Sunday, January 12, 2014

#866: Karen Lawson, Jacob Mirman, and the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing

Karen Lawson is the Program Director for the Health Coaching track, Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, homeopath, faculty advisor for the IHEAL at the University, and “board-certified in family medicine and holistic medicine.” Indeed, she used to be president of the American Holistic Medical Association and is former medical director of the Institute for Mind, Body and Spirit at St. Mary’s Mercy Medical Center, Grand Rapids. We’re talking some serious woo here, in other words, and yes, she is affiliated with the University of Minnesota – the Center for Spirituality and Healing is the university’s own institution, where people can go and get advice on all sorts of medical ideas that do not work and have no association with reality whatsoever (they have at least two other homeopaths there, Paula Jelinek and Jacob Mirman – which is notable, since officially the center expresses some qualms about homeopathy, which after all is among the silliest forms of bullshit out there). Lawson has her own entry here.

Diagnosis: The trend for universities to get affiliated with spiritual quackery and pseudoscience does not seem to be going in the right direction. A really ugly affair.

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