SPASMODIC DYSPHONIA and Voice Disorders: Working With A Diagnosis

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I receive many email inquiries from all over the world about spasmodic dysphonia. They are always a reminder of how bad my vocal spasms were in the past. Not a time I ever want to revisit. Spasmodic dysphonia and voice disorders are no laughing matter!

According to the medical system, spasmodic dysphonia is a neurological disorder affecting the voice muscles in the larynx, or voice box. In spasmodic dysphonia, the muscles inside the vocal folds experience sudden involuntary movements—called spasms—which interfere with the ability of the folds to vibrate and produce sound.  Spasmodic dysphonia causes voice breaks and can give the voice a tight, strained quality. There were times in the past when I felt like there was a tight grasp around my neck preventing my speech.

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder caused by a neurological injury or disease and it can affect one or more of the speech subsystems – respiration, phonation, resonance, prosody, articulation. Injury or disease to the speech musculature may also cause dysarthric like symptoms. When the part of the brain that controls speech production is damaged, the link from the brain to the muscles of speech is affected.

Damage, malfunction and interference from various sources (body pollution, drugs, stress hormones, etc.) in the areas of the brain and body responsible for speech and vocalization can all trigger vocal spasms and other voice dysfunction. Neurotoxins found in foods, water, air and personal care products (e.g. fragrances), household (laundry, fabric softeners, air fresheners), industrial and lawn and garden products can cause triggering of vocal spasms. Toxins and other factors can damage or remove the protective myelin from areas of the nervous system making it more vulnerable to stress and other factors leading to triggering. How do you repair damaged myelin? There are many emerging possibilities. I share what I used in my protocol available below.
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Broca’s and Wernicke’s area’s of the brain are also involved in speech.   http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/a/a_10/a_10_cr/a_10_cr_lan/a_10_cr_lan.html

I was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia in 2001 and again in 2012 after laryngoscopic investigation. Both times I was offered botox injectons as treatment.  Both times I turned down the offer.  Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning. After spending years recovering from environmental illness issues caused by environmental toxins, referred to as toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), I was not about to allow any dangerous substances to be injected into my body. Besides that, there was no guarantee the treatment would work, and I was told I would loose my voice for about a week  each time and would have to repeat the treatment about every 3 to 4 months.

As a holistic wellness practitioner I had researched and tried many strategies in my quest to restore my health and repair my voice. I gained improvement from these strategies, but when I went through a period of extreme stress during my husband’s cancer struggle and subsequent death – my voice again became very strangled.

In September of 2012, I completed one series of non-surgical voice repair lessons for spasmodic dysphonia which gave some improvement, but this required me to do a rigorous exercise regime daily.  I had a lot more work to do to eliminate the spasms.

During times of stress, nervousness and fatigue – especially on the phone – my voice continued to break up and spasm at times. Chemical stressors, environmental and contributing emotional stressors were the original cause of my vocal challenges (TILT).

I developed a holistic protocol of the steps that I used that brought me improvements.  I added customized visualizations to ‘right’ the wrongs that may be present in spasmodic dysphonia. You need to understand the power of visualization to understand how these can help you.  You can find that science based information here.   I have developed correcting energy treatments that I use regularly. The five correcting body scan visualizations designed to correct what may be underlying in cases of spasmodic dysphonia and voice disorders, can be found in The Whole Person Well-being Equation and in the Working with SD and Voice Diagnoses protocol below.

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I continue to use stress management strategies ongoing to maintain balance, crucial to averting spasms and triggering.

Managing triggers was an ongoing challenge as I noticed environmental factors as well as anxiety could trigger spasms.  Although anxiety is not the cause of spasmodic dysphonia it can trigger spasms. Electromagnetic energy from phones seemed to be real triggers for me for a long time.  I used various strategies to stop my body from triggering.  You can read about some of these in my blog post UPDATING OUTDATED BODY SOFTWARE: For Symptom Free Livinghttp://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1773.

In the summer  of 2014 I started to use 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils in an attempt to resolve the remaining vulnerabilities of my voice and associated anticipatory anxiety. The pure essential oils are doTerra third party certified, the only ones I would use therapeutically. I applied an essential oil blend to my sternum area, diaphragm, vocal cord reflexology points on my hands and feet and throat at bedtime and in the morning.  I also did this before I knew that I am going to speak at an event. I diffused an essential oil blend into the air at night and at times during the day. I noticed a great improvement in the consistency of my voice and calming effect after using the essential oils. Anticipatory anxiety can become a contributing factor to triggering spasms.

I have come a long way using a variety of strategies in my journey to restore my voice. It has been a long struggle and I expect nothing less than complete voice recovery, voice consistency and dependability. If you expect the same results that I have achieved – start with my holistic protocol in my book.

My message to you – don’t give up – don’t let a diagnosis or prognosis (‘there is no cure’) cause you to lose hope or waiver in your quest for symptom relief and recovery. More is always possible and possible is ‘doable’ by you! Consider using a protocol that will give your improvement in increments instead of claims of ‘cure all’ approaches that abound.

Expect more! Do not settle! You may need to implement a series of paradigm shifts.

IMPORTANT UPDATE – February 11, 2015:

Although anxiety and nervousness are not the cause of spasmodic dysphonia, both can trigger vocal spasms. This is one of the challenges that those with the condition and other voice disorders deal with on a daily basis. Public speaking is often an overwhelming challenge as a result.

As a holistic wellness  practitioner I work one on one with clients.  I have often been asked to do talks about health related topics.  Sometimes I have accepted these invites and in recent years speaking at these events had always resulted in my body mounting skewed vocal responses and spasms, and feeling embarrassed. I now know that anticipatory anxiety was one of my triggers.

I made a decision a long time ago that I was going to get my body to cure my spasmodic dysphonia, just as I got it to cure my depression, multiple food allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities. That was despite the fact that I was told that there was no cure for any of my diagnosed conditions, including spasmodic dysphonia.

Yesterday I taught a scheduled workshop that I was determined to do to a group of women interested in natural beauty. The event was to be held at the home of a client. When I woke up yesterday morning I felt nervous about my decision and the upcoming workshop.  I decided to use a custom blend of essential oil on my sternum/mid chest area (the place in my body where I feel my anxiety and nervousness rise). I applied it every 15 minutes throughout the morning.  Although I felt slightly calmer, my chest was reacting with nervousness, resulting in uneasy vocal comfort. I had great apprehension about teaching the workshop, fearing my voice would go into spasms.

I was on route to the workshop location and stopped to see my mother at the nursing home. She was experiencing a headache and asked me about relief.  I would usually pull a bottle of peppermint oil out of my purse for headaches but could not find it.  I had another oil that is the second choice so I pulled it out and applied it to my mom’s neck on the side where she was experiencing her headache.  As I applied the oil with my fingers I felt the nervousness in my chest subside.

I left the nursing home and reapplied the oils.  Within 15 minutes the feeling of nervousness and anxiety melted completely from my chest. When I arrived at the workshop site I spent two hours setting up and getting organized, feeling quite in control and calm – no apprehension. I reapplied the oils to my chest area before workshop participants arrived. I felt no nervousness or anxiety welcoming participants. I felt no apprehension.

After being introduced I started my presentation – WITHOUT EXCESS ANXIETY, APPREHENSION OR NERVOUSNESS – AND ABSOLUTELY NO UNCONTROLLABLE SPASMS.  Throughout the 4 1/2 hours of presentation and question and answers, I had absolutely no vocal cord spasms. This had been my ultimate goal for so long – to be able to speak publicly comfortably without uncontrollable vocal spasms. Although this may not seem like a big deal; for a person diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia or a voice disorder, public speaking can be a huge challenge. This had been a ongoing challenge for me for years. Last night I mastered that challenge by reaping the amazing effects of therapeutic essential oils in combination with my holistic spasmodic dysphonia protocol. And yes, there are still days that I may experience some vocal challenges – the good news is that it is seldom now and I can usually manage those challenges equipped with a supply of natural strategies.  I only use the essential oils for spasms when needed now. The body has an amazing ability to heal – with the right direction and supports. The main focus of oil usage now is to deal with any anticipatory anxiety, which I am sure those who have suffered from the condition can relate to.

If you suffer from spasmodic dysphonia or other vocal disorders and the nervousness and anxiety that accompany those conditions, consider adding 100% pure doterra essential oils in your quest to become symptom free and master your public speaking goals.

The essential oils alone are not ‘a cure all’.

The oils will help with symptoms but you must deal with the underlying contributing factors to your condition at the same time if you expect to achieve the same results that I have acheived.

If you want to get started on your recovery, start where I did, with the detailed steps in my holistic protocol.  You can find the link to my book at http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/what_people_are_saying.htmEbook Cover New_1-1

Learn more about using third party certified 100% pure doterra therapeutic grade oils to add to my Spasmodic Dysphonia – working with a diagnosis, below in my e-book.

Please review my options below. I have many inquiries from all over the world asking me which oils I used. Every person is unique and as such there is an experimenting process required using a variety of oils to see which mix works best for you. If you expect to achieve the results that I spoke about previously in this post you will also have to implement my holistic protocol at the same time.

PLEASE NOTE: My Spasmodic Dysphonia, Working with a Diagnosis Protocol is not an essential oils protocol that can be mentored by a wellness advocate.

The essential oils alone are not ‘a cure all’ they are a part of a ‘recipe’. Without my holistic protocol you will not achieve my results.

GET STARTED:

Start with my holistic SD and voice diagnoses protocol which can be found in my e-book. It includes the natural strategies and essential oils that I recommend. Email transfer $39.98 to elisabethlhines@gmail.com to get your copy.  I can also invoice you so that you can use your credit card to pay through Square. My holistic SD and voice protocol is copyright protected.

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SPASMODIC DYSPHONIA RESEARCH UPDATE:

This research may provide further understanding into the cause of spasmodic dysphonia. https://www.dysphonia.org/clinical-trials.php
 
A new study is enrolling in San Francisco: Timing of Neural Activity in Spasmodic Dysphonia – Researchers John Houde, PhD, Srikantan S. Nagarajan, PhD, Katherine Yung, MD, and colleagues are seeking volunteers to participate in spasmodic dysphonia research study. The main objective of this research is to determine how spasmodic dysphonia of the voice affects brain activity during speaking using state-of-the-art noninvasive neuroimaging techniques. In this study, we seek to determine how spasmodic dysphonia (SD) of the voice affects brain activity during speaking.
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DEPRESSION FREE: Tips to Get You There

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You have probably already tried many strategies in your battle to eliminate depression. I suffered major bouts of depression in the past as well as melancholy. I was told by doctors that I would have to be on medications for the rest of my life. It took me a lot of years of research and trial and error approaches to achieve 100% depression free status, to where I feel upbeat and happy. The strategies that finally worked to lift my ‘depression blind’ permanently, were not the traditional approach. I did try the medically prescribed treatments in my journey to become depression free – they did not work for me and made me feel like not wanting to live. I am not advocating that you stop your medications.  There are many strategies that you can combine with medications.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG

Although every person’s journey through depression is unique, each depression equation shares common denominators. Your depression equation’s road blocks, pitfalls and unanswered questions share many of the same ‘common’ denominators’ as another person’s. A common denominator is a commonly shared theme or trait; also a common element in a mathematical equation. In math class you learn to rewrite your math equations to change the answer. You can rewrite your depression equation by subtracting out or cancelling the well-being challenging contributing factors; and adding in powerful strategies to promote healing and restore normal brain chemistry to eliminate your depression.

Here are some quick tips to get you started:

  • Understand your body’s potentially harmful chemical equation and factors that may interfere with your brain chemistry.  Where can you learn more?

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  • Diffuse essential oils to improve mood. The diffuser would be an excellent add on at home, school and the office to dissipate stress and improve productivity and mood.

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Before you proceed to implement any of the above strategies – talk to your regular healthcare provider.  Transitioning from depression and anxiety to 100% depression free using these strategies requires time and the supervision of an open minded, informed practitioner. DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION. These strategies do help to promote depression free living. I have been able to duplicate the same 100% depression free status with my clients using these and additional holistic strategies.

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NATURAL CURES: Protecting and Repairing Your Blood Brain Barrier to Restore Mental Health

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Is Your Blood Brain Barrier Intact? Could It Be A Factor In Your Mental Health?

Mental illness is a scary condition. I have personally ‘been there’ several times.  One in 4 people will be affected by some kind of mental condition this year and 1 in 5 people will suffer from depression and anxiety. Those statistics are extremely concerning, mostly because these conditions can precipitate suicide.  My heart goes out to all persons who are affected by mental conditions, directly or indirectly.  Since I am now 100% free of depression; I feel compelled to share what I have learned – so that you can reap the same symptom free status. I work with clients with various health challenges including depression using my holistic protocol to help them eliminate their symptoms.

A healthy, properly functioning blood brain barrier is crucial to mental health. Understanding your blood brain barrier (BBB) is one of  the first steps to restore your mental health.

The blood brain barrier is made up of a layer of cells, including endothelial cells, that fit together tightly so that harmful and unwanted substances cannot pass out of the bloodstream. Some substances, like glucose, are allowed to pass through.

A healthy blood brain barrier:

  • protects the brain from ‘foreign and harmful substances’ in the blood, as well as hormones and neurotransmitters. These substances can alter brain and body chemistry. What is your brain/body’s chemical equation made up of?
  • prevents large molecule substances from passing through to the brain
  • prevents low lipid (fat) soluble molecules from penetrating into the brain (some drugs rapidly cross through into the brain)
  • slows down highly charged electrical molecules

Identifying Factors That Damage or Compromise Your Blood Brain Barrier

There are many factors with the potential to compromise your blood brain barrier – altering your brain/body chemistry and normal brain function.

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  • high blood pressure opens/compromises the BBB.
  • developmental challenges (pollution/distress in utero and birth) compromise the BBB
  • microwaves open/compromise the BBB
  • high concentrations of substances (e.g. alcohol, drugs, chemicals) in the blood can open/compromise the BBB
  • brain/body pollution can open/compromise the BBB
  • environmental toxins (e.g. neurotoxins – found in fragrances, air fresheners, laundry, personal care and cleaning products, air pollution) can open/compromise the BBB
  • radiation opens/compromises the BBB
  • infection and viruses open/compromise the BBB
  • inflammation opens/compromises the BBB
  • restricted blood flow compromises the BBB
  • trauma compromises the BBB
  • chronic stress hormone production compromises the BBB

HOW’S YOUR BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER DOING?

Did you know that lead can cross a healthy blood brain barrier? I found that out the hard way. I pumped leaded gasoline at my father’s service station as a teenager. Lead has been connected to depression and memory difficulties. Imagine what other unwanted substances might be crossing your blood brain barrier regularly.

Where does all the lead come from? Check out these sources http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/sources.htm.

Where do all the other harmful substances come from that can harm and pass through your blood brain barrier?http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/bodypollution.pdf

How do you get lead and other harmful substances out? You’ll find out at the end of the post.

Protecting and Repairing Your Blood Brain Barrier

Now that you understand the importance of a healthy blood brain barrier to mental health, you will be better equipped to start implementing strategies that can cure your condition.

The second step requires implementing strategies to protect and repair your BBB and rewrite your mental health equation. Collectively these will provide you with the natural cures to restore your mental health.  In my personal journey to become 100% depression free,  I used specific natural strategies and supplements therapeutically.  The natural strategies included detoxification, mind/body healing, neuromuscular biofeedback, visualization, rejuvenation, herbs, nutrition, goal setting and changing limiting beliefs into surpassing beliefs – a holistic health methodology.

Certain vegetables have been shown to help repair the blood brain barrier. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes diet changes to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.

Dealing with depression requires a good understanding of exogenous and endogenous contributing factors. Each mental illness equation shares common denominators that can be eliminated using a holistic health approach.  Learn more  about these. My holistic protocol which includes information on detoxification and natural strategies for better health can be found in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION

Targeted, customized visualizations like body scan visualization #10 in THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION can help you restore your blood brain barrier and brain chemistry. The blood brain barrier is semi-permeable and should only allow some things to pass through.  Think of it like a sieve that is only supposed to allow some things to pass.  Damage can allow other substances to pass through causing unwanted symptoms.  You may have noticed unwanted symptoms after eating out or spending time in areas with poor air quality. This could indicate that you have a compromised blood brain barrier.  

Essential oils can help to repair the blood brain barrier and the brain for healthy brain function. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes essential oil therapy and other natural strategies (including specific supplement recommendations) necessary to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.

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Essential oils that help the brain for any conditions:

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Frankincense is the essential oil of choice for any kind of brain disorder. Frankincense has a molecular makeup that includes sesquiterpenes, that is able to cross the blood/brain barrier. These sesquiterpenes stimulate the limbic system of the brain and other glands within the brain, promoting memory and releasing emotions. There are additional oils that help to promote brain repair. I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes essential oil therapy to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started.

Start diffusing essential oils today for improved well-being – contact me.

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http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/frankincense-oil.aspx

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Unhealthy phthalate chemicals found in restaurant foods –    https://consumer.healthday.com/environmental-health-information-12/chemical-health-news-730/unhealthy-phthalate-chemicals-found-in-restaurant-food-732441.html

DO NOT STOP TAKING YOUR PRESCRIBED MEDICATION OR TREATMENTS. Discuss your planned strategies for recovery with your regular healthcare provider.  There may be contraindications due to health status, medications or other factors.

Consider essential oils therapy for overall well-being.   I provide a customized holistic protocol email consultation package which includes essential oil therapy to promote blood brain barrier repair. Contact me to get started. Contact me to learn more.

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ENJOY better mental health today! You too can restore your mental health!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

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Sources:

Neuroscience For Kids – http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/bbb.html

The Davis Lab, The University of Arizona – http://davislab.med.arizona.edu/about

The Dana Foundation –
Breaches in Blood-brain Barrier Might Lead to Later Psychiatric Illness by Kayt Sukel – http://www.dana.org/news/features/detail_bw.aspx?id=26938

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