Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This Back-to-School Season Help Prevent Seasonal Bugs Naturally

Fresh herbal teas are an easy and tasty way to support your health this back-to-school season!

Labor Day is September 6, which means school is starting soon here in Oregon. Your state may already be back at school! This back-to-school season, help prevent seasonal bugs with our revamped Immune Support Kit. Every Kit purchased by September 7, 2010, will receive a bonus supply of Airborne free*!

Fresh, homemade teas offer gentle immune support for the whole family. We've revamped our Immune Support Kit this season to include more immune supporting herbs.

Your Kit includes:
  • 1 oz each of shitake mushrooms, organic ginger root, organic thyme, and organic peppermint leaf
  • Suribachi-style mortar and pestle
  • 40 packs of Press 'N Brew Tea Bags
As a special Labor Day back-to-school bonus, every Immune Support Kit purchased from the ACHS Apothecary Shoppe College Store will also include a free supply of Airborne, which was developed by an elementary school teacher who was sick of getting sick!

Order your Kit and shop organic herbs at www.apothecary-shoppe.com. Just enter the code LABORDAY2010 into the comments section of your cart at checkout for your free Airborne.

* Offer good through September 7, 2010, and while supplies last. May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Available in-store, online, and orders by phone. Not available retroactively. No cash refunds.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ACHS named 2011 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, its second year to receive this honor

ACHS has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for 2011, its second year to receive this honor. ACHS was previously named a Military Friendly School for 2010, an honor ranking ACHS in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools who do the most to create opportunity for American veterans.

ACHS currently has more than 150 active duty service members, veterans, and military spouses enrolled. The College participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program and is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), strictly complying with SOC principles and criteria for flexible programs, including accommodations for non-traditional learners, a fully online format, and 24-hour access.

In addition, ACHS accepts all military education benefits, including the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) for military spouses pursuing degrees, licenses, or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields, and a partnership with the Imagine America Foundation to offer a military scholarship for veterans and military spouses.

“It’s wonderful to see our military students apply what they learned where deployed to prepare for a career stateside,” says ACHS Dean of Admissions and Military Education Coordinator Tracey Miller. “CAM education and career training are a perfect fit for military students who are looking to continue their work educating others about holistic approaches to wellness, such as helping military and non-military clients who may be struggling with PTSD.”

A detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, which will be distributed to thousands of active and former military personnel in late September. For more information, see the G.I. Jobs Military Friendly Schools announcement here: http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/2011-military-friendly-schools-list-released

For more information about Military Friendly Schools and military education benefits, read the full-length press release on the ACHS website under News and Events, here: http://www.achs.edu/news/news-detail.aspx?nid=241

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Many Health Benefits of Blueberries

Blueberries are a summer fruit staple. They add a splash of vibrant color to fruit salads and desserts, and a punch of sweet, yet tart flavor. But did you know that blueberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, manganese, and antioxidant properties.

Research shows a serving of blueberries can contain as much as 25% of our daily requirement of vitamin C, which helps promote a healthy immune system as well as helping to maintain healthy gums and the absorption of iron. Blueberries also contain fiber, which helps support heart health and healthy cholesterol levels, as well as healthy digestion.

In addition, "according to the USDA database of the antioxidant activity of selected foods (ORAC values), blueberries rank among the highest on a per serving basis," as noted by the Nutrient Data Laboratory Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC) Agricultural Research Service (ARS).[1]

For more information about the many health benefits of incorporating blueberries into your daily diet, check out the below sites. Then comment with your favorite blueberry recipes, collection and preserving tips!!

For general information and research links, visit the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council: http://www.blueberrycouncil.com/nutrition.php

"12 Surprising Reasons to Eat More Blueberries": http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-surprising-reasons-to-eat-more-blueberries.html

"Blueberries: Fountain of Youth" from Mother Earth News: http://www.motherearthnews.com/grow-it/blueberries-fountain-of-youth.aspx

For blueberry recipes like whole-wheat blueberry bars, visit the Eating Well website here: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/whole_wheat_blueberry_bars.html

[1] Accessed online 8/16/10 at http://www.blueberrycouncil.com/nutrition.php

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Download Your Recording Of Our August 10 Teleconference, EOS Aromatherapy for Pre and Post-Operative Care with Michelle Bravo

Our August 10, 2010, teleconference with Michelle Bravo--EOS Aromatherapy for Pre and Post-Operative Care--was very informative! Michelle, an ACHS graduate, has developed a very unique aromatherapy practice, which she calls EOS aromatherapy and integrates with her massage practice. Participants learned about what EOS means for Michelle as a practice, as well as strategies for working with clients, attracting clients and referrals, and for starting a business.

For those who were able to attend, we sincerely hope you enjoyed the teleconference! Our teleconferences have limited space and are, therefore, only open to ACHS students and graduates. However, we know there are many of you who would like to attend and to learn more about integrating holistic health and wellness into your everyday life. So, we are very happy to be able to post a recording of EOS Aromatherapy for Pre and Post-Operative Care for your enjoyment.

Note this audio file is large and may take a while to download. Please right-click, select Save Link As, and download the MP3 to your hard drive for optimal performance.

Audio files are © ACHS 2010. You may use this recording for personal use only. However, unauthorized distribution, duplication, or broadcast or performance for financial gain is prohibited.

To download the MP3, click here:

Also, if you have not previously downloaded Michelle's handout to accompany EOS Aromatherapy for Pre and Post-Operative Care, you can do so on the ACHS Apothecary Shoppe website. Go to www.apothecary-shoppe.com and click on Free Downloads; then select EOS Aromatherapy for Pre and Post-Operative Care.

If there is a specific teleconference topic you would like to hear in the future, please let us know. You can email it to communications@achs.edu or post it as a comment to ACHS Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Portland-OR/American-College-of-Healthcare-Sciences/99091122240

For a schedule of upcoming ACHS teleconferences, click on Community Wellness classes or use this link: http://www.achs.edu/wellness/community-wellness.aspx?id=6

Organic Coconut Oil a Very Effective Skin Support

Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of mature coconut, found throughout tropical climates. Traditionally, the oil has been used as a source of fat in the diet, including as a cooking oil, but did you know the oil also has been tested for industrial uses because of its natural lubricant properties?

Today coconut oil is highly prized for its use in cosmetics and skin care products
. In specific, coconut oil has moisturizing and skin softening properties, and well as film-forming properties so the oil "seals in" moisture, so to speak. In addition, coconut oil is often recommended for use with dry skin, sensitive skin, and can even be used to help reinvigorate dry, damaged hair [1] and in lip balms. Recent research even suggests the lauric acid found in coconut oil may be useful with acne[2]!

If you like to make your own natural skin and hair care products, coconut oil is a wonderful, versatile base oil to use. And, it is relatively unscented, which means you can add essential oils for your own custom blend.

Keep your skin glowing for summer and moisturized year-round. Shop for your organic products and essential oils at the Apothecary Shoppe. Free ground shipping for all purchases of 11 oz organic coconut oil made by midnight, August 16, 2010. Just add the code NEW2010 to the comments section of your order at checkout. Visit www.apothecary-shoppe.com

For more information about the benefits of coconut oil, you may want to check out the Coconut Research Center: http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/index.htm

[1] Rele AS, Mohile RB. Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. J Cosmet Sci. 2003 Mar-Apr;54(2):175-92. Accessed online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12715094?dopt=Abstract

[2] Nakatsuji T, Kao MC, Fang JY, Zouboulis CC, Zhang L, Gallo RL, Huang CM. Antimicrobial property of lauric acid against Propionibacterium acnes: its therapeutic potential for inflammatory acne vulgaris. J Invest Dermatol. 2009 Oct;129(10):2480-8. Epub 2009 Apr 23.