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Branding Your Wellness Business |

Whether you are training to become a holistic health teacher, practitioner or entrepreneur, developing your online presence and brand awareness is essential. Creating a platform from which to share your unique voice will place your product or service in front of the audience that will benefit from your expertise.

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The Benefits of Regular Exercise


We all know that exercise is good for us, but it can be hard to find the motivation to get up and move. Hopefully, these benefits of regular exercise will be enough to inspire you, but if they’re not, remember that the toughest part is getting started. Once you develop the habit, exercise becomes a regular part of your life.

Exercise Combats Stress

The odds are that you find yourself stressed every week, maybe even a daily basis. Regular movement can boost your mood and release those feel-good chemicals, or endorphins. Most of the time, even when we don’t want to work out, we feel amazing once we do. That’s because we’re taking our minds off of the daily pressures of life and we’re simply in the present moment.

Exercise Improves Your Bedroom Activities

Yes, this refers to both sleep and sex. When you exercise regularly, your body gets into a more routinized circadian rhythm, which can make getting enough shut-eye much easier. If sleep doesn’t do it for you, consider that exercise can give a boost to your sex drive. A daily workout can provide that energy that you’ve been lacking, not to mention that it will improve your body image and self-esteem.

Exercise Fights Countless Conditions and Diseases

Not only does physical activity help you look better, but it can make you feel a whole lot better too. Developing an exercise habit can help you fight off illnesses such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and even some forms of cancer. In addition, regular exercise improves your mental health, reducing your risk of depression and anxiety.

There’s really no reason not to exercise, so find an activity that seems fun to you, grab some friends, and get to it! Whether it’s biking around your neighborhood or joining a class at the gym, make sure that you enjoy the process.

from Nicholas Sasson, MD | Healthcare

What Is Bioprinting?

3d Printing Bio Printing

First, we had printing and then three-dimensional printers, but what is bioprinting? It is actually a type of 3D printing, but it uses biological materials as its ink. The result is a 3D biological structure, similar to what could be found in a cell or an organ.

The Current Bioprinting Landscape

Right now, scientists are able to apply bioprinting to different types of cells, such as endothelial (blood vessel) cells, muscle cells, and stem cells. There are many potential applications for this. One example is using a bioprinted cell as a way to speed up the repair process of the heart after a heart attack. Another example is using these cells to help repair wounds in the skin or tears in muscles.

The Bioprinting Process

To start, scientists use a preprocessed 3D model to show what the finished biological product will look like. This model is then used as a basis for the actual printing, which involves stacking layers of materials on top of each other to create a 3D product. The final step is to work on the printed material so that it functions properly. This might include a process such as placing it in a specialized chamber so it can mature.

The Future of Bioprinting

While 3D printing is still a medical marvel, researchers are delving into 4D printing processes. This involves adding the fourth dimension of time into the mix. The medical application here is that bioprinted cells and organs can change over time, just as actual biological material does.

Right now, however, scientists need to figure out how to prevent printed biological structures from folding in on themselves and losing their shape over time. While bioprinting can replicate the structure of some biological material, it can’t always match the precise arrangement within the cells, and, therefore, more study is required.

from Nicholas Sasson, MD | Science

Echinacea: A Beautiful Flower with a Beautiful Purpose in Natural Health – Prof. Deryl Gulliford RRT, RCP, MHA, FAAMA | ACHS.EDU


The Echinacea Story

Echinacea is certainly one of the most popular dietary supplements in the United States today, but it took a rather circuitous route to achieve such popularity. Let’s start at the beginning. Echinacea grows wild in the central United States and Canada. There are ten distinct species of Echinacea identified, but definitely Echinacea purpurea is most commonly selected for use in the Natural Health field.

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2020 End of Year Wrap Up – President’s Message |

I hope you celebrated the start of 2020 and the new decade with family and friends while taking time to rest and rejuvenate! As the new year begins, I want to take the opportunity to celebrate all we have achieved together at ACHS in 2019 and what we’re looking forward to in 2020.

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Is Bacteria Good or Bad?


Most of us grow up thinking that bacteria is terrible. It’s lurking on our toys, on doorknobs, and even in the air. Yet, the thinking that all bacteria is harmful is actually a flaw. We are always surrounded by bacteria, and there are even bacteria living inside of us right now. It helps to think of bacteria as either harmful or helpful, and here are some tips for figuring that out.

Beneficial Bacteria

When humans and bacteria have a mutualistic relationship, both parties benefit. An excellent example of this is the bacteria that live on and in our bodies. We serve as a host to the bacteria, and the bacteria are gracious guests, keeping harmful microbes out of our bodies and feeding. Think about gut bacteria, which lives inside our gut microbiome and helps us digest food and make the most of the nutrients in our food.

Negative Relationships

On the other hand, some bacteria create a parasitic relationship between them and us. While the bacteria benefit from the relationship, we experience adverse effects such as illness. Some common examples of these types of bacteria include pneumonia, tuberculosis, and salmonella. These bacteria produce endotoxins and exotoxins, which are substances that harm our well-being and cause diseases to develop.

Good or Bad?

There are still other types of bacteria that benefit off of us without harming or helping our bodies. It might seem strange or gross to be hosting bacteria that do nothing for us, but it’s a fact of life. A well-researched example of this is a bacterium that lives on our skin. There are some cases in which this kind of commensal bacteria becomes harmful and other instances in which it becomes helpful for us.

The final answer on whether bacteria are good or bad is that it’s both, but more often than not, bacteria are good for our overall health.

from Nicholas Sasson, MD | Science

How to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

The threat of breast cancer seems to loom over every woman’s head, although men can get it too. If you have a family history of this disease, then you need to be particularly diligent about reducing your risk. Here are some ways that you fight off some of the risk factors of developing breast cancer.

Limit Drugs and Alcohol

Tobacco has been shown to increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer, so if you’re a smoker, start making moves to kick the habit. Also, tobacco products, in general, such as e-cigarettes, are just as addictive as regular cigarettes so steer clear of these as well. In terms of alcohol, you don’t need to be a teetotaler, but you will probably want to rethink your nightly glass of wine or mixed drink. Ideally, you should only have a couple of drinks a week as the more alcohol a woman drinks, the higher her risk of developing breast cancer.

Watch Your Weight

Try to maintain a healthy weight by staying active and eating a varied, balanced diet. Being overweight and obesity increases your breast cancer risk, but an active lifestyle can reduce your risk. A combination of aerobic activity and weight-bearing exercises will keep your bones and joints strong and your weight in check.

Be Aware of Environmental Factors

It’s not only what happens on the inside of your body that counts. Pay attention to environmental pollution and your exposure to radiation. Be particularly diligent during x-rays and any medical imaging tests that you need to undergo. That being said, it is crucial that you continue your routine mammograms. The current guidelines state that women should start getting mammograms every two years beginning at age 50. However, those who exhibit risk factors or a family history of breast cancer should begin getting screened at age 40.

from Nicholas Sasson, MD | Healthcare

Is that a worm in my apple or certified organic herbs? |

This blog is co-authored by Natalya Shepeleva, QA and GMP Coordinator at ACHS

Foreign material found in Nettle Urtica dioica (L.)
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Have you heard the joke? Question: “what is worse than finding a worm in your organic apple? Answer: “finding half a worm.” This may be a joke, but according to a CNN article, a woman in Wisconsin discovered a living frog in her Simple Truth Organic lettuce salad.[i] Well, at least it was not sprayed with pesticides. You may be thinking, well, after all, it was a living frog. A closer look, however, reveals certified organic does not guarantee free from living or dead insects and critters! If there are frogs in your certified organic salad, let’s take a look at what may be in your certified organic herbs!

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This blog is co-authored by Amanda Lattin, ACHS Aromatherapy Program Chair, Professor

So you’ve graduated from your ACHS program. What’s next? Are you ready to take the next steps? Before you put those books away and breathe a sigh of relief, get your board and registration exams scheduled and complete your professional membership applications! With your hard-earned knowledge fresh in your memory banks it is never too soon to apply to sit your Board Exams.

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