Polyps may be treated with medical, surgical, or behavioral intervention. Surgical intervention involves removing the polyp from the vocal fold. This approach is only used when the growth(s) are very large, or have existed for an extended amount of time. In children, surgical intervention is rare. Existing medical problems may be treated in an effort to reduce the strain and negative impact on the vocal cords. This could include treatment for gastrointestinal reflux disease, allergies, and thyroid problems. Intervention to stop smoking and reduce stress may also be needed. Most people receive behavioral intervention, or vocal therapy, from an SLP. This might involve teaching good vocal hygiene, and reducing or stopping vocal abuse behaviors. Direct voice treatments may be used to alter pitch, loudness, or breathe support to promote good voicing.
"Your eating plan led to your hormones being better balanced — lowering DHEA and testosterone — and having better balance with progesterone and estrogen," Dr. Berkowitz told me when I asked how this could have affected my skin. "The lifestyle also leads to lower levels of cortisol [ a hormone that regulates stress, metabolism, and inflammation ] and insulin [ the hormone that regulates metabolism and gives your cells energy ]." He noted that when these hormones are high, it can cause drier skin and premature aging. This is because there is a connection between stress and the deterioration of cells , and skin is made up of cells.
I think the over-sexualization, heterosexual as well as homosexual, of contemporary Western societies is depraved and deeply socially unhealthy. I say this as a purely secular social (and ideological) conservative (like the author, I am Catholic, but very ‘liberal’, perhaps even somewhat heterodox, in my inner moral and theological beliefs). I also think much of what the author writes about in terms of masculinity and fatherhood issues might apply to many heterosexuals who do not, however, turn to the gay lifestyle as a consequence. Surely there must be some genetic component to sexual orientation? Not all “sissies” become gays!