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 …

Hormone Imbalance? Your Adrenal Glands May Be the Cause

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Fertility, Hormones, 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 …

Doctor’s Orders: Should I Stop Drinking Coffee?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Digestion, Food, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

In my practice, get asked about coffee nearly every day. Often, my patients assume I’ll tell them to stop drinking coffee and are surprised when I tell them that it depends on their unique situation. Coffee has many health benefits, including lowering the risk of liver cancer, but it may not be benefiting you. Here are 3 reasons to consider reducing …

The Surprising Cause of IBS

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

I had the pleasure of attending the SIBO Symposium at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon last week. The speakers were fantastic and a lot of great information was shared regarding SIBO and IBS, all of which I’ll be sharing with you through my blog and videos on YouTube. I will be sharing some of the pearls …

Hypothyroidism? Why You Should Absolutely Quit Gluten Now

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Food, Thyroid Comments

It is estimated that approximately 90 percent of hypothyroidism in the United States is caused by an autoimmune condition. In these cases of autoimmune hypothyroidism, known as Hashimoto’s, antibodies attack the thyroid, resulting in thyroid tissue destruction. There is evidence showing gluten plays a significant role in driving the antibody attack against your thyroid.