Keys to Successful Weight Loss

By Mila McManus M.D.

The three most common excuses given for the inability to lose weight are thyroid malfunction, eating too many calories, and inadequate exercise. Everyone knows that.  Right? Not so fast.  In fact, we wish we had a nickel for every time someone has said, “No matter what I do, what I eat, how much I exercise, I can’t lose weight!”.  Truth be told, there are many variables that can prevent weight loss even when it seems like the diet and exercise are more than adequate. Our stressful and toxic world contributes more than you might realize, along with important lifestyle habits. There may also be other physiological reasons. For most people, there are several variables at play. Here is a list of considerations when you are at your weight loss wit’s end.

 

  • Inflammation affects metabolism. Inflammation stems from various factors, but one, in particular, is a food sensitivity.  You may not realize, for instance, the eggs, almonds, or wheat in your diet are sabotaging your efforts because of an underlying food sensitivity.  Another source of inflammation is alcohol. (Of course, the calories from alcohol don’t help either.)

 

  • Poor sleep quality and sleep deprivation cause an increase in ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, as well as cause a decrease in leptin, a hormone that tells you when to stop eating.

 

  • Thyroid function may be low despite normal lab results.  Test yourself here for low thyroid symptoms. Your thyroid ratios may be suboptimal because your body can’t adequately convert inactive thyroid (T4) to active thyroid (T3) due to vitamin deficiencies, stress, poor gut health, or heavy metals. In addition, infection and inflammation increase Reverse T3 (RT3) which blocks thyroid function at the cellular level.

 

  • Guessing at caloric needs and exercise needs without knowing your own biological, physiological needs can sabotage your efforts. Consider having a metabolic test to determine your accurate resting metabolic rate, caloric needs for weight loss and for weight maintenance. It is easy and affordable. Ask for a Metacheck appointment.

 

  • Trying to exercise your way to weight loss is pretty fruitless when not examining your diet. Dietary adjustments will be a much faster route to weight loss compared to trying to overcompensate with exercise.

 

  • Doing the wrong types of exercise is a recipe for long term disaster. Muscle mass contributes greatly to your metabolic rate.  If you are trying to jog off your behind and belly fat, you may find that strength training to increase muscle mass is more effective at burning calories, toning every area of the body, and getting faster results.

 

  • Hormonal Imbalances for both men and women can greatly impact the ability to lose weight. For example, imbalances of sex hormones (e.g., testosterone, estrogen, progesterone) can impact thyroid function which, in turn, affects metabolism. Have you heard of estrogen dominance?  Men can struggle with this as well if testosterone is declining while exposure to estrogenic plastics, chemicals, or soy causes increased estrogen levels.

 

  • Poor gut health (even with absence of any obvious gastrointestinal symptoms) caused by medications, poor diet, antibiotics, and artificial sweeteners, to name a few, will often affect weight.  Good gut health is mission-critical for weight loss.

 

  •  Lectins, which are in many healthy foods, can cause weight gain and inhibit weight loss. Read about lectins here, and read about which foods contain the most lectins here.

 

  • Nutritional deficiencies affect metabolism. Are you deficient in iodine, selenium, vitamin D, or iron perhaps? Deficiencies here will affect your thyroid function.

 

  • Medications can affect your metabolism, including birth control pills, antidepressants, and beta-blockers. Even Zyrtec and Allegra, common allergy medications, can cause weight gain.

 

  • Toxins may be sabotaging your efforts, too. Today, our toxin exposure is significantly higher than it was just fifty years ago.  Additionally, some of us don’t eliminate toxins as well as others do.   A good detox program may be helpful!  Read our article on toxin testing and search our site for detox recipes that will help you get rid of harmful toxins.  PEMF Therapy and IR Sauna are two additional detoxifying options available at our office.

 

  • Inadequate hydration can slow your metabolism.

 

  • Unaddressed emotional trauma can affect eating habits and have neurohormonal effects that contribute to weight gain.

 

  • Emotional eating habits are a common problem, such as binge eating chips or cookies when sad or stressed, or celebrating good times with cake and champagne.

 

  • Not eating enough calories can be disastrous on your metabolism.  Starving yourself, or eating a normal number of calories, and then following with excessive exercise or exertion, can cause reduced muscle mass and, therefore, slowing of metabolic rate.

 

  • Eating too late at night can affect weight, mainly because studies show that late eaters tend to make poorer food choices and eat more calories.

 

  • Eating too quickly will tend to cause you to eat more calories because you’re shoveling in more food during the interval between intake of food and getting the signal from your brain that you are full.

 

  • Excessive fruit intake can affect weight because the sugar in fruit, fructose, more easily stores as fat than other types of carbs.

 

  • Stress-yes, stress. Its effects are evil in every way.

 

Ready to do something about it?  Here are ways to get started:

  1. Read Highway to Health, A Nutritional Roadmap, by Mila McManus MD, available in our office and on Amazon. This book includes everything you need to know about nutrition and lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight. The 2nd edition was published in December 2019.
  2. Call 281-298-6742 to learn how we can help you start losing weight today!
  3. Use our website to find healthy recipes that are sure to spice up your taste buds and make you feel better.
  4. Follow the links in this article to test yourself and learn more.
  5. Join us on March 19 at 5:30 pm for Wellness Night Out where Dr. McManus will discuss the challenges of weight loss. Healthy snacks will be served. 

References:

The Plant Paradox by Dr Gundry

medicalnewstoday.com

epocrates.com

Why Isn’t my Brain Working? by Dr. Kharrazian

Adrenal Fatigue by Dr. James Wilson

By |2020-03-03T12:24:23-06:00March 5th, 2020|Articles, Ask Dr McManus, General, Recommended Reading|

Integrative (i.e., Alternative, Complementary, and Supportive) Cancer Therapies

By Mila McManus MD

Photo courtesy Medical News Today

According to cancer.gov website, 38.4% of people will have a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lives.  That’s over 1 of every 3 people.  Fear is a natural tendency.  The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” always brings to mind cancer first.  If you do get (or have) a diagnosis of cancer, you should know that there are a lot of alternative and integrative/complementary therapies to consider exploring.

Some of what I’m presenting in this article are therapies I have had some experience with and/or offer at TWIHW. Others I’ve learned from colleagues, research, conferences, and patients. I make NO claims about the effectiveness of any of these therapies, and this list is, by no means, exhaustive. Furthermore, you can assume that most, if not all, of the items listed below are not formally FDA-approved. Also, I want to point out that “unproven” is not synonymous with “ineffective”.  Medical school focuses heavily of teaching us how to manage diseases with FDA-approved pharmaceutical drugs. We aren’t trained on using nutrition, for example, to manage disease or treat illness.  Training us to use diet, vitamins, and other natural substances is a conflict of interest to Big Pharma’s bottom line.

I never encourage patients to choose conventional over alternative therapies or vice versa. It is important TWIHW patients know their available options. TWIHW will support patients’ decisions whichever treatments they choose.  Most of the time, my patients will choose some form of conventional treatments–surgery, chemo, and/or radiation. We aim to support their healing and mitigate their side effects using complementary therapies like these:

  • Mega doses of intravenous vitamin C
    • In 2019, I attended the IV C Academy at the Riordan Clinic in Kansas.  Dr. Hugh Riordan received a patent in 1997 for the treatment of cancer with IV Vitamin C.  You can read more about the benefits of mega dose vitamin C here.
    • To learn more about how vitamin C fights other diseases, I highly recommend Dr. Thomas Levy’s book Curing the Incurable.
  • Essiac tea is a blend of herbs that supports detoxification pathways and supports immune function.
  • Fucoidan is a component of seaweed that has demonstrated the potential for anti-cancer effects, immune modulation, inflammation control, cardiovascular support, and stem cell activation.
  • Protocel is a non-toxic liquid formula that interferes with the metabolism (energy production) and cell membrane integrity of cancer cells, without harming normal, non-cancerous cells in the body.
  • Ketogenic diet, a very low carb diet thought to help treat cancer, by drastically reducing glucose in the body to ‘starve’ cancer cells to death. Reducing glucose is very important, because cancer uses glucose for energy rather than oxygen.  Dr. Mercola wrote a great article about this in 2013 and you can read it here.
  • ONDAMED (biofeedback with PEMF) is an energy medicine device. It applies frequencies (‘signals’) to the body that jump start healing processes.
  • Exercise -many studies show that an exercise program may help cancer patients live longer and have a better quality of life.
  • Essential Oils –in particular, frankincense, peppermint, and lavender for possible cancer benefit
  • CC cream -I very recently learned about this from a colleague. Information on this website is quite intriguing.
  • Melatonin -This is a link to a one-hour video presentation by Dr. Shallenberger discussing all the many ways that melatonin fights cancer.
  • RGCC lab in Greece, offers cutting edge testing and integrative therapies for all types of cancer and has facilities globally.
    • RGCC lab testing includes a vast blood panel that:
      • 1) detects the number of circulating tumor cells
      • 2) tests cancer cells for sensitivity/resistance to natural substances (e.g. turmeric, vitamin C) and conventional chemotherapeutic agents
      • 3) monitors a known cancer
      • 4) screens for cancer
    • Simply having a clear scan and normal tumor markers does NOT mean you don’t have cancer stem cells in your body waiting to wreak havoc.
    • The lab can make cancer vaccines and a therapy called SOT (supportive oligonucleotide therapy).
      • Cancer Vaccines, aka ATA (autologous tumor antigen), are made up of antigens used by the body’s immune cells to determine what cells should be attacked or left alone.
        • Specific antigens are found on cancer cells in the patient’s blood, administered back to the patient intravenously or subcutaneously (under the skin).
          • This stimulates the immune system to attack the specific cancer cells in the body without harming the body’s normal cells. 
        • ATA is administered over 9 weeks, i.e. once a week for 3 weeks, then off for 3 weeks, and then once a week for another 3 weeks.
        • If needed, the protocol can be repeated 3 months after the last injection.
      • SOT treatment effectively silences the genes within cancer cells that are allowing the cancer cells to live. Your chromosomes contain genes which are strings of nucleotides.  These nucleotides are ‘read’ by RNA.  The RNA is then translated into proteins and this is how genes are expressed.
        • SOT is called ‘anti-sense’ which means it creates a string of nucleotides which bind to the RNA, rendering it ineffective, and therefore it cannot be translated into proteins. This will cause cell death (aka apoptosis) of circulating tumor cells and cancer stem cells in primary and metastatic tumors. 
        • Bcause it causes massive tumor cell destruction which can cause a potentially life-threatening condition called “tumor lysis syndrome”, there are some restrictions for using this treatment. 
        • For example, if a patient has wide spread cancer, or a large tumor burden, in highly vascular areas such as liver or lungs, that person may not be a candidate for SOT until the tumor burden can be reduced by, e.g., the vaccine treatment, other alternative therapies, or conventional chemotherapy, surgery, and/or radiation.
        • SOT is administered intravenously as a one-time dose, every 4 to 6 months.
        • The SOT remains active in the body for 24-28 weeks. Maximum dose is 3 full doses (or 6 half doses) for every 12 months. 
        • And even if a patient is unable to get his or her cancer cell count to zero, SOT can be used for years to control cancer.
  • Other nutrients, herbs, and options to explore include mistletoe, turmeric, vitamin D, hyperbaric oxygen, acupuncture, quercetin, and proteolytic enzymes.

And the list goes on…

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it is my professional opinion to have an Oncologist and a Functional Medicine Specialist to partner with on the cancer fighting journey.

As you can see, there is a lot of information out there and it can be time-consuming, confusing, and overwhelming. Remember, nothing is going to help 100% of people, 100% of the time. If you’d like more information, call our office at 281-298-6742 to schedule an appointment.

References:

Cancer.gov

RGCC lab

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/in-depth/cancer-treatment/art-20047246

The Metabolic Approach to Cancer by Dr. Nasha Winters

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer by Dr. John Lee.

Knockout by Suzanne Somers

By |2020-10-08T09:20:39-05:00March 4th, 2020|Articles, General, Recommended Reading|

The Healing Code

The Healing Code

By Dr. Alex Loyd and Dr. Ben Johnson

The premise of the book is that all disease stems from physiologic stress. If you deal with psychological stress, you can be assured that your body is experiencing physiologic stress; however, even if you do not feel anxious or stressed, it’s still likely that your body is under physiologic stress.

So what does this all mean? Well, for starters, when you are under physiologic stress, your body is in survival mode (aka “fight or flight”). This involves activating your sympathetic nervous system which raises blood pressure, increases heart rate, stresses your adrenal glands, and overrides the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for digestion and for maintenance and repair of the body.

Instead of your body worrying about cancer cell over here, and virus over there, and digesting the food in your stomach, it’s worried about surviving the next few minutes. This means that people with chronic stress are bound to have digestive issues and are adversely affecting their body’s ability to heal itself.

The author of The Healing Code, Dr Alex Loyd, spent years trying to help his wife recover from depression. He even went back to school to get a PhD in Psychology to try to figure things out for her. One day, while flying home from a conference, he tells how this information appeared to him, and he knew how to help his wife when he returned home to her. He performed what he now calls the healing code with his wife and apparently she’s been great ever since. The co-author of the book, Ben Johnson, MD, DO, NMD, was diagnosed with ALS (a typically fatal auto-immune disease affecting the nervous system) and, knowing his fate, was seeking out alternatives when he came across the healing code. He began a diligent regimen of the healing code and reports that he cured his illness in 3 months.

In the book it’s explained how we accumulate memories, both good and bad, and that the bad memories can be constantly reactivated, even at a subconscious level, keeping you in a state of physiologic stress. Let’s say, for example, that you were in a terrible car accident 15 years ago with a red car. Ever since then, every time you see the color red, it may be causing you stress, whether you feel it (e.g. a random panic attack) or not (e.g. chronic high blood pressure or digestive issues without obvious cause).

The goal of this book is to teach you how to neutralize your body’s physiologic stress response with a simple 6 minute exercise done once daily which in turn would dampen the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, helping to lower blood pressure and heart rate, and allow the parasympathetic nervous system to take over again, thereby improving digestion and allowing the body to heal itself.

The Healing Code: 6 Minutes to Heal the Source of Your Health, Success, or Relationship Issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By |2013-04-30T06:59:12-05:00April 30th, 2013|Recommended Reading|

Put your Heart in your Mouth

Put Your Heart in Your Mouth

By Dr. Natasha Campbell

Review: We all know somebody who suffers from heart disease or who has died from it, including members of our own families. Heart disease is our modern plague. We hear about it in the popular media, every time we see a doctor, every time we talk to friends and neighbors, and every time we buy our food. It has become a background noise for many of us, so we don’t stop and think: what on earth is heart disease and should I be concerned about it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By |2012-11-28T20:15:08-06:00November 14th, 2012|Recommended Reading|

Male Menopause

Male Menopause


By: Jed Diamond

Review: Male menopause, also termed andropause, is a series of chemical and physiological changes that occur in males between forty and fifty-five years of age. The author, Jed Diamond, explains male menopause and the health problems frequently connected with this condition along with the latest developments in hormone replacement therapy for men. Symptoms of male menopause include a weakened immune system, poor injury/illness recovery, decreased physical endurance, increased fat content, memory loss, irritability, anxiety, depressed moods, loss of self-confidence and sense of well being, indecisiveness and passivity, as well as decreased romantic inclinations.

By |2012-10-27T06:57:44-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Recommended Reading|

Hysterectomies: Before & After

Hysterectomies: Before & After


By: Winnifred B. Cutler, Ph.D.

Review: “A comprehensive guide to preventing, preparing for, and maximizing health after hysterectomy – with essential information on menopause.” Dr. Cutler explains the actual mechanics of a hysterectomy along with the risks involved and alternatives available. It will help women who have had a hysterectomy understand the hormonal changes that occur and how to correct or deal with them. This book is not entirely focused on natural hormones, but it does allow you to gain an understanding of what a hysterectomy is, why it is done, and what hormonal therapy should be done afterwards.

By |2012-10-27T08:27:34-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Recommended Reading|

No More Hysterectomies

No More Hysterectomies


By: Vicki Hufnagel, M.D.

Review: The decision to have or not to have a hysterectomy is one that will dramatically affect the rest of your life. For those who are facing such a decision, this book will be an influential factor. She explains that almost ninety percent of the hysterectomies performed in the United States may be unnecessary and for those that are necessary, she discusses the leading surgical procedures. Also expressed are the frustrations in dealing with uncaring professionals and the consequential suffering and emotional trauma harming multitudes of women and their families.

By |2012-10-27T08:42:41-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Recommended Reading|

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause


By: John R. Lee, M.D., Jesse Hanley, M.D., and Virginia Hopkins

Review: Once again, Dr. Lee discusses the importance of natural progesterone replacement; but he is now focusing on women between thirty and fifty years of age. Women who are experiencing puzzling mood swings, fatigue, weight gain, breast tenderness, memory loss, migraine headaches, irregular menstrual cycles, cold hands and cold feet or any variation of these symptoms are dealing with the phenomenon – premenopause. These same women are being offered multitudes of antidepressants, counterfeit hormones or even surgery as their solution. However, none of those treatments address the “simple” underlying problem of hormone imbalance, specifically a drop in progesterone levels. Dr. Lee provides information on the safest and most effective treatments.

By |2012-10-27T08:51:33-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Recommended Reading|

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause – The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause – The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone


By: Gillian Ford

Review: Listening to Your Hormones is a very thorough guide on the hormonal changes that occur in women beginning at puberty and on through menopause. The author, Gillian Ford, explains the many problems associated with premenstrual syndrome, birth control pills, postpartum depression, perimenopause and menopause, hysterectomies, breast cancer, chronic fatigue, even multiple chemical sensitivities and how they relate to the hormone fluctuations in a womanÕs body during the different stages of life. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., comments, “I encourage women of all ages to read Listening to Your Hormones. Then pass it on to your physicians, your daughters, and your friends. It may save you many dollars in fruitless therapies which are not directed to the underlying hormonal needs, and it certainly will help you find innovative ways of improving your quality of life.” This book is plainly one of the most informative books in the world of natural hormones, offering a multitude of opinions and expertise from the outstanding natural hormone physicians in the country and “real-life” testimonies from various women. The knowledge you will gain from this one book will empower you to take control of your health. You will then be able to apply this knowledge to your life and your unique symptoms.

By |2012-10-27T09:01:50-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Recommended Reading|

Listening To Your Hormones

Listening To Your Hormones


By: Gillian Ford

Review: Listening to Your Hormones is a very thorough guide on the hormonal changes that occur in women beginning at puberty and on through menopause. The author, Gillian Ford, explains the many problems associated with premenstrual syndrome, birth control pills, postpartum depression, perimenopause and menopause, hysterectomies, breast cancer, chronic fatigue, even multiple chemical sensitivities and how they relate to the hormone fluctuations in a womanÕs body during the different stages of life. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., comments, “I encourage women of all ages to read Listening to Your Hormones. Then pass it on to your physicians, your daughters, and your friends. It may save you many dollars in fruitless therapies which are not directed to the underlying hormonal needs, and it certainly will help you find innovative ways of improving your quality of life.” This book is plainly one of the most informative books in the world of natural hormones, offering a multitude of opinions and expertise from the outstanding natural hormone physicians in the country and “real-life” testimonies from various women. The knowledge you will gain from this one book will empower you to take control of your health. You will then be able to apply this knowledge to your life and your unique symptoms.

By |2012-10-27T09:05:06-05:00October 2nd, 2012|Recommended Reading|
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