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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/

 

 

COVID/Flu Protection For the Winter

By |2020-12-09T15:52:23-06:00December 11th, 2020|General|

By Mila McManus, M.D.

COVID and the flu will travel into the new year with us, so I wanted to remind everyone to please support your immune system and overall health to avoid bad outcomes. I recommend a foundational daily minimum of vitamin D3, a multivitamin, and a quality probiotic. Preventing any illness means staying true to an integrative approach that is attentive to all of the key pillars of your health.  Those key pillars include:

  • A whole food diet and good hydration – maintaining balanced blood sugar is key (did you know that sugar immediately suppresses your immune system for up to several hours?)
  • Moderate exercise
  • Keep the gut healthy – easy on the alcohol, sugar, wheat, and pain relievers, while taking your probiotic and drinking bone broth
  • Get quality rest and sleep
  • Avoid toxins and support detoxification – see gut health above and step into the IR sauna too!
  • Manage stress – take time for quiet meditation, practice yoga and/or deep breathing exercises
  • Make use of appropriate supplementation – see below

For most, a healthy diet still cannot provide adequate nutrition for a strong immune system because of poor food quality, daily stressors, and the toxicity of our world.   For those with compromised immune systems, or who are living and working in higher exposure areas, or traveling, a selection from the following supplements would be wise protective additions.

All of these options, along with common sense measures such as thorough hand washing and avoiding crowds, will help to make your holiday season and winter a healthy experience.  If you are unsure about which supplements would be best for you, consult with our medical providers for a customized plan that’s right for you.

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 |2021-03-03T12:45:24-06:00February 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! 

Hydration IV

Dehydration may not seem like a serious problem; however, it is associated with a long list of health issues including fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, dry mouth, muscle cramps, dizziness, and lack of mental clarity and concentration. Even mild levels of dehydration can reduce productivity by up to 50 percent.

Immune 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!

Rapid Remedy IV (Myers Cocktail)

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.

IV Add-Ons

Methylcobalamin 1ml or 2 ml

Gives your body a natural energy boost while providing a wide variety of health and wellness benefits.

Vitamin C

Boosts immune system functions while being linked to many impressive health benefits, such as boosting antioxidant levels, promoting healthy skin and bones, and much more. Vitamin C fights infections, neutralizes toxins, and is a natural anti-inflammatory and antihistamine.

Glutathione

Master antioxidant with potent benefits including support of detox pathways in the liver, slowing the aging process, improving skin health, reducing muscle soreness, and more.

Zinc

Reduces oxidative stress and fights infections.

Oxygen

Supplemental oxygen improves sleep, mood, mental alertness, stamina, and allows cells to carry out normal, everyday functions.

Neb C Breathing Treatment

Breathing treatment that consists of therapeutic agents used to improve breathing, kill infection, and mobilize mucus and secretions.


Advanced IV Therapy: Advanced formulations and protocols require labs, must be an active comprehensive wellness patient to receive advanced formulations.

Mega Dose Vitamin C

About Active Ingredients: Pre-Buffered (pH 7.4) Bacteriostatic Crystalline Powder Sodium Ascorbate (IVC) . Sodium Ascorbate harnesses the intrinsic sodium/potassium pump to provide increased intracellular bioavailability compared to traditional Ascorbic Acid formulations.

Benefits: 

• Anti-inflammatory, Natural antihistamine, and neutralizes toxins
• Lessens Pain After Injuries
• Helps the body heal faster
• Improves energy levels/fatigue
• Fights infections like colds/flu or other viral/bacterial infections
• In cancer patients, IVC is known to improve the response to cancer therapies because it alleviates the side effects of traditional therapies, improves appetite and helps patients remain more active.

High-dose Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC) is used to treat a wide variety of conditions and promote wellness. This protocol is recommended for individuals struggling with a long-term illness. There are many conditions that may benefit from IVC therapy such as Arthritis, Lyme disease, other bacterial infections, viral infections, pain after injury, and more.

PolyMVA

About active ingredients: Poly-MVA is a uniquely-formulated dietary supplement containing a proprietary blend of the mineral palladium bonded to alpha-lipoic acid and Vitamins B1, and also includes B2 and B12, formyl-methionine, N-acetyl cysteine, plus trace amounts of molybdenum, rhodium, and ruthenium. This formulation is designed to provide mitochondrial support and energy for compromised body systems by changing the electrical potential of human cells and facilitating aerobic metabolism within the cell.**

Benefits: 

• Improved length & quality of life with its anti-aging properties
• Extreme effectiveness in boosting the immune system
• Aids in weight management
• May improve neuropathy
• Increased wellbeing and energy levels
• Non-invasive support for cancer treatment
• Non-invasive support for stroke recovery
• Promising help for those with other degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis

Poly-MVA is emerging as an important nutritional therapeutic means of supporting immune health, mitochondria, and cellular repair.  It is a patented type of palladium lipoic acid complex composed of lipoic acid, the mineral palladium, and thiamin bonded in one molecule. It’s MUCH more potent than regular lipoic acid. Poly-MVA also contains other vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. 

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration

NAD+

About Active Ingredients: Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, more commonly referred to as NAD+, is found in every cell in the body and is essential to life. As a coenzyme to Vitamin B3, NAD+ participates in more reactions than any other vitamin-derived molecule. It helps transfer the energy we get from food to the rest of our body and is a cornerstone to maintaining healthy internal organs and neurological systems.

Benefits:

• Fight the physical effects of aging
• Reduce depression and anxiety
• Mitigate effects of EMF exposures
• Combat chronic fatigue and sleep disturbances
• Help autoimmune and inflammatory diseases
• Has a role in gene expression that’s associated with age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other forms of dementia.

NAD+ stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, a natural coenzyme of vitamin B3 (niacin) that is present in every cell in your body. The compound fuels metabolic reactions and drives your cells to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids. NAD+ therapy optimizes your own cells’ NAD levels so they rev up and provide you with more immediate energy.

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.

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