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We treat you and your voice above others!

Your voice is sounding hoarse and raspy and your voice is almost lost…?  What should you do?

Naturally, you would call your physician and ask for a referral to an ENT specialist. After waiting for a few months, you actually may get an appointment.  By that time, though, in the best scenario, your voice may get back to normal; but most likely, it will stay the same or it will get worse.

It is much easier to treat any voice disorder at the beginning stages, so it is quite possible that the valuable time had been lost, and thus the non-surgical treatment may not be as successful as otherwise could be.

On a personal note, I used to hire a private ENT just to clean my ears when needed. My ears are very important to me, as my super-sonic hearing (by the common opinion) allows me to hear the minutest details and changes in the human voice.

On this premise, I cannot allow just a regular nurse to attend to my ears as, if anything goes wrong, I will lose my main working tool; not to mention that I could acquire a hearing disability (God forbid).

If I were to go into a walk-in clinic here in Canada, I would not have to pay anything to clean my ears from wax (often a consequence of sound pollution). To go (instead) to a private ENT specialist, I had to pay $100 per ear.

Then the unthinkable happened. I was informed that my doctor had died last November. Now, I am terrified, as I have no idea what I am going to do about my ears.

Luckily, though with respect of the throat (my own or my clients’), I definitely would know what to do, if anything went wrong. But, either way, I have been quite traumatised for the past few months knowing that I don’t have a renowned specialist at my (or my clients’ with complications) corner any longer.

So, given the above, I personally have always been very attentive to my clients and have never treated them as just a number.

Some clients are coming back to me for more speech or singing lessons or for some newly-arisen concerns; and no matter how many years have passed, I always do remember their history and why they came to me in the first place. My clients are always surprised about how I could always remember the minutest details about them.

My answer to them is: I was LISTENING, I was HEARING and I did CARE about their healing on every level, opposed to those who are more concerned about the billing and not the healing.

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Evidently not…

It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?

Let’s
analyze what has been happening in the last few years and, nevertheless,
recently:
Majority of our very talented artists had experienced vocal problems in one-way or
another. A lot of them had undergone vocal operations:
  • Adele
  • John Mayer
  • Joan Rivers
  • Megan Trainor
  • Sam Smith
  • Roger Daltrey
  • Steven Tyler
  • Keith Urban
  • Michael Buble

And that’s to name a few…

All of the above listed people are talented artists, but obviously, majority of
them had been lacking the proper vocal technique; and thus, they ended up
having vocal issues (and some of them more serious then others).
Could they have avoided the interruption of their professional lives, careers, joy
and monetary loss?
No doubts they could – They just could have been more attentive to the technical
aspects of their craft and not just rely on their talents and love for music.
Could you imagine a figure skater trying to jump a triple or quad not knowing what it consists of and, moreover, not having proper muscle training assuring that the physical body could withhold the weight of the landing of such jump? Also, if you think of ballet dancers who work at the bar at least 4 to 8 hours a day, would you imagine them doing ‘pirouettes’ and ‘pas se deuxs’ wearing point-shoes and having no prerequisite with regards to what they are doing?

In this case the serious injuries would, no doubts, occur.

singing-on-the-brain
They, nevertheless, have to be able to keep their whole body weight on those toes of theirs. That means that their balance has to be unshakable, their point-shoes techniques have to be immaculate and their ballet elements (separately and in correlation), have to be ‘on point’. (no pun intended)
So where do the singers come with the idea that the technical aspect of using their
voices properly and efficiently does not necessarily need to be embraced?

Lately, it has been all about the show and showmanship.

For example: there has been about $40,000,000 dollar stage, built for Bono’s performance.
That said, basically, everything had been in place to cover up the inadequacy of a true vocal performance.
How Sad is that? Very
Sad, indeed!
If our truly talented artists possessed a proper vocal technique, which would protect and save their voice for life, we would not be hearing (unfortunately, quite often) on the news about the next upcoming vocal surgery of the next pop-star.
Go figure!

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Alternative Approach To Speaking and Singing Voice Mechanics.

We are getting a lot of inquiries from people who suffer from various voice/vocal disorders. They are suffering from vocal issues such as: nodules, polyps, lesions, cysts, papillomas, paralyzed vocal cords and many other vocal problems. Naturally, some people want to resolve their vocal cord growth non-surgically; and this is definitely the right thing to do. However, the majority of them outright presume that the minute they start adapting the new mechanics of the voice, combined with the natural herbal treatment, their growth will magically disappear, and moreover, in the nick of time nevertheless.

Yes, in more light conditions like, for example: pre-nodules or very small nodules/polyps, etc., they do disappear in a reasonably short time. The fact is that once the voice is lifted off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords, it is no longer rubbing off of those cords; and once the appropriate herbal remedies (sometimes coupled with homeopathic substances) oxygenate the bottom of the throat enough, no growth will be able to live in that oxygenated environment.

Any sensible person (even with an average IQ) will understand what I am trying to explain here. But, believe it or not, it is very difficult to bring it to people’s understanding. In fact, I have just hung up the phone with somebody who has been suffering with Spasmodic Dysphonia for 12 years!

The very first thing she had asked me was if I could treat her condition (nevertheless, Spasmodic Dysphonia, however, fairly, in a light form) with the herbal remedies…?

Go figure!

Also, when I had stressed the point (which I am trying to convey in this blog) that I would not be able to guarantee the cure of such a neurological disorder, but however, could guarantee at least 80% to 90% of

speech improvement, she got very discouraged and, on that note, cut our phone conversation short. She was also offered a discounted price (which is in force right now, due to the celebration of our schools 32nd anniversary).

With the price quoted, she nearly had a ‘heart attack’ and hung-up the phone very fast.  One more time again, this person has been suffering with her voice disorder for 12 years…? She, evidently, still has no idea what it would take to improve her speech.

Of course, we wish her all the best and, likewise, to many others; but she, unfortunately, had declined her one and only way to hear her voice sounding (at least somewhat) normal once again.

Now, I would like to give you an example, so that you could understand better with respect to what I mean by treatment and improvement VS complete cure of whichever voice/vocal issue.

Let’s take, for example, the case of the South African Athlete, Oscar Pistorius.

Due to a birth defect, both of his legs got amputated before his first Birthday; and ever since, he has been wearing prosthetics. Nevertheless, with those prosthetics, he became a great athlete and had been winning multiple gold medals (Olympic Games included).

With that said, could anybody in the world give him his legs back (to run and to win)? Needless to say, that would not be possible. But what was possible is to get the best prosthetics and get him highly trained to use those prosthetics as his own legs.

Similarly, it is ultimately the same of what I am preaching and advocating with respect of non-surgical voice repair treatments

To conclude: I may not (in an instant) be able to fully cure your vocal cords growth, as it requires some time (if at all); but I will be able to treat your condition and bring your voice up to a  “high gear” so that, when you speak or sing, nobody will know the difference.

Isn’t that the objective of the above exercise?

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The voice disorder such as a paralyzed vocal cord is definitely “not a picnic” to put it mildly. Usually, this condition occurs due to a related or non-related surgery. It occurs very often during the thyroid extraction or spine fusion, where the neck is involved. It actually could occur in any surgery where intubation takes place.

The fact is that majority of the hospitals here in Canada and in the United States are the teaching hospitals. What that means is that these kind of procedures are not necessarily conducted by the appointed specialist(s), but are being performed by medical interns or even by medical faculty University students. Those young doctors to be are obviously still learning and do not have experience how to insert those tubes correctly. Thus, the occurred mistakes, which could cause the patient a severe damage of their vocal box, could be crucial to one’s life.

So the patient who went in to the operating room with a perfectly good voice, woke up a few hours later and discovered that their once precious and absolutely normal sounding voice, was not performing the regular way as before the surgery. Some of the patients, though, were assured and reassured by their doctors that it is a natural consequence of their surgery and the voice will get restored on its own…?

Unfortunately, that is never the case. In most cases, the vocal cord(s) is damaged and, worst of all, paralyzed. So the patient’s speech becomes very raspy and hoarse, heavy and strained and it is sometimes very difficult to understand what that person is trying to say. Understandably, those patients are extremely upset and frustrated and some are severely depressed and even feel suicidal. Is there a cure? From the medical point of view, there is not.

Could it be treated in such a way that this type of patients will speak more clear and more pronounced, will be more understood and feel that their throat and neck are released from the pressure of the sound, and thus they will feel more at ease and feel much lighter and brighter? Absolutely!!!

From where I sit, with special speech exercises, coupled with the certain body movements, I would be able to lift their voice off of the vocal cords and restructure it in a different set of muscles (facial muscles), which will begin to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles and thus, the use of the throat, larynx and vocal cords will be minimized and practically eliminated. Also, via same, but more in depth exercises, in the less severe cases, I would be able to induce, if not the full movement of the vocal cord, but at least a partial movement of one. Moreover, the natural herbs and some homeopathic remedies will be administered onto the patients’ vocal box to lubricate, heal and strengthen it.

Needless to say, the impurities like mucus and gastric acids will be eliminated from one’s vocal anatomy. As far as I am concerned (and so are over 20,000 clients I have attended to), it is a Genius Approach that Definitely Does Work!

I am grateful to God everyday for the gift of healing I received from the above.

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In our roster, we have more and more people coming for voice repair and voice restoration, but also, actually, to “find” their voice.

We have clients who come to us and who have tried everything else, especially through the means of the Internet.

Some of those people are very computer savvy and are able to really deeply surf and navigate voice-related sites. They are trying to save money and not to travel anywhere for their voice problems and needs. And eventually, accomplishing nothing to what they were looking for, they have also managed to incur a vocal damage while at it.

One of the commercials for men’s weight loss that is running very often on our Canadian media, where the guy who promotes his system on how to efficiently lose wait for men, has a slogan, “if you could do it yourself, you would have don’t it already!”

Isn’t that that truth!

So, eventually, those “smart” individuals end up in my studio where now I have to find the lost voice, discover it and uncover it, restore it and channel it through the right facial and body muscles and cavities.

What do I mean by channeling the voice through different muscles and cavities?

I mean that the voice has to be supported, structured, placed and projected to its aimed destination, utilizing certain facial and body cavities.

Via special speech and singing exercises, coupled with certain body movements, I am able to access designated muscles and cavities and channel the damaged, low positioned voice in such a way that that sound becomes, at least, quadruple times amplified.

The range increases exponentially, and mainly, the pitch in this equation becomes correct, as the alignment between the subconscious and conscious mind has been achieved.

In some more severe voice repair cases, this approach is extremely crucial, as the main agenda is to relieve the vocal box from the pressure of the sound and then, by applying natural herbal and homeopathic remedies, heal the throat flora and vocal box as a whole.

So save yourself time and aggravation (nevertheless, your voice) and don’t attempted to do something on your own, which requires many years of experience and expertise.  

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There have been more and more requests I have been getting about how to obtain herbal and homeopathic remedies, which (preferably, in an instant) will “fix the voice”. Majority of the voice problem sufferers were told by their ENT specialists that they have acid reflux or some form of muscle tension dysphonia.

In some cases, they were right. But in some cases, they were completely incorrect. But even if they were correct, they still had nothing to offer to their distraught and disillusioned patients.

The patients, of course, were prescribed some medications like Gaviscon or Zentax, (not to mention medications for relaxation..?), but after a while of taking the prescribed medications, their vocal (and now, even emotional and psychological problem) still remained the same or had become even worse.

After a year or two of this ordeal, they have gotten quite disappointed and discouraged by the incompetence of their medical professionals. However, even after all of this, the voice sufferers were still unable to understand that, in majority of cases, their voice/vocal problem had been, more so, a mechanical issue; therefore, no pills, (including the “magic” ones), would not be able to help in that ordeal.

However, if the mechanical part of the voice function is taking care of, the specific kind of natural herbs and homeopathic remedies will play a very essential role in voice restoration and recovery.

In a nutshell, if the voice is lifted off of the vocal box and off of the vocal cords, the bottom of the vocal anatomy is now released from the pressure of the sound and is then free to receive proper remedies which will clear out the bottom of the vocal box (lower throat) from all of the impurities such as acid, mucus and whatnot. So the “instrument” via herbs and homeopathic remedies, is now cleaned up and “tuned-up”, so to speak.

Now it is up to the “player” to remember not to misuse and abuse the vocal anatomy, but maintain the proper voice/vocal technique, which is much more efficient and safe, when the sound is approached from the facial muscles’ cavities, which now have begun to work in full conjunction and coordination with the abdominal muscles, amplifying the sound 4 times over and minimizing (and practically eliminating), the use of the throat, larynx and vocal cords.

If the same herbs and homeopathic remedies are taken without this type of instruction, (which suggests the latter voice application), those remedies could, at best, reduce some symptoms, but never will cure the problem. The reduction of symptoms could fool a lot of people, as now they are happy because their pain is, somewhat, eased-off and they are under the impression that all of their voice/vocal problems are behind them.

Therefore, we never recommend starting taking herbs in advance of our non-surgical voice repair courses. It is also, in a very unlikely occurrence, those natural remedies could set up a minor flu-like reaction.

Therefore, we prefer that our non-surgical voice repair clients would start taking those herbs in our presence, so we could supervise and educate our clients about those remedies; the dosages of taking them and also the time and compatibility of certain remedies intake.

We even include the actual herbal kit in our tuition fees, as we are treating these “gifts from God” herbal products as a very valuable supplement to our very invaluable unique vocal instruction.

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I have more and more inquiries from people who used to sing for the longest time in the past; and suddenly, (or at least so they thought), lost their singing range and some of them even lost their

singing voice altogether

Now they are older and in their 40s (and counting), and they still cannot get a grip with the notion that their love and joy of singing might never be present again.

20 or 30 years later after the occurrence, they are still upset and even depressed about it.  Of course, they have been through numerous doctors and speech therapists appointments; but in the majority of cases, it did not add up to any expected results.

Needless to say, since they had lost their love and joy being able to sing, their lives were never the same. Their passion and desire for expressing themselves, (telling their stories through singing), had been deeply buried.

  1. What would it take to recover one’s singing voice? Is it even possible?
  2. If it were possible, how would it impact the long-term sufferer’s life?

I, fortunately, could give the answers to all of the above:

To answer the first question, luckily, in majority of cases,

it is absolutely possible

How does it happen that the singing voice, “all of a sudden, disappears”, (so to speak), you may ask?

Some people are born with natural singing talent and once they discover it, they obviously begin to use it, and rightfully so. However, enjoying their newly found voice, they use it excessively and thus, not being aware of the proper

voice application and vocal technique.

they end up abusing it to the “point of no return”, at least in the conventional sense.

For some reason, neither them nor their mentors realize that the singers’

vocal cords are not made from steel.

In fact, they are very fragile and have to be treated with special care. Like any instrument, it requires a frequent tune-up and, of course, proper maintenance.

Usually, the young and talented artists who get discovered via their talents and looks have no idea how to power their voice without any pain or strain on their vocal anatomy. So they pull and push their voices full force. And one day, sooner or later, the voice “pops”, as one of my voice repair clients described it.

The musicians often use the expression, “No gig lasts forever”.

Indeed! Nobody should take his or her voice, (or other anatomy for that mater), for granted. If you are entering any high tasking field, (singing performance included), please research, (and act accordingly), how not to kill your voice, but rather the opposite; how to preserve and nurture your internal, fragile instrument – Your Voice!

As to recover it and restore it to its original state would take a great effort on the part of the singer and a very experienced voice specialist.

To answer the second question, the

voice recovery and restoration

is a huge deal and when it is complete, some people begin to rethink the purpose of their lives.  It is a little difficult to turn the clock back and now leave their present lives and come back to something what was very precious in the past.

As we all know, there is no change without change, even if it is positive. However, in any case, the benefits of a newly found voice are countless:

The confidence, the self-esteem and self-worth, the dignity and integrity, the pride of accomplishment… and just simply recovered joy and passion.

What price tag could you put on that?!

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