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.

Why No Two Thyroid Patients are Alike: Explaining Thyroid Discrepancies

Want to know why there is so much confusion surrounding thyroid medication and treatment? 

You need to look no further than the reports from other individuals in the EXACT same situation as you. 

In this article, we are going to explore statements from existing thyroid patients and explain why two patients can react in completely opposite ways even to the same medication. 

And this should help you understand why there may appear to be inconsistencies or discrepancies in the world of thyroid management. 

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How Long Does it Take to Lose 50-100 Pounds (or more) Safely?

Over the past several years, I've had the opportunity to help thousands of people not only lose weight but to keep it off long-term. 

Along the way, I've also been able to help a number of people lose between to 50 and 100 pounds. 

I consider this a bigger accomplishment than helping someone lose just 10-20 pounds because once you get into the 50+ pounds to lose category, weight loss becomes much more difficult. 

As I've helped these people lose weight, I've found that there are a number of issues and obstacles that this particular group of patients faces and that is exactly what I want to explore today. 

We will be discussing how quickly you should be losing weight and other tips and tricks to help you stay the course so that your expectations are on point. 

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Levothyroxine May Not be Enough for Patients Without a Thyroid

Are you a thyroidectomy patient struggling to feel better after your thyroid removal?

If so, then this article may help to explain why you are feeling the way that you do. 

Article highlights:

  • Those without a thyroid are in a unique situation which is different among other thyroid patients. 
  • Up to 20% of those without a thyroid do not achieve normal free thyroid hormone levels on standard medications such as levothyroxine. 
  • This reduction in free thyroid hormones can be tested for by looking at the free T3 and free T4 levels. 
  • Using other thyroid medications, such as Cytomel and liothyronine, may improve this problem.
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Breaking Down the Verywell health Thyroid Survey

Up to 5-10% of the population (depending on how you define it) suffers from the chronic condition known as hypothyroidism. 

This wouldn't be a problem, except we have anecdotal, and now survey data, which suggests that there is a big problem with how these patients are being treated. 

This article will walk you through the most recent survey produced by verywell health and provide my opinion as to why we see a failure in the treatment of these thyroid patients. 

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Compounded T4 and T3 Thyroid Medication: Advantages vs Disadvantages

Whether you realize it or not as a thyroid patient you actually have many options when it comes to thyroid medications. 

Your doctor might have you believe that the one and only thyroid medication available is Synthroid/levothyroxine but that couldn't be farther from the truth. 

There are actually many different types of thyroid medications which are FDA approved to treat hypothyroidism (1) (which means low thyroid function) and available in the United States. 

You are probably well aware of Synthroid/levothyroxine but others on this list include medications such as Tirosint, Cytomel, and liothyronine. 

Article highlights:

  • Compounded thyroid medications are unique among all types of thyroid medication
  • You can individually titrate your T4 and T3 dose to fit exactly the demands of your body
  • All medications have side effects and drawbacks but these can be minimized
  • Compounded thyroid medications are available only at compounding pharmacies and require a doctors prescription
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Why Treating Hypothyroidism as a Chronic Disease Is Incorrect

There's no question that hypothyroidism is a complex disease but does it deserve the designation of chronic disease?

A chronic disease implies that you may never be able to 100% treat or manage your condition. 

And I'm here to tell you that hypothyroidism should NOT be evaluated in this way. 

Why is this important?

Because how you look at a disease influences the type of therapies that you will use for that disease and the type of outcome that you can expect after treatment. 

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Carnivore Diet for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: What is it & Does it Work?

It's well known that diet has the potential to positively impact Hashimoto's thyroiditis

And, because it's one of the things that you can control 100%, it's of great concern to those people who suffer from this disease. 

Relevant to this discussion is a relatively new diet known as the Carnivore diet. 

This diet, high in animal-based products, has helped some individuals with autoimmune disease and Hashimoto's. 

Today we are going to explore in more detail what this diet is, how it may be working, and whether or not it is something you should try. 

Note: I am not advocating for the use of this diet but simply exploring how it can work and why it seems to work for certain people.

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Neu 5 Gc & Hashimoto’s: Do Animal Products Make it Worse?

We know that certain foods can both make Hashimoto's worse while others can potentially improve thyroid function and antibody levels. 

But where do red meat and other animal products fit into the equation?

Is it possible that these products trigger Hashimoto's or exacerbate it?

New research has suggested that there may be a link between the two. 

Article highlights:

  • 5 Neu Gc is an animal-derived product which does not naturally occur in humans but can become incorporated into the body through diet. 
  • The body can create antibodies to this product and a very high percentage of patients with positive anti-TPO antibodies also have antibodies to 5 Neu Gc. 
  • It's possible that there is a connection between consuming animal products and the development of Hashimoto's. 
  • Correlation does not mean causation, however, as not everyone with Hashimoto's may react negatively to animal products.
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How to use LDN to Treat Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Dosing, Safety & More)

There are very few medications that you can use to treat Hashimoto's thyroiditis and LDN is one of those medicines. 

But how does it work? Will it work for you? Is it safe to use? And, if so, how should you dose it? 

We are going to explore all of these questions and more. 

I've been using LDN for several years with great success and the goal of this article is to share what I've learned through the years so that you can determine if LDN is worth using in your situation. 

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3 Causes of Cytomel Related Hair Loss & What to Do About Them

If you are new to Cytomel, or if you've been using it for a long time, this information should be helpful! 

While Cytomel is probably one of my favorite medications used to treat hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's, it doesn't come without risks and potential side effects. 

Among these side effects includes the potential for hair loss. 

Don't let this freak you out, however, because it can usually be treated very easily and most people experience hair GROWTH as long as they use it correctly. 

This article will focus on the 3 main causes of Cytomel-related hair loss and how to deal with each one. 

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