Greening Your Life, Vol. 5 / No. 3, September 2010



Dear Friends,

September is a time of new beginnings for many of us. It’s the season of gearing up our kids with fresh tools for learning and sending them out to discover new opportunities for growth.  To help, see our new Back to School To-Do List: Give Children an Environmental Exposure Checkup and learn Seven Secrets to Greening Your School. Also, don’t miss essential back-to-school advice from our Medical Advisor, integrative pediatrician Dr. Lawrence Rosen.  Read more




  Environmental Factors Responsible for the Epidemics of Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Allergies and other Chronic Illnesses
By Beth Lambert

We live in an increasingly toxic world, and while people living in industrialized nations have long been exposed to environmental pollutants (just think of the belching smoke stacks and toxic tanning factories of the late nineteenth century!), the people of the twenty-first century are less able to tolerate toxins than people just two or three generations ago.  How can this be?    Read more


The Age of Autism:
Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic

New Book Traces Mercury and Autism Link

By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill

A new book about the environmental roots of autism is about to shake up the medical industry and the autism debate. The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man-Made Epidemic, by Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill, doesn’t just suggest that mercury spurred the rise of the autism epidemic, it shows exactly how it happened. And it links the reckless use of mercury in medicine and manufacturing to half a millennium in which mankind has accidentally poisoned itself.    Read more



Back to School: The Eco Version
By Lawrence D. Rosen, MD
Medical Advisor, DIEC

It’s that time of year again, and students and teachers alike are getting back in the school routine.  And it’s the perfect time to think about ways we can work together to help create a more ecologically sustainable school environment.  Read more


Remembering 9/11:  
An Interview with Fire Officer Jim Sherwood 
on the Journey Back to Health
By Erin S. Ihde, MA 
Retired fire officer and 9/11 First Responder Jim Sherwood has contacted The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology several times over the year regarding environmental health. Below, he discusses his journey to gain back his health after exposure to toxic dust around Ground Zero.     Read more 


Toxic Metals and Chronic Disease
By James E. Smith, D.O. 

We all know if a child swallows a lead bracelet or drinks the mercury from a thermometer they will get very sick and possibly die.  This is acute metal toxicity.  Throughout history humans, animals and plants have been exposed to toxic metals.  Toxic metals accumulate over time by being stored in the body in various locations such as the brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, bones and other sites, indefinitely.  The toxic effects of most metals can be traced to their ability to disrupt the function of essential biological molecules, such as proteins, enzymes and DNA.  This is chronic metal toxicityRead more


Kids-Love-Kids - Operation Goody Bag:
Daisy Troop Packs Relief for Haitian Children

The members of one very special Daisy Troop in NJ took part in the Kids Love Kids/Operation Goody Bag program. With their concern for the children affected by the Haitian earthquake, they created bags and donated funds to fill them.   See our latest photo gallery.  Read more


Congress to Consider "Safe Chemicals Act of 2010"
The "Kid-Safe Chemicals Act" Senate bill of 2008 is being replaced by the "Safe Chemicals Act of 2010," introduced in April by Senator Frank Lautenberg of N.J.  A companion House bill is still in committee. The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology vigorously supports efforts to curb toxins in the environment that threaten children's health. Read more


Healthy Recipe: Buckin’ Bronco Brownies
Anyone who likes chocolate surely loves brownies. And this particular recipe serves up enough dense, luscious treats for a whole crowd of chocolate lovers to enjoy. These are hands-down rich, chewy, and scrumptious. Store the brownies in an airtight container.    Read more




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