Articles from ‘July 2020’ Issue

Adrenal Fatigue

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

Adrenal fatigue is a condition estimated to affect approximately eighty percent of people around the world. The prevalence of adrenal fatigue is predominantly due to something most of us are dealing with: stress. 

What are Adrenals?Your adrenal glands are two thumb-sized organs that sit above your kidneys and are part of the […]

ARTful Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

How Did It Get To Be July Already?For the past few months, writing this column has been surreal: the ARTS are participatory, so closely connected to the audience. Yet, from the beginning of social distancing, it has been the ARTS that have held […]

Beating the Heat This Summer to Help St. Louisans Breathe Easier

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

While the region continues to respond to the ongoing pandemic, and fewer automobiles on the roads are keeping emissions at bay as many workers continue to telecommute to minimize the spread of COVID-19, warmer temperatures are signaling a higher risk of poor air quality conditions in the bi-state area. […]

Becoming One: All Of Us Matter

Meditation and Astrology of our Times Zoom Event July 25

By Dr. Gail Cloud, D.C.

You are invited to a zoom event of meditation and astrology. In this event we will begin with a 45-minute guided meditation. Afterwards we will look at aspects of our charts which shed light on how we each use our minds, how […]

Coalition of Local Home Care Companies Announce Plans For Job Opportunities For 1,000 Hospitality Workers

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created havoc for thousands of workers who have lost their jobs, a coalition of four St. Louis area senior home care providers have banded together to promote plans to collectively hire and train more than 1,000 individuals from the hospitality and related sectors to become home health care providers over […]

Coalition Report

By the MCE TeamMissouri Coalition for the Environmentwww.moenviron.org

Systemic Racism in the Environmental Movement

When you think of the environmental movement, what kind of people spring to mind? You might think of a tree hugging, Earth Day celebrating, “natural” food eating, white person in a pair of Birkenstocks. If so, that makes a lot of sense — […]

Conservation Corner

Cacophony of Cicadas

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

You might already be hearing them. Unearthly whines, buzzes and rasps coming from the trees and shrubs around you. Maybe they sound like alien communications, or perhaps a synthesizer gone mad. No need to fear, they are just our yearly visitors, the annual cicadas. These insects may […]

Earthday365 Brings Virtual Sustainability Programming To You

Although the beloved St. Louis Earth Day Festival has been postponed to October 18th, 2020 in Tower Grove Park due to COVID-19, the worldwide 50th anniversary celebrations of Earth Day continued on. On April 18-26, environmental nonprofit earthday365 adapted in the face of the pandemic to bring sustainability to you with an interactive Virtual Earth […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Not Flushable!

Why can a product make a false label claim that causes real damage?

Flushable as a claim on cleaning wipes is one of the worst around today. But we want that convenience of flushing “away.” So we buy the product, and its load of false claim.

Our Metropolitan Sewer District – and wastewater utilities […]

Garden Gnomes: Nature Spirits Of The Earth

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

There’s more than meets the eye to the small round faced bearded garden gnomes who sport pointed red hats and mischievous smiles. Garden gnomes come from the land of enchantment and have been found in myth and folklore throughout the ages. 

The first written and named description of gnomes came at the end […]


Wednesdays in JulyLEANING INTO OUR NEW WORLDWeekly Meditation Session. I am offering 30 minute weekly virtual meditation sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00 p.m. CST until 5:30 p.m. to help us all deal with what comes up inside of us in the face of this unknown. If interested, just download or go to zoom. Put […]

Hidden Lessons From The Pandemic

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

This chaotic time of COVID-19 is full of challenges. Initially there was fear and little information about this new strain of coronavirus. The “experts” had a different opinion daily with inconsistent advice. The lockdown was rapidly implemented. Schools and universities closed. E-learning began. Parents had to adjust rapidly to this while […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: 1000-Piece Puzzle

By Tom Braford

Lao Tzu famously said ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.’ Likewise, putting together a 1000-piece puzzle starts with selecting one piece and then finding other pieces that fit into or at the edge of it.

You could say that is what we are doing in creating this network of Ecovillages, […]

Managing Seasonal Allergies: Prevention & Treatment

By Ian Wahl, Clinical Director, St. Louis Allergy Relief Center

We thrill at the blooming colors of spring and the warmth of summer. But we’re not so thrilled with the seasonal allergies that follow. Seasonal allergies are common and there is no cure. However, specific prevention strategies can help ease discomfort and control the symptoms. Allergy-prone people […]

Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske; Naturalist

The Elder Grove

The Elder Grove off my back deck is in full bloom. In a few weeks purple clusters of berries will replace the blooms. Then the race is on to harvest the Elderberries and beat the birds. When I have collected enough, I’ll make a tincture to have Elderberry extract for the […]

Publisher’s Corner

“Be The Change You Wish To See In The World”

During these times of pandemic and social injustice, our resolve as human beings is being tested like never before. The challenges of life and death have hit close to home and yet many choose to deny or at least retreat from the realities of the day. […]

St. Louis Green Buildings & Progressive Legislation: A New Way Forward

By Jenna Wilf, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Intern and Washington University in St. Louis 2020 Graduate

Green buildings have long been talked about as a key feature of addressing climate change in our built environment. A ‘green’ building is a holistic concept that begins with realizing that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, […]

The Art Of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW www.ChristineKniffen.comYour Personal Relationship Coach is just a click away…

Feeling Secure in the Early Stages of Dating

As many of you know, I am a therapist first, but serve as a Relationship Coach as well. I have had hundreds of people come to my office over the years wanting help in getting a great relationship. […]

Twilight Zone in a Dental Chair: MAD at the Sense of Non-Sense in Medicine

By Simon Yu, MD

The Medicine and Dentistry (MAD) professions parallel but rarely interact for their patient care. Many patients suffer, and it is maddening to make sense of non-sense in the medical-dental maladapted disconnection (MD-MD) phenomenon. Sitting in a dental chair is like entering the Twilight Zone: the popular 1960’s TV show which unfolds with […]

Welcome to the very first Healthy Planet Virtual Natural Living Expo!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to cancel our traditional Natural Living Expo on March 29, 2020. We decided to bring you many of those exhibitors here, virtually, for you to browse and discover many resources that will help you live a healthier and more sustainable life. At each booth you will find a live link […]