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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.
This program is the best thing I've ever done for myself.
The comprehensive wellness program is well worth the investment. I’m 52 and peri-menopausal. I was experiencing stiffness and joint pain, fluid retention, headaches, low (or zero!) libido, low energy, very high blood pressure and blue moods. I had gained over 30 lbs in 2 years…regular exercise or dieting didn’t do a thing. I feared I would slip into depression if I let it go any further. Out of desperation, I contacted TWIHW. The 28-day yeast cleanse and the hormone therapy did wonders. I lost 8 to 9 lbs while on the yeast diet…which is motivating me to stick to the diet as closely as possible so I can continue to lose weight (it’s not a diet, it’s a life change!) My joint pain and stiffness are gone, energy is back up, moods are way better, headaches are gone, libido is coming back, fluid retention has decreased a lot and my blood pressure is improving. Both my husband and I are thrilled…I’m getting my life back! This program is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Thank you, Dr. McManus!
...reflecting on how far I have come.
“Dr. McManus……I am having one of those days today where I am reflecting on how far I have come. I looked back and realized that my life changed the day I met with you on 2/6/09! You literally changed the course of my life! I was overcome with depression and anxiety and I was walking thru my life in a FOG! YOU changed that all for me and I will forever be grateful.” from D.B.
...your program and staff have changed our health...
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I’m doing well, feeling good and staying the course of vitamin regimen, hormone creams and clean eating-down 15 lbs. as a result of the program.
My husband went on the program with me (thankfully) he’s lost 25 lbs.-and feels great. He had a lot of joint pain and congestion-GONE.
We’d like to provide a testimony letter on how your program and staff have changed our health which we have continued to follow as a lifestyle—post 28 day cleanse :–))
We also enjoy the monthly electronic newsletter as there is a plethora of helpful information.
From Crawling to Running
from Victoria H.
“Six months ago I literally crawled in to Dr. McManus’ office. I’d suffered for a year with anxiety, weight gain, hair loss and hot flashes. I’d previously seen my obstetrician and she was quick to tell me I was peri-menopausal and prescribed birth control pills. Long story short, they didn’t help and my symptoms continued to torment me. After some online research I stumbled upon Dr. McManus’ bio and immediately called for an appointment. I was quick to be seen and shortly thereafter began the yeast free diet and a vitamin and mineral routine specifically tailored to my needs. I was very hesitant to stop the birth control pill because it had become my “crutch” but the day I stopped, I began bio identical hormones and I’ve never felt better. My energy has returned, my menopause symptoms have diminished and on January 15th I ran the Houston half marathon. I’m now in control of my health and forever grateful to The Woodlands Institute of Health and Wellness.”
You truly are a blessing!
Thank you! You are amazing!! You took a stressed out person who was freaking out about not wanting to take prednisone and you gave me hope in an alternative therapy. You truly are a blessing!! I mean that. Jesus uses you to heal us. You are an answer to my prayers and thank you for the positive and hopeful attitude to my disease. Love you and your lovely staff lots!! Thanks for all you do!!!
Amazingly…the pain is gone!
In 1999 I was diagnosed with cancer. I went to MD Anderson for treatment and I was in a study. I received 33% more chemo treatments and there were many side effects that have lasted for more than 17 years, one of which was neuropathy in my feet and toes. The numbness and tingling was annoying, but two years ago the numbness and tingling turned into pain and burning in my toes, in particular my right big toe. I couldn’t let the sheets touch my feet and it would often wake me up and I would have to massage my toes before I could go back to sleep. Dr. McManus suggested I try ONDAMED. Amazingly, after only 6 sessions, the pain is gone! That was 6 months ago. I have not thought about it since!
Sleep apnea gone, lost weight, and energy is great!
I was always tired, snored all the time and was told I would need a CPAP machine. I didn’t want to have to wear the machine so I looked for other alternatives. Thankfully I found out about the HCG diet at TWIHW. When I started your plan I weighed 248lbs and after 22 days I now weigh 217lbs. The transformation I have gone through and the 2 pant sizes I have dropped amazes me and my family. My snoring is gone. I feel alert and more energetic than I have in a long time, even with the restrictive calories. I’m the type of person that likes to see immediate results, and this is it!
…leaving me feeling like my normal self again.
from Stacey R.
After consulting on symptoms associated with perimenopause, Dr. McManus recommended using a progesterone cream as a natural way to balance hormone levels. After using the cream as directed for a couple of months, my irritability and headaches subsided, leaving me feeling like my normal self again.
Her comprehensive knowledge really helped me understand the changes happening and how to address them in subtle ways that really made a difference. I wish more doctors practiced wellness instead of prescribing medications to treat isolated symptoms. If I had taken another doctor’s advice, I would be taking migraine medication that would have done nothing to address my hormone imbalance.
Many thanks to Dr. McManus!!!
Friends are asking about my recent physical transformation
from Diane R.
Friends are asking about my recent physical transformation. I credit Dr. McManus and her staff with giving me the knowledge and resources to accomplish my new life!
My Crohn’s is doing a whole lot better
Hi Dr McManus.
Your program changed my life. I have been doing so much better. My Crohn’s is doing a whole lot better. My allergies are doing a 100 percent better. Thanks for your help.
IBS is cured!
Anonymous post online:
If you want cutting edge medicine with great results, I highly recommend this doctor. Why do others state having issues related to yeast candida? The answer is simple in that a large number of people have this in varying degrees, with all of the related accompanying health issues. There again, reading can easily confirm this through some research if you are so inclined. And sticking with a smart diet can be difficult for many, as they want good health but aren’t willing to give up Aspartame soft drinks, hormone induced food, or mainstream food with all of the chemical additives. This is a Wellness center, meaning it focuses upon a lifestyle change, where you can remain well for the foreseeable future with the correct lifestyle modifications. Oh, and my list of IBS symptoms vomiting, diarrhea, gas, and constipation are all gone now. Do I take any prescriptions? Nope. And my vitals are now outstanding and my brain is alert along with regular bowel movements. The dietician was wonderful and our meals are excellent. This last week I had a number of ladies standing at the microwave with their processed foods, while I ate organic meat and vegetables; yes, they picked up on the difference. Yes, I do take supplements, and if you do some real due diligence you’ll understand why (i.e. Suzanne Somers writings). My wife’s and daughter’s health are both dramatically improved as well. And I cant remember missing a recent day to illness. So I highly recommend this doctor, facility, and process.
After my thyroidectomy, I suffered from a number of Issues.
After my thyroidectomy, I suffered from a number of issues including foggy thinking, lack of energy and general malaise. I had seen a number of physicians who could not seem to help me with these symptoms. I then found Dr. McManus. She took the time to listen to me and to understand my problems. She then readjusted my thyroid therapy and discovered a few other issues. Through her integrative medicine approach, I feeling better than I have felt in years. I can recommend Dr. McManus to anyone who feels stuck in the traditional medical system.
The diet was challenging, but after only a few days she started to feel better.
Testimonial From M.K.
At the age of 11 my daughter was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. We found a great occupational therapist who helped with many symptoms, but she was adamant that there were underlying gut issues that needed to be addressed. We tried several diets on our own, but nothing seemed to work. Meanwhile, my daughter’s anxiety worsened as she tried to eat healthier. She found it so hard to concentrate and her schoolwork suffered and she became “out of character” moody. I began to realize I could not help her on my own, and that is when I enrolled her in the Teen Wellness Program at The Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness. The diet was challenging, but after only a few days she started to feel better. After her blood work was completed we discovered she had a lot of food allergies, a few vitamin deficiencies, MTHFR mutations, and the infamous “leaky gut” syndrome. She was given an individualized vitamin protocol and continued to get better throughout her treatment. It has been one month since her yeast cleanse, and I can honestly say my daughter is happy again and her anxiety is much less. She is excited to see her long hair is stronger and breaking less and her acne is beginning to clear up. She is able to focus more and it shows in her schoolwork, which she insists is much easier now. She is more energetic and is much more relaxed overall. These are such dramatic and obvious changes that there is no mistaking that it is the result of following this program. I would tell any parent with a teen with anxiety, ADD, or SPD to try this program. Thank you Dr. McManus and all of your staff for listening to our concerns, treating my daughter as an individual, and providing us with empowering information about my daughter’s health so she can now achieve wellness!
Take a minute to watch how TWIHW has changed this patient’s health for the better!
The treatments I received over the course of just 2 weeks has changed my life...
I’m certain when you considered purchasing the PEMF device that you were certain it could help your patients with various conditions, but were you prepared for not just helping but changing lives? The treatments I received over the course of just 2 weeks has changed my life from one of constant pain and sleepless nights to 98% pain free and sleeping soundly! I have had tendonitis in my left elbow and numbness in two of my fingers with 70% nerve conduction loss for over a year. I am a medical professional, so I have tried months of NSAIDS, 30 days of continuous steroids and 3 steroid injections to try to relieve the pain to no avail. I finally had surgery in July and it did not work. I had another surgery this past December, but it left my left elbow with hyper-sensitivity due to the relocation of the nerve. I could not touch the inside of my left elbow, nor even have the sheets rub against it at night because it would cause severe pain. I decided to try your PEMF therapy but was completely skeptical that such a device would do ANYTHING, but what was there to lose. Well, to my amazement, after the first treatment, I could actually touch the area around my scar. I couldn’t believe the machine had worked. Now, after 2 weeks of treatment, I can not only touch the skin around the incision, but I can touch the incision and rub the scar to release adhesions. I can wear my long sleeves without any pain. Better yet, I can sleep!! I want to thank you for thinking outside the box and doing your research to stay on top of what is out there to better the lives of your patients. You and your staff have made such a difference in the quality of my life. I will forever be grateful because I had just made up my mind I would live in discomfort forever and then you introduced me to ONDAMED. I am recommending this treatment to all my friends who have a variety of issues, not just pain. Additionally, on more than one occasion, the machine indicated I was having issues elsewhere before I ever mentioned anything to you that I was in fact having issues in that particular area. This treatment works and it works well! Again, thank you for staying vigilant.
I'm 100% Better
from Barbara W.
When I came to The Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness one year ago, I had so many issues that I was weary, tired, and skeptical that the wellness program could make a difference. Some of my problems included chronic fatigue, joint pain, headaches, irritability, eczema, loss of endurance, moodiness, hopelessness, foggy, cravings, weight gain, sluggishness, loss of interest, low energy, inability to fall asleep/stay asleep, frequent colds/allergy symptoms, anxious, thyroid nodules, constipation, diarrhea, stomach issues, and more. Because traditional treatment and medicine previously prescribed by physicians had failed me, I was very skeptical and most cynical that I would never get relief. Dr. McManus prescribed a plan specific to my needs, and she listened to me very intently, addressing each issue brought forth during our visit. Instead of giving me a prescribed medication, she gave me explanations, choices, education, recommendation, tools, instruction, and hope. Today, one year later, I am sleeping well, energetic, mentally alert, happy, and I have not had any exacerbation of colds, flu, allergies, or eczema. My joint pain left within two weeks of my initial visit and has not returned. I eat a clean healthy yeast free diet, so my gut is symptom free. My thyroid function is much improved. The support team and coaching is an awesome experience at The Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness. I felt compelled to share my testimony to help someone else that may be feeling hopeless. I can truly say that I am happy that I made the decision one year ago. I am 100% better.
I was complete wreck!
I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you the physical state that I was in before meeting Dr. McManus. I was housebound and incapacitated from working an 8-5 job or any job for that matter. I was on numerous medications and was suffering from so many things such as low thyroid, no hormones replaced in my body from a complete hysterectomy 4 years earlier. To put it short, I was a complete wreck. It took a little bit of time (because I was so complicated) but in 6 months I saw a great difference. Within the year, I was feeling 85% better and I went out and found a full time job 8-5 which is what I wanted, and have been working ever since.
Thank you Dr. McManus for helping me to feel so much better today than I was 8 years ago.
I’m feeling great and want to keep that going … thank goodness I have YOU!
Hi Dr. M,
Great trip to Houston last week and sincerely enjoyed having time to meet with you to discuss my wellness plan for the upcoming year. I truly appreciate being a patient of yours and all your valuable advice. I’m feeling great and want to keep that going … thank goodness I have YOU! You also may be seeing two dear friends of mine that live in the Houston area. They asked me a ton of questions about what I was doing with you and how I was looking and feeling so good.
Also, thanks for the GAPS book suggestion. Read it all the way home on the plane, and am learning a lot about gut health. Really finding it helpful with my two kids that have ADHD and a cousin recently diagnosed as bi-polar.
Again, thank you for everything. I’ll look forward to my trip down next year to touch base with you.
Take care! Mrs. S.S.
I was suffering with PMS symptoms for a long time.
I was suffering with PMS symptoms for a long time. Mood swings, irritability, headaches, fatigue, etc. These symptoms were ruling my life and I had low energy for years. In September 2015 I started the wellness program with TWIHW. With their comprehensive treatment plan including yeast cleanse and hormones and supplement support, my life is SO much better. As I am following a vegetarian diet, they customized my treatment plan accordingly. No more PMS symptoms and my energy level is very much improved. I truly feel like I got a new life! Thanks so much team TWIHW. – HM
......I am able to eat again!
After seven years of visiting countless doctors with my food allergies, I came to The Woodlands Institute. When I started here I was already reacting to almost every type of food, thus only eating rice and a few vegetables.
Curing the root of the problem was Dr. McManus’s goal, therefore I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and a leaky gut. We started balancing my body with supplements and enzymes. After that, we continued with the protocol of the Yeast Cleanse, along with Bone Broth. To my great amazement, when introducing these new food groups to my body, my allergic reactions were very minimal. I regained my energy, concentration, enthusiasm, and my sleep has improved considerably.
Honestly, I was afraid that I would die if I started consuming these foods. However, I received the support and encouragement that I needed from the clinical staff while I began changing my eating habits.
Finally after all these years of searching, I found a clinic that focused on healing the root of my food allergies and I am able to eat again! They really do cure people here, and they do a magnificent job while they are curing! I want to thank all the medical staff of The Woodlands Institute for all of their professional and caring support.
From G. R.
...my teen still had problems...
My teenage daughter is a very happy patient of The Woodland’s Institute for Health and Wellness. My family had already made a few diet changes at our home and were all noticing positive differences but my teen still had problems with rashes, moods, sleep, and focus. First, my teen stopped being confused and stressed over school work and sports 2 weeks into the yeast cleanse. She always did well in school and sports but it seemed to be more of a stressful struggle. Now she laughs more, feels better, smiles a lot, moods are great, less fatigued, and is doing better in sports and school than ever before. And the rash has disappeared. Weekly complaints of joint pain are no more. My entire family is very grateful for these amazing changes, all made possible by the wonderful team and nutritionist at The Woodland’s Institute for health and wellness. You guys are amazing!!
My health has improved so much with their innovative treatments...
Praises and gratitude for Dr. McManus and her staff! I’ve been seeing them for 2-3 years now and can only rave about the outstanding job they do @ TWIHW! There’s such a Positive Energy in their facility from the moment you walk in the door – everyone’s smiling, friendly, competent AND they actually see you on time… The list goes on and on!
My health has improved so much with their innovative treatments (I’ve seen many doctors for over 20 years without similar results) – I used to have 2-3 migraines per week, and have now had only 2 in the last 7 months! In addition, my decades long insomnia issues are improving; not only have I been able to cut my sleep medication by more than half, the number of hours of good sleep has doubled (as measured by my FitBit, + finally feeling refreshed in the mornings instead of that awful fatigue).
Fibromyalgia pain has also diminished under Dr. McManus’s care & my food sensitivities continue to improve – what more can I say? I look forward to my appointments with Dr. McManus – both to see everybody (they’re like a cool family) and to share how much better I’m doing! Truly they are some of God’s helpers here on Earth – what a Blessing!!! Eternal gratitude – Thanks you guys!!!
From Marti R.
His quality of life is so much better...
I lost 33lbs in 40 days!
I lost 33lbs in 40 days! I’ve struggled with committing to diets in the past and with the support, structure, meal options, and counseling from the staff at TWIHW my confidence was boosted and my expectations were exceeded. Very satisfied with the results and already signed up for a 2nd round!
from T. M. regarding her HCG program
...this was a decision I labored over for several months after I stumbled upon the website,
When I decided to try out the Wellness clinic (this was a decision I labored over for several months after I stumbled upon the website), I was very skeptical and truly didn’t have any expectations of feeling better. Since moving to Texas (about 2 ½ years ago), I had visited 2 separate doctors over the care of my thyroid and even involved my gynecologist with these issues. The first doctor was a family practitioner that just kept me on the same dose of medicine and barely had time to speak with me during my visits. I was feeling like my thyroid medicine needed to be altered because I was beginning to feel much the same way I did 11 years ago when I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. I decided to switch to an internal medicine doctor. I told him how I was feeling and told him how much I exercised but my energy level was still very low and everything was becoming more of a struggle. He kept my medicine the same and prescribed me diet pills (yes you read that right) to help me lose weight. Uh, that’s not what I was complaining about, I was complaining about low energy and how hard it was to exercise and no matter what I did it seemed my weight stayed the same. I was a little offended but he’s the one that went to medical school so I filled it and used them. They obviously didn’t help at all except now I had to remind myself to eat because I wasn’t hungry. I should add that throughout all this I considered myself quite healthy (I ran 4-6 times a week) and I ate healthy based on what I knew. I ate cooked oatmeal or eggs every morning, I didn’t eat processed food, no fast food, I ate lean cuts of meat and I ate vegetables. People at work would tease me about how healthy I ate. I should also mention that every time I was at the doctor, along with the low energy I told every one of them I was constantly bloated, had more gas than the normal person and just overall didn’t feel well. Also, a full year prior to visiting the wellness center I was suffering from a recurring yeast infection (yeah, that’s right, disgusting and miserable). My gynecologist kept prescribing me Fluconazole and stressing probiotics and even douching with a hydrogen peroxide mixture. I would take the medicine and within 2 weeks of finishing it was back. I was sure I had some horrible disease. One time I even was on that medicine for a month (how could that not work) and it was back. My insurance company even called my doctor over the amount of times it was prescribed for me. My doctor was clearly frustrated and assumed I wasn’t following his direction regarding the probiotics, but I was following his instructions to the letter. I asked for any advice on getting relief he could offer and he was stumped. I finally just settled with the idea that I was going to have to suffer with the infection as well as all the other symptoms and worked on finding a way to deal with it. I was at this point that I decided to make the appointment at The Woodlands Institute. The hardest part was spending the money without having the faith it would work. My husband was skeptical as well, his thinking was why spend money to go to a doctor when you have insurance, just go the regular doctor and get a pill (ok, been there done that and it didn’t work). Well, my first visit was interesting, everyone there had a positive energy which I admit was infectious so I developed a glimmer of hope. When I met Dr. McManus, I instantly liked her. I resolved myself to commit 100% to her instructions (otherwise it would be a waste of money). I then met with the nutritionist, I didn’t’ feel I needed to because after all I was already a healthy eater and I’m a voracious reader of health magazines and articles, but I was 100% committed. Oh my goodness that was the most impactful part of this process for me. I may have been a relatively healthy eater based on today’s standards, but I was NOT eating properly for my body. I learned so much. To make a long story shorter (because I could go on forever about what I learned), I followed the program to the letter, I feel GREAT, the yeast infection is GONE (after a year, imagine my JOY), and my allergy symptoms are gone. I forgot to mention I’ve been a lifelong sufferer of allergies, to the point that I did allergy shots for 5 years when I lived in Seattle because they were so severe. Moving to Houston they came back a little, not to the same degree but I was taking medicine fairly regularly. Since starting the program I have not taken one allergy pill, my sinuses just continue to get more clear all the time, I don’t use nasal spray anymore, my skin has cleared up (I had minor trouble with it before – related to my cycle or so I thought but haven’t had any trouble since). I could go on and on, my dizzy spells that I experienced pretty much multiple times each morning are gone and I just feel so good! I honestly didn’t ever expect to feel this great, I truly feel like I have the energy I had in high school. I literally just told a co-worker that the other day and I’m going to be 47 years old this month. I did a follow up appointment with the nutritionist (I actually looked forward to it this time hungry for any knowledge I could get from her – far different that my attitude going into the first appointment) and I learned even more about myself. I truly can’t speak highly enough about this experience and how life changing it has been and will continue to be. If you are reading this and feel skeptical or on the fence about it, consider how skeptical I was and how my life has been changed. You guys do GREAT work!!! It has to be so rewarding knowing you make such positive changes in lives. Thanks for all your investment of time in me!
I really had no idea how much my body was hurting because of my eating habits.
Testimonial from Dan G.
In December of 2012, I passed out while taking an antibiotic. I had multiple medical tests done: EEG, stress sonogram of heart, sonogram of the carotid arteries, and a 24-hour EKG monitoring. The 24-hour monitor picked up SVT (Supra Ventricular Tachycardia) and was put on blood pressure medicine. Side effects of this antibiotic include syncope and irregular heartbeat. On November 17th 2014 while eating lunch I passed out again and spent the night in the hospital for observation. Even more tests where done: sonogram of abdominal arteries, CT scan of the chest with contrast, implanted a heart monitor loop recorder, nuclear stress test. All tests came back normal but I was becoming so dizzy I couldn’t drive or concentrate any more. In early December I went to the Emergency Room because I was feeling so poorly. They found nothing and thought I was receiving great care from the GP and Cardiologist. Every time I went to a doctor’s appointment I was losing weight. Just before Christmas, I tried an adrenal supplement and after 2 days some of the dizziness started to get better. I told my GP that this supplement had started to make me feel better. His comment was “knock yourself out”. It was time to find a new doctor because he didn’t know what else to do. So I made an appointment with Dr. McManus. After reviewing my medical history, she started me on a full yeast cleanse, some supplements, and hormones to support my adrenals. The blood work she ordered revealed elevated sugar, Albumin, and ferritin levels, and more tests revealed that I have hereditary Hemochromatosis. If she had not ordered that ferritin test my liver, heart, and kidneys would have eventually been damaged. My yeast cleanse went for seven weeks and I feel great. The third week I had a lot of yeast die-off symptoms. At that point the sinuses started to clear up and the dizziness started to go away. The dizziness is almost completely gone and is getting better each week. Joint pain has disappeared, that jog to the mailbox in the rain or running up the stairs doesn’t hurt the knees or back anymore. Went walking 4 miles in an hour and had no sore joints or stiff muscles the next day like usual. I don’t feel stiff in the morning when I wake up anymore. I really had no idea how much my body was hurting because of my eating habits. We were out with the family recently and I had a meat lover’s pizza at a local chain which was a mistake. Within 2 hours I had a bad headache. Dr. McManus’s approach to cleaning out the body and changing the diet has me convinced. I don’t want to go back to the way I used to feel. It’s not hard to change your diet with a little diligence and planning. I’m looking forward to the next round of blood tests and having everything in the normal range.
I am excited about doing things...
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.
After battling postpartum depression for the last 3 years I am finally feeling more like myself. I can attest to the yeast cleanse, adding supplements, bio-identical hormone therapy, and diet changes to recovering from my severe depression, ADD symptoms, and low energy. Thank you to Dr. McManus, Nancy & the team. -Veronica
Yeast Cleanse? NO WAY! Not happening.
I was NOT going to follow the yeast cleanse diet. I thought it was completely absurd and unrealistic. Besides, I was already eating pretty clean. I tried to get out of it. I was willing to do everything else. Just not the diet. Once I met with the nutritionist I was intrigued and thought why not try it. I was so tired of feeling bad. Week one was pretty easy once I figured everything out. Week two was TOUGH!!! But once I hit week three I never looked back. I feel amazing. My stomach has not hurt at all. It was hurting all the time. I felt bloated more days than I did not. Amazingly issues went away that I never expected to be related to food. I felt like I haven’t felt in years. I had been wearing a boot for foot pain off and on for months. A friend of mine who is a physical therapist said, “you need to cut sugar out of your diet. It’s inflamed.” I laughed at her and told her that was crazy. I walked in Dr. McManus’ office with that same boot on. By week three I had zero foot pain. That is right I said zero foot pain. No throbbing at night when I lie down. No pain wearing flip flops. I couldn’t believe it. They were right. I am so glad they convinced me to try it. You have nothing to lose. I am staying on the diet for life! Nothing I have eaten is worth going back to how I used to feel. Every time I am tempted I ask myself “Is it really worth feeling bad?” 99%of the time it is not.
Do the yeast cleanse. You won’t regret it!
Misdiagnosed as having Rheumatoid Arthritis
7 years ago, mere weeks after the birth of my son, Doctors shared the news of a dreaded diagnosis of an Autoimmune Disease called Rheumatoid Arthritis. That was the reason that I could no longer type a sentence on a keyboard or worse…button my 3 week old baby’s onesie! I would now have take a series of toxic and debilitating medications for the rest of my life?
No, I met Dr. McManus. I was recommended to seek a third referral from a Holistic Doctor who didn’t believe in treating the symptoms through medication, but rather diagnosing and treating the root cause!
Dr. McManus, convinced I did not have RA, put me on a Yeast Cleanse and my life was forever changed! Indeed, I did not have RA, rather was a victim of my own lifestyle. New diagnosis: Food Allergies?! I believed I was relatively healthy…exercised a lot and ate “right”. What I learned from Dr. McManus and her incredible Staff was an invaluable way of accomplishing overall great health through “varied” nutrition, supplements and hormone balance.
7 years ago I was given a bleak (and inaccurate) diagnosis by traditional doctors that would have cost me a fortune in unnecessary medications with terrible side effects. Today I am happy and healthy and forever grateful that I sought that “third” opinion from a Doctor who truly cares about her patients!
THANK YOU, Dr. McManus, I am forever indebted!
More Energy Than I've Had In Years
I saw you for the first time on Monday and started implementing the plan (supplements/hormones) on Tuesday after the lab work. By Saturday, I had way more energy than I’ve had in YEARS, and I could focus and think of words. It’s been awesome! I can hardly wait for The Pellet. 🙂
I started the Yeast Detox yesterday. Nancy is right: you have to plan, plan, plan — which I was finally able to do since I had energy & could focus. 🙂
I can’t imagine how much better I’ll feel by the end of August…..I’m sure my husband will also be thrilled.
You were right, and after doing some serious thinking, I’m mad at a lot of doctors. I feel better than I have felt in my whole life, I think due to the diet, supplements, and testosterone injections. I was in bed for 30 years with double depression. In and out of institutions for years. I’m down to 10mg on the Celexa and 750 on the Depakote. If this keeps up, I’m thinking about writing a book, really!
“The missing link”- already have the name picked out. I always was depressed even as a young very sick child. Doctors gave me shots and antibiotics since the day I was born. And never stopped!
I feel great but somewhat confused because I don’t know what normal feels like.
God bless and God speed…
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!
Christmas came early
Christmas came early for me … November 21st, to be precise. That was the day I walked through the doors of The Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness and met Dr. Mila McManus and her staff. After struggling for many years with chronic illness, I was at the end of hope. I had sought out both conventional and alternative medical doctors – none of whom seemed to get to the root issues, thus leaving me in a web of frustration; exhausted by illness and desperation. A friend mentioned Dr. McManus and I decided to dive in one more time. Well, although it has only been 9 weeks, things have already started to turn around. The issues and symptoms are too vast to mention here, but Dr. McManus left no stone unturned – she and her staff looked at past records, did a most-thorough interview and took bloodwork. I left her office that first day with an integral protocol – one like I have not seen before. The expertise, passion and availability of both Dr. McManus and her staff are impressive. I am happy to say I am having much success and am so very excited about my future of health!
Once a skeptic
I cannot say enough good things about the Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness [TWIHW]. I became a patient in the latter part of 2013 because conventional medicine had failed me. I was skeptical to say the least – the myriad of doctors I’d already seen hadn’t been able to help so what was going to be different at TWIHW, other than this time I was paying for it out of pocket?
I presented with chronic migraines, back and neck pain, thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, and intestinal problems. Following the yeast free diet plan and the specially formulated vitamin regime I noticed a huge improvement in my symptoms. The only lingering issue I am dealing with is continuing migraines, but even they have decreased in both frequency and severity!
If I had only known about how much more successful I was going to be with purely a change in diet and the addition of vitamins and nutrients my body was lacking in, I would have gone to TWIHW several years ago. Instead I went from one doctor to the next, blindly trusting that they knew what they were doing.
If you are like me and feel that you are at your wit’s end, riddled with pain and frustration, I thoroughly recommend you give TWIHW an opportunity to address your issues. You will not be disappointed.
Yours very truly,
I wanted to share my really good news with you. It may not seem like much to others, but it is a major milestone for me. I just got sick, but then I got well again without going to the doctor and without getting any drugs! I started running a low-grade fever and had chills and aches and pains on Saturday. By Sunday, my fever was 99.5. However, as of today, Thursday, my fever is completely gone and I feel fine.
Contrast this with last May. I caught a cold and began running a low-grade fever. My nose started running and my asthma kicked in. I went to my primary care physician, who told me it was just a cold and to continue going to work but get plenty of rest. A week later, I went back with fever over 100, and I was really having trouble breathing. He gave me antibiotics and prednisone and a chest x-ray. It turns out I not only had a full-blown asthma attack, but I also had pneumonia!
This is the first time I can remember where I got well again on my own. Thinking back over the years, it’s been at least 10 or 20 years that every time I catch a cold and a fever, my nose starts running and I end up in the doctor’s office getting prednisone and antibiotics for my asthma. Once about two years ago, I even ended up in IMU overnight because they couldn’t stabilize me. That’s on top of the Flonase and Advair that I take every day plus the Albuterol I take for emergencies.
Thank you for helping me! I truly think you have saved my life. You have definitely prolonged it and increased my quality of life. Now, I just need to stay on track permanently and continue to stay healthy without asthma attacks, pneumonia, antibiotics, and prednisone.
I am celebrating today! Hooray!
Another Amazing Patient Testimonial
For several years, I’d been experiencing increasingly severe auto-immune symptoms: I have had Raynaud’s syndrome for years, but it was worse than ever, I broke out in hives for seemingly no reason (there was a period of two weeks when I could only eat white rice and drink water, because anything else made me break out), I was constantly exhausted, and my migraines were getting more and more frequent. Every doctor I went to in Houston – supposedly some of the best rheumatologists, gastro-intestinal specialists, and endocrinologists in the world – looked at lab tests they performed on me, told me my blood tests were fine, and sent me home.
I was at my wit’s end. I was in grad school, and my parents and I were seriously discussing whether I would be able to hold down a job after graduation (and whether I was going to be able to graduate, which I thankfully did, partly because of my professors’ generosity and understanding). While searching the internet, I found Dr. McManus’s information, and decided to make an appointment. When I told my OB-GYN, she looked at me skeptically and warned me against going to “quacks.” (She was one of the many doctors who told me my blood tests were fine and implied that it was all in my head. She’s no longer my OB-GYN, of course).
I met with one of Dr. McManus’s providers who immediately diagnosed me with a candida infection. I’d heard of candida infections (essentially, a fungal infection of the gut, typically the result of over-use of antibiotics and a starchy diet), and my brother-in-law had done some research and suggested that candida might be my problem. Two weeks later, I started treatment for the candida infection.
After 6 weeks of treatment (a combination of diet and prescription anti-fungals, with some nutritional supplements and probiotics), I was 100% better. Before treatment, I’d have been lucky to be able to walk 1/2 mile without having to stop for rest. I had an unhealthy pallor – when I didn’t have hives – and was exhausted by sitting up for too long. A couple of weeks ago, I clocked my most recent walk: 4 miles. I CAN WALK FOUR MILES, NOW! That might not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but for me, it’s a huge victory.
Treatment for my infection officially ended in April, but I still follow the dietary and nutritional protocol Dr. McManus prescribed – I don’t want to get candida again! Unlike most modern doctors, Dr. McManus doesn’t just look at one part of your body – the digestive system, or the immune system – but at how all of those systems work together as a whole. She understands that anything you eat and drink is going to have an effect on the way ALL of your body’s systems perform because your body’s systems are intrinsically interconnected. Dr. McManus’s staff is incredibly helpful and caring – I had multiple email check-ups each week with my consulting nurse to monitor things like my hormone levels (which were erratic because of the trauma my body had undergone from the infection), my appetite, and my energy level. If something wasn’t improving – like my B12 levels and my energy – ZIP! out came a package of B12 drops I could take throughout the day to supplement my diet.
A side note: Dr. McManus doesn’t process insurance, but I was able to file with my insurance company and get some of the payments back. I was fortunate in that I had some student loans and some VERY generous and concerned parents who helped me out, because the treatment wasn’t cheap. It was totally worth it, though, as I’d spent more than the cost of treatment with Dr. McManus going to “traditional” doctors who kept telling me nothing was wrong with me.
Dr. McManus gave me back my sense of Well-Being
Thankfully I have always been physically active. A long time ago I realized that exercise & eating healthfully are the keys to longevity. As a single mom of three young boys I thought I did a fairly good job of balancing home & career. Unfortunately, life happens & over the last few years my stress levels have gone through the roof. I was plagued by sleepless nights & paralyzing anxiety & although I maintained a steady level of physical activity & what I thought was a healthy diet based on the American Food Pyramid, something began to change in me. My joints started to ache. I became extremely fatigued from not having restful sleep. I began to lose my drive, focus & would find myself becoming forgetful. I was “brain fogged” so to speak & would become increasingly frustrated when I couldn’t give my full attention to the task at hand. It was a vicious spiral of stress in which I could feel my general health & feelings of peace & well-being very gradually slipping away & being replaced with acute joint pain, depression & exhaustion.
From the advice of a good friend, I became a patient of Dr. McManus & The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness. One of the first things I learned was how important a healthy gut is to our overall health & how the continued use of antibiotics & some prescription medicines leads to an overabundance of yeast overgrowth in our intestines. This opportunistic growth blocks absorption of vitamins & minerals causing nutritional deficiencies. It also allows toxins to seep into our blood stream, brain & nervous system causing a plethora of disorders.
I immediately began a “Yeast Cleanse” abstaining from grain, dairy, sugar & alcohol for 28 days. I had lab work done. I met with their amazing nutritionist Nancy for a consultation & found out the American Food Pyramid heavily saturated with grains is actually not so healthy after all. I also started a strong regimen of supplements & bio-identical hormones custom targeted to meet my individual needs. Within 10 days I began to see & feel a noticeable difference. My joint pain began to dissipate. I was able to run a full marathon mid cleanse and my energy was and continues to be amazing.
I have been a patient now for 6 months & it is incredible to me how much better I feel. The difference is absolutely amazing. I have a renewed sense of energy, more than enough to get me through my long days. My cravings for sugar & carbs such as bread have decreased & I am making much more educated choices in purchasing nutritious & wholesome food for my family. The pain that I was experiencing in my joints is completely gone. I am sleeping soundly through the night & my anxiety is now thankfully under control.
Thank you so much Dr. McManus and staff for restoring my sense of overall health & well-being. I am so happy to be a patient of The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness. You made a difference in my life. My respect for you and what you do daily to make your patients’ overall health and quality of life better is immense.
I am a Healthier me, all because you educated and I listened.
I have been a patient of Dr. McManus for over two years now, and I have never felt better. I originally went to a Lunch and Learn as a skeptic, but decided to give it a try. The best money I ever spent. I have never felt better in my life, I have more energy and overall good health. My daughter next decided to travel from Austin to go through their program. Neither of us went for weight loss, but for health and nutrition primarily. After following their protocol, the end result was a healthier us and as a bonus weight loss! My daughter has also had the a similar story. My daughter has thyroid issues and is currently working with Dr. McManus on this as well. She now has a healthier family as a result because she has learned so much from them and from their nutritionist, Nancy. Two years later, they continue to be a phone call or email away. The initial cost may be high, but it is the best money you will ever spend. I can confidently state that I have spent far less on medical expenses in the past two years, that easily made up for the initial cost.
My real reason for writing is my most recent experience. My 4 year old granddaughter had a stomach virus several weeks ago that she has not been able to shake. She has visited the ER twice in the past four weeks, lost weight and has not been able to eat. I emailed Dr. McManus on a Friday, knowing they closed early that day and never expecting them to see her. They were amazing. They stayed late to allow time for them to travel from south of Houston to Spring, evening running to the store to purchase Pedialyte popsicles for my granddaughter. My daughter and I know they are good, but even this dedication overwhelmed us.
TWIHW, Dr. McManus and staff care about your health. If you listen to them, they will educate you. I remember Dr. McManus saying one time….. “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink it.” How true this statement is. The education will be provided. If you listen to them and follow, you will be the benefactor.
Thank you, Dr. McManus and staff, you have changed my life. I am a healthier me, all because you educated and I listened. My family, one by one, is joining the team…..
Rash disappeared, headaches gone, and Aetna reimbursement!
Fertility Problems Resolved
I have gotten off the progesterone but am still taking everything else, except the zinc, because the prenatal has 25 mg of zinc in it. I am doing fine and all hormone levels look good. Baby Boy is healthy and due in August. I know what a surprise.
By the way, Chad says to tell you thank you for doing what the traditional medical and fertility specialist were not able to do. We know that by getting off all the medications and going all natural not only physically helped me, but helped us to begin our family. Words alone cannot express how indebted we are to you and Dr. McManus.
Amy and Chad
21 year old with Rheumatoid Arthritis
After meeting with Dr. McManus, I realized I had hypothyroidism, a condition previous physicians were unable to catch. I also realized the importance of hormones and vitamins in our diets. Most importantly, I understood the effects everyday foods have on our bodies. When asked to eliminate certain carbs from my diet, I was quite hesitant… carbs were my #1 food group. However, I decided to accept the challenge. When I eliminated these carbs, I also eliminated my arthritis, muscle pain, depression, mood swings, fatigue… and I dropped 20 lbs! I feel amazing…better than I ever imagined that I could. Thank you Dr McManus for giving me a new life and hope for a healthy future!!!
Allergy and Biotek Testing
Thanks for your health and wellness program. I have been on it a year now and am feeling so much better than when I began. I joined a fitness facility a few months ago and love it, love it, love it. Even my dog is amazed at my strength!!
See you in the new year. Have a Happy!
43 and Normal
Never Too Old
I was hospitalized for medicine overload in my pancreas. When my doctor told me that I had to stop taking so many medications or that I would no longer have a pancreas and without a pancreas I would die, welllll, that is when he and a very close friend of mine referred me to Dr. McManus. I am living proof that without God and Dr. McManus I would not be here to give my testimony. I honestly can say without a doubt that I am “DRUG” free, even my nebulizer, yeah! I have lost so much weight and feel fantastic! I have no symptoms of any of the above mentioned. Who would have thought??? I am a true believer in healthy nutrition and supplements. Thank you so much to the entire staff of The Woodlands Institute for Health & Wellness for their terrific support.
Drug Free and No More Dry Eyes
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