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I can answer questions related to the process of accreditation, legal issues relating to accreditation, accreditation and transfer of credit, accreditation and military funding, the benefits of accreditation for students and the distance learning community, how potential students can learn more about and verify accreditation, the philosophy of distance learning, the development of distance learning, distance learning and curriculum design, as well as questions relating to holistic health and holistic health education, including: Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Herbalist, naturopathy, aromatherapy, herbalism, homeopathy, flower essences, iridology, holistic nutrition, wellness consulting, and phytotherapy.

Experience in the area

I founded the American College of Healthcare Sciences (formerly the Australasian College of Health Sciences) in 1978 and serve as College President. My BA is in Archaeology and Anthropology from Otago University, New Zealand, I have a Diploma in Natural Therapeutics from the South Pacific College of Natural Therapies in Auckland, New Zealand, and am a certified acupuncturist with specialized training in Chinese herbal medicine and moxibustion. I also serve as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) and am a member of the Research and Educational Standards Subcommittee of the DETC.

Organizations

I currently serve as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), an independent, nonprofit organization that administers the national examination in aromatherapy to ensure minimum standards of training and safety knowledge of registered aromatherapists. I also am a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild.

Publications

My articles have appeared in Alternative Therapies in Clinical Practice, The News Quarterly, Making Scents, The Herbarist, and on Blogcritics.org.

Education/Credentials

My BA is in Archaeology and Anthropology from Otago University, New Zealand, I have a Diploma in Natural Therapeutics from the South Pacific College of Natural Therapies in Auckland, New Zealand, and am a certified acupuncturist with specialized training in Chinese herbal medicine and moxibustion.

Awards and Honors

In 2009, I was awarded the Professional Service Award from the International Herb Association for her outstanding contributions to the herb industry.

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2012-08-25 can this do this:

Hi Debbie,     Thank you for sharing your question.     In response to, "Can apple cider vinegar act like an alcoholic beverage?," in brief the answer is no. Further, apple cider vinegar (ACV) should not

2011-07-26 Weight gain after gallbladded removed:

Dear Mathelda,     Thank you for submitting your question.     The gallbladder holds bile from the liver until it is needed to help metabolize fats. When the gallbladder is removed, the body metabolizes

2011-07-26 Distance Masters:

Hi Sirine,    Thank you for submitting your question. Though I cannot specifically comment on other schools, here is some general information about the importance of accreditation that you may find informative

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Hi Ed,     Thank you for submitting your question. I am sorry to hear about your health challenges, but it sounds like you are asking the right questions to determine the best solution for you.     As

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Dear Pat,     Thank you for submitting this question. Osteoporosis occurs where bone density is severely compromised. It can occur as a result of aging (primary) or as a result of medication or disease

 

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