Are you still trying to figure out how to eat right for life? Are you having trouble staying on track? Is it hard to navigate the grocery store today and know if you are making the right choices? Do you understand the magnitude of the impact your diet has on your health and well-being?
Topics included in the book include organic requirements, genetically modified foods, All about Soy, lists of Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, water, sweeteners, beverages, seasonings, and additives all identified as Ideal, Good, Limit or Avoid. We also cover aspects of food including acid-alkaline balance, inflammatory vs. anti-inflammatory foods, allergies and sensitivities and the latest news on digestive enzymes, and calorie counting.
Dr. Mila McManus graduated at the top of her class from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 2000, completed her residency training at Christus St. Joseph in downtown Houston in 2003, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. McManus has always had a special interest in preventive medicine, but it wasn’t until her interest in alternative and complimentary therapies became personal that she decided to leave her private practice to specialize in the treatment of hormonal imbalance. She not only began suffering with fatigue, weight gain, headaches, PMS symptoms, severe allergic symptoms, and trouble concentrating herself, but also noticed a disturbing trend in the number of patients presenting to clinic with similar complaints. Routine exams and bloodwork were failing to reveal an underlying etiology for her patients’ symptoms as well as her own. Dr. McManus went in search of answers and discovered that there are simple, practical, and studied ways of treating the underlying causes of many common health problems. She became certified by the American Academy of Biologically Identical Hormone Therapy in 2004. As she began trying to incorporate wellness into her traditional medical practice, she realized that her passion was using hormonal balance and lifestyle changes, rather than typical and generally ineffective prescription drugs, to treat problems such as depression, fatigue, weight gain, low libido, trouble concentrating, PMS, headaches, high cholesterol, fibromyalgia, and sleep disorders. In January 2005, she made the decision to focus 100% of her time on Functional Medicine at The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness.
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Highway to Health, 2nd edition” by Mila McManus MD.]
Highway to Health, 2nd Edition, by Mila McManus, MD is a “nutritional roadmap” for those desiring to make healthy lifestyle changes. Dr. McManus is certified in
bioidentical hormone therapy and anti-aging medicine. She is a GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome) practitioner and the founder of the Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness. The comprehensive guide promotes family wellness, offers natural alternatives, and addresses many health-related topics. Chapters provide information on whole foods, hydration, supplements, exercise, adequate rest, maintaining a healthy gut, individual healthy eating plans, food allergies, blood sugar balance, and inflammation. Additionally, Dr. McManus provides details about choosing foods wisely and points of interest related to organic foods, calories, enzymes, soy, and genetically modified foods. The 102-page guide is organized, professionally edited, and packed with information. Dr. McManus teaches that lifetime eating plans and digestive styles are unique to each individual. For instance, she compares how the body digests carbs with the way a car burns gas. In the same manner that gas-guzzling cars are inefficient, some people don’t burn carbs efficiently, and they may be hungry an hour after eating them. Although Dr. McManus practices alternatives to conventional medicine, her practical suggestions may win over would-be skeptics. It is difficult to refute her common- sense approach, such as: “Make one good choice and stick with it until it is a habit and a lifestyle. Then tackle the next one.” In addition to providing nutritional advice, Dr. McManus also stresses the importance that restful sleep and dealing with emotional trauma play in restoring health. The thing I like most about the book is that it was born from Dr. McManus’s desire to seek “…natural ways to treat the root causes and symptoms of diseases rather than band-aiding symptoms with prescription drugs.” Many readers will relate to the suggested alternatives due to the limitations of
conventional medicine. I also appreciate the resources that are included in the book, such as food and lifestyle diary pages and self-assessment forms for a variety of conditions. However, Dr. McManus
emphasizes that the forms are not meant for self-treatment but as a guideline for those needing to seek further professional evaluation. I respect Dr. McManus’s passion for the wellness center she founded and the supplements available for sale. However, at times, the advertising seems excessive, which is the only thing I dislike about the book. Likewise, some readers may object to the frequent promotional references. Overall, I rate Highway to Health 4 out of 4 stars. I found that the wealth of information contained in the well-written book outweighed the slightly distracting promotional material. I recommend it to
readers seeking natural treatments for a variety of health issues and those desiring a healthier lifestyle.