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IV Nutrition Therapy in Lincolnton, NC

Collier Family Medical’s IV Nutrient Infusion are used to deliver vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream, offering superior absorption over oral supplements. The infusions address a variety of issues, including:

  • Immune system strengthening
  • Anti-aging
  • Optimal athletic performance and recovery
  • Metabolism enhancement
  • Hangover and headache relief
  • Cold and Flu symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Dehydration

There are only 10 spots available for this first round. Call and schedule today. Prices start at $75 per infusion. Discounted prices available for members. Call 704-240-5260

June 3rd, 2022 is National Donut Day!

Sugar has a bittersweet reputation when it comes to health. Sugar occurs naturally in all foods that contain carbohydrates, such as fruits and vegetables, grains, and dairy. Consuming whole foods that contain natural sugar is okay. Plant foods also have high amounts of fiber, essential minerals, and antioxidants, and dairy foods contain protein and calcium.

Since your body digests these foods slowly, the sugar in them offers a steady supply of energy to your cells. A high intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains also has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.

Why is sugar bad for you?

  • Chronic inflammation.
  • Oxidative stress.
  • Moodiness and tiredness.
  • Bad bacteria grow in the gut.
  • Parasites to grow.
  • Weight gain.
  • Cold & flu viruses to thrive.
  • Sleeping challenges.
  • Difficulty to concentrate.
  • Problem to exercise.
  • Worsens depression.
  • Higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Sign up for your membership today! FREE ROUTINE LAB WORK!! Lab work helps me check your risk for diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and much more.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH NECK PAIN IN Lincolnton, NC

A common musculoskeletal issue is “text neck” where we look down at our devices like tablets, phones, and computers throughout the day. This can stretch the muscles at the base of your skull and cause those muscles to spasm when they get over stretched.

My favorite modality for treating text neck is about repositioning our bodies and stretching our neck muscles gently twice daily. These twice daily stretches will keep your neck muscles loose and diminish spasming over time. The more consistent you can be with stretching, the better your improvement.

If your symptoms persist – if you have continued neck muscle spasming, you can try medications like NSAIDS or muscle relaxants. Of course, talk to your doctor before you use these medications to make sure that they don’t cause any stomach irritation or kidney damage.

It would be reasonable to try Ibuprofen 600 mg if you experience neck muscle spasms that cannot be controlled or that cause pain. Ibuprofen is an NSAID.

An alternative would be to take Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine) 10 mg 1 hour prior to bed time – this is a prescription medication so please consult with your physician before using a medication like this. Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant and patients get relief when they use this medication as it relaxes skeletal muscles. But it cannot be taken within 8 hours of driving or operating heavy machinery as it causes drowsiness in some patients, so we have our patients take the medication 1 hour prior to bedtime.

Another alternative to neck pain treatment is integrated musculoskeletal care. These treatments take less than 15 minutes and they can focus on relaxing/manually stretching the muscles in the neck. Our nurse practitioner at our office, Amanda has completed specialized training for this therapy and follow up. The best part….it is included in your membership at no additional cost!

A combination of the above modalities would reduce the muscle spasms that you’re experiencing in your neck.

Thanks for reading. To see if this option is one for you, call and schedule a consultation with Amanda today, 704-240-5260. collierfamilymedical.com

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Attention Small Business Owners in Lincolnton, NC

What incentives are you giving your employees? Do you offer benefits? At Collier Family Medical we are contracting with small businesses to be able to provide a healthcare benefit to keep employees healthier, feel appreciated, and keep them at work. Collier Family Medical offers unlimited office appointments without co-pays, free routine lab work, SEVEN of the top prescribed medications are FREE, and a FREE app for after-hours care to avoid the urgent cares and emergency room visits. DPC not only lowers costs but also leads to better overall health for their employees. At CFM we are happy to come to your business meetings, to speak at your employee events, and to educate your team about the benefits of having us as your primary care provider.

Reasons why to choose Collier Family Medical to partner with your business for a healthcare benefit.

  1. Saves money…healthcare is one of the largest expenses second to payroll. We can keep your employees healthier, by offering personalized care, same day appointments, on-site medications, and after-hours care.
  2. Incentivizes Health. Instead of promoting a “sick plan,” one where sickness is managed through reactive care, DPC chooses to finance health by being proactive. This means healthier employees at a lower cost. When an Employer chooses to switch to DPC, they are incentivized to stay healthy in order to reduce health claims, thereby saving the company money. With FFS, the cost remains the same no matter how healthy or sick the employees become.
  3. Unrivaled Patient Care. DPC members rave about the doctor-patient relationship, frequent communication from the practice staff, and 24/7 access — just three of the many facets of patient experience that FFS seems to be missing. Check out our webpage to read real-life testimonials, quick anecdotes, and see the value of Direct Primary Care.

Check our website out www.collierfamilymedical.com

Contact Amanda Collier, family nurse practitioner and small business owner @ amandacollier@collierfamilymedical.com. 704-240-5260.

Continuous blood glucose monitoring available in Lincolnton, NC

Collier Family Medical is now offering continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). Unlike blood glucose monitors, CGM don’t require finger pricking. While blood glucose monitoring devices measure the glucose in your blood, continuous glucose monitoring devices measure the glucose levels in the interstitial fluid. The interstitial fluid sits in between the cells of your body.

Instead of finger pricking, continuous glucose monitoring devices work with a sensor and a reader. With glucose monitoring devices like Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre, all you need to do is apply the sensor to your arm and then initiate a one-second painless scan. You will then receive your current glucose reading, your glucose level from anytime to eight hours ago, and the direction in which your glucose levels are heading now. The reader also stores 90 days of data. CGM give you an ongoing idea of where your glucose level is and where it’s headed. 

They can predict a low blood sugar 20-30 minutes before it happens. Knowing whether your blood glucose levels are on the rise or getting too low can save you from having to take medication or suffering from fatigue and other health problems. You can also identify patterns and trends, such as times of the day when your glucose levels usually get high and times when they usually get low, making it easier to prepare and take action as needed.

Continuous glucose monitoring devices are very easy to use. While the sensor must be continuously worn, it can be worn under your clothes, and while you exercise, bathe, and swim. Unlike finger pricking, using a sensor won’t interrupt your day. You can take out the small reader, use it to scan and see your data at any time, without anyone noticing. It’s like checking your phone for notifications.

It’s ideal for anyone with a phobia of needles and blood, and perfect for children as well. Instead of painfully pricking your child’s finger with a sugar test machine several times a day, you can just put a sensor on him or her and take a reading. Knowing the trends of your child’s glucose levels will make it easier to plan meals for them as well.

There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Both types affect the way that the body regulates blood sugar. The body’s cells need glucose. Insulin helps glucose enter the cells. The bodies of people with Type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin, whereas the bodies of people with Type 2 diabetes don’t respond to insulin as they should, and later do not make enough insulin.

Both types can lead to chronically high blood sugar levels, which if not managed with food, exercise and blood glucose monitoring, can lead to symptoms such as urinating frequently, feeling very hungry and thirsty, feeling fatigued, and having cuts or sores that don’t heal properly. People with both types of diabetes can also experience irritability, mood swings, and unintentional weight loss.

For both types of diabetes, blood glucose monitoring is an important way of managing your diabetes. You can test your blood sugar at home using a traditional blood sugar monitor or a continuous blood sugar monitor, like FreeStyle Libre. Blood glucose monitoring identifies whether blood glucose levels are high or low, monitors the effect of diabetes medication, and helps you understand how other factors such as illness or stress affect blood sugar levels.

How many times a day you should use your blood glucose monitor and when you should test depends on the type of diabetes you have, your medications, and your risk for having low blood glucose levels.

For Type 1 diabetes, it is recommended people use their blood sugar monitor to check every 4 hours at the least. If they are exercising or partaking in any activity that can fluctuate their blood pressure, they must check blood sugar levels more frequently. If you’re travelling, especially if you are driving, you should use your blood glucose monitor every 2 hours.

You should conduct blood glucose monitoring before breastfeeding and every hour if you are experiencing hypoglycemia episodes. Daily, you should use your blood sugar monitor before meals and snacks, before and after exercise, and before sleeping. If you’re ill, starting a new medication, or your daily routine has changed, you should use your blood sugar monitor even more often.

If you have Type 2 diabetes and take insulin to manage your diabetes, your doctor may prescribe using your blood glucose monitor several times a day. You should check before meals, 1-2 hours after a meal, at night before sleeping, and late at night/early in the morning if required. Although it’s inconvenient to check your glucose levels at 2 AM, checks are sometimes necessary to screen for hypoglycemia as it’s common to not feel the low blood sugar and sleep through a hypoglycemia event.

You should also use your blood glucose monitor during, and after exercise and before driving, and when blood glucose levels can be higher, such as after consuming alcohol or during an illness. If you are taking multiple daily insulin injections, testing is extremely important. If you manage Type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise alone, you may not need to test your blood glucose levels as often.

For both Type 1 and Type 2, testing your glucose levels will become easier if you have a continuous blood sugar monitor, as they allow you to check your glucose levels several times a day, as well as while eating, exercising, sleeping, showering, and swimming. Rather than prick yourself to test your glucose levels with a blood sugar monitor, you can simply take a painless scan and get your current glucose levels and more information with a continuous blood sugar monitor.

Call or text today to see how the program is available to you! 704-240-5260

FAQ Monkey Pox

Quick Reference for Monkey Pox

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. 

Monkeypox symptoms

  • People with monkeypox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.
  • The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.
  • The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.
  • The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

Prevention

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including:

  • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
  • Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
  • Contact with respiratory secretions.
  • At this time, data suggest that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up the majority of cases in the current monkeypox outbreak. However, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who has been in close, personal contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.
  • At this time, the risk of monkeypox to children and adolescents in the United States is low. 
  • The most common route for transmission of monkeypox from animals to humans appears to be direct contact with infected animals.

Treatment

There are no treatments specifically for monkeypox virus infections. 

Collier Family Medical One Stop Shop

CFM is your one stop shop. As the nurse practitioner and owner, I want to offer the best care at affordable prices. I offer each patient a holistic approach with a caring attentive attitude. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I want to give back to others, use the gifts that were given to me to help the wellbeing of my fellow brothers and sisters. You are more than a patient when you join Collier Family Medical, you become family. 

Services currently offered

-chronic care management

-acute care management 

-pharmacy

-laboratory 

-specialist consults 

-minor office procedures

-cosmetic procedures 

-weight loss management 

-normal saline IV infusion

-Serves all ages 

Coming Soon!!

– IV nutritional therapy 

-Private contract with Medicare patients (October 1st) 

Memberships start at $65/month, one-time appointments available without a membership. Discounts for spouses, family, small and large business. 

Call or text today. Or enroll online and we will call you!! Enroll Now!!

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