I am a 83 year old male retired from two career fields. After 24 years of service in the Army, I retired being a very active, energetic, and healthy 40 year old easily running 5 miles a day. My second career as an insurance underwriter found me sitting behind a desk 8 to 14 hours a day with little physical activity. My weight went from a trim 145 pounds to a fat 185 pounds in a short period due to the popular office diet - McDonand's, Jack In The Box and Whataburger.
When I retired the last time in the summer of 1994, my poor food choices caught up with me in 2006 in the form of a stroke. I was 75 years old and my life went down hill from there. Weeks of physical and occupational rehabilitation helped get my strength and mobility back. I went from taking no drugs to seven drugs a day that did not help. I developed constant stomach pain, severe depression and chronic fatigue. Gas, bloating, daily heartburn and constant constipation kept me in bed all day. For a whole year I was so bad that I cancelled several rehab and doctor appointments. My family doctor tried everything, sending me to many specialists and having several tests performed. All tests and blood work came back in the normal range. There is nothing wrong with me. My doctors tried all kinds of drugs on me. Some made me very ill and hallucinate. After several years, I finally told my family doctor that the life I now have is not living. He put me on an antidepressant drug. When that did not work, he prescribed another antidepressant drug to work with the first one. The two made me what I describe as goofy, finding myself in places and very confused as to why I was there.
My daughter researched the internet and found The Woodlands Institute For Health and Wellness, founded by Dr. McManus, the best thing that has happened to me in years. I have been on the yeast free diet and supplements over a month now, eliminated three of my drugs and working on one more. My brain fog, constipation, constant heartburn and stomach pain are history. I am able to get up, shower, shave, shampoo and dress at one time without needing to go back to bed before finishing. For the first time in many years, I am excited about doing things and look forward to being back to my better than normal self.
I have no words to describe my gratitude to Dr. McManus and her superior staff. Please accept a well done from an "old" soldier.
Supplements of the Month:
As Nature would have it, many of the enzymes needed to digest our food are living in the food itself! Early man consumed mostly raw, living food. Enzymes are the component of any plant that bring that plant to maturity, ripeness and ultimately spoilage if not consumed. When we chew raw food and our saliva coats it, we are releasing the enzymes in that food that help to break it down for assimilation into the human body.
When we fail to eat fresh, raw food, the human body must take on the full burden of producing digestive enzymes, and scientists are realizing that our enzyme producing organs are not large enough to accommodate the demand created by a significantly cooked and processed food diet.
*The product information provided is for educational purposes and is not intended as either diagnosis or treatment of any disease, nor does it replace professional medical advice. (The FDA makes us say that)
*Warning: Please consult a health care professional before using these products.
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Pear, Red Onion, and Walnuts
Servings: 4 large mushrooms
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- 4 Large Portobello Mushrooms (3 inches or more in diameter)
- 6 small (1 inch) Portobello mushrooms if the above are already stemless
- 2 organic Bartlett pears
- 2 small red onions, chopped into chunks
- ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- Sea Salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Grass Fed Butter
- Fresh Rosemary and Thyme
- Optional: Crumbled Goat Feta Cheese
You Asked For It!
Meet our expert in Botox and Fillers,
Donna Lloyd, RN
Due to constant requests, we've partnered with Donna Lloyd, RN, to offer Botox and Fillers at our facility.
Call 281-298-6742 to learn about our introductory offer and to schedule your free aesthetic consultation with Donna.
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Holiday Hours for December
Wednesday, Dec 24th we will close at noon.
Thursday, Dec 25th, and Friday, Dec 26th, we'll be closed in observance of Christmas Holiday.
Wednesday, Dec 31st we will close at noon.
Thursday, Jan 1st, and Friday, Jan 2nd, we'll be closed in observance of New Year's Holiday.
This month is Part 2 of our 5 part series to focus on the dangers of some of the most widely prescribed prescription drugs. Topics include:
- Common side effects
- Why these drugs are actually making you sicker
- Recommendations to help you eliminate these drugs
The medications we're focusing on in the 5 part series, in order, include:
- Statin drugs to lower cholesterol such as Lipitor, aka atorvastatin, Zocor, aka simvastatin, Crestor, aka rosuvastatin, Pravachol, aka pravastain, etc (If you missed this one last month, click here)
- Anti-acids such as Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec aka omeprazole, Zantac, aka, ranitidine, Pepcid aka famotidine, TUMs, etc
- Antidepressants such as Prozac, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Celexa, Pristiq, etc
- Antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Claritin, Xyzal, Allegra, Benadryl, etc
- Blood pressure medications such as Metoprolol, Atenolol, Norvasc, Cardi-zem, HCTZ, etc
Dangers of Anti-Acids
by Mila McManus MD
If you have made it a habit of taking anti-acids on a regular basis, whether it's Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Zegerid, Zantac, Pepcid, Tums, or Rolaids, to name a few, I strongly encourage you to read this article. The FDA cautions against high doses or prolonged use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (e.g. Prevacid, Nexium, and Zegerid) because they've been shown to increase the risk of infection, bone fractures, and dementia. Moreover, all anti-acids (e.g. Zantac, Pepcid, and Tums) have 4 main consequences:
1. Increased bacterial overgrowth
2. Impaired nutrient absorption
3. Increased susceptibility to infections
4. Increased risk of cancer and other diseases
You've been led to believe that the cause of your heartburn or acid reflux is too much acid. Well, I'm here to tell you that we all have acid and we all need acid for proper processing of the foods we eat. The real problem is dysfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES is what separates the esophagus from the stomach and its job is to keep foods and liquids from coming back up, and to keep stomach acid in the stomach where it belongs. So when you ask yourself why you have too much acid causing your heartburn, you should really be asking yourself why your LES is failing.
Below are some important facts about causes of heartburn, consequences of acid-reducing drugs, and real treatment options:
Acid vs Alkaline Diet
by Nancy Mehlert, MS
We call them symptoms. They are pesky problems that prevent us from feeling our best. They can be almost anything from fatigue, headaches, and body pain to heartburn or constipation. Typically our symptoms are a reflection of congestion and/or inflammation in the body. Just think for a moment about these two words: Congestion and Inflammation.
as a hormone replacement option for our male and female patients.
Lunch and Learn
Dr. Mila McManus, founder of
The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness,
cordially invites you to a
Lunch and Learn!
Friday, January 23rd
12:30 to 2pm
While enjoying a complimentary, healthy lunch provided by The Dinner Dude
, listen to
Dr. McManus speak about safe, natural and effective solutions to your health problems. She will also discuss the ins and outs of the
Share the good news and bring a friend!
Seating is limited.
Reserve your spot today!
or call: 281-298-6742
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You can use your FSA or HSA funds to get well!
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In Good Health,
Mila McManus MD
26110 Oakridge Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness