Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Adrenal Fatigue?

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Hormones Leave a Comment

“Does the birth control pill cause adrenal fatigue?,” Charlotte, a 31 year old patient at my clinic asked. As a women’s health expert that specializes in helping women with the side effects and long-term consequences associated with the birth control pill, this is a question I hear often. Charlotte, like many other women, had become concerned about what role the …

High Testosterone in Women + What to Do About It

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“I can’t keep up with the amount of hair on my chin! At this rate, I’m going to end up in the circus as the bearded lady,” 36 year old Shannon shared in our first visit. In addition to hair on her chin, she was now shaving her belly, experiencing terribly oily skin and acne. Shannon’s symptoms pointed to high …

Late Nights Ruining Your Hormones?

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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 …

Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

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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 …

Why I Prescribe High Dose Iron to My Patients

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For years, the gold standard for overall health was thought to be long-form cardio. From running to biking to Jazzercise, your best bet was to increase your heart rate for an hour or more. Or so we thought. Many people still enjoy these forms of exercise, perhaps for the meditative quality of a long run or the challenge of participating …

8 Truth Bombs About Fat

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Fat is necessary. It just is. But people will definitely try to tell you otherwise. I can remember (not too long ago) the great lengths that the media, nutrition field and doctors would go to in order to keep fat out of our diets. “Fat causes heart disease.” “Dietary fat will raise your cholesterol.” Or…”Eating fat will make you fat.” …

Postpartum Thyroiditis

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Fatigue, weight loss or gain, anxiety and irritability are all just part of being a mother, right? Not necessarily. In fact, when these symptoms persist, postpartum thyroiditis is a likely suspect.  While we expect there to be some level of fatigue, many mothers find themselves in my practice after being told their severe exhaustion, debilitating anxiety and fluctuations in weight …

4 Alternatives to Hormonal Birth Control

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In my clinical practice I have treated many cases of women experiencing symptoms that are associated with the hormonal birth control and a condition I call Post-Birth Control Syndrome. These women often share that they had they known of all the side effects these hormones can cause they would have never began them in the first place. Many women are …

Understanding Hypothyroidism: Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Jolene Brighten Adrenal, Autoimmune, Hormones, Thyroid Leave a Comment

In this country, thyroid disease is affecting approximately 20 million people, the majority of which are women. Thyroid disease is often a case of overactive thyroid (hyperthyroid) or under-active thyroid (hypothyroid). Hypothyroidism is much more prevalent in the United States and is most often due to antibodies attacking the thyroid gland (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis). This attack on the thyroid eventually leads …