

By Jen Myerscough, Executive Director St. Louis Earth Day

Spring has finally arrived in St. Louis! As nature begins to bare its colors, the sweet March breeze carries us into annual Earth Day festivities, where the entire month of April signifies […]

Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are two conditions that are as fixable as they are debilitating. Most of us don’t learn how to manage our energy and bodies well. We use drugs – sugar, caffeine, alcohol, adrenalin, or worse – to manage our energy and moods. Most of us don’t connect our […]

Coalition Report

By Ed Smith
Policy Director
Coalition for the Environment

Protect Food Access for Missouri’s Struggling Families

Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) celebrates our 50th anniversary of defending Missouri’s people and their environment this year. One of our major programmatic areas includes advocating for the development of an equitable food system. An equitable food system preserves the integrity of […]

Cranial Point Method Seminar May 3-5

By Kieran Burke, P.T.

This article is directed to healing arts professionals.

Most patients just want you to treat a symptom. For years, I spent long sessions discussing aches and pains, and then chasing them around the body. My work felt like an ongoing feud with my patients’ bodies and lifestyles.

Then, in 2008, I read an […]

Earth Day: Healthier Eating = Healthier Planet

By Dr. Ian Wahl

How do you think most Americans will celebrate Earth Day 2019? Talking up climate change? Cleaning up trash? Planting seeds or seedlings? Composting? Recycling? Bicycling or walking (instead of driving) to their local Earth Day Festival? Nice thoughts. But most Americans will be celebrating Earth Day just like it was any other […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

My Honey and Bush Honeysuckle

We used to have it all around the borders of our city yard.

It was the ideal privacy hedge: early-bird first to green up in spring, last to lose its leaves in the fall; showy, snowy blossoms turn to glossy scarlet fruit. I bet you have it too, and if […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Year Of No Snakes

With Jean Ponzi

The time came, back in 2012, for my Mom to move from our family home. This was one big move.

We built our house in 1960, between Wisconsin farms and lakes, just outside Milwaukee. Our town would not become a full-fledged suburb until the mid-70s. Rural, yet close to city culture.

Woods and fields […]

Eat Your Yard: Edible Landscapes Transform St. Louis Lawns

When Matt Lebon imagines the future of St. Louis land development, he sees an abundance of food: orchards at schools, wellness gardens on corporate campuses and healing gardens in hospitals.

Lebon is the founder of Custom Foodscaping, St. Louis’s very first design and installation company for transforming underutilized spaces to beautiful food-producing landscapes.

Previously the farm manager […]

Good Medicine from the Great Outdoors

Excerpt from the February 2019 issue of the Missouri Conservationist
By Bill Graham, media specialist
for the Missouri Dept. of Conservation

Going outdoors for fun is reason enough to enjoy nature. Just ask an angler landing a big bass or a hiker smitten by a cardinal perched on a pine tree bough. Science, however, is adding one more […]


April 3
USGBC-MGC’s 12th Annual Green Schools Event
From kindergarteners to high school seniors, each year’s Green Schools Quest participants become some of our region’s best champions for sustainability. Their work reminds us that we all can make choices that have a positive impact on our region—and on our planet. The public is invited to attend the […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Month of March

Honeysuckle Sweep
For healthy habitat, volunteer to help remove invasive bush honeysuckle. For information visit Biodiversecitystl.org. See Jean Ponzi’s column on page 10 of this edition.

March 1
Trial of Bush Honeysuckle
Video Showing
6:00pm. Stone Spiral Gallery is next door to Stone Spiral Coffee. At 2506 Sutton Blvd. just 2 blocks north of Manchester in Maplewood.

March Workshops
March […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Beware the Ides of March

By Tom Braford

What does this saying have to do with us in modern times? Well, POTUS probably should avoid the company of Senators on March 15th. In fact, it might be wise for us plebeians to consider the possibility that a Day of Reckoning is just around the corner for us as well.

In Roman times, the […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Now’s the Time: Secure Your Future

By Tom Braford

Let’s start building out the Arizmendi Draw-down Ecovillage. Let’s have it be net positive in food, power, water, employment and transportation. Let’s recycle all our waste, have it be outrageously green, affordable, beautiful and transformational, a wonderful place to live, work and visit and a huge contribution to the surrounding community.

Let’s make music […]

MCE 50th Anniversary: Kicking Butt and Taking Names Since 1969

Coalition Report
By Heather Navarro,
Executive Director
Coalition for the Environment


It was 1969, and while all eyes gazed up to the moon, we were focused on the world immediately around us. As Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon’s barren landscape, we were taking our first steps to care for and protect this Earth, this place, […]

Medical Thermography of Metro St. Louis Celebrates 10 Years Of Health Services

By Linda Weber Spradling

We are so grateful for the encouragement and support we have received from our customers and the medical professionals in our community over the last 10 years! What a journey it has been! We are constantly humbled by the courage and wisdom of our patients, many of whom are cancer survivors. Thank […]

Natural One Takes A Natural Approach To Lawn Care

By Patrick O’Neal

At Natural One our mission is to provide complete quality and safer alternatives for your lawn care. We believe carbon is the building block of life, we have all heard this phrase stated in many different ways, but the reoccurring truth is without carbon, there is no life, and this includes your […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Even Darkness Must Pass

Lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve been born into the wrong time. This age of speed and multitasking is unnatural. Technology and traffic are too much some days. When violence, racism and bullying rears its ugly face, I am dumbfounded. Pollution and poisoned waters shames me. A garbage patch […]

O’Fallon Responds to Global Changes in the Recycling Market

When the Environmental Services team at the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, launched single-stream recycling in 2006, the hope was the City would be able to turn recycling into a break-even proposition. O’Fallon residents jumped on the opportunity, and single-stream recycling helped the City financially and environmentally, with the City’s diversion rates approaching 30 percent. It […]

Past Life Regression and Personal Transformation Workshop April 4

April 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Held at Silver Lining
Contact Peggy Levinson
For Registration: 314-644-3339

Join us for a special seminar as Peggy Levinson shares with you how you can uncover memories from your past lives. Using a technique called past life regression. Peggy will guide you through the process of recalling these memories located deep inside your […]

Publisher’s Corner

“Creative Chaos” …goodbye Prickles… 37th Expo

One of our clients called yesterday to say she wants to stop by my office to drop off some tickets to an event. Oh, no, what am I going to do? No one ever actually stops by in person anymore. Business is done totally by email, phone, text, Facebook, LinkedIn, […]

Publisher’s Corner: 30 Years Of Earth Day In St. Louis

This is the official 30-year anniversary of St. Louis Earth Day. The Healthy Planet magazine has been a co-sponsor ever since our inception in 1997. That Earth Day Celebration in Tower Grove Park was our coming out party. I set up a table at the event and handed out our very first edition. I was […]

Recycle Responsibly “Stick With The Six” Campaign

Recycle Responsibly (RecycleResponsibly.org) is the area’s first, region-wide recycling campaign to create one cohesive recycling message to help everyone in the St. Louis metro area “Stick with the Six” items that can be recycled in our region to help reduce recycling contamination.

This recycling education campaign kicked off on America Recycles Day in 2018 in Forest […]

Renzo’s Mirrors & Light Kinesiology Enhance AMA: IAOMT London, UK Conference on Missing Links

By Simon Yu, MD

Imet Renzo Celani, a well-known healer from Europe, at Medicine Week in Baden-Baden last November after my lecture, “Parasite Medications Targeting Cancer Cells.” I was told he can heal many sick people nobody else can, using his intuitive healing gifts and his Biophoton-Realignment Mirrors.

He started explaining the Compton-scattering effect of photons, discovered […]

Seven Reasons to Consider Regenerative Therapies in Lieu of Surgery

After suffering a debilitating shoulder injury, Jim Seidel, 57, initially thought he had just two options: living with the chronic pain brought on by the injury or undergoing major orthopedic surgery. Continuing on with the pain was out of the question, but Seidel was concerned about the risks associated with surgery and the recovery time […]

Solving the Confusion Surrounding Laser, LED, and Light Therapy

By Dr. Brian Harasha,
Certified Laser Practitioner

In this article I hope to clear up some misunderstandings about Light Therapy.
Let’s begin with some terminology:

Wavelength – often shown on the electromagnetic spectrum (see picture) and represents the length of one cycle/wave of light. It is usually measured in nanometers (nm) or microns (µ). Ionizing radiation is light that […]

Students Set Their Sights on Sustainability in the Green Schools Quest

Story by Tricia Bisoux

Paper or plastic? Electric or solar? Gas-powered car or hybrid? Each day, we face a myriad of choices, from how we shop to how we power our homes to how we travel. Any one choice might seem of little consequence, but together they can add up to have considerable—and potentially negative—impact on […]

Succulents: Unlike Any Other

By Abby Lapides

You won’t want to take your eyes off these truly one-of-a-kind hardy succulents! Unlike any we’ve ever seen, these long-lived perennials demand all eyes with their unique, flamboyant foliage. They make excellent choices for tucking into rock gardens or dry landscapes, as ground covers in large drifts, or in combination containers with other […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Wanting a Relationship but Doubting Your Ability To Choose Wisely?

Your “Personal Relationship Coach” is just a click away at www.ChristineKniffen.com

Spring is afoot and that is the time when we come out of our winter cocoons and begin yearning for companionship. However, plenty of people have been burned in their quest for […]

The Art of Relating: Your Spring Roadmap To Love

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Visit ChristineKniffen.com

Spring is just around the corner. It’s a time for rebirth, renewal and the awakening of your inner-self. Are you listening? What 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 […]

This is Summer: Register today for overnight Summer Camp at Camp Lakewood

Long summer days and loud camper cheers. Moments that start with “Hey remember that time when…”

It won’t be long before a new group of campers will be experiencing Camp Lakewood overnight summer camp for the first time, and our returning campers will add to their list of “remember that time” moments!

Located in Potosi, Mo., Camp […]

Three Pearls For Pet Health

By Teresa Garden, DVM

After thirty years of practicing veterinary medicine I realize there are a few problems that affect most of our pets. Preventing or treating them will vastly improve a pet’s quality of life and longevity as well. Lack of good grooming, periodontal disease and obesity are the three evils afflicting most pets.

Overlong toenails […]

Time To Start Your Garden

By Crystal Stevens

April is a wonderful time to start a garden. If you have a large garden space that gets plenty of sun, prepare your space as soon as the ground is thawed (typically mid-March). Use a broad fork or a potato fork to turn the top layer of soil over and gently break it […]

Weekend Wellness Retreats Include Camping, Yoga, Plant-based Meals and Outdoor Activities

Adventure Tribe Retreats (ATR) in collaboration with Lost Hill Lake will begin hosting weekend wellness camping retreats this summer. ATR will launch the 2019 season with their first annual Yoga Arts Music Festival aka YAM Fest on May 17-19, and will host their first weekend retreat June 14-16. Each ATR weekend retreat has a unique […]

What is Glutathione and How Can You Get More of It?

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

GLUTATHIONE (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”) is the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. It is the mother of all antioxidants.

The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. The bad […]

Why Annual Mulch Is Important

There are multiple benefits a layer of mulch provides to plants and trees. Aside from offering an aesthetically pleasing look to your landscape, mulch contributes the following benefits that lead to healthy and flourishing flowers, plants, trees and shrubs:

Improves nutrients water retention in the soil;
Helps protect the root zone from winter injury;
Helps sustain an even […]