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.

Should Thyroidectomy & RAI Patients Take Thyroid Supplements?

This is probably one of the most common questions that I get asked on a daily basis!

And the answer is almost always yes. 

Even though it may not seem intuitive, your body can still benefit from the use of thyroid-specific supplements even if you do NOT have a thyroid (or if it's been destroyed). 

The reason for this is actually quite simple and it's something we are going to go into detail below.

This article will help you understand why thyroidectomy and post-RAI patients can still benefit from thyroid supplements, how your thyroid can still be slowed down by certain issues, and why just because you are taking thyroid medication doesn't mean that your body is getting what it needs.

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Does Synthroid Cause Alzheimer’s Disease?

Research has shown that people with hypothyroidism are two times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease when compared to those with normal thyroid function. 

In addition, some newer studies have suggested that there is a link between taking thyroid medication and developing dementia.

This link has caused some people to believe that it is actually the medication itself which is causing dementia. 

In this article, we are going to explore why I don't believe that this is the case, 

Quick Highlights from the article:

  • Hypothyroidism is a known and reversible cause of Dementia
  • Inadequate treatment of hypothyroidism (with not enough medication) may be the cause of dementia in people taking thyroid medication. 
  • Thyroid hormone and prescription medications differ in how they are processed by your body which is why you can't compare the side effects of synthetic medications to hormone medications.
  • You can prevent dementia by ensuring that your dose of thyroid hormone is adequate and by finding a doctor who understands a better approach to thyroid management.  
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Hypothyroidism Self Test: Can you Check your Thyroid At Home?

Wouldn't it be nice to check your thyroid at home?

If you are someone with thyroid disease, and taking thyroid medication, then you know 

Others have trouble getting their doctors to order the right tests or struggle to convince them that their symptoms are related to their thyroid. 

What if you could test your own thyroid at home instead of relying on your doctor?

The good news is that there are ways to approximate how well your thyroid is working at home and that's exactly what we are going to talk about today. 

The only issue is that these tests are not quite as accurate as blood work which means you may still need to get your blood drawn at some point. 

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17 Natural Thyroid Remedies That Actually Work

Are you interested in treating your thyroid in a completely natural way?

Maybe you feel like you can't get the right medication that you need or maybe you are experiencing symptoms despite being on thyroid medication. 

Either way, this is the article for you. 

In this article, I will explain 17 natural therapies that you can use (many of them proven) to help improve thyroid function, improve peripheral thyroid conversion, and promote more thyroid hormone production by your body

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15 Thyroid Friendly ‘Kinda Healthy’ Desserts (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Options)

Everyone gets a sweet tooth now and then, even those (and sometimes especially those) with thyroid problems. 

If you do have that sweet tooth make sure that you are opting for 'healthy' versions of desserts to minimize any potential negative impact they may have on your thyroid. 

This article includes my favorite desserts including the ones that I recommend for my thyroid patients. 

Enjoy! 

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Are You Destined to be Overweight Forever? (The Answer is No)

This is a question that I'm sure many of you think about. Perhaps you've even given up on the idea of getting back to a 'normal' weight.

The truth is that there is definitely a chance for you to get back to whatever is normal for you, even if you suffer from hormone imbalances such as thyroid disease, leptin resistance, or insulin resistance. 

The way to do this, though, starts by understanding the causes of weight gain. Only then will you be able to actually address the underlying causes of weight gain and start to lose weight. 

This article will help you do just that. It will also give you an idea as to how likely you are to lose weight based on your history and your medical conditions. 

All of these factors influence both your ability to lose weight and how quickly that weight loss will occur

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Underactive Thyroid Supplements: Do They Actually Work?

Is it possible that using certain supplements can help improve the function of your thyroid?

Is it possible to enhance thyroid function and combine these supplements with your current thyroid medication? Is it safe?

This article is designed to help you understand whether or not you should use thyroid supplements, how they work (or if they work), how safe they are, and how to create a supplement plan structured for you

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Why and How You Should Stock up on Thyroid Medication (1 year Supply)

We've been conditioned to think that we are really only allowed to get 1 month of medication at a time. 

But who created this arbitrary set of time?

Why couldn't we get 3 months or 6 months worth of medication?

The 1 month time period is created as a number to keep you coming back for more medication and to keep you paying for medications each month. 

But this time period doesn't necessarily serve you. 

What happens if you find that the thyroid medication that you rely on is suddenly unavailable? 

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5 Costly Mistakes Thyroid Patients Make (& How to Avoid Them)

As thyroid problems continue to become more and more common among patients of all ages, it's important to have a complete understanding of what this means for your body. 

Unfortunately, the standard approach to treating thyroid conditions is more focused on the benefits of the Doctor and not necessarily the patient. 

But, with a little knowledge, you can shift the tide back into your favor. 

With this post, you will learn 5 mistakes that thyroid patients make (I see them all the time), how you can avoid them, and how by avoiding them you can improve the overall quality of your life

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Foods to Avoid if you Have Thyroid Problems (+ Other Diet Tips)

I get it, you want to find a way to naturally heal your thyroid. And changing the food that you eat is probably one of the first things that you think about.

But does changing your diet actually help your thyroid?

Will consuming certain foods (while avoiding others) actually make you feel better?

The answer is probably not as straightforward as you think.

While consuming bad foods may cause harm to your body (and your thyroid), eating certain foods does not GUARANTEE optimal results.

Having said that, there are many things that are within your power that you can change and that WILL help you feel better.

Let’s take a deep dive into those specifics to help you feel the best that you can:

Download this list of foods to avoid if you have thyroid problems in PDF format by clicking the download button below: 

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