Dr Amy Krentzman of the U of MN School of Social Work and the Center for Spirituality and Healing has been studying the practice of gratitude in addiction treatment and recovery. She talked with Buck Aug. 14 about what she's found in her research on how a gratitude practice supports the process of recovery...which can be as simple as finding three things to be thankful for each day.
Minnesota has developed a new system for the reporting the abuse of vulnerable adults.
Journalist and MPR host Cathy Wurzer and educator Bruce Kramer embarked on a series of broadcast conversations as Bruce dealt with ALS, about how facing death can transform one's outlook on life. "We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying," is the remarkable book that came out of these conversations and their resulting friendship. Cathy spoke with Buck recently about getting to know Bruce at the same time she struggled with her own losses, including her father's decline into dementia. Click here for the archived conversations between Cathy and Bruce. You can learn more about the book here.
Recently the NY Attorney General's office uncovered what seemed to be widespread fraud in the dietary supplement industry, accusing four big retailers of selling supplements that were either contaminated or didn't contain what was listed on the label. So how do we know who to trust? Lisa Dierks, a registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic, talked with Buck Feb. 27 about dietary supplements and how to make informed choices. You can see the Mayo's information on individual dietary supplements here.
Instead of sitting in a room, Minneapolis therapist Dr. Matt Miller runs or walks by a client's side during their session. He talked with Buck Feb. 6 explain why he's doing this unusual form of therapy, why he believes it's so good for mental health to get outside and exercise, and how therapy and exercise enhance each other. You can learn more about Dr. Miller's practice here.
On Saturday, January 17th Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Al Franken was at the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic for a discussion with local health care providers on the state of rural health.
Dick talked Nov. 21 with Dr. Richard Deyo about the industry that has sprung up around back pain, and why more invasive intervention might not be effective. They discussed exercise, human touch therapies, and much more. His new book is titled "Watch Your Back! How the Back Pain Industry is Costing Us More and Giving Us Less."
This is a great time of year to reflect on gratitude. Ann spoke Nov. 14 with Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the U of MN, about why gratitude and its cousin, mindfulness, is good for our well-being. You can learn more about the Center here.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression triggered by shorter days and reduced light. Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist talked with Ann Possis Oct. 31 about the causes and symptoms of SAD, and what people can do to address and overcome it.
Dr. Bin He, a biomedical engineering professor at the U of MN, spoke with Dick Oct. 3 about his latest research showing that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. This could have major implications for people who are paralyzed or mobility impaired.