Articles from ‘June 2016’ Issue

Coalition Report

By Heather Brouillet Navarro,
Executive Director Missouri Coalition for the Environment


Missouri Parks Challenge

It’s the season for day trips and weekend adventures. Do you know where to go to play in the cool, clear water of a spring fed creek? Or where to hike along the bluffs of the Meramec? Or where to see the skeleton of a […]

10 Plants You Can Incorporate Into Your Garden This Month

By Crystal Stevens

Newbie gardeners often associate gardening with spring. At La Vista Farm, we like to plant seeds, and transplant crops every week to ensure a continuous harvest. Having multiple successions of plants is key to keep your garden vibrant throughout the summer and fall. Plants have life cycles. Some last a few weeks (radishes) […]

10th Annual Celebration of St. Louis Beer

June 11 At The St. Louis Riverfront

The 10th Annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival is the premiere showcase of the St. Louis beer scene. This festival features over 100 styles of beer from over 40+ STL-based breweries, as well as exclusive brewery collaborations and home brew club tastings, live music and great food all in […]

5 Little-Known Things That Make Autoimmune Thyroid Worse

By Dr. Adam Hughes

If you are managing your autoimmune thyroid disease through diet and lifestyle, then you probably know about the autoimmune diet, supplements, non-toxic home and body products, and getting enough rest.

But are you aware of hidden sources of stress that may be triggering autoimmune flares?
Common autoimmune diseases today include Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, […]

6th Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour Set For June 12

By Terry Winkelmann

You may have heard of — or even gone on — a unique event in St. Louis called The Sustainable Backyard Tour. This year, June 12th will be the sixth year for the tour a free open-house-style peek into private yards and gardens throughout the city and county.

Why is it called a Backyard […]

A Framework for Healthy Summer Meals and Snacks

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

Summertime is often a jam-packed time of the year – longer days filled with activities from cookouts to vacations to swimming and more – summer just provides so many opportunities for things to do! And with all those activities keeping you busy, healthy eating can […]

Area Residents Encouraged to Take Steps to Improve Air Quality in Light of Stricter EPA Standards

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

Last October, the Environ-mental Protection Agency (EPA) strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb), down from 75 ppb, in an effort to further protect public health. As the St. Louis area settles into its first air quality forecasting season highlighted […]

ARTful Happenings June 2016


Through June 19
Juried exhibition of Mississippi River photography; Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway in Alton; for info, visit www.MississippiRiverPhotoShootOut.com.

Through July 2
St. Louis Artists’ Guild; 12 N. Jackson Avenue; for info, call 314-727-6266 or visit www.stlouisartistsguild.org.

Through July 3
Featuring Jessica Andersen, Virginia Eckinger, Tamryn McDermott , Emilie Mulcahey and […]

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

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

The Art is Outdoors

This June!

Revel in the ARTful atmosphere of Missouri Botanical Garden with this year’s Sensational Summer Nights, every Thursday evening starting on June 2. From 5-8 p.m., visitors can experience the garden with all their senses: floral-inspired cocktails and light fare available for purchase at Sassafras restaurant becomes the […]


Cathy Schram

Blood Sugar & Fatty Food Issues…
What Can I Do?

Q: Do you think Berberine will help me with my blood sugar levels?

A: Berberine has been used for many years to help control blood sugar levels. There have been many studies and clinical trials using berberine not only for diabetes, but for high blood pressure and […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Monarchs and Mosquitoes
An Ode to Person-Power
and Eco-Choice

Your Pollinator Garden
Is a banquet for the Bees
And the Milkweeds you have planted
Flag in Monarchs off the breeze

Wild flowers, like stars, are blazing
Wafting scents and beaming hues
To attract the winged critters –
Eco-logical yoo-hoos!

Your relationships in Nature
Are a growing source of glee
As the biosphere around you
Pulses with diversity.

But […]

For Peace and Serenity, Try Falling Water… 16th Annual Pond-O-Rama Set For June 25-26

By Ginny Mueller

There is nothing so calming and peaceful as the sound of gently moving water. If it doesn’t exist in their current environments, members of the St. Louis Water Gardening Society create their own serenity in their water gardens—and once a year, they are willing to show everyone how sweet it is. The 16th […]

Green Buildings Are Better!

By Emily Andrews,
Executive Director of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter

Green buildings are better for people, better for the environment, and better for the bottom line. They steward natural resources and lower our environmental impacts. And they are healthier places for building occupants, especially important because Americans spend 90% of our time indoors. We live, work, […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

June 4
Green Homes Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden
See pages 5 & 24 of this issue for complete details.

June 4, 6, 2016
Did Levees Cause Flood of 2015-16?
Airs on KNLC Channel 24 06/04 at noon and KNLC Renewable Energy Channel Channel 24-2 06/06 at 8:00 p.m. The St. Louis area was hit with record-setting floods from the end […]

Healthy Planet Summer Beer Guide

2nd Shift Brewing

4 Hands Brewing Co

4204-Main Street Brewing Company

AB InBev

Alpha Brewing Company

Augusta Brewing Co.

Bastard Brothers Brewing Company

Big Muddy Brewing

Cathedral Square Brewery

Charleville Brewing Co.

Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co

Deslogetown Brewery

Earthbound Beer

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

Native Oak Savanna is a Treasure in Forest Park

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

It is no surprise that Forest Park was the number one urban park in the country in a recent nation-wide survey. There are many treasures in Forest Park. One that isn’t well known is the five plus acre Kennedy Woods Savanna located up a small hill, next to Skinker Blvd just south […]

Nutrition and Fitness Go Hand in Hand

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

People often wonder, what’s more important—a healthy diet or exercise? For optimal health, the answer is both. A nutritious diet focusing on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats, coupled with a fitness regimen of cardiovascular exercise, weight-bearing activities, and flexibility […]

One Hundred Years of Misadventure in Medicine: Command and Control for Obedience to Authority

By Simon Yu, MD

One Hundred Years of Solitude, a popular novel written by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982, tells of the multi-generational story of the Buendia family in a town called Marcondo, metaphor for Colombia.

Forty years ago, I read this book. I can vaguely remember the […]

Publisher’s Corner: Spring into Summer!

There’s something magical about the seasonal transition from Spring to Summer in June. So much is growing and blooming while midwestern storms share their tears and tantrums. The bees bounce from clover to clover and the butterflies seem to be making a come back. My family recently took a day trip to La Vista CSA […]

Springtime Ticks are More Than Just A Nuisance – They Are Harbingers of Potential Diseases for Pets & Pet Owners Alike!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

It’s so lovely outside these days! Springtime has all of us out and about, exploring the seasonal beauty with our trusty pets alongside. We may be planting in the garden, taking relaxing evening walks, jogging or hiking the many paths available in our park systems, and more. And, with any of […]

Summer Vacation for Caregivers

By Denise Pott, LCSW
Assistance Home Care

The phone rings. It’s your daughter, calling to invite you to spend a weekend at the lake with the grandkids. Unfortunately, you say you can’t go because of your responsibilities as a family caregiver. Everyone is disappointed, including you. Does this sound familiar?

As all caregivers know, sometimes you just […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Good Stress Management Skills Equals A Less Stressed Life

Now Accepting Insurance
(see website for more info)

Self-improvement is an extremely broad concept that provides many opportunities and presents numerous areas in which to inject change. As I have worked with clients through the years I have frequently heard that all too common complaint […]

Therapy Pets: Everyday Heroes!

By Teresa Garden, DVM

Have you ever considered if your pet dog could be a therapy dog? Therapy dogs or “visiting pet programs” have been around since the 1980s. These are programs in which animals help people just by visiting with them. The benefits to the people they visit are vast and far reaching. A visiting […]

What Makes Functional Medicine Different?

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

Functional Medicine is proactive, predictive and personalized medicine which empowers patients to take an active role in their own health. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. The Functional Medicine physician […]