Williams Icare Blog

A Better Understanding of Mental Health

Diabetes, cancer, lupus. These are all types of disease, and oftentimes people feel comfortable talking openly about their personal experiences with their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery processes.

Mental illness is a disease too, though it’s a type of disease that often carries a stigma. People don’t always readily admit or accept they have mental illness. Shrouded in mystery and kept under wraps, mental illness seemingly has a taboo connotation that affects 20% of people while research shows 40-75% of its sufferers fail to seek treatment altogether. Mental illness is a condition that can disrupt a person’s day-to-day life, while also impacting feelings, thought process, mood, and interpersonal relations. In short, mental illnesses can leave people with a diminished capacity to cope with life’s everyday demands.

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Topics: Williams IntegraCare, Mental Health

The Importance of a Routine Chiropractic Adjustment

You’ve likely heard the phrase “the backbone of the company/organization/family,” to indicate the integral role a particular person plays within the context. As this saying implies, the actual human backbone is central to everything your body does and experiences. A healthy, well-supported spine goes the distance to support overall wellness, and spine health should be a top priority for everyone. Routine chiropractic adjustments go beyond preventative care and are vital for keeping the body balanced, flexible, and feeling top-notch.

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Topics: Chiropractic Care, Williams IntegraCare

Vaccinate, or Not to Vaccinate – That is the Question

Parents, guardians, and doctors everywhere are all discussing the pros and cons of giving children vaccinations. While vaccinations are deemed one of the greatest health achievements of the 20th century, many parents are choosing to opt out of the practice. Vaccines are now mandatory for children enrolling in public schools in all 50 states. However, families can be granted exceptions based on religious beliefs, medical conditions, and even philosophical beliefs in some states. There is much discussion about the benefits of the various vaccinations versus the potential harmful effects; the main points of the argument for each side are discussed below.

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Topics: Child Health Care, Family Practice, Williams IntegraCare

Williams Integracare Provider Spotlight: Carol Brinkman, R.N., C.N.P.

Meet Carol Brinkman, a Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Practitioner at Williams Integracare Clinic in St. Cloud, MN. Since joining our team in 2003, Carol has provided primary healthcare to many patients and helps promote, maintain, and restore the health of families and individuals of all ages. Carol has a passion for women’s health across the lifespan and is particularly focused on hormonal issues.

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Topics: Family Practice, Holistic Health, Women's Health

Chiropractic Adjustments for Newborns

When you hear the term "chiropractic treatment" your mind will not likely picture newborn babies. We don’t typically think about the spine and nerve health of babies when, in fact, it’s just as important for their nerve health as it is for us grown adults. Below, we will discuss things you may not know about chiropractic adjustments for newborns, why parents are beginning to bring their babies in for treatments, and chiropractic’s proven benefits to baby’s health.


Chiropractic Treatment for Newborns

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Topics: Child Health Care, Chiropractic Care, General Health

Stop the Flu in its Tracks

This time of year is synonymous with holiday cheer, friends and family, storied traditions and unfortunately for many, the flu. If you feel like the flu is inevitable no matter what you do, let us assure you - there is hope for your health. Here are some tips and tricks for preventing the flu and minimizing its symptoms, so you can get back to life as you know (and love) it!

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Topics: Family Practice, Holistic Health, General Health

How to Make a Realistic Fitness Plan you can Stick to

You’ve been saying you would start getting fit all year but something always seemed to come up. No one likes to work out on vacation, last week at work was really hectic and you didn’t have time, and you should really focus on keeping a tidy house first. There are endless excuses you can come up with to ignore your fitness goal, but there are also several ways you can make your goal easier to achieve. Take a look at these simple and effective tips to make a fitness plan that you can stick to for your New Year’s goals.


1. Set a Realistic Goal

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Topics: Diet, Exercise, General Health

How do New Year's Resolutions Work?

Another year is almost over, which means it is time for everyone to start preparing for the celebrations of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. There are a few things that are commonplace with every New Year’s celebration: champagne, countdowns, kisses at midnight, and resolutions. That last one seems to be the most unsettling part of any New Year’s celebration for millions of individuals. Whether it is a group of friends or coworkers at the office, people inevitably discuss their New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions often end in disappointment for millions. Whether they set their goals too high or made altogether unrealistic goals, failure is common. Why do some resolutions work and others fail? Is there is a science behind making New Year’s resolutions? You can prepare for your 2015 New Year’s resolutions with a few of these helpful tips.

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Topics: Diet, Exercise, General Health

Enjoy New Year’s with Low-Calorie Cocktails

When individuals and families plan New Year’s celebrations, the list of supplies almost always includes some alcoholic beverages. Whether it’s just a few bottles of champagne or several bottles of liquor with additional mixers, a New Year’s party is often a diet buster.

We are increasingly aware of our calorie intake on a daily basis, and the role it plays in their overall weight and health. So, as you prepare for a party at the end of the year, how can you avoid busting your caloric intake while enjoying a few adult beverages?

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Topics: Diet, Men's Health, Women's Health

5 Healthy Holiday Treats & Recipes

We love the Holiday season, who doesn’t? It’s full of festive cheer, friends and family gathers, and of course – delicious treats and sweets. Unfortunately, many of those goodies cause us to ditch our diets and healthy eating habits. While it is ok (and often encouraged) to “splurge” now and then (you’ve got to enjoy yourself), there are still plenty of ways you can stay healthy and guilt-free while you indulge in some holiday goodies. We’ve chosen five different healthy holiday treats and recipes that are fun to make, and delicious to eat. Enjoy!


1. Fruity Fun Grinch Heads:

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Topics: Diet, Healthy Recipes, Food