Understanding Long Covid: and an Effective Protocol from Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
As the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, healthcare practitioners are facing its weighty aftermath—long COVID, and its plethora of respiratory, neurologic, cardiovascular, and other symptoms that can linger for weeks, months, or even years following the initial infection. While researchers scramble for causes and cures, efforts are focusing on managing the condition and mitigating its devastating manifestations.
In this episode, we talk with Jacob Teitelbaum, MD about long covid and a treatment protocol he is using to improve the quality of life of patients dealing with major disruptions in their quality of life due to long covid. Dr T is well known for his work helping patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
“The fatigue, brain fog, pain, and disordered sleep associated with long COVID simply reflect post-viral chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia,” says Teitelbaum. “These are very old conditions, and it took more than 40 years and hundreds of studies, including eight by me, to help us understand the causes and effective treatment of these conditions.”
Pharmacological approaches are limited: there are currently no medications for the condition itself, and drug therapies are purely symptomatic.
Originally designed to treat chronic fatigue syndrome and post-viral CFS, the SHINE Protocol, developed by Dt T is an effective therapy for the unremitting fatigue and other complaints associated with long COVID. The SHINE protocol focuses on restoring energy production and reversing the effects of the hypothalamic and immune dysfunction.
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, (a.k.a. "Dr. T") is a board-certified internist and nationally known expert in the fields of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, sleep, and pain. He has authored numerous books including the best-selling From Fatigued to Fantastic! (now in its 4th edition). He is the lead author of numerous studies on effective treatment for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and one study on effective treatment of autism using NAET. He also developed the popular free smartphone app "Cures A-Z." Dr. T lives in Kona, Hawaii.
Links mentioned in the podcast:
Covid-19 Resource Center - A collection of articles and research on the topic