Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

Are dietary supplements safe?

[WCCO Radio, August 6, 2016] A Consumer Reports study finds certain ingredients in dietary supplements sold around the country can carry major health risks, including heart palpitations, allergic reactions and pain. Dr. Debra Bell from Allina Health’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing is an integrative medicine specialist. She talked with WCCO Radio about […]

How food and nutrition impacts arthritis

[KARE-TV, May 24, 2016] Did you know eating the “right” foods could have a positive impact on dealing with pain caused by arthritis? Registered dietician Barb Brower with the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing which is part of Allina Health talked with KARE 11 News to discuss the relationship between food and arthritis.

Allina Health and NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center launch health coach partnership

[KMOJ-FM, May 12, 2016] With the intention of improving health in North Minneapolis, Allina Health will train Northpoint Health & Wellness Center staff in patient engagement and motivation skills. In addition, four NorthPoint employees will participate in a class to become certified Wellcoaches. Representatives from both organizations talked about what the partnership hopes to accomplish […]

Emergency room patients are choosing acupuncture instead of painkillers at Minneapolis hospital

[KSTP-TV, May 5, 2016] Overdoses from painkillers and heroin are just about as deadly as car crashes in Minnesota. Last year, 336 deaths were linked to the use of opioids or heroin. In contrast, 411 people died in crashes. Fatal facts like that drove a Minneapolis hospital to find another way to tame the pain. […]

Health Check: Fit 3D tracks fitness progress

[Twelve News, April 19, 2016] Minneapolis resident Kaylee Arostegui is an active woman who works out five to six times a week. Next week, she’ll have surgery on her foot. Before she has surgery, she wanted to get an accurate snapshot of her physical health, so she made her way to Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth […]

Abbott pioneers acupuncture in the ER

Abbott pioneers acupuncture in the ER

[Star Tribune, March 15, 2016] Abbott Northwestern Hospital is reporting success using acupuncture in its emergency room to treat conditions ranging from car accident injuries to migraines to kidney stones, and hoping to prove that the traditional Chinese treatment can reduce doctors’ reliance on addictive opioids to manage patients’ pain. The Minneapolis hospital was the […]

Sneeze and tissue alert: Major allergy season ahead

Sneeze and tissue alert: Major allergy season ahead

[KARE-TV, March 11, 2016] A warmer winter and El Nino are expected to create a major spring allergy season. However, there are several alternatives to over-the-counter treatments. Dr. Debra Bell from Allina Health’s Penny George Institute for Health and Healing is an integrative medicine specialist and joined KARE 11 News @ 4 with many choices. […]

Is cancer caused by luck or lifestyle?

[KARE-TV, February 22, 2016] A new study says as much as 90 percent of the lifetime risk of developing cancer can be blamed on things like environment, smoking, drinking, diet and tanning. Dr. Courtney Baechler from the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwesterntalked with KARE11-TV about how big of a role […]

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Mind + Body Revolution

[Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, January 11, 2016] Integrative medicine is hard to define, but just as American English is distinct from British English, integrative medicine is different from medicine a generation ago. The federally funded National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health defines it as “bringing conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated way.” […]

The Game Changer

The Game Changer

[Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, January 2016] For anyone who has intersected with the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Allina Health, the nation’s largest hospital-based integrative medicine center, and wondered if it was started by a guy with the last name of Penny and another guy with the last name of George: Nope. […]