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.

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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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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.

Let's jump in: 

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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 it can be difficult to get all of the right thyroid tests checked by your doctor. 

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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