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 …

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 …

What You Need to Know About Heartburn & Hypothyroidism

Dr. Jolene Brighten Thyroid Comments

Heartburn — that sensation of burning in your chest or throat that may accompany meals or haunt you throughout the day. Chances are you’ve experienced it at some point, which you means you know how uncomfortable it can be. However, you might be asking yourself right now, what could heartburn and Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s possibly have in common? Heartburn is a …

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 …

6 Ways to Safely Treat Gut Conditions While Pregnant

Dr. Jolene Brighten Digestion, Pregnancy Comments

Many mothers and healthcare practitioners will agree— treating any infection or other illness while pregnant needs to be done safely, with baby in mind. As a pregnant mother, you’re not just thinking about the effects of treatment and medications on your body, but also how it’s affecting the growing life inside you. Many of my patients – even some who are …

5 Tips For Enjoying the Holidays With Food Sensitivities

Mallory Leone Autoimmune, Digestion, Food Comments

Dr. Brighten here – When you’ve got food sensitivities it can feel like surviving the holidays is impossible. But not to fear! My staff nutritionist, Mallory, shared with use her top 5 tips for surviving the holidays with food sensitivities.  Wishing you Happy Holidays!!! Dr. Jolene Brighten The other night, I went to a small event at a beautiful shop …

7 Causes of Fatigue & How to Increase Your Energy

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

Fatigue is the number one complaint that brings patients into my office. Below I share how I approach low energy and give tips to help you increase your energy. I often find that by working on diet, gut health, hormones and detoxification my patients feel revitalized and experience increased daily energy. Nutrient Deficiencies. Both B12 deficiency  and iron deficiency anemias …