As one of the leading doctors in the treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum says these conditions are on the rise in America. Dr. Oz talks with Dr. Teitelbaum about the reason for the increase of these painful conditions and what people can do to prevent and treat symptoms.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome characterized by exhaustion, body pain and a "brain fog." Dr. Teitelbaum says in recent years the number of diagnosed cases of fibromyalgia has skyrocketed in the United States, affecting 8 percent of the population—most of whom are women.
The SHIN treatment , which Dr. Teitelbaum uses as a checklist for those diagnosed with fibromyaglia, has proven to help those with the disease, he says. For anyone suffering from a loss of energy, Dr. Teitelbaum recommends these three things:
Feeding your body: Eating a healthful diet and taking nutritional supplements is important, Dr. Teitelbaum says.
Exercising: Walking in a mall with a friend or taking a yoga class are fun ways to get about 45 minutes of exercise every day, Dr. Teitelbaum says. "Only [exercise] to the point where you feel good and tired after and better the next day," he says.
Resting your body: Dr. Teitelbaum recommends getting eight hours of sleep a night. If you have problems sleeping, he says herbal remedies can help. "It's not hard to get good sleep naturally for most people," he says.