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.

Presenting Cures: An Abstract

At the 1998 Pacific Voice conference I presented cures of Spastic and Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD) by Direct Voice Rehabilitation (DVR). I presented cures of people who had been diagnosed with the most severe Spastic Dysphonia by the UCLA Medical Center Head and Neck Division.

The SD diagnoses were made by the Medical Center’s experienced physicians, including my colleague, Paul Ward, M.D. who was chairman of the Medical Center Head and Neck Division, preceding the present chairman, Gerald Berke, M.D., another colleague.

Hmmm, is there a cure for Spasmodic Dysphonia?

If you agree with Mort Cooper, Ph.D., by mouthing a reflexive "uh huh," you’re bound to receive a pat on the back for good vocal delivery.

"That's putting the voice in the lips and the nose where it belongs," says the Los Angeles-based speech-language pathologist and voice specialist. "You've got to get it out of the lower throat and into the 'mask'."

Few members of the medical community agree with Dr. Cooper, however, when it comes to diagnosing and treating spasmodic dysphonia, an involuntary movement of the vocal cords commonly referred to as "strangled voice."

An Open Letter sent to 14,300 Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors

Dear Colleague:

As you may be aware, I have demonstrated for many years that my exclusive non-invasive technique called Direct Voice Rehabilitation (DVR) can achieve dramatic results with spasmodic dysphonia (SD). This includes not only improvement or recovery but also cures. I’m writing to bring these results to your attention in the hope that you may find this information useful in your own practice as an alternative to invasive approaches.

Not With My Wife You Don't

An ENT professor on the UCLA Medical Faculty in the Head and Neck Division referred his wife who was diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia (SD) outside the medical center to Dr. Mort Cooper's private practice. She regained a normal voice through Direct Voice Rehabilitation (DVR). Today the UCLA Medical Center offers only Botox or surgery for SD patients without affording them the option of DVR. But not with my wife, you don't. Double standard?

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.