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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.

Fall Newsletter 2019 - Back-to-school season is upon us, bringing with it the anticipation of new experiences for the kids in our lives. While many parents and caregivers can’t necessarily select which school a child will attend, we can choose to advocate for healthy changes. In this issue, we feature several ideas for helping to make that happen, including my Top 5 Back-to-School Tips. We may each be just a single voice raising awareness, but finding other similarly passionate people means our efforts will be amplified.

STOP Over Medicating Our Kids - By Deirdre Imus - According to a 2016 report by the Child Mind Institute, mental health disorders are the most common health issues facing children in the United States. Approximately one in five kids suffers from a mental health or learning disorder; 50 percent of these begin before age 14, and 75 percent before age 24.

Deirdre's Top 5 Back-to-School Tips

It Matters Where Your Food Comes From: I talk, think, and write a lot about food – which foods to eat, which to avoid, the benefits of organic produce, the risks of eating processed foods, how to avoid harmful ingredients like pesticides, artificial flavorings and preservatives, and genetically modified organisms, best known as GMOs. 

EPA Must Ban Roundup (Glyphosate) Forever - By Deirdre Imus, May 13, 2019 


Top 10 Back-to-School Food Tips - By Erin Ihde, MA, CCRP-Project Manager, Environmental Research The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® - Finding foods that are easy to pack – and that your child will actually eat – can sometimes be a challenge. Below are a few tips to make the job a little easier, and healthier.

Back to School Cleaning Tips for Moms - Article by Jim Ronchi, Project Manager, Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center - As a young child I always remember when I first started to notice the Back To School signs in the department stores, and see the commercials on the TV for sales on back to school clothes, I knew summer was almost over. I was not too happy about it, in fact I dreaded it. My mom on the other hand seemed to be much better with it.

Hackensack University Medical Center Receives Practice Greenhealth Top 25 Award for 6th Year in a Row - Practice Greenhealth is pleased to announce that Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center has been named as one of the Top 25 hospitals in the country for its distinguished work in pursuing environmental excellence.

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

CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories - CAFO provides an unprecedented view of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations where an increasing percentage of the world’s meat, milk, eggs, and fish are produced. As the photos and essays in this powerful book demonstrate, the rise of the CAFO industry has become one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Deirdre's Dish Picks


Tomato Soup with Broccoli and Parmesan - Recipe by Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys - This is the kid's favorite soup at the ranch. We make it with our ranch grown heirloom tomatoes.

 If you have a fond memory from your childhood about some of the dishes we post please click here to contact us, we would love to hear your story.


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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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Doris Kearns Goodwin Throws Her Hat in The Ring

Doris Kearns Goodwin either thought she was at a karaoke bar this morning, or she was just so excited about sharing her five favorite tunes with Imus that she broke into song not once, not twice, but three times, leading Imus to wonder if she was drunk.

Happily invoking one of her songs, Goodwin replied, "Don't be cruel!"

In an effort to pit every historian of note against one another, Imus asked Goodwin her take on James Bradley's latest book The Imperial Cruise, in which he posits that decisions made by Theodore Roosevelt on a 1905 cruise to Asia eventually led to the 1941 bombing at Pearl Harbor.

"The scholarship he's putting forth is probably right," Goodwin said about Bradley. "Whether there's a direct line between Roosevelt's actions in '04 and '05 and Pearl Harbor is less clear."

Goodwin, who has not yet read The Imperial Cruise, is working on her own book about Roosevelt during the Progressive Era in the United States. She is purposely avoiding his war mentality.

"There are parts of Roosevelt's attitudes toward war and the foreign world and imperialism that are less congenial to me," she said. "I want to wake up in the morning with the part of the guy I really like."

While he was a "force of nature" at home, improving conditions in the work place and with unsafe food and drugs, Roosevelt's views on war were "a problem," said Goodwin.

"He had a greatest wish, he said, to 'die by a bullet,'" she said. "He had a thrill whenever there was a crack of a gun."

As for Roosevelt's views on races other than "the one he was a member of," as Imus proudly put it, Goodwin provided that while Roosevelt might have made some unfortunate comments privately about Indians, blacks, or Asians, his actions belied them.

"He had Booker T. Washington as the first African-American to come to a social event in the White House, and he was roundly criticized for it," she said.

Goodwin was unwilling to take a side in the Brinkley-Bradley debate, where fellow historian Doug Brinkley accused Bradley of not revealing any new information in The Imperial Cruise. She called Bradley's retracing of the 1905 cruise "an interesting idea," and chalked any potential overstatement of its meaning up to an excited author.

"When you're writing something, you get so passionate, you think it's the most important thing that happened," she said. "So you make it larger in your own mind."

She doubts jealousy is involved, since Brinkley's successful book about Roosevelt, The Wilderness Warrior, came out before Bradely's. Besides, aren't they all getting too old for any of this stuff to matter anymore?

"Come on, Doris, you're talking to me," said Imus. "It matters until you're dead."

-Julie Kanfer

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