Cured of Spasmodic Dysphonia by DVR – November 26, 2002
R.P. was diagnosed with Adductor Spasmodic Dysphonia by Gerald Berke, M.D., Chair of the Head and Neck Division at UCLA Medical Center, and Bruce Gerratt, Ph.D. at UCLA Medical Center on 6/24/99.
Dear Doctor Cooper,
Thank you for calling me this morning. As we discussed on the phone, I am now sending you this brief summary of my experience with the totally debilitating condition called Spasmodic Dysphonia and the TOTAL HEALING of my voice to a point where it is now absolutely, totally normal.
My voice was very strangled to a point where I could hardly speak at all. I didn’t even know if the words were going to come out of my mouth at that time! I was traumatized by the condition, which is referred to as Spasmodic Dysphonia. I could not work and I avoided friends because I could hardly speak at all. My life was a nightmare due to this condition.
So what did I do about this devastating situation? I saw neurologists. They did not help. I saw psychiatrists. They did not help. I saw psychologists. They did not help. I saw the top voice/throat specialists in Los Angeles (at UCLA and at USC). They both recommended that I should have an invasive procedure, which involved injecting a toxic material called Botox into my vocal cords. I understand that Botox is derived from some kind of toxic mould. I also understood at that time that this Botox procedure could “perhaps” reduce my speech problems (Spasmodic Dysphonia): there was absolutely no guarantee that the procedure would be successful. I also understood that this invasive procedure could make my voice worse or that it could leave me with a whispering husky voice. I also understood that the Botox procedure would possibly have only a temporary effect on my voice having to be repeated over time — how many times it would have to be repeated was unknown. It became clear to me that the medical approach to Spasmodic Dysphonia was totally inadequate and that tit seriously risked making my voice WORSE BY PERMANENTLY DAMAGING MY VOCAL CORDS (by injecting Botox – a toxin – into them).
At that point I called a top neurologist in London to ask his advice. He also endorsed the Botox procedure which I had come to understand as the medical profession’s standard, RISKY, “not-successful” approach to the very distressing condition called Spasmodic Dysphonia which caused me to have very strangled, broken, difficult speech! I could hardly speak at all at that time.
I imagine that most people would probably have subjected themselves to the (risky and toxic) procedure, which was being advised by the medical profession. That procedure (as mentioned above) injecting a toxin (Botox) into the vocal cords.
I decided to search for an alternative solution to my very distressing speech/voice problems.
During the course of my search I heard about Dr. Mort Cooper who is an absolutely excellent voice/speech specialist. Over a period of time I worked with Dr. Cooper and my speech/voice is now ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. When I met Dr. Mort Cooper my speech/voice was strangled, broken, extremely painful and extremely distressing. It is now ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. I am very grateful to Dr. Cooper for his help with the TOTAL HEALING of my voice/speech problems.
The “medical” profession’s understanding that Spasmodic Dysphonia cannot be healed is in my opinion — and from my own personal experience — totally invalid. Also; in my opinion — and from my own direct personal experience — I consider that the “medical” profession’s endorsement of Botox treatment for vocal Dystonia is INVALID AND SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS.
I am very grateful to Dr. Mort Cooper for his help. If anyone should wish to contact me for any further information, they would be welcome to do so.