7 Facts About Depression That Will Blow You Away

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

Adapted from A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, MD I am so pleased to share with you this guest post, 7 Facts About Depression That Will Blow You Away, from my friend and colleague Dr. Kelly Brogan. If you’ve felt that your depression isn’t only in your head, is a symptom of something deeper or are looking for …

What You Need to Know About Heartburn & Hypothyroidism

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

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 heartburn and Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s possibly have in common? Heartburn is a …

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 …

Is Your Thyroid Causing Your Digestive Problems? + 7 Ways to Heal Your Thyroid & Gut!

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Thyroid Comments

If you’ve suffered from hypothyroidism in the past or know someone who does, chances are you know a little bit about the gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms that go along with it. I know. Fun, right? Hypothyroidism, a condition in which there is too little thyroid hormone present in the body, can result in a number of GI symptoms, including the potential …

9 Ways to Revive Your Libido if You’re Hypothyroid + 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 …