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.

Thyrotoxicosis vs Hyperthyroidism: What’s the Difference?

It may surprise you to know that around 1% of the population suffers from this condition (1). 

And it's especially important if you consider that a small percentage of patients with this disease may go on to develop thyroid storm. 

But what exactly is thyrotoxicosis? Is it a problem if you have it? Is it different from hyperthyroidism?

In this article I'm going to walk you through this condition, we are going to discuss what it is, how it affects your body, the consequences of this condition, how to treat it, and more

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Low TSH Symptoms: 5 Important Causes + Your Next Steps

Have you been told that you have a low TSH?

Are you experiencing symptoms such as

It may surprise you to know that a low TSH can be associated with multiple conditions all of which present in different ways. 

This article will go into detail on how to interpret your TSH, how to determine the cause, the symptoms associated with each cause, and further instructions on how you should proceed

This article should be helpful if you have hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism or pituitary issues (because all of these conditions can result in changes to your TSH level!). 

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What Causes Menopause Weight Gain & What to do About it

On average women gain around 10-15 pounds during the menopause transition. 

But, is there a way to prevent this weight gain?

If it's already happened is there anything you can do to lose the weight?

If you are struggling with weight gain after menopause then this is the article for you. 

We are going to explore all of the reasons why many women gain weight at menopause, what you can do about it, and how to prevent this weight gain from occurring

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Fasting for Weight Loss: Does it Actually Work?

Fasting is probably the single cheapest and most effective weight loss tool that exists. 

It doesn't cost money to buy new foods, protein bars, protein powders or supplements and all it requires is some willpower and the ability to refrain from eating. 

But does it actually work?

Will fasting help you lose weight, trim down belly fat, and finally feel better?

My opinion is that fasting, as a therapy, can potentially help a great many people and this article is going to explain why. 

If you're interested in learning more about fasting, what it is, how it works, how it impacts your hormones, and how it impacts your metabolism then you are in the right place

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Thyroid Deiodinase: How D1, D2 & D3 Enzymes Impact Thyroid Function

Thyroid deiodinase enzymes serve to manage thyroid hormone at every level of metabolism. 

Even more important is the fact that these enzymes can become dysregulated by everyday common medical conditions. 

Understanding the importance of these enzymes is critical to understanding how to further treatment, especially if you are taking thyroid medication such as levothyroxine or Synthroid. 

This post will break down these deiodinase enzymes, in an easy to understand way, and teach you the basics including what they do, what conditions cause disruption in how they function, genetic problems associated with them and more

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The Complete Guide to Using Selenium to Naturally Enhance Your Thyroid

Supplementing with Selenium may provide a way to enhance your thyroid function in a natural way. 

Whether you've heard of Selenium before (or this is your first time), you'll find all the information you need to get started with this micronutrient. 

Today you'll learn:

  • If you should use Selenium
  • How to dose it correctly & safely
  • What side effects to watch out for while using it (and how to avoid toxicity)
  • How to combine it with other nutrients to enhance your results
  • If Selenium will help with weight loss
  • And more...

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L-Tyrosine and How it Benefits Thyroid & Adrenal Function: Should you Use it?

You may have heard that using L-tyrosine can potentially help improve your energy levels, help with weight loss, improve your thyroid or even reduce your stress response. 

But are any of these claims true?

In order to have a discussion about these topics we really need to first talk about the basics of tyrosine. 

In this post, you will learn why tyrosine is so important for hormone function in your body, why some people may benefit from supplementation and how to best supplement with this protein...

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Subclinical Hyperthyroidism Guide: Natural Treatments, Symptoms & More

Subclinical hyperthyroidism is a potentially serious thyroid problem which can go undiagnosed if you aren't looking for it. 

This condition can also be confused with other medical conditions which means that not everyone with this disease should undergo treatment. 

Learn more about this condition including what causes it, how it presents (symptoms), conventional treatment as well as natural treatments and more in this guide

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TRH and TSH: How they Impact Thyroid Function & More

TRH is an important hormone produced by your brain which regulates thyroid function in your body. 

But most doctors aren't ordering this important lab test!

In addition, certain problems can result in reduced levels of TRH which may manifest as hypothyroid symptoms. 

Learn more about TRH including what it does, how it works, what causes low TRH, how low TRH can confound your clinical picture and more

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