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June 1st, 1968 - March 29th, 2018

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The Vaccination Debate: Today we investigate one of the biggest medical controversies of our time: vaccines. There’s little dispute about this much-- vaccines save many lives, and rarely, they injure or kill. A special federal vaccine court has paid out billions for injuries from brain damage to death. But not for the form of brain injury we call autism. Now—we have remarkable new information: a respected pro-vaccine medical expert used by the federal government to debunk the vaccine-autism link, says vaccines can cause autism after all. He claims he told that to government officials long ago, but they kept it secret.

Winter Newsletter 2018 - Winter is on its way, and with it comes the challenges of a festive and hectic holiday season. While it’s easy to get bogged down in the details of party planning and settle for the same old same old, there's no better time to branch out and try something new that will no doubt impress your guests – and even yourself! As always, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® (DIEHC)  is at your service with practical, healthy tips for getting through the holidays, and starting off 2019 on an inspired note.

Autism Rates Continue To Rise - By Deirdre Imus, January 2019 - A new study released in December suggests that rates of autism, which have been increasing for nearly two decades, are rising still. According to research published in the journal Pediatrics, one in 40 children – or 2.5 percent of all kids between the ages of 3 and 17 – has an autism spectrum disorder. 

First Flint, Now Newark - Are You Next?: By Deirdre Imus, 11-27-18 - Just 16 miles from our home at Hackensack University Medical Center is the city of Newark, NJ. It is the state’s largest city, with more than 285,000 people calling it home.  It is the state’s second-poorest city and recent revelations indicate the water of Newark, NJ is rife with lead.

Exclusive Interview: Deirdre Imus Is on a Mission to Save Our Kids and Remove Toxins - Alpha Rising spent time with Deirdre Imus and got an exclusive tour of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ. Bottom Line: The more we remove poisonous toxins, the more we save our kids' lives. 

The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center - Hackensack Meridian Health Honored as an Environmental Conservation Champion of Good Works by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey

 

Deirdre's Book Pick Of The Week

The Longevity Diet by Valter Longo - The internationally renowned, clinically tested, revolutionary diet program to lose weight, fight disease, and live a longer, healthier life.  Can what you eat determine how long, and how well, you live? The clinically proven answer is yes, and The Longevity Diet is easier to follow than you'd think. 

Deirdre's Dish Picks

Deirdre's Oven Roasted Potato Skins - By Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch Cooking for Kids and Cowboys - At the Ranch, we use the scooped-out potato flesh left over from this dish to make hash browns for breakfast.  You can do the same by simply seasoning the potato with salt and pepper, forming it into patties, and frying them in olive oil until golden.


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With the closing of The Imus Ranch For Kids with Cancer, The Imus Ranch Foundation was formed to donate 100% of all donations previously devoted to The Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer to various other charities whose work and missions compliment those of the ranch. The initial donation from The Imus Ranch Foundation was awarded to Tackle Kids Cancer, a program of The HackensackUMC Foundation and the New York Giants.  In addition, once the Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer is sold, 100% of those funds will be contributed to The Imus Ranch Foundation.

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2:42AM

The Imus-Morrison Love Affair, Part II

Fresh off last night's gig at Madison Square Garden, Van Morrison talked music, religion, and unauthorized biographies today with his Rupert Pumpkin Don Imus, who has listened to the live and recorded versions of Van's Astral Weeks album at least 50 times.

First, Van wanted to talk biographies, specifically those that have been written about him without his input. "They never want to talk to me, and I've offered," he said, the studio lights bouncing off his big black sunglasses. "If you want to talk to me, I'll give you my input, seeing as I'm the subject matter for the book. It's a con!"

To Imus's suggestion that people are afraid to speak to him, Van said, "I'm the horse's mouth, but instead of getting it from the horse's mouth they get it from the donkey's ass."

The above statement, while crass, sounded positively melodic spoken in Van's Irish lilt.

Imus has had plenty of unauthorized crap written about him, and could not care less. "I think I'm a pretty decent guy," he said. A pause. "Did you know I have cancer, by the way?"

Since Van resides on planet Earth, he knew Imus had cancer, and was glad to hear the holistic treatments seemed to be working, so far.

Growing up in Belfast, Ireland, Van told Imus he found out about artists like Lead Belly, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf by invading his father's music library.

"That was my bible," said Van, who doesn't listen to any current music, but confessed a track he heard on the radio a few weeks ago caught his ear: It's A New Day, by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. Random, but we'll take it.

Van was also exposed to country artists like Hank Williams, which proved helpful when choosing tracks for his own country album Pay The Devil. "I just grew up with that, and blues, and jazz," he said.

Though he is clearly not country, Van said his style of songwriting is similar in that he writes his songs as one would write a play, using characters and storylines. "I think it's drama," he said. "It's theatre."

As Van struggled to remember a joke he'd heard about country music, Imus helped fill in the blanks, saying, "If you play country songs in reverse they have a happy ending."

Van praised country singers for their incredibly talent. "Almost everybody in the Country Music Hall of Fame can sing," said Van. "Compare that to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How many singers can you find there?"

Imus observed that many of Van's songs are about mysticism and spirituality, though Van is not a particularly religious person. He said his belief in God depends on how God is defined.

"I think people are programmed already...they get it from society, the media," he said, adding that the important part is ridding oneself of this programming.

Besides religion, millions of people, including the I-Man, find meaning in music, specifically the timeless tunes of people like Van, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles. Today, for example, Imus read into Van's song Madame George, which was based on a composite of characters, including some of Van's family members and a history teacher he once had. Not, as Imus suspected, on Elton John.

"There's no big mystery," Van said, with as much as a laugh as he could muster.

Formerly a member of the band "Them," with whom he released the B-side-track-turned-hit Gloria in 1964, Van said in the end "Them" was just, well, him.

"There wasn't any money, so everybody jumped ship," Van explained. "But the manager wanted to keep me. He said, 'As long as I have you, I can get anybody.'"

Breaking news: Unexpected "Them" reunion on the Imus in the Morning program today!

-Julie Kanfer



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