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June 2011 Newsletter

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June 2011                                                                               Vol. 6/ No. 2
 
September-2010-deirdreDear Friends,
 

Prevention is the key to true health and central to everything we do at the Center. Whether it’s a healthier diet to avoid diabetes or exercise to minimize cancer risk, we can all make small improvements that yield big results. After all, it’s much easier to prevent disease than to try to reverse the damage already done.

This issue, our Medical Advisor, Dr. Lawrence Rosen, explores prevention in his article on the Fukushima nuclear disaster. While scientists, physicians and families strive to mitigate the effects of the explosion, we must learn how best to ensure that a similar disaster doesn’t happen again. 
 
Holistic nurse Maureen McDonnell discusses prevention on the homefront in the second part of her series on “What About Mom?”  The importance of “caring for the caretaker” is critical to the wellbeing of our families, especially children.  
 
Finally, as the school year winds down and summer heats up, we encourage you to get involved with hot topics in pediatric health. One of the best ways is through awareness of local and national legislation affecting our kids. For more on this, see our  Legislation link for the latest updates.
 
Wishing you a healthy and safe summer,
Deirdre Imus
 
 
 
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Radiation and Health: Perspectives on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
The March 2011 Japanese tsunami and subsequent disaster at the Fukuskima Daiichi nuclear power plant renewed international concerns about the impact of radiation on human and planetary health.  Even months later, there is much speculation but little certainty about the short- and long-term implications of the nuclear radiation leak.  Concerns raised include the increased risk of cancer in those exposed locally and generational effects on pregnant women and children, as well as on food and water supplies.  Read more
 
 
 
 
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What About Mom? Part II
In addition to taking care of everyone else, busy moms need to take care of themselves too!
Just in case you are still resisting the idea of taking care of yourself, here’s some information from Mary James, a Naturopath from Asheville, North Carolina who provides a few incentives on why we need to avoid the damaging effects of stress.  “The stress reaction, itself, is not bad—we need it in order to respond quickly when we’re in danger. This reaction, though, is designed to be short-lived. Our modern-day lifestyles unfortunately tend to promote a stress response that’s non-stop, which takes its toll on the body. Read more
 
 
 
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Fracking Update-Summer 2011
 
In our last newsletter,  I gave an update (go here)hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ in and along the Marcellus shale corridor and the implications of pumping millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals underground to break apart the rock and release the natural gas on the New York City water supply and our environment. The purpose of this column is to give you a few examples of things going on in the last 60 days within the Marcellus shale corridor. Read more...
 
 
 
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Array of Flame Retardants Found in Baby Car Seats, Changing Pads And Other Items
 
Eighty percent of cushions used in car seats, portable cribs and other baby furnishings contain chemical flame retardants that can accumulate in babies’ bodies, according to a new study published Wednesday. More than one-third of the tested products contained the same carcinogenic compound that was removed from children’s pajamas in the 1970s. Read more...
 
 
 
 
 
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Environmental Health Legislation
 
Legislation is an important tool for improving environmental health nationwide. Below is a list of important legislation and bills that we are tracking as well as links to some model legislation. Read more...
 
 
 
 
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Healthy Recipe: Zucchini and Summer Squash Saute'
 
One of the joys of a garden full of Zucchini is that there are so many wonderful ways to prepare it. This fast, colorful saute' is one of our favorites. Read more
 
 
 
 
 
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