Articles from ‘August 2015’ Issue

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Empowerment Comes From Inside

Do you believe that freedom comes only when you make enough money to be comfortable and have the things that you want, or when your boss leaves you alone or the kids finally listen to you and behave the way that you would like for them to […]

ARTful Happenings August 2015


Through August 15
Featuring the work of 7 local artists; Cathy Gregory Studio Gallery, 2000 S.39th Street; for info, call 314-773-3935 or visit www.cathygregory.com.

Through August 16
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; 3750 Washington; for […]

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

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Cool Art In Hot August

The mere mention of “August” forms heat waves in my brain. Maybe the arts community is wise when it comes to weather, because there are lots of cool performances and exhibitions on the schedule.

Regular readers to this column may know that I am an artist, specializing […]


By Cathy Schram

Are There Herbs For Night Vision & Burping?

Q: I have noticed lately that I seem to be having trouble seeing while driving at night. Are there any supplements that can improve my vision?

A: Actually, there is an herb that has been studied and has been shown that it does have many benefits for […]

Coalition Report

By Alicia Claire Lloyd
Clean Water Policy Coordinator,
Missouri Coalition For The Environment

Missouri’s Lawsuit Threatens Clean Water

No sooner had the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Protection Rule, did states’ attorneys generals start filing suit. The rule clarifies the definition of “waters of the US” — a clause at the […]

Compost: A Gardener’s Most Valuable Resource

By Crystal Stevens

Quality soil is the most vital aspect of growing organically! A healthy, living soil is the key to vigorous and healthy plants. Compost, vermicompost, and other organic soil additions can add nutrients to your soil, improving plant vitality.

As my husband Eric Stevens says, “Building healthy soil is the key to having optimal health […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Lost My Shoes

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 […]

Get Healthy and Go Green at the Healthy Planet Expo September 27 In Webster Groves

The Healthy Planet magazine is hosting its 30th Natural Living Expo Sunday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 E. Glendale Road, 63119 (I-44 at Elm Avenue) in Webster Groves.

The Autumn Expo will include more than 50 exhibit booths offering a variety of eco-friendly, healthy and natural products, […]

Getting More Out of Our Urban Landscapes

By Heather L. Venhaus,
Regenerative Environmental Design, LLC

Imagine a home or urban landscape that can ease the impacts of drought, reduce flooding, improve the water quality of creeks, rivers and lakes, cut energy costs, clean air, and capture greenhouse gases all while improving our health and happiness. Sounds awesome, right? These benefits, known as ecosystem services, […]

Going Green from the Outside In: Exteriors by Mosby

By Ken Ware, Business Manager,
Exteriors by Mosby

Exteriors By Mosby, a division of family-owned, Mosby Building Arts, launched in March of 2015 with a focus on roofing, siding, windows and doors. We chose to separate Exteriors from the rest of the business to provide dedicated exterior experts to meet our clients’ needs.

While the possibilities of […]


August 1 & 3
Lead: The Unseen Burden
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 08/01 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 08/03 at 8:00 p.m. Lead poisoning damages the kidneys and central nervous, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. Don Fitz, Jed Hawkes Koball, and Bob Criss, discusses inherent problems with lead. Trade agreements, such as the […]

Heading Back To School On A Healthy Note

We all want what is best for our little ones—there is no doubt about that. With fall just around the corner and school about to start, it is important to ensure that your child is heading to school on a healthy note. Here are a few simple steps you can take to help your child […]

Healthy Planet Guide To Resale Shops

Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique
St. Louis’ premiere designer clothing consignment store centrally located in the heart of St. Louis County.  We offer coveted designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch and more.  Recognized as: Best Place to Get a Deal on Dior – Alive Magazine
“We Heart STL Best of […]

Herbs, Oils & Energy Therapy For Animals

By Maureen Keller
Healing Touch For Animals Practitioner

I have been enjoying an abundantly successful and fulfilling practice for two years. As my clientele grows, I have the unique ability to educate, as well as empower, my clients to help mantain their animal’s good health and well being.

The energy work I provide for my clients comes from […]

Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Pets

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in our dogs and cats is characterized by increased numbers of inflammatory cells such as lymphocytes, plasmacytes, eosinophils, or neutrophils infiltrating the lining of the stomach, small intestines, or colon, or any combination thereof. Similar diseases exist in people such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or chronic […]

It’s Not Just Calories That Make Bellies Fat!

Dr. Raj Banerjee, DC
Dr Banerjee’s Wellness Centre

Dear Seeker of Health & Fitness, Have you had any of these in your life? Injury, pain, surgery, infection, illness, divorce, financial stress, job stress, poison ivy, giving birth, irritable people, starvation diets, the menstrual cycle, eating junk foods, drugs and medication, excessive cold or heat, staring into […]

Make a Bigger Difference: Greening Your Life, Your Community, and Your House of Worship August 25

By Johanna Schweiss, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator,
USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

In his recent encyclical on ecology, Pope Francis stated that “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

While we can acknowledge the severity of […]

Make Plans Now To Attend Sept. 11-13 — Curing the Incurables

The Gateway Foundation For Biological & Integrative Medicine Conference

Energy Medicine covers the cutting edge of science based Alternative and Integrative Medicine, and attends to the broader spectrum of Energy Medicine.
Most people may know acupuncture as an ancient medical system from China. It can be used for pain relief as well as for a quite extensive […]

Natural Medicine From The Kitchen

The Digestive System: An Energetic Pathway

By Thomas Duckworth
Doctor of Kototama Life Medicine

“Diet is the most important way to control physical life and activity. The wrong diet puts the entire body out of balance. Eventually the unbalanced circulation of energy causes illness. Those who are interested in studying medicine are obliged, first of all, to clearly […]

Pruning Wounds: Paint or No Paint?

By Phil Berwick
Living Tree Care

Once upon a time, when a branch was pruned off, the wound was covered with a ‘tree paint’. ‘Tree paints’ at that time were petroleum based and could inhibit callous growth formation from sealing over the wound.

A government research forester in the 70’s, Dr. Alex Shigo set out to show the […]

Publisher’s Corner: Linked For Life!

Our grandson Jackson turned two recently. Now that he’s around other kids a lot, we are teaching him to share. Sharing, what a concept. We are all taught at a young age to share and yet it’s something we as adults find difficult to do. And I am not talking about the obvious political issues […]

Ripoff Report on Stress and Negativity: Third Tuesday Evening to Crack the Healing Codes

By Simon Yu, MD

We live in a society perpetually engineered by an artificially generated fear, stress, and negativity. Many people are unfortunately naturally attracted to the negative publicity. Sensationalism and fear mean making a fortune for those who can benefit from it. There are also many professionals, including physicians, who are afraid of negative reviews […]

Songs of a Summer Garden

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

“In summer the song sings itself”
– William Carlos Williams

The songs of a summer garden are many. There is the song of sound itself with the choir of cicadas, birds, bees, insects and wind through the leaves. It is there from that sacred time of morning before the sunrise when birds call […]

Staying Hydrated & Healthy

By Kari Hartel, RD, LD
Program Coordinator, Cooking Matters, Operation Food Search

Summer’s hottest months are upon us, and with the heat and humidity comes the risk of dehydration. It’s easy to get dehydrated in these summer months, especially since everyone is so busy with tons of outdoor activities. Compounding the risk for dehydration is the fact […]

Summer Craft & Specialty Beer Guide

Where Beer Is Brewed & Enjoyed In The St. Louis Area

2nd Shift Brewing

4 Hands Brewing Co

AB InBev

Alpha Brewing Company

Augusta Brewing Co

Cathedral Square Brewery

Charleville Brewing Co.

Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co

Edg-Clif Brewing Company
Edg-Clif Farms and Vineyard are proud to announce our new Craft Beer line made on site by Edg-Clif Brewing Company. Stop in this summer […]

Tai Chi Ch’uan For Health & Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

You’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 Art of Relating: Real Change Through Real Action

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

When it’s This Hot Outside,
Make Productive Use of Your Inside Time
by Preparing for Real Change Through Real Action.

Plenty of us have periods in our lives when we are simply taking some time out to just rest. We have ventured out towards our endeavor, only to seemingly hit a brick wall, […]

The Role Of Self Compassion In Building Self Esteem

By Vera Gabliani, Ph.D.

Every day I talk with parents about their daughters and self-esteem. We are all aware of how preoccupied pre-teens and teens are with fitting in with friends. One of the most common and painful scenarios that I encounter is the girl who feels left out of her peer group.

Although this is a […]

Travel Options For Pets

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Many families rush away for a final summer vacation prior to the onset of the school season. In many cases, people enjoy bringing their pets along, if they are traveling by car. There are a number of issues to address to be sure you have a safe trip, free of safety […]

Urban Farmers Cultivating Eight Acres in Berkeley Eager To Deploy Mountain of Compost Donated by Schnucks

Donation Marks Success of Grocer’s Food Waste Recycling Program

Berkeley’s celebrated band of urban farmers know exactly what to do with the mountain of compost being donated to them by Schnucks, the area’s largest grocer. “It comes in real handy,” said Richard Austin, 79, of Berkeley. “We haven’t had anything like this compost before. It will […]

What Do Growing Tomatoes and Developing Children Have In Common?

More than you think.

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

In my container garden, I noticed some of my tomato plants were smaller with yellow leaves. These plants did not produce fruit. Next to the weak plants were others with deep green leaves, sturdy branches and lots of developing fruit. The vigorous ones had been planted in new […]

What Story Your Eyes Tell About Your Health

By Dr. Carrie Jardine

To truly know a person, take a long look into their eyes. This is true both mentally and physically.

Looking to the eye for health clues has a rich history in various countries. Warriors were chosen by looking into their eyes to detect courage, reaction time and physical stamina. The Egyptian hieroglyphs reveal […]