About Dr. Westin Childs

Dr. Childs practices functional medicine in gilbert arizona

**Please note that Dr. Childs is no longer practicing or accepting new patients**

Dr. Childs has a limited number of coaching calls available through his hormone reset guide you can find more information about here

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? 

I've been there before and I know how it feels...

During Residency I burned out my health, developed all sorts of gastrointestinal problems and ended up with bad crushing fatigue. 

I was getting weekly migraines with aura, weird sensitivities to chemicals  (using toothpaste would result in apthous culers in my mouth) , chronic irritable bowel syndrome and extreme fatigue. 

​I looked for help in the only place that I knew... conventional medicine and ended up empty handed.

I was told that my symptoms were normal and just part of residency. But I wasn't really willing to accept that as an answer because I knew the potential of how I could feel.

This led my on a journey of hundreds of hours of research, watching videos, self experimentation until I found what was actually causing my problem: ​

Through a combination of trial and error (and hundreds of hours of research) I finally was able to "diagnose" my problem - I had a combination of extreme Adrenal Fatigue (thank you Residency and Medical school), Gluten and dairy intolerance, Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and a number of basic nutrient deficiencies. 

Once I corrected these problems I felt better than I have ever felt in my entire life: I lost weight, had more energy and didn't have any sign of irritable bowel syndrome.

I used a combination of supplements, lifestyle changes, behavioral changes and medications and learned the "hard way".  

And that's how I discovered integrative and personalized medicine - which changed how I practiced medicine completely. ​

I tried to discuss these changes with my colleagues, fellow residents and physician friends but they didn't seem to be interested.

Once I got out and started talking to people I discovered that so many people are out there suffering needlessly, just like I was.

This prompted me to create this website.

It started as a place to just share the information I discovered along my journey but has evolved into so much more.

It's now a place where people can come to get trusted information that is based on scientific literature and my own personal practice experience.

​I've been able to share so much because of one thing:

I hate not knowing or not being able to help.

As a result, every patient who comes to me with a weird symptom that I can't explain or haven't heard of, I try my best to figure it out.

If you haven't noticed I love writing and discussing these topics, so feel free to look around on my youtube channel or on my podcast to stay up to date on information that I'm discussing here:​

Why I Focus on Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis​ and Hormone Imbalances

Factors that affect thyroid function

Ever get the feeling that your doctor is missing something?

Well that same thing happened to both my mom and my wife…

They both had thyroid problems, but they went misdiagnosed for YEARS - bouncing around from doctor to doctor. 

​I personally watched them suffer from debilitating fatigue that leaves you stuck in bed every morning to bouts of recurring depression. 

Because of what I watched them go through I spent hundreds of hours learning and reading about Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's. 

​Finally I was able to help them get their life back. 

The crazy part was, I noticed that these symptoms and conditions were ALL too common among other people.

It was then that I realized how many Thyroid patients were being under treated and misdiagnosed. Since that time I've devoted my time and energy to helping thyroid patients get their life back. ​

On my website you will find a tremendous amount of information designed to help people with thyroid related issues. 

Weight Loss, Weight Gain and Weight Loss Resistance

Dr. Westin Childs teaching a class

As I further began to study hypothyroidism and thyroid related issues I also found the connection between thyroid, insulin, leptin and weight gain.

As I treated thyroid patients they all began losing weight AND feeling better and these were patients who traditionally weren't able to lose weight.

I then adapted these treatment protocols for people without thyroid disease and found just how effective they were.

From this experience I was able to create a new approach ​to weight loss that focuses on hormone balances rather than caloric balance and the results have been impressive. 

By focusing on hormones such as leptin, thyroid hormone and insulin resistance many patients can lose weight and improve the quality of their life.

​What are my Credentials?

I am a Doctor of Osteopathic medicine, D.O.

I originally planned and was accepted into radiology residency (before my eyes were opened!) but quickly found out that it wasn't a great fit for me.

I then transferred residency to Internal Medicine to gain a solid understanding of medicine, hormone and other organ systems.

This helped build my foundation of knowledge as I began to dig deeper into integrative, functional and personalized medicine.

Now my approach to medicine is completely different than how I was trained.

Instead of focusing on algorithms and protocols for disease, I focus on the individual and learn and grow from each case. 

Conventional medicine takes a reductionist view on treatment and patients. They want to "label" you with a disease or disease state because then they can treat you with a medication. 

My approach is to find the CAUSE of your problem and attempt to treat that. 

Sometimes this treatment requires supplements, other times it requires medication, but in every patient it will require changes to dietary patterns, lifestyle changes and exercise. 

By using this approach I've been able to dramatically improve the quality of life of many patients who have "failed" conventional medicine. 

I'm not a miracle worker, but it feels great to be able to help people who have never been able to get help previously. 

​Because of my amazing patients and great word of mouth referrals my practice was filled in a matter of months and I'm currently not accepting patients due to having a full practice. 

I always plan to create blog posts to try and help everyone, though and will do my best to answer questions.

In the beginning I was able to respond to almost all the questions of this blog, but as it has grown, I haven't been able to get to them all - and I'm sorry for that. 

Questions?​

If you have any questions please refer to my contact page.

If you have any comments, critiques or just want to get in touch please use that link.

Please realize that I can't offer any medical advice through email or on this blog, however, but I always want to hear from you.