Charles J. Meakin, MD, MHA, MS

Initiate or resume your metabolic care to optimize your health, and/or support your cancer journey.

Charles J. Meakin, MD, MHA, MS

Initiate or resume your metabolic care to optimize your health, and/or support your cancer journey.

Charles J. Meakin,

MD, MHA, MS

Initiate or resume your metabolic care to optimize your health, and/or support your cancer journey.

THE BIG SIX

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THE BIG SIX

After I brought patients to my office and described the options for treatment, and then the details of that treatment by using my dry erase board and numerous visual aids and models, I would ultimately get to the question of “what’s essential to do during treatment?”

As always to help people remember things without a bunch of work, I use the acronym BIG SIX to deliver the answer and would write it on the board with explanations so they can use their cell phone and photograph it upon leaving. Now I pass it to you on this website so you can bookmark this page for easy access.

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If you are confused by the reporting on alcohol consumption and health, you’re not alone. There has been a continuous stream of conflicting and contradictory headlines for those paying attention over the years.

 

Explore free information and tools to help you better understand and manage your journey to health and well-being. Includes: MMC Tool Box, Coach It Forward Chuck blog, and MMC Newsletter Archive.

Easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

Step 1:  Sign the Meakin Metabolic Care Consent Form

Here you enter your payment information, and your contact information then sign the Consent Form.  Once you click the “submit” button, you will be emailed a link where you will fill out the New Patient Onboarding Form

Step 2: Fill out the Patient Onboarding Form.

Now that we got the business end completed, it is time to upload your demographic-medical form in our HIPAA compliance system.  This form will allow us to immediately target your needs during the consultation so we appreciate your careful attention in filling it out completely.   This form should work for cancer and non-cancer patients and should be self-explanatory as you go along and take no more than 15 minutes.   Once you upload the medical onboarding form, you will get a link to schedule the appointment with the easy HIPAA compliant Zoom format.  Please feel free to include any family members or support caregivers at the visit at your discretion. 

Step 3: Set an appoint date with Dr. Meakin.

Appointments start October 10th! I’m excited to see you!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The medications are generally e-scripted into one of our two national pharmacies that cover your state. One is Pharmacy Solutions in Arlington, TX (817-274-0050), and the other is Care First Specialty Pharmacy (856-267-0528) in New Jersey. These pharmacies compound and provide the best prices on various repurposed drugs and send them to you quickly by airmail.

Generally, patients get their medications two to four days after their Virtual Consult.

One of the more common repurposed drugs is mebendazole, which is prohibitively expensive at these standard pharmacies; therefore, compounding is necessary to make it affordable for daily use. They incorporate the traditional repurposed drugs in the same mailing package for convenience and organization for the patient to determine the proper way to take the medications. Using individual insurance plans and pharmacies directed by health insurance frequently leads to a detailed pre-approval analysis of repurposed drugs and off-label use. MMC strives to provide the lowest cost service, and we do not have staff to attempt to process through standard pharmacies and insurance plans, which are highly time-consuming.

For safe prescribing, we need to meet at least every three months and decide at each meeting whether it needs to be shorter than that at one-month or two-month intervals. The patient’s needs and resources to cover the cost of frequent meetings determine the virtual visit intervals. MMC sees patients frequently early on, and we lengthen to three-month intervals when the medications get into a steady state without frequent changes.

Many resources are available through the MMC website, the “How to Start Your Medications” link on the summary email, and the pharmacy team at the specific pharmacy. Additionally, for those working with HealNavigator.com, nursing support should be readily available. After reviewing these options, emailing support@MeakinMetabolicCare.com for other necessary questions is an option. Once again, MMC is to support your metabolic program and not a replacement for your general local medical care or oncology care.

If working directly with HealNavigator.com, one can go to their website and reenlist at the proper interval (MMC/Heal Navigators – Start a conversation). If one is only working with MMC, go to the Service Page, initiate a Follow-up path, and schedule yourself when convenient. ( Service Plans – Meakin Metabolic Care )

Generally, the main issues to review are liver function stability by looking at the ALT and AST. Other general measures of liver health include the albumin level, alkaline phosphatase, and more, but these former ones are our main measures. Within the complete metabolic panel (CMP), one can also review the renal function stability by looking at the BUN and creatinine. We also ask patients to get a general complete blood count (CBC) to ensure their public bone marrow function is safe to proceed, especially if they’re at risk from recent chemotherapy. This precaution is extra, as our repurposed drugs generally do not impact bone marrow function.

For primarily the safety labs, we suggest avoiding additional costs and encourage the patients to use their standard monthly labs with their local care program. We have more extensive programs such as MD Predict Panel, C-MOP, and MOP that have comprehensive laboratory reviews done through Quest laboratory drawing centers closest to your home. These programs incorporate the cost of the labs in the program cost to save the patient’s expensive walk-in retail rates for laboratory testing. We can add low-cost labs for existing patients in these services, such as tumor markers, food sensitivity programs, age calculators, insulin sensitivity testing, and more. These laboratory prices are much lower than any walk-in rate you can find and will incorporate the medical review at your next MMC visit. ( Individual Labs – Meakin Metabolic Care )

If you are working with healnavigator.com, this would be a situation to work through your nurse’s support to find the best quick and low-cost solution. Conversely, if you are working directly with MMC, then it may be time to immediately schedule a follow-up appointment now through the service page on the website ( Service Plans – Meakin Metabolic Care )
We always advocate transparency to share your medical interventions with all providers. Ultimately that’s your choice to navigate this carefully because all physicians don’t think the same way or understand the nuances of metabolic support and treatment. This transparency is relevant, especially when looking at drug-to-drug interactions. Most patients are on some medications that have a known interaction, given that the liver commonly processes all supplements and medicines to some degree, and kidneys excrete all byproducts of supplement and medication metabolism. Many patients take some of our repurposed drugs for general conditions, which does not raise a concern with the oncology teams.
This scenario is why we partner with Healnavigator.com, which has a remarkable team of veteran oncology-trained nurses and can offer tailored supportive care virtually ( Off Label Medication Program Informational Call – Heal Navigator )

Using your current labs is an option if you can upload the needed labs and prefer to go this route. Generally, paying directly out of pocket will be 5 to 10 times more expensive than what we offer, and sometimes general physicians may want to order something less than the 12 tubes/ labs that the Predict Panel incorporates.

This problem comes up often, and for those that live in New Mexico, Alaska, Rhode Island, Delaware, or Hawaii, we suggest they try to set up their Virtual Consult in a family member or friend’s location in one of the 45 states we cover. For those in other countries, we set up coaching calls to discuss metabolic support for their cancer, knowing there is no option for prescribing pharmaceuticals or laboratory tests in their country. Once a good discussion occurs and we generate an action plan, they can take the information to their local physician and have a reasonable chance of initiating the proper prescriptions. One should still schedule through the MMC website with a quick consultation. ( Service Plans – Meakin Metabolic Care )

What Our Patients Are Saying

Dr. Meakin is a true healer who genuinely cares for each patient as an individual. After being diagnosed with stage 4 NSCLC with mets in the brain (and everywhere else) in 2018, I was given a prognosis of less than a year. I’ve seen over a dozen oncologists across 3 continents and have never experienced more caring, compassionate treatment. 

While conventional oncology often feels like following a limited flowchart of options, Dr. Meakin applies the latest research and advances in treatment with a goal to help his patients even if recovery is against the odds. Best yet, he actually listens to and trusts his patients. I wasn’t supposed to see my 41st birthday. I’m writing this the day after turning 44, happier and healthier than I’ve ever been and looking forward to my next appointment and chance to consult with Dr. Meakin. 

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