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Zinc

By |2013-05-19T16:51:21-05:00May 19th, 2013|General|

Did you know?

Zinc:

  • is required for the catalytic activity of approximately 100 enzymes
  • Can shorten the duration of a cold is a natural aromatase inhibitor (i.e. slows the conversion of testosterone into estrogen)
  • supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence
  • is required for proper sense of taste and smell
  • is found in high amounts in oysters

Zinc deficiency is characterized by growth retardation, loss of appetite, and impaired immune function. In more severe cases, zinc deficiency causes hair loss, diarrhea, delayed sexual maturation, impotence, hypogonadism in males, and eye and skin lesions. Weight loss, delayed healing of wounds, taste abnormalities, and mental lethargy can also occur. Many of these symptoms are non-specific and often associated with other health conditions; therefore, a medical examination is necessary to ascertain whether a zinc deficiency is present.

A wide variety of foods contain zinc.  Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food, but red meat and poultry provide the majority of zinc in the American diet.  Other good food sources include beans, nuts, certain types of seafood (such as crab and lobster), whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy products.

Information obtained from http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/

 

 

Protect, Prevent, Prevail

By |2020-05-01T06:13:41-05:00May 1st, 2020|Articles, Ask Dr McManus, General|

By Mila McManus, MD

One of the most interesting questions that medical personnel are asking during this viral event is “Why do some people get the infection and never have symptoms while others get critically ill or die from it?”  One clear pattern continues to surface: those with compromised immune health and multiple health issues have been at greatest risk for poor outcomes.

Now, more than ever before, we see the value of taking care of our health so that we are able to mount a protective response to external threats such as viruses, parasites, bacteria, and toxicants.  Reflected in the reports regarding fatalities from the Coronavirus is the clear message that those who were, and continue to be at greatest risk, are those who suffer from chronic disease, such as obesity, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, cardio-vascular disease, and otherwise compromised immune systems. Overall health matters more than ever in these uncertain times. While we cannot control what’s in the environment, we have at least some control over our body’s ability to cope with environmental assaults.

Protect: First line minimum considerations for good health include a number of foundational lifestyle choices.  Because our food, even at its best, does not offer all of the nutrition we need, supplementing with a multi vitamin and a probiotic is first line for everyone. A healthy diet is important, and first and foremost, eliminating sugar is critical, as sugar suppresses immune function.  Stress also suppresses immune function. Deep breathing exercises, meditation, and removing unnecessary stressors are important for good immune and overall health. Quality and quantity of sleep is also foundational since it’s when we sleep that the body performs major maintenance, healing, detoxification, and resetting. And finally, washing hands frequently, and keeping them off your face, remains tried and true.

Prevent and Prevail: The minimum, however, may not be quite enough.  Especially if you are already compromised, have more exposures (healthcare workers, teachers, frequent travelers)  and/or simply want to be more vigilant (and we recommend that!), there is more you can do.  Combinations of the following are also excellent protections to build immunity and prevent infection.

  • Choose to regularly visit a wellness physician (aka functional medicine specialist) to prevent illness and address issues at the root cause. (We appreciate your referrals to The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness!)
  • Improve nutrition, sticking to whole, real food that stabilizes blood sugar.
  • Take care of your mental health, manage stress and deal with emotional baggage.
  • ONDAMED Energy Therapy and InfraRed Saunas are excellent immune defense therapies.
  • Essential OilsOnGuard, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), and Eucalyptus are just three good air and hand sanitizers, can be diffused, used on dryer balls and in cleaning solutions.
  • Additional Supplements
    • Immune Strengthening: Wholemune, Viracid, Transfer Factor Multi-Immune
    • Vitamin C – oral and Mega Dose IV therapy
    • Zinc – 25mg daily (twice daily for 2 weeks with acute exposure or if ill)
    • Vitamin D – at least 2000iu daily. If potential viral exposure, then 25,000iu daily for 3 days.
    • Silver Biotic – oral liquid and topical gel. Excellent hand sanitizer and a natural anti-microbial.
    • L-lysine – 1000mg twice a day
    • Quercetin Bromelain Forte -Combination of quercetin, bromelain and vitamin C. Immune boosting and antiviral properties, as well as antihistamine properties. 
    • Protease – work up to 1 capsule 3 X a day between meals (2 hours away from food). This can cause upset stomach or diarrhea, so start with 1 capsule and increase daily as tolerated.  If you take any blood thinners, consult with your doctor, or pick other options listed here.

If you or someone you know needs help getting well and staying well, visit The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness so that next time a virus floats through town (and it will), you will be ready to protect, prevent and prevail!

Immune Boosters

By |2020-03-16T08:54:00-05:00March 16th, 2020|General|

If you fear Coronavirus (or flu), have been exposed, if you are sick,  have been in a big crowd, or if you’re going to be….here are some suggestions, and also a recipe for DIY hand sanitizer:
 
On Guard essential oil
Vitamin C -oral AND Mega Dose IV available
Zinc 25mg daily
Vitamin D at least 2000iu daily.  If/when potentially exposed to a virus, take 25,000iu daily for 3 to 5 days.
Nebulizer treatments! (with Vitamin C, Colloidal silver, etc)
Also, see below for DIY Hand Sanitizer
 
Stay Well,
Mila McManus MD

 

IV Allergy Buster

By |2019-10-01T09:35:24-05:00September 20th, 2019|General|

Relief for Allergy Sufferers

Need some relief from itchy and/or watery eyes, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, coughing, increased mucous, headaches, fatigue, hives, or asthma?  Want to give your immune system a boost?

IV Allergy Buster may be the perfect solution.  This allergy solution contains the B vitamins, Vitamin C, Glutathione, and Zinc needed to quell symptoms and boost immune response.  Delivered directly to the bloodstream for quick utilization, you can feel restored, revitalized, and replenished. Your immune system will thank you for the extra assistance.

We offer other IV nutritional therapies as well that help to address migraines, infections, fibromyalgia, leaky gut, and more.  For more information about IV nutritional therapies available at TWIHW, follow this link:

To schedule your appointment today, call 281-298-6742.

IV Nutrition Therapy in The Woodlands, TX

By |2019-10-29T21:57:32-05:00February 1st, 2019|

Benefits of IV Nutrition Therapy in The Woodlands, TX

IV (Intravenous) Nutrition Therapy has been used in hospital settings for decades and was first developed and tested by Dr. John Myers at Johns Hopkins University in the 1970’s.  Patients have reported significant improvements from IV Therapy for many conditions including fatigue, headaches, muscle spasms, PMS, seasonal allergies, sinusitis, asthma, anxiety, depression, stress, digestive disorders, nutrient deficiencies, toxicity, dehydration, hives, hyperthyroidism, infection, heart disease, and immune system support. 

If you are wondering if IV Nutrition Therapy is for you, here is a list of the benefits to consider:

  • Quick delivery, quick utilization – IV therapy delivers nutrients directly to the bloodstream where they can be utilized immediately. While you can’t expect IV Nutrition Therapy to take the place of a good supplement regimen, it can be used in targeted ways to get quicker results than would be achieved taking nutrients orally. 
  • Therapeutic doses delivered to the cells – IV therapy allows delivery of therapeutic (ie higher) levels to the blood stream in cases where it would be uncomfortable or digestively difficult to consume the same level orally. For example, when blood levels of Vitamin C are between 10-15 mg/dL, vitamin C  can help to overcome a cold and fight a virus.  This level can be achieved easily through IV therapy but would be very difficult, if not impossible, to reach through oral therapy. (read a book called Curing the Incurable by Dr Thomas Levy which is about all the benefits of high doses of vitamin C)
  • Immune Boosting Support – IV therapy makes it possible to quickly deliver B vitamins, glutathione, zinc, and vitamin C as added support to the challenged and busy immune system. It can function much like bringing in air support to the ground troops to make the difference and win the battle.
  • Improved energy, resilience to stress– With IV therapy you can begin to experience the favorable effects within hours. Depending on the therapy, examples include an increase in energy and stamina, the ability to think more clearly and a better mood.  B Vitamins help to relieve anxiety and stress while glutathione, our master antioxidant, supports detoxification. 
  • Immediate rehydration – IV therapy provides optimal hydration to support all vital organ functions. When done often, it can prove preventative and protective in avoiding kidney stones, constipation and damage to muscles. It can be a great choice for athletes to replenish vitamins and minerals lost through excessive sweating, while also improving recovery time and  preventing muscle spasms and exhaustion.
  • Fights effects of environmental toxins – Toxins in our everyday environment can take a toll on your health and appearance. IV Therapy can supply the antioxidants needed to fight off signs of premature aging and help the body flush out harmful toxins more effectively. Glutathione is especially valuable for this purpose.
  • Preventative care – Therapeutic doses of vitamin C have been shown to be toxic to cancer cells and are effective at building immunity and improving resistance to chronic and upper respiratory infections.

Each drip is formulated by Dr MCManus, due to the varying nutrients and vitamins, you must be a current patient and have labs completed within the past 6 months to receive IV Therapy at The Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness. If you are not a current patient and you are interested in establishing for IV Therapy please contact our Wellness Consultants at (281) 298-6742, option 1.

With few exceptions, most can benefit from IV Nutrition Therapy.  Come experience it for yourself! 

Skinny Me IV

TWIHW Skinny Me IV

If you are frustrated with diets and workouts alone, or you just want to lose a few pounds to reach your goal, this drip is your answer! Our essential blend of vitamins and minerals will stimulate your metabolism, help your body burn extra calories and fat, and increase energy!

Immunity Booster IV
Immunity Booster IV

Our immune system is essential for our survival. Without an immune system, our bodies would be open to attack from bacteria, viruses, parasites, and more. It is our immune system that keeps us healthy in our everyday lives. If you are traveling, around anyone that was sick, or if you feel like you are coming down with cold or flu like symptoms, this drip will give your immune system a boost!

Allergy Buster IV
Allergy Buster IV

Symptoms of allergies can include fatigue, itchy and/or watery eyes, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, coughing, increased mucous, headaches, hives, and asthma.

Rapid Remedy (Myers Cocktail)
Rapid Remedy Myers Cocktail IV

The “Myers’ cocktail”, as it is known, is a specific combination of nutrients including Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, and a complex of B vitamins. John Myers, MD pioneered the use of Intravenous (IV) vitamins and minerals as part of the overall treatment of various medical problems. This is a suped up version of the Myer’s cocktail.

Leaky Gut RX IV
TWIHW Leaky Gut RX IV

Signs of an unhealthy gut include, but are not limited to, abdominal pain, bloating, excessive gas, diarrhea and constipation. Symptoms of a leaky gut can be just about anything, ranging from fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, anxiety, and pain, to autoimmune disease and beyond. This drip was designed to support your immune system as well as provide important nutrients for healing the lining of your GI tract. Give your Gut the attention it deserves with this IV.

Viracid & WholeMune *

By |2019-01-05T10:08:00-06:00January 4th, 2019|Articles, General|

Viracid, by Ortho Molecular Products provides support for immune challenges and can be taken to immediately boost the immune system or for immune maintenance.  Viracid strengthens immune function and helps to maintain normal inflammatory balance. Viracid has a powerful combination of key nutrients and botanical extracts which significantly boost immune cell function including antibody response, natural killer (NK) cell activity, thymus hormone secretions and T-cell activation.  Viracid boosts immune defenses by providing nutrients such as L-lysine, vitamins A and C, pantothenic acid, B12, and zinc.  Also included is a synergistic blend of botanical extracts including black elderberry, astragalus, echinacea, and andrographis, all of which have been used traditionally for their clinically effective immune-modulating properties.  This supplement comes in a convenient pill pack to have handy at home or in travel, when you feel like you may be coming down with something. 

 

WholeMune, by Orthomolecular Products is used to prime and mobilize key immune cells and protects against immune challenges resulting from ongoing stress.  Wholemune is formulated with Wellmune WGP®, the most well-researched, single beta-glucan, proven in human trials to prepare and protect the immune system form repeated and ongoing stressors.  Wellmune WGP® is a highly purified, yeast -free beta glucan extract derived from Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  It is standardized to contain 75% pure beta-glucan and is considered the most effective single nutrient to naturally prime immune cells.  Wholemune increases immune vitality and mental clarity as well as protects against exercise-induced stress.

 

 

For information or to purchase, visit our office or call 281-298-6742.

 

*Information taken from Ortho Molecular Products, Product Info Sheet/pdf.

Benefits of IV Nutrition Therapy

By |2018-10-31T13:53:54-05:00October 25th, 2018|Articles, General|

by Mila McManus MD

Intravenous (IV) nutrition therapy has been used in hospital settings for decades and was first developed and tested by Dr. John Myers at Johns Hopkins University in the 1970’s.  Patients have reported significant improvements from IV Therapy for many conditions including fatigue, headaches, muscle spasms, PMS, seasonal allergies, sinusitis, asthma, anxiety, depression, stress, digestive disorders, nutrient deficiencies, toxicity, dehydration, hives, hyperthyroidism, infection, heart disease, and immune system support. 

If you are wondering if IV Nutrition Therapy is for you, here is a list of the benefits to consider:

  • Quick delivery, quick utilization – IV therapy delivers nutrients directly to the bloodstream where they can be utilized immediately. While you can’t expect IV Nutrition Therapy to take the place of a good supplement regimen, it can be used in targeted ways to get quicker results than would be achieved taking nutrients orally. 
  • Therapeutic doses delivered to the cells – IV therapy allows delivery of therapeutic (ie higher) levels to the blood stream in cases where it would be uncomfortable or digestively difficult to consume the same level orally. For example, when blood levels of Vitamin C are between 10-15 mg/dL, vitamin C  can help to overcome a cold and fight a virus.  This level can be achieved easily through IV therapy but would be very difficult, if not impossible, to reach through oral therapy. (read a book called Curing the Incurable by Dr Thomas Levy which is about all the benefits of high doses of vitamin C)
  • Immune Boosting Support – IV therapy makes it possible to quickly deliver B vitamins, glutathione, zinc, and vitamin C as added support to the challenged and busy immune system. It can function much like bringing in air support to the ground troops to make the difference and win the battle.
  • Improved energy, resilience to stress– With IV therapy you can begin to experience the favorable effects within hours. Depending on the therapy, examples include an increase in energy and stamina, the ability to think more clearly and a better mood.  B Vitamins help to relieve anxiety and stress while glutathione, our master antioxidant, supports detoxification. 
  • Immediate rehydration – IV therapy provides optimal hydration to support all vital organ functions. When done often, it can prove preventative and protective in avoiding kidney stones, constipation and damage to muscles. It can be a great choice for athletes to replenish vitamins and minerals lost through excessive sweating, while also improving recovery time and  preventing muscle spasms and exhaustion.
  • Fights effects of environmental toxins – Toxins in our everyday environment can take a toll on your health and appearance. IV Therapy can supply the antioxidants needed to fight off signs of premature aging and help the body flush out harmful toxins more effectively. Glutathione is especially valuable for this purpose.
  • Preventative care – Therapeutic doses of vitamin C have been shown to be toxic to cancer cells and are effective at building immunity and improving resistance to chronic and upper respiratory infections.

With few exceptions, most can benefit from IV Nutrition Therapy.  Come experience it for yourself!

annmarie Sunscreen

By |2018-06-27T15:34:22-05:00June 20th, 2018|Articles, General|

Choosing a sunscreen can be difficult, especially since most have harmful and toxic chemicals or make promises for UV protection that may not be accurate. Two of the most harmful ingredients to watch for in sunscreens are oxybenzone, which is a known endocrine disrupter, and retinyl palmate, a form of vitamin A that can harm the skin and lead to skin tumors [1].  For this reason, we recommend:

Sun Love – Natural Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 (2 oz)

Formulated with 15% non-nano zinc oxide, this daily moisturizer protects the skin from UV damage, while providing a light, natural tint. This Broad-Spectrum SPF 20 cream infuses your skin with antioxidant-rich sea buckthorn seed, buriti fruit and sunflower seed oil to nourish and visibly enhance your glow.

 

[1]https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/8-little-known-facts-about-sunscreens/#.WylBEiAnbIU

Supplement of the Month: Pure Paleo Protein Powder

By |2018-05-23T11:55:17-05:00April 16th, 2018|Articles, General|

Supplement of the Month

Pure Paleo Protein Powder

By Designs for Health

Considering recent testing, rendering so many protein powder options in the marketplace very toxic (see related article in this issue), we are pleased to carry a protein meal replacement powder in which we can have confidence in quality and purity.

According to our representative at Designs for Health, “All our raw materials and finished products are either tested by an accredited 3rd party lab or in-house to confirm specification (we don’t rely on supplier’s Certificates of  Analysis).  We use USP/AOAC or other approved published methods from scientific journals.  We test for identity, potency, heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic), micros (plate count, total yeast/mold, e.coli, salmonella and s.aureus), rancidity/oxidative markers, pesticides and perform other applicable testing depending on the ingredient/formulation.”

Pure Paleo Protein is ideal for alkalizing the body, healing and supporting bone health, and getting back on track with diet when we have slipped away into acidic foods, too much caffeine and processed foods. Non-GMO and Gluten free, this protein is sourced from beef and is very hypoallergenic.  HydroBEEF™, a proprietary highly concentrated, pure bone broth protein, has both complete and collagen proteins that are naturally found in beef and allows for better absorption to support gut, joint, bone and overall health.  Some of the key nutrients included and needed for bone support as well as overall health include boron, manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium. It is also a good source of most of the B vitamins. This product does NOT have a beef flavor and comes in vanilla or chocolate.  Our team and patients have found this product to be smooth, very enjoyable on the palate and satisfying as a meal replacement (or supplement) shake.

Various Diets Explained Series: Vegan and Vegetarian

By |2018-03-25T12:09:58-05:00March 25th, 2018|Articles, General|

This is the final article in this series on various diets.  This article explains the Vegan and Vegetarian diets.  Because there are formalized societies for both, we will quote directly from the Vegan Society and the Vegetarian Society to provide definition and clarification of what is included, and not included, in these diets. Then we’ll conclude with some important thoughts from a nutrition perspective.

Veganism (content directly quoted from www.vegansociety.com)

The Vegan Society (www.vegansociety.com) defines veganism as “A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals. A vegan diet is richly diverse and comprises all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans and pulses.

One thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet, avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey – as well as products such as leather and any products tested on animals.”

 

Vegetarianism (content directly quoted from www.vegsoc.org)

The Vegetarian Society defines a vegetarian as someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits, fungi, algae, yeast and/or some other non-animal-based foods (e.g. salt) with, or without, dairy products, honey and/or eggs. A vegetarian does not eat foods that consist of, or have been produced with, the aid of products consisting of or created from, any part of the body of a living or dead animal. This includes meat, poultry, fish, shellfish (sea animals covered with a shell including crustaceans and mollusks), insects, by-products of slaughter (such as gelatin, isinglass and animal rennet) or any food made with processing aids created from these.

There are different degrees of vegetarianism which may be what causes confusion for many people. The four most common forms of vegetarianism are:

  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Eats both dairy products and eggs. This is the most common type of vegetarian diet.
  • Lacto-vegetarian. Eats dairy products but not eggs.
  • Ovo-vegetarian. Eats eggs but not dairy products.
  • Vegan. Does not eat dairy products, eggs, or any other animal product.

Eggs: Many lacto-ovo vegetarians will only eat free-range eggs. This is because of welfare objections to the intensive farming of hens. Through its Vegetarian Society Approved trade mark, the Vegetarian Society only endorses products containing free-range eggs.

Protein: Sources in the vegetarian diet can come from a range of different sources including:

  • Pulses, such as peas, beans, lentils and – botanically speaking – peanuts, are excellent inexpensive sources of protein and also contain minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium.
  • Soya products and QuornTM, a form of ‘myco-protein’ available as mince, burgers, fillets, sausages and so on are also good sources of protein, popular and convenient to use.
  • Free range eggs and dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt as well as nuts and seeds contribute to protein and also to zinc, calcium and iron intake.
  • Vegan options such as non dairy soya milk and vegan ‘cheese’ are valuable sources of protein and are often additionally fortified with calcium.

Important Thoughts:

  • As can happen with the Standard American Diet (Omnivore), it is very easy to be attracted to highly processed, man-made vegan and vegetarian convenience foods. While we have confidence that some people can be healthy eating a vegan or vegetarian diet, it cannot be done in healthy ways any better than an omnivore’s diet if it is done on fake, highly processed or sugary options. There are many vegan and vegetarian junk food options from cheese and meat imitations as well as highly processed, fast digesting, genetically modified grains, flours and grain products.  All of these can result in a highly inflammatory diet.
  • It is important to understand that the primary purpose for vegetables in anyone’s diet is to cleanse and detoxify the human body. While it is true that carbohydrates can provide some energy, too many carbohydrates result in fat storage.  It is the nutrients and plant fibers that help us cleanse and detoxify and thus the reason many people feel so good when they initiate a vegan or vegetarian diet.  However, only protein and fat can be used to replace our cells routinely and repair damage.  No carbohydrate can be used to make new cells.  Carbohydrates cannot be used to heal bones, repair injuries or conquer disease.  This is the primary reason we emphasize the importance of responsible veganism or vegetarianism because carelessly done, it can become very difficult to have young healthy skin, maintain a healthy weight and heal from disease or illness unless you have ensured adequate and quality sources of protein and fats.
  • The ideal candidate for a vegan or vegetarian diet is a person who prefers and loves a wide variety of vegetables, nuts and seeds as well as healthy fats and is accountable to themselves to be educated and wise in ensuring optimal nutrition, and when necessary, optimal supplementation. A talent and joy for cooking and food preparation is also a good candidate since there are few vegan or vegetarian eateries. Finally, a person with a healthy digestive tract who does not suffer from food sensitivities or allergies to many of the foods in a vegetarian diet such as grains, dairy, soy, eggs and nuts – some of the highest allergenic foods in America today.
  • As we wrap this series up, please note that the same remarks can be made about any diet that is made up of processed, man-made food. Sugar, genetic modification, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, chemicals and excessive animal foods, especially those raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFO) cannot lead anyone to good health. We all need to take care and responsibility in determining the best diet for our unique being, by listening to our body, seeking medical assistance to carefully assess food allergies and food intolerance, nutrient status, gut health, and other sources of ill-health, inflammation and congestion.  We, as human beings, will all be best served through eating a wide variety of whole, real foods.

 

 

 

 

 

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