ACHS Launches New Course Topics in Holistic Nutrition, a Critical Review of Non-Traditional Nutrition Topics

Portland, OR, July 03, 2010 --( American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) is proud to announce the launch of Topics in Holistic Nutrition (NUT 309) September, 20, 2010. The newest addition to ACHS’s innovative holistic nutrition curriculum, Topics in Holistic Nutrition is a critical review of popular media topics and current research into nutrition, food, and health.

Topics in Holistic Nutrition is a core course for ACHS’s Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting program and an elective option for several of the College’s complementary alternative medicine (CAM) programs, including the Holistic Health Practitioner and the Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine programs.

“This course is truly exceptional,” says ACHS Senior Vice President Erika Yigzaw, “because it engages students with the most current issues and discussions about nutrition. Through the popular texts of contemporary writers Michael Pollan, Elson Haas, Christopher Vasey, and Kimberly Lord Stewart students will examine the affect of our supermarket-food system, food labeling, and CAM protocols on personal and social health not to just ‘learn the rules’ of good nutrition, but to really engage with the larger discussion about where our ideas of ‘good nutrition’ come from and what they mean. Michael Pollan says ‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants’ in his article “Unhappy Meals.” But what does ‘food’ mean? Students will explore this question, among many others, to better understand how nutrition is affected by our attitudes about food, health, and science.”

“Michael Pollan has become an icon of the anti-industrial food movement,” adds Dr. Arianna Staruch, ACHS Academic Dean. “In brief, this course is a critical review of topics not usually found in traditional nutrition courses.”

For more information about Topics in Holistic Nutrition and ACHS courses, visit for detailed descriptions. You also can contact the ACHS Admissions team by phone at (800) 487-8839 during the hours of 8:30 am-5:30 pm, PST, or email

About ACHS
American College of Healthcare Sciences is one of the first accredited, fully online college offering degrees, diplomas, and career-training certificates in complementary alternative medicine. Founded in 1978, ACHS is committed to exceptional online education and is recognized as an industry leader in holistic health education worldwide. For more information about ACHS programs and community wellness events, visit, call (503) 244-0726, or stop by the College campus located at 5940 SW Hood Ave., Portland OR 97239.

American College of Healthcare Sciences
Lauren Shapiro