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Patient Testimonial
Supplement of the Month: Probiotics
Fermenting Store Bought Food
Botox/Filler June Special
Defending the Borders: Part I
Health Benefits of Fermenting Foods
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Patient Testimonial: 


Hi Dr. McManus,

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you, not only for your willingness to work with me as a patient, but for having such an incredible staff!

Going on my 3rd round of the HCG diet - and having previously done the yeast cleanse - I have worked with many of your personnel. Each and every one of them is a true gem! Not only are they knowledgeable, they are considerate and caring. No matter how small or large my question, they are always helpful; I feel they look out for me as a person. Your practice is truly above and beyond any I have ever experienced. When I visit, I don't feel like a standard client or patient but every aspect of treatment is individualized for me.

Of course, it's also great that I have lost over 50lbs through TWIHW! I feel better not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. I just don't know if I could have done it without Heather, Jennifer, Renee, and Maddie however - as well as others I've encountered. They are so supportive and encouraging, even if things stall a bit from time to time.

Thank you and best regards,

Carol D.






Probiotics is the name used for the supplemental form of the favorable microflora so essential to overall health and immune function in the human body.  There are many probiotic supplements available in the marketplace today and a few important selection tips to keep in mind.


A good probiotic will have at least 4 or more different species of beneficial bacteria and should include members from the lactobacilli and bifidobacteria species or families.  The most valuable and commonly seen species include Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus salivarius, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Streptococcus thermophilus. Many probiotics also include FOS, or Fructooligosaccharides, which are considered a prebiotic because they provide food and nourishment for probiotics. FOS may or may not be present and it is not necessarily essential but ideal.


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Fermenting Your Store Bought Food




1) Purchase a vegetable starter culture such as Caldwell's, Body Ecology's or Mercola's Kinetic Culture.


2) Choose one of the recommended foods below and purchase one that is void of chemicals or preservatives.  An organic choice would be great.  If the food contains a tad of vinegar as one of the last ingredients, it should ferment fine however if it is a primary ingredient, it may not ferment well.  


3) Use 1 Tablespoon of starter for each cup of food you wish to culture.  Stir the culture starter into the food, cover, and let sit on the counter for 2 to 3 days at a moderate room temperature (60-70 degrees). 


4) Move the cultured food to the refrigerator and enjoy!


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This month we are initiating a three-part series of newsletters dedicated to the overall defense strategy for Your Body Nation. 
Defending the Borders 
Part I



What do we mean by Your Body Nation?  Well, the human body can be compared to a nation in many ways.  A nation, according to the dictionary is a group of people in a land area under a single government.  Here in the nation called the United States, we all live and work within the same defined physical perimeters and we work together with the goal of prosperity, unity and happiness within our borders.  Our government's duty, in good part, is to secure the borders and protect our people from harm.  Similarly, Your Body Nation is a large group of microbes and cells that live and work within the same borders.  It is safe to say your thoughts and plans emanating from your brain are the government.  So like a nation that builds a military force, then protects it from destruction and invasion, and maintains it when some of the force is lost or more force is needed, so too you must have a military/protective strategy for Your Body Nation for the long term so that you will be safe, healthy and functioning optimally. So do you have a clear defense strategy in place for Your Body Nation?  Our goal over the summer months is to help you develop a well-balanced and intentional strategy so that you can defend your borders well.


This month we will focus on how to build your own internal military force. What can you do to create a strong, formidable military force to protect Your Body Nation?   In July we will focus on ways to protect Your Body Nation from everything trying to cross your borders illegally and inflict damage on your military force. Finally in August, we will tie everything together with protective, proactive ways to maintain your health and be prepared for all the unknowns that life can bring. 


Defending The Borders (Part I)

Building A Strong Defense for Your Body Nation


Our regular readers and patients have heard this before, but it ALWAYS bears repeating that 80% of your total immune system is made up of a very large population of microflora in the gut which includes your small and large intestines and your colon.  The other 20% of your immune system is composed of white blood cells, many of which also reside in the gut as well as other mucosal linings throughout the body.  So it stands to reason that to build a strong fighting machine, you will need to start in the gut.   Your gut is the superhighway that carries all necessary resources into the body for delivery into the smaller artery and vein roadways that disperse nutrients all over the body. But what if the superhighway is not well maintained?  What if it is full of potholes, sinkholes and weeds overgrowing the asphalt?  What if your superhighway has been taken over by bad forces that are preventing valuable resources from even getting into Your Body Nation?


Optimizing gut health is fundamental to optimizing overall health.  Open to the outside world from the top of it (your mouth) and again at the bottom (your bottom!), this long tube is a perfect entrance for harmful things.  We certainly eat and drink plenty of microorganisms, chemicals and toxins everyday.  Your gut microflora provides the natural physical barrier of protection from harmful things.  This protective barrier secretes substances that kill harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, as well as creates just enough acid to discourage the growth and prosperity of pathogenic microbes.  This beneficial microflora is also responsible for neutralizing toxic substances, chelating heavy metals and other poisons as well as inactivating carcinogenic substances.  And lastly, but also very important, our gut microflora digest some of our food and in turn feed the cells which make up the gut lining, keeping it healthy and able to complete the digestion of our food.


Without our gut microflora we are fully open to invasion from incoming harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, carcinogens, toxins, poisons and heavy metals.  We are also unable to protect our gut lining from damage nor can we properly nourish our gut lining which then becomes inflamed thus leading to not only digestive issues but almost without fail, nutritional bankruptcy, health issues and disease.


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Building Your Military Force with Food


Nancy Mehlert
by Nancy Mehlert, MS


Taking supplemental probiotic capsules and powders are not the only way to ingest the favorable microflora your gut needs!  In our current day where foods have been preserved to last, pre-prepared for con-venience and chemicals have been added to enhance the perceived value of cheap food ingredients, the vast majority of our food is fundamentally "dead".  But you may be surprised to know that before all of our modern methods existed and before refrigeration, a process known as fermentation or culturing was used as a method to protect and enhance the flavor of food and maintain the "living" state of our foods.


Fermentation, or culturing, is the conversion of carbohydrates to organic acids using a combination of favorable bacteria under anaerobic (without oxygen) conditions.    These microorganisms protect the food from pathogenic bacteria and mold and when eaten, also repopulate the gut lining with these same favorable bacteria. 


An age-old practice in many cultures around the world, traditionally fermented foods provide many benefits to human health.  The favorable bacteria in fermented foods, in combination with the slightly acidic environment created by them, deters the growth of pathogenic bacteria and can destroy super bugs currently resistant to most antibiotics.  Fermented foods also help to balance the production of stomach acid by increasing the acidity of gastric juices if stomach production is inadequate or helping to protect the stomach and intestinal lining when too much acid is produced.  Fermented foods also help the body to produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps with the movement of the bowel, thus alleviating constipation.  It also helps to improve the release of digestive juices and enzymes from the stomach, pancreas and gallbladder, thus acting as powerful digestive aids.


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In Good Health,
Mila McManus MD
26110 Oakridge Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness
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