Articles from ‘December 2016’ Issue

Coalition Report

By Alicia Lloyd, Clean Water Policy Coordinator,
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

New Federal Flood Standards Good Start to Stopping Irresponsible and Dangerous Development

The St. Louis area has a long, soggy history with floods. Whether it’s flash flooding or the devastating damage wrought by the major floods of 1993, 2008, 2011, and most recently, 2015 on the […]

“Over The Rainbow” – 31st World Peace Day, December 31st

By Jeannie Breeze

We are living in a time of monumental shift – a time that can feel both exhilarating and challenging, a time that can feel both enlightening and terrifying. As with any birthing there is a sense of urgency, a sense of pressure. Some of you may be feeling overwhelmed and unhappy following recent […]

A Look Back at 15 years of Green Building, a Look Forward to the Work Ahead

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

Fifteen years ago, 15 dedicated volunteers came together to form an organization dedicated to green building education and advocacy, to making every building a green building, because they knew that Green Buildings Are Better.

In honor of this milestone, the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway […]

A Truly Family-Friendly New Year’s

For a New Year’s celebration that’s as much fun for the kids as it is for the adults, and for families that want to stay together to play together while ringing in the New Year, YMCA Trout Lodge is the place to be! Located 90 minutes south of St. Louis on 5,200 wooded acres with […]

ARTful Happenings December 2016


Through January 20
St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive; for info, call 636-422-2000.

Through February 4
Photographs by the newly inducted Hall of Fame Class of 2016:Sebastião Salgado, Ernst Haas, Steve Jobs, Graham Nash, Thomas and John Knoll, Ken Burns and Annie Leibovitz; International Photography Hall of Fame, 3415 Olive; for info, call […]

ArtFul Living

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

So It’s December!

Maybe the busiest month of the year as we prepare for holiday celebrations, family gatherings, shopping, cooking, end-of-year “stuff to finish,” etc., etc. My ARTful Happenings calendar, viewable online at www.TheHealthyPlanet.com.

There a myriad of ARTful holiday happenings to enjoy this month. […]


With Cathy Schram

Vitamin C and Essential Oils For Better Health

Q: I know that Vitamin C is good for you. How much should I take per day to ward off illness?

A: Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is one of our most studied vitamins. Long ago it was determined that scurvy was found to be […]

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

By Clint Willett,
Far Infrared Medical Foundation

The Far 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 […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi


Years ago, in my not-yet-focused youth, I played with friends in the public eye. Our antics were Street Theater. Our original material, performed with abandon, explored deep themes.

We called our troupe Reality Movers.

My great life-mentor Jeannie Breeze, a friend to many in St. Louis, was our leader. She wrote our performance pieces. […]

Election After-Effects

By Phylis Sparks

As we adjust to the outcome of the recent election, many are feeling an after-effect. If you’re like me, you’re mostly just glad it’s over. Regardless of our political perspective, what many are sensing feels like a dismantling; a breaking apart. In one of my favorite books entitled Spiral Dynamics, the authors call […]

Garden Glow Light Exhibit Highlights Holidays At Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual light exhibit, Garden Glow, is now open through January 1, 2016 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. with the last entry at 9 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Ticket prices vary by date, and range from $3 to $18. Again this year, there is a special “Dine and […]

Green Dining Alliance Brings Sustainability to St. Louis Restaurant Scene

Membership Grows To More Than 100

The Green Dining Alliance, a program of St. Louis Earth Day, certifies restaurants in sustainable practices, connecting them with resources to help lighten their carbon footprint, and encourages diners to eat at GDA certified locations. GDA restaurants recycle, they phase in energy efficient lighting, they manage water use responsibly, they […]

Guide to Green Dining in the St. Louis Area

Visit www.greendiningalliance.org for a complete list of participating restaurants – be sure to use our site when choosing where to dine out. This Green Dining Guide is cosponsored by The St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste District.

4 Hands Brewing Company1220 S. 8th Street314-436-1559 • 4handsbrewery.com

Atomic Cowboy,4140 Manchester Road, 63110, 314-775-0775www.atomiccowboystl.com

Avenue Restaurant,12 N. Meramec, 63105, 314-727-4141.www.avestl.com

Bailey’s […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Now Through January 1, 2017
Missouri Botanical Garden Glow
The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual light exhibit, Garden Glow, is now open through January 1, 2016 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. with the last entry at 9 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Ticket prices vary by date, and range from $3 to $18. Again this […]

Holiday Sweets Can Weaken Immune System

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. Many of us will be going non-stop from now through the New Year. Holiday parties, family get-togethers and last minute shopping fill our calendars.

Most of us will indulge in at least two or three of the four “C’s” of the […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents Out of the Ashes, Arizmendi Ecovillage!

By Tom Braford

Throughout history, unlikely visionary leaders have stepped into the void and created worldwide movements out of chaos, destruction and despair.

One such individual was Father José María Arizmendiarrieta, a one-eyed, inarticulate young priest who narrowly escaped execution by Francisco Franco’s victorious fascists during the Spanish Civil War in the run-up to World War II.

Assigned […]

Murder by Dentists, Saved by Holistic Dental Groups: Tolerating Uncertainty as Next Medical Revolution

By Simon Yu, MD

Two main American holistic biological dental groups, IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) and IABDM (International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine) had their first joint meeting in Reno, NV in September 2016. These Holistic Dental Groups have been leaders in the Dental-Medical health care reform movement.

They are […]

Natural Living Holiday and Gift Guide

Kim’s Herbs & Detox Center
Kim’s Herbs & Detox center is a specialty herbal store centrally located in Olivette, Missouri.  We carry high quality herbs that aren’t typically found at supplement stores in the metro area.  We carry Nature’s Sunshine, Cheryl’s Herbs, Pure Encapsulations, Essential Oils, Real Time Pain Relief products, Jean’s Greens teas, Organo Gold […]

Order Native Trees & Shrubs from MDC State Forest Nursery

Buy seedlings in bulk for landscaping and habitat needs.

Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) George O. White State Forest Nursery offers a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings for […]

POT For Pets

By Teresa Garden, DVM

As most of us are aware, marijuana use is becoming more widespread throughout the United States and Canada. Legal constraints are slowly being loosened. As of this writing, twenty eight states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing for either medical or recreational use of marijuana. Much to the dismay […]

Protect Your Pets At Holiday Time

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Christmas is a wonderful time for family and friends to share the miracle of life, with all the love and merriment of the holiday season. Our homes are adorned with holiday lighting, poinsettia plants and mistletoe. Lots of goodies like brownies and other wonderfully fattening foodstuffs, and of course, the central […]

Publisher’s Corner: A Holiday We All Will Remember

At 65 years old, and having been through a lot in my lifetime, there is little that surprises me anymore. And this presidential election is perhaps the crescendo of that feeling. While watching the returns, I am sure both sides’ amazement meter went up and down like the Screaming Eagle at Six Flags. Apparently there […]

Sip Your Medicine – Tea Talks Dec. 10

By Jamila Owens-Todd, ND
Naturopathic Doctor & Herb Chemist

Why do I do this? It started from my very own personal journey to heal myself. Two decades ago, I dreaded my menstrual cycles due to excruciating pain. I shopped at the local health food store (Golden Grocers at the time) and found a tea, specifically for menstrual […]

The Art of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Shifting ‘The Energy’ This Holiday Season

Now accepting Insurance
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Have you paused long enough recently? Have you stopped, taken a step back and just felt the soothing, gentle wind and its calming effect? It is a light, but brisk reminder of all that it good about nature and its ability to restore […]

The Greatest Gifts of a Garden Healing and Hope

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

In this time of gift giving, it is the garden that gives us its greatest gifts: healing and hope. There is so much healing that our world needs, along with needed hope that will allow us to take action to better the world. At home, it’s been hard weeks since the U.S. […]

The Natural Medicine Cabinet: An Alternative To Antibiotics

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

According to the World Health Association, “antibiotics are serious medicine – not to be taken lightly. Overuse has led to increasing numbers of antibiotic resistant superbugs like – MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staph aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus).

So what options do you have when you get sick and would like to avoid unnecessary […]

Why Falls Are A Big Concern For Older Adults

By Denise S. Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

Certainly falls can cause injuries, but they may also be the earliest indicator of a significant change in the health of an older adult, the harbinger of further decline. Every year, about one-third of people over age 65 experience a fall. Of these, one in five cause serious injury. […]