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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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Walter Isaacson's Book "American Sketches," About Great Thinkers, Does Not Include Sid Rosenberg

New Orleans native Walter Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, where he sits in a room and thinks about stuff all day. Formerly the editor of TIME Magazine, Isaacson is also an author whose current book is American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane.

The hurricane he mentions is Katrina, which ravaged his hometown more than four years ago. "We've got a whole lot of entrepreneurs, young people who came down and started charter schools," he said. "We've got a new mayor's race, which is good, because I think we could use a new mayor."

Isaacson is also grateful to the New Orleans Saints, whose undefeated season has only helped the city. "It's nice to know the good lord is a Saints fan!" he added.

For American Sketches, Isaacson looked back at the people he'd written about, and asked himself this question: what makes somebody a great leader?

"There are a lot of smart people in the world, half the time they don't amount to much," he said. "What makes somebody special is when they can think out of the box, be creative, and balance that ability to hold true to their principles, and yet also try to find common ground, when necessary, with other people."

He called Benjamin Franklin his "patron saint" of that ability, and said he feels bad for President Obama, whose goals to reform health care have unraveled. But that's not all.

"I feel sorry for him on Afghanistan, because there's no right answer there," said Isaacson. Imus supposed the right answer would be to get the hell out of Afghanistan, and Isaacson took about 15 seconds to come around to this thinking as well.

In today's New York Times, Maureen Dowd's point, as Imus saw it, was that at least when President Bill Clinton stuck it to you, he made you feel good, unlike Obama.

"I think it does take Obama to make Maureen nostalgic for Bill Clinton," said Isaacson.

He thinks people are being too hard on the President. "This is a pretty terrible time we're in," he said. "We were about to fall off a financial cliff a year ago, and at least we've been saved from that."

In American Sketches Isaacson writes about a conversation he had with Woody Allen after the discovery of Allen's relationship with his then-stepdaughter, now wife, Soon-Yi.

"He's telling me all of these things, and he touches me on the knee and says, 'I hope you don't mind I'm telling you all these things,'" Isaacson recalled. "I'm thinking, this is what I do for a living!"

The lesson there, he said, is that people love to talk. And don't we know it.

-Julie Kanfer



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