The Thyroid Gut Connection + 4 Steps to Heal Your Gut

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

Chances are if you’ve made a trip to your endocrinologist for your hypothyroidism you’ve heard that your condition is genetic, there’s a prescription for it, and that’s about all you can do. I’d even venture to guess that there was no mention of your gut health at all…let alone the thyroid gut connection. And why would your endocrinologist talk to …

The Autoimmune Hormone Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones Comments

  Autoimmune disease is undeniably on the rise and who does it affect most? Us ladies! This might not come as a shock, but what might surprise you is just how much your autoimmune disease can completely wreck your hormones. In this post we are going to explore the autoimmune hormone connection and what this means for you. What is …

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Impacts More Than Just Energy

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Fertility Comments

  Vitamin B12 is a vital nutrient for energy, brain health, hormone function and pregnancy. Which is why a vitamin B12 deficiency impacts more than just energy.  And deficiency is more common than you might think.  Deficiency is Common Depending on which study you look at, anywhere from 20-40% of the U.S. population has suboptimal levels of this nutrient. And …

Lab Tests—Could Your Doctor Be Missing Something?

Dr. Laura Wollman Autoimmune Comments

Hi everyone! Dr. Brighten here.  This guest post is by my associate, Dr. Laura Wollman, who is a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Midwife. Both she and I share a similar view on lab results — they must be evaluated in the context of the patient’s symptoms.  After all, you are living in your body, which means you’re the only one …

Why I Require a Complete Thyroid Panel & Your Doctor Should Too

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

In my practice, I make it a point to order a complete thyroid panel on all of my patients, especially those with symptoms or who have just had a baby. The majority of my patients have never had a complete thyroid panel, as their doctor would only order a TSH. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone or TSH is a pretty standard blood …

7 Reasons Why I Prescribe Bone Broth for Autoimmune Disease

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Food Comments

You may have heard about the health benefits of a good bone broth, but what exactly is the magic behind the broth? And why do Dr. Brighten and I recommend bone broth to nearly all of our autoimmune patients? How two little amino acids help us heal Bone broth can be a therapeutic food for gut healing because of the …

9 Ways to Revive Your Libido with Hypothyroidism + 7 Libido Boosting Foods

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

While low libido is common in hypothyroidism…it should never be considered “normal.” Anyone with Hashimoto’s disease (the major cause of Hypothyroidism), or any autoimmune condition for that matter, knows that inflammation, hormone imbalance, and fatigue are daily physiological reminders of their illness. These symptoms affect the way we work, play, and the way we love. The goal when I work …

Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth— The New Mom’s Guide to Navigating the Fourth Trimester

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

Today is the big day! Wahoo! The day my book, Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth— The New Mom’s Guide to Navigating the Fourth Trimester, is being birthed. This book was born out of my own heartache, struggles and my desire to prevent other mothers from having to experience the same. It wasn’t long after the birth of my son …

Could Maternal Autoimmune Disease Cause Autism?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Fertility, Pregnancy Comments

Back in November, I wrote in-depth post about the increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children of mothers with Hashimoto’s. There has been speculation about the connection between maternal autoimmune disease and the risk of ASD in children, and a recent review of 9,775 cases and 952,211 controls in the scientific journal Behavioural Brain Research further highlights this …