Penny George Institute for Health and Healing

Inside your health: More than medicine

[KSTP-TV, February 16, 2015] Traditional Western medicine concentrates on conquering disease. But sometimes that comes with unpleasant side effects. Courtney Baechler, MD, of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, part of Allina Health, was interviewed about the growing use of integrative therapies to improve the patient’s experience. Watch the story at

Yoga spreads with wave of ‘complementary medicine’

[Star Tribune, Feb. 11, 2015] The share of Americans practicing therapeutic yoga has nearly doubled in a decade as adults seek ways to reduce stress, alleviate chronic pain and improve their outlook on life — a trend toward “complementary’’ medicine reflected at leading Minnesota clinics and hospitals. Overall, about a third of U.S. health care […]

Good Question: How big is average now

[WCCO-TV, Feb. 9, 2015] When it comes to just how big an average sized American woman or man is, just what is average? That’s the Good Question posed to Allina Health’s Barb Brower, a nutrionist and dietician at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

Penny George opens in Owatonna Hospital to offer acupuncture, massage therapy

[Owatonna People’s Press, Feb. 6, 2015] A different style of care has arrived at Owatonna Hospital, part of Allina Health. And on Friday morning, hospital employees gathered with Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Ambassadors to celebrate the opening of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing outpatient clinic, located at the hospital. […]

Good Question: Does gum really stay in your stomach for seven years?

[WCCO-TV, Jan. 30, 2015] You’ve no doubt heard the old wives tale about swallowed gum staying in your system for seven years? Does it really? That’s the Good Question WCCO asked Allina Health certified nurse specialist Mary Beshara at the Penny George Institute for Health and healing.

Allina Health study finds alternative therapies ease cancer pain

Allina Health study finds alternative therapies ease cancer pain

[Star Tribune, November 4, 2014] So-called integrative therapies reduced self-reported pain levels by 47 percent and cut anxiety levels by 56 percent for cancer patients at Allina’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital. The Abbott study is the largest of its kind for cancer patients and was set for publication Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer […]

Good Question: Can you get enough Vitamin D from the sun in winter?

[WCCO-TV, Nov. 3, 2014] As the fall days continue to shorten by almost three minutes a day, can we get enough Vitamin D from the Minnesota sun? In the wintertime, the short answer is no. “Basically, north of New York, many months of the year we can’t get Vitamin D,” said Dr. Debra Bell, an […]

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Generation of tanners see spike in skin cancer

[KARE-TV, July 29, 2014] The acting U.S. surgeon general is asking Americans to give up their love of sunbathing and indoor tanning beds, citing an alarming 200 percent jump in the number of deadly melanoma cases diagnosed since 1973. Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak says in a new report that nearly 5 million people in the […]

Scientists discover more about the battle in your belly

[Star Tribune, July 31, 2014] Kathleen Pender knew her gut was trying to tell her something. She just wasn’t sure what it was. A gut analysis performed by her doctor revealed the source of her problem: She was very low on “good bacteria.” The bacteria swimming around in our stomachs have the power to help […]

How to slow down our busy lives

[WCCO-TV, July 28, 2014] With work piling up, getting the kids to sports, and other day-to-day duties, stress seems never ending. WCCO talked with Allina Health Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler about how to manage our busy lives.