Articles from ‘May 2017’ Issue

2017 Summer Camp Guide

Ackermann’s Swim Program

A Sports Facility – Teaching children 4-11 the life skill of swimming and water safety for 65+ years. Family owned and operated at the same location, 1044 Curran Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122. Group swim lessons in 4 heated pools with different water levels for progressive safe learning. Enrollment by one or two week […]

24th Annual Bark in the Park Set For May 20 in Forest Park

The 24th annual Bark in the Park will be held on Saturday, May 20 at Cricket Field in Forest Park!

Presented by Purina, Bark in the Park is a 5K Run, One-Mile Walk and Pet Festival benefiting the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Fund. Register as a “Pack” and raise dollars by asking friends, family […]

Alternative Building & Sustainable Living Farm Tour – June 10

You are invited to the Alternative Building and Sustainable Living Farm Tour, June 10, hosted by Solis Farm in conjunction with Farwig Farm and Silver Seed Farms. Entry to the Farm Tour is free but the sponsors ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food bank. There will […]

Alternative Building & Sustainable Living Farm Tour June 10

You are invited to the Alternative Building and Sustainable Living Farm Tour, June 10, hosted by Solis Farm in conjunction with Farwig Farm and Silver Seed Farms. Entry to the Farm Tour is free but the sponsors ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food bank. There will […]

ARTful Happenings May 2017


Through May 12
Included with regular garden admission; Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw; for info, call 314-577-5100 or visit www.mobot.org.

Through May 15
The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee; for info, visit www.theluminaryarts.com.

Through June 1
The Gallery at Regional Arts Commission; 6128 Delmar; for info, visit www.racstl.org.

May 4-June 3

Artful Living – May 2017

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

So Where Are Contemporary Artists?

Bruno David Gallery presents an exhibition this month featuring the works of five contemporary—but very different—artists. “This/That” is the first solo exhibition of paintings by William Conger. He investigates formal non-representational abstraction (“This”) nuanced by the suggestion of […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Can I Do For Dry Eye Syndrome?

Q: I have dry eye syndrome. What causes this and are there any supplements that may help this condition?

A: Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a very common problem, particularly among peri and post-menopausal women. The eyes have ocular layers that make up the tear film. There […]

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Hosts Spring Planting Festival May 7 & 8

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company is excited about its biggest festival of the year. The 17th annual Spring Planting Festival at Bakersville Pioneer Village near Mansfield, Missouri, is Sunday and Monday, May 7 and 8. The event that started with a small gathering of gardeners in the year 2000 has grown to 10,000 attendees each […]

Coalition Report

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

Who is Responsible for Allowing Factory Farms to Pollute Our Air & Water?

Overseeing Missouri’s water-related activities, the Clean Water Commission is a 7 member, governor-appointed citizen’s board. Public representation on the Commission protects our water from being compromised by special interests, but that public […]

Could Your Guts Be Leaky?

By TJ Williams, DC, PhD

(This is Part 2 of a 2 part article. Part 1 appeared in the April 2017 edition of the Healthy Planet magazine.)

In last month’s article, we discussed what leaky gut is and the wide-ranging signs and symptoms that could indicate you have a leaky gut. This month we’re going to explain […]

Get Unplugged At Clearwater Lake – Near Ellington, Missouri

The perfect way to get unplugged from everyday life is to head out for a couple of days of camping, fishing and boating on Clearwater Lake. Located in heart of the Ozark Highlands, Clearwater Lake is a beautiful 1700-acre lake. The crystal clear Black River and several springs empty into the lake and attribute to […]

Green Homes Festival Saturday, June 3, 9 am – 4 pm, Missouri Botanical Garden

Green Homes Festival Spotlights Plant-Based Options for Sustainable Living

Are you looking for green living ideas? Do you want to learn how to live more sustainably? Are you planning to build a new house? Have comfort issues and want to make improvements to where you live now?

Missouri Botanical Garden has resources for you, at the 16th […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

May 4
Look Good, Feel Good
Presented by Iris Salsman & Deborah Zorensky, MS, RD, LD, CCN. Wednesday May 4. 7:00pm – 8:30pm. The Classroom at The Center for Mind, Body & Spirit
7647 Delmar Blvd. Attendance is free, but please register. How do you feel about yourself in terms of weight, looks and health? Are you noticing […]

How Are You?

Once You Experience PALM, You Will Have A Whole New Way Of Answering That Question

You likely remember the location, but what you discover when you walk through the doors of the former Busch’s Grove Restaurant is a whole new concept in integrative health and wellness. (photo right)

PALM Health (PALM stands for Personalized Advanced Lifestyle Medicine) […]

How to Annoy Your Patients and Still Win Them Over: Difficult Doctor on Difficult Patient’s DNA Test

By Simon Yu, MD

About 25 years ago, during my early exploration of alternative, complementary medicine, occasionally, my front desk staff would ask me, rolling their eyes, what happened to the last patient I saw. She stormed out of the clinic crying, telling them that she will never come back again. She told my staff that […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Imagine the City of St. Louis with 500,000 Residents Once Again

By Tom Braford

Back in 2014, Dan Jay, an architect and planning commissioner, first proposed the idea of having 500,000 residents again in the City of St Louis as a thought experiment. This was a brilliant move because brain scientists say we literally have to burn new neural pathways before we can fulfill on a new […]

Local CSA & Farm Education

EarthDance Organic Farm School
Since 2010
EarthDance Organic Farm School sustainably grows food, farmers and community, one small farm at a time, through hands-on education and delicious experiences. EarthDance offers Farming Apprenticeship each year to community members. The Farm and Garden Apprenticeship is a part-time, hands-on, education in organic gardening, market farming, and applied permaculture. EarthDance apprentices (aka […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

Keeper of The Wild

May has arrived in full splendor! The first of May historically signaled the beginning of Summer with ancient bonfires lit on hills in raucous revelry. People leapt the fire to bring good fortune, fertility and happiness through the coming year.

This time of year I feel most strongly the presence […]

Publisher’s Corner: Two Decades of the Planet

Twenty years ago this month, The Healthy Planet magazine rolled off the press for the very first time. I lugged some bungles of that inaugural edition down to the Earth Day Festival in Tower Grove Park where I set up shop and handed out the our new publication. Obviously it was well received by a […]

Springtime 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? Well, […]

St. Louis Area No Longer Among “Most-Polluted” U.S. Cities in 2017 ‘State of the Air’ Report

Article courtesy of the Clean Air Partnership

Data from the American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report has revealed that the St. Louis area is no longer ranked among the top 25 most-polluted cities in the U.S. This news reflects an overall trend in improved air quality nationwide, highlighted by lower overall ozone levels […]

The Art of Relating

With Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Doing Your Work Before You Get “Hitched”

Thinking about getting married this year? Does the idea of a 50-plus percent divorce rate weigh on your mind at times? Do you want to greatly increase your odds of having it last? Then it is imperative that you “do your work” before you get […]

The Path to Sustainability: 2017-2018 Green Schools Quest Comes to An End but the Work Continues

By Shawn Fluckey, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Intern

The U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter’s 2016-17 Green Schools Quest ended last month. This year-long challenge targets elementary, middle, and high schools within the Chapter’s territory, which includes the state of Missouri and parts of southern Illinois. The Green Schools Quest challenges each school to devise […]

Think Like A Flower, Think Like A Bee

By Linda Wiggen Kraft,

Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

Fortunately there is a change in the way gardeners think about gardens. For too many years the only one who counted was the gardener. The garden’s purpose was to look beautiful for the gardener. Bees, insects, pollinators and wildlife were not welcome. Beauty, as deemed by […]

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 […]

Who Said Edible Gardens Can’t Be Pretty?

By Abby Elliott
Sugar Creek Gardens

Many gardeners are delighted to discover vegetables, herbs, and berries that are as gorgeous as they are tasty. Whether placed in the garden or in your favorite container, you can create beautiful gardens that will excite your senses. With the plants listed you’ll enjoy colorful flowers, luscious fruit, and intensely scented […]