Articles from ‘May 2015’ Issue

‘Healthy Cities’ Events May 12, 13

By Joyce LEE, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Indigo JLD, (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Health is a state of complete physical mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” according to the World Health Organization.

Healthy cities – what comes to your mind? Fresh air, citizens walking, bicycling or jogging, smiling faces, just to name […]

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

So…You Want To Be Happy?

According to Carl Jung, each of us are born with an innate preference for how we energize ourselves, how we take in information and learn, how we make decisions, and organize the world around us. Although we each are born with innate preferences in terms of […]

ARTful Happenings


Through May 10
MOCRA; 221 N. Grand on SLU campus; for info, call 314-997-7170 or visit www.slu.edu/mocra.

Through May 21
Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine/Park Pacific Bldg.; for info, call 314-241-4810 or visit www.artstlouis.org.

Through June 28
St. Louis […]

ARTful Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

KNOW (even just a little) before you GO

Recently, I was invited to attend a fabulous concert (in Wisconsin!) entitled, “A Violin’s Life,” featuring Frank Almond, the Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony, with piano accompaniment by the renowned Dr. Eli Kalman. Impressive musicians, […]


With Cathy Schram

Something Natural For Pain Relief?

Q: I am a runner, therefore, I always have aches and pains, not to mention leg cramps at various times. My knees bother me the most. Do you have any suggestions for pain relief?

A: Indeed I do. First, let’s talk about why you are probably experiencing the pain. You […]

Bark in the Park – Raising Dollars For Dogs May 16

Bark in the Park has been Raising Dollars for Dogs for more than 20 years! The Humane Society of Missouri’s largest fundraising event, Bark in the Park is a 5K Run, One-Mile Walk and Pet Festival benefitting HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Fund. Register as an individual, form or join a “Pack” and raise dollars by asking […]

Behind The Scene Bees: More Important Than Ever (part 2)

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Native bees are the unsung heroes of pollination. Their relatives, the European honeybees, get most of the attention and press about the need to save bees. But it is the native bees, also pollinators and way more important in the job of pollinating that most of us know, who also need our […]

Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week May 3-9 With St. Louis Composting

St. Louis Composting invites you to join in celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 3-9, 2015. This year’s theme is “Be Loyal to Your Soil- Compost!” This fits in perfectly since 2015 is also the International Year of the Soils.

“Healthy soil is the foundation that ensures working farms and ranches become more productive, resilient […]

Coalition Report

By Ed Smith, Safe Energy Director,
Missouri Coalition For The Environment


Smoldering and Radioactive West Lake Landfill Update

A smoldering fire is burning at the West Lake Landfill Superfund site in St. Louis County and has been since 2010 with no end in sight. People who live around the site have been concerned for years about how […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Thinking About Tables

Here’s a way to transform our thinking (and actions) about an invasive species – that’s a major local environmental problem.

But let’s table the solution, for a moment, and lay out the issue.

Did you know you were seeing it everywhere in earliest spring? In that first exhilarating flush of green, along all […]

Give and You’ll Get… Hummingbirds!

By Abby Lapides Elliott
Sugar Creek Gardens

We all want them. And if we already have them, we want even more. Hummingbirds. Planting their top food sources will bring you the hummers along with beautiful blossoms. The birds are hard wired into searching for tubular flowers. Enter Hummingbird Mint, Agastache, beautiful perennial herbs that are adored […]

Green Homes Festival Spotlights Plant-Based Green Living Ideas

Visit the 14th Annual Event at its New Location

The 14th annual Green Homes Festival returns on Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the first time, the event will be held at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park. The festival showcases affordable, practical options for sustainable living combined with […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

May 1 – 31
Women’s Relationship-Oriented Group Therapy Class
I’m now taking inquires for a new, Relationship-Oriented Group Therapy class for women. This women’s group is a hybrid approach to traditional group therapy. Members will experience the usual support and input from other members regarding their struggles with either finding a solid relationship or wanting to make […]

Intravenous Nutrient Therapy

At The Institute of Natural Health we get a lot of questions regarding intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy. Some questions come from people who see it listed on our website and others ask because we discuss it with them as a possible treatment option. The most common questions include: What is IV nutrient therapy? What is […]

Introducing Slow Food St. Louis

By Terry Winkelmann,
Slow Food St. Louis Board Member
Founder of the Sustainable Backyard Tour

Recently, after one of our monthly board meetings held in a basement conference room at a local branch, a librarian inquired of me, as I dawdled leaving, the last to go: “What exactly is Slow Food?”

I’ve been a member of the board for […]

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 […]

Looking for a Path to Professional Success?

Check Out Our Healthcare, Wellness & Business Programs

As you think about your future and what steps you could take to achieve your professional goals, you may be considering career opportunities in the healthcare, wellness or business field. There are many different directions you could take, depending on whether you want to be involved in hands-on […]

Metro Lighting Receives Two EPA Awards

Local Business Recognized for Raising Awareness of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency & For Promoting Energy-efficient Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Metro Lighting with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Climate Communications Award for its outstanding efforts to elevate the issue of climate change through its actions, as well […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

The Nature of Rhythm

Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine.” Mickey Hart*

I witnessed the power of rhythm once on a visit to a nursing home. I brought my bag of percussion instruments and handed them out. As I played my conga, the residents […]

Nutrition & Fitness: Getting The Whole Family Involved

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

Establishing healthy eating habits and a fitness routine can be difficult on your own. People need support and encouragement when making behavioral changes to benefit their health. Getting your entire family involved in this process will help ensure that everyone reaches their healthiest self. Striving […]

PCOS: A Common Female Hormone Disorder

PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome. It is one of the most common female hormone disorders. This has been a hot topic lately because it is estimated that 50% of women who have PCOS are undiagnosed. Although PCOS is under diagnosed, that does not make it any less serious. PCOS is known to increase the […]

Phantom, Weird, Stranger Than You Can Imagine: Exorcism of the Weird People

By Simon Yu, MD

Are you weird? When I say weird people, I am not talking about some Hollywood characters with the most unusual bizarre behaviors in a fictional movie. Weirdness seems to have become a norm in Hollywood movies. How do you define weirdness when weird is the norm?

There are people suffering everyday with what […]

Publisher’s Corner: May is Mom’s Month and More!

With April showers behind us, we have May flowers to enjoy. And so many other great things to rejoice. May is the month of Mother’s Day. And we recognize our love for all mothers as their roles play the most important parts in the play of life. They deserve top billing and the pedestals we […]

Spring Gardening Tips: Raised Beds, Weed Control, Garden Design, Prepare Your Spot

By Crystal Stevens

Building raised beds:
Simple raised beds can be built using pallets. Pallets are typically free. Local businesses such as warehouses and shipping facilities with pallets out back will typically be glad to give away pallets because it often times saves them money. But it is best to ask the business owner directly for permission. […]

Spring Time Conditioning for Your Active Dogs

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Wow! Even ole’ fellas like me feel invigorated with the warm, bright days of Spring. I often jump out in the garage to clean out junk, and begin working on my garden. Yikes, by evening, I can hardly stand up without wrenching in pain.

Why am I sharing such personal information. […]

The Art Of Relating

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Demystifying Couples Counseling

I think that people have no idea what to expect when they go to couples and marriage counseling. As someone whose practice consists of roughly half couples and half individuals I have a pretty good idea of the common fears. Individuals worry that they will be told it […]

Why Are Summer Camps/Programs Good For Kids?

Summer camp can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child’s life. Camp provides children with a community of caring mentors who provide experiential education that leads to self-respect and appreciation for life. All of the outcomes—friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy and building character— prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the […]