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My Favorite Gifts for Families this Holiday Season - By Deirdre Imus, December 5, 2017 - The holiday season offers the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, create lasting memories, continue family traditions, and invent some of your own. 

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. 

Put Denim in Your Walls and Get Healthy: We got an inside look at all the recyclable materials used to build the Women and Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ. It turns out, you can use the same materials to remove carcinogens from your home.

Dara Berger talks to the I-Man about her book, "How To Prevent Autism"   Click Here For The Interview! 



Deirdre's Book Pick Of The Week

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben - Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network.

High Aluminum Found in Autism Brain Tissue: New Study Indicates that Widespread Exposure to Aluminum Is Setting the Stage for Catastrophic Neurological Damage 

Deirdre's Dish Picks


Healthy Holiday Roasted Tricolor Carrots & Brussels Sprouts: Recipe and photo courtesy of Rebecca DeSimone - An easy, simple, & tasty healthy Holiday dish everyone will love!

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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The Imus Ranch Foundation

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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    Chad Pergram

    Chad Pergram began his career in journalism in high school as an intern and later reporter/anchor at WKRC-AM in Cincinnati. He also worked at WKRC-TV and then joined public radio station WMUB-FM in Oxford, OH. He became Senate producer for C-SPAN in 1993, after which he produced and anchored newscasts for NPR in Washington. Pergram was a reporter for Capitol News Connection prior to joining Fox News Channel, in September 2007, as the senior producer for the House of Representatives. Pergram was named Best Radio Reporter by the Ohio Associated Press in 1992. He has also received prestigious statewide awards for Best Use of Sound, Best Investigative Reporting, and Best Broadcast Writing. He has covered a variety of stories, including the Robert Mapplethorpe photo exhibit trial, Pete Rose's banishment from baseball, President Clinton's impeachment, and the Stanley Cup Finals. On Capitol Hill, Pergram enjoys doing stories that allows the listener to “look beneath the Dome to see how the machinery of Congress works”. In March 2007, he won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in reporting for his coverage of outgoing House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX). He also specializes in producing sound-rich features. In particular, he has compiled several "day-in-the-life" reports, detailing what lawmakers do all day (Pergram had to go running at 4:45 a.m. with one senator in 20-degree weather). He also prepared an audio diary of President Bush's inauguration and assembled a behind-the-scenes look at both political conventions.

    In March 2006, Pergram’s colleagues and co-workers at the Radio/Television Correspondents Association saluted him with the Joan S. Barone Award for Excellence in National Affairs/Public Broadcast Journalism. It’s the most prestigious prize for Washington-based broadcast reporting. Previous recipients include Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Nina Totenberg and Roger Mudd. Pergram was the youngest recipient of the award and the first radio reporter to be honored in 12 years.

    Pergram is the self-proclaimed “genesis” of Miami’s Inside Washington Program - one of the premier study programs at the University. The Inside Washington Program gives students the opportunity to meet the movers and shakers of Washington, D.C. and intern in a world-class environment only the nation’s capital can provide. The program focuses on topics in Political Science, Communications, and Journalism; however, it is open to undergraduates and graduate students from any major or academic division. In 1998, the program started as a summer internship program and in the fall of 2007, the university approved a pilot fall semester based program which was extremely successful. The university will send students out in the spring of 2009 for another semester based program and beginning in 2010 the program will expand to a full year program mirroring the highly acclaimed Miami Luxembourg Study Abroad Program. The Inside Washington Program is now approaching its 10-year anniversary.

    Pergram is a native of Jacksonburg, OH, the state's smallest incorporated village, population: 52. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Miami University (Ohio) in 1991 and a master's degree in Communication from Miami in 1993. He teaches a seminar in Washington for his alma mater on the confluence of media and politics.