What You Can Expect From Me
"My mission is to provide you with actionable information that will help you take control of your health, live a long and healthy life so that you can spend it doing the things that you love and get the most out of life."
I strongly believe that the best way to do this is by understanding your body and your hormones (especially your thyroid)...
If this is your first time to restartmed.com then welcome!
I'm Dr. Westin Childs (Osteopathic physician) and I research and write all of the blog posts, videos and podcasts you see here.
I want to provide YOU (the patient) with information and tools to help you improve thyroid function in your body and by balancing your hormones.
What you can expect from me and my website:
- A unique approach to hormone management and a new, fresh, approach to thyroid management
- Claims that are backed by scientific literature and scientific papers
- My opinion based on what I've used on myself, other patients or my family members
- Recommendations for high-quality supplements which I personally use
- Open discussion about topics which are still being researched and discovered
I've been creating these blog posts for just over 3 years now and I've spent the last 10 years in medical training, using myself as a guinea pig and testing these therapies and ideas on hundreds (now thousands) of patients.
The journey has been an amazing one and I'm thrilled to see that the information on this website has helped so many people.
Another passion of mine is to research and curate high-quality supplements designed to help those with thyroid-related issues.
I've known for some time, and I truly believe, that nutritional supplements can help augment existing therapies such as hormones, dietary intervention, and exercise routines to better help people get back to their "normal".
I've also found that this field is fraught with misleading claims, over-hyped marketing, and low-quality ingredients which limit their ability to function and help you.
There's none of that here.
My bold claim:
My supplements are the best on the market for helping you balance your hormones and improving thyroid function and will become the standard moving forward.
I personally use my own supplements every day (my wife and family members do as well) and wouldn't want to provide you with something that I wouldn't use myself.
My Story & Purpose
How did I get to where I am?
My journey started with a decline in my own health.
During residency, I experienced extreme burn out, intestinal problems, migraines, and fatigue.
I sustained myself with the use of energy drinks, caffeine and plenty of sugar (a recipe for disaster!).
I exhausted all forms of conventional treatments and I was left empty-handed (and a diagnosis of depression).
Sure I was depressed, but it was because of my health (not the other way around)!
It wasn't until I started to look into alternative treatments that I realized just how effective these therapies can be.
I accidentally stumbled across the work of Chris Kresser and some of that information rung true to me.
You know when you hear something that is true even though it's the first time you've heard it?
From that point, I took a risk and plunged into therapies which included changing my diet up drastically (I cut out gluten and dairy), started taking supplements (probiotics, adrenal supplements, herbal antibiotics and so on) and made an effort to improve my sleep.
In about 2 months I felt better than I ever could remember and, even though I was happy, I was left frustrated.
Why didn't I hear about this information from my Doctors? After all, I was friends with hundreds of Doctors in all specialties.
Most Doctors know that diet and exercise are important but they spend most of their time prescribing medications.
It was then that I realized I wanted to share this information and incorporate it into my practice of medicine.
I started to use these therapies on my patients and I began to see incredible results.
The first handful of patients that I treated were my own family members, especially my own wife and mother.
These are the women who really introduced me to the world of thyroid management and the difficulties that patients face.
My wife suffered from debilitating depression which I later found out to be related to thyroid resistance.
My mom suffer from Hashimoto's thyroiditis and was floundering on T4 only thyroid medication.
My wife's condition was dramatically improved with T3 only thyroid medication and she has been on it ever since.
My mom, on the other hand, required more lifestyle changes, multiple switches and dosage changes to her medication, and other therapies to finally get back to her 'normal'.
After getting their health back in order I quickly found that HUNDREDS of women (and some men) were suffering from the same issues.
One after another I helped these patients and my understanding of thyroid diseases (all types) continued to grow.
At the same time, I started to write about my thoughts on this blog and everything started to grow and that's where we are now.
And this experience, my personal experience, and experience with others led me here:
My goal is to provide YOU with the same information that I've learned during my journey and share the insight that I've learned from treating hundreds patients.
If you can learn, without making your own mistakes, and by informing YOUR Doctor, then I will have done my job.
I've taken this knowledge and attempted to condense it into articles, podcasts, and videos for easy consumption.
My purpose, and my goal when creating this information is to help:
#1. Change the current treatment paradigm for thyroid-patients.
I feel that the single biggest challenge for thyroid patients is getting the RIGHT treatment. No doubt you will find information here which runs counter to the current treatment paradigm for hypothyroidism, but I truly believe that the treatments I recommend here will become the norm in the next 10-15 years.
But, 10-15 years is too long to wait if you are suffering NOW which is why my #1 purpose is to help accelerate this change to get thyroid patients the help that they need here and now.
I am going to do this by helping you become an advocate for yourself (please see my free downloads and resources here), by providing information that you can take to your doctors to educate them, and by being a voice of reason for this change.
#2. Help over 1 million people improve their hormones, quality of life and take back their health.
I'm only up to maybe 10,000 as of writing this (so I have some work cut out for me) but with the help of blog posts, podcasts, and videos (and you) I think this is absolutely doable and something that HAS to be done.
In my practice, I've seen amazing changes in both men and women...
Whether it be the woman with hypothyroidism who lights up with the right dose of thyroid medication or the man who loses 20 pounds and regains his confidence with the use of testosterone, I want to provide all people with this information.
I want these changes for you.
#3. Provide up to date information on thyroid hormone testing, management, and medications.
It's my belief that the field of hypothyroidism, including treatment and management, is about 20 years behind where it should be.
There are many reasons for this but the fact is that it has to change and I want to be that driving force.
With up to 10% of the population suffering from this disease there are so many people that would benefit from new and up to date information and it is my belief that treating this condition properly would dramatically improve their quality of life.
At the same time, there is so much misinformation and bad information out there regarding hormone management and thyroid management.
My goal is to use up to date science, medical references, my own experience, and the experience of patients to help bring clarity to this picture.
I strongly believe that you can and should aim for living at 100% and that you shouldn't settle for anything less.
#4. Help reform the alternative and integrative supplement industry.
Supplements should be used as just that... supplements.
They are not designed as medications or isolated treatments! They should also not include substances, fillers or dyes that you wouldn't want to be put in your body.
I want to set the new standard for medical supplements by teaching you how to use them in conjunction with other therapies such as changing your diet, using hormones, understanding your genetics, exercise AND your existing medications.
Taking this approach will help you understand the benefits (and limitations) of medical supplements while helping you know what to expect by using them.
You can expect my pharmaceutical grade supplements to contain therapeutic dosages of the right ingredients, scientifically backed nutrients and formulations, no exaggerated claims or marketing, all with a solid refund policy that you can trust.
All of my supplements are produced at the highest quality. This means they are produced in a GMP certified facility, they are NSF, NSF sports, and TGA certified and they are third party assayed and tested for quality and concentration.
These represent the highest level of quality control for the supplement industry and you shouldn't accept anything less.
My supplements are the very same supplements I recommend to my own family and friends and I wouldn't provide anything less to you.
You can also count on the fact that my supplements have been created and tested on many patients (sometimes thousands) before they ever reach you.
I have curated them specifically with thyroid patients in mind. I understand the needs of thyroid patients, I've spent time researching and treating these patients, and I've seen what works and what doesn't.
While I can't guarantee that they will work for you, I can tell you that I've put in the time, energy, and research to make sure that they are the best at what they target and treat.
And, all of my supplements come with a 30-day no questions asked refund guarantee if you aren't satisfied with your results. This should help take the guess-work and the stress out of trying to find the right supplements for your body.
If they don't work for you, no problem, send them back and my team will take care of you.
If you have ANY questions regarding my supplements, our quality standards, our shipping policies, our refund policy, which supplements you should take, or anything else, please feel free to reach out to us directly here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
To date we have sold over 10,000 bottles and have over 1,100 reviews from thyroid patients.
Credentials (Dr. Westin Childs)
I am a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. and I graduated from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Believe it or not, I was as conventionally minded as they come prior to my own health issues. I originally matched into a radiology residency and was set to be a radiologist... until I saw the light!
I quickly switched from conventional medicine to integrative/functional medicine and haven't looked back since.
My conventional training, however, has been invaluable at helping me understand physiology, the value of certain prescription medications, and other therapies that are sometimes missed by other doctors.
- Undergraduate Degree in Biology from Brigham Young University
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Residency (Internal Medicine) at University of South Florida (USF Health) and Sky Ridge Medical Center
- Training in Functional Medicine from the Institute for Functional Medicine
- Training in Anti-Aging Medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
Outside of this structured education, I've also spent hundreds of hours researching, practicing and writing about hormone imbalances, thyroid disorders, metabolic dysfunction, and weight loss.
My Passion for Weight Loss
While I spend a lot of time writing and learning about thyroid management, I also have a very serious interest in helping people lose weight.
Obesity and thyroid management really go hand in hand as thyroid disease tends to lead to weight gain.
And, because thyroid patients are notoriously weight loss resistant, focusing on thyroid patients allowed me to learn a great deal about weight loss.
I take a comprehensive approach to weight loss and feel that obesity primarily stems from hormone imbalances.
My weight loss protocols and routines include the following:
- Management of thyroid dysfunction (with the use of T3 medications)
- Management of leptin resistance (with the use of prescription medications)
- Management of cortisol (through supplements and lifestyle changes)
- The use of prolonged and intermittent fasting
- The use of dietary changes
- The use of certain machines (FAR IR sauna, vibration therapy) and laser therapy
- The use of dietary supplements
- The use of exercise routines
About Me Personally
I'm a family man (husband of 1 and father of 4) and I love my family more than anything.
I'm active in my church, love playing ultimate frisbee and drink way too many smoothies.
I'm always experimenting with my own body to test new supplements, new diets and so on.
Some of these make an appearance on the blog and some don't!
I have closed down my personal practice in 2017 to focus on educating physicians, formulating new supplements, providing blog posts, and researching new topics.
My passion is in helping people and helping improve my own knowledge, this is what brings me joy.
I loved treating patients and helping them grow but I have more passion (and more reach) in providing more on this website.
Questions or Want to get in Touch?
Each week I spend hours and hours responding to questions that I get on this blog and on youtube.
I think that Doctors should be in the trenches with patients, talking and encouraging discussion about these topics.
That said, I can't answer every single question or comment (But I will do my best) so please don't be offended if I don't get to your question!
To increase the chances of your question being answered please follow these rules:
- Avoid asking medical questions about your own health. Even though I am a Doctor I can't treat you over the internet!
- Please avoid posting your lab results and asking for my opinion or how you should proceed with treatment. I can't give you that kind of advice!
- Please search my website for articles surrounding your topic using the search bar. I have over 200+ articles on topics about hormone balance, thyroid disorders, and how to lose weight.
- I can't coach or treat you but I have provided plenty of resources for you to take to your Doctor to help guide your own treatment.
- Please keep your questions short and concise and limit them to one question. The more questions you ask (and the more complicated the question) the less likely I will be able to answer them.
Want to get in touch? Please use my contact page.
If you send an email or a comment please allow us a few days to respond!
This post was most recently updated on July 24th, 2019