Reflections On Plastic Free July |

This July, ACHS participated in the Plastic Free Ecochallenge: “a 31-day, global challenge to reduce and refuse single-use plastics.” As a Certified B Corp, we are always looking for ways to promote sustainability and the Ecochallenge is a great way to bring people together to learn and promote plastic-free living.

from ACHS Holistic Health and Wellness Blog

Clean Skin Care: DIY Lotion Bar |

ACHS student Ashley Wales taught us all how to make this easy DIY lotion bar as part of our Plastic Free July webinar series. As Ashley said in her webinar, your skin is the biggest organ in your body so it’s important to know what ingredients you’re putting onto it. One great way to know is by making the skincare products yourself. If you want to try making one of her lotion bars, here’s how!

from ACHS Holistic Health and Wellness Blog

What Is Telehealth and How Is it Being Used?


The digital revolution is upon us, and we’re seeing the interconnectedness of the Internet everywhere. The healthcare industry is no exception, as telehealth is becoming more prevalent each year. While it might seem to be something out of a sci-fi movie, telehealth is an extremely useful form of care and is expected to grow over the coming years.

What Is Telehealth?

Telehealth is the practice of using digital communication and resources to provide medical assistance to individuals. It’s similar to telecommunications, or communication via phone, text, and computer. One basic example of telehealth could be those popular meditation apps that guide people through a mindfulness exercise while providing tips for reducing stress and anxiety. Sure, these apps aren’t your doctor or psychologist, but it’s just one example of telehealth.

Another example does involve real medical professionals. Online patient portals and online therapies are becoming more popular, especially among millennials who are already tech-savvy and prefer communicating digitally. Apps such as BetterHelp connect users with real therapists while weight-loss apps such as Noom link people to scientific nutrition articles and health coaches.

Online Screenings and Recommendations

Another way that people are using telehealth is by taking online screenings and assessments. Healthcare institutions and organizations have created digital surveys and screening tools. Individuals can use these tools to assess a variety of things such as their risk of eating disorders, diabetes, substance abuse, and more. These kinds of tools are usually linked to certified professionals as well as additional resources to help at-risk individuals get the help they deserve.

Personal Health Monitoring

Finally, telehealth can be seen in things such as Fitbits. These kinds of devices and apps help people track their own health, giving them more control and empowerment over their well-being. They can see the progression of their health goals as well as any changes that may prompt them to see a doctor.

from Nicholas Sasson, MD | Healthcare

How Does the Brain Work?


So, how does the brain work exactly? This may sound like a loaded question, but there’s a way to break it down. One of the common analogies that people make to the brain is that it works like a computer. Information goes in and then gets processed, resulting in a wide range of actions. Let’s look at the distinct sections of the brain for more clarity.

The Cerebral Cortex

This is the largest part of the brain and can be classified into four areas. The frontal lobe helps with language and reasoning, as well as social expressions and motor skills. The parietal lobe is responsible for processing sensations such as pain and touch. The occipital lobe interprets everything that we see with our eyes, so it’s activated during activities such as reading and watching a show. Finally, the temporal lobe is what allows us to form memories and process sounds.

The Cerebellum

This region is located in the lower part of the brain and contains the majority of our neurons, even though it’s a small area. The cerebellum controls balance, movement, and posture.

The Emotional Brain

The limbic system is often referred to as the emotional brain because it controls our emotional responses. This is where you can find the amygdala, which processes fear and memory. The hippocampus sits here and helps with short-term memory and learning. The hypothalamus regulates our pituitary gland, hunger, and circadian rhythm. The thalamus is the “gray area” that controls taste, touch, sight, and hearing.

The brain stem sits under the limbic system and controls things such as blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate. The entire brain needs a steady supply of blood to get enough oxygen, glucose, and nutrients so that it can function properly. Each system in the brain is continuously working to help us go through our day and process information.

from Nicholas Sasson, MD | Science

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