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December 2006 Newsletter

December 2006                                                               Vol. 1 , No. 5

Welcome to the fifth edition of our Greening Your Life newsletter.

Holiday Greetings from Our Staff
Pictured, left to right:  Managing Director Bonnie Eskenazi, Project Manager Jim Ronchi, Environmental Programs Director Mark Blaire, Office Coordinator LaRae Muse, Project Assistant David Marks, and Research Project Manaager Erin Ihde.
Message from Deirdre Imus
Thank you from all of us for making 2006 our best year yet.  So many of you have supported the Center, whether it was spreading the word about Greening the Cleaning® or calling your legislators about important children’s health issues. Our Center’s success is the efforts of many. This year, we’ve launched our Greening the Cleaning® retail line that is now in thousands of stores nationwide, and expanded our institutional program with dozens of new clients.  The success of this program means more than just a change in cleaning products.  It means changing the way we think about chemicals, and their impact on our health and waste stream, and how this affects everyone. Read more
Autism: A Public Health Crisis
by Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders are now believed to affect one in six American children.  The reasons for the meteoric rise in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses are hotly debated, but it is clear that we are in the midst of a unique public health crisis.  We are seeing tremendous effects on health care and educational resource utilization.  In a recent article I wrote for the journal Alternative & Complementary Therapies (October 2006) titled “Autism Spectrum Disorder: A New Paradigm for Integrative Management,” I emphasized the need for a new model of care for children with ASD.  This paradigm shift acknowledges the overwhelming evidence that ASD is a complex, multisystemic medical disorder, and it supports a holistic approach integrating conventional and complementary/alternative (CAM) therapies. Read more
A Silent Pandemic:Industrial Chemicals Are Impairing the Brain Development of Children Worldwide
Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 6:30 P.M. EST  (Boston, MA) --  Fetal and early childhood exposures to industrial chemicals in the environment can damage the developing brain and can lead to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs)—autism, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and mental retardation. Still, there has been insufficient research done to identify the individual chemicals that can cause injury to the developing brains of children. Read more
Can Arthritis Occur in Children?
by Dr. Yukiko Kimura, Hackensack University Medical Center
To most people’s surprise, arthritis not only occurs in children, but arthritis is actually one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood, affecting one to four children in every 1,000. More than 300,000 children in the U.S. have the condition, making it more common than cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and muscular dystrophy combined. Arthritis can affect children as young as several months old. One of the most common types of arthritis usually begins at one to two years of age, but arthritis can occur at any age, depending on the type. Read more
Did You Know? DIEC's Sustainable Gift-Giving Guide
With all the shopping this holiday season comes the opportunity to support companies that make a difference.  After the gifts are unwrapped, make sure the people on your list have something they can really use and that benefits the Earth.  Check out our sustainable gift-giving guide to find something for everyone on your list. Read more
Chicken Jack’s 3-Bean Chili
Try this tasty recipe from Deirdre Imus' best-selling cookbook, Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys:  Hearty and flavorful, it's everything you would want in a chili. Read more
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