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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.

Growing Healthy Kids - By Deirdre Imus, February 14, 2019 - We do so much as parents to protect our kids from harm throughout their lives. We hold their hands as they cross the street, tell them not to run near the edge of the pool, and strap a helmet on their head before each bike ride. The dangers out in the world are real and at times they feel innumerable, as if the next boogey monster is waiting just around the bend – or in some cases, inside your breakfast bowl.

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. 

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

Brain Under Attack-By Beth Lambert, MA Maria Ricket Hong, CHHC, AADP - Does your child have rages, OCD, tics, aggressive behavior, prolonged tantrums and/or anxiety? Is your child exhibiting sudden behavioral changes or a developmental regression? Your child may have PANS. PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) is an umbrella term which includes diagnoses such as PANDAS, PITANDS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis--all of which describe a condition marked by concerning psychiatric and physical symptoms that often appear suddenly. Children in the US are being diagnosed with PANS at a very concerning rate. What is behind this epidemic?

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Cajun-Spiced Tofu Burgers - By Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys - These homemade burgers cook up golden and crunchy on the outside and a slightly spicy, nutty flavor on the inside. Serve them like hamburgers, on buns with ketchup, onion, lettuce, pickles, and mayonnaise...all the fixins you like.

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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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S.E. Cupp Kept the I-Man's Attention While Discussing "Losing Our Religion"

S.E. Cupp’s full name is Sarah Elizabeth, but she began using the “S.E,” she said, “to be sort of gender anonymous.” It was fun for the first ten years or so, but now that she’s on television all the time, she admits, “It’s just sort of an obnoxious affect.”

That sort of self-deprecating attitude is welcome on this show, regardless of political or religious affiliation. Cupp, whose new book is Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity, defies expectations on both: she’s a Conservative, and an Atheist.

“I’ve always been fascinated by religion,” she said of the subject of her book. As an Atheist, Cupp thinks she can be more objective because, “I don’t have a dog in the fight except to say that I think the press should be more responsible.”

The “liberal media,” in her view, treats Christianity “like it’s porn.” In fact, she added, “Porn is more acceptable to them than Christianity is.” With around 80 percent of the country identifying as some sort of Christian, Cupp said, “That’s fairly irresponsible.”

When she says “the liberal media,” Cupp is primarily referring to The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, and Salon.com. In Losing Our Religion, she systematically examined each outlet over the last five to ten years to examine how extensive the attack on Christianity has become.

One of the worst offenders is Newsweek, where a reporter named Lisa Miller uses her column “Belief Watch” to criticize Christianity. “She calls the Pope ‘ugly,’” said Cupp. Miller also calls Christian colleges “dangerous extremists,” using a column that Cupp believes should talk about faith and values to viscerally attack Christian America.

Unlike Islam, which is held to a sometimes dangerous burden of proof, in her view. “It’s not an accident that we caught the Christian militia men from Michigan before they acted, but the underwear bomber, and Major Nadal Hasan in Ft Hood after they acted,” Cupp said. “Because you can go after Christians without being afraid of getting called a racist, or profiling. But you have to treat Islam with kid gloves.”

Cupp was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school, but no longer believes in God. “I’ve tried really hard,” she told Imus. “I think this is all an accident. I’m not a militant atheist; I just can’t intellectually wrap my head around it.”

Her parents still practice, however: mom’s a Roman Catholic, and Dad’s a born-again Christian. “So he’s really nuts,” said Imus.

Even more unlikely is Cupp’s fierce conservatism, which revealed itself to her while in college at Cornell. “I watched a debate in college between a couple of professors arguing affirmative action, and I found myself siding with the con, the anti-position,” she said. “And I thought, wow, if that’s conservatism, I’d like to check that out.”

Now, she’s a bona fide right wing nut, watching NASCAR and shooting guns in her spare time. She’s also a frequent guest on Hannity, where she’ll appear tonight to promote her book. Imus and Cupp agreed there’s no better person than Hannity, though, she lodged one complaint: “He tries to baptize me every time we get near a water cooler.”

-Julie Kanfer

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