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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.

Fall Newsletter 2019 - Back-to-school season is upon us, bringing with it the anticipation of new experiences for the kids in our lives. While many parents and caregivers can’t necessarily select which school a child will attend, we can choose to advocate for healthy changes. In this issue, we feature several ideas for helping to make that happen, including my Top 5 Back-to-School Tips. We may each be just a single voice raising awareness, but finding other similarly passionate people means our efforts will be amplified.

STOP Over Medicating Our Kids - By Deirdre Imus - According to a 2016 report by the Child Mind Institute, mental health disorders are the most common health issues facing children in the United States. Approximately one in five kids suffers from a mental health or learning disorder; 50 percent of these begin before age 14, and 75 percent before age 24.

Deirdre's Top 5 Back-to-School Tips

It Matters Where Your Food Comes From: I talk, think, and write a lot about food – which foods to eat, which to avoid, the benefits of organic produce, the risks of eating processed foods, how to avoid harmful ingredients like pesticides, artificial flavorings and preservatives, and genetically modified organisms, best known as GMOs. 

EPA Must Ban Roundup (Glyphosate) Forever - By Deirdre Imus, May 13, 2019 


Top 10 Back-to-School Food Tips - By Erin Ihde, MA, CCRP-Project Manager, Environmental Research The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® - Finding foods that are easy to pack – and that your child will actually eat – can sometimes be a challenge. Below are a few tips to make the job a little easier, and healthier.

Back to School Cleaning Tips for Moms - Article by Jim Ronchi, Project Manager, Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center - As a young child I always remember when I first started to notice the Back To School signs in the department stores, and see the commercials on the TV for sales on back to school clothes, I knew summer was almost over. I was not too happy about it, in fact I dreaded it. My mom on the other hand seemed to be much better with it.

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.

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

CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories - CAFO provides an unprecedented view of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations where an increasing percentage of the world’s meat, milk, eggs, and fish are produced. As the photos and essays in this powerful book demonstrate, the rise of the CAFO industry has become one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Deirdre's Dish Picks


Vegetable Lasagna - Recipe by Foward Food & the Humane Society of the United States - Here is another healthy delicious meat free recipe.

 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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Dr. Keith Ablow on Weiner's Behavior, and Why He Should Resign

Dr. Keith Ablow, a respected shrink, bestselling author, and insightful Fox News contributor, told Imus today that patients come to him all the time displaying behavior similar to that of Rep. Anthony Weiner, who admitted yesterday that he engaged in numerous online sexual correspondences with random women, and then lied about it after he accidentally posted a picture of his underpants on Twitter.
“Obviously there’s some energy that’s being shared by these women who accede to the Congressman’s wishes,” Ablow said, making the point that such conduct is not necessarily deviant. He further observed that people in power might have “an exaggerated need” for the companionship of more than one person, as Weiner, who is married, demonstrated.
While Weiner’s lapse in judgment in carrying on illicit e-mail or “sexting” relationships with these women might not be grounds for his dismissal from the House, Ablow believes his decision to lie about it makes him unqualified to represent the people of Brooklyn and Queens.
“Can someone be ‘sexting’ and be a decent leader, or even an exemplary leader? Yes, it’s possible,” Ablow said. “Can that same person lie in a seemingly emotionless fashion in front of cameras, and to the American people, and to one’s constituents? No. That person can’t be trusted.”
Had Weiner not, as he put it yesterday, “panicked” after sending out the inappropriate tweet, and came forward saying, “It’s nobody’s business what I do in terms of my romantic, erotic endeavors, I’m serving with passion and energy,” Ablow thinks he would have survived calls for resignation. Now, however, “When he lies to the American people, that’s a big problem.”
As for whether a person should be cut some slack if they freak out and fib, Ablow said, “In my office? Sure.” But Weiner clinging to his post for dear life in the face of having blatantly disrespecting the office sends an uncomfortable message. “If you respect the office, you have to therefore leave the office,” Ablow added. “Otherwise… you will be a symbol going forward of that fact that this is a joke, this government of ours.”
Ablow does not think “sexting” in and of itself represents a psychotic disorder; more accurately, it’s a new frontier. “The fact that you can access willing men or women who will engage in erotic activity with you through the web, it’s something human beings have not encountered before,” he said. And highly aggressive, high-energy public figures like Weiner are, he believes, “ill-equipped to resist that opportunity via the web.”
Most members of Congress would, in his view, give up their seat if they were told they must forego all sexual connections with people other than their spouses. “That’s the truth, and we better just admit it,” he said. “People do not want to live without these erotic connections.”
Ablow has never sent any revealing pictures himself, a fortunate development he attributed to a happy marriage and a “fear in my heart” of being exposed as having done so. He harbors fewer reservations about defending his pal Glenn Beck, whom he said is “good,” “focused,” “strong,” and “committed.”
Committed where, exactly? Imus would like to visit.
-Julie Kanfer

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