Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland

Healing Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism in Portland is my passion. I’m Dr. Jolene Brighten and this is is a true story you may find close to home… Maddie’s doctor looked at her labs and told her, “I don’t think your thyroid is your problem. Instead, I’d like to refer you to a psychiatrist because I think your problems are largely due to…

Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

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…

How to Do a Holistic Detox to Balance Hormones

Anyone looking to balance hormones has tried a diet (or maybe 5) to help them get their hormones back on track. However, balancing your hormones with diet alone might not be getting you the results you really need. That’s where a holistic detox comes in! I recommend women in my medical practice detox if they are experiencing acne, hormonal headaches,…

Natural Hair Loss Solutions

Approaching hair loss with natural solutions is a foundational part of stopping the loss and regrowing your hair. Intervening through diet, sleep, stress reduction, and targeted nutritional therapy are among many ways women naturally restore the health of their hair. Hair loss in women is a much more common issue than commonly recognized. There are over 21 million women suffering from…

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Lab Tests—Could Your Doctor Be Missing Something?

Lab Tests—Could Your Doctor Be Missing Something? Have you ever received a letter or a note from your doctor about your lab results that simply says, “Everything is normal?” Unfortunately, for many people, their doctor will tell them everything looks normal, although they feel utterly terrible. Getting regular lab testing done is an important part of every person’s health journey.  It…

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

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…

What is Leaky Gut?

If you read my last article, Why Adrenal Fatigue Isn’t Real, you’ll understand that it was my tongue-in-cheek way of saying that, it’s ok to use non-medical terms when communicating with your doctor, friends or otherwise. Like the term adrenal fatigue, you may have heard the expression leaky gut floating around the Internet, among your friends, or even from your…

Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

Hold up! Adrenal fatigue isn’t real? Try telling that to my exhausted body! Chances are if you’ve been following my work then you’ve probably already heard me explain what takes place in “adrenal fatigue” and how it isn’t really an issue with the adrenals becoming fatigued. I dedicated an entire section to explaining Adrenal Dysfunction in my book, Healing Your…