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June 2010 Newsletter

June 2010 Vol. 5 , No. 2  
dimus-june-2010Dear Friends,
We approach this summer with two environmental events headlining national news: the effects of the BP oil spill felt throughout our country, and the just-released President’s Cancer Panel Report.  Both encourage us to take a fresh look in this issue at the ways our health depends on the environment -- and how deeply these affect our children.  
With many families staying home this summer, focusing on healing opportunities right around us can bring needed respite. In this issue, join one holistic pediatric nurse as she explores the restorative qualities of yoga and gardening.  Find more integrative health coverage with the healing remedies of homeopathy from Pierre Fontaine. Whatever this summer brings you, stay in touch and check back often to find helpful news reports and updates on our website.  
Wishing you and your family health and healing, 
Deirdre Imus  
dimus-june-2010-cancerCancer and the Environment:
An Interview with Daniel Sepkovic, Ph.D. 
By Lawrence D. Rosen, MD
Medical Advisor, DIEC
The President’s Cancer Panel recently issued its 2008-09 annual report, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now, highlighting the important role our environment plays in our country’s health. ...The take-home message of this landmark 240-page dissertation?  We have conclusive scientific evidence supporting a link between environmental toxins and human health, specifically, cancer.  And we can, and need to, act now. ...What role do environmental factors – specifically plastics – play in the development of hormonally-sensitive cancers?  And what, if anything, can we do to reduce our risk? ...I met with Dr. Daniel Sepkovic in May at his laboratory at the David Joseph Jurist Research Center for Tomorrows Children at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) to discuss his research interests in this area, which include estrogen metabolism, estrogen-dependent cancers, and the prevention or delay of onset of hormonal cancers.  
shutterstock_206294473Katrina's Legacy: 
Healing Children from the Impacts of the BP Oil Spill
How will the BP oil spill impact children in a region already scarred by Hurricane Katrina?  Dr. Rosen, Medical Advisor to The Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology, explores the issue with Jane Maroney El-Dahr, MD.  Dr. El-Dahr is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Chief, Section of Pediatric Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology at Tulane University in New Orleans.   
Audrey_Hepburn_Garden_croppedReconnect with Nature through Gardening and Yoga
By Karen Overgaard, LPN 
Whether it’s container gardening in the city or tending a large plot of rural land, gardening is an effective way for children to build self-esteem and experience the outdoors. Paired with simple, restorative yoga poses, it can help bring balance and a sense of well-being to children and caregivers alike.   
shutterstock_210545374Homeopathy: Remedies and Case Study
Integrative Health Series, Part 3
By Pierre Fontaine, RSHom CCH
A homeopathic consultation is a long series of questions that delve deeper into the disorder. The goal is to form a direct line from the main complaint to the deeper level of experience not present in our conscious mind.  The questions are designed to bring the totality of the illness to life and aim to connect on a physical, emotional and mental level. The correct remedy is chosen according to the precise understanding of the disturbed Vital Force physically, emotionally and mentally. Read more
Capitol_HillLegislative Update:
Senate 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.    
dimus-june-2010-recipeHealthy Recipe: Vegetable Pasta Salad
Make this pasta salad in the morning and serve it with fresh whole-grain bread for lunch. Better yet, wait and present as a side dish along with grilled veggie burgers for an informal supper. The flavors blend and intensify with time. Read more
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