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.