integrative medicine

Integrative medicine instead of opioids for pain?

[WCCO Radio, Jan. 23, 2018] On International Integrative Health Day, the head of Allina’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Dr. Courtney Baechler talks with WCCO Radio about how integrative medicine offers alternatives to many conventional medical treatments including addictive pain medications.

Can the sun give us enough vitamin D in the winter?

[WCCO-TV, Dec. 19, 2017] For the first time in two and half weeks, the sun came out on Tuesday. But was it enough to get us the vitamin D we need? “This far north, most of us are not getting enough vitamin D in the winter,” said April Chu, a nurse practitioner of integrative medicine […]

Fibromyalgia and chronic pain treatment

[WCCO-TV, Sept. 23, 2017] Pop star Lady Gaga has cancelled a concert tour blaming it on chronic pain she suffers from fibromyalgia. WCCO-TV News talked with Allina Health integrative medicine physician, Dr. Michael Egan, to learn more about fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

Health Check: benefits of acupuncture for chronic pain

[CCX News, August 1, 2017] When it comes to treating pain, doctors frequently prescribe medications containing opioids. Now, patients and physicians are exploring non-drug therapies to manage chronic pain, such as the integrative therapies practiced at Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, part of Allina Health.

The truth about probiotics

[WCCO-TV, July 24, 2017] It’s no secret that probiotics are popular. But, with more and more foods and supplements to choose from, it’s becoming harder to know which products are actually getting to our gut. Dr. Bob Ganz, Minnesota Gastroenterology and Allina Health, talks about picking a probiotic to add to your diet.

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Deep relaxation is the hot remedy for preventing and curing symptoms of stress

[Star Tribune, June 27, 2017] The rise of the relaxation movement, some say, is a direct response to the ever-increasing stresses of modern life. “We’re overstimulated from our environment,” says Dr. Courtney Baechler, vice president of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis, where deep relaxation methods are routinely prescribed for a […]

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God, Allah, Buddha, Great Spirit: Minnesota hospital chaplains adapt to diversity

[Star Tribune, February 18, 2017] The Rev. Verlyn Hemmen remembers the days when a hospital chaplain wore a clerical collar, carried a Bible and visited the bedsides of Minnesotans who were overwhelmingly Catholic and Lutheran. Today roughly a third of patients are something else, estimates Hemmen, who oversees spiritual care at Twin Cities Allina Hospitals. […]

Got stress? Just sit back … and smell

[Twelve News, November 29, 2016] The holiday season is known as the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ but for some, the holidays can get overwhelming, making stress relief essential to our mental health. For people looking for a new way to manage stress, registered nurse Julie Streeter of Allina’s Penny George Institute for Health […]

Rethinking end-of-life dread

[Minnesota Public Radio, November 17, 2016] New research shows the emotional and social quality of life near its end may not be nearly as bad as many expected. Sandy Schellinger, palliative nurse with Allina Health LifeCourse, talked about new studies she and other researchers are presenting this week to the Gerontology Society of America. Listen […]

Health Check: Parents use playground for personal gym

[Twelve News, July 5, 2016] “Yeah, we’re avid park goers,” said Abbie Johnson, a mother of four. Johnson takes her children to the park partially so they can burn off energy, but also out of necessity. “A playground like this is a great one,” said Steve Moore, an exercise physiologist from WestHealth in Plymouth. “Great location we’re […]