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 …

The Thyroid Gut Connection + 4 Steps to Heal Your Gut

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

Chances are if you’ve made a trip to your endocrinologist for your hypothyroidism you’ve heard that your condition is genetic, there’s a prescription for it, and that’s about all you can do. I’d even venture to guess that there was no mention of your gut health at all…let alone the thyroid gut connection. And why would your endocrinologist talk to …

Natural Hair Loss Solutions

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones, Thyroid Comments

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 …

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 …

What is Leaky Gut?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion Comments

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?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal Comments

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 …

9 Ways to Revive Your Libido with Hypothyroidism + 7 Libido Boosting Foods

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Thyroid Comments

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 …