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.


Armour Thyroid Dosage Guide: Are you Taking Enough?

Are you currently taking Armour thyroid but not sure that your dose is where it should be?

Are you still struggling with fatigue, weight gain, or hair loss even after transitioning from levothyroxine to Armour?

Are you thinking about switching medications but not sure if Armour is right for you? 

If so, this article is for you. 

Article highlights:

  • Armour thyroid dosing is highly individualized and each person will need a different dose. 
  • Several factors influence the dose that you will need. 
  • The average dose is somewhere between 60 mg (1 grain) and 120mg (2 grains) per day. 
  • Sensitive individuals will need doses smaller than 60mg while resistant individuals may need a dose higher than 120mg. 
  • The best way to find your optimal dose is through lab testing and closely following your symptoms. 
  • Many patients are underdosed when converting to Armour thyroid from other thyroid medications.
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Why the TSH isn’t the Best Test for Evaluating Your Thyroid

If you've been on my website before, or if you've read my blog, then you know that one of my major goals is to try and change how doctors think about treating thyroid-related issues. 

My personal belief is that patients do not benefit from the archaic treatment paradigm which focuses solely on the TSH. 

Today I want to dig into that topic a little bit further and talk about how doctors look at the TSH, what it actually means, and why we treat the thyroid differently from all other hormone systems in the body. 

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Can you Stop Taking Thyroid Medication Once You Start?

Thyroid medication (Synthroid) is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. 

But do all of those people who take Synthroid (or any other type of thyroid medication) have to do it forever?

Not necessarily, and that's something I want to explore in this article. 

Article highlights:

  • People start taking thyroid medication because of blood tests, but these blood tests are not 100% accurate. 
  • Some people who start taking thyroid medication may be able to eventually wean themselves off. 
  • Doctors aren't likely to make this suggestion, though, unless you bring it up. 
  • Some individuals may require thyroid medication for the rest of their lives (but not everyone). 
  • If you decide to try and get off thyroid medication you must do it slowly and controlled.
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Is the Ketogenic Diet Safe if you have Thyroid Problems?

If you have thyroid problems and you are considering the ketogenic diet then this it the article for you. 

In it, we are going to explore why the ketogenic diet may potentially be harmful to your thyroid, how it may potentially help your overall situation, and how to determine if it's right for you. 

Highlights from the article:

  • The ketogenic diet may help with weight loss but it may not be safe for your thyroid. 
  • Whether or not the ketogenic diet will negatively impact your thyroid depends on a number of factors. 
  • Weight loss may help improve your thyroid through weight loss and improving leptin sensitivity. 
  • It may damage your thyroid through suppressing your free thyroid hormone levels and increasing your TSH. 
  • Be cautious if you decide to use this diet and check your thyroid lab tests regularly or about every 6 weeks.
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Tirosint-Sol: A Brand New Thyroid Medication (Should you give it a try?)

Tirosint-Sol is a new thyroid medication which was recently released in the United States to treat hypothyroidism. 

And it is now the 'cleanest' thyroid medication on the market today!

There are a great many benefits to this medication (1) that I want to explore with you in this article. 

I fear that the benefits of this new medication may be understated by doctors who don't understand that so many people have problems with thyroid medication absorption. 

So let this article be a guide to help you understand the issues with other thyroid medications and why Tirosint-Sol can be a great asset to many thyroid patients. 

Disclaimer: While I am writing about the benefits of Tirosint-Sol I have NO affiliation with the pharmaceutical company who produces or manufactures this medication. All of the opinions you see here are mine. All financial interests between doctors and pharmaceutical companies are made public and you can confirm that I have no affiliation with them in any way through public forms. I actually believe that this medication can provide a great benefit to many thyroid patients which is why I am sharing this information. 

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Hypothyroid vs Hashimoto’s: What’s the difference?

Are you suffering from Hashimoto's or hypothyroidism?

Do you completely understand what these conditions mean and how they impact your body?

Did you know that these conditions are different and may require different treatments?

In this article, I'm going to explain the difference between these two conditions and discuss why it's important to know what is happening in your body. 

Highlights from the article:

  • Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's thyroiditis are similar but not the exact same.
  • Hypothyroidism is a broad term used to describe a state of low thyroid function in the body. Some patients with Hashimoto's may also have hypothyroidism, but having Hashimoto's does not guarantee that you will be hypothyroid. 
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease and may be associated with episodes of hyperthyroidism, normal thyroid function, and hypothyroidism. 
  • Both conditions are treated differently so it's important to know which condition you have!
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High T3 Symptoms With Thyroid Medication (& Without)

T3 is the single most important thyroid hormone that your body creates. 

It is also the most powerful and biologically active of all thyroid hormones. 

But, like anything in life, too much of a good thing can be a problem. 

In this article, we are going to explore T3 in more detail. I will walk you through the symptoms which may indicate that your T3 is too high, the various causes of high T3, how to test for it, and whether or not having a high T3 is dangerous.

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6 Problems with Natural Desiccated Thyroid Hormone

Are you currently taking thyroid medication but not quite feeling like yourself?

Perhaps you've heard about the thyroid medication NDT (natural desiccated thyroid) and you're wondering if this medication can solve your problems. 

Before you jump into using this medication let's take an honest and in-depth look at the pros and cons. 

This article will walk you through 6 problems with NDT and elaborate on several things you'll want to consider before using this medication. 

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How to Diagnose Leptin Resistance Using Lab Tests & Symptoms

The inability to lose weight despite reducing your calories and exercising excessively, an increase in your appetite even after just having had a large meal, hair loss, and cold body temperature. 

What do all of these findings have in common?

They are frequently seen in the condition of leptin resistance

And in this article, I'm going to walk you through how to diagnose this condition using simple blood tests and your symptoms

I'm also going to discuss how your leptin level impacts your ability to lose weight and what type of therapies you may need. 

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How to Diagnose Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis with Lab Tests & Symptoms

If you have or suspect that you have thyroid problems then this article is very important to you. 

It turns out that the majority of people who have a thyroid problem have it because of an autoimmune condition. 

This condition is often referred to as Hashimoto's thyroiditis and it is something that EVERY thyroid patient should be aware of (and should be tested for). 

This article will walk you through the importance of thyroid antibody testing, how to test for Hashimoto's, and some basic treatment guidelines

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