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How IV Therapy Can Help Your Gastrointestinal Disorders Nov 5th, 2021

Gastrointestinal disorders can really throw a wrench in your plans, especially during a flare-up. It may seem like you can’t enjoy anything without pain or having to run to the bathroom. Treating these problems can be tricky, especially with the side effects of some of the medications. However, IV therapy...

Where BMI Falls Short Oct 7th, 2021

When you step on the scale, is the number a little higher than you’d like? Or is it right where you think you need to be, but your BMI says you’re overweight? The truth is, there are a lot of different ways to determine what your weight should be based...

A Closer Look at Vitamin Deficiencies Sep 6th, 2021

Vitamins and nutrients are essential for your body to work correctly and to keep your health in good shape. However, many factors work against you, depleting these vitamins from your body. Vitamin deficiencies are pretty common, but can lead to issues with your health. Dr. Kimberly Shine at Shine Health...

Is There Really Good Cholesterol? Aug 10th, 2021

When you take the steps to live a healthy lifestyle, it means understanding how to keep your body in balance. Part of this is learning the healthy levels of certain components in your blood, including cholesterol. However, there are two sides to cholesterol — good and bad. At Shine Health...

3 Ways You Can Reduce Allergens in Your Home Jul 7th, 2021

When many people think of allergies, they think of runny noses, watery eyes, and wheezing due to outside substances. However, you could be allergic to substances right in your own home. At Shine Health and Wellness, we know allergens can show up in many places, including in your home. In...

What’s Considered a Healthy Weight? Jun 17th, 2021

Do you want to lose weight? Do you stand on the scale and wonder what your weight should be? Everyone is different, and a lot of factors go into what a healthy weight is. Kimberley Shine, MD, of Shine Health and Wellness is an expert at helping her patients get...

Give Your Health a Boost with IV Nutrition May 3rd, 2021

If you’re like other people, your day-to-day life can run you down. When you feel tired and worn out, your health can suffer. And although oral vitamins and supplements can help strengthen your immune system, they can take time to work. Furthermore, these substances are not usually completely absorbed by...

Are You at Risk for These Chronic Diseases? Apr 1st, 2021

Many things can increase your chances of developing chronic diseases. Some things you may have no control over — such as genetics — but other things you may have control over — such as not exercising enough. In this blog, Kimberley Shine, MD, of Shine Health and Wellness explains what...

What to Expect During Your Allergy Test Mar 3rd, 2021

Allergies are very common, affecting many people all over the world. Allergies can affect your daily life, and some of them can be hard to get under control. Whether you’re plagued with constant sniffles and sneezing or covered in a rash, you want relief from your allergies as soon as...

Understanding the Differences Between Celiac Disease and Crohn’s Disease Feb 4th, 2021

Among other things, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease can both cause stomach troubles, but treatment is different for each condition. At Shine Health and Wellness, our board-certified physician Kimberley Shine, MD, is well-versed in both Crohn’s disease and celiac disease, and she has helped many patients manage these conditions. Read...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jan 6th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Emotional Effects of a Hormone Imbalance Jan 1st, 2021

Have you been feeling uncharacteristically irritable, sleepy, cranky, or worried lately? While it’s normal to feel those things every once in a while, experiencing unpleasant emotions on a daily basis can signal that something is off.  If this sounds like you, your hormones might be to blame. In this blog,...

When to See a Doctor About Digestive Problems Dec 1st, 2020

Everyone experiences digestive discomfort at times, such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and cramping. But, at what point do these symptoms warrant a trip to the doctor? In this blog, Kimberley Shine, MD, of Shine Health and Wellness, discusses six situations in which you should see your doctor about digestive problems. ...

How to Manage Insulin Resistance Nov 2nd, 2020

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. It affects more than 30 million Americans, and more than one million people get diagnosed each year.  Part of the problem is that of the 88 million people who have prediabetes, a large percentage of...

Common Signs of Lupus Oct 12th, 2020

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy body tissue. A unique condition, lupus has earned the nickname “the disease of 1,000 faces” due to its complexity, including the wide range of symptoms. Statistics show that lupus affects up to 1.5 million people in the United States, with about 16,000...

When Do I Need to See a Doctor About Allergies? Sep 2nd, 2020

Some people deal with allergies for years before deciding to see a doctor. Some people deal with allergies for life and never see a doctor. For whatever reason, there seems to be a stigma around allergies — that allergies just “aren’t that bad.”  That might be true for some people,...

What is the Difference Between IBS and IBD? Aug 16th, 2020

If you experience digestive distress occasionally, you’re not alone. This happens to most people at times. But if this happens a lot, you may have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These two digestive conditions are often mistaken for one another or referred to interchangeably, but they’re...

What to Do If You Have a Concussion Jul 16th, 2020

Most people have heard the word “concussion” and correctly associate it with head trauma. However, many people aren’t so sure what exactly happens when you get a concussion or how bad concussions can be.  A concussion, medically defined, is a traumatic brain injury (TBI), caused by a bump, blow, or...

Signs You Might Have Celiac Disease Jun 15th, 2020

Everyone gets a bit of post-meal discomfort from time to time, but if you get severe discomfort frequently after eating anything with gluten, you may have a condition called celiac disease. Celiac disease causes extreme distress to the digestive system and can result in debilitating pain, not to mention the...

Healthy Lifestyle Tips to Help Manage Lupus Symptoms May 19th, 2020

Lupus is a painful autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy tissues and causes inflammation. Kimberley Shine, MD, of Shine Health and Wellness is passionate about helping people manage their autoimmune disorders, including lupus, and often counsels patients on simple lifestyle changes that can help them manage their...

5 Ways Your Digestive Tract Affects Your Overall Health Apr 18th, 2020

The term “gut health” has garnered lots of attention for a good reason. The health of your gut influences the health of pretty much every other part of your body. Your skin, brain, sleep cycle, immune system, heart, and more are all affected by the status of your digestive tract...

Boost Your Immunity and Decrease Chronic Infections Mar 1st, 2020

Your immune system is constantly working to keep you free from infections. However, if it doesn’t receive the support it needs, you can become susceptible to acute and chronic infections.  Functional medicine doctors, such as Kimberley Shine, MD, of Shine Health and Wellness, focus on improving your health from the...

Understanding the Link Between Migraines and Hormones Feb 13th, 2020

Your hormones affect virtually every organ and system in your body. When something goes even a teensy bit haywire, your hormones may trigger a slew of symptoms. Two common symptoms of imbalanced hormones are headaches and migraines.  An expert in brain health and hormones, Kimberley Shine, MD, at Shine Health...

Living With IBS Jan 2nd, 2020

Up to 15% of adults worldwide live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a disorder that causes digestive distress and sometimes debilitating pain. While doctors are not entirely sure what causes it, there are things you can do to ease symptoms. With the help of integrative medical professional Kimberley Shine, MD,...

What Is Neurofeedback Therapy? Dec 5th, 2019

When you think of being healthy, you likely think of eating a nutritious diet and exercising. Those two things are certainly essential to an overall healthy lifestyle, but they fall short of a well-rounded regimen.  To be truly healthy, you need to have excellent brain health as well. Think of...

IV Therapy vs. Oral Supplements: Which Is More Effective? Nov 1st, 2019

Although the idea of intravenous (IV) therapy was first noted in medical journals from medieval times, it wasn’t until the 1930s that the true power of IV therapy was discovered — used by Dr. Thomas Latta to reduce cholera symptoms. And IV therapy remains just as important today. You know...

Everything You Need to Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men Oct 1st, 2019

Are you experiencing changes in sexual function or having sleep issues? Or maybe you're gaining body fat and losing muscle? If so, your testosterone level may be low — and hormone replacement therapy might be able to help.  Here at Shine Health and Wellness in Pasadena, California, Dr. Kimberley Shine...

What is the Difference Between Food Allergies and Food Intolerances? Sep 1st, 2019

In the world today where the term “food allergy” is part of everyday discourse, it makes you wonder if that many Americans really have so many different food allergies. According to research, about 32 million people in the United States have food allergies, and that number includes more than 5...

How Stress Negatively Impacts Your Immunity — and What You Can Do About It Aug 6th, 2019

Believe it or not, stress serves a purpose: It’s a motivating force that can help us rise to the occasion in any difficult situation we’re facing. When we face a stressful moment, our body produces a greater amount of two hormones: Adrenaline gives us a boost of energy, and cortisol...

When Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the Best Remedy for Bothersome Menopause Symptoms Jul 22nd, 2019

Most women expect to experience hot flashes, night sweats, and even some degree of vaginal dryness as they go through menopause. But they aren’t prepared to find themselves facing a more sluggish metabolism, uncontrolled weight gain, major mood swings, regular sleep disturbances, and relentless fatigue. When menopause symptoms are mild,...