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 Celebrating 15 Years Protecting Children's Health & the Environment

 The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®  - When you are among the first voices to speak out on an issue, it’s difficult to know if anyone is listening. When I founded The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center fifteen years ago, concern about our children's health being impacted by toxic exposures in the environment was not the hot button, trendy issue it is today.  Read more...

Deirdre's Dish Picks

Mock Chicken Szechaun Stir-Fry: By Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch Cooking for Kids and Cowboys - This dish uses a spicy, dark sauce known to the Szechuan region of western china – it can kick any stir-fry into high gear. You can find prepared Szechuan sauce in the Asian food section of most grocery stores. One other secret to a great stir-fry is to make sure to have all your ingredients chopped and measured before you begin because once you start cooking, this dish comes together fast. This recipe is great served with or without rice. 

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.

If you have a Healthy Recipe that you enjoy and would like to see others indulge in, please share it with us: Deirdre.Imus@hackensackmeridian.org - You may have your recipe posted live on my Recipe Page! 

Five Dangerous Dog Vaccine Ingredients - Forty years ago, there was a popular misconception within the veterinary field that vaccines could be given continuously without harming the animal.  Since then, vets learned that vaccines last a lot longer than a year: most likely for the animal’s life.

Deirdre's Book Pick Of The Week

 

 Inoculated: How Science Lost its Soul in Autism - by Kent Heckenlively - In November of 2013, Simpson University biology professor, Dr. Brian Hooker got a call from Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working in vaccine safety. Their conversations would lead to explosive revelations that top officials at the CDC engaged in a systematic cover-up of data showing that earlier administration of the MMR vaccine caused increased rates of autism in children, particularly African-American males. Thompson would eventually turn over thousands of the documents to US Congressman William Poesy.

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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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Spurs Crush Cavaliers - San Antonio Spurs crush the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 as Kawhi Leonard Drops 25; LeBron James Scores 17

Knicks beat the Pistons - The New York Knicks (28-46), who waved the white flag on the season weeks ago, took control with a 15-0 run to start the second half and easily send the Pistons (35-40) to a 109-95 loss.

UConn downs Ducks to advance to its 10th straight Final Four - The Huskies halted 10-seed Oregon's Cinderella run Monday night with a 90-52 win that earned coach Geno Auriemma his 113th NCAA tournament win.


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    Jim Lehrer Likes Trains (We Think)

    As if being the smart, charming host of the PBS News Hour weren’t enough, Jim Lehrer is also an accomplished writer, whose 20th novel, Super, debuted this week.

    Not to be bested by his guest’s achievements, Imus boasted that he used to work for the railroad, on freight trains out of Los Angeles. While this may seem irrelevant, it’s not: Super takes place on a train, specifically the Santa Fe Super Chief between Chicago and Los Angeles.

    Set in the late 1950s, Super features real-life characters like Clark Gable and President Harry Truman, both known for their love of trains.

    “Clark Gable really was the number one fan of the Super Chief,” said Lehrer. “After his wife Carol Lombard died in an airplane crash, he was more insistent, he wanted to go by train.”

    Often called “The Train of the Stars” because of its Los Angeles to New York route via Chicago, the Super Chief of Lehrer’s imagination is also the scene of a crime.

    “There are a couple of bodies,” he told Imus. “And the question is whether or not it’s murder, or something else, and whether Clark Gable is really Clark Gable.”

    Lehrer’s love of transportation is not merely coincidental; as a boy, his father worked for a bus company in Kansas called Santa Fe Trailways that was owned by the Santa Fe Railroad. When he was older, Lehrer himself worked at a bus depot in Texas.    

    “It’s all part of my DNA,” he said. “My dad used to say, ‘Son, there’s nothing more important than moving people from place to place when they really need to go.’”

    Train travel, however, is not the romantic venture of yore. Back in the day, the Super Chief was all-Pullman sleeping cars and had “fabulous food,” according to Lehrer. “They’d pick up fresh trout in Colorado, and they had a bakery in Newtown, Kansas, where they put on fresh bread,” he waxed. “They had a barber shop, and a teletype machine, long before there was anything like television.”

    Growing up in Kansas, Lehrer remembers watching these fancy streamliners zoom through small towns, and never imagined he’d be able to ride one. Fast forward a few decades, and Lehrer had the great pleasure of riding the Super Chief just five years ago.

    Though it doesn’t feature the same luxuries as the old Super Chief—like a private dining room decorated entirely in Turquoise—the new incarnation was still terrific fun for Lehrer, who likely traveled on the tracks that run right through the Imus Ranch

    In fact, oftentimes Imus will take the kids down near the tracks to do one thing or another, and a train will rattle by. “They don’t exactly wave to the people on the train,” Imus said. “You can imagine what I have them do.”

    We’d rather not.

    -Julie Kanfer


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