Thursday, July 30, 2009


Last fall, the St. Louis International Film Festival ran a program called "Homegrown," a 52-minute film on the Dervaes family of Pasedena, CA. Going "off-the-grid" the family of four (think: dad and three adult children) have created a urban farm like few others, turning a fraction of land into a remarkable oasis of healthy food production.

Though unable to embed the video directly here, some interesting clips exist online.

Here's an interview with director Robert McFalls:

Here's a 10-minute clip from the Dervaes family, part of an extensive group of clips they've posted to the web:

If you can't find a copy of Homegrown (and they are hard to track), then enjoy the YouTube clips and enjoy the Dervaes family's remarkable story. In fact, here's a link to their primary webpage:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Dr. Duckworth: Vacation

For those looking to book an appointment with Dr. Duckworth, note that he'll be out of the office for a short period, beginning later this week.

Out of the office: Thursday, July 23.
Back in the office: Thursday, July 30.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Acupuncture and Menopause - Weds., July 22

Acupuncture and Menopause
Wednesday, July 22
6:30 - 8:00 p.m., $5
with Jason Hackler, Dipl.Ac (NCCAOM), L.Ac., DOM (NM)

This class will look at how Acupuncture and Meridian Therapy, a 3,000 year old integrated health care system, can successfully address menopausal issues. The class will include a brief historical overview of Acupuncture and Meridian Medicine and several successful case studies, illustrating its effectiveness in treating menopausal symptoms. Treatment approach and protocol, diet and possible herbs/supplements will also be discussed. Jason has been studying Meridian Therapy and Kototama Medicine since 1994. Licensed as Doctor of Oriental Medicine, he is presently Senior Associate of Natural Life Therapy Clinic and Project Director of the not-for-profit Institute of American Acupuncture and Life Medicine, treating the less fortunate of the metro area.

Whole Foods
Town and Country
1160 Town and Country Crossing
Town and Country, MO 63017
(636) 527-1160

Thursday, July 9, 2009

One Dime at a Time

Whole Food Groceries has a "One Dime at a Time" program whereby customers who bring their own shopping bags are offered a refund of 10 cents per bag or the customer can designate the refund to go to a designated non-profit organization. The Whole Foods located at 141 & Clayton (Town and Country Crossings Shopping Center) has designated Institute of American Acupuncture & Life Medicine (IAALM) to be the benefactor for the months of July, August and September.

As most of you know, IAALM is a not for profit service organization run and staffed by Jason Hackler and myself. We provide free low-cost health care to indigent members of our community. We operate solely through goodwill donations, thus any donation coming through Whole Foods is vitally important. So, when you shop at the Whole Foods in West County reuse your own bags and help us provide the same health care to less fortunate as is provided at Natural Life Therapy Clinic. Thank you very much.


Thomas Duckworth D.K.M. L.Ac.
Jason Hackler L.Ac.
Mallory Reed
Sharon Reed