Archive for July, 2022

“PAWSPICE” = Hospice Care for Pets

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Pawspice care, hospice care for pets, is a relatively new concept in veterinary medicine.  Dr. Alice Villalobos, a well-known and respected veterinary oncologist, practices medicine with an emphasis on compassionate care for terminally ill pets.  Dr. Villalobos coined the phrase and integrates the philosophy of pawspice care on a daily basis in […]

3 Tips for Getting Your Dog Ready for Back to School

By Sarah Wilson

After a summer of love (and attention and everyone being home), is Buster ready for school to start? Is Sparky ready for more time alone?While some pups may take this sort of major shift in stride, others stress out and, well, if the shift hits the fan, they may chew, bark, make potty […]

A Cool Treat For Your Hot Pups

My dogs stay indoors most of the summer, neither of them, Jazzy or Kiba like to be outdoors for long. I take them out more in the summer since they drink more water but they don’t stay out long when they do go out. My big boy, Kiba, 86 lbs. was adopted from Los Angeles […]

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. 

DigestionVitamin production – […]

Apple Berry Stevia Crumble

Original Recipe by Julie M. Hale and Matt Allen

(Serves 6 people)

Preheat oven to 350°f


3 Honey Crisp Apples 6oz Blackberries 6oz Raspberries 1/2 pint Blueberries 9 Tbsp Unsalted Butter1 ½ cups All Purpose Unbleached Flour2 tsp Cinnamon1 tsp Nutmeg1 ½ cups Baking Stevia


Apple Berry Filling:

Melt 3 tbsp of unsalted butter in a medium sized saucepan, then add 1/2 cup of […]

ARTful Living: Hot August Provides “Cool” Arts

by Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

“Hot, August night, with the leaves hanging down and the grass on the ground smelling sweet.” Neil Diamond’s lyrics accurately described August. It might be hot, but there’s a LOT of ARTful things to do this month, to keep you ‘way cool!

Performances continue through the month, as the […]

ARTful Living: Summer Arts Are Sizzling

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Caption: Interior of Spring Church, a renovated area for art.

(NOTE: While we all hope to stay healthy and well this summer, please verify any restrictions due to unexpected Covid-19 changes on the provided websites). 

Just around the corner from The Pulitzer and the Contemporary Art Museum, on Spring Avenue, […]

August 19 is National Potato Day

By Susan Hunt-Bradford, Healthy Planet Publisher

I know some people stay away from the carbs in potatoes but potatoes are actually quite healthy and low in calories. I don’t eat them every day but a baked potato can become a tasty side with a salad or a light main entrée depending on what you top them […]

August 30 is National Beach Day

By Susan Hunt-Bradford, Healthy Planet Publisher

August marks the unofficial end of summer and you haven’t gotten to a beach yet. You don’t have time to make a quick trip to the Gulf Coast so what can you do? Stay right in the St. Louis area where there are plenty of great beaches to choose from […]

BodyPresencing™ Class

By Dr. Gail Cloud, DC

Being able to be present to ourselves and our bodies is a learnable skill, one which takes practice and work. I will be offering an 8-week class which can also be taken virtually. I call this class BodyPresencing™.  Through this 8-week process, we will learn exercises that take us into our […]

Conservation Corner: Dragons that breathe fire of the Imagination

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: An adult eastern pond hawk dragonfly rests on a blade of grass.Photo credit: Dan Zarlenga

There truly are dragons in nature. Instead of breathing fire from their mouths like the creatures of myth, these “dragons” expel water from the rear ends.

If there’s an insect that is even […]

Conservation Corner: Moths—Not Pretty, but Pretty Important!

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: A moth hard at work pollinating the night away. Photo by Dan Zarlenga

Just because people go to sleep at night, doesn’t mean nature does. One of nature’s busiest nocturnal creatures of summer are the moths. You’d be forgiven if you were to mistake a moth for a […]

Deepening Our Commitment

By Jared Opsal, Executive Director, Missouri Coalition For The Environment

MCE has worked on nuclear and other hazardous waste issues throughout Missouri for decades, and recently we have been engaged with addressing the public health disaster at West Lake Landfill and Coldwater Creek. In partnership with Just Moms STL, we were successful in receiving a record of […]

Dog Safety: 4 Tongue Tells of Overheating

by Sarah Wilson, MA

With dogs and overheating, their tongue tells the tale. Once you know what you’re seeing, you can keep them safer. Here are the four signs of overheating:

Mouth wide open.Your dog’s mouth and tongue are their AC system. The wider the mouth is open while panting, the more cool air they are trying […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Lost My Shoes

By Jean Ponzi

The first time was surprising.I keep my shoes in the same place, on the bedroom floor. I put most things in the same place, to remember where the heck I put whatever-it-is. But that day, those shoes had been right where I left them … and a day or two later they reappeared.

The […]

Earthworms’ Castings: Noodle Ode

By Jean Ponzi

Photo caption: Team EarthWays: Nature Noodlers Rally for Action.

This summer husband Dale and I celebrate 26 fabulous years — of the FunNoodle in our circle of friends.

We were newlyweds on a steamy midnight date — to our neighborhood Schnucks market — stocking up together for a big annual summer party. Cruising the store […]

Founder’s Forum: Points to Ponder

By J.B. Lester

Democracy Served. The January 6 committee has done its job and is showing a flagrant attempt to obstruct the counting of electoral votes and confirming Joe Biden as president. Donald Trump stood by and did nothing to stop the attack on the US Capitol and he should be held accountable for his dereliction […]

Founder’s Forum: The “Perfect” Folktale

By JB Lester

By the time you are 70 years old, you have plenty of memories to keep you going. Some are great and some are, well, better forgotten. And yet, we can’t forget our faux paws. Being in the publishing business, I have had a common nightmare over my 44 years in this business. My […]

Glistening Plastic

By Jasmin Acosta

The waves of the ocean move swiftly through the air, and the sun reflects its rays off the top of the waves. Where the waves glisten from the brightness of the sun, sparkling as if the stars have sunken into the waves.

The grainy warm sand captures the heat rays from the sun, and […]

Green Living Festival “Summer of Sustainability”

July 9 at St. Louis Science Center

Help your family, friends and coworkers live green! The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual Green Living Festival is back in person and will be hosted in a series of pop-up events during a “Summer of Sustainability” at institutions throughout the heart of St. Louis.

Ready for the “Summer of Sustainability”? Join […]

Help Wanted: A Million (and more) Pollinator Gardens

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

If bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators could put an advertisement out for the help they need, it would read: “help wanted – desperately needed pollinator gardens”. Pollinators need us now more than ever to help them thrive and survive. In response to this need, […]

Helping Farmers Become More Eco-Friendly

By Rae Miller

Known & Grown, a program from the Missouri Coalition for the Environment that works to certify and promote eco-friendly farmers, is initiating a new process for transitioning farmers where we provide one-on-one assistance to farmers that want to implement more climate-friendly practices on their farms. This process is for farmers that currently use […]

Honey Blueberry Muffins

Original recipe created by Julie M. Hale and Matt Allen

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.Prep time 15 minutesCook time 20 minutes

Ingredients for blueberry muffins:

1 cup plain yogurt½ cup honey½ cup olive oil2 eggs¼ cup fresh lemon juiceSave some lemon zest for on top1 tbsp vanilla2 ½ cups All Purpose Flour1 tbsp baking powder¼ tsp salt2 […]

I am a Green Building Professional!

By Nicky Althoff, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Volunteer 

As many in the green building industry know, working in the field can be quite nebulous. It often entails quiet and unseen work, from writing grants to pushing legislation, and it never looks the same from one job to the next. As such, defining what it means to be a […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Climate Restoration — Terraforming the Earth

By Tom Braford

The term ‘terraforming’ usually describes how we can utilize the science of biomimicry to make other planets more Earth-like and habitable to human beings.

A friend, Peter Fiekowsky, an MIT-trained physicist and engineer and climate activist, shares my concerns about climate change and has been researching mostly hard science solutions for years, while I […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Finding Openings for Active Hope

By Tom Braford

We can try to remain hopeful on our own in the face of a barrage of seemingly endless bad news, but without some personal or community North Star, it is hard to stay motivated, healthy and happy.

What keeps hope alive, as Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone so elegantly demonstrate in their newly revised book […]

Keeping Lung Health Top of Mind As Summer Heats Up

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

According to the American Lung Association’s latest “State of the Air” report, the three years covered by the report (2018-2020) ranked among the seven hottest years on record globally. With June already having seen some of the hottest days in years in the St. Louis region and the prime […]

Lungwort: 2022 Perennial Of The Year

By Abby Lapides

A charming shade perennial, Twinkle Toes Lungwort, Pulmonaria, will make you want to frolic with joy with its periwinkle-blue spring flowers and unique foliage. Starting in mid-spring dainty blue flowers cover its fascinating silver-speckled foliage. After the flowers fade, you’ll be mesmerized with its stunning mounds of gorgeous ornamental leaves. Named the 2022 […]

Medical Acupuncture on Skin Meridian: Better Than Biologics for Eczema, Psoriasis and More?

By Simon Yu MD

Skin care is a big business for cosmetic industries, anti-aging medicine, dermatology and pharmaceutical giants. New psoriasis and eczema treatments called Biologics are leading many TV commercials. Skin is the largest outer surface sensory organ in the body, metabolically active with the sophisticated immune complex system to protect your body. Changes in […]

Optimizing your Health: Are Nutritional Supplements Right for You?

 By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

I am commonly asked from my patients, “Can I get all the nutrients I need from food?”

In an ideal world, eating organic, whole, fresh food, would provide all the nutrients our bodies require to function optimally. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we still fall short. Some of the reasons for the […]

Plan Your Own Native Garden Tours

By Mitch Leachman, Coordinator, St. Louis Open Yards

Native plants are simply plants that naturally occurred in an area prior to human settlement. Gardening with natives, instead of traditional ornamental non-native plants, seems straightforward. Fortunately, native plants are quite readily available these days, thanks to efforts like Grow Native! which generates public awareness of the value […]

Publisher’s Corner: August Brings an Unofficial Close to Summer, but With a Happy Ending

By Susan Hunt-Bradford, Publisher

As publisher of a monthly magazine, I try to be aware of each month’s theme or topic.  This gives me an opportunity to have specific articles.  When I think about August, what jumps out to me is “back to school!” which can be exciting for students craving something new,  teacher’s eager to […]

Publisher’s Corner: Gratitude is the best attitude, and it’s one thing I can control.

As I have gotten older, I have found that gratitude can be a very healthy attitude to adopt. I can get myself out of a slump very quickly by feeling grateful. I always thought about keeping a gratitude journal and writing down 5 things every morning I’m grateful for. I’ve done that throughout the years, […]

Sunflowers Will Bloom Again at MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area this August

Visitors should be able to enjoy impressive golden displays for viewing and photography again this summer.

Photo Caption: A large field of sunflowers is seen from above with a number of people scattered in and around it taking photos. Columbia Bottom staff has planted additional sunflower fields for viewing and photo opportunities again this year. MDC […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill GrivnaYou’ve probably seen people practicing T’ai Chi on TV, in a movie, or even locally, in a park or at the botanical garden.  You know it’s a slow moving, graceful exercise that is supposed to be beneficial.  You may have heard that at advanced levels it is a formidable martial […]

The Need to Forgive Healing From Our Past Mistakes

By Jasmin Acosta  

We all have our faults as human beings since we cannot be perfect, and we are prone to make mistakes in life. It is only natural that we trip over life’s unexpected events that occur in our lives, but it is essential how we react to life events that are rooted in […]

The Wabi Sabi of a Summer Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

My gardens seem loveliest at this time of year, in a wabi sabi kind of way. The Japanese term “wabi sabi” is defined as “a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of appreciating beauty that […]

Tradition American Crafts Sale July 16-17 In Historic Ste. Genevieve

Thomas and Patricia Hooper own and operate ASL Pewter in beautiful, historic downtown Ste. Genevieve, MO, where we handcraft traditional, functional pewter pieces. All our pewter is 100% lead free and food safe. We use a large selection of antique molds from as far back as 1650, as well as designing and making our own […]

Understanding Particle Pollution and Your Health

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

The more researchers learn about the health effects of particle pollution, the more dangerous it is recognized to be. In the years covered by the American Lung Association’s latest “State of the Air” report (2018-2020), findings reveal close to 63.2 million people lived in the 96 counties that experienced […]

Why Do Female Cardinals See Red?

By Sarah Wilson, MA

It’s long been known that female Northern Cardinals prefer the reddest males around. What hasn’t been understood until recently is why?

The first clue to this mystery is that what birds eat impacts how they look. It does for us, too. If we consistently binge on carrots, overtime we can turn ourselves a […]

Why I Cut Down my Bradford Pears

By Sarah Wilson

Photo caption: Caterpillars are baby bird food. It takes 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars to raise a single family of Chickadees. Caterpillars can’t survive on Bradford Pear leaves.

These trees are bullies. 

Bradford pears (aka Callery pears) are not native to the US. Most everything that eats them lives back in Asia, too, so these trees […]