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 …

The Rising Incidence of Thyroid Cancer in California

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

A recent study out of the University of California, Los Angeles has found a higher rate of advanced thyroid cancer in certain parts of California. The numbers are well above the national average in certain parts of the state, leading researchers to look into possible causes such as farming practices, pesticides, or radiation. There is a lot of research that …

Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis from Fertility to Postpartum

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Fertility, Thyroid Comments

Autoimmune thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, affects over 20 million of Americans, the majority of which are women. Thyroid conditions have a direct impact on our fertility, pregnancy, birth outcomes and can have a large influence on our postpartum period. But for some women, childbirth is the triggering event that leads to postpartum thyroiditis Bridgit Danner, LAc and I …

The Hashimoto’s and Autism Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Fertility, Pregnancy, Thyroid Comments

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that primarily affects the thyroid gland and has been correlated with autism in the offspring of mothers with the condition. Without intervention, the result is immune destruction to the mother’s thyroid, often with a need for medication. There is somewhat of a “myth” in mainstream medicine that leads some doctors to the conclusion that once …

Celiac Disease— More Than Just a Tummy Ache

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Autoimmune, Digestion, Fertility, Food, Thyroid Comments

Awhile back, I attended a school event with my son and through a series of events I came to realize there’s a whole lot people do not understand about celiac disease. I’ve written about my son’s food sensitivities before (there’s a long list here), but it just so happens that there is girl in his class that shares the big …

Hormone Imbalance? Your Adrenal Glands May Be the Cause

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Fertility, Hormones, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Thyroid Comments

Your ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid depend on one another to function properly. I like to think of the ovarian adrenal thyroid axis (OAT) as a 3 legged stool. For that stool to remain sturdy, and well…functional, you need all three legs supporting it. If one of those legs (systems) starts to falter, the whole system can eventually topple. If …

Natural Medicine for the Win! Best General Practitioner 2015

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

I am so unbelievably thrilled and full of gratitude to have been voted the Best General Practitioner in Oakland & East San Francisco Bay again! This is my second year of receiving this honor and am humbled by your appreciation for what I do. I wish I could hug you all!!! But you know what makes this really cool? It’s …

Surviving Adrenal Fatigue in Motherhood

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Autoimmune, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Thyroid Comments

  Are you dragging to get out of bed every morning? Do you feel moody often? How about low in energy, an inability to fall asleep at night or maybe you’re craving sugar and salt? If any of these are sounding familiar your adrenals may be in need of some support. One of the most common reasons moms come to …