The Thyroid Gland part 1: The gender imbalance

November 18th, 2013


“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”

– Sigmund Freud


The thyroid gland is a little bow tie shaped structure situated at the base of our throat in front of the trachea (wind pipe) below the ‘Adam’s apple’ and above the clavicle. It functions as a regulator of many metabolic functions.


If it works at too high a rate our metabolism speeds up and we begin to lose weight, sweat, experience a raised or irregular heart rate have difficulty sleeping and so on.


If it slows down in function we will experience weight gain, tiredness and lethargy…


Tractor reclaimed


Why does the thyroid become imbalanced?



This is a fascinating question and, as is so often the case, there is more to the answer than just the usual reasons given. However let us get the most commonly given reasons out of the way first.


The two main imbalances of the thyroid are hyper and hypothyroidism – that is too high or too low function. Interestingly the most common reason for both imbalances are auto-immune disorders. That is, the body is attacking itself in some way.


Regular readers of this Conscious Health blog might have noted the symbolism of that…


Hyperthyroidism: The most common cause listed in Western medicine for this is Graves disease. This is an autoimmune disorder that leads to an over production of thyroid hormones. Our internal metabolic rate increases and we ‘burn’ at a higher rate leading to the symptoms listed earlier.


Hypothyroidism: This is most commonly attributed to Hashimoto’s disease. It is also an autoimmune disease but in this case it damages the thyroid cells and interferes with their ability to make thyroid hormones. The result is a slowing down of our metabolism as the flame is lowered leading to the symptoms listed earlier for that.


There are some less common reasons for hypothyroidism such as can occur in areas of iodine deficiency and in rarer cases a genetic origin. There are even examples of hyperthyroidism swinging over to hypo functioning. Examples of this are damage from hyperthyroidism leading to the above listed Hashimoto’s disease and in rare cases, after childbirth where a short period of over activity is followed by hypothyroidism.



OK, now for the interesting stuff…



Firstly let us consider the unique position of the thyroid gland. In energy terms it is placed at the fifth chakra (energy center) level. This is the chakra of expression and comes immediately after the heart chakra (in ascending order).


Energy man pic


There is common question in Swedish when we want to ask someone how they are feeling or to enquire if there is something they are not expressing: “Va har du på hjärtat?” Literally this asks “What do you have in/on your heart?”. Note the subtle difference to the English expression “What is on your mind?”


The heart is the seat of both our internal communications with our self – that is, how conscious we are of our Self – and the expression of them, emotionally or otherwise, to others in the world outside.


We most commonly express that vocally. We talk, we shout, we sing, we cry, we laugh, we whisper or moan. One way or the other though it is expressed through this throat/vocal chakra energy center. If that is repressed for whatever reason a blockage of energy-conscious will build up in that area.



Why would we block our own throat chakra?



Well, I’m so glad you asked. Two main reasons:


  1. We do not give ourselves the right, permission or possibility to do so.
  2. We have not yet learnt how to channel complex energies in this way.


This week we will look at the first example. If we have learnt that we will be subject to attack (in the form of criticism, censure, humiliation or exclusion) whenever we express our truth then of course we will think more than twice before we do it again.


Effectively we will ‘get in first’ by attacking ourselves and shutting our self down before others do. If this situation goes on for long enough we most likely will not even be aware we are doing it anymore. That energy, like all energy, has to do work in some way or another. One way we have seen over and over again in these blogs is the creation of dis-ease in the body.


The second reason we will come back to next week in part two of this short series on the thyroid gland and health but first…



The gender imbalance in thyroid problems



Readers may or may not be aware that the majority of thyroid imbalances happen in women. Does this suggest some genetic predisposition? Apart from the post-partum example given earlier, not really. I believe it is more a question of social conditioning.


Traditionally men have been the aggressors. That is, they express their aggression outwardly in the form of confrontation, violence to others, war and so on.


Women (again, traditionally at least) have not been able to express aggression in these external ways as easily. More commonly they have expressed their aggression internally or in more indirect ways. This is known as passive aggression.


While passive aggression has many expressions the focus here is upon its effect on physical health. At this level passive aggression involves hurting ourselves in order to make a point or statement to someone else. The signature quality however is resistance.


Examples of this can be anything from a stress-related headache to a life-threatening disease. We express our resistance by ‘checking out’ into physical dysfunction – something which is more easily understood and sympathized with than admitting a mental or emotional incapacity.


Cannot men also do this? Of course they can. It is more that, (again) traditionally, they have had other, more socially accepted outlets for their aggression that have been deemed inappropriate for women. Is that fair? Of course not but it has been the conditioning for a long time in our history and cannot be underestimated.



It would be hysterically funny if it wasn’t true



If you do not believe me I bring your attention to the word ‘hysteria’. In its most commonly understood usage to be hysterical is to exhibit wild and uncontrolled emotional outbursts. This is deemed socially awkward and not usually acceptable behavior in a group.


Original source unknown

Original source unknown



‘Hystera’ is also the ancient Greek word given to the uterus. It was believed for quite a long time that the ‘hysterical outbursts of women’ that confused and alarmed men were due to their unique possession of a hystera (!) We might now appreciate just how much collective shame and risk is associated with a woman expressing publicly what is in her heart. We might also begin to see just how easily this energy of expression might become stagnated in its related energy center in the throat and thyroid gland.



To finish for this week here is a beautiful song on this very dilemma by friend and colleague Natalie Beabella called ‘Permission to Speak’ Enjoy it here: Permission to Speak



In part two we will look at the second energy reason for thyroid imbalance: The channelling of new and complex energy frequencies from within and without.



Stay tuned to that frequency right here.



Till everyone regardless of gender need not become hysterical about another Monday,






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