Faith in healing: Mountcastle Medical & Med Spa

By SHELAH OGLETREE
For the Record
Posted 12/3/21

 

Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity had nearly overrun the country’s medical system and then, COVID-19 was unleashed.

“There was nothing they could …

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Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity had nearly overrun the country’s medical system and then, COVID-19 was unleashed.

“There was nothing they could do,” became a familiar refrain. But not for Brandy Mountcastle, owner and physician assistant, of the newly opened Mountcastle Medical & Med Spa in Lillington at 701 S. Main St. — the former Harnett County Health Department building.

“I believe there’s always something more we can do to achieve complete wellness by helping to restore the health, healing and hope of our patients,” she said. To that end, Mountcastle attacks each new case with a determination to succeed, whether the diagnosis is COVID-19, diabetes, an autoimmune condition, or a mysteriously unknown ailment. She tenaciously researches new standards of care, treatments, new research and trials.

At the behest of her mentor, Dr. Alex Tse of Generations Family Practice in Cary, Mountcastle began following the FLCCC.net recommendations for the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 from the very beginning of the pandemic.

After studying countless research articles and trials from all over the world, she became one of the few health care professionals in this area to use the FLCCC Alliance I-MASK+ Prevention & Early Outpatient Treatment Protocol for COVID-19, which includes the off-label use of Ivermectin.

“To best treat COVID-19 and for the most optimal patient outcomes, we have to first understand what the virus is doing at each stage during the timeline of infection,” she said. “For example, viral replication begins within the first 24 hours of exposure, reaches its peak around day 5, and begins to taper off up to day 10. This is a steroid responsive condition, but timing is critical. The body’s ability to fight off the virus is impaired when steroids are given too soon during the viral replication phase which then can cause higher viral loads and sicker patients.”   

Regardless of whether it is an acute infection or chronic long-haul syndrome, Mountcastle is passionate about treating COVID-19, and offers telemedicine as well as in-office visits.

About Mountcastle

Raised in Harnett County, Mountcastle calls it a great honor to help the underserved community where she grew up.

The Daily Record first interviewed her as a kindergartner at Gentry Elementary.

The reporter asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. “A doctor,” she replied, so she could help take care of people. More than 30 years later, she’s living out that plan in caring for others. Some of them were first cared for by her husband’s grandfather, Jim Mountcastle.

Jim Mountcastle graduated from the Army’s first physician assistant program in 1973. He worked in the Emergency Department at Betsy Johnson Hospital before retiring from Eastern Carolina Medical Center, after the Army. Jim Mountcastle is still endeared for his care of patients.

“I cannot tell you how honored I am to be able to care for his previous patients, continue his work, and carry his torch,” Brandy Mountcastle said. 

She is married to Mark Mountcastle and has four children, Layla, 6, Trinity, 9, Mack, 10, and Daniel, 14. Mark Mountcastle, a retired Green Beret and government contractor, helped brighten up the new center by hanging birdhouses outside exam room windows.

A graduate of Methodist University, Brandy Mountcastle has worked in emergency medicine and a family practice at Southeastern Regional Hospital in Lumberton. While there, she developed the Mobile Medical Clinic, purchased by a grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation, which allowed her to deliver free care throughout the underserved, rural areas of Robeson County. 

Afterward, she served on the Lung Transplant Team at Duke University Hospital before returning to Harnett County to specialize in neurology, pain management, sleep and addiction medicine at Neurology & Pain Management. While preparing to open her own local practice and multi-specialty clinic, she worked at Generations Family Practice in Cary. Now that she’s back home, she’s ready to teach her patients the keys to improved health.

Education is key

“Most folks are hoping for better health but don’t know how to obtain it, and education is the key,” she said. “Education is particularly important here in the South where we all love sweet tea, potatoes, biscuits and fried chicken, a diet mostly made up of carbohydrates; and I am guilty as well. Regardless of caloric reduction, fat storage continues with the intake of carbohydrates. Contrary to what we have all been taught, consuming fats is not the enemy.”

Brandy Mountcastle said she believes most people trying to lose weight or to manage an illness with diet are truly trying their best.

“They simply don’t know what they’re doing wrong or why their progress is not mirrored by their efforts —– I can help them with that,” she said. “I have used my special Keto program for years to help people not only lose weight, but to become lean again like they were in early adulthood before most of their chronic conditions developed and progressed. I have assisted diabetic patients during their weight loss journeys and have witnessed the need of up to 100 units of insulin per day dissipate as their fat storages melted away with a weight loss of up to 100 pounds.”

Brandy Mountcastle said every ounce of excess fat on a person’s body is a potential inflammatory and disease producing factory.

“Think of the slow accumulation of excess body fat as part of the age-related degenerative process during which time a plethora of chronic conditions occur such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, arthritis, fatty liver disease, autoimmune conditions,” she said.

The excess fat causes increased secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines and interleukins which are secreted by certain cells of the immune system and have effects on other cells. Conditions such as diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, share many of the same cytokines and interleukins as seen in obesity, according to Brandy Mountcastle.

“Trimming away that excess fat and restoring the leanest possible body weight helps to reverse the hands of time as well as the conditions it caused; and this helps patients stay off medicines,” she added. “The human body is an amazing thing, and it is important that we understand how one biological cycle effects the others in order to better understand how one condition contributes or causes subsequent ones. With that, my passion is treating a person as a whole.” 

While staying abreast on all of the latest guidelines, medical advances and medications available, she prefers to use natural treatment options wherever possible, with one common goal — the health and well-being for all of her patients.

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