Question : What’s the best medicine for fibroids?

Question : What's the best medicine for fibroids?
Answer:Fibroids don’t necessarily require medicine or surgery, but having fibroids is a sign of hormonal imbalance. Balancing your hormones with bio-identical hormones may be the key, but it’s also important to decrease the ‘estrogen burden’ in your body by avoiding pesticides, soy, and alcohol, for example. If you are overweight, losing weight would also help the estrogen burden since estrogens are stored in fat cells. Taking a b-complex and DIM supplement will help you to metabolize estrogens more safely.

By |2012-11-05T07:14:22-06:00October 2nd, 2012|Ask Dr McManus|

Question : “I have heard that drinking moderate amounts of red wine is heart healthy. Do you have any insight on that topic now that we’re in the holiday party season?”

Question : I have heard that drinking moderate amounts of red wine is heart healthy. Do you have any insight on that topic now that we're in the holiday party season?
Answer: In addition to bringing out the flavor in food, and being delicious on its own, red wine is strongly linked to a variety of health benefits. Studies have shown that drinking wine in moderation – a glass or two a day – can lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses. Of course, alcohol in general is not necessarily advocated for medicinal purposes, so be smart!

By |2012-10-11T10:21:09-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Ask Dr McManus|

Question: “My daughter has decided to become a vegetarian. She’s including soy for protein in her diet. Is this wise or what would you recommend?”

Question: My daughter has decided to become a vegetarian. She's including soy for protein in her diet. Is this wise or what would you recommend?
Answer: Soy is a very controversial subject (e.g. see article above). If you line up 10 experts, 5 will be pro-soy and 5 will be in the anti-soy movement. I personally fall into the anti-soy movement due to the fact that the vast majority of soy is genetically modified, soy blocks absorption of important nutrients that support thyroid function, and soy has serious estrogenic activity in the body that can have major consequences (too many to list here). If your daughter is going to eat soy, it should be organic and inmoderation. Other good sources of protein for vegetarians would include quinoa, natural peanut butter, eggs, beans, and nuts, to name a few. Moreover, it’s important that vegetarians supplement with vitamin B12 since the only sources are animal products.

By |2012-10-11T10:21:54-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Ask Dr McManus|

Question :”What books do you recommend to learn more about cancer prevention and natural/alternative cancer treatments?”

Question :What books do you recommend to learn more about cancer prevention and natural/alternative cancer treatments?
Answer:1. KNOCKOUT by Suzanne Somers, where each chapter is an interview with a practitioner who’s treating cancers in various ‘natural’ ways. This also has a chapter on cancer prevention.
2. Anti-Cancer by Dr .David Servan-Schreiber. This book is about how the author beat the odds when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He focuses on nutrition, and the mind-body connection with respect to treating and preventing cancer
3. Outsmart your Cancer–OK, this one may seem way out there, but I have had some testimonials from patients who’ve treated their cancers with Protocel, which is described in this book.

By |2012-10-11T10:22:19-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Ask Dr McManus|

Question: There’s so much information out there about Vitamin D. What are some important things to know about this Vitamin?

Question: There's so much information out there about Vitamin D. What are some important things to know about this Vitamin?
Answer: “Vitamin D is paramount to optimal thyroid function, and depression is a well-known symptom of low thyroid function. Be sure to ask your doctor to check your “25-OH vitamin D” level (NOT “1,25-OH vitamin D” level). Although normal range is 30 to 100, studies have shown that people with levels in the 70-80 range have the lowest incidence of flus/colds, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and diabetes. Levels should be monitored periodically since vitamin D is one of the few vitamins that can reach toxic levels, and of course, you want to make sure you’re not deficient in Vitamin D.”

By |2012-10-11T10:22:39-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Ask Dr McManus|

Question: What’s a bio-identical hormone?

Question: What's a bio-identical hormone?
Answer: “Bio-Identical” simply means identical to the structure of what’s produced in our bodies. By contrast, most mass-marketed hormones, such as birth control pills, are not identical to our hormones. Moreover, many non bio-identical hormones have a long list of side effects because they are not naturally produced in the body. Bio-Identical hormones commonly prescribed by specially trained physicians include estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, hGH, and thyroidpreparations. Hormones aren’t just for menopausal women with hot flashes. Bio-identical hormones are used in women AND MEN of all ages to treat a myriad of conditions, including PMS, migraine headache, infertility, anxiety, insomnia, depression, chronic fatigue, pain syndromes, hot flashes and night sweats, decreased mental sharpness, and low sex drive.
Bio-identical hormones are sometimes used in children to treat mood swings, PMS, ADD/ADHD, acne, and stunted growth, among other health matters..

Physicians generally aren’t taught in medical school or residency training how to prescribe and use bio-identical hormones. Rather, training is focused on pharmaceutical drugs. As a result, 99.9% of physicians don’t offer bio-identical hormone therapies. Moreover, also due to lack of education and training, most doctors assume ALL hormones are created equal, meaning that they are all bad, cause cancer, blood clots and other serious or fatal health problems. Yet, abundant research has clearly demonstrated that when used appropriately by a WELL-TRAINED health care provider, bio-identical hormones ARE safe and effective and do NOT have the same side effect profile as typically prescribed synthetic hormones. It’s also important to know that anti-aging benefits, such as protecting against cancers, bone loss, heart disease, macular degeneration, and other conditions are being documented and published as the use of bio-identical hormones becomes more widespread.

By |2020-09-14T16:42:39-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Ask Dr McManus|
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