Early on, as a singer, I had frequent sore throats. These were actual infections, not in the vocal folds, but instead, in the pharynx. Singers and others often give advice for singers and encourage things like lemon, tea, honey, or the super specialized preparations, such as a product called “throat coat”.
Well, seekers, maybe it’s time for a little anatomy lesson and maybe even some nutrition advice.
I’ve been an avid reader of nutrition books and publications since 1979 and have picked up a few things along the way. I’ve also had conversations about such things with some students who happened to be: an ENT, two GPs, a pediatrician, a fertility doctor, an orthopedic surgeon, a research physician, and a few others.
If you have studied with me in private, you would have seen a medical chart of the pharynx and the larynx. On it, you see that down in the larynx begin two “tubes”. One leads to the lungs and the other to the stomach.
When you swallow ANYTHING, unless you choke on it, it goes down the esophagus. It does not get near the vocal folds, which you may call the vocal cords. The epiglottis covers the opening to the lungs when you swallow and it works perfectly most of the time. The vocal folds are BELOW, or underneath it.
I also had two speech therapists study with me. They started using my vocal exercises and found them to help their patients faster and more than the ones they used from their schooling. One vocal therapist let me borrow a film of people with swallowing disorders, and one person with none. These were done using a fluoroscope. I could see how it functions.
I confirmed with several doctors the things I have said, such as – there may be some benefit in a nutritional sense from some preparations, but they must first be processed by your digestive system and then enter the blood stream to have any actual benefit.
Sprays do NOT touch your vocal folds. There is an exception. If you are crazy enough to inhale and you choke on the spray, the spray will get on your vocal folds and it will HURT!!!! It hurts bad enough when you choke on water or on your saliva.
Multi-vitamins have some benefits: A for mucus membrane health, B for many things, including healthy tissue in the pharynx, C for cell wall and capillary strength and many other things. I have several references available for more detail on these, including the amounts to take. Want to know more?