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, […]

Voice update from Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert Blog

January 15, 2007—Voice Update 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, […]

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 […]

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,’” […]

Choice? You call that choice?

Medical Profession The medical profession treats a condition called strangled voice (medically known as Spasmodic Dysphonia or Dystonia) (SD) by a substance called Botulinum Toxin (Botox) and/or surgery. The medical profession has never had a single cure of SD by medical treatment in over 130 years since Traube first described the condition in 1871. Medical […]

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 […]