Articles from ‘April 2019’ Issue

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 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 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 April 2019


Through April 6
International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, 3415 Olive; for info, call 314-535-1999 or visit www.iphf.org.

Through May 5
St. Louis Art Museum; free; for info, visit www.slam.org.

Through May 27
St. Louis Art […]

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 […]

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 […]

Becoming A Modern Explorer

By Kat Golden, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member

My eyes flickered under the blinding incandescent glow of airport lights. Yawning isn’t how one expects to begin an expedition, yet as I sank into my seat I felt a weight pull down on my eyelids. It was 4:30 am on Monday, November 26th; my last thoughts before falling […]

Biomats & Infrared Portable Saunas: Quantum Tools for Your Health, from A to Z

By Clint Willett,
Infrared Medical Foundation

The 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 inches into […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]