Support healthy thyroid function with your voice

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Healthy Thyroid(NaturalHealth365) Did you know a healthy thyroid gland depends on the sound of your voice? It’s true – every time you speak you stimulate your thyroid gland. That’s because of the anatomical relationship between the thyroid and the voice box, or larynx.

Feel your throat and find your Adam’s apple. This is part of your larynx. Just below the Adam’s apple and surrounding your larynx, on both sides like a butterfly, is your thyroid gland.

How to create a healthy thyroid – naturally

This relationship between the thyroid and voice box allows for a new, cost-free and risk-free approach to preventing and treating some types of thyroid disease. The thyroid is responsible for producing the metabolic regulating hormone called thyroxine. The thyroid stores thyroxine in a gel-like substance within the gland.

Mechanical manipulation of the thyroid can release thyroxine into the bloodstream, which is why massage therapists are cautious about massaging the throat.

Thyroxine is a critical hormone that sets the cellular metabolic rate, as a thermostat sets the heat of your house. There are many signs of thyroid imbalance. In general, too much thyroid, called hyperthyroidism, and your cells become over-active. Too little, or hypothyroidism, and you become lethargic.

Can the sound of your voice help balance hormones?

The release of thyroxine from the thyroid is known to be controlled by the brain. There is a classic feedback loop between the hypothalmus and pituitary gland in the brain and the thyroid gland that keeps thyroid levels where they should be. However, there is another mechanism of thyroid release that relates to the voice box. When you make a sound with your voice, your larynx vibrates, providing a gentle massage to the thyroid that surrounds it.

Could this be the reason chanting or just singing is good for the soul?

If you suffer from hypothyroidism – speak your mind.

People who have hypothyroidism may be too quiet, under using their voices and thereby under-stimulating their thyroids. There are many cultural reasons for people not using their voices. For example, e-mail and texting has replaced the phone call; more people are living by themselves and have nobody to talk to; and the community “sing-a-long” has been replaced by professional entertainment.

Interestingly, children who are born as deaf mutes usually develop hypothyroidism by the time they reach puberty. They don’t use their voices.

We have also discovered that people who have taken oaths of silence, such as nuns, also experience low thyroid function.

How does anger threaten thyroid health?

Excessive yelling can over-vibrate and over-stimulate the thyroid, resulting in hyperthyroidism. Stress is a known risk factor for hyperthyroidism, and people often yell when stressed. Of course, people tend to raise their voice over loud music, too.

In fact, vibration of the thyroid from the loud music, especially low frequencies, may also cause damage to the thyroid tissue and result in excessive release of thyroid hormone. Thyroid damage has been associated with occupational noise.

Of course, there are other things that can affect your thyroid, such as improper levels of iodine and radiation poisoning. A gland that serves a central role in maintaining metabolic functions would be expected to have numerous influences, checks and balances. An extreme in one factor can be compensated by the others.

We now realize that the voice is one of these thyroid factors.

Western medicine fails to understand how to properly treat thyroid disorders.

This role of the voice in regulating thyroid function is not yet recognized by mainstream medicine. There are billions of dollars made each year treating thyroid disease, which results in people being on lifetime thyroid medication. There is too much profit in treating this disease to look into non-medical solutions.

Here is a “self study” for you to try. If you have hypothyroidism, or suspect you do, try singing, humming, reading out loud, or just talking more. Do this daily, for several hours. This will also help you breathe deeply, which is good for you in any case. Focus on trying to vibrate your throat with your sounds.

Conversely, if you have hyperthyroidism, try not using your voice as much. Stop yelling! But you may also want to deep breathe, except don’t vocalize when exhaling.

None of this can hurt you, and within a month or two you should be feeling a difference. If possible, try this before allowing the doctor to destroy your thyroid and put you on lifetime medication.

We, at, would love to hear the positive results of this experiment. Please feel free to post your results – below.

About the author: Sydney Ross Singer is a world-renown medical anthropologist, author, and director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, located in Hawaii. A pioneer in the field of applied medical anthropology, Sydney, along with his wife and co-author, Soma Grismaijer have written numerous groundbreaking books that provide new theories, research, and revelations on disease causation and prevention, including the internationally acclaimed books, Dressed To Kil. For more information – visit: and

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  • Kim

    Ok…loved this article. I’m a 7th grade teacher. During the school year, I am constantly talking over the top of the air conditioner/heater/fan AND students. I’ve been looking for an answer…trying to cure myself…

    I have a hoarse voice most of the school year…this started 3 or 4 years ago. During the summer, it’s totally fine. People think I’m sick because of the sound of my voice…

    I take nascent iodine, and a thyroid supplement…hmmmmm…any thoughts?

  • MG

    Well, I’m also a teacher, and I’m definitely using my voice all day, but I have an under active thyroid, and that would be contrary to this article. I would appreciate some feedback as well.

  • Hermine

    What a wonderful artice!I am a hypothyroid,trying to cure myself too! I am taking iodine plus 2 litle tablets of the generic Armour and they help but I would love to be able to stop that so I am going to use my voice, humming, singing is terrible, my voice does not sing anymore, too hoarse. I will do the AUM chant and I will let you know how it works
    out! Thank you sooo much for posting this article.

  • Joan

    Thanks for the article. I just wished I had found Natural Health 365 before I had my thyroid remove, and now have to be on thyroid meds. I would like to ask if you could present an article for those of us in this situation and perhaps help us find alternatives to the toxic medicines. if any exist.

  • Halina

    Hi, thanks for the article. This does make a sense. When I was a young girl I had a voice to sing. Later in my life I was isolated from my family as I live abroad. I think I have answer to my under active thyroid problem. For all those years I was talking less and was under stress. Now I stress less no matter what.I am on thyroxine for the last 19 years. After so many years on thyroxine my body tells me if I am taking to much of thyroxine or not enough. I regulate my dosage now and it works. Why? because either way I have symptoms. This is how I communicate with my body. I have a blood test regularly just to check myself. I am more happy and relaxed.Now I will talk, talk and talk even to myself talk 🙂 Merry Christmas! time for singing!

  • SanDee Zawada

    This is so interesting. I am awed by how the body functions. This is truly amazing information.

  • Sharon

    This is so helpful! I just touched my thyroid while I was overtoning, which is a way to make sound that vibrates much of the body. I then compared over toning with AUM (Om) chanting and talking. They all vibrate my thyroid nicely. I am hypothyroid and “held my tongue” during most of an abusive marriage, during which I also did a spiritual practice that encouraged less talking. Now I’m a therapist who does more listening than talking. I’m going to start a community singing group for my thyroid, and also because it stimulates the vagus nerve that feeds the organs and expresses emotions of the face. All of these areas can freeze in trauma. Dr. Stephen Porges’s research on The Polyvagal Theory indicates that singing is one of the best things we can do to heal from trauma and stay healthy!