If you are a patient here, have you ever heard us talk about the acronym SHINE or the SHINE Protocol? I may have discussed it with you if you have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue but I may not have mentioned it to you if you come for weight loss or hormone management.
Although we more actively cover SHINE for our fibro and fatigue patients, we really do use SHINE on every patient. SHINE is an acronym that guides us when we are treating our patients.
The SHINE protocol comes from Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, who has written a number of books on fibromyalgia and fatigue.
The S stands for sleep. With television, computers, and the stresses of modern-day life, our average sleep time per night is six and three-quarters hours. Eight hours is preferred. One of the most effective ways to improve energy and mental clarity is to get eight hours of sleep. This is especially important for fibro and fatigue patients because their sleep center is very often not working properly. We have a number of ways to improve sleep like giving progesterone if progesterone levels are low and ordering sleep studies.
The H in SHINE Protocol stands for hormones. We look at many hormones here: thyroid, adrenals, sex hormones, and others. Many fibro and fatigue patients have NO energy. Thyroid hormone is like the body’s gas pedal. We try to return the thyroid to optimal function. Adrenal hormones help you handle stress and maintain blood pressure. When they are under-active, as can be seen with fibro and fatigue, we see fatigue, infections, hypoglycemia, poor stress management, and sugar/salt cravings. We have a number of natural supplements and even prescription medications to boost adrenals. Lack of testosterone can lead to erectile dysfunction in men and low energy, low libido, high blood pressure, and even diabetes in both men and women. We replace testosterone when needed. Lack of estrogen and progesterone in women can lead to insomnia, fatigue, headaches, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, and hot flashes. We only use bio-identical hormones to alleviate the symptoms above AND improve brain health, build strong bones, improve breast health and cardiovascular health.
The I stands for infections. Anything from sinusitis to irritable bowel can lead to a low immune system. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patients can have a poor immune system. We search for viruses, bacteria, parasites, and yeast that may lead to one of the reasons for chronic sickness. We have a number of ways to keep these infections at bay and allow the immune system to grow stronger, protecting the body from further illness.
The N stands for nutrition. Eighteen percent of our diet comes from sugar and another 18 percent comes from white flour. We are facing high-calorie malnutrition. This leaves a person overweight and exhausted. We have many tips for healthy eating, including Dr. Spurlock’s diet class every other Saturday morning. These classes are fun and informative AND NO COST! We believe healthy food is the best medicine.
E is for exercise. Lack of exercise causes deconditioning. Exercise can effectively help prevent or treat just about every health problem out there and it is critical for optimal vitality. Many of our fibro and fatigue patients need instruction on beginning exercise very gently and slowly until they begin to feel better.
Come see one of us so we can use the SHINE protocol on you so you can shine to the world!