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

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Leave a Comment

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 Leave a Comment

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

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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

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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

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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 …

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The Hashimoto’s and Autism Connection

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Fertility, Pregnancy, Thyroid Leave a Comment

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 …

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Hormone Imbalance? Your Adrenal Glands May Be the Cause

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Fertility, Hormones, Thyroid Leave a Comment

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

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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 …