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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.

Spring Newsletter 2019 - Spring is on its way, and with it comes a chance for renewal, a vital opportunity to clean up and clean out in all areas of our lives. If you’ve been feeling weighed down by winter, we’ve got just the stuff to get you revved up for spring’s beautiful gifts.

Are You Green Cleaning With Meaning? - By Deirdre Imus, April 8, 2019 - Few things matter as much in health care, or for maintaining overall health, as cleanliness. For more than two decades, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® has been dedicated to ensuring children live the healthiest lives possible - today, tomorrow, and decades from now. Much of our work to make that happen has been in the cleaning product space. It is now common knowledge that household and commercial cleaning products are rife with toxic chemicals that can and do make people sick, but it wasn’t as widely recognized when we founded our Greening The Cleaning® (GTC®) program in 2001.

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.

Hackensack University Medical Center Wins Practice Greenhealth Circles of Excellence Award  - Practice Greenhealth is pleased to extend its warmest congratulations to Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack University Medical Center as a Circles of Excellence Award winner.

A Healthy School for Every Child - By Deirdre Imus, 4-1-2019 - Schools should be some of the most sacred structures on our planet. They are shrines to learning of all sorts, whether educational, emotional, lifestyle, or otherwise. We learn how to do math in school but we also learn how to make and maintain friendships, how to take care of one another and also of our planet.  More than 55 million children and seven million adults – 20 percent of the U.S. population - occupy schools every day. Schools are more densely occupied than offices and in worse shape than prisons. Despite their vital role in society, these buildings are simply not at the forefront of most people’s minds day in and day out.

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?

Deirdre's Dish Picks


Pimento Cheese Spread - Recipe by Deirdre Imus, The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboy - Here's a zippy cheese spread that is so much better than the processed, store-bought versions; the difference is like night and day. I grew up on these, my Grandma was the one who made it and she called it pickles and pimento.  She would dice pickles into it and serve sweet pickles on the side.  It's wonderful on crackers, stuffed into celery sticks, or as a spread for sandwiches. You can forego using a food processor for the preparation of this recipe and the results will be a little less smooth, but delicious nonetheless.

 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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Thanks For the Uplifting Segment, Dr. Nouriel Roubini

Dr. Nouriel Roubini—aka “Dr. Doom”—predicted in 2006 the financial calamity that befell the U.S. and much of the world in 2008. His new book is called Crisis Economics, and he stopped by the studio today to scare the hell out of us, both with his accent and his ominous prophecies.

The so-called “Great Recession” that began almost two years ago was not, as Roubini, a professor of Economics at New York University, put it, a “black swan” event.

“Until the 18th century, we thought there were only white swans, until we found a black swan in Australia,” he explained. “So a black swan is meant to be something random that comes out of nowhere, totally infrequent, that takes us by surprise, like a perfect storm.”

Financial crises are entirely predictable, he posited, because of the build up of vulnerabilities like excessive debt, leveraging, risk-taking, poor risk management, and poor regulation. “In that case,” Roubini added, “I call them white swans.”

Back in 2006, Roubini very publicly stated that there would be a housing bust; home prices would fall at least 20 percent, he said, and stock sales would fall by half, leading to an economic and financial crisis, followed by a global recession. He was met with some skepticism, until things turned out even worse than he expected: home prices fell by 30 percent, and sales of stock fell by 80.

“Unfortunately, I was too optimistic,” he said.

Before everything went into the crapper, Roubini said, “We were living in a bubble. U.S. consumers were spending more than their income, using their homes as an ATM machine.” Wall Street made “gazillions of profits,” as he put it, and the ratings agencies were making a lot of money too.

“Whenever there is a bubble, people live in a bubble,” said Roubini. “There is irrational exuberance, and they lose sense of reality.”

Banks were so willing to lend unqualified lenders exorbitant amounts of money, he explained, because the banks pawned the risk off to larger investment banks, which, in turn, transferred that risk to investors.

“Everybody in the securitization food chain was making a fee transferring the risk someplace else,” Roubini said.

So if all the banks and investment banks were getting rid of their own risk, Imus wondered, “Why’d we have to bail them out?” Roubini had no real answer, other than to express a frustration common among Americans.

“We privatized their gains in the good times, and now we’ve socialized the losses in bad times,” he said, adding, “Now we have huge budget deficits, in part because we’ve privatized these losses and put them on the balance sheet of the government.”

He fears that what happened recently in countries like Greece and Portugal, where governments have all but defaulted on gigantic deficits, will bleed over to the U.K, the U.S., China, and Japan.

“Either we’re going to control spending and raise revenue toward the budget deficit,” he said about how to solve the crisis, “Or inflate it away.”

As for whose fault this was (because somebody must always be blamed on this show), Roubini cited Wall Street; regulators; the Fed; ratings agencies; and politicians on both sides of the aisle. And though it is helpful, the new financial regulatory reform bill passed last week in the Senate doesn’t go as far as he’d like it to.

“It’s too little too late, and it has been diluted by Wall Street and the lobbies,” said Roubini, who foresees the possibility of a global “double dip” recession. “There may be another perfect storm ahead of us in the next year or so.”

Then, this mysterious man had some explaining to do: are two Jay-Z songs really among his five favorites? “I listen to everything from opera to hip-hip to rap,” he told Imus. “I’m not as familiar with country music.”

In that case, Doc, stick to economics.

-Julie Kanfer

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