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Stop Over Medicating Our Kids

By Deirdre Imus, 9-4-2019 According to a 2016 report by the Child Mind Institute, mental health disorders are the most common health issues facing children in the United States.


A Healthy Back to School

By Deirdre Imus, August 2019 Back-to-school season is upon us, bringing with it the anticipation of new experiences for the kids in our lives. While many parents and caregivers can’t necessarily select which school a child will attend, we can choose to advocate for healthy changes.


Back to School Cleaning Tips for Moms

As a young child I always remember when I first started to notice the Back To School signs in the department stores, and see the commercials on the TV for sales on back to school clothes, I knew summer was almost over. I was not too happy about it, in fact I dreaded it.


It Matters Where Your Food Comes From

By Deirdre Imus, 6-23-2019- I talk, think, and write a lot about food – which foods to eat, which to avoid, the benefits of organic produce, the risks of eating processed foods, how to avoid harmful ingredients like pesticides, artificial flavorings and preservatives, and genetically modified organisms, best known as GMOs.


What's in our Food/Can we Sustain?

By Deirdre Imus, 6-11-19 A few weeks ago, The New York Times published an article instructing readers how to eat more sustainably to positively affect the planet.


EPA Must Ban Roundup (Glyphosate) Forever

By Deirdre Imus, May 13, 2019 Within the last year, two lawsuits have found the chemical giant Monsanto liable for causing cancer in people who used their product Roundup, one of the world’s most popular weed killers.


Nuke my Food, No Thank-You

By Deirdre Imus, April 23, 2019 The way we eat in this country – and around the world – changed forever in 1967, when the first countertop microwave oven was introduced to the market.


Are You Green Cleaning With Meaning?

By Deirdre Imus, April 8, 2019 Few things matter as much in health care, or for maintaining overall health, as cleanliness. For more than two decades, The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® has been dedicated to ensuring children live the healthiest lives possible - today, tomorrow, and decades from now.


A Healthy School For every Child

By Deirdre Imus, 4-1-2019 Schools should be some of the most sacred structures on our planet. They are shrines to learning of all sorts, whether educational, emotional, lifestyle, or otherwise.


Growing Healthy Kids

By Deirdre Imus, February 14, 2019 We do so much as parents to protect our kids from harm throughout their lives. We hold their hands as they cross the street, tell them not to run near the edge of the pool, and strap a helmet on their head before each bike ride. The dangers out in the world are real and at times they feel innumerable.


What Foods Are Our Children Eating?

By Deirdre Imus, February 1, 2019 What are our children eating? Even the most diligent, diet-conscious parent may not necessarily be able to answer this question.


Autism Rates Continue To Rise

By Deirdre Imus, January 2019 A new study released in December suggests that rates of autism, which have been increasing for nearly two decades, are rising still.


Boosting Your Immune System This Winter

By Ben Kligler MD, November 28, 2018 People often ask at this time of year what they can do to protect themselves and their kids from colds and flu during the winter. In addition to the typical recommendations to get enough sleep, eat well, and wash hands frequently, there is one more strategy many people are not aware of: probiotics.


This Thanksgiving Give More, Eat Less

By Deirdre Imus, November 2018-As Thanksgiving sneaks up on us once again and we reflect on how grateful we are for good family, good friends, and good food, let us always be mindful of those who are less fortunate.


First Flint, Now Newark-Are You Next?

By Deirdre Imus, November 2018-According to the 2010 census, more than half of the people who live in Newark are African-American, and more than a quarter of its inhabitants are under the age of 18. It is the state’s second-poorest city and recent revelations indicate the water of Newark, NJ is rife with lead.


Nobility Calls

By Deirdre Imus, 10-18-2018 Some make Volunteering a lifetime endeavor and inspire others to do the same. It can happen by accident.


Memo to EPA-Who's Protecting Our Kids (And Yours Too)?

By Deirdre Imus, October 17, 2018 As someone who has advocated for the health of children and our planet for more than two decades, I was disheartened to learn.


Glyphosate: An Environmental Crisis

By Deirdre Imus,9-20-2018 I hate to say I told you so, especially when it comes to an environmental health crisis. Most of the time I hope that I’m worrying about nothing, even though all evidence usually points to the contrary.


Trees, Their Power and Protection

By Deirdre Imus, 8-24-2018 Of the many things we take for granted in this life, it’s safe to say trees are at the top of the list.


Beyond Back to School

By Deirdre Imus, August 7, 2018 The only thing more inevitable than the long, lazy days of summer is the return to school at each summer’s end. For parents and teachers alike it’s a time filled with planning and purchasing and preparation.


Integrative Medicine at the VA

The VA is the largest national health system in our country, with over 330,000 staff at more than 150 hospitals serving 9 million veterans. The challenges some of our veterans face—chronic pain, PTSD, depression—are huge, and the strength and courage one sees from VA patients and staff is inspiring.​


Summer, Sun and Safety

By Deirdre Imus, July 2018 But it is possible, and even easy in most instances, to keep your kids and yourselves protected from warm-weather nuisances this time of year. From the sun to the water to the land, here are a few tips for staying safe (and sane!) as the mercury rises.


Cell Phones and 5G Technology

By Deirdre Imus, June 2018 Many of the problems that stem from these devices, such as concerns over safety and online bullying, have been plaguing parents for more than a decade.


Let's Protect Our Kids and Our Planet

By Deirdre Imus, May 2018 My life’s work, and that of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, has been devoted to identifying and reducing toxic environmental exposures to protect and improve children’s health.


What's Your Walden Pond?

By Deirdre Imus, May 2018 In the middle of last summer, while many of us were relishing the great outdoors, a little-noticed study revealed that the water in Massachusetts’ celebrated Walden Pond has gotten kind of icky.


Get The Lead Out!

By Deirdre Imus, April 2018 A study published just a few weeks ago in The Lancet Public Health found that past exposure to lead may be the cause of more than 400,000 deaths in the United States every year.


Green Your Cleaners This Spring

By Deirdre Imus, February 2018 The doldrums of winter can feel endless, and though many of us remain mired in winter’s grip, spring is sooner than you think. With just under one month until the official start of the next season, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning.


Understanding Microfiber Cleaning Tools

By Jim Ronchi, March 2018 Microfiber products have come a long way since their introduction in the 1950s. Microfiber cloths are now available in many colors and sizes and can be found in the form of mops, sweepers and hi-dusters. They are economical, reusable and play a major part in green cleaning initiatives.


National Healthy Schools Day, Today and Everyday

By Deirdre Imus, 4-3-2017 Kids spend a lot of time at school. Aside from their home, it is likely the place they spend the most time, and are most comfortable being themselves.


This Year, let's Resolve to Protect our Children's Health

By Deirdre Imus, 1-16-2018 The first few days of a new year are, for many of us, a return to reality after a bit of a hiatus. With so much fanfare during the holiday season, it can be easy to forget about somewhat less appealing realities regarding our children’s health.


What's New in the World of Complementary and Integrative Health

By Ben Kligler, MD 1-16-2018 For people who use and practice complementary and integrative medicine, 2017 was a watershed year—and 2018 promises to be even more so.


Savor The Season

By Deirdre Imus 11-25-2017 Whatever you celebrate, wherever you live, one thing’s for sure: the holiday season is about to begin, starting with Thanksgiving and extending for weeks thereafter. Along with barrels of joy and cheer, this time of year can be terribly stressful.


America's School Infrastructure Can't Graduate: 4 Year GPA of 1.0

Say you are a parent, and in four years your child has barely managed to raise their grade from a D to a D+. It’s not the progress you want. And, while there are all kinds of ways to look at GPAs and grades, that is the grade given to the nation’s school infrastructure by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in its 2017 report, up a notch from the D it awarded in 2013. As this blog has previously noted, failing buildings can damage children’s health and ability to learn.


Foiling Aluminum

Of all the potentially harmful chemicals swirling around in the atmosphere,one of the most well known is aluminum.


The Sweet Gift of Honey Bees

By Deirdre Imus, August 24, 2017 It has been about a year since Hackensack University Medical Center welcomed 30,000 new friends to its rooftop, and these busy little creatures have created quite a buzz.


Back to School, Away from Toxins

By Deirdre Imus, August 10, 2017 For countless American kids, back to school time means shopping for new backpacks, supplies, and outfits.


Sunshine, Sunscreen and Vitamin D

By Deirdre Imus 6/20/17 Summer is stirring, and with every emerging season comes new challenges, and also new adventures. In an ideal scenario, we’d spend our days soaking up the sun, communing with nature, or tending to a blossoming garden.


Exercise A Weighty Issue

By Deirdre Imus, May 2017 Parents have countless thoughts running through their minds at any given moment: Is my child happy? Sick? Safe? Doing well in school? Making enough friends? Tag on the perpetual stress of everyday life (job, commute, the news), and there’s not a lot of room for other worries, like getting the entire family to sit down to a healthy home-cooked meal, or engage in some form of physical activity together.


Cause a Stir, Reconnect with Silent Spring

By Deirdre Imus, 4/10/2017 Spring is a perfect time for new beginnings. We clean, we plant, we reconnect with the natural world. The season provides a unique opportunity to inspire, and to be inspired.


Let's Give em Something to Buzz About

By Deirdre Imus, 8-23-2016 There’s been a lot of buzz lately about honeybees, those quasi-nuisances that can send even the most stoic among us into a tailspin trying to avoid an encounter.


Warning: Glyphosate is Toxic and Everywhere

By Deirdre Imus, February 7, 2017 When it comes to our children’s health, it seems there is a new boogey monster every week. Whether mercury, bisphenol-A, phthalates, or something else, there is no shortage of carcinogens permeating our environment, posing a threat to all people, big and small.


Mind the Gap

By Lawrence Rosen, MD-November, 2016 In 2007, Deirdre Imus and I published a landmark paper chronicling the disproportionate impact of environmental health concerns on children, making a strong case for urgent need to address pediatric environmental injustice.


My Top 10 Gifts For Kids This Holiday Season

By Deirdre Imus, November 28, 2016 The daily business of life – especially with kids – is hard. This past year in particular has felt more stressful than most, with many of us worrying about things far beyond our control.


Healthy Halloween Fun

By Deirdre Imus, September 29 Fall is arguably the most exciting time of year, every year. For some, it’s the increasingly chilly air, gorgeous scenery, and juicy apples, followed by a smattering of beloved holidays celebrated with family and friends. For others, it’s all about one special day in particular.​


GMO Labeling: The Dark Act Will Keep Us All In The Dark

By Deirdre Imus-8/9/2016 Late last week, amid a busy news cycle, President Barack Obama quietly signed into law a bill creating federal labeling standards for foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Sounds great, right? Problem solved? Advocates satisfied?


Take A Vacation From Stress

By Deirdre Imus-July 2016 Summer evokes a sense of nostalgia in most of us: carefree days and nights spent on the beach, chasing lightning bugs in the yard, licking melted ice cream off sticky fingers.​


Something Stinks Under Your Sink

By Deirdre Imus, June 1, 2016 According to a new report released last week, a toxic chemical that is also a known hormone disruptor is more pervasive than ever.


Are We There Yet?

By Deirdre Imus, June 22, 2016 The saying goes that with little kids you take trips, not vacations. A vacation is relaxing; a getaway involving children is usually anything but.


Our Children Are Polluted

By Lawrence Rosen, MD-February 2016 Relatively short-term significant increases in incidence of hormonally-associated cancers (e.g., breast cancer, ovarian cancer, testicular cancer) and early onset of puberty have spurred researchers to carefully consider what role environmental factors play in triggering these conditions.


Family Time Is Quality Time

By Gabriel Gonzalez, November- At the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, we’re all about promoting a safe and healthy environment for our kids. What better way to promote this by teaching them about preparing healthy home-cooked meals alongside them. It’s easy and fun for the whole family!


Feeding Antibiotics To Health Animals Risks Children's Health

BY EWG-The influential American Academy of Pediatrics, which numbers 64,000 pediatricians, has added its voice to the growing movement of public health professionals who are demanding an end to the dangerous overuse of antibiotics in meat and poultry production.


The Power of the Pumpkin: Thinking Past Pie

By Deirdre Imus- If there is one thing it is nearly impossible for any American to avoid this time of year, its pumpkins. This round squash derivative holds much more value than spooking neighborhood kids, or spicing your latte.


Drop The Hot Dogs To Prevent Kids From Cancer Risks

By Dr. Neil Barnard, November 1 No parent or educator would knowingly send a student into a school where they are exposed to asbestos. But in most schools, students are endangered by something just as dangerous: processed meats. Bacon, sausage, pepperoni pizza, hot dogs, and other processed meat products have joined the World Health Organization’s list of cancer-causing products, along with asbestos, arsenic, and cigarettes.


Eat Lunch For A Healthy Life

By Vicky and the V Well Team, October 10 One of the best ways to manage your weight and stay healthy is to eat. That’s right, eating food is the way to go. There sure seems to be a lot of myths out there and I know people are very confused about how to stay healthy. The most important thing you can do for your body is to feed it, and feed it good!


Cold and Flu Season is Almost Here- Take Control of Your Family's Health!

By Deirdre Imus, October 2015 Much like birthdays, anniversaries, and the holidays, cold and flu season is one of those annual occurrences that just kind of sneaks up on you.


What To Look For In A Sunscreen

By Lawrence Rosen MD, June 2015-How safe are all of those chemicals listed on the label of your child's sunscreen? With increasing awareness of the potential skin damage caused by sunlight’s direct UV radiation, parents are very mindful of the need to apply sunscreen to their children when playing outside in sunny weather.


Playing Offense Against GMO's: Your Right To Know

By Deirdre Imus-June 23, 2015 Back in April the popular Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle announced it would use only ingredients free of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.


Metamucil-Not The Right Choice?

By Vicky and the V Well Team for VWell Health 6/1/15 I have heard on numerous occasions, especially lately, that people are being recommended products such as Metamucil, fiber gummies, and fiber wafers.


A Miraculous Little Superfood

By Vicky and the V Well Team 5/13/15 What miraculous little superfood from China can aid in a multitude of health issues from high blood pressure to retina problems? Well the goji berry, of course!


Irresponsible Chemical Legislation In The 21st Century

By Deirdre Imus, 5/4/15 The latest version of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, endorsed last week by a Senate committee, is nothing short of an irresponsible prescription for disaster.


They Are Biocides, Not Pesticides, And They Are Creating An Ecocide

By Andrew Kimbrell Center For Food Safety 5/4/15 "A single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid can kill a song bird." As a long time environmental lawyer and campaigner, I should not have been stunned by that fact but I was. Shaking my head in dismay, I read on, "Even a tiny grain of wheat or canola treated with the ...neonicotinoid... can fatally poison a bird."


Why Black Walnuts Are Great

By Vicky and the V Well Team- 4/7/15 Here’s a health secret for you: if a food comes in many color varieties, e.g. beans – the darker the food the better it is for you, generally.


What You May Not Know About Pretzels

By Vicky and the V Well Team-4/8/15 I used to be very unaware of how many people had this great love for pretzels. Did you know that the ingredients in these empty-calorie sodium bombs are enriched flour, salt, yeast, oil, and…lye?! That’s right, Lye!


The Issue With Deli Meat

By Vicky and the VWell Team for VWell Health, 3/24/15 In general, I would say that occasional meals that aren’t exceptionally nutritious are, of course, ok. But I really have to come down a little hard on deli meats. You see, processed meats such as lunch meats, most sausages, hot dogs, etc. are full of nitrates and nitrites that cause any number of ailments from headaches to sinus infections.


Energy Drinks and Kids: More Bad News

BY Lawrence Rosen, MD. 2/23/15 Energy drinks – the beverage of choice for many tweens and teens – have recently come under increased criticism.


V-Lish Asked Deirdre Imus, Is Choosing Organic Always Best?

With more organic options than ever before showing up in grocery aisles, many shoppers are faced with questions: Is choosing organic always best? Is it worth the extra cost? What exactly separates organic produce from conventionally grown food? V-lish asked these questions and more to Deirdre Imus, president and founder of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®.


The Relationship Between The Gut And The Brain

By Maureen McDonnell, 2/18/15 Typically, gut specialists (gastroenterologists) and the brain docs (psychiatrists) do not function under the premise that their specialties are in any way related. However, new understandings have emerged which show a wonderfully interwoven, codependent relationship between what goes on in the gut and how well the brain functions.


Liquid Hope

By Deirdre Imus, 3/18/15 We rely on food for survival, and perhaps that is why we talk about it, think about it, debate about it, and love it with fierce intensity.


Ending Violence Against Women-With The Help Of Our Men

By Deirdre Imus, 3/2/15 There has never been a more critical moment for women - mothers, sisters, daughters, friends – to have each other’s backs. Around the world, every single day, hundreds of millions of girls and women retain the physical and emotional wounds of physical violence, sexual trafficking, genital mutilation, and rape. These despicable actions leave scars, some that we can see, many more that we cannot.


The Healing Power Of Chocolate

By Dr. Lawrence Rosen, 2/10/15-Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and chocolate is everywhere! With an increasing number of published studies highlighting its health benefits, could chocolate really be “the food of the gods”?


Protecting Our Kids From Chemical Exposures-Like A Girl

By Deirdre Imus 2/18/15 Puberty is awkward. Everything starts to change, and you feel like a foreigner in your own body. It’s not an easy transition no matter when it happens, but for a number of girls puberty is starting earlier than ever before – sometimes as young as seven years old. It’s a complicated shift in a girl’s life, and not just because of the physical and emotional ramifications.


Free WiFi, But At What Cost?

By Deirdre Imus, 1-27-15-Free Wi-Fi. The sound of those two words is like music to many people’s ears, even though it could be poison to their bodies.


Natural Remedies For Respiratory Infections

By Lawrence Rosen MD October 2014-A busy cold and flu season has been exacerbated by Enterovirus D68, a more virulent strain of a fairly common viral infection. Parents are understandably anxious and practitioners are searching for safe and effective preventive and treatment options.


Choose A Healthier Path To Flu Season

By Deirdre Imus, 12-6-14. As predictable as turkey and mistletoe this time of year is the annual autumn drumbeat for all Americans over six months of age to get their flu shot. But just like with any medical decision you make for yourself or your kids, get educated on the possible risks and benefits of the flu shot.


More Milk, More Problems

By Dr. Barnard, 10/14/14 This week, another study has illustrated that milk actually has a negative effect on bone health. Researchers in Sweden published findings in the British Medical Journal showing that women who drink milk have a higher incidence of bone fractures—and an increased risk of mortality from heart disease and cancer.


A Healthy Thanksgiving Is Not For The Birds

By Deirdre Imus, Nov. 21-Food is the star of nearly every American holiday, but it is king of Thanksgiving. For those of us who avoid meat and strive to maintain healthy eating habits year-round, such days can feel challenging:


This Halloween Eliminate Those Scary Chemicals

By Deirdre Imus, Oct. 2014--As children, Halloween is scary. We dress up in costume, troll for candy, visit haunted houses, and re-tell creepy stories about that abandoned car in the woods. Eventually we outgrow some of this silliness, but retain the good humor of it all for the sake of our own children.​


Honey: Nature's Magical Medical Cure

By Lawrnce Rosen, MD. 10/1/14 Winnie-the-Pooh had it figured out—it’s all about the honey. People over many centuries have gathered this tasty, sticky delight to treat everything from coughs to sore throats to skin infections.


Want to Help Everything from Your Eyesight to Increasing Muscle? Get a Date!

By Vicky Derosa, The Kitchen Heals VWell Health I can’t believe how miraculous the date is. Gee, since they are so tasty and delicious and I always knew how extremely healthy they are, I never even knew or cared how many calories were in them.


Inspirations For A New Year!

By Maureen McDonnell, January 2014-Why the word inspirations in the title instead of the more typical term: New Year’s “Resolutions”? Basically, the word choice had to do with the fact that “resolution” to me denotes struggle, effort and forcing myself to do something I don’t really want to do. Inspiration, on the other hand resonates in a more encouraging way as it brings to mind a sense of enthusiasm


Common Sense Approaches For Reducing Chronic Inflammation

By Maureen McDonnell, April 2013-When we think of a part of our body being inflamed (as with a sore throat, hive or a cut), we typically conjure up images of that area feeling red, hot, and tender. This type of healthy inflammatory response is the result of our immune system calling on white blood cells and other chemicals to protect us and prevent infection.


Has Anyone Seen My Hormones?

By Maureen McDonnell, February 2013-For most women, it is during our late 30’s or early 40’s (when mid-cycle ovulation process starts to sputter) that we experience a decline in our mood-stabilizing supply of progesterone. And when estrogen (which continues to be produced) becomes unopposed because of this decline, all hell can break loose!


Throwing A Healthy Party

By Maureen McDonell, October 2012-Partying is in my bones….and growing up in a working class Irish-Catholic family is where it all started! Despite their financial struggles, my parents loved to throw a party. I have pretty vivid memories of my dad arm in arm with my uncles singing Irish songs and raising their glasses of beer as they toasted the good times the post-war 1950’s offered them. I’m not saying the food my mom served back then was the healthiest, but...


The Importance Of Natural Skin Care

By Maureen McDonnell, August 2012-Over the past 35 years, it’s been wonderful to watch as many people have embraced the idea that what we put in our bodies affects our health. Believe it or not, back in the 70’s, when I began my fascination with nutrition; the general understanding of the critical role diet played in our health was not quite where it is today.


Food Allergies In Kids May Be Twice As Common As We Thought

By Lawrence Rosen August 2014-Life-threatening food allergies weren’t something I came across much growing up—yes, I might have known a classmate or two who couldn’t enjoy the same PB&J I did everyday (to which I sympathized)—but back then, it wasn’t a totally common occurrence. Now, some 20 years later (ahem), food allergies appear to be developing in kids more than ever.


The New Autism Numbers; Connecting The Dots

By Maureen McDonnell, July 2014-The new numbers released on March 27th from the CDC (1 in 68 children born in 2002 have been diagnosed with autism) should serve as a major wake up call for all of us. For starters, we should be alarmed over the fact that there has been a 29% increase in just the last 2 years! Of equal concern is the detail that boys are 5 x more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls; making the new statistic of 1 in 42 boys with this disorder deeply disturbing.


Chew On The Fats Of Life -Part 2

By Maureen McDonnell, January 2013-In the hugely popular health website, Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD, discusses a study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition (3) that emphasizes the importance of avoiding processed carbohydrates (not good fats) in order to minimize one’s risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.


Chew On The Fats Of Life Part 1

By Maureen McDonnell, December 2012-Since I proclaim to be an advocate of eating a healthy diet to prevent and treat many chronic illnesses, you might ask “why would I devote an entire article to fat?” Well, before you dismiss the topic or label me a nutritional heretic, hear me out: I’m not talking about packing on the pounds or eating the wrong kinds of fats. I’m referring to my new found reverence for the good fats and the role they play in optimizing our health.


Baby Steps To Going Green

By Lawrence Rosen MD-April 2011-I love what I do. One of my favorite things about being a pediatrician is developing relationships with families and children over the years. These connections are what keep me going and make me happy to go to work each day. What a privilege it is to earn the trust of parents and, especially, of children – many of whom have had experiences which have severely tested their trust in the medical system.


"I'm From Jersey": A Pediatricians Reflections On Sandy

By Lawrence Rosen MD, November 2012-Understand, I was born and raised in New Jersey, and I have lived my entire life here with the exception of college and medical school. N.J. is not just where I live; it is a part of who I am, as much as it is for the families I care for in my pediatric practice. I am deeply embedded, consciously, within my community. And now, I am feeling its pain, and I'm struggling to find a way to help my patients.


Keeping It Real For The Holidays

After the winter holiday-whirlwind passes, typically comprised of frenzied shopping, feasting and excessive partying, did you ever find yourself wishing you could have navigated through the jolliest of seasons a little differently?


Why we need to make school lunches healthier

By Deirdre Imus, June 2014-For some reason that I’ll probably never understand, First Lady Michelle Obama has repeatedly been criticized by the press and blocked by lawmakers in her efforts to make school lunches healthier in this country. By no means do I think government should be dictating diet to people; however, nobody wins when we continue feeding our kids lackluster lunches comprised of pizza, French fries, and other unhealthy options.


Peer Models For Children With Autism

By Jennifer Cerbasi, May 2013-Reading social cues is a difficult skill for many children with autism. As a teacher of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I often collaborated with parents to develop goals and objectives that would foster the development of social skills in these young children. Many times, parents shared with me a common goal for each of their children: "I want him to have a friend."​


Nutrition Is Actually The Sweetest Thing

By Dr. Barnard, May 2013-A recent report from the Environmental Working Group highlights the top sugar-laden cereals. Honey Smacks dominated the list with 15 grams of sugar per serving. While it’s fashionable these days to attack sugary cereals, sugar is hardly the most dangerous thing in your breakfast bowl. That dubious distinction goes to the milk.


KFC's Double Down Is A Nutritional Russian Roulette

By Dr. Barnard, May 2014-The Original Recipe Double Down contains 540 calories, 32 grams of fat, and 1,380 milligrams of sodium. As evidenced in a new report, the extreme amounts of cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium in the Double Down can lead to heart disease and hypertension.


Why Yoga Is Good Medicine

By Lawrence Rosen, April 2014-Yoga is so much more than your typical medical “intervention.” Still, as is the case with many health-associated modalities from diverse traditions (e.g., Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine), yoga is being increasingly integrated and evaluated as a tool to address specific physical and emotional concerns within our conventional healthcare system. Read more


Spring Break For Families Of Children With Autism

By Jennifer Cerbasi, April 2013-Spring break means sun, warmth, and freedom, but for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, it could mean unstructured time, regression of skills, and an increase in undesirable behaviors.


Meat Or No Meat

By Maureen McDonnell-I’d like to start this discussion with my favorite quote by Vaclav Havel: “Follow those who seek the truth-Run from those who say they’ve found it”. In my younger years, when arrogance dominated most of my discussions about health, I might have offered a strong opinion and given what I deemed “the right answer” to this nutritional dilemma. But thankfully with older age, comes a little wisdom, and the truth is - I don’t have the answer as to whether or not being a vegan

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