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."

DVR Provides Hope for a "Hopeless" Condition

Spasmodic dysphonia (SD) is considered to be a hopeless condition by the medical profession and by speech pathologists. The treatment of spasmodic dysphonia is to contain the symptoms, not to cure the problem.

The center of the disorder is the basal ganglia, according to current reports in the medical and speech pathology literature. I disagree markedly with this position, finding the cause is voice misuse and abuse, with psychological overtones. Over the past 20 years, I have been finding successes and cures with Direct Voice Rehabilitation (DVR).

Recovery from Spastic Dysphonia By Direct Voice Rehabilitation

Overview & Symptoms

The etiology of spastic dysphonia remains in dispute. Some writers propose a psychological causation; others favor a neurological or physiological disturbance. Dedo, Townsend, and Izdebski state:

A possible hypothesis for an organic cause would include physical trauma or a viral infection in the peripheral or the central nervous system as a cause of selective disturbances in conduction and control of neural impulses from or to the larynx. (1978, p. 879)