Integrative health


Earl Bakken

Center for Spirituality & Healing Renamed in Honor of Earl E. Bakken

July 18, 2017

The University of Minnesota has announced it is renaming two health-focused interdisciplinary centers, including Consortium member the Center for Spirituality & Healing (CSH), in honor of Twin Cities inventor and entrepreneur Earl E. Bakken. Bakken is the co-founder of Medtronic, is an alumnus of the U, and was an early mentor for CSH director Mary Jo Kreitzer. According to the University's announcement, "Bakken has a unique appreciation for both the art and science of health care, as demonstrated by his long-standing support for [CSH], a center focused on research, outreach and education of integrative health and wellbeing." The Medical Devices Centeran interdisciplinary program under the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, will also be renamed in Bakken's honor; in 1957, he developed the first wearable, external, battery-powered, transistorized pacemaker for Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, a University of Minnesota heart surgeon.


Mustache Dash fun run

Mindy Kurzer-led Research Inspires Major Prostate Cancer Trial

June 3, 2016

In 2013, Mindy Kurzer, PhD, published research demonstrating that "aerobic exercise influences the way our bodies break down estrogens to produce more of the ‘good’ metabolites that lower breast cancer risk." Kurzer, director of Consortium member center Healthy Foods, Health Lives, is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. The results of her 2013 study are now being deployed to see whether they can be applied to the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. “We want to actually prove [exercise] does more than just makes you feel better and actually prolongs your survival,” explained Dr. Fred Saad, MD, of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre. The University of Minnesota is leading a coalition of more than 100 researchers around the world, including those in Australia, Ireland and several Canadian provinces. The clinical trial is funded by the Movember Foundation, which raises money by sponsoring mustache-growing contests each November to foster men's health, particularly the fight against prostate and testicular cancers. Read more about the study here


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New Research Points to Need for Physician Vigilance on Alternative Medicine

March 30, 2016

New research by Judy Jou, PhD candidate in the School of Public Health and Pamela Jo Johnson, MPH, PhD, of Consortium member the Center for Spirituality and Healing, shows that 40% of patients using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) don't disclose it to their doctors. The article, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, looked at reasons patients gave for not sharing this information with physicians. Research found patients were more likely to discuss participation in yoga and meditation, and much less so the use of herbs and/or supplements. “Not telling primary care providers about using CAM can be dangerous, especially if the type of CAM being used creates adverse interactions with any medical treatments that a patient might be undergoing concurrently,” said Jou. Jou and Johnson concluded, "Physicians should consider more actively inquiring about patients’ use of CAM, especially for modalities likely to be medically relevant." You can learn more about how probiotic supplements and other products, some of which are popular with users of CAM, are regulated at a lecture by Prof. Diane E. Hoffmann, JD, MS (University of Maryland), on April 21. Prof. Hoffmann is a leading expert on health law and policy and will discuss the issues presented by these therapies, their marketing, and advertising, as well as possible ways to address these issues. The event is free and open to the public – register here


Mountain glacier in Iceland

First International Integrative Nursing Symposium Held in Iceland

May 27, 2015

A wide range of health professionals gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland, last week for the inaugural International Integrative Nursing Symposium. The three-day event was attended by about 250 people and centered around improving health care by focusing on wellbeing rather than disease. Mary Jo Kreitzer, founder and director of Consortium member The Center for Spirituality and Healing, co-chaired the conference, which focused on creating relationships between healthcare professionals worldwide to teach each other about different integrative nursing methods. “We need to focus more on the art of nursing,” Kreitzer said in an article in the Minnesota Daily. “Instead of resorting to drugs or technology, we should think of the 10 other things we can do to help someone before administering a drug.”


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Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Michael Roizen Speaks at September Wellbeing Lecture

July 10, 2014

The Center for Spirituality and Healing invited Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic to speak on “Lessons Learned from the Cleveland Clinic: Achieving Wellbeing and Bending the Cost Curve.” Dr. Roizen spoke on how the Cleveland Clinic managed to change its culture to achieve large weight loss, and measurable decreases in employee smoking rates, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. Read more about Dr. Roizen’s lecture.