“I made a stunning recovery!”

I made a stunning recovery!

from Donna S.

I began treatment with you in June 2008. I was obese, full of candida, thyroid and hormonal imbalance, adrenal fatigue and

was feeling sick and hopeless. Within a few short weeks of following the yeast free protocol and getting the right medication and

supplements, I felt better than I had in decades. My energy returned, my palate changed and I lost 50 pounds. I was actually

eating more food, than when I was shut down and ill. My food was fuel, and my body processed it! I made a stunning recovery, and

had the energy and stamina to lead a busy fulfilling life. I was working in a career that I love, singing and vocal coaching.

In 2010 I was diagnosed and treated for tonsil cancer. Because of your work in building my health and wellness, I was going into treatment

in the best physical condition possible to face the rigorous cancer treatment ahead of me. I was strong, well nourished, and optimistic.

I walked through radiation on two feet, and came out on the other side with a complete cancer free result. I was one of very few

patients with my type of cancer who got through treatment without a feeding tube. I am still singing and training musical theatre artists,

Praise God! The work you do is truly life changing. I am so grateful for your wisdom and insight into diagnosing and treating each individual case.

 

Thank you!

By |2017-08-26T08:49:47-05:00July 19th, 2017|General, Testimonials|

Overcoming Depression Testimonial

Overcoming Depression Testimonial

by Mila McManus MD

As I was my first wellness patient, and depression was one of my many issues, I thought it would be appropriate to share my story this month since this newsletter focuses on depression.

I remember feeling depressed when I was in high school, but seemed mostly situational. College years were good, but developed anxiety. Two yrs into medical school, life was rough. I was exhausted and emotional and anxious all the time. I started on antidepressants and boy did it help a lot.  I went from a lot of emotion to NO emotion. It helped anxiety as well.  I craved carbs terribly and continued to have issues with insomnia which I first noticed in my early teens.  I also had issues with terrible allergies, constipation, headaches, PMS, reflux, high blood pressure, unexplained 80 lb weight gain over a 5 year period, and eczema, just to name a few.

OK, so in retrospect, I had severe adrenal fatigue, low thyroid function, I was riddled with yeast, and was nutritionally bankrupt.  Keep in mind that my labs were ALWAYS perfectly normal (so it had to be all in my head, right?). Over the years I tried several times to wean my antidepressant to no avail.  Of course now I know that it’s because I wasn’t addressing the underlying causes of my depression and anxiety in the first place.  Skip ahead to my first year in private practice as a family physician.  I’ve now accumulated 12 prescription medications and I’m 30 years old, going on 90. I lived on diet soda and fast food. Nobody taught me in medical school that it wasn’t healthy to eat that way.  Seriously!

Thank Goodness I found wellness, which is everything we doctors don’t learn in medical school.  I was able to discover that the underlying causes of my depression and anxiety were due to nutritional deficiencies, abnormal gut flora, hormonal imbalance, and having toxic overload. Within 2 weeks of starting bio-identical hormones, changing my diet, and taking a handful of vitamins, I was well on my way to shedding all 12 of my medications.  It did take about 6 months, but my antidepressant was the first to go.

I often wonder where I would be today, almost 11 years later, if I had not found wellness.  My story is unfortunately a very common one, and I hope reading this story gives you hope.  I feel so blessed every day that I get to pay it forward by helping other people overcome what ails them!

By |2014-10-20T12:50:10-05:00May 2nd, 2014|Ask Dr McManus, General, Testimonials|

Does Your Engine Need a Tune Up? Adrenal Fatigue May Be Cause

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Recipe: Grilled Healthy Power Burgers

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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 

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Recipe of the Month:

Grilled Healthy Power Burgers on a Sweet Potato “Bun”

 

burger with sweet potato bun


You will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound Grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped veggies (yellow, green or red onions, zucchini and yellow squash work best)
  • 1 Tablespoon Grass-fed Butter or coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped Parsley

 

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We are dedicating this newsletter to dads. Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

Mila cropped low resolution (use this)Lost your Game? 

by Mila McManus MD

 

Wellness and hormones aren’t just for women.  Men develop hormonal imbalance and deficiencies as well.  Have you developed ‘Grumpy Ole Man Syndrome’?  Are you too pooped to play with your kids? Have you lost your game? Have you lost your drive? Have you developed a beer belly?  Might be time to optimize your testosterone and/or adrenal function.

Have you had your testosterone level checked and it’s always in normal range? Besides the fact that the normal reference range for testosterone is quite large, there are many factors that can affect how your body is utilizing testosterone.  If you are overweight or are eating a particular diet, you may have excess estrogen in the body, which then blocks testosterone function.  If you have adrenal fatigue (test yourself here),  your body may be shunting hormone production to make more cortisol instead of making adequate testosterone.  If you are deficient in certain nutrients, e.g. zinc, your testosterone may be metabolizing into estrogen at an excessive rate, causing a downward spiral in testosterone function. (test yourself for low testosterone symptoms here).

Call 281-298-6742 and give yourself the best Father’s Day gift there is-the gift of good health! We can help you address your adrenal fatigue and even have an online adrenal fatigue test.

 

 

Nutrition News
Nancy Mehlert

by Nancy Mehlert

 

 

Food for the Man in You

 

 

Staying strong and young requires maintaining muscle and bone mass as well as a healthy sexual desire.

 

Testosterone is the chairman of the board in the male body when it comes to staying strong.  Foods that support healthy testosterone levels in the body include those high in zinc and healthy fats.

CLICK HERE to find out which foods are high in zinc and healthy fats.

 

 

Testimonial:

 

“Below are a few comments about my experience: 

 

  • After the first week I started feeling much better and started having more energy
  • At the end of the second week I ran The Woodlands Half Marathon and turned in a personal record beating my old time by one minute per mile for thirteen miles.
  •  In the thirty days I dropped ten pounds and lost over a couple of inches in my waist.
  • My taste buds changed, that was crazy.  I do not crave the sugar and breads as I used to.
  • My memory, the fog I had has cleared up and it is awesome!  
  • Last but not least, as I got older my patience seems short and my moods change suddenly not for the better.  Since starting the wellness program, those episodes for the most part have gone away which makes my wife and family happier.  

 

Dr. McManus and the whole team are wonderful and they care so much to do what they can to make you successful.  

 

I was blown away at all of the benefits from doing the thirty day yeast cleanse that I will continue to reap for years to come.  I highly recommend it.  I plan on living a long, healthy, very active , pain free , medication free life.”

 

from W.H.B. 

 

 

 

 

In Good Health,

 

Mila McManus MD

26110 Oakridge Drive

The Woodlands, Texas 77380

The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness

281-298-6742
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By |2020-10-08T09:47:46-05:00June 5th, 2013|Articles, General|

Adrenal Fatigue

The Importance of Cortisol When Addressing Adrenal Fatigue

When thinking about adrenal fatigue, let’s start at the beginning with your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands produce many hormones, including cortisol. Cortisol modulates your immune system, protects your body during times of emotional or physical stress, and sustains your blood sugar and blood pressure. You would die very quickly without cortisol. Cortisol production varies depending on the body’s demand for it. When you catch a cold, cortisol production will increase to stimulate your immune system and fight that infection. Similarly, when you are under severe emotional stress, your body will demand more cortisol to cope with the effects of that stress. Cortisol is also an anti-inflammatory hormone, your natural Advil, if you will.

Adrenal fatigue usually occurs when a person is constantly demanding high amounts of cortisol from their adrenal glands due to chronic stress, chronic pain, allergies and other illness. Your adrenal glands aren’t made to produce at high capacity for long periods of time, so when your body is constantly demanding cortisol, your adrenal glands will eventually burn out. Other factors that compound the issue include sleep deprivation, untreated sleep apnea, food allergies and sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies and toxic overload (such as with artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, preservatives, pesticides and pharmaceutical drugs). When adrenal fatigue sets in, the adrenal glands might produce, let’s say, half as much as your body is demanding, which leads to a vicious cycle because they can’t give you what you need to fight whatever you’re fighting, so the problems get worse, and then you need even more cortisol. When you have adrenal fatigue, it takes longer to recover from illnesses and you might also have low blood sugar episodes (symptoms include headaches, shakiness, lethargy, sweating, dizziness, behavior changes), and even low blood pressure symptoms such as light- headedness upon standing. Moreover, aches and pains may develop out of nowhere. Allergies and asthma may worsen.

Cortisol in the Media
Cortisol gets a bad wrap in the media and in the “traditional” medical community. You may have heard that stress increases cortisol levels and that cortisol increases belly fat. Based on this theory, supplements have been created to block the production of cortisol. (A side note-the companies advertising these supplements have been sued for unsubstantiated claims). While it IS true that stress increases cortisol levels, it is because your body is demanding it. If you were producing too much cortisol when your body was NOT demanding it, you WOULD develop all of the problems associated with steroids, such as weight gain, fluid retention, diabetes, high blood pressure, acne, bone loss and immune suppression. Too much of any hormone is just as bad for the body as a deficiency in any hormone.

Challenge of Adrenal Fatigue Not Showing Up on Blood Tests
Adrenal fatigue is not easily diagnosed because it usually will not show up on a blood test until it reaches the extreme form known as Addison’s disease. Adrenal fatigue is more of a relative deficiency of cortisol. I diagnose adrenal fatigue based on a person’s symptoms, as well as based on his or her history (e.g., current medical problems, stressors). Because of the method for establishing normal reference ranges for lab tests, I know that the majority of my patients’ cortisol levels will be within normal range.

Treatment of Adrenal Fatigue
Treating adrenal fatigue involves supporting your adrenal glands with certain nutrients and also sometimes with low (i.e. physiologic) doses of adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA, as well as removing the factors contributing to their demise. This involves dietary changes, vitamins, removing yeast from your body, learning to manage stress, balancing hormones, exercise, treating chronic pain and getting adequate sleep. It would be very difficult to completely recover normal adrenal function without addressing all of these at once. Most traditional doctors in the managed care model of medicine treat one symptom/health problem at a time, usually by masking your symptoms with prescription drugs.

Click here
to test yourself for adrenal fatigue, and if you feel that this common, and hugely underdiagnosed health problem is something you might be suffering with, call 281-298-6742 and speak to a wellness consultant today or we can contact you by clicking here. We also encourage you to watch a short video with Dr. McManus about adrenal fatigue, too.

By |2020-10-08T09:50:41-05:00December 11th, 2012|Articles|

ADRENAL FATIGUE

Adrenal Fatigue & the Importance of Cortisol

Your adrenal glands produce many hormones, and cortisol is one of them. Cortisol modulates your immune system, protects your body during times of emotional or physical stress, and sustains your blood sugar and blood pressure. You would die very quickly without cortisol. Cortisol production varies depending on the body’s demand for it. When you catch a cold, cortisol production will increase in order to stimulate your immune system to fight that infection. Similarly, when you are under severe emotional stress, your body will demand more cortisol to cope with that stress. Cortisol is also an anti-inflammatory hormone, your natural Advil, if you will.

Adrenal fatigue usually occurs when a person is constantly demanding high amounts of cortisol from their adrenal glands because of chronic stress, chronic pain, allergies, and other illness. Your adrenal glands aren’t made to produce at high capacity for long periods of time, so when you are demanding and demanding and demanding cortisol, your adrenal glands will eventually run out, burn out, fatigue. When they fatigue, they might produce half as much as your body is demanding, which leads to a vicious cycle because they can’t give you what you need to fight whatever it is you are fighting (e.g., allergies, pain, infection), so the problems get worse, and then you need even more cortisol. When you are adrenally fatigued, it now takes 2 wks to get over a cold instead of 2 days, for example, and you might also have low blood sugar episodes (symptoms include headaches, shakiness, lethargy, dizziness), and even low blood pressure symptoms such as lightheadedness upon standing. Moreover, aches and pains may develop out of nowhere. Allergies and asthma may worsen.

Cortisol gets a bad wrap in the media and in the ‘traditional’ medical community. In the media, you may have heard that stress increases cortisol levels, and that cortisol increases belly fat. Based on this, supplements have been created to block the production of cortisol. I find this absolutely ridiculous. While it IS true that stress increases cortisol levels, it is because your body is demanding it, and not because your body wants to make you fat. If you were producing too much cortisol when your body was NOT demanding it, you WOULD develop all of the problems associated with steroids, such as weight gain, fluid retention, diabetes, high blood pressure, acne, bone loss, immune suppression. Let’s face it, too much of any hormones is just as bad as too little of it. High doses of steroids are given to suppress the immune system when treating, for example, an asthma attack, or other autoimmune disease. However, low, supplemental doses of cortisol actually enhance your immune function.

It would be very difficult to completely recover normal adrenal function without addressing all of these at once. Most doctors treat one thing at a time, usually by masking your symptoms with prescription drugs. In addition, most people don’t realize how much of an impact their dietary choices have on their bodies. It’s not all about the weight gain. Certain foods affect hormone levels. Moreover, today’s diets are nutrient-deficient, and all it takes is one single vitamin deficiency to cause immune dysfunction.

Be good to your immune system, and it will be good to you!

By |2020-10-08T09:51:59-05:00October 3rd, 2012|Articles|
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