About Dr. Westin Childs
**Please note that Dr. Childs practice is currently full and he is not accepting new patients**
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
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
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.
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.
What's coming up
Because I am not accepting patients I am in the process of training new Doctors to help treat the high demand of patients who are struggling.
I plan to create a list of high quality physicians who practice medicine in the way described on this blog to help you guys in the future. Only Doctors who have undergone this training will be placed on the list.
This training is underway and the first Doctor should be available to take patients within a few months (by the end of 2017).
I am also in the process of creating high quality supplements designed for patients with hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's, leptin and insulin resistance.
These supplements contained scientifically backed ingredients so you know they will WORK.
More importantly, they contain the right concentration of active ingredients (because sometimes you need high doses for best results).
These supplements will be available on my website soon.
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.
What Conditions do I treat?
Part of being a good Doctor and helping people is understanding how the body is interrelated.
It's impossible to look at one hormonal system, or one organ without appreciating the effect is has on the entire body.
So while I focus on hormonal imbalances, specifically Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's, I also treat the entire body.
You simply can't fix someone's thyroid without giving proper attention to the Adrenals, the Gut, the Immune system, the Liver and the other hormonal systems...
And that requires a working knowledge of the entire body and hormone systems.
While I can and do treat most conditions I specialize and focus in the following areas:
- Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and other Thyroid Problems
- Autoimmune conditions
- Hormonal Imbalances like Estrogen Dominance, Progesterone Deficiency, Low Testosterone, Leptin Resistance and Insulin Resistance
- Reversing Weight Loss Resistance and helping patients lose weight
- Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia
- Gut Imbalances like Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Yeast Overgrowth, Leaky Gut and Intestinal Dysbiosis
Personalized, Integrative and Functional Medicine is:
- Preventative - My goal in treating you is to prevent and reverse disease (if possible) so that you don't need to see me anymore.
- Evidence based - Treatments recommendations are based on cutting edge research from peer-reviewed medical journals not influenced by outside interests.
- Holistic - Each patient is evaluated with the idea that every body system is interconnected and part of a larger system.
- Personalized - Each individual has a unique genetic profile that predisposes them to specific diseases and conditions.
- Safe - Treatment recommendations have no side effects. Whenever possible my goal is to help you put your body into self healing mode.
- Participatory - For optimal health you must take an active role in the healing process. Your treatment is highly personalized.
- Integrative - Combines the best of conventional and traditional medicine while emphasizing the critical role of nutrition, diet and lifestyle.