Superior Vocal Health Blog

How many of us reach for the medicine cabinet when we are in need of some relief? I know when I first started singing years ago I did not have the gift of knowing what I know today about the effects and dangers of chemicals and prescription medications on the voice. Nor did I know what safe and natural alternatives were available to me. I did not think twice about taking Sudafed or slamming down some Nyquil at the first...

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Ever wake up excitedly for an upcoming performance only to realize that you can only breathe through your mouth and are talking like there is a clip on your nose?  Clogged sinuses and sinus issues can be a nightmare for anyone but are especially daunting for singers and voice professionals when breathing normally would….well…come in handy. Sinuses problems usually involve two scenarios – mucous buildup and/or inflammation. This can be due to a viral or bacterial infection, allergies, exposure to...

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Difficulties with acid reflux are one of the most pressing issues today for the voice professional. Kathy Pirtle is leading the way in the performance world with her incredible research on this subject. Follow the link below to an amazing article on dealing with acid reflux and singers. Then give yourself the gift of Kathy’s extraordinary knowledge and guidance which is fully expressed in her book on acid reflux, “Performance Without Pain,” written specifically for the performing artist. Please do...

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There are many different opinions on the use of caffeine by the voice professional. One camp argues that caffeine helps them to feel more energy, stimulates them mentally and quells the appetite. Another camp responds by saying that caffeine should not be used because it dries out the vocal cords, dehydrates the body and can negatively affect the nervous system. So the question is, should voice professionals ingest caffeine at all? In a study done by the Journal of Laryngogly...

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Getting rid of mucus in the throat, chest and lungs is one of the most difficult and pressing issues for the voice professional. We need mucus in our throat and a thin lining on our vocal cords to keep the cords hydrated and flexible. This is the way our body naturally takes care of our vocal cords. However, as voice professionals, to much mucus can be our worst nightmare. Over the counter and prescription drugs may remove the excess mucus...

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BreathingRx For Singers – Vocal Breath Support Mastery Even though ideal vocal support is dependent on factors like posture, diaphragm training and the right body release, there are some very easy and simple things you can do with your own body that can help you immediately with your singing. This exercise is simple and effective and will continue to help you improve as you practice it over time. When a singer can relax the abdomen completely, the abdomen can be...

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Many singers and speakers have to deal with the ever pressing issue of “sinuses.” One could have inflamed sinuses, blocked sinuses, post nasal drip, itchy throat, infected sinuses or dry sinuses; no matter what the situation they all impact the voice professional negatively. The sinus cavity is very often neglected when it comes to vocal health. I see so many colleagues attempt to keep their throat healthy but don’t realize that the healthy and clean sinuses are almost a guaranteed...

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Even after 20 years of singing Opera internationally, I still am amazed at the power of “nerves”. More often than not, I feel as though the only thing I ever worry about anymore is how to relax and enjoy myself. As performers, speakers and presenters we are constantly put in positions of having to be “on”. This means we need to appear totally relaxed and at ease, but at the same time need to be fully energized so that our...

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In need of immediate relief from a sore throat? Then use garlic and olive oil. That’s right, garlic and olive oil. Garlic as an antiviral and antibacterial agent is unsurpassed. It has been used for thousands of years by natural healers to heal and purify the entire body. Before you decide to go to the doctor and take antibiotics, consider what one leading authority in natural medicine has to say about garlic. According to Dr. John Heinerman, author of more...

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Got Spirulina? In my other posts, particularly “McDonalds and focus in the brain”, I gave you some excellent foods that can provide immediate support for quick energy. In this post I will give you two outstanding alternatives to the standard Red Bull, Diet Coke and Double espresso from Starbucks. This first drink is one of my favorite and most effective energy booster and brain stimulating drinks. You can keep the contents right inside you bag and make it in seconds,...

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