Dr. Westin Childs
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Dr. Westin Childs is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. He provides well-researched actionable information about hormone-related disorders and formulates supplements to treat these disorders. He is trained in Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine. His focus is on managing thyroid disorders, weight loss resistance, and other sex hormone imbalances. You can read more about his own personal journey here.


Are Thyroid Glandular Supplements Safe?

Thyroid glandular supplements can be tempting if you already have existing thyroid disease. 

But are these supplements safe? Will using them be helpful or harmful to your thyroid?

The answer is that more times than not they may actually cause damage to your body. 

Learn more about how these supplements work, better alternatives available, and the symptoms associated with using them:

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TSH Levels During Pregnancy: What’s Healthy & Normal?

Pregnancy puts extra strain on thyroid function. 

This is especially true if you suffer from thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's. 

If you fit into this category then you should pay special attention to your thyroid numbers while you are pregnant. 

This article is devoted to that topic. 

I want to share with you the importance of understanding your TSH level during pregnancy, why it is different from non-pregnant women, and what factors influence it. 

Let's jump in: 

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Can Hypothyroidism Cause High Blood Sugar?

The answer is yes!

But what I find in most patients is that the primary cause of high blood sugar is typically not the thyroid (although it certainly can contribute). 

Instead, there are several other conditions such as the amount of stress that you are under, what type and how much thyroid medication you are taking, the foods that you are eating, and more. 

In this article, we are going to discuss the nuances of managing high blood sugar if you have hypothyroidism and include some takeaway therapies as well

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Can Hashimoto’s Be Reversed, Treated or Cured?

Hashimoto's is the number 1 cause of hypothyroidism in the United States (and in many other countries). 

Despite this fact, there are basically no good treatments which attempt to cure or reverse this condition from conventional medicine. 

But don't let that scare you, there are still some therapies which can potentially be helpful for some people.

And that's exactly what we are going to talk about in this article:

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What To Expect After Radioactive Iodine Treatment

What is your life going to be like after radioactive iodine treatment?

Will you be able to lead a normal life? Will destroying your thyroid gland have long-term consequences? Will it cause you to gain weight? 

These are just a few of the questions that I want to answer in this article. 

You can obviously survive after RAI (otherwise they wouldn't do the procedure) but I want to teach you how to thrive afterward. 

And to key to getting there is to understand what happens to your body after this procedure and how it influences your thyroid function. 

Many people undergo radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) without really understanding what is happening in their body. 

Let's clear the air on this topic:

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Does Taking Thyroid Medication Cause High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?

Thyroid hormone absolutely does impact both your blood pressure and heart rate. 

But what are you supposed to do if you feel good on your thyroid medication but you still have high blood pressure?

How can you manage high blood pressure on medications like Cytomel, liothyronine or Armour thyroid (which are actually amazing for thyroid patients)?

If you are experiencing high blood pressure while taking thyroid medication then this article is for you

Your goal, as a thyroid patient, should be to have a blood pressure which is no higher than 120 over 80 mmHg (1). 

Let's talk about the changes you can make to your medication to normalize your blood pressure. 

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Is it Possible to get Pregnant with Thyroid Problems?

It is definitely possible to get pregnant if you have thyroid problems. 

But, having said that, it doesn't mean that it is easy. 

The presence of thyroid dysfunction will not only make it more difficult to conceive, but it may also put your baby at increased risk of certain complications. 

In this article you will learn more about the connection between your thyroid and pregnancy, how your thyroid influences your sex hormones, what happens if you get pregnant while on thyroid medication, and how to treat your thyroid naturally

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Can Thyroid Problems Cause Eyebrow Hair Loss?

Does thyroid disease lead to eyebrow hair loss?

The answer is definitely yes. 

If you have thyroid problems (such as hypothyroidism) then chances are high that you might also be suffering from eyebrow hair loss. 

One big issue with eyebrow hair loss is that this symptom can persist even though you are taking thyroid medication!

With that in mind, I want to talk about the reasons that thyroid causes eyebrow hair loss and, more importantly, what you can do about it. 

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How Long Does it Take Thyroid Medication to Work?

Have you recently started taking thyroid medication?

Are you still waiting for it to kick in?

If so, then this is the article for you. 

The short answer to your question is that it takes around 6 weeks for thyroid medication to kick in and for you to start feeling better. 

The long answer is that it can be shorter than that or even longer depending on several factors. 

Learn more about what factors influence how quickly you will feel better, what things can be sabotaging your medication from working, and how long it will take you to lose weight

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Thyroid Stimulating Exercises That Work to Boost your Thyroid

Is it possible to stimulate your thyroid with certain exercises?

Are some exercises better than others for your thyroid?

The short answer is yes, exercising can absolutely improve your thyroid function. 

In fact, several recent studies have shown that exercising can both reduce your TSH and increase free thyroid hormone levels. 

This is great news if you are trying to treat your thyroid naturally!

Let's go into more detail about how exercise can help you, which exercises are the best, how much is too much exercise, and other tips to help improve your metabolism

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