“Hello Thyroid”

by Dianne Trussell, BSc Hons, science & health educator & writer

How often do we think about our thyroid glands? Probably only when something goes wrong. Me too, but looking back, ever since puberty or earlier, my thyroid gland has probably been a little bit sluggish. Not pathological, just ‘not firing on all cylinders’. I used to need a lot of sleep, feel the cold, had cold hands and feet, poor digestion, put on weight easily which I found difficult to shift, plus my hormones were out of balance… these are all signs associated with low-ish thyroid activity. Ironically I had enormous amounts of energy for my high levels of physical and mental activity, from waking to bed-time, in contradiction to the pattern of low thyroid, which usually goes with poor energy levels. I was evidently getting my energy from somewhere else – and in retrospect I’d say it was nervous energy that kept me going.

Seemingly unconnected to these low thyroid signs, I did not want to eat broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower or beans. Something in my body didn’t want them, and I did not like the smell or taste of these foods, so it was easy for me to not eat them. That is still true today, and they make my body very uncomfortable for a few days if I consume them.

Fast forward to recently when I discovered that these foods are known to suppress thyroid function! So for me (not necessarily everyone) with my low-ish thyroid, they may not be suitable as regular dietary choices. Obviously my body knew this, even way back as a child, maybe even before scientific research brought us this information.

Apart from the continuous confirmation that our bodies really do know what’s right and not right for them, there is more to this thyroid story than the scientifically known chemistry and physiology.

A recent experience really expanded my understanding of how choices and energy impact the physical well-being and medical conditions of the body. Not long ago I felt as if my energy had drained out through the floor. I was tired all the time, falling asleep sitting at my computer by mid-morning, needing naps during the day, could barely manage a fraction of my normal activities, and trying to push myself to keep going only made it worse. This was so ‘not me’! What’s wrong with me? There were lots of ‘suspects’, such as an enduring parasite that was inflaming my intestines, a degenerate lower spine in pain all the time and headaches. These things made me feel drained and cranky about not being able to do all the things or work at the racehorse pace that I used to and felt I wanted to. But those other symptoms had been going on well before this abnormal bout of extreme tiredness – a level extreme by comparison with anything that had gone before.

My doctor had the inspiration to test my thyroid function. That’s a normal, appropriate response by the doctor – medicine sees the correlation of low energy and low thyroid. But modern medicine doesn’t take it deep enough, because ‘causes’ can just be the effects of something even earlier. My thyroid had tested as being at the low end of normal about 3 years before. But now it showed as abnormally low. My doctor was very concerned, and wanted to put me on thyroid drugs for the rest of my life. Now that option is not one I usually take up straight away, and I’ll try every other less invasive option first. So I asked her to give me a month, then we’d re-test and take it from there.

I wanted to get to the bottom of the cause of my low thyroid. I researched the literature and found plenty of physical causes, most of which I could rule out in my present situation. Regarding energy causes, theories abound, but what is true?

One spiritual new age theory is that thyroid problems are related to how we express.

Now for some scientific testing of that theory! Is low or suppressed thyroid anything to do with low or suppressed expression? Let’s see if there’s a correlation. However it’s important to be aware that even if there is, it might not be a causal relationship. When I got home from the doctor I ‘tuned into myself’, and asked myself this question: “In what ways have I been allowing my expression to be suppressed?”

This ‘inner experiment’ would be called unscientific by the mainstream. But the mainstream is missing a lot of truth and only has a part of the picture. I decided to be totally honest with myself, as truth is very important to me. I discovered that a ‘biggie’ blocking my expression is an old pattern: speak truth – get slammed; see truth and expose that which is uncomfortable for someone else – get attacked; stand in the fullness of who I am, without hiding, lessening, or sympathising with other people’s feelings of inadequacy – get rejected, belittled, punished.

The program this set up in my body was anxiety – as soon as I would see or feel truth and intend to express it, either in words or with my whole being, up would come fear and dread of rejection and aggressive reactions and repercussions, and I’d allow this anxiety to stifle my expression.

Then I’d react by either withdrawing from the person as quickly as possible, or silencing and shrinking myself, calibrating my expression down to let them stay in their comfort zone. Oh yuk! I now know that, apart from harming myself, that harms the other person by denying them the opportunity for greater awareness. How irresponsible! Withdrawing from a situation and not expressing was an understandable reaction ‘back in the day’, but now’s the time for clearing old patterns and getting on with evolution.

What we’re talking about here is energy: not the calories, kilojoules, metabolism type of energy, but the energy behind and from our choices. The energy we choose to let run our thoughts and actions, and the way we are in our bodies, can lower us into emotions or elevate us to a greater, truer form of expression. I learned this from Serge Benhayon, and found from my own experience that it is true. However modern science rejects the energetic science of the Ageless Wisdom. The New Age movement has not helped this situation, with its careless use of modern and ancient science, sometimes containing a seed of truth, but not going deep enough nor being discerning of energetic integrity and is thus often misleading. Nor does current medical science have the full picture. The study of energetic root causes for illness and disease is a relatively new field requiring open mindedness, not dismissal. In this situation, it’s imperative to seek deeper for the truth and not skip to conclusions.

So…. OK me, on with the experiment, and time to stop suppressing my own expression. On with it, even if it means a rocky learning period in how to stay open and be all of myself in situations that could lead to people rejecting, reacting or attacking me. Challenge, yes. Impossible, no. It starts now. Only a few hours went by until an opportunity arose to put my new commitment into practice. And it worked! In fact, the more I choose to connect with myself and hold myself in the fullness of love and understanding, stay open without sympathising, and let go of the fear, hurts, and programs, the more the other person is able to choose true expression instead of reaction, which supports me right back. A positive feedback loop. In the endless ‘mirrors reflecting mirrors’ human situation, this new response to new expression reduces the anxiety that arises from fear of being attacked, which then makes it easier to express fully, which reduces reactions and attacks, which makes it easier to express fully… and so on.

This is a turning point in my life, and can’t be under-estimated.

At the same time as doing this essential bit of work with my energetic awareness of expression and connection with myself, I felt it would be a good idea to do a few things to physically support my thyroid too. I increased my consumption of dietary phytosterols (which help with hormone balance) by taking a supplement, and I researched what foods I’m eating that might suppress thyroids. I found out that as well as the aforementioned broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and beans, phytates are a problem. I already soak my almonds and cook my dark leafy greens to reduce phytates, but there are high levels of them in sesame seed hulls. And I was eating a lot of unhulled tahini made from sesame seeds! So I switched to hulled tahini. These were the only physical changes I made, and I had another blood test quite soon after.

After my little experiment, off I went back to my doctor for the results of the follow-up thyroid function tests. She was gobsmacked because the result was normal! She said that ‘never happens!’

Sounds great, hey? Then another doctor, refusing to accept the science of energetic choices, said low thyroid can sometimes reverse and I must have “just dealt with my stress”.

But the stress level in my life had not changed. Thus I skipped too soon to the conclusion that the rapid reversal of my low thyroid function came by simply looking at my expression honestly and putting the resultant awareness into practice, plus a little bit of dietary tweaking.

But hold on – is poor expression the cause of thyroid problems or only a correlation? I obviously had low physical energy but what caused that? I eat well, sleep well, exercise, do esoteric yoga… and my level of stress was not obviously more than usual.

The esoteric explains it this way: “Hypothyroid issues are a fourth stage kidney issue [from lack of commitment to life] and not a direct result from a lack of expression issue. The process is low kidney life force -> low adrenals -> stimulated nervous system then thyroid problems.” – Serge Benhayon.

(Note, according to esoteric medicine, it is the kidneys that that are the energetic centres of our life force).

Applied retrospectively to my situation, this makes sense. It is going deeper for the truth of causes (which is ‘good science’) to the pre-physical origins of the illness. Is it possible that by withdrawing from a life situation – which in my case was accompanied by holding back my expression – I was reducing my commitment to life and thus choosing an unsupportive source of energy and stressing myself without realising it? The sequence above would naturally follow, and thyroid problems would be a predictable consequence. It also explains the ‘running on nervous energy’ component, which is exhausting below the radar of day to day busy-ness. It also explains the historical sluggish thyroid symptoms associated with holding back out of anxiety.

And so how about my healing? From my personal experience, I can’t deny a link between the healing of my thyroid and my commitment to heal and express in full. When I made the commitment, I was facing up to the life situation, bringing all of me to it and thus renewing my commitment to life and evolution. Up would come my kidney life force energy, followed by the re-balancing of the whole system, and quickly too! Now that is true medicine, and true science!

Thus the important thing here in the healing was the fact of committing to life.

Naturally, each person with thyroid problems (or adrenal or nervous problems) may have a different way than me of not committing to life. It may not be through under-expressing but some other choice altogether. Although modern medicine has great diagnostic and disease management tools, it tends to treat the ‘end of the line’ effects instead of tracing back to the energetic origins of illness. Thus a significant heads-up from my thyroid case is the importance of considering the energetic consequences of choices before jumping to the ‘one size fits all’, physical-based treatment of symptoms (effects). Propping up the thyroid pharmacologically would of course help the person get through each day, but not solve the underlying problem which could then rear up in another way.

Medicine and science have a great deal to learn from the Ageless Wisdom indeed!




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910 thoughts on ““Hello Thyroid”

  1. It is quite incredible how the effects of how we express, or hold back, are so clearly felt upon the body. Each time I hold back, I feel drained afterwards – as if I’ve been using a force to hold together a dam or a wall that is blocking all that is naturally there to flow through me.

    1. I can relate to this Bryony. By holding back our true expression we are doing untold damage not only to ourselves but to everyone we hold back our expression from.

      1. Yes.. it’s super damaging to relationships, our health and overall well-being and sense of connection when we hold back – which is ironic and ridiculous, because the reasons we hold back in the first place are to not get hurt – when actually, holding back hurts us and others far more than just saying whatever is there to be said.

  2. “The study of energetic root causes for illness and disease is a relatively new field requiring open mindedness, not dismissal. In this situation, it’s imperative to seek deeper for the truth and not skip to conclusions.” This article is a very clear understanding of the underlying cause of hypothyroidism and an opportunity to take responsibility for our own part in resolving the problem.

  3. Brilliant study and experiment of yourself, as I am sure there are many people who can relate to your discovery of the relationship between anxiety related to holding back expression, and how anxiety contributes to the low thyroid levels. The stress and anxiety certainly is very taxing on the physiology.

  4. Dianne this is such a great template that we can all take under our wings and give it a go. What is so beautiful is the deep level of honesty and truth you are prepared to go to which clearly exposes how we can only really heal when we allow this to be.

  5. Mainstream solutions are pretty surface, whereas the esoteric – i.e. looking at the science behind all of our choices and how they affect the whole body – explains what’s going on by looking at the whole and taking everything into account. Amazing how quickly the body responds when we start being aware of how we’re living, and making different choices.

  6. I don’t think i’ve ever thought about my thyroid glands! And usually only any other part of my body get’s attention if there’s a pain or something out of the ordinary.

  7. I love how you did this ‘inner experiment’ Dianne. We can learn so much from our bodies when we choose to listen and then act on the messages they are sending us.

  8. Each of us is in the lab of life conducting endless experiments. But we mostly choose to ignore the truth of the results. Like big pharmaceutical organisations, we often prefer to skew what we know and feel to suit a picture we want life to be. That’s ill to me!

  9. I agree Dianne our choices and energy impact our physical body and I am now much more aware and appreciative of how much our body communicates to us very clearly if we are listening so that we understand when we have made choices that are not harmonious to it and to learn how to make true and far more loving choices.

  10. The Ageless Wisdom often takes us deeper than the already deeper that we have gone to. This is a fantastic example of just that….when having traced your condition back to some form of suppressed expression you could go even further and find a lack of commitment to life issue. This is awesome for it then allows you to look at all areas of life where there is a less than full commitment and what that means for you and where it came from and how it is impacting the present and then with a focus on the body feel where this lack of commitment manifests in the body and in life. I could relate to so much of what you have shared and also remember when I felt I had an acceptance issue only to look deeper and find, with the help of a practitioner, that this too was a lack of commitment to life. This made so much sense and allowed me to address the real cause not what I thought it was.

  11. Fascinating to understand that the reason we don’t like some foods is because they cause a physical effect in the body that literally disturbs the chemical equilibrium.

    1. Yes, that is an excellent point. Food can have quite a few indirect effects. Mind you, I like Broccoli.

  12. Phew ! What an inspiration this article is …. we can all express more, and more, as we surrender and let go there will always be a deeper appreciation to express.

  13. This is such an inspiring sharing. I can feel my expression is being suppressed and a thought of giving it a full go feels scary. But scary for what? I can feel I have not allowed myself to even feel that in full, and there still is a bit of hesitation I can feel, that I would rather not go that way if I don’t have to. Feeling your commitment and light-heartedness lets me know that there is a way that I can do this.

  14. Amazing how something (a food in this case) that we have had an aversion to all our lives, can actually be a signal that there is an imbalance somewhere in our bodies. Such a simple thing, but one that seems to be so often overlooked by the medical profession. No doubt if such things were taken into consdieration more often, many illnesses and disease could be prevented or at least reduced in there onset and severity.

  15. Having had blood tests recently and being prescribed supplements to help support a slightly low functioning thyroid I find this especially fascinating with a lot to ponder on. Thank you for expressing so fully about your condition and how you approached it and what you discovered.

  16. This article is like a bible for me. I have thyroid issues myself and even though I have read this article again and again, I gain something else each time I read it. Tonight in reading it I feel the grace of understanding and how through personal understanding of our particular life circumstances that much can adjust. The power in this cannot be ignored.

  17. “But modern medicine doesn’t take it deep enough, because ‘causes’ can just be the effects of something even earlier.” his is what we need to understand, that the whole body is interconnected and that the location of the symptoms is not necessarily the root cause of it.

  18. I love the way you approach science Diane, being absolutely open and using your own experiences to explore different pathways and options. Our body is living science and to study it and understand it from an energetic perspective will in the end give us much better health then the solution based medical science could ever get.

  19. Amazing Dianne , not letting yourself be bedazzled by medical diagnosis, you researched yourself through the most amazing scientific instrument of them all – your own body.

  20. This was so great to re-read Dianne… to look at the bigger picture of what caused your thyroid to be out of balance and how you were able to heal the problem. I love how the esoteric gets to the bottom of it all and can explain on an energetic level what is going on.

  21. This blog shows how we all have the ability to heal ourselves at a deeper level that is currently available via modern medical practices alone, although utilizing both in a synergistic way holds for us a real powerhouse of capability. Dianne, I love the way you went about dealing with your thyroid issue in a systematic way that experimented with potential energetic causes as well as physical ones (as in diet choices) and shows to me that when we take on more responsibility in expressing our true selves without holding back, this is the most vitalizing thing for our bodies.

  22. We really can establish a full diagnosis covering all levels when we’re open to seeing the ‘more’ of an illness and disease, and what might be contributing to the outplay of the body being dis-eased.

  23. I know this feeling of frustration at not being able to work at the racehorse speed, and finding out that eventually the speed and the manner which I inevitably end up is the one that my body actually wants, whereas the super-fast paced one is coming more just from my head.

  24. How often do we think of committing to life and expressing in full as healing? Rarely, in my experience, yet the benefits are so obvious. Being out there in the world, committing to every part of our lives, gives us a greater understanding of ourselves because of what others reflect to us, and a different perspective of whatever might be going on for us. And the expressing in full part means that we are less likely to hold onto and bury whatever we might be feeling.

  25. When we are open to seeking deeper for the truth and being very honest with ourselves and the energy we are choosing to run our body with, we build a far deeper energetic awareness and expression of the truth we feel in our body.

  26. That’s absolutely key to remember in understanding the stages or layers of illness and disease “‘causes’ can just be the effects of something even earlier”.

  27. ” Thus the important thing here in the healing was the fact of committing to life.” It sound like you opened your heart and let people in to see all of you and therefore committed the you that is the true you to life. thank you for sharing Dianne.

  28. “Hypothyroid issues are a fourth stage kidney issue [from lack of commitment to life] and not a direct result from a lack of expression issue. The process is low kidney life force -> low adrenals -> stimulated nervous system then thyroid problems.” If only the medical profession was open to the simplicity of what is presented here, we would be able to catch many illnesses before they developed into much more serious and possibly life threatening issues.

  29. Thank you Dianne, what you have shared makes perfect sense. The fear of attack leads to a withdrawal from life, a reduction in the quality of what is being expressed and thus the beginnings of living life through the ‘fight or flight’ responses of the human nervous system, rather than living life through the vascular system and thus our true open-heartedness.

  30. Conventional medicine has a tool box where to look at to treat a condition. The tool box is what it is and in some cases it is a great one. In other cases, what it offers is to provide (some) relief for one condition but making the overall body and its quality of life worst off (e.g., lifetime antidepressants for a thyroid issue). In other cases it has no much to offer. The Ageless Wisdom has a different set of tool box. It has to do with our beingness always and what we have allowed in our body due to it and it offers the key to undo the configurations that set us in the path to illness and disease. Working together is definitely the way to go.

  31. Superb account of the multi-faceted causation of illness, the momentum from deeper root causes and the subsequent knock-on effects that manifest in the presenting problem. There is clearly more to unveil in our true understanding of how the human body truly works. The energetic and emotional elements as precursors to later, seemingly unrelated conditions, would benefit from being deeply researched and our education and prevention programmes adapted as a consequence. Indeed, the results would without doubt be game-changing for health, for medicine and for personal responsibility in the entire equation.

  32. Sometimes we need to be like a detective in understanding the root causes to our illness and lack of wellbeing. As you explained so beautifully Dianne, each path is individual in the way we have avoided being fully engaged in life.

  33. ‘Medicine and science have a great deal to learn from the Ageless Wisdom indeed!’ Indeed they do and I love how you are so willing to explore all the possibilities and not accept things on face value. No doubt your body appreciated that.

  34. “Thus a significant heads-up from my thyroid case is the importance of considering the energetic consequences of choices before jumping to the ‘one size fits all’, physical-based treatment of symptoms (effects).” A very clear and indisputable result of your willingness to look more deeply at your daily choices. A very inspiring blog Dianne and one that all of us would do well to pay heed to in relation to our health and energetic choices.

  35. The way we live these days I would imagine that commitment to life would be a causative factor in many illnesses. There is a commitment to playing games, becoming a celebrity, if only for a short while, becoming rich, being entertained, following sport, endless hobbies but where is the commitment to the qualities we harbour inside and where is the commitment to looking after our own bodies?

  36. You write with a great sense of fun, playfulness, honesty, curiosity, and a strong commitment to truth and understanding of life. It was a fascinating read and has given me much to think about it.

  37. This article has been a massive support for me. Reading it today, I can feel a deep inner strength in simply making the decision to commit to me, because it is from this commitment that the commitment to life is simple. For what it is that I feel, is felt by all, so to not live, move and share it is saying life and others doesn’t really matter. There is nothing further from the truth when we are here to serve man kind, we are not naturally designed to live for what we can get out of the world and others. It is this paradigm that we get caught into that ultimately suffocates our commitment to our essence and life.

  38. When we hold back or hide our wisdom everyone misses out on the potential of that wisdom including ourselves – how can we think this is not affecting our health and wellbeing.

  39. This is an absolutely brilliant blog Dianne, thank you. It makes so much sense to trace back the energetic root cause of what is bringing about an illness and disease and work with that as well as modern medicine to support true healing. Everything that you wrote about in this blog makes total sense to me.

  40. We can trace where an illness orginates from (pathogens/ causal agent/situations) but Universal Medicine shares that energy comes in and through the body, tracing the energy that then moves us towards or away from the pathogen/causal trigger. I can’t think of a greater form of preventative medicine. And when addressing the energetic cause stops us going down the illness road further.

  41. “….. the more I choose to connect with myself and hold myself in the fullness of love and understanding, stay open without sympathising, and let go of the fear, hurts, and programs, the more the other person is able to choose true expression instead of reaction, which supports me right back.” Awesome lived awareness shared here Dianne, choosing to hold back in expression affects us in so many ways. When we can be the observer of ourselves and life situations, we are much better equipped to come from our natural ability to express what is there to say.

  42. I love how your body knows exactly what it does and doesn’t want, and how you listen out of curiosity. Your observation of what is going on for you is so astute and precise. You are an inspiration.

  43. “….. the more I choose to connect with myself and hold myself in the fullness of love and understanding, stay open without sympathising, and let go of the fear, hurts, and programs, the more the other person is able to choose true expression instead of reaction, which supports me right back.” A beautiful post to re-read Dianne. Re-comitting to life – in every moment feels so important. Getting to the root cause of any symptom – not just treating it superficially – will one day be the goal of western medicine too.

  44. When we deal with the situation there is almost always a period of discomfort of having to face up to what we have not committed to but the process is necessary and eventually enormously worthwhile when we look at the root cause.

  45. What I love about your discoveries Dianne is that you are 100% willing to take off the blindfold and peer beneath the curtain come-what-may. Too often we blindly reach for a ‘quick-fix’ to take it all away because we do not want to deal with the situation at hand, let alone the underlying root cause behind it.

  46. “…choices and energy impact the physical well-being and medical conditions of the body.” – Such a simple sentence Diane, and yet it holds many answers to what and how things are happening in our world, in our bodies. We choose to eat and drink foods that are a fuel that is not suitable for the body and as a result we have physical consequences. But then there are the energetic aspects to contend with too – why is it that we eat these foods when we know they do not support us? These are great things to ponder on and so we get to see that there is the bigger picture of our choices and the consequences.

  47. Committment to life.. my feeling this is an all encompassing bodily committment. Making the choice to be open, to move with fluidity and grace and to offer the wisdom that lies deep with in, in words and actions.

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