Articles from ‘October 2020’ Issue

12 Strategies to Enhance Your Immune System

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

We are constantly exposed to potential infectious agents like viruses and bacteria that cause infections such as colds, flu, bronchitis and ear infections.  The immune system defends us from invaders and repairs the damage that occurs with infections.

When the immune system is weak infections may occur frequently and be difficult to […]

ArtFul Living

St. Louis Area Fine Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Please note: As scheduling can be unexpectedly altered in response to COVID-19 concerns, kindly verify all listed events at the provided websites.

And just how did it get to be OCTOBER already???

It’s a long, hard road since March, when the things screeched to a […]

Battlefield Body in an Age of Pandemic II: Enlightenment and Wisdom

By Jon P. Frieda, MBA

It can be said that enlightenment is not so much about achieving it, but in letting go of all of the things that no longer serve you, it brings you back to who you truly are. Throughout your life you celebrate the day of your birth, each time adding one year […]

Coalition Report

Building A Better Food System

By Jenn DeRose,Known & Grown Manager, Missouri Coalition for the Environment


Five things you can do to build a better system that protects our air, soil, and water.

1. Know your farmer. This is actually easier than it sounds, even during the pandemic. You can learn all about local farmers in our area […]

Conservation Corner

Flight of American White Pelicans

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Or maybe it’s a little of both.

The American white pelican is a BIG bird. With an immense body of over five feet long and a massive wingspan up to nine feet, pelicans are among […]

Constipation and Acne: What’s the Connection?

by TJ Williams, DC, PhD

Symptoms like constipation and acne often occur simultaneously thanks to the gut-skin axis. While conventional medicine typically treats acne with a surface level approach, new research involving the gut-skin axis presents a functional medicine perspective in treating both constipation and acne.

What’s the Connection?

Constipation and acne are often symptoms of two root […]

Earthworms’ Castings

with Jean Ponzi

One Milkweed, One Vote, One Matters!

Our place is awash in shade. Native trees and bushes for sure. But we’ve grown a forest here. Too dim for native blossoms.

I had given up on living color for this year when, the first of March, we dismantled a structure in front of our home. Bare ground […]

Green Dining Alliance

A Program of earthday365 Brings Sustainability to the St. Louis Restaurant Scene

By Victoria Donaldson

The Green Dining Alliance, a program of earthday365, certifies restaurants in sustainable practices, connecting them with resources to reduce their carbon footprint, reduce waste, conserve water, source locally, and more. All GDA restaurants recycle, phase in energy efficient lighting, never use Styrofoam, […]

Guide to Green Dining in the St. Louis Area

Visit www.greendiningalliance.org for a complete list of participating restaurants – be sure to use our site when choosing where to dine out. This Green Dining Guide is cosponsored by The St. Louis Jefferson Solid Waste District.

4 Hands Brewing Company1220 S. 8th Street314-436-1559 • 4handsbrewery.com

Atomic Cowboy,4140 Manchester Road, 63110, 314-775-0775www.atomiccowboystl.com

Avenue Restaurant,12 N. Meramec, 63105, 314-727-4141.www.avestl.com

Bailey’s […]


October to December 2020Healthy Planet Virtual ExpoYou can enjoy the Healthy Planet Virtually from October to December at www.thehealthyplanet.com.

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31Virtual Meditation SessionsVirtual Mediation Sessions on Saturday mornings at 10:00 – 10:45 AM CST. Please note the new time, 10:00 AM CST. There has never been a better time for us […]

Healthy Planet Fall Expo Goes Virtual

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to cancel our traditional Natural Living Expo on September 27, 2020.  We are now bringing you many of your favorite exhibitors and some exciting new participants, virtually, for you to browse and discover the many resources that will help you live a healthier and more sustainable life.  At […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents How Can We Save Civilization & The Planet

by Tom Braford

Technology and iconic development alone will not save civilization and the planet.

For example, borehole technology can sound boring, but what if it were a key puzzle piece in building affordable, sustainable Reconciliation & Regeneration Ecovillage communities? And what if they were an even bigger puzzle piece in saving civilization and the planet? And […]

Publisher’s Corner

Let Your Vote Be Your Voice

We sit night after night watching the news, reading newspapers and social media and taking issue with what we see and hear about politics. Then we talk to our friends, family and coworkers and share our opinions, often rather passionately. All of that blustering means absolutely nothing if you don’t […]

St. Louis Continues to Celebrate 50th Earth Day Anniversary With Virtual Festival & Green Curbside Hop Oct. 15

Executive Director Dr. Jess Watson announces that earthday365’s planned Earth Day Half Birthday on October 18th in Tower Grove Park will be replaced by a virtual festival and Green Curbside Hop.

In the best interest of public health, earthday365 is unable to host an outdoor St. Louis Earth Day Festival in Tower Grove Park as planned […]

The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

Wanting a Relationship but Doubting Your Ability to Choose Wisely?

www.Christine Kniffen.comYour Personal Relationship Coach is just a click away….

Plenty of people have been burned in their quest for relationships and are therefore, naturally reluctant to hurl themselves back in the game. You are not alone. I have been working for years with […]

The Oak Tree Web — Butterflies, Moths, Caterpillars, Birds, Leaves & Seeds

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

A web of life is a cycle where all parts are connected and needed to keep it whole. All parts support each other. We don’t often see the web of oak tree connections when we look at the beautiful oaks in our urban, suburban and rural landscapes. The butterflies and moths that […]

The Secret Of The Messy Garden

Native landscapes exist in sharp contrast to many of their manicured counterparts. Those monocultures of lawn punctuated with a sentinel tree and a few trimmed bushes.

Most native landscapes include broad varieties of species. Problem solver plants, multi-season beauties, and low-maintenance workhorses. These interesting plants create diverse landscapes that change their appearance year-round. And, native plants […]

Women in Green: Celebrating ‘Sheroes’ of Sustainability

By Abigail Sirevaag, USGBC-Missouri Gateway Board of Directors

In 2012, the US Green Building Council began a Women in Green initiative to recognize and empower women who advocate for green buildings and communities around the world. This year’s program theme is “Sheroes,” which represents the female hero who excels under pressure and overcomes adversity. In this […]