Interview: Dr. Westin Childs

Name: Westin Childs

Where do you live: Mesa, Arizona

Known for:
I specialize in treating patients with Thyroid disorders like Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. My patients also look for help in balancing hormones and weight loss.

Currently working with:
I’m creating a website where patients can learn about their thyroid and be an advocate for their own health. My passion is in bringing high quality information based on literary research into the hands of patients.

When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area?
After my wife was misdiagnosed and mistreated for Depression, when it turned out she actually had thyroid disorder. Through my work in helping her I became very passionate about treating thyroid disorders as I found that most Doctors are not educated in the area. In addition I was the first person to diagnose my own mother with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland. She had been treated by several doctors over several years!

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
Without a doubt it would be in Arizona! I not only love the heat, but I’m a huge fan of Mexican food. I’ve lived in several states including Colorado, Utah and Florida and Arizona is without a doubt my favorite place to live.

How would you describe your creativity?
Hear me out on this one… I feel like my creativity is in my ability to explain complex problems in a way that is simple to understand. In incredibly complex topics like healthcare and medicine, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the seemingly incredible amount of information out there. I will tell my patients it took me 10+ years to fully understand anatomy, physiology and treatment and I’m trying to make them understand these topics in just a few minutes!

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
I started during my Residency in Internal Medicine when I found that patients were NOT improving on the standard type of care they received. Since that time I’ve spent hundreds of additional hours reading literary studies, reports and following other Doctors practicing this type of medicine.

What do you do at the moment?
I currently see patients in the clinic several days per week, I intentionally do not see patients every day because it’s so important for me to continue to research new studies, create blog posts and write ebooks. On days I don’t work I try to research and create blog posts that are easy to understand for patients. In addition to that I’m working on several ebooks covering thyroid topics that many patients struggle with.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
Yes! Find out WHY you are doing something and let that purpose drive all of your decisions. For me it’s easy: I want to help as many hypothyroid patients as possible get their lives back. Every decision I make helps me realize this goal. If you don’t have a clear vision of WHY you are doing something then you probably won’t last long. Every solid business has a WHY that drives them.

Tell us how it all started.
After seeing multiple patients fail to improve despite spending tons of time and energy in treating them, I decided to look for a different approach to treating. Through this research I looked to alternative, holistic and functional medicine. Once I integrated these types of medicine into my practice it was a game changer. By combining these styles of medicine with literary science I’ve been able to effectively treat many diseases using multiple modalities.

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
Without a doubt my laptop. All of my prescribing, patient emails and virtual visits happen on my laptop. In addition I do all of my research and write my blog articles and ebooks from my laptop.

What is your favorite film?
Right now? Interstellar. It may change though in the future!

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
Without a doubt Albert Einstein, I want to discuss the theory of relativity and talk about deductive logic and reasoning.

How do you like to spoil yourself?
I love spending time with my family. Whenever possible I like to take breaks to go outside with my two daughters for hikes, to playgrounds or on a picnic.

What is luxury for you?
I actually love to just sit down with my wife and watch television shows once the kids are in bed. Nothing better than quality time with my wife and kids.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?
I had a patient who was suffering from chronic daily hives, facial swelling and constant itching – after treatment with me he was 100% in 2 weeks. This was after seeing multiple allergists and immunologists, a dermatologist and his primary care physician. After we treated him and his symptoms were completely gone he said to me “I can’t believe how long I lived my life, that long with all of those symptoms”. It doesn’t get better than helping patients get their life back.

What do you fear most?
I fear not being able to help every patient that comes to see me. That’s why I’m always pushing to learn more and to do better.

What is a happy life to you?
Spending quality time with my wife and kids. I don’t think there is anything more important to me than family.

What does a regular day look like for you?
I wake up with my girls to help them get ready for the day. I head to my clinic where I see 8-12 patients per day for 7-8 hours. Afterwards I come home and get to writing and creating content for my website and blog. After dinner I help my daughters get to bed and then spend some time with my wife. On days I don’t go to the clinic I work from home creating and writing content.

Tell us about your dream project.
I’d love to create educational material for Doctors so that they can learn to treat patients in a similar way as me. I’d like to create video contents, ebooks and courses that outline how to diagnose and treat complicated patients with multiple diseases.

Who is your professional role model/inspiration?
Sidney Baker, MD and Mark Hyman, MD.

How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)?
Unorthodox. My mind moves 100 miles per hour and I need to be able to move from topic to topic to stay on task, if that makes sense. I let my mind wander and through ordered chaos I do my research and create my content.

Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
My family.

What inspires you?
Seeing the changes in my patients’ lives after I treat them. Seeing them transform and become completely new and changed. It makes me want to give this to as many people as possible.

A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
“Why we get fat and what to do about it” by Gary Taubes.

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