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Functional Medicine – An Interview with Chris Kresser

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune Leave a Comment

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Kresser on more than one occasion about the serious state our health care is in and the role of Functional Medicine. Chris and I share similar views about the need for allied providers, like nutrition consultants and health coaches, in supporting those with chronic disease and the necessity of returning to a …

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7 Thyroid Symptoms Most People Don’t Know About

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Thyroid symptoms can range from weight gain to hair loss to depression, but these 7 thyroid symptoms are less recognized and often missed by many doctors. 7 Thyroid Symptoms Most People Don’t Know About #1. You may not taste or smell things the same if you’re hypothyroid.  Too little thyroid hormone can cause alterations to how we taste and smell, …

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Hot and Sour Bone Broth Recipe

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones Leave a Comment

Looking for a bone broth recipe that is simple and effective at maintaining your health during winter months? My clinic’s nutritionist, Erica, created this delicious bone broth recipe to support our patients as we prepare to go into winter months. Bone broth is a rich source of immune supporting minerals and vitamins, which is why many people choose to make …

Birth Control Pills Help Acne

Do Birth Control Pills Help Acne?

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“I haven’t let someone take my picture in over 3 years,” 26-year-old Emily confessed at her first visit. She came to see me with one burning question—Can birth control pills help acne or am I doomed to have hide from every camera I see? Emily had tried several pills with varying degree of success. And while some had reduced the …

Non-Hormonal Alternatives to the Birth Control Pill

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There are many reasons you might be looking for a non-hormonal alternative to the birth control pill. Perhaps you, like many women, are experiencing symptoms associated with the pill like depression, nausea, low sex drive or headaches. Or perhaps you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that your adrenal and thyroid issues may be linked to the pill. Or maybe you were …

Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Adrenal Fatigue?

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“Does the birth control pill cause adrenal fatigue?,” Charlotte, a 31 year old patient at my clinic asked. As a women’s health expert that specializes in helping women with the side effects and long-term consequences associated with the birth control pill, this is a question I hear often. Charlotte, like many other women, had become concerned about what role the …

7 Adaptogenic Herbs to Heal Adrenals Naturally  

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“Every little stressor feels like the end for me! I’m screaming at my kids, my husband, and gritting my teeth with co-workers for at least the last 6 months,” Alice shared in her first visit. She was 10 months postpartum with her first baby and holding down a fulltime job on top of a household! To say she had some …

High Testosterone in Women + What to Do About It

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“I can’t keep up with the amount of hair on my chin! At this rate, I’m going to end up in the circus as the bearded lady,” 36 year old Shannon shared in our first visit. In addition to hair on her chin, she was now shaving her belly, experiencing terribly oily skin and acne. Shannon’s symptoms pointed to high …

The Gut Hormone Connection

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“My acne has no pattern, I’ve tracked it and I can’t find any connection to my hormones,” Rebecca shared during her first visit with me. Rebecca isn’t the first patient to be baffled by how their skin seemed to take a dive at random times. While Rebecca’s acne issues did have a hormonal component, the bigger issue at play had …