Dr. Westin Childs
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I'm Dr. Childs and I write these posts. I'm a physician who specializes in helping people lose weight, have more energy and FEEL better. My practice focuses on hormone imbalances, thyroid issues, and weight loss resistance. My goal is to provide the BEST information out there on the internet that is both actionable and trustworthy. Get my free 3 day meal plan here. You can also find more about my personal journey back to health here.

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TBS #12 What Actually Causes Thyroid Disease? Thyroid Dysfunction vs Hypothyroidism

It is estimated that up to 10% of people have a thyroid problem. (1)

But what is causing thyroid disease in all of these people?

It turns out that there are many causes of both reversible thyroid disease and irreversible thyroid disease. 

But which type do you have?

In this post you will learn the most common causes of thyroid disease, how to spot problems which may impact thyroid function in your body and what to do about these problems

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High TSH Normal T4: What Does it Mean? + Other Thyroid Lab Patterns Explained

Are you experiencing a high TSH but normal T4?

Are you confused about interpreting these values?

Is your Doctor telling you that your tests are normal even though you are experiencing abnormal symptoms?

This article will help shed light on this thyroid lab pattern and help you understand what it means. 

You'll learn more about the symptoms associated with this pattern (and other patterns) and how to treat them below

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Is NDT (Natural Desiccated Thyroid) the Best Thyroid Medication?

Natural desiccated thyroid is a thyroid medication that comes from pigs!

This medication contains a more "complete" profile of thyroid hormones when compared to almost all synthetic thyroid medications out there. 

This has lead many people to tout NDT as the "best" thyroid medication. 

In this article, we are going to explore this claim while also discussing the pros and cons of this medication. 

You'll learn who should use this medication, who should avoid it and the pitfalls of using it

Let's dive in: 

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Why Free T3 & Total T3 are the Most Important Thyroid Lab Tests

The free T3 and total T3 lab tests are among the most important for evaluating thyroid function in your body. 

These tests give vital information as to how your body is processing thyroid hormone

And they give you information about the hormone which is responsible for activating your cells and turning on your genes. 

These basic levels can be assessed and used in conjunction with other thyroid lab tests to give you a very clear picture of thyroid function in your body. 

This post will teach you everything you need to know about free T3 as a lab test and how to understand your levels...

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T4 to T3 Conversion: Factors That Decrease Thyroid Function

This is lesson #5 in the thyroid beginner series. 

As you know, this series is designed to help you understand the most basic concepts about thyroid function so you can be a better advocate for your own health

Today is all about T4 to T3 conversion. 

This is the process by which your body creates and activates thyroid hormone. 

It's important because there are steps that you can take to actively enhance this conversion process and help reduce (or improve) your symptoms. 

Let's jump in: 

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(Thyroid Beginner Series #3) T4 Basics: The Test, The Medication, The Hormone

This is video #3 in my thyroid beginner series and today it's all about T4. 

T4 is essential in understanding your thyroid because it's actually 3 different things in one. 

T4 is a prescription medication, a hormone which your body produces naturally and a test which you can order. 

Learn the differences, what they mean and how they can help you manage your thyroid: 

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(Thyroid Beginner series #2) Why is There so Much Controversy Surrounding Thyroid Treatment?

This is lesson #2 in my thyroid beginner series which is primarily designed for those who are building a foundation of knowledge in thyroid dysfunction or for those who have recently been diagnosed. 

Today we will be discussing why there is so much controversy surrounding thyroid treatment and why it can be difficult to get your doctor "on board". 

Watch the video above for more info or read the text below if you prefer as well!

Please leave your questions in the comment section below so I can go over them in the next video!

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