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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.


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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Vicky Ward Likes to Tell Icky Stories

Someone with a masters degree in English from Cambridge University, like Vicky Ward, has no business talking to Imus, a master cowboy. But this unlikely duo found common ground in their mutual appreciation for salacious stories, like the one Ward tells in her book, The Devil’s Casino, about the bigwigs at the new defunct Lehman Brothers. Just how she came into the icky details of drugs and backstabbing is a subject of great interest itself.

She received a call one day asking if she was the Vicky Ward working on a book about Lehman, and quickly said yes. “Well, you need to see some documents I have,” said the voice on the other end of the line. This person also told Ward they would write the “definitive story of Lehman” themselves, but feared it would spell disaster for his career.

“I didn’t know what he was going to hand over,” she said, but agreed to meet this man by herself, at 7am on a Saturday morning, someplace 90 minutes outside Manhattan.

Though she was a bit nervous, Ward’s a tough cookie, having dealt with mercenaries in Africa and received death threats in the past. “I had done enough due diligence on this guy, and I knew he was legit,” she told Imus. “He had actually worked at Lehman. The chances of me ending up dead in a ditch were about .5 percent. But, you never know.”

The risk was surely worth the reward, as the documents handed over to Ward were invaluable firsthand accounts of the last 25 years at Lehman Brothers, kept by senior members of its staff.

“The diaries were commissioned in the hope that everyone would remember things that one man wanted them to remember,” she said, referring to Joe Gregory, the number two guy at the firm. The result was not what he had in mind, nor was it anything he wanted to go public.

“They wrote down stories of backstabbing and betrayal,” said Ward. The diaries also divulged tales of rampant rule-breaking, competitiveness, and lying that dated back to the 1970s.

And not much has changed since Lehman’s collapse in 2008, and the undoing of other large firms like Bear Stearns: just last week, the SEC charged Goldman Sachs with knowingly selling bad mortgages to clients for the profit of a hedge fund. Goldman insists they were under no obligation to tell their customer what they knew.

“Really, what we should see in the financial reform bill, it should stop bankers from making immoral choices,” said Ward, who knows of several “boutique banks” that are now cautioning employees to use better judgment.

It raises the age-old question of whether morality can be legislated. If that’s the case, the entire cast of the Imus in the Morning program is in even more trouble than Wall Street.

-Julie Kanfer


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