Articles from ‘September 2014’ Issue

A Word To The Wise

With Kate Schroeder, M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Why Do I Feel This Way?

When we talk about our soul, a common universal symbol or image used to refer to this soul self is the image or symbol of a child. We all have an inner child that exists inside of us, waiting to be discovered and brought out […]

ARTful Happenings – September 2014


Through September 12
Cathy Gregory Studio Gallery, 2000 S. 39th Street; for info, call 314-773-3935 or visit www.cathygregory.com.

Through November 30
Presented by International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum; Concourse C in Terminal 1, Lambert International Airport; for info, visit www.iphf.org.

September 3-October 31
Reception Sept. 12, 5-9 p.m.; Green Door Gallery, […]

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

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky, Arts Editor

Three—no, FOUR Cheers for the ARTS in St. Louis!

Between connecting flights on a few trips, I’ve had some time to spend in Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, in The Netherlands. Most travelers consider time spent in an airport as b-o-r-i-n-g. Not so at Schiphol. In fact, art-lovers may feel cheated if they […]

Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Is 5-HTP and are Antacids Unsafe?

Q: What exactly is 5-HTP and how does it compare to tryptophan?

A: 5-HTP is the amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan. It is the step between tryptophan and the brain chemical called serotonin. 5-HTP is better used because tryptophan must be converted to 5-HTP before it can be metabolized to […]

Back To School Pet Basics!

By Dr. Doug Pernikoff, DVM

Students are racing back to school during August and September each year. Whether you are heading to junior or senior high school; or, onward to college, there are considerations regarding pet management, and more.

First of all, note that many times, changes in our home schedules may directly impact our pets. Your […]

Beauty is the Manifestation of HEALTH

By Linda Hoff

Beauty is being true to yourself. Are you being true to yourself? What is the one thing you know to be true, but are afraid to admit? Is there an area of your life in which you are feeling stuck? That’s were a holistic health coach can help. A health coach offers support […]

Coalition Report

Brad Walker, Big Rivers Director
Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Troubles on the Missouri River

Millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on the Missouri River to construct massive dams upstream and to shorten, straighten, and narrow the lower portion for barge traffic and agricultural use. However, this investment is not reaping the public benefits we often hear […]

Donate Used Medical Equipment, Oct. 11, 2014 at Select Walgreens Stores

St. Louis HELP’s primary mission is to provide any individual in need with access to free Home Medical Equipment (HME) through our recycle and reuse program. Our secondary mission is to divert unnecessary waste from area landfills by providing a local resource for the reuse or recycling of unwanted HME.

In addition to collecting and distributing […]

Earthworms’ Castings

With Jean Ponzi

Happy Bird Day

When I turned 60 this summer I got to experience one of my life’s Uplifting Moments.

Missouri Botanical Garden (one of my favorite places on Earth) hosted the party, featuring a stellar show by one of my favorite bands (amazing musicians and my dear friends), the Augusta Bottoms Consort. On that Whitaker […]

Focus On a Wellness Career At Missouri College

With so much interest in healthy lifestyles today, there are many avenues someone who would like to enter this field could pursue professionally. Missouri College offers several programs focused on healthcare and wellness careers as well as other fields.

Whether you’re looking for hands-on involvement in caring for patients’ healthcare needs or in work that supports […]

Gateway Garlic Urban Farm Smells Success

By Crystal Stevens

Mark Brown, a St. Louis transplant, has been farming in Missouri for 13 years and has been active in Urban Farming in St. Louis since 2005. Mark comes from a long line of farmers in the Northern Illinois and Wisconsin regions. Some of his earliest childhood memories are of harvesting and eating raw […]

Healthy Planet 28th Natural Living Expo Set For September 28, 2014

Enjoy the first weekend of Autumn as The Healthy Planet, St. Louis’ Green & Natural Living magazine, hosts its 28th Natural Living Expo Sunday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Webster Groves Recreation Center, 33 East Glendale Road (I-44 at Elm Avenue) in Webster Groves.

This popular event will include more than 50 […]

Healthy Planet Guide To Resale Shops

Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique
St. Louis’ premiere designer clothing consignment store centrally located in the heart of St. Louis County.  We offer coveted designer brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch and more.  Recognized as: Best Place to Get a Deal on Dior – Alive Magazine
“We Heart STL Best of […]

Healthy Planet Happenings

September 5
Get a jump start on next year’s garden! Both new and experienced gardeners will find a wide variety of native wildflowers, grasses, sedges, small-flowering trees and shrubs for home landscaping at the Shaw Nature Reserve’s fall Shaw Wildflower Market on Friday, Sept. 5 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Admission to the sale […]

Honey: What Makes Local So Sweet?

By Jane I. Sueme
Isabee’s Beekeeping Supplies

Nectar of the Gods, Sweetness and Light, Liquid Gold –
call it what you like, local honey is here!

When it comes to honey, what is local? For purposes of supporting the local food community, local can mean your neighborhood, town, regional or even national if it’s harvested and packaged within that […]

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 […]

La Vista Farm Dinner, Sept. 13, 2014

By Crystal Stevens

La Vista Farm in Godfrey IL will be hosting their 2nd Annual Farm Dinner Fundraiser Sept. 13, 4 to 7 pm. The theme for this year’s Seed to Table feast is Global Fusion. The dinner will be prepared by the farmers themselves, truly making it a unique field to plate dining experience.

Join fellow […]

Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky Named Executive Director of Missouri Citizens for the Arts

The Missouri Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky of Eureka, Missouri to fill its position of Executive Director.

An award-winning artist, Ms. Ochonicky is the former Executive Director for BoardLinkStL, as well as the former Executive Director of Missouri Artisans Association /The Best of Missouri […]

Nature Wisdom

With Pat Tuholske, Naturalist

The Wisdom of Stillness

As daylight grows shorter, squirrels bury nuts, geese wing south, ladybugs swarm, and auburn leaves descend. The shift of the season is upon us. Amid the scurry of activity I seek stillness and solitude like the lone acorn gracing the Ozark forest floor.

Embracing serenity and simple things, I have […]

No Quick Fix To Food Allergies

By Dr. Rosa Kincaid, MD

Staying healthy is not that easy. This I found after trying to avoid gluten for the past two years. It can mean: not getting to eat any of your own birthday cake, restriction of most comfort foods and not having much to drink when at a party. So, like many of […]

Parasitologists in New Orleans for Hunger Games: Parasites and Cancer Metabolism

By Simon Yu, M.D.

The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists was held in New Orleans, Louisiana in the summer of 2014. Most of the several hundred attendees were from universities around the United States and other countries. They were immunology/parasite/biology department teaching faculties including Masters and Ph.D. candidate students. Also, there were […]

Publisher’s Corner

I’ve Got Mail

Everyone loves to get mail. There is a psychological connection between the mail we get and our self worth. The more mail you get, the more you are loved or are some sort of VIP. There is nothing more exciting than coming home and opening up the mail box and seeing a letter […]

Raising Resilient, Confident and Aware Children

By Dr. Vera Gabliani, Clinical Psychologist

The majority of parents I encounter worry about their child’s self esteem and ability to cope with the stresses of life. Well-intentioned parents believe they need to protect their child from making mistakes and experiencing failures or disappointments in order to build their self esteem. So, when a difficult situation […]

St. Louis Rams Practice A Greener Game

The St. Louis Rams are greening our operations, from recycling and waste reduction to energy efficiency and the use of recycled materials. Since our participation in the NFL’s first carbon neutral game in 2005 against the Philadelphia Eagles, we have been committed to establishing and growing our Green Platform with the intention of identifying authentic […]

Tasty, Trim Tacos Prepared In A Healthy Way

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

Many people say tacos are one of their favorite meals. In fact, we’ve devoted an entire weekday to the delicious dish—Taco Tuesday, anyone? Oftentimes, tacos can be loaded with a lot of fat and sodium, but they don’t have to be. There are several ways […]

The HP Axis and its Involvement with Hormonal Difficulties Unlocking the Hormonal Mystery

By Dr. Mark Schopp, D.C.

The HP Axis is a major part of the neuroendocrine system that controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, including digestion the immune system, mood and emotions, sexuality, and energy storage and expenditure. In the treatment of any hormonal problem the Doctor must evaluate whether or not the HP […]

Thinking Of Spring In September

By Linda Wiggen Kraft

Fall gardens are growing full force now, which is the perfect time to dream and plan for next year’s spring and summer gardens. Spring blossoms bring a sense of renewal after winter’s cold. Now is the time to plan for them. There are spring bulbs to be planted soon along with perennials, […]

Where We Learn Matters

By Susan Lanigan

On Sept. 27, 2014, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council will sponsor the 3rd annual Green Apple Day of Service. This global event will bring together thousands of students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members for education, community events, and service projects to contribute to the goal that […]

Without Licensure, How to Choose a Professional Reflexologist?

No two feet are alike. The same applies to reflexologists. Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois do not have licensure for reflexology. Yet, reflexology is one of the most requested bodywork therapies in the U.S. What makes reflexology special and how does someone like YOU choose a professional?

Modern-Day Reflexology
Reflexologists use fingers and hands to work specific […]

Your Personal Relationship Coach

Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW

COMMITMENT: What is it and are you both fully engaged in your relationship?

I was recently a guest on City Corner with Steve Potter (see website for full interview). I was asked to be a guest to talk about my SKYPE Services, as it is was something different and trending. I was […]