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You can expect these things from my podcast:
- Well researched information that you can trust.
- Short but concise podcast episodes (5-10 minutes in length).
- Actionable information that can help you improve your health.
- Consistent updates (weekly).

I'm Dr. Westin Childs (D.O.), an osteopathic physician, who specializes in helping you improve your health through balancing your hormones.

I strongly believe that the key to leading a long healthy life is by keeping your hormones (testosterone, estrogen, thyroid hormone, and cortisol) in check.

I'm going to share with you what I've learned in my practice and how it can help you improve your quality of life, manage your weight and improve your thyroid.

My goal is to help over 1 million people feel better and impact their lives in a positive way.

I plan to do this through constant updates on this podcast and on my website, through the formulation of high-quality supplements and by helping provide you with the information you need to take action.

For more information on me and why I do what I do check out my website here: www.restartmed.com

If you have any questions or have a topic you want me to discuss please shoot me an email on my website to submit a request in the "contact" section!

Dr. Westin Childs Podcast: Thyroid | Weight loss | Hormones Dr. Westin Childs - Thyroid and Weight Loss Expert

    • Health & Fitness

You can expect these things from my podcast:
- Well researched information that you can trust.
- Short but concise podcast episodes (5-10 minutes in length).
- Actionable information that can help you improve your health.
- Consistent updates (weekly).

I'm Dr. Westin Childs (D.O.), an osteopathic physician, who specializes in helping you improve your health through balancing your hormones.

I strongly believe that the key to leading a long healthy life is by keeping your hormones (testosterone, estrogen, thyroid hormone, and cortisol) in check.

I'm going to share with you what I've learned in my practice and how it can help you improve your quality of life, manage your weight and improve your thyroid.

My goal is to help over 1 million people feel better and impact their lives in a positive way.

I plan to do this through constant updates on this podcast and on my website, through the formulation of high-quality supplements and by helping provide you with the information you need to take action.

For more information on me and why I do what I do check out my website here: www.restartmed.com

If you have any questions or have a topic you want me to discuss please shoot me an email on my website to submit a request in the "contact" section!

    5 Signs of End Stage Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

    5 Signs of End Stage Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

    End stage Hashimoto's is defined as complete thyroid gland destruction. This state is IRREVERSIBLE which is why it is such a big deal!

    But how do you know if you are in this stage of your disease? And what does it mean for you if you are?

    Once you reach end stage Hashimoto's your thyroid is non functional and it also means that you are 100% reliant upon thyroid medication.

    This changes how you look at treatment because you don't really need to focus on the immune aspect of Hashimoto's any longer.

    Here are 5 signs that indicate you are in this position:

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    5 Things to do for your Thyroid in 2020 (How to take control of your thyroid)

    5 Things to do for your Thyroid in 2020 (How to take control of your thyroid)

    Download my free thyroid resources here (including hypothyroid symptoms checklist, the complete list of thyroid lab tests + optimal ranges, foods you should avoid if you have thyroid disease, and more): https://www.restartmed.com/start-here/

    What type of things should you be focusing on if you have thyroid disease in 2020? Here are the 5 things that I would recommend ALL thyroid patients focus on in the upcoming year.

    These are the EXACT things that I am having my wife focus on in the new year in order to help keep her thyroid in balance.

    This information applies to you if you have thyroid disease of ANY type including hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, if you are post RAI, if you've had your thyroid removed, if you have hyperthyroidism and so on.

    #1. Revise your diet.

    You should already know what a healthy diet is by now so instead of getting on a diet I want you to focus on personalizing your diet for your body. This means look at the TYPES of foods that you are consuming, how MUCH you are consuming, and the ratio of carbohydrates to fats to protein.

    #2. Update your supplements.

    Never use more than 5 supplements (or you will suffer from diminishing returns) at any given time. Also, make sure you have a clear direction and focus with your supplement regimen.

    #3. Get a fresh set of labs.

    Start now with a fresh set of labs in 2020 and get a full thyroid lab panel at least EVERY quarter (4x this year).

    #4. Make sleep a priority.

    Sleep is your number 1 priority for 2020! As you get more sleep you will notice improved hormone balance, better thyroid function, and improve efficiency in your day to day activities.

    #5. Focus on mobility and stretching over exercise.

    I want you to think of mobility as the new "exercise". Focusing on exercising will help improve your lifespan/healthspan, improved blood flow, and lymphatic drainage to your thyroid gland and so on.

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    Benefits Of Selenium For Thyroid Function

    Benefits Of Selenium For Thyroid Function

    Did you know that selenium is incredibly important for your thyroid?

    Selenium serves some important functions in your entire body but it also has some very important benefits specific to your thyroid gland.

    Today, I am going to talk about why you should consider using Selenium if you have thyroid problems and how exactly it benefits your thyroid gland.

    #1. ENHANCES T4 to T3 conversion.

    T4 to T3 conversion is probably the single most important benefit that selenium provides to your body because your body only really cares about getting enough T3. Not enough selenium means not enough T3 and that's a problem.

    #2. REDUCES thyroid antibodies.

    Thyroid antibodies (such as thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies) cause DAMAGE to the thyroid gland. We have clinical studies that show that taking selenium can reduce these antibodies.

    #3. DECREASES thyroid inflammation.

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    Nutrient deficiencies that ALL thyroid patients struggle with

    Nutrient deficiencies that ALL thyroid patients struggle with

    There are certain deficiencies that almost EVERY thyroid patients struggles with.

    And these nutrient deficiencies negatively impact both the thyroid gland itself AND other areas of your body.

    Leading to symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, and depression.

    Why are they so common?

    Because if you have low thyroid function it sets your body up for other nutrient deficiencies due to its physiology.

    If you have ANY of these nutrient deficiencies then you need to make sure you take care of them ASAP.

    #1. Vitamin B12.

    B12 is probably one of the most common (and most important) deficiencies that thyroid patients face.

    Why? Because B12 is a wimpy nutrient in the sense that so many things disrupt it from getting into your body.

    Not only that but it's also hard for the body to utilize if it's not in the right form or if you have an MTHFR defect in your body.

    These two things make it so that even if you are taking B12 it may not be getting into your body or being used by your body.

    B12 deficiency also leads to symptoms such as low energy, decreased concentration, and a decreased metabolism which all mimic the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

    #2. Vitamin D.

    Vitamin D is also incredibly important for thyroid patients! Not only does vitamin D play a role in regulating thyroid function but low vitamin D increases your risk for developing thyroid cancer and thyroid autoimmune disease.

    Taking Vitamin D can potentially boost your immune system and actually reduce inflammation and autoimmunity.

    • 13 min
    Stopping thyroid medication - is it safe or possible?

    Stopping thyroid medication - is it safe or possible?

    Is it possible to stop taking thyroid medication once you start? The answer is sometimes but not always. There are some conditions which allow you to potentially stop taking your thyroid medication or to even reduce your dose.

    But if you do this without the right supervision it can be dangerous.

    Today, I am going to discuss 3 (or 4) different situations which relate to the idea of stopping your medication. Try to figure out which category you fit into.

    #1. Those who need thyroid medication.

    If you fit into this group then you will HAVE to use thyroid medication. People who fall into this group include those who don't have a thyroid (because it's been removed), those who have had their thyroid destroyed (with radioactive iodine), and those with a nonfunctioning thyroid gland.

    People who have end-stage Hashimoto's fit into this category. Even though their thyroid gland is technically in their body it is no longer functioning.

    #2. Those who don't need thyroid medication.

    The next group of people are those who were started on thyroid medication but now no longer need it. And believe me, this group of people is actually quite large!

    These people were either incorrectly placed on thyroid medication and kept on it for a long time or they are people who needed the medication at some point but no longer do (more on that below).

    #3. Those who need it temporarily.

    There are a number of conditions that cause a need for thyroid medication temporarily but this need doesn't stay around forever.

    Conditions such as weight gain (obesity), high stress, nutrient deficiencies, iodine deficiencies, and early Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

    • 11 min
    Why you aren't feeling better (one BIG reason)

    Why you aren't feeling better (one BIG reason)

    We need to talk about one of the MAIN reasons that thyroid patients (or any patients for that matter) fail to get better. This reason has to do with how you use supplements but it also applies to prescription medications and pretty much ANY therapy available.

    This topic has come to my mind because I have been hearing more and more about how certain people are using therapies but not feeling better. The more I hear these stories the more I realize that most of you aren't aware of how these therapies actually work.

    And if you miss this important step then you risk putting yourself on the RIGHT therapy but stopping it for the WRONG reasons. So something that could help you becomes something that you stop and may never look at for future treatment again!

    And, again, we are talking about this as it applies to supplements because these are available over the counter but this also applies to prescription medications and other natural therapies.

    Here are 4 things you MUST consider before you decide whether or not a therapy is working for you. If you don't do these things then you have no idea as to whether you were on the right therapy or not.

    4 things to know about all of your therapies:

    #1. Dose.

    Put simply: if you are not on the right dose then whatever you are taking simply won't work. But here's how things get tricky...

    The recommended dose for most supplements are a one size fits all which doesn't work for all people.

    Some people will need more (much more in some cases) or less than that standard dose. So if you use the standard dose and it doesn't work you might be tempted to quit the supplement altogether. But if you would have doubled your dose things might be dramatically different!

    #2. Duration of therapy.

    The duration of therapy refers to how long you are using something. If you think that taking a supplement for 2 weeks is enough time for you to fix problems that have been 10 years in the making then you have a rude awakening. You need to be thinking on the time scale of 3-6 MONTHS and not 3-6 weeks for certain supplements and therapies (especially those which target your hormones).

    #3. Side effects.

    Another HUGE problem is that many people don't realize that once they are on the RIGHT therapy they may actually feel WORSE (temporarily). This is due to a number of reasons but the biggest has to do with the detox like reaction which occurs especially when you lose weight.

    #4. Confounding variables.

    Other variables, including your current weight, how much stress you are under, your genetics, and medications that you are using can all impact your therapies and may render them either ineffective or more effective. Keep this in mind!

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A wealth of information on the thyroid that you will most likely not get from your MD or Endocrinologist. I have studied much of what he speaks of via Functional Nutrition studies and he is really versed and so generous with this information!! I’m sure he is helping millions. Very grateful for podcasts like this one and Dr. Childs.

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