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Due to this digital and very chemically polluted world, we are receiving more and more inquiries about various vocal disorders which people experience on a day by day basis. 


Our fruits and vegetables are chemically altered and our chickens (for example) are double-sized, due to be fed and raised with hormones and antibiotics. 


All of the above weakens our immune systems and makes us susceptible to all kinds of diseases; and unfortunately, cancer is one of them. Almost on an everyday basis, we are hearing about peoples’ thyroids being removed (usually due to cancer); and then, as a result of that, one (or even both) vocal cords  become paralyzed!


Also, people who have their regular diets consisting of a lot of fat, mucus and acids, could get a problem with the excess of gastric acid in their bodies, which could produce what’s called acid reflux; and which, in turn, may burn ones’ vocal cords and (on top of it) restrict the persons’ breathing.


And lastly, the improper application of the voice for speakers and singers, could lead to a serious voice damage.


So, especially for singers, the proper vocal technique should be a MUST so (by the application of the latter) the singer could save and protect his/her voice for a lifetime.

As for regular speaking people, I would suggest to be also in check with their speaking voice, i.e., not to scream or yell on a regular basis; keep your throat protected out of the cold and out of outer pollutions (such as smoking, drinking and drugs).  Also, beware of second hand smoke, which also could be very harmful to you in general and to your vocal anatomy in particular.


So, if some of the above had happened to you, but you managed to fix your voice, (hopefully, non-invasively and non-surgically), at that point, you will be able to enjoy the positive side-effects of that occurrence!


Once you have regained and restored your voice back to normal, (or almost back to normal), your happiness and your confidence will rise to the max (and rightfully so). 

I have a true belief that your voices IS your spirit; and once you lift your voice, you will uplift your spirit!

What do I mean by “lifting your voice”? 

I mean that, in any case (voice repair or not) the sound of the voice has to be restructured to the different set of muscles located in your facial cavities. By removing the pressure of the sound from the vocal box, it will allow the vocal anatomy to be free and healed (if needed).


The above will facilitate a “true vocal rest”.


Those facial muscles will play the role of the natural amplifier (or what we call, resonator); provided though that the lift of the voice to those muscles will be supported by the abdominal muscles; and thus, the voice will “blast off”!


My book is named “Vocal Science – Flight to the Universe”, and the very first picture of a space shuttle illustrates the blast-off of a rocket, which separates from the launching pad and flies on top of its fuel.


The caption of that picture in the book allegorically suggests that the launching pad represents the human body, the fuel underneath of the rocket represents the breathing, (and finally) the rocket represents the soaring voice which is flying to its aimed destination and upon design. When the rocket is launched, it’s being aimed to either the Moon or to Mars…


The flight of such rocket is regulated by scientists and engineers who are staying put on earth. Respectively, you can only become an owner of your voice when you predominantly are able to know how to launch your sound and where that sound will land.

Once you acquire such knowledge, you will acquire a very pleasant side-effect of it… YOUR CONFIDENCE! 

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Vocal Cord Paralysis (Paresis) is a very serious voice disorder.

No Voice Lost My Voice

If there are (God Forbid) both vocal cords paralyzed, (which means there is no movement whatsoever happening between them), there is not much (if at all) that could be done to bring those vocal cords to their normal working order. The person who suffers from that horrible voice condition, practically, is mute, as he/she cannot formulate any words.

It is indeed very sad!

A few years ago, a handsome executive-looking Asian man walked in through my office doors. Luckily, his wife was accompanying him; as otherwise, I would not be able to understand anything what he was trying to say. She told me that her husband had an operation performed on his thyroid when he had, what doctors thought, a benign lump.

After this first surgery, one of his vocal cords got paralyzed. At that time he, apparently, still could talk; however already, with great difficulty. Then, a year later, he was diagnosed with the cancer of the thyroid.

The doctors performed the surgery again, and this time around, they “managed” to paralyze the second vocal cord, which left the man unable to talk at all.

Does anybody could do anything about it, you may ask? My answer would be,  “Not to my knowledge and quite unlikely”.

However, when there is only one vocal cord paralyzed, there is a great possibility to improve one’s speech, by not only  (via special speech exercises) make the cord move (at least to a degree), but also by restructuring the sound to the different set of muscles altogether.

The facial muscles (where the voice now will be residing) will play the role of the natural amplifier or resonator. The lower abdomen and upper diaphragm muscles will be utilized to support the lift of the sound to the facial cavities.

Once the facial muscles begin to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, the greater pronunciation and annunciation will be also implemented. Therefore, the person with only one paralyzed vocal cord could be well treated to the point that he/she could come back to their normal life and feel adequate enough in their everyday performance.

So even if the vocal cord does not begin to move fully, the lift to the facial muscles will greatly compensate for that and nobody will know the difference.

After all, if you cannot start your car the regular way, you may be able to start you car from the trunk. And if employing the latter will take you places, so be it.

Given the above, the mission becomes accomplished (whichever way it works); and that’s what counts!

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Teaching for nearly 42 years, I have dealt with children, teenagers and, nevertheless, with adults of all ages and walks of life.

Children and teens definitely require more effort and more care. Some of them are very emotionally fragile and sensitive, especially when they are approaching puberty at the age of 12 to 14. A lot of them become practically silent and very closed-in inside. Naturally, they don’t speak much; their speaking voice becomes low and dull.

They are basically living in their inner-world.

Sad Girl

Recently, I was travelling to Dallas, Texas to work on a person with a paralyzed vocal cord. She happened to have one of her granddaughters, who was about to turn 9 years old. My client’s daughter, at the dinner table, did confess to me that her older daughter was hardly speaking to her; and moreover, was put in a special class for children with dyslexia. When I met this beautiful girl, who hardly looked beautiful, as she was so down and obviously (in my opinion) was quite misunderstood.

I asked her to read the same script that her grandmother did during our sessions with her; and she read it perfectly and definitely without any signs of dyslexia.

Go figure…

Vocal Singing princess

Of course, my approach to a child was vastly different then my approach would be to any adult. I am using certain body movements, which help the client to lift the voice off of their physical body and re-channel it into the different set of muscles (their facial muscles and their abdominal muscles for the greater support of the lifted voice). With the little girl, I turned it into a ballerina game!

She loved to be tall, slim and beautiful ballerina, while concurrently; I was lifting her speaking voice. And then, to everybody’s astonishment, the little girl had begun to sing!

Then we have learned that she had always wanted to sing!

But she never knew how to and her speaking voice (and nevertheless, her spirit) was positioned extremely low and her speaking voice was coming out with an extremely low tone. At her eight years of age, she was considered to be a complete outcast with a diagnosis of dyslexia, which never had been present in the first place.

Within an hour, this child turned into an absolute beautiful angel with no inhibitions whatsoever!

Continuing communication with my original voice repair client (her grandmother), I was told that the child joined a school choir, being much more talkative and much more happy. The transformation (personality, spirit and voice repair) was inevitable and, in this case, miraculously got complete within only an hour and a bit.

Way to go, little angel!

Stay tuned for other case studies concerning children, teenagers and lastly, adults.

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One day, you wake up and you notice that suddenly, your voice is not the same as it normally is. You think to yourself that ‘maybe its just morning raspiness and it will go away later in the day.  Five (or more) days pass and you realize that your voice is not getting any better. It’s actually getting worse with every word you try to convey. On top of that, your throat feels like it is on fire and it has been burning severely.

So, by now, you have come to the realization that something is definitely wrong there… The voice feels weak, and on top of it, it sounds raspy and hoarse.

“What could I do to make it better” you ask yourself in desperation?

Of course, right away, you turn to the “all reliable” internet for answers to your vocal dilemma, and find out that all of their “answers” are just generic explanation websites which, at most times, do not lead you to the best diagnosis and/or treatments.

Throat Problem 9

Now, you are lost completely and totally unaware of what to do to conquer your newly discovered vocal problem…

My advise would be that, first and foremost, do not panic; but instead, find a good medical professional and get an accurate diagnosis. If you get a clean bill of health, then seek a holistic practitioner (voice/vocal specialist) who specializes in voice problems. Acquiring appropriate voice/vocal techniques and the application of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies, should do the trick, so to speak.

If you, (God forbid) are diagnosed with some kind of growths on your vocal cords; such as polyps, nodules, cysts, lesions and etc., you should still look for a non-surgical alternative before committing yourself to surgical interference.

For example: The Vocal Science™ Technique advocates the minimal (if at all) use of the vocal cords.

Some of you are probably aware that you have only so many ‘strums’ per vocal cords, for the length of your life. Naturally the less you use your vocal cords; the more you preserve its health and length.

But what if you need to use your voice quite excessively? For example: What if your job requires you to speak on the phone all day, or you happen to be a professional speaker or singer?

I think that I have the answer for you:

I found the way to decrease the pressure of the sound on the vocal anatomy via my specially designed speech and singing exercises, coupled with special body movements.

Those exercises will allow your voice to be lifted off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords by the way of restructuring the sound into the set of the facial muscles, which will, in turn, begin to work in full conjunction and coordination with your abdominal muscles (for greater support of the lift); thus minimizing the use of your throat, larynx and your vocal cords.

However, if the above took place; and, after awhile, your previously diagnosed growth is not, at least, shrinking in size, you should return to the ENT surgeon and ask for a reassessment.

In this case, it might be wise to undergo a surgical procedure and then come back to the non-surgical post-operative care and thus assure that your voice disorder will not reoccur ever again.

We wish you all a healthy and pleasant voice!

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All you have to lose is your stress and fear; All you have to gain is your voice and overall health.

When a regular person suddenly begins to experience some voice problems, it becomes very devastating and, nevertheless, very scary.

When a singer begins to experience a loss of range, and hoarseness of voice, not only does it cause stress and extreme fear of losing their career, but it becomes completely unbearable and extremely stressful for that individual; and of course, all of it effects his/hers overall health. The musicians in general are usually extremely emotional and quite passionate, which is not always beneficial to their physical well being.

It is a well-known fact that a lot of diseases are emotionally induced and then they manifest in the physical body. The stress alone can cause quite a change in the chemical composition and thus, can cause a complete imbalance in the body. If brought to the absolute boiling point, it will most likely attack the weakest organ in this individual’s body. Those people who use their throat and their vocal anatomy quite excessively (due to their occupation) most likely will experience a vocal issue.

Those who are already experiencing vocal problems, no doubts, will be stressed to the max (speaking or singing), and that, in turn, will create some other physical body problems, such it could be, for example, their liver…

The holistic teaching indicates that those individuals who do experience liver problems, usually posses suppressed anger within themselves. When, for example, the thyroid is attacked, it usually represents that the sufferer is experiencing suppressed emotions and hurts. Very often, when doctors order to remove the thyroid, they also, quite often “butcher” the vocal box and almost 9 out of 10 patients are waking up with a paralyzed vocal cord(s).

So all of it, as you can see, is, nevertheless, a vicious circle. In other words, if you already have a vocal problem, the stress and fear will make it worse and might even affect the other vital organs of your body. If you have stress and fears caused by other factors, you may acquire vocal issues (speaking and/or singing). However, the singers who don’t know how to save and protect their voice for life, and who don’t own the proper vocal technique, most likely, sooner or later, will acquire various vocal disorders.

If you understand correctly the content, you will draw a conclusion that all of our organs (brain included) are completely interconnected; thus the approach to any physical imbalance (voice included) MUST be approached holistically and NEVER by itself. Once the physical body is in balance and intact, the spirit in such body will be also happy and healthy.

The voice IS your spirit.

It is also a reflection of the state of your whole being and it is, nevertheless, an Identification of who you truly are!

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  • Do you know how to be true to your vocal problems and to yourself for that matter?
  • Do you also know that any drugs, injections or even some natural remedies often, thus delay proper voice treatment and recovery?

If you feel any changes in your voice whatsoever, please don’t ignore it! See a natural health/voice specialist as soon as possible! Don’t convince yourself that everything is fine and almost as good as before. You are experiencing some changes and (let me tell you) there is definitely no change without change.

Something had happened!

Maybe you had a virus, strep throat or just a simple flue? After recovering from any of the above, suddenly, you have discovered that your voice, per say, had not recovered.

You are still speaking raspy and your voice still sounds hoarse. You, meanwhile, continuously trying to justify your voice condition by saying, “Oh. I’m just having a cold, or I just had a cold and my voice is still recovering”.

So, some time passes and your voice is still scratchy and your throat is still sore. You are experiencing difficulties with communication and trying more so to write then to speak..  (Thank God we all have computers and “smartphones” now)

Eventually, your family doctor is referring you to the ENT specialist…? And then, you suddenly find out that one of your vocal cords is… paralyzed..?

“WOW! How could that be???” you ask yourself and your doctors.

Unfortunately, it happens more and more often then ever before.

“What should I do now?”

Now you have to embrace the fact of the matter and act accordingly.

The majority of medical professionals offer all kinds of surgeries and also offer implants, injections & what have you.

The alternative solution is such that you will have to learn a whole new application of the voice and learn to speak (or sing for that matter, which is much harder and could be completely impossible) from the different set of muscles (your facial cavities) and coordinate those facial muscles with your abdominal muscles, so that your voice would be supported for its lift off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords.

Special speech exercises (in my practice, used with special body movements) will allow the voice to be channeled and projected to its aimed destination.

All of the above will be happening upon the method of visualization; and thus, upon design.

Your paralyzed vocal cord may begin to move a little, but that is still not the main objective.

The focus is to make you speak utilizing different sets of muscles other then the vocal cords per say; and make you sound as close to your original voice as possible.

The sooner you come to terms with the fact that you do have a voice issue, the better chances you will have to get a full (or close to a full) recovery of your voice, but, unfortunately, not necessarily your vocal paralysis… which is (in the above case) luckily just a “labeling” diagnosis.

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