Articles from ‘November 2013’ Issue

ArtFul Happenings


Through November 17
COCA Gallery, 524 Trinity Avenue; www.cocastl.org.

Through December 7
Gallery 210 on UMSL campus; for info, call 314-516-5976 or visit gallery210.umsl.edu.

Through December 26
Annual juried exhibition; Art St. Louis, 1223 Pine; for info, call 314-241-4810 or visit […]

Artful Living

with Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Insider tips for Healthy Planet readers:

Love classical guitar? Regular readers of this column know I love the flourish of an acoustic guitar. I must have been a senorita in a past life because this is music that just “speaks” to me. St. Louisans are fortunate to have the Classical […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

Any Advice for Spider Veins or UTIs?

Q: Lately, I have noticed spider veins forming in my legs. I am afraid they will turn into varicose veins. Are there are any herbs that may help improve this condition?

A: Spider veins, which are very common, often lead to varicose veins. This is considered a venous […]

Autumn’s Child At The Sheldon Nov. 19

Autumn has always been a creative season for musician Mark Holland. Having named his musical project, Autumn’s Child partly based on this fact .

There was also the influence of color and texture that is found in nature contributing to the naming of his group as well. Not just coincidence there is also musical color and […]

Avoid Alzheimer’s Through Diet

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

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and research continues to prove that diet and exercise can play a huge role in preventing this unfortunate disease, which affects more than five million Americans. Alzheimer’s disease is now so prevalent that it is the sixth leading cause […]

Cancer is a Metabolic Disease as if Cancer is Metabolic Parasites: Thomas Seyfried, Ph.D. on Ketogenic Diet for Cancer Therapy

by Simon Yu, MD

The Ketogenic Diet has been used, with great success, since the 1920’s by John Hopkins Hospital and the Mayo Clinic for the management of brittle diabetes and seizures. However, it has not been a widely accepted standard medical therapy after the introduction of insulin and seizure medications. It became a less known, […]

Coalition Report

by Kathleen Logan Smith
Director of Environmental Policy Coalition For The Environment

Active or Radioactive?

A catchy tune by Imagine Dragons has become the unofficial anthem for many of the activists in north St. Louis County who learned earlier this year that they live in the shadow of radioactive uranium wastes now threatened by a subsurface landfill fire. […]

Earthworms’ Castings

with Jean Ponzi

Two Veterans’ Stories Preserving a Precious Legacy

The Missouri Veterans’ History Project evolved from a national Clinton-era effort to honor and record the experience of all U.S. military veterans.

Congressional grants awarded to the states in 2000, through legislative sponsorship from AARP, bought digital video equipment and jump-started use of an interview process from the […]

Eat With The Seasons

by Crystal Moore-Stevens

Cornucopia: Horn of Plenty

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the word cornucopia is derived from the Latin term cornu copiae, meaning horn of plenty. The cornucopia is revered as a symbol of bounty or abundance; it is typically described as a “curved goat’s horn overflowing with fruits and grains”.

Although we attribute the cornucopia to […]

Emotional Peace For The Holidays

By Dorothy Tomasic, M.A.
Certified EPT Works
and Emotion Code Practitioner

Emotional Peace, oh, doesn’t that just sound relaxing, nurturing, centering and… well, peaceful! Breathe in Peace, breathe out worry and stress.

As we enter into the holiday season and begin expending our time and energy on extra planning, shopping, visiting, entertaining and you name it, our lives at […]

Fibromyalgia… Is It All In Your Head?

by Dr. Adam Hughes

That is what most doctors wind up telling their patients. Then patients are left searching for answers… most of the time online. Which is a little scary because anyone can post information online. The symptoms and problems of Fibromyalgia are very real, but it is far from just a “muscle” problem. In […]

Garden Glow 2013 Set For Nov. 23 – Jan. 4

Tickets are now on sale for Garden Glow 2013, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s first-ever winter light exhibit. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through the Garden at night surrounded by a spectacle of unique light installations. The exhibit opens Nov. 23, 2013 and runs through Jan. 4, 2014. Tickets are date-specific and sold in […]

Healthy Life Resources

with Chaplain Paul


OK, what is a virtue? You have certainly heard the phrase, “Patience is a virtue”.
The dictionary says that a virtue is a particular moral excellence. In my work with patients and clients I see a consistent pattern in peoples’ lives regarding the effects of “Impatience” and how toxic it can be. Patience truly […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

Through January 20, 2014
Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World!
The Saint Louis Science Center opened its doors for an insect invasion as it hosts Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World! Oct. 19, 2013 through Jan. 20, 2014. The exhibition, which was developed by national pest control company Terminix, is a multisensory experience that immerses visitors into […]

Helping the Geriatric Cat Reclaim Interest in Self and Life

by Ava Frick, DVM, CAC, FAIS

Cats, one of nature’s most fastidious animals, suffer from dandruff, dirty skin, and matting fur as they age. This condition is very annoying to this once neat and clean creature. Petting them can even appear to be uncomfortable.

This is due to the cat’s inability to maneuver and do ritualistic routine […]

Natural Living Holiday & Gift Guide

Celebrate the season at Bixby’s
For an intimate lunch with friends, a productive lunch with coworkers or a relaxed brunch with family, Bixby’s is the place. Experience sweeping views of Forest Park from the comfort of the Missouri History Museum’s second floor. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, Bixby’s is a distinctive lunch destination. […]

Nature Wisdom

with Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

The Power of Ozark Native Plants

Medicinal wild plants growing in our native environment can be the key to staying strong and healthy. With them we share the wind, sun, seasonal changes and earth energy. We are of the same place… the same ecological niche. In our global society, we often turn to […]

Parenthood: Raising A Healthy, Happy & Eco-Friendly Baby

with Natalie Petty

Babies are adorable, there is no denying that, but newborns don’t do a whole lot. It’s fun to watch them sleep and wiggle but that’s all there really is to it. Now that my son Jackson is 3 months old, he in finally starting to act like a little person. When you smile […]

Plan For A Pet-Safe Thanksgiving Holiday

by Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of year, our woodlands adorned with fall flora, cool weather changes, and the portal for Christmas and New Year’s seasons following close behind. What’s to Worry?!?!? All that great food! Bad for our waistlines, and maybe, worse for our beloved pets!!

So many goodies! The general rule […]

Publisher’s Corner

Comes To Mind On Deadline

Sometimes nothing prolific comes to mind on deadline. That is why we columnists do these quick hits of thought geared to tickle your fancies and perhaps raise the hair on your neck.

Leaves are falling, floating to the ground while squirrels scurry to hide their winter cache. It’s Autumn, summer has left […]

RainScape Rebates & Rewards

by Cindy Gilberg

Clean water is a precious resource. Human development has replaced much of the natural world with buildings and pavement. These hard surfaces allow rainfall to run off, carrying pollutants with it. Resulting rainwater related problems can be addressed with an array of sustainable landscaping practices called “rainscaping”. Fostering more permeable soils and deeper […]

Recycling News

St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District

The St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District has been working to expand recycling in the St. Louis region since 1993. The District is a regional public agency that serves St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson and St. Charles counties. Almost two million people reside within the District, making ours […]

St. Louis Rams Partner With Microgrid Solar For ‘Energy Makeover’

Play Bears In Green Game Nov 24

The St. Louis Rams are greening their operations, from recycling and waste reduction, to energy efficiency and the use of recycled materials. As part of these efforts, the Rams have partnered with St. Louis based Microgrid Solar to further their efforts around clean energy.

As the official Clean Energy Partner […]

St. Louis’ Annual Fair Trade Market Sparks Social Justice

Manchester United Methodist Church Educates on Fair Trade and Advocates for Living Wages

On Saturday, Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 24 and Friday Nov. 29 thru Sunday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., more than 2,500 sq. ft. of space will be filled with fair trade items from all over the world at Manchester […]

Take A Forest Bath

by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Taking a bath in the forest is not what Forest Bathing is. It is taking a leisurely walk in the woods so that your body, mind and spirit can be bathed in the beauty, fragrance, sounds and sensual experiences of nature. Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is the official Japanese term for taking […]

The Future Of LEED: The Green Building Rating System Gets An Update

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

As Americans, we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, and the buildings where we work, live, and learn have a huge impact on our personal health, our community, and our environment. The built environment consumes 76% of our national electricity use, creates 65% of […]

You Can Help “Build The Book House” This Holiday Season

Independently owned, community bookstores are the backbone of the local literary community. In a world of e-books, glowing tablets and online ordering, the Book House has stood the test of time for more than 30 years offering an eclectic assortment of new, used, rare and out-of-print books from a character-filled Victorian house in Rock Hill. […]