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Let's Protect Our Kids and Our Planet: My life’s work, and that of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, has been devoted to identifying and reducing toxic environmental exposures to protect and improve children’s health. And yet, a report released just last year from the World Health Organization (WHO) implicated unhealthy and polluted environments as causing a quarter of all deaths in children under five years old.  

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

Methylation Diet and Lifestyle by Dr. Kara Fitzgerald & Romilly Hodges, MS, CNS - The “dance of methylation” extends far beyond supplementing with B12 and methylated folate. Indeed, long term outcome studies using this approach are lacking, and research suggests caution is advised with regard to imbalanced hypermethylation. However, much can be done to safely support methylation balance.

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Easy Memorial Day Potato Salad: Recipe and photo courtesy of Ellen Troyer and the Biosyntryx Staff - This coming long weekend will also be the official start of the summer 2018 picnic season. Our Biosyntrx staff agreed that this is their favorite 'go to'  potato salad recipe since it’s easy, safe, and the flavors compliment other picnic foods without overpowering.

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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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