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  How To Prevent Autism by Dara Berger - The statistics are alarming and become more so every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, making it one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. 

CDC Study Shows Up to 7.7 Times the Risk of Miscarriage After Influenza Vaccine: By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. - The CDC has just published a seismic study (Donahue et al. 2017 Vaccine 35:5314) linking spontaneous abortions in women to flu vaccines.  The study reviewed data for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 flu seasons.  Women vaccinated with the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) in the 2010-2011 season were 3.7 times more likely to experience a spontaneous abortion within 28 days than women not receiving the vaccine. 

What You May Not Know About the Flu Shot: It’s “flu-shot season” again, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to push vaccines on the population (pregnant women and infants included), in a futile effort to prevent cases of influenza. Towards the end of every season, we hear from the CDC that the efficacy of the vaccine was 62% or 58% or lower. But it is even worse...

Back to School, Away from Toxins - by Deirdre Imus, August 10, 2017 - For countless American kids, back to school time means shopping for new backpacks, supplies, and outfits. For millions of families, especially those whose children have asthma and other health or learning issues, it also means ensuring that their child’s school won’t make them sicker, or interfere with their learning.   

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Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup - By Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch Cooking for Kids and Cowboys - Truly creamy and delicious, this velvety soup offers the perfect balance of vegetable and cheese flavors! The soup will keep in the refrigerator, tightly covered in a glass container, for two or three days. Reheat it over a very low flame to avoid scorching.

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    "Horse Soldiers" Author Doug Stanton's Advice On Afghanistan

    Doug Stanton's most recent book is Horse Soldiers, about a small band of Special Forces soldiers who battled the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. He believes the small-scale approach carried out by these troops could have a similar impact if implemented again in the same country.

    "These guys go in, don't think they're going to come home, and they ended up turning the Taliban out of the country, and they united the Afghans together," Stanton said of the Special Forces. "One of the great frustrations is that we haven't really taken a look at the playbook from eight years ago."

    President Obama's "classic counterinsurgency plan" can work, according to some military minds Stanton consulted, but it must focus on one tribe at a time.

    "What we would have to do, or what the Afghans have to do, is create their own government, because Karzai's is so inept," said Stanton, who predicted some measure of success would be in place by Obama's deadline of July 2011.

    There needs to be some version of success similar to what was seen in Iraq. "The surge there worked because it was preceded by this other thing called 'the awakening' in Anbar province," Stanton said.

    One of the men in Horse Soldiers, upon arriving in the Anbar region of Iraq, noted the exorbitant unemployment rate. He got people on his side by giving them jobs, and turning them against the insurgents. Unless a similar strategy is carried out in Afghanistan, Stanton said that after 18 months, "We'll be stuck in a version of 'Iraq lite.'"

    He questions whether there are only 100 Al-Qaeda operatives left in Afghanistan, as statistics have suggested. But those still there are bitter from their 2001 defeat by the U.S. Special Forces, a unit Stanton compared to the Peace Corps.

    "Except they get to shoot back if they have to," he joked. "They'd rather make change from the inside of society rather than hammer at it from the outside."

    Obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan would do mostly the latter, which Stanton said doesn't always work and often alienates people.

    "This is a social problem, it's not just a military problem," he said. "It's a lot like teen pregnancy and drug abuse in the United States — we can't even fix that here, when we know the language, and we can figure out who to vote for. How do you expect another country to just fix it overnight?"

    Afghans, he added, must determine their own future, and it's possible that future will include the Taliban, "in a way that they can live with other Afghans without trying to chop their hands off, or stone women in the soccer stadium."

    -Julie Kanfer

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