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December 2009 Newsletter

December 2009 Vol. 4 , No. 4   
deirdre_thumbDear Friends,
As we celebrate the season, we wish you joy, peace and health.  At our Center, we celebrate children in the research, education and advocacy that defines our dedication to pediatric environmental health.  In this issue, we get right to what’s on everyone’s mind: the seasonal flu and H1N1. Read on for natural remedies from Dr. Lawrence Rosen to help you and your family feel better, faster.  We also feature the first in a series of articles from renowned homeopath, Pierre Fontaine. Our holistic pediatric nurse, Karen Overgaard, lends her insights on the healing that pets bring us, at home, in hospitals and in therapy for children. 
We also cover a new subject in environmental health: coal ash. This toxic by-product engulfed the small Tennessee town of Kingston, causing a catastrophe worse than the Exxon Valdez spill.  Though much of America has still never heard of coal ash, are we truly unfamiliar? It is recycled into products from concrete to carpeting to bowling balls.  As a byproduct of coal-burning power plants, the safety of the ash is being brought into question as the U.S. EPA prepares to rule whether it should be regulated as hazardous waste.  While we await the verdict, is it safe for our children or our neighborhoods? Become informed with our new Coal Ash Fact Page. 
From avoiding toxins to finding pure food, parents everywhere have questions about keeping the children in their lives healthy.  As we enter into a new year, we are here to provide the information and tools to help you do just that.  
Wishing you and yours peace and health,
Deirdre Imus 
december-2009-fluNatural Therapies for the Flu
By Dr. Lawrence Rosen
In every encounter in my office this fall and winter, the most common questions I am asked have to do with the flu.  Yes, many center on the vaccine.  But as my practice is integrative – we blend safe and effective natural and conventional therapies for common (and uncommon) conditions – many of the queries are about natural ways to treat and prevent the flu and similar viral illnesses.  Read more 
pierre_fontaine_homeopathyPart 1 of the Integrative Health Series
Homeopathy, Sweet Homepathy: An Introduction
By Pierre Fontaine, RSHom CCH
Twenty years ago I was studying nutrition, diet and supplementation. I was taking a lot of supplements thinking this was the best I could do to stay healthy. At the time, I had more supplements in the apartment than you could find at the Vitamin Shoppe.  Read more
december-2009-petsPet Therapy: Unconditional Love
By Karen Overgaard, L.P.N.
Nothing can compare to the unconditional love and acceptance a person can receive from their pet. Pets can promote relaxation, motivation, and comfort. Touching or hugging a pet  is known to help children suffering from depression, low self-esteem, or loneliness.  Several hospitals, including Hackensack University Medical Center, have instituted pet therapy programs where specially trained animals and their trainers visit patients during their hospital stay.  Read more
december-2009-appleCan School Diet Impact Student Behavior? 
Can what schools feed students really make a major impact on their behavior?  A high school in Appleton, Wisconsin, found some surprising changes that some would call "a miracle." .  Read more
december-2009-coal-ashResearch:  Coal Ash
Coal ash is the waste product of combustion in coal-fired power plants, which generate half the electricity in the U.S. Due in part to a 2008 spill in Tennessee that flooded over 300 acres of land, severely damaging homes and property, the EPA is considering whether coal ash should be regulated as hazardous waste. A decision is expected in late 2009. Currently, coal ash is recycled as fill for golf courses, and used in dozens of consumer products including top soil and carpeting -- right where children crawl and play.  Read more
december-2010-legislationLegislation: Polluter Pays Act
Show support for cleaning up Superfund sites by calling and urging your member of Congress to co-sponsor the Superfund Polluter Pays Act (H.R. 832). The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code by reinstating the Hazardous Substance Superfund financing rate and the corporate environmental income tax until January 1, 2019.  It was introduced by Rep. Frank Pallone of NJ in February 2009 and was referred to the House Ways & Means Committee. Bill Text
december-2009-healthy-recipeRecipe: Imus Ranch Kid's Favorite Tomato Soup
Don’t let the recipe title fool you – this soup definitely isn’t only for kids. Grown-ups will love its fresh herb and tomato flavors just as much.  The soup will keep in the refrigerator in a tightly covered glass container for two or three days. Reheat it over a very low flame to avoid scorching; if necessary, add a small amount of water to thin it.  Read more
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