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.


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. 


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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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The Connection Between Vitamin D And Thyroid Function

Estimates have placed as many as 50% of the world as deficient in Vitamin D. 

When you combine this with the fact that Vitamin D deficiency may put you at risk for certain thyroid diseases, it gets very important to have a basic understanding of this vitamin-hormone. 

In this article, I am going to explain the basics of Vitamin D deficiency including how it presents (symptoms associated with deficiency), the connection between Vitamin D and your thyroid, how and if you should supplement, and other natural ways to increase your Vitamin D.

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Are Thyroid Glandular Supplements Safe?

Thyroid glandular supplements can be tempting if you already have existing thyroid disease. 

But are these supplements safe? Will using them be helpful or harmful to your thyroid?

The answer is that more times than not they may actually cause damage to your body. 

Learn more about how these supplements work, better alternatives available, and the symptoms associated with using them:

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TSH Levels During Pregnancy: What’s Healthy & Normal?

Pregnancy puts extra strain on thyroid function. 

This is especially true if you suffer from thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's. 

If you fit into this category then you should pay special attention to your thyroid numbers while you are pregnant. 

This article is devoted to that topic. 

I want to share with you the importance of understanding your TSH level during pregnancy, why it is different from non-pregnant women, and what factors influence it. 

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Can Hypothyroidism Cause High Blood Sugar?

The answer is yes!

But what I find in most patients is that the primary cause of high blood sugar is typically not the thyroid (although it certainly can contribute). 

Instead, there are several other conditions such as the amount of stress that you are under, what type and how much thyroid medication you are taking, the foods that you are eating, and more. 

In this article, we are going to discuss the nuances of managing high blood sugar if you have hypothyroidism and include some takeaway therapies as well

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