Dr. Jolene Brighten: Balancing Hormones, Birth Control + The Autoimmune-COVID Connection


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Women’s health is a topic that everyone deserves and needs to be educated on and Dr. Jolene Brighten is the teacher we all deserve. We discuss many topics including her personal battle with Covid, the relationship between pregnancy and autoimmunity, understanding underlying hormone imbalances, and the potential effects of hormonal birth control on female health. Join us and learn about reclaiming your gut health, immune health and hormone health and your power to decide what is right for your body.

Dr. Jolene Brighten is a prominent leader in women’s medicine and the emerging science of Post-Birth Control Syndrome — studying the effects of hormonal birth control on female health. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. She is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor within the tech community, and considered a leading authority on women’s health.

Dr. Brighten is also part of the MindBodyGreen Collective and a faculty member for the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine. Her work has been featured in the New York PostForbesCosmopolitanHuffington PostBustleThe Guardian, and ABC News.

A few of my favorite things we cover this episode:

  • Dr. Brighten’s personal diagnosis with Covid-19
  • The potential relation between autoimmune conditions and Covid-19
  • How Vitamin D is critical for immune function
  • Jolene’s pregnancy journey and how autoimmunity has a variety of effects on pregnant women
  • Hormonal birth control and the potential for inflammation and effects on the body
  • The importance of being educated about birth control options
  • Dr. Brighten’s tip for the Art of Being Well

Links to things we talked about in this episode:

Happy listening and we hope you learned a little bit more about the art of being well!

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Dr. Will Cole

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Dr. Will Cole, IFMCP, DNM, DC, leading functional medicine expert, consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh. He received his doctorate from Southern California University of Health Sciences and post doctorate education and training in functional medicine and clinical nutrition. He specializes in clinically researching underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is the best selling author of Ketotarian and The Inflammation Spectrum.