‘Dilbert’ Cartoonist’s Voice Cure Attracts Attention

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By: E&P Staff

The number of hits the “Dilbert” blog gets soared from about 25,000 a day to 180,000 a day this week after cartoonist Scott Adams discussed how he might have self-cured a severe voice problem.

Adams lost his voice 18 months ago due to Spasmodic Dysphonia. “The weirdest part of this phenomenon is that speech is processed in different parts of the brain depending on the context,” he wrote on his blog. “So people with this problem can often sing but they can’t talk. In my case I could do my normal professional speaking to large crowds but I could barely whisper and grunt off stage.”

The cartoonist tried to figure out a way to “trick” his voice into working in all situations. Finally, when Adams was reciting a nursery rhyme, his voice returned. He said his brain had somehow “remapped.”

“I still don’t know if this is permanent,” said the “Dilbert” creator, whose United Media comic runs in more 2,000 newspapers.

Adams wrote today that “60 Minutes” contacted him to express possible interest in doing a story about him and the voice situation. But, at least for the time being, the show decided not to profile him.

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