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Do you feel like your thyroid is taking over your life? Are you suffering from symptoms like weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, brain fog, or mood swings? If so, you aren’t alone.

In fact, millions of other thyroid patients in the United States and around the world suffer from the same issues. And these issues persist even in the face of normal treatment with thyroid medication!

The question is: what can you do about it?

That’s exactly what this podcast is about.

I’m Dr. Westin Childs (D.O.) a former practicing osteopathic physician and my goal is to help thyroid patients get back to feeling 100%.

Well, I actually have 2 goals:

#1. The first is to help 1 million thyroid patients directly or indirectly.

And #2. To create the most comprehensive and helpful thyroid resource for thyroid patients on the internet.

I know just how debilitating thyroid disease can be and I also know that it is possible to take control of your life.

One of the biggest problems with thyroid management is that we just don’t talk about it enough.

This podcast changes that.

We are going to discuss all sorts of topics ranging from thyroid management, the use of less talked about thyroid medications, opinions on emerging treatments and therapies from leading experts, the use of natural therapies and how they fit into the conventional model, and so much more.

If you want more information aside from the standard thyroid treatment of TSH and levothyroxine then this is the place for you.

We won’t just stop at your thyroid, either.

Other topics that are relevant and important to thyroid function will be discussed including things like hormone balance, menopause, testosterone replacement therapy, and weight loss therapies.

If something helps you to better manage your thyroid, improve your symptoms, lose weight, or balance your hormones then it’s something I want to include.

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!

The Dr. Westin Childs Podcast Dr. Westin Childs

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 113 Ratings

Do you feel like your thyroid is taking over your life? Are you suffering from symptoms like weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, brain fog, or mood swings? If so, you aren’t alone.

In fact, millions of other thyroid patients in the United States and around the world suffer from the same issues. And these issues persist even in the face of normal treatment with thyroid medication!

The question is: what can you do about it?

That’s exactly what this podcast is about.

I’m Dr. Westin Childs (D.O.) a former practicing osteopathic physician and my goal is to help thyroid patients get back to feeling 100%.

Well, I actually have 2 goals:

#1. The first is to help 1 million thyroid patients directly or indirectly.

And #2. To create the most comprehensive and helpful thyroid resource for thyroid patients on the internet.

I know just how debilitating thyroid disease can be and I also know that it is possible to take control of your life.

One of the biggest problems with thyroid management is that we just don’t talk about it enough.

This podcast changes that.

We are going to discuss all sorts of topics ranging from thyroid management, the use of less talked about thyroid medications, opinions on emerging treatments and therapies from leading experts, the use of natural therapies and how they fit into the conventional model, and so much more.

If you want more information aside from the standard thyroid treatment of TSH and levothyroxine then this is the place for you.

We won’t just stop at your thyroid, either.

Other topics that are relevant and important to thyroid function will be discussed including things like hormone balance, menopause, testosterone replacement therapy, and weight loss therapies.

If something helps you to better manage your thyroid, improve your symptoms, lose weight, or balance your hormones then it’s something I want to include.

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!

    3 Reasons You Are Feeling Worse on Thyroid Medication

    3 Reasons You Are Feeling Worse on Thyroid Medication

    Are you feeling worse on your thyroid medication? If so, you are not alone.

    Many thyroid patients feel this exact same way! But how can the very medication that is supposed to help you feel better make you feel worse?

    It's actually not that complicated but in order to understand what is happening, you have to understand some basic thyroid physiology.

    Here are the top 3 reasons people feel WORSE when taking thyroid medications such as levothyroxine and Synthroid:

    #1. Your thyroid medication is SUPPRESSING your T3.

    In the normal and healthy state, your thyroid produces BOTH T4 thyroid hormone and T3 thyroid hormone. The ratio is about 80% T4 to 20% T3.

    But when you take thyroid medication it completely shuts down how much T3 your body can produce naturally. When this happens you substitute out 20% T3 that your body produces naturally for 100% T4. And if you aren't able to convert that T4 into T3 then you will feel poorly!

    This is how thyroid medication makes most people feel worse, by reducing how much T3 is in the body.

    #2. You may be reacting to inactive fillers and binders.

    There are also many types of fillers, binders, and dyes found in thyroid medication that can cause an allergic like reaction.

    Imagine taking a thyroid medication that has lactose in it if you are lactose intolerant. This happens to a lot of thyroid patients.

    #3. Lastly, your dose may be WAAAAAY off.

    It's unusual but it does happen from time to time. Imagine you are someone who needs to be on 125mcg of levothyroxine but your doctor puts you on 25mcg instead. In this case, your dose is only 1/5th of what it should be so you may feel worse until your dose is increased.

    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/

    Recommended thyroid supplements to enhance thyroid function:
    - Supplements that everyone with hypothyroidism needs: https://bit.ly/3tekPej
    - Supplement bundle to help reverse Hashimoto's: https://bit.ly/3gSY9eJ
    - Supplements for those without a thyroid and for those after RAI: https://bit.ly/3tb36nZ
    - Supplements for active hyperthyroidism: https://bit.ly/3t70yHo

    See ALL of my specialized supplements including protein powders, thyroid supplements, and weight loss products here:
    https://www.restartmed.com/shop/

    Want more from my blog? I have more than 400+ well-researched blog posts on thyroid management, hormone balancing, weight loss, and more. See all blog posts here:
    https://www.restartmed.com/blog/

    Disclaimer:
    Dr. Westin Childs received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic medicine in 2013. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Childs is no longer practicing medicine and does not hold an active medical license so he can focus on helping people through videos, blog posts, research, and supplement formulation. To read more about why he is no longer licensed please see this page: https://www.restartmed.com/what-happe...

    This video is for general informational, educational, and entertainment purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Childs and you. You should not make any changes to your medications or health regimens without first consulting a physician. If you have any questions please consult with your current primary care provider. Restart Medical LLC and Dr. Westin Childs are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or product you obtain through this website or video.
    #thyroid #hypothyroidism #hashimoto's

    • 8 min
    Signs of Selenium Toxicity - Are you taking TOO much selenium?

    Signs of Selenium Toxicity - Are you taking TOO much selenium?

    The list of warning signs and symptoms of selenium toxicity. Are you taking too much selenium? Here's how to find out:

    Selenium is a very important micronutrient for your body. It is included in certain proteins, called selenoproteins, that enable your cells to function properly, reduce inflammation, and produce antioxidants.

    Many people suffer from selenium deficiency which leads them to use selenium supplements.

    That's all good but what happens when they take too much? They may end up with minor signs of selenium toxicity. True selenium toxicity is rare, but a slight amount of selenium toxicity isn't uncommon and can occur if you accidentally take too much selenium in your supplements!

    This is often a problem for patients with thyroid disease because they know that using selenium can help reduce thyroid gland inflammation.

    Minor symptoms of selenium toxicity include:
    - Hair loss
    - Brittle nails
    - Fatigue
    - GI problems
    - Joint pain
    - Nausea

    These are more common than the serious symptoms but let's include the more serious symptoms as well:
    - Neurological problems
    - Paralysis
    - Selenosis (selenium poisoning)

    So, how much selenium should you take?
    The RDA for selenium is around 40-55mcg per day.
    My recommendation is 100-200mcg per day.
    Some doctors recommend 400-600mcg per day (probably only good for a short period of time and to treat very specific conditions).

    The best way to avoid selenium toxicity is to do 2 important things:

    #1. Check your supplements for selenium!
    See if you are accidentally taking too much using the guidelines above.
    #2. Pay attention to how much selenium you are getting from food (organic versions have more nutrients)
    Food sources high in selenium include: Brazil nuts, fish, ham, pork, beef, chicken, eggs, brown rice, oatmeal, spinach, bananas,

    But note that nutrients vary based on where plants were grown/harvested and whether or not they are organic.

    Do you have any of the signs of selenium toxicity? Let me know!

    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/

    Recommended thyroid supplements to enhance thyroid function:
    - Supplements that everyone with hypothyroidism needs: https://bit.ly/3tekPej
    - Supplement bundle to help reverse Hashimoto's: https://bit.ly/3gSY9eJ
    - Supplements for those without a thyroid and for those after RAI: https://bit.ly/3tb36nZ
    - Supplements for active hyperthyroidism: https://bit.ly/3t70yHo

    See ALL of my specialized supplements including protein powders, thyroid supplements, and weight loss products here:
    https://www.restartmed.com/shop/

    Want more from my blog? I have more than 400+ well-researched blog posts on thyroid management, hormone balancing, weight loss, and more. See all blog posts here:
    https://www.restartmed.com/blog/

    This video is for general informational, educational, and entertainment purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Childs and you. You should not make any changes to your medications or health regimens without first consulting a physician. If you have any questions please consult with your current primary care provider. Restart Medical LLC and Dr. Westin Childs are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or product you obtain through this website or video.
    #thyroid #hypothyroidism #hashimoto's

    • 9 min
    5 FREE Thyroid Treatments that actually work & that ANYONE can use

    5 FREE Thyroid Treatments that actually work & that ANYONE can use

    Want some free thyroid therapies that work? These 5 treatments can help improve your thyroid function and, best of all, they don't require any money. They can also be combined and used with other therapies such as thyroid medication, thyroid supplements, diet, exercise, and more.

    I mentioned several links in the video and you can find them below:

    I have a lot of people who tell me that they can't afford my thyroid supplements which can make them feel frustrated. Thyroid supplements are great and if you can afford them then I would recommend that you try them but even if you can't there are still things that you can do!

    Check out this list of 5 free thyroid therapies:

    #1. Fasting
    Fasting is both cheap and highly effective. It doesn't cost any money because you don't need to spend money on any expensive diets, organic foods, or anything like that! Fasting helps reduce inflammation, can help balance immune function, and may help with weight loss.

    #2. Cold therapy
    Next up is cold therapy or cold showers. Cold showers have the ability to help reduce inflammation and may help with weight loss. In addition, they may help to train your blood vessels to open wider to allow more blood flow into your extremities. Counterintuitively, it may help fix cold intolerance. Your goal should be to get into water that is cooler than 60 degrees for 2 mins each day.

    #3. Meditation
    Meditation is insanely effective and free! I've included 2 methods that I like below that you can use completely for free from youtube videos:
    Link to the release technique video on youtube: https://youtu.be/v2mY36Ho1Sk
    Link to the kirtan kriya technique on youtube: https://youtu.be/Zg9NOOM2neA

    #4. Getting out in nature
    Getting out in a nature can allow you to unplug from technology, relax, ground with the earth, and reduce stress levels. It's usually free to just get outside and go for a walk. If you can, ground with the earth and walk around with your shoes off.

    #5. Stretching/yoga
    Lastly, we have both stretching and yoga. These

    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/

    Disclaimer:
    Dr. Westin Childs received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic medicine in 2013. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Childs is no longer practicing medicine and does not hold an active medical license so he can focus on helping people through videos, blog posts, research, and supplement formulation. To read more about why he is no longer licensed please see this page: https://www.restartmed.com/what-happe...

    This video is for general informational, educational, and entertainment purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Childs and you. You should not make any changes to your medications or health regimens without first consulting a physician. If you have any questions please consult with your current primary care provider. Restart Medical LLC and Dr. Westin Childs are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or product you obtain through this website or video.
    #thyroid #hypothyroidism #hashimoto's

    • 11 min
    What Triggers a Hashimoto's Flare Up? Most Common Causes Explained

    What Triggers a Hashimoto's Flare Up? Most Common Causes Explained

    These are the most common causes of a Hashimoto's flare up. What is a Hashimoto's flare up? Flare ups are defined as an abrupt worsening in your thyroid or Hashimoto's symptoms.

    These flare ups are triggered by certain factors which can be managed. If you can find the source of your flare up then you can identify and target your treatment.

    When we talk about flare ups and Hashimoto's we are mostly focusing on the impact that these triggers have on your immune system.

    Hashimoto's is both a thyroid condition as well as an immune condition and an imbalance in immune function is what usually leads to a flare up.

    Having said that it's also important to understand that flare ups often can and do impact thyroid function. When your thyroid gland is inflamed from your immune system it will almost always have some impact on how well your thyroid gland can produce thyroid hormone.

    If your thyroid gland doesn't product enough thyroid hormone during your flare then you may experience hypothyroid symptoms. If your thyroid produces too much hormone during your flare then you may experience hyperthyroid symptoms.

    While pretty much any condition that impacts your immune system can trigger a Hashimoto's flare up, these are the most common triggers based on my own experience:

    #1. diet
    Especially gluten, dairy, and soy.
    #2. Stress (emotional or physical)
    #3. Viral infections
    Especially EBV and CMV.
    #4. Nutrient deficiencies
    Especially iodine, zinc, selenium, magnesium, and vitamin d deficiencies.
    #5. Bacterial infections
    Especially H. pylori which is a known pathogen that leads to stomach ulcers.
    #6. Lack of sleep + lack of exercise
    #7. Parasites
    #8. Exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals
    #9. Increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut)

    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/

    Recommended thyroid supplements to enhance thyroid function:
    - Supplements that everyone with hypothyroidism needs: https://bit.ly/3tekPej
    - Supplement bundle to help reverse Hashimoto's: https://bit.ly/3gSY9eJ
    - Supplements for those without a thyroid and for those after RAI: https://bit.ly/3tb36nZ
    - Supplements for active hyperthyroidism: https://bit.ly/3t70yHo

    See ALL of my specialized supplements including protein powders, thyroid supplements, and weight loss products here:
    https://www.restartmed.com/shop/

    Disclaimer:
    Dr. Westin Childs received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic medicine in 2013. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Childs is no longer practicing medicine and does not hold an active medical license so he can focus on helping people through videos, blog posts, research, and supplement formulation. To read more about why he is no longer licensed please see this page: https://www.restartmed.com/what-happe...

    This video is for general informational, educational, and entertainment purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Childs and you. You should not make any changes to your medications or health regimens without first consulting a physician. If you have any questions please consult with your current primary care provider. Restart Medical LLC and Dr. Westin Childs are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or product you obtain through this website or video.
    #thyroid #hypothyroidism #hashimoto's

    • 19 min
    Are Veggies Harmful For Your Thyroid?

    Are Veggies Harmful For Your Thyroid?

    Are veggies safe to eat if you have a thyroid problem? The answer for most people is YES. Certain vegetables do contain a potentially harmful ingredient known as a goitrogen.

    Vegetables that are high in goitrogens can theoretically exacerbate thyroid problems because of how they interfere with the thyroid gland.

    Goitrogens are substances that block the uptake of iodine into your thyroid gland.

    If you block iodine uptake into the thyroid gland then you may have issues in producing or creating thyroid hormone. If you don't produce enough thyroid hormone then you may experience low thyroid symptoms as well as a feedback loop that causes thyroid gland enlargement (thus where the name goitrogenic compound comes from).

    But even though certain vegetables contain these compounds, they often do not contain enough to cause any sort of real issue.

    Furthermore, you can reduce the content of goitrogens in vegetables by simply preparing them correctly. Boiling or steaming your vegetables will reduce the goitrogenic compounds found in them.

    Unfortunately, the boiling process does reduce some of the nutrient content as well, though, which should be considered.

    Even if you are consuming raw vegetables, though, you'd have to eat raw vegetables every single day for 3-5 servings a day to have any sort of real negative impact on your thyroid.

    Vegetables with the highest goitrogenic value include: Kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, collard greens

    Some people are also more at risk for experiencing issues when consuming these vegetables compared to others.

    Those at risk include:
    People with existing Iodine deficiency
    Pregnant women and women who are lactating

    Remember:

    Don't avoid vegetables because you are worried about goitrogens! Even if they have a small negative impact on your thyroid, that impact is usually dwarfed when compared to the positive impact that veggies have on your body and thyroid. This is especially true if you avoid eating veggies in favor of processed foods.

    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/

    Recommended thyroid supplements to enhance thyroid function:
    - Supplements that everyone with hypothyroidism needs: https://bit.ly/3tekPej
    - Supplement bundle to help reverse Hashimoto's: https://bit.ly/3gSY9eJ
    - Supplements for those without a thyroid and for those after RAI: https://bit.ly/3tb36nZ
    - Supplements for active hyperthyroidism: https://bit.ly/3t70yHo

    See ALL of my specialized supplements including protein powders, thyroid supplements, and weight loss products here:
    https://www.restartmed.com/shop/

    Want more from my blog? I have more than 400+ well-researched blog posts on thyroid management, hormone balancing, weight loss, and more. See all blog posts here:
    https://www.restartmed.com/blog/

    Prefer to listen via podcast? Download all of my podcast episodes here: https://apple.co/3kNYTCS

    Disclaimer:
    Dr. Westin Childs received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic medicine in 2013. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Childs is no longer practicing medicine and does not hold an active medical license so he can focus on helping people through videos, blog posts, research, and supplement formulation. To read more about why he is no longer licensed please see this page: https://www.restartmed.com/what-happe...

    • 6 min
    How to Take Your Thyroid Medication Correctly (For BEST Results)

    How to Take Your Thyroid Medication Correctly (For BEST Results)

    Are you taking your thyroid medication correctly? If not, it may not be doing its job. This video will walk you through how you should be taking your thyroid medication for the best results.

    Including how to take levothyroxine, how to take Synthroid, and how to take other forms of thyroid medications such as natural desiccated thyroid.

    Before you blame your symptoms on your thyroid make sure you are following these guidelines:

    - Take your thyroid medication either first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed
    - Take your thyroid medication at least 30-60 minutes AWAY from food (either before or after)
    - Do NOT take supplements at the same time as your thyroid medication, take them at least 30-60 minutes away from whenever you take your thyroid meds
    - If you are taking a dedicated calcium or iron supplement then make sure to take your thyroid medication 4 hours away from whenever you take these supplements
    - Do NOT take your thyroid medication with coffee or caffeine
    - Remember that NOT all thyroid medications are created equal - switch to a thyroid medication that has fewer fillers if necessary
    - Treat your gut to improve thyroid hormone absorption

    By focusing on these areas you can potentially improve how effective your thyroid medication is and then you will be able to determine if you are on the right medication for your body.

    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/

    Recommended thyroid supplements to enhance thyroid function:
    - Supplements that everyone with hypothyroidism needs: https://bit.ly/3tekPej
    - Supplement bundle to help reverse Hashimoto's: https://bit.ly/3gSY9eJ
    - Supplements for those without a thyroid and for those after RAI: https://bit.ly/3tb36nZ
    - Supplements for active hyperthyroidism: https://bit.ly/3t70yHo

    See ALL of my specialized supplements including protein powders, thyroid supplements, and weight loss products here:
    https://www.restartmed.com/shop/

    Want more from my blog? I have more than 400+ well-researched blog posts on thyroid management, hormone balancing, weight loss, and more. See all blog posts here:
    https://www.restartmed.com/blog/

    Prefer to listen via podcast? Download all of my podcast episodes here: https://apple.co/3kNYTCS

    Disclaimer:
    Dr. Westin Childs received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic medicine in 2013. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Childs is no longer practicing medicine and does not hold an active medical license so he can focus on helping people through videos, blog posts, research, and supplement formulation. To read more about why he is no longer licensed please see this page: https://www.restartmed.com/what-happe...

    This video is for general informational, educational, and entertainment purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Childs and you. You should not make any changes to your medications or health regimens without first consulting a physician. If you have any questions please consult with your current primary care provider. Restart Medical LLC and Dr. Westin Childs are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or product you obtain through this website or video.
    #thyroid #hypothyroidism #hashimoto's

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

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caseypins ,

Amazing

Dr Child’s has a super calm temperament and makes his talks clear and concise. I find his insight to be not like the rest of the hashi world and he knows so much! I really turn to him for support. Keep on publishing Dr! You are a true gem

BrooklynMatt ,

A Question Doctor.

I just watched your You Tube video on Hair Loss from Hypothyroidism and it was on of the best and informative pieces I’ve seen or read about the subject. Thank you.
I also just finished your podcast on Hashimotos Disease. Also very interesting.

My question to you. I’m taking Lithium which I feel I should not have been prescribed in the first place. This turned into a domino effect as the lithium caused the hypothyroidism which then I was put on Synthroid for. I’ve been taking it for 1 1/2 months. My hair was beautiful and thick. Now it’s thin and see through I’m some parts. If I work with the doctor to tweak me off the lithium. Then all the others. Will my hair grow back? Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
All the best
Matthew.

No Camping Campbell ,

Use of probiotics

I heard you recommended the use of probiotics. What are your thoughts if one has leaky gut and probiotic use? For some reason, I don’t feel that well when I take probiotics. Over the years, I have had SIBO
And intestinal permeability symptoms. Should one take probiotics in light of that?

Thanks

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