So what exactly does RefluxMD offer? I ask that honestly. I'm not trying to pick a fight or anything. I read on your website about
what you call the "Pasadena Protocol" that you guys (or your doctors) came up with. I agree with the idea that PPI are over-prescribed and that the drug companies are making a killing off us. It seems to me like your general goal is to steer people away from PPIs and to educate them about
alternative treatment options. However in terms of education, I feel like we do a pretty good job in this forum (and others) of educating and informing each other about
the various alternative methods and new techniques for treating our GERD. LINX and other endoscopic experimental procedures have been discussed at length. Where else can you go on the internet at hear directly from people who have undergone some of the first LINX procedures? Recently, I've received great advice from forum members and moderators about
sleeping positions and best ways to sleep inclined. My doctor doesn't know which brand of bed wedge is most comfortable, or how a wedge compares to an adjustable bed. But when I ask the question here I can get dozens of responses based of years of evaluating different products. Is one of RefluxMD's goals to try to get us to migrate to your forums?
Like any business, your end goal is to make money (even if you aren't doing that now). It looks like you have a team of "heavy hitters" that will have to be paid somehow. If all you're doing is providing education to your visitors (because technically you "do not provide medical advice"), what will premium payers for. Last I checked, vast majority of support groups and education on the internet is primarily free. Flawed business plan?
By the way, I noticed that Dr. Demeester is on the advisory board of the pH monitoring company (Restech) that you advertise on your home page. How does that relationship work? Does he get paid by both RefluxMD and Restech? Will RefluxMD get paid by diagnostic labs or surgeons as RefluxMD refers patients to those services? It all seems a little messy as well as potential for conflicts of interest.
Hope that doesn't sound too harsh. Just my thoughts.
Post Edited (robspect) : 9/21/2012 1:17:59 AM (GMT-6)