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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

When Paradigms Fail

Since Traube’s discovery of “the strangled voice” in 1871, the medical community hasn’t offered a single cure in nearly 130 years, preferring to attribute spasmodic dysphonia to arcane neurological and psychiatric explanations. Early on in their medical training, physicians are told to show deference to Occam’s razor by giving practical explanations without undue mystification. Complicating […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Strangled Voice

His voice came out “strangled.” “I can barely talk,” Bill says of his voice. It began right after I yelled at a baseball game. I was hoarse and I noticed my voice just wasn’t coming out right anymore. I had to push and force my voice out in order to talk. Then it got harder […]