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    Lauren Torchia

    Lauren Torchia is a writer, editor, and obsessive iPhotographer. She holds an MS in Writing from Portland State University and has more than 10 years’ experience writing and editing for commercial and creative enterprises. She currently serves as ACHS Dean of English and Communications Manager and is 200-hr yoga teacher certified from YoYoYogi in Portland, OR. Recent work has appeared in YOGANONYMOUS and Elephant Journal.
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    Feb 15, 2013 3:17:00 PM
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    Green Living: How ACHS Reduces Our Carbon Footprint One Green Step at a Time

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    Dec 31, 2012 12:25:00 PM
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    Help Us Celebrate Our Top 6 Accomplishments of 2012

    The New Year is a time of reflection and new beginnings. There is a feeling of new opportunity and hope, which inspires us to appreciate the accomplishments of the past year, large and small, and to "refresh" our goals for the coming year.

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    Dec 14, 2012 9:20:00 AM
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    Aromatherapy: 12 Essential Oils of the Holidays | achs.edu

    Whether your holiday tradition is to sing carols, light the menorah, walk the spiral, or tell stories around the fire while eating homemade s'mores … this time of year is all about bringing warmth to those dark winter days.

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    Dec 6, 2012 9:53:00 AM
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    Holistic Health at Home: 7 Simple Steps to Make Herbal Cough Drops

    By ACHS Instructor Jerry Cronin, BS, DC

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    Dec 4, 2012 8:32:00 AM
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    Video & Recipe: How to Make Aromatic Bath Salts for Holiday Gifts

    We bet you can list tons of good reasons to make your own bath and body care products. Here are our top FOUR:

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    Dec 3, 2012 12:00:00 PM
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    Holistic Nutrition: Eat this Herb - Basil

    Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is sweet flavored with a warm, clove-like taste. Use it whole, chopped, or shred the leaves. For best flavor, use fresh leaves or add towards the end of cooking. Plus, basil can help the digestive process, too!

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    Nov 29, 2012 10:16:00 AM
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    Holistic Health at Home: DIY Herbal Teas for Health (and Gifts!)

     Herbal teas, as well as being delicious to drink, can help tone, soothe, and balance the body with regular use. But, be sure to distinguish herbal teas from black tea. Tannin or black tea is from the plant Camellia sinensis, a medicinal herb...

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    Nov 20, 2012 5:03:00 PM
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    A Holistic Thanksgiving: What Are You Thankful For?

    For those of us in the U.S., Thanksgiving is this Thursday, November 22. Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate with friends and family and to give thanks for the things that bring you comfort and joy. Here are some of the things our ACHS staff is...

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    Nov 19, 2012 3:20:00 PM
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    Reduce Stress During the Holidays | achs.edu

    Many of us live from day to day, not thinking about our health or body until it begins to ache, a joint twinges, or a headache starts. Then we try to fix the problem. But, wellness is cumulative. In our view, wellness requires a holistic, or...

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    Nov 17, 2012 7:00:00 AM
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    Holistic Nutrition: Sweet Potatoes More Than A Thanksgiving Treat

    By ACHS Student Timothy Grutzius, Associate of Applied Science in CAMA few months ago my four-year-old American Eskimo dog, Vino, was stricken with pancreatitis and became violently ill. As a result, he stayed overnight in the pet hospital and...

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