Can gluten cause infertility?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility Comments

Can gluten cause infertility? It is a question on many women’s minds… especially when they’ve tried everything to get pregnant. There’s a lot to say about gluten and its effects on your health. Practitioners may recommend that you avoid gluten for a number of reasons – to lower systemic inflammation, increase cognitive function, or to help reduce the symptoms of …

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 …

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 Whiskey Gluten Free?

Cassandra Ericson Autoimmune, Food Comments

Is whiskey gluten free? This is a common question in my practice as people begin to review the list of foods that are and are not gluten free. It is understandable— I can remember the overwhelm when I first had to go gluten free as I tried to navigate the grocery store (It’s why I created this Gluten Free Guide). The …

Glutened? Recover with these 5 steps.

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion Comments

With the holidays upon us, celiac disease and gluten exposure has been on my mind and many of my patient’s minds too. When you are traveling or at the mercy of other people’s cooking, it can be hard to tell if you are getting “glutened.” Many people feel that eating gluten isn’t a big deal unless you have celiac disease. But there …

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.

SIBO Part II: Natural Treatment and Therapies

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Digestion, Food Comments

As we talked about in the previous post, “SIBO Part I: What Is It & How Do I Know If I Have It?,” SIBO can be quite difficult to treat. Today, in SIBO Part II, I want to share my approach to treating this condition and what steps you can take right now to heal your gut. When treating SIBO, …

How to Tell If You Are Gluten Intolerant

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

  More and more patients are coming to me wanting to know if they have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is a condition in which you experience symptoms when eating gluten, but do not have an autoimmune response like that of celiac disease or an allergy to wheat (1). Although the symptoms people experience are very real …

Grain Free Almond Apple Muffins

Dr. Jolene Brighten Food Comments

These days it seems like I am hearing more from everyone, not just patients, about the issues they are having with grains. Gluten, in particular, tends to cause problems for many people with an array of symptoms pointing to a sensitivity. But in general, grains can be inflammatory for people leading to joint pain and bloating, among other symptoms. And …