Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland is my passion. I’m Dr. Jolene Brighten and this is is a true story you may find close to home… Maddie’s doctor looked at her labs and told her, “I don’t think your thyroid is your problem. Instead, I’d like to refer you to a psychiatrist because I think your problems are largely due to …

Why is Hypothyroidism More Common in Women?

Why is hypothyroidism more common in women? Just how common is hypothyroidism or other thyroid problems in women? Nearly 1 in 3 people have thyroid disease, the majority of which are women. Yet more than half of those with a thyroid gland condition don’t know they have it. Top Reasons Hypothyroidism is More Common in Women Hormone imbalance Hormone fluctuations …

The Thyroid Gut Connection + 4 Steps to Heal Your Gut

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. It’s an autoimmune thyroid disease. Period. I’d even venture to guess that there was no mention of your gut health at all…let alone the thyroid gut connection. What …

The Autoimmune Hormone Connection

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. Autoimmune diseases that cause hair loss, brittle nails and worse seem designed to attack our femininity. In this post we are going …

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Impacts More Than Just Energy

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. Here are some of the other equally serious vitamin b12 deficiency symptoms. Deficiency is Common Depending on which study you look at, anywhere from 20-40% of the U.S. population has suboptimal levels of this …

Can gluten cause infertility?

Can gluten cause infertility? It is a question on many women’s minds… especially when they’ve tried everything to get pregnant. There’s a lot to say about gluten and its effects on your health. Practitioners may recommend that you avoid gluten for a number of reasons – to lower systemic inflammation, increase cognitive function, or to help reduce the symptoms of …

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Lab Tests—Could Your Doctor Be Missing Something?

Have you ever received a letter or a note from your doctor about your lab test results that simply says, “Everything is normal?” Unfortunately, for many people, their doctor will tell them everything looks normal, although they feel utterly terrible. Getting regular lab testing done is an important part of every person’s health journey.  It gives your physician valuable insight into …

What You Need to Know About Heartburn & Hypothyroidism

Heartburn — that sensation of burning in your chest or throat that may accompany meals or haunt you throughout the day. Chances are you’ve experienced it at some point, which you means you know how uncomfortable it can be. However, you might be asking yourself right now, what could Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism and heartburn possibly have in common? Heartburn is a common condition …

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

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 …