Do Women Need Testosterone?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Testosterone seems to conjure images of bulky muscles, aggression and robust libidos. Many people even mistakenly think that testosterone is a hormone that women don’t have to think about. But this multifaceted hormone does so much more for your body than help you bulk up. Testosterone builds bones, supports your brain health, increases energy, helps with weight loss and keeps …

Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

Thyroid disease after pregnancy may be the most overlooked and under diagnosed condition affecting new mothers. Taking a conservative estimate, we can expect 300,000-400,000 mothers to develop postpartum thyroid disease this year. That is 10% of all new moms. But some estimate it may be as high as 17%— and those are only the women who are being tested. Many other mothers …

Post Holiday Detox

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Digestion, Hormones Comments

Is your body in need of a mini-reboot? Is a little Post Holiday Detox in order?  Overindulging in food, stressed from holiday travel or maybe having one too many glasses of wine are one of many reasons you may be feeling fatigued, bloated and moody. Feeling awful around the holidays is the worst… actually, feeling that way anytime of year …

Balance Your Hormones in 4 Easy Steps

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Hormones…they can completely rock our world at times. Leaving us feeling like we are at the mercy of their seemingly sporadic bursts, it may seem impossible to ever regain balance of your hormones. But I want to tell you that today, you can begin creating amazing hormone health in 4 easy steps. If you missed my last post on the …

Easy Detox Tool for Happy Hormones

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Your body is a wondrous thing – constantly working to remove toxins and excess hormones, while converting the food you eat into nutrients that fuel every cell in your body There are natural detoxification pathways that help to process and clear exogenous chemicals, excess hormones, and cellular waste from the body. This is how the body avoids the buildup of …

Late Nights Ruining Your Hormones?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

I recently attended the Institute of Functional Medicine’s annual conference, which was all about a very important subject. It reinforced some basic, but crucial information when it comes to hormone balance and, ultimately, our overall health. You see, there’s this thing we all need to help ensure blood sugar regulation, mood stabilization, and hormone health. And an estimated 50-70 million Americans …

9 Ways to Boost Progesterone & Your Fertility

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

You’re probably familiar with the symptoms: mood swings, anxiety, fatigue, low sex drive, and sleep disturbances. For some women, PMS hits the week before their period. For others, the symptoms are more erratic, seemingly lasting throughout the month. If this sounds like a normal month for you, we need to talk. First of all, feeling bad should never be considered …

Lab Tests—Could Your Doctor Be Missing Something?

Dr. Laura Wollman Autoimmune Comments

Hi everyone! Dr. Brighten here.  This guest post is by my associate, Dr. Laura Wollman, who is a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Midwife. Both she and I share a similar view on lab results — they must be evaluated in the context of the patient’s symptoms.  After all, you are living in your body, which means you’re the only one …

Welcome Dr. Laura Wollman

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility Comments

When we started Oakland Naturopathic (Dr. Brighten’s CA-based clinic), we never could have dreamed of the outpouring of support from the community. Patients and colleagues alike have helped us to grow this practice to the point where we can begin to expand services and … add practitioners! We are so excited to announce the addition of Dr. Laura Wollman, ND …