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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


  How To Prevent Autism by Dara Berger - The statistics are alarming and become more so every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, making it one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. 

Savor the Season - Whatever you celebrate, wherever you live, one thing’s for sure: the holiday season is about to begin, starting with Thanksgiving and extending for weeks thereafter. Along with barrels of joy and cheer, this time of year can be terribly stressful.  Read more...

Mothers and Newborns Found to Absorb Chemicals Common in Everyday Products - New research published today suggests that chemicals commonly used in consumer products are being absorbed by pregnant mothers and their newborns. The study, a collaboration between investigators at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack, NJ) and Rutgers University, appears to be the first study to explore in utero exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA) substitutes and the first U.S. study to test for BPA in maternal/fetal pairs.

Deirdre's Dish Picks

Hot Curried Zucchini Soup - By Deirdre Imus for The Imus Ranch Cooking for Kids and Cowboys - Many zucchini soups are served chilled, but we make this curried version to serve hot. There are many different types of curry powder available; we use a mild red curry, but you can also use a yellow or green variety. Enhances with the flavors of dill and thyme, this soup is a warm hug on a cool day. 

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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    Gene Simmons

    Gene Simmons, international rock legend and co-founder of KISS, America’s #1 gold record awardwinning group of all time in all categories (RIAA), is celebrating his 50th anniversary in rock & roll. Simmons, a renowned entrepreneur extraordinaire, has achieved successes that reach far beyond his music career, extending into television, film, merchandising, and numerous other business ventures.
    Early Life On August 25, 1949 in Haifa, Israel, Chaim Witz (a.k.a. Gene Simmons) was born to Flora and Yeichel Witz. Flora, a Hungarian Jew, was incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp when she was 14 years old along with her family. Though many of her family members did not survive internment, Flora was rescued by the American Military and fled to Israel. It was there that she met Gene’s father, Yeichel Witz. When Flora and Yeichel’s marriage dissolved, Flora immigrated to New York in 1958 in search of a more prosperous life with eight-year-old Gene by her side. Simmons quickly absorbed Western culture and learned English by watching American television and reading comic books, which inspired his iconic on-stage persona.
    Early Musical Career Simmons’ musical interest started at a young age, but the passion to pursue the dream of becoming a legendary rock and roll artist was aroused by a televised performance by the Beatles. Inspired by the thought of fame, and the flock of girls it attracted, Gene and a few of his classmates at Joseph Pulitzer Middle School, put together their first band, The Missing Links. 
    After middle school and throughout high school, Simmons would go on to form many bands including The Long Island Sounds, Rising Sun and Bullfrog Bheer. Simmons’ mother, and his greatest supporter, hoped he would also pursue his education, so after high school Simmons attended Sullivan County Community College where he received his associate's degree in education, and transferred to Richmond College in New York City where he received his bachelor's degree.