I'm sorry, but I feel the "science" in the linked video is pure garbage.
Their main assertion that GERD is caused by gas bubbles (as a result of poor digestion) pushing acid up the esophagus is just plain wrong. Yes, sometimes GERD sufferers have "acid burps," but that's because the LES has relaxed and allowed gas to escape. Reflux is caused by normal peristaltic contractions in the digestive system. When the LES no longer can hold the pressure caused by these contractions, it can then move up the esophagus.
Some of the products mentioned can offer temporary relief, but their claim that some can help singers because they soothe the vocal cords is similarly ignorant. Whatever you swallow does not pass the vocal cords...otherwise, you'd fill your lungs! Lozenges, etc., will soothe the upper larynx ahead of the upper esophageal sphincter, and, therefore, may be somewhat helpful if you are experiencing a scorched throat. But soothe the vocal cords? Absolutely not!
H. pylori happens because of taking too many antibiotics? This is ridiculously ignorant. In the same breath, they try to build a relationship between taking probiotics to promote digestive health and boost the immune system...to cure H. pylori? Perhaps the implication here is unintended, but they are treading a very thin line.
Switch to a "good" salt? That's a new one on me. We get much, much more salt in our diets from the foods we eat than from a few dashes of table salt.
The main assertion in this video, that 90% of reflux patients suffer from too little acid, is also garbage. This unethical "medical claim" originated from supplement manufacturers trying to create a new market for a new product. Acidity levels vary from individual to individual, but claiming that reflux is the result of not enough acid to break down food is just plain wrong. I'm not saying that some folks may experience some benefit from HCL...just that this supplement has no benefit for GERD. Important for GERD sufferers: the product they are promoting has HCL and PEPSIN!!! There has been enough discussion of this, and scientific links, to indicate that you don't want any more of this enzyme refluxing into your throat! The mechanism for reflux remains, no matter what happens to the stomach contents.
Don't take GERD advice from two twenty-something guys who hem and haw because they don't have a good understanding of what they're talking about, and obviously are owners of a vitamin store trying to sell more products. Some products sold in vitamin shops are beneficial, and worth taking especially if one is deficient. But just because the shelves are lined with products does not mean they all have equal benefit, or validity. And, the obvious begs stating: just because someone works there does not make them an expert.
The ease of posting pseudoscience on the Internet requires us to be that much more vigilant in getting our facts from trusted sources.
Edit: I added "I feel" to your first line to prevent any misunderstanding that you are posting your own opinion of the video which is your right. Thank you.
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 10/30/2012 9:03:19 AM (GMT-6)