Articles from ‘April 2018’ Issue

Apple Cider Vinegar: Is It Beneficial For Your Dog?

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples and apple pectin and is usually an amber color. When purchasing apple cider vinegar please choose raw, unpasteurized vinegar in a glass bottle. This product will contain live bacteria and enzymes that supply health benefits. Glass bottles are preferred over plastic since they do […]

ARTful Happenings April 2018


Through April 16
Longview Farm House Art Gallery, 13525 Clayton Road; for info, call 314-587-2838.

April 3-May 19
Winning entries; Manchester Police Facility Gallery, 200 Highlands Blvd. Drive; for info, call 636-227-1385 x404 or visit www.manchestermo.gov/arts.

April 5-May 13
Co-presented by Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and Maryville University; opening […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Someone Has To Shine A Light.
Art Reaches Out To Bring Attention To Delicate Subjects

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and Maryville University join forces this month to present an exhibition that makes a statement with works by 100 artists who have crafted […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Calcium To Take?
What About Rescue Remedy?

Q: I am a 55 year old woman in good health. I believe I should be taking calcium but I am so confused as to which type of calcium to take. What is recommended?
A: Women over the age of 50 should be adding 1,000 – 1,200 mg […]

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Hosts Spring Planting Festival May 6 & 7

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company is excited about its biggest festival of the year. The 18th annual Spring Planting Festival at Bakersville Pioneer Village near Mansfield, Missouri, is Sunday and Mon-day, May 6 and 7. The event that started with a small gathering of gardeners in the year 2000 has grown to 10,000 attendees each […]

Be A Compliant Pet Owner!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

The onset of spring reintroduces exposure to many new challenges to our beloved pets as they begin to explore our yards and woodlands. Thereby, it turns out to be a usual time for a majority of pet owners, to receive reminders for our pets’ annual examinations and routine health care. I […]

Call For Sustainable Yards!

Sustainable Backyard Tour Returns June 10

A free, self-guided tour of residential yards throughout St. Louis, the tour showcases a range of green living practices, including low-impact lawn care, composting and using recycled materials, organic gardening, chicken and beekeeping, gardening with native plants, water conservation, and renewable energy.

If your backyard is green or you know someone […]

Change The World, Start with LED Bulbs

Article Provided by Nick Frisella, Metro Lighting

According to ENERGY STAR the average U.S. household has more than 40 sockets for light bulbs. LED bulbs use 80-90% less energy than incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs also create 80-90% less heat than incandescent which means they are safer to operate and can lower your cooling bill in the […]

Cholesterol and Fat Always Get a Bad Wrap: But They’re Essential for Life and as Simple as Math

By Jon Patrick Frieda,
Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Neels Pharmacy

The food that we eat on a daily basis is essential for sustaining life. As elementary as this sounds, food is arguably the main substance that we put into our body through our mouths over a long period of time, our lifetime. We begin […]

Coalition Report

By Ally Siegler, Food and Environment Outreach VISTA
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Bridging the Food Gap

Food policy is environmental policy. And in food policy, there are often two main pools of advocates: those who support local farmers and those who support low-income communities. Farmer advocates want to see that farmers make a living wage in exchange […]

Duh Vinci Code – Cancer Code – for Tasmanian Devils: “Pop” Goes the Universe by the Bible

By Simon Yu, MD

This is my sincere attempt to clarify and/or entangle my two previous separate articles, “Duh Vinci Code for Tasmanian Devils: Cracking the Cancer Code,” and “Enhanced Interrogation Technique for Parasites by a Theoretical Internist: ‘Pop’ goes the Universe.” Superimposed, new thinking and new action become a unifying strategy using enhanced medical interrogation […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi
Two Challenges – Worth Taking

This time of year a lot of you-can-do Green Tips-type info starts flying around like spring gnats.

I’ve been working to get my fellow humans to give a rat’s patoot about the planet we inhabit (and generally abuse) long enough that I have no more use or patience, really, for […]

Finding The Right Professional For Your Trees

By Jon Skinner
Missouri Department of Conservation

Trees provide multiple benefits to us. They provide shade during hot afternoons; reduce storm water runoff, and increase property values. By spending time around trees, we feel more relaxed and often think more creatively.

Occasionally, trees need our help. They may need pruning for various reasons or treated for a pest […]

For A Greener Garden: COMPOST!

Compost (a soil amendment) is the product that comes from the controlled decomposition of organic material such as leaves, grass clippings, brush and yard trimmings. As the material decomposes, it generates heat that sanitizes the material and makes it beneficial for plant growth. Compost is an organic material that has the unique ability to improve […]

Healthy Planet 2018 Summer Camp Guide

Ackermann’s Swim Program
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 […]

Healthy Planet Farmers Market Guide

By Crystal Stevens

St. Louis is a thriving farm-to-table community! Did you know there are over 120 farms, over 30 CSA Farms, and nearly 100 Farmers Markets within 100 miles of St. Louis? Within 30 miles of St. Louis, there are over 200 flourishing Community Gardens that function with the guidance and support of Gateway Greening.

More […]

Healthy Planet Happenings April 2018

April 4
Trial of Bush Honeysuckle
Old Court House, St. Louis, MO. 1 pm. A lawsuit for dmages to the biodiversity of our native plants. Open to the public. This is an educational trial. www.woodworms.net.

April 10
Weaving Integrative Medicine with Internal Medicine
FREE Monthly Seminar and Discussion – Weaving Integrative Medicine with Internal Medicine – Learn how to build […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: D-Day for Arizmendi Ecovillage Is Also P-Day

By Tom Braford

At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, there is something powerful about choosing a date with destiny, and committing to take sufficient action to turn around a course set by others and thereby forge a future that was not going to happen otherwise.

Since May 3, 2018 is our D-Day with City officials when […]

Living & Learning Earth Day – Every Day

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Earth Day. How can I live it every day? How can I live it deeply? So deeply that it changes the essence of my being. So deeply that the essence of earth is changed.

These were my thoughts as I sat down to write about Earth Day 2018. Before beginning I checked my […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

My Gentle John

John claimed any self-respecting Irishman best be able to tell an entertaining story. I hope I can tell his tale with enough charm and color to give you a sense of the depth of his character.

The Beginning:
John was born August 13, 1945 and grew up in a tough Chicago neighborhood […]

Peace Garden at St. Louis Earth Day Festival will feature world music, dance, poetry and hugs!

A melting pot of musicians, poets and dancers will gather and perform in Forest Park on the grounds of the Muny during the St. Louis Earth Day Festival April 21 and 22, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The performances, to be held in a unique space called the Peace Garden, will include dancers, storytellers, a […]

Publisher’s Corner: (B) Earth Day 1997

Hard to believe that Earth Day 2018, on April 21-22 at Forest Park, will mark the beginning of our 22nd year of publishing. Our first edition became available to the public at the 1997 Earth Day Festival in Tower Grove Park. I had a booth next to a tie-dyed tee shirt stand so I had […]

Schlafly Partners With National Forest Foundation Farmers Market Opens Mid-April

Schlafly beer is highlighting its ongoing support of all things sustainable this spring. In addition to using 100% renewable energy, being a leader in St. Louis’ composting program, supporting local farmers, growing their own produce in their urban garden, and having two Green Dining Alliance approved restaurants, Schlafly will partner with a national organization that’s […]

Showcasing Projects Pushing Green Boundaries

By Abigail Sirevaag, USGBC-Missouri
Gateway Chapter Education Committee Co-Chair

Green buildings can take many forms, as demonstrated by the projects featured in the 2018 USGBC Green Building Showcase. The increase in the depth and variety of green building projects seen recently exemplifies how the boundaries of green building can be continually pushed. Instead of solely designing to […]

Sleeping Clean: Why Your Mattress Matters

By Joe Reynolds

Mattresses are one part of the living clean equation which is often overlooked by consumers. Organic is the new buzzword of the millennium however it’s an old concept. Before the development of insecticides, pesticides, fungicides, and growth hormones; fruits, vegetables, grains, animals, and all their various by-products were raised organically—that is without additives […]

Small In Size But Giants In Yield; SUPER DWARFS PATIO TOMATOES

By Abby Lapides
Sugar Creek Gardens

How anyone can enjoy home grown tomatoes, even if they only have a small growing space. Ideal where space is limited, Super Dwarfs produce full-size tomatoes on manageable-size 3-4’ tall plants in small-spaces or patio containers. Super Dwarfs combine the best attributes of determinant plants’ small growth habit and indeterminants’ continual […]

Solid Waste & Recycling 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. These programs and services […]

St. Louis Earth Day Festivities 2018

Include Festival in Forest Park April 21-22, Film Series, Recycling Extravaganza and St. Louis Climate Summit

By Jen Myerscough,
Executive Director
St. Louis Earth Day

Each April, with the spring blooms comes a surge of awareness for and activities surrounding the Environment. St. Louis Earth Day will not only host one of the largest festivals in the […]

St. Louis’ Food Outreach Announces the 30th Annual

A Tasteful Affair April 22; A Celebration Making Nutrition and Compassion Center Stage for 30 Years
Featuring St. Louis’ Favorite Restaurants with Entertainment by Ben Nordstrom and Friends Proceeds Fuel Food Outreach to Provide Nutritional Support and Wholesome Meals for Clients with HIV/AIDS or Cancer

Food Outreach’s 30th annual A Tasteful Affair is Sunday April 22nd at […]

Stress: A Functional Medicine Perspective

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Stress comes in a variety of forms – traumatic emotional events, physical injury, infections, inflammatory conditions, sleep deprivation, nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, and toxins.

To the body stress is stress – the response to the stress, whatever the source, is the same.

Stress places demands on the body and activates two systems: the […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Spring Clean Your Life

Visit the Web for a complete list of my services – www.ChristineKniffen.com

Well, it’s that time of year when you need to sit up and start to do some Spring Cleaning in your life. However, I am not talking simply about cleaning out your garage. Instead, I am referring to dusting […]

Thyroid Epidemic: Part 1

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

The United States has a thyroid epidemic. Here are just a few of the sobering facts concerning thyroid disease in our country:

Twenty million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and up to 60% of these people are unaware that they have the condition.
One in eight women will develop a thyroid […]