Williams Icare Blog

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

Proper Shoveling Techniques

Across the United States, Old Man Winter is rolling into town. It’s the time of year when millions across the country break out the boots, hats, and gloves in preparation for a long, cold winter. With winter comes the inevitable task of dealing with falling snow. If you live in a region that receives frequent snowfall (like us in Central Minnesota), you’ll spend countless hours this winter bending, twisting, and lifting to remove snow from your driveway, walkway, patio, and deck.

It’s a dirty task, but it has to be done. According to WebMD, an average of 11,000 adults and children wind up in hospitals every year with injuries resulting from snow shoveling. A 17-year study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine (2011) found that 195,000 people in the US were treated in emergency rooms for snow shoveling injuries between 1990 and 2006. How can you prevent yourself from becoming one of those individuals? With these helpful snow shoveling techniques and tips, you’ll be safe each time you head out.

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Topics: Pain, Chiropractic Care, General Health

Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

If you have ever filled up your plate on Thanksgiving Day with your favorite holiday foods, such as turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, and pumpkin pie, you may have become extremely sleepy when you were done eating. This is a very common problem people experience on Thanksgiving Day. You may be wondering why you get sleepy after indulging in delicious food…

Most people contribute this problem to the turkey and claim that too much turkey can make your very sleepy. Even though this claim has been around for decades, we’re left wondering: does turkey make you sleepy or is this just a myth? Let’s take a closer look at how turkey affects your body and what may cause food to make you doze off after eating. 

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Topics: Diet, Food, General Health

Side Effects of Birth Control

Birth control contraceptives are used by millions of women throughout the country. The main purpose of these contraceptives is to prevent pregnancy. When taken correctly, these pills can be up to 99.9% effective. However, as with any medication, there are some side effects of birth control. Some of these side effects are seen as positive while others are considered negative side effects. Below is a closer look at birth control and its side effects. 

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Topics: Women's Health, Medication, General Health