Baby Green Bean — Imus Ranch

March 5, 2009

I’m reading a book called “Growing Up Green” by Dierdre Imus, and it’s a wonderful reference to keeping our family green in all aspects.

In the book it mentions that pediatric cancers have risen steadily at the rate of 1% annually over the last 20 years. There have been epidemic cases of childhood obesity and diabetes. Asthma rates have increased tenfold in the last decade. About 1 out of every 6 U.S. children has a developmental disability. About 1 out of every 150 U.S. children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Premature birth rates has increased almost 31% between 1981 and 2003. Rheumatoid arthritis has become the THIRD most common childhood disease among INFANTS. Those numbers are absolutely terrifying…

It also mentions that the World Health organization estimates that we could prevent more than 80% (!) of all chronic illnesses by improving our lifestyles in simple ways, such as reducing our exposure to environmental pollutants and eating a healthier diet. What are we all waiting for?!

A noteworthy item in the book is the mention of a unique place called Imus Ranch. In the year of the birth of their son, Dierdre Imus and her husband were inspired to help their child and all other children to get the best possible start in the earth, and reduce their exposure to toxins. To do this, they created Imus Ranch, an authentic 1880’s-style working cattle ranch. At this retreat, children who suffer from cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders, as well as children who lost a sibling to SIDS are allowed to come and rebuild their self-esteem, and feel empowered, and create bonds. At this summer ranch, it’s not fun and games at all. It’s full of hard work, and learning how to be a cowboy/girl. The routines, the labor, and the rules all culminate in a life-changing experience for children who have only known themselves as related to their illness. At the ranch, the focus is not on the childrens’ illnesses, but their inner character and their strength.

Imus Ranch
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Baby Green Bean — Imus Ranch

March 5, 2009

I’m reading a book called “Growing Up Green” by Dierdre Imus, and it’s a wonderful reference to keeping our family green in all aspects.

In the book it mentions that pediatric cancers have risen steadily at the rate of 1% annually over the last 20 years. There have been epidemic cases of childhood obesity and diabetes. Asthma rates have increased tenfold in the last decade. About 1 out of every 6 U.S. children has a developmental disability. About 1 out of every 150 U.S. children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Premature birth rates has increased almost 31% between 1981 and 2003. Rheumatoid arthritis has become the THIRD most common childhood disease among INFANTS. Those numbers are absolutely terrifying…

It also mentions that the World Health organization estimates that we could prevent more than 80% (!) of all chronic illnesses by improving our lifestyles in simple ways, such as reducing our exposure to environmental pollutants and eating a healthier diet. What are we all waiting for?!

A noteworthy item in the book is the mention of a unique place called Imus Ranch. In the year of the birth of their son, Dierdre Imus and her husband were inspired to help their child and all other children to get the best possible start in the earth, and reduce their exposure to toxins. To do this, they created Imus Ranch, an authentic 1880’s-style working cattle ranch. At this retreat, children who suffer from cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders, as well as children who lost a sibling to SIDS are allowed to come and rebuild their self-esteem, and feel empowered, and create bonds. At this summer ranch, it’s not fun and games at all. It’s full of hard work, and learning how to be a cowboy/girl. The routines, the labor, and the rules all culminate in a life-changing experience for children who have only known themselves as related to their illness. At the ranch, the focus is not on the childrens’ illnesses, but their inner character and their strength.

Imus Ranch

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