Best General Practitioner! 2014 Best Of Oakland and the East Bay

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Thyroid Comments

Firstly, thank you! Secondly, THANK YOU! I am incredibly honored to be practicing medicine in Oakland and to receive such recognition from my patients. I am filled with gratitude for the support I have received from all of you. I love the work that I do. Helping people achieve health, understand their bodies and reclaim their lives brings me great …

Ending Your Energy Crisis with Essential B12

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

Vitamin B12 is one of those nutrients you may think you’re getting in spades, but in reality, you could use a little boost. After all, B12 is an essential nutrient that helps keep energy and cognitive function high and blood and nerve cells working at optimum levels. Essential to the human body, vitamin B12 can only be found naturally in …

Understanding Hypothyroidism: Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Autoimmune, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

In this country, thyroid disease is affecting approximately 20 million people, the majority of which are women. Thyroid disease is often a case of overactive thyroid (hyperthyroid) or under-active thyroid (hypothyroid). Hypothyroidism is much more prevalent in the United States and is most often due to antibodies attacking the thyroid gland (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis). This attack on the thyroid eventually leads …

Naturopathic Medicine in Oakland, California

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

It is with great pleasure that I announce the opening of my new California Natural Medicine practice. I will be practicing Naturopathic Medicine in Oakland’s Grand Lake area beginning in September. My office is located on Grand Avenue in the same space as Awaken Chiropractic, a wonderful group of holistically minded practitioners. The space is beautiful, comfortable and family friendly. A …

Reduce Your Stress Today for Better Hormones

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Autoimmune, Hormones, Thyroid Comments

It seems like every month there is a new study coming out telling us how bad stress is for our health. And there is no denying that it is. Stress can not only weaken your immune system, but it can literally shave years off your life. This is because when stress goes high so does cortisol, a pro-aging hormone. The …

Increase Your Libido and Enhance Your Orgasms Naturally

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

In this day in age sex is everywhere in the media. We are constantly bombarded with sexual images and profiles of what Hollywood thinks the perfect sexual experience is. All of this makes it easy to feel like you may be the only one without a libido. Low Libido is a Common Concern The reality is that many people experience …

Is Fat Slowing Your Brain Down?

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

New research is showing that the fat you eat may be affecting how well your brain is functioning. For a long time, the nutrition and medical community have been concerned with how fat is affecting our hearts, but now, research is showing those same fats that keep your heart healthy can keep your brain healthy too. In one study, women …

Winter Warming Herbs

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

  Winter warming herbs can be just what you need to keep warm and well this winter! In addition to helping your body beat the chill, these herbs also have important immune stimulating properties. Could your cold intolerance be something more? Feeling the dread of cold weather? Or maybe you’re someone who always experiences cold hands and feet. Cold intolerance …

Tips to Stay Warm Outside During Winter Exercise

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

When the cold weather begins many of us take our running and other fitness routines indoors. But if you are one of the fearless who doesn’t want cold weather interrupting their outdoor activities, here are some tips for you to stay warm while you exercise outside this winter. Start Slow. If you are new to exercise, this is especially important. Allow yourself …