At Odds With Establishment: Therapist Talks Up Voice Makeovers

As a student at Brooklyn College in 1948, Morton Cooper first heard his own speaking voice on one of those newfangled tape recorders. The sound, which he remembers as “high nasal, with a heavy New York accent,” so appalled him that he immediately sought speech therapy and in six months “went from a Howard Cosell to a Henry Kissinger.”

Is ASHA's Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD) position a voice racket?

A letter to SD patients.

The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) misinforms, misleads, misdirects those with the problem called Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD) to these websites of special interest, the Medical dystonia association, and the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA). ASHA’s website directs those with SD to the websites to seek Botox for SD, and/or surgery. The NSDA guarantees there are no cures of SD. The NSDA is given generous donations of money from Allergan the maker of Botox.

Spasmodic Dysphonia: Cures by Direct Voice Rehabilitation

The medical orientation says there are no cures of Spasmodic Dysphonia. Dr. Morton Cooper is the only Doctor in the world reporting ongoing cures by Direct Voice Rehabilitation (DVR) of the spasmodic voice (SD) (adductor, abductor and mixed) as well as many other types of voice problems for over 30 years.

Did Botox Kill Girl With Cerebral Palsy?

Botox on TrialFamily says Overdose Killed Girl

A first of it's kind trial is underway in California. A mother claims her 7 year old daughter died after being treated for Cerebral Palsy with Botox.

The same Botox used in cosmetic procedures has also been used to relax the muscles in stroke victims and of children with Cerebral Palsy. Botox has also been used in the treatment of SD.

FDA Orders Warning Label for Botox & Rivals

Botox and other similar anti-wrinkle drugs must now carry the most stringent kind of warning label, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

The F.D.A. issued that order the day after the agency approved a new drug, Dysport, that is expected to be the first real challenger to Botox in the United States. Like Botox, Dysport is an injectable drug derived from the paralytic agent botulinum toxin.

Voice update from Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert Blog

No jokes today on “serious Sunday.”

Many of you asked about my voice. As I’ve explained in this blog, about two years ago I suddenly acquired a bizarre and exotic voice problem called spasmodic dysphonia. I couldn’t speak for about 18 months unless I was on stage doing my public speaking, or alone, or singing. The rest of the time my vocal cords would clench and I could barely get out a word.

Spasmodic Dysphonia is Curable

Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD) is curable. SD is not a disease, or a dystonia, or a neurological problem, or related to reflux acid cause, or molecular biology cause or chemical imbalance in the brain or a basal ganglia problem. These are all failed medical theories.

The medical profession has no cures of SD, ever. Not since Traube in 1871 first described SD as “nervous hoarseness.” You know why it was called nervous hoarseness? Because when you talk with SD voice, you sound nervous and should be. It is an off putting frightening voice.

Spasmodic Dysphonia is a functional dysphonia (wrong voice use) and is curable by Direct Voice Rehabilitation

The medical profession, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA) guarantee that spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is incurable.

ASHA Leader featured an interview by Shelley Von Berg with Stephen C. McFarlane on November 20, 2001. This article states that "Adductor spasmodic dysphonia is a neurologic motor dysfunction known as a 'focal dystonia,'" and "…SD involves a focal dystonia of the larynx."