WHY DOES MY THROAT GET DRY AND MY VOICE GET HOARSE?
We all have occasions when we develop a dry, sore scratchy throat and a hoarse, tired voice - we call it laryngitis. This is not always a correct diagnostic term, but it is descriptive - possibly because tissues in the larynx or vocal apparatus are inflammed- sound is distorted. Often it's caused by excessive vocalizing: too much speaking, singing, cheering at games or concerts, shouting, etc.
Inhaled air almost always is drier than the body would prefer because heating in cold weather as well as conditioning in hot weather removes moisture. When this dry air flows through the throat's passageways, its mucosal cover loses moisture via evaporation. As a consequence, this coating or lining becomes too viscous to flow properly and it cannot keep the underlying sensitive membranes moist. These surfaces can become dehydrated even if one is not doing an unusual amount of talking or singing or yelling.
Other reasons: maybe the dry irritated throat is due to an unfavorable atmosphere like smoke or dust, or maybe it's an after-effect from a cold or cough or the result of surgery or therapy. Allergies can cause the mucus to form a thick and congested mass. Whatever the cause, the throat feels uncomfortable and, because a dry vocal fold does not vibrate like a moist one, vocal quality is impaired.
WHY DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT?
A dry throat is uncomfortable and a persistently dry throat is more susceptible to inflammation and infection - problems which nobody needs. A hoarse voice handicaps our ability to perform our job or participate in a favorite activity. It is annoying to the person doing the vocalizing and equally irritating and distracting to the listener.
A few of us, radio announcers and opera singers, for example, have jobs that absolutely demand one's very best voice all the time. However, a far greater number of us are involved in everyday activities that require a degree of vocal quality, e.g. conversing, explaining, teaching, presenting, or selling - if we want to optimize our opportunity to communicate. A scratchy hoarse voice is frustrating to both parties. The audience, whether it is one person or an auditorium full, is short-changed, receiving less than the speaker or singer is capable of delivering.
WHY NOT JUST DRINK WATER?
Drinking lots of water is good, a healthy and a smart idea for many reasons. Before extended periods of vocalizing one should drink a lot of water. But the water passes through the esophagus into the digestive system and must get into the circulatory system before it can be delivered to specific dehydrated areas such as the throat or larynx. Very little ingested water comes into direct contact with these dehydrated surfaces. Frequent, often inconvenient bathroom breaks become necessary. Moreover,even with copious fluid intake to achieve systemic hydration, the body's mucous-secreting glands often just can't produce enough replacement moisturizing materials quickly enough to keep up with the increased need.
WHAT ABOUT OTHER BEVERAGES?
Some people find fruit juices and other water-based fluids a better tasting alternative, but many drinks are counter- productive. For example, alcohol and caffeine both exert a drying effect; paradoxically, the more one drinks the dryer the local membranes and total system becomes. Even sugar or acid (e.g. carbonation or citric acid) in drinks reduces the effectiveness of these beverages as humidifiers and makes them less efficient than plain water.
WHAT IS ENTERTAINER'S SECRET THROAT RELIEF?
Entertainer's Secret Throat Relief is a spray formulated to resemble natural mucosal secretions and designed to moisturize, humidify and lubricate the mucous membranes of the throat and larynx. The ingredients are: water, glycerin, sodium carboxylmethylcellulose, aloe vera gel, methylparaben, propylparaben, potassium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate and flavor.
Entertainer's Secret resulted from a collaborative effort of KLI CORP and a Nashville TN otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist), Richard Quisling, MD, whose practice includes many singers and entertainers. When these professionals' voices are at less than their best, careers and very livelihoods are at risk. Our goal was to develop a product which could protect the vocal apparatus and restore and maintain voice quality and comfort without doing harm. After trying various ratios of a number of different ingredients, the final formulation of the product now known as Entertainer's Secret Throat Relief evolved. Once subsequent testing found it to be safe and effective, it was registered as a medical device by the FDA in the United States. The first sales took place in 1984 and it originally was called Moi-Stir 10. s is a much more efficient filter than a dry one devoid of mucus.
Entertainer's Secret is to dry throat and hoarse voice what lip balms are for chapped lips or what hand lotions are for skin that has become irritated or chapped due to exposure to detergents, solvents or chemicals. It is not a medication or a "cure" but it can help relieve throat and voice problems when dryness is a contributing factor.
Let’s look at some evidence: A dry larynx is pictured on the left. The photo one the right is the same subject’s larynx after he sprayed Entertainer’s Secret. A professional’s trained eye can see that the larynx on the right is more elongated and relaxed, but anyone, professional or not, can see more white spots on the right photo. These spots are reflections of light (much like the reflection of street lights on the road on a rainy night) that are picked up by the fiberoptic camera. The moisture is from the Entertainer’s Secret and it is sticking to the surface of the vocal folds and keeping them moist.
Allergy and sinus complaints often involve congestion and discomfort because of very thick mucus. Spraying Entertainer's Secret helps to thin out or make this material less viscous. This lets the mucus flow as it should which keeps the underlying membranes moist and healthy.
Although Entertainer's Secret Throat Relief is not a specific remedy for these problems, it can reduce the symptoms of discomfort.
WHO USES ENTERTAINER'S SECRET?
A great number of household names from the performing arts from pop music to country & western to gospel to opera and Broadway Stage and TV actors - have found Entertainer's Secret beneficial. Photos from satisfied purchasers such as Jon BonJovi, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Lewis, Glen Close, Alan Campbell, Tom Petty, Debbie Gibson, Wynonna Judd, and many others adorn our walls.
I'M NOT AN ENTERTAINER; WHY SHOULD I BE INTERESTED?
While we are flattered to number many famous people among our customers, we are equally pleased that it has been helpful to hundreds of teachers of many different subjects at every academic level, choir members, salespersons, members of the clergy, and business and professional people all around the world. Anybody who relies on their voice for work or fun should have a bottle in their medicine chest, supply cabinet, briefcase, car or desk alongside other personal care products. It's a very inexpensive way to insure your very best vocal quality. At one point it was a "secret" for people in the entertainment field; no more!
WILL IT MAKE ME BETTER IN MY JOB?
It surely can't hurt. An unpleasant voice is rarely an occupational advantage, whatever one does. Discomfort seldom improves performance.
INFORMATION FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
The final formulation was established after considerable experimenting with fiberoptic visualization and computer- generated sonogram technology that records vibrational characteristics and changes in vocal quality. The product's "clinical" function is to supplement and adjust the viscosity of the natural secretions which keep the throat and vocal apparatus moist and healthy.
People who use (abuse?) their voices longer or more aggressively than usual while speaking or singing probably comprise the majority of the individuals who can benefit from Entertainer's Secret. But within the healthcare community, it also has been found helpful for head and neck radiation patients, for speech pathology patients, for people with Sjogren's Syndrome, for people who have had laser surgery (e.g. the Laup procedure) and for others who complain of or are handicapped by throat dryness.
The following testimonials were provided by the product manufacturer. If you would like to give us your personal opinion, please send your comments to [email protected]
. . . . I perform over 300 shows a year and swear by your product. I was introduced to Entertainer's Secret by (of all people ) Weird Al Yankovich one night when we shared a stage and a horrible cold and the only thing that got him through was his "secret". I am the guitarist and one of about 25 vocalists in an Ensemble called Holiday Express, an all volunteer group of professional musicians who each Christmas perform for those less fortunate in Aids and Homeless Shelters, Cancer Care Centers and Behavioral Institutes. . . . [From New Jersey]
I just want to say that this email can be used as a testimonial as well. I am the lead singer of a Rock-N-Roll band, and I came upon this product by accident really.. when a woman I work with saw it on a shelf in a pharmacy, and asked if I've tried it. I've battled dry throat & hoarsness quite a bit, doing shows every weekend for a couple months, and even lost my voice at one point in time. Not good for the frontman..hehe!! Anyway, I picked up a bottle of "Entertainers Secret" and surprisingly enough...This stuff really does work!! I was back in action within a few weeks, and still rockin' as of today!! [Jimmie]
I have been a singer for over 17 years. This product is a dream come true if you are a performer. Entertainer's Secret is a throat spray that does not numb your vocal cords, but helps them work to their fullest potential. I have been using this product over 5 years. It has been a great help to my success. Sincerely, David McBee My Web sites: www.dsmshock2001.com & www.lostgoldrecords.com
. . . . THIS STUFF IS GREAT!! I CAN PRODUCE APX. 3 ADDITIONAL NOTES HIGHER AND LOWER ON MY RANGE WITH REGULAR USAGE OF YOUR PRODUCT. . .[From a salesman / amateur singer in Florida]
. . . . Love this product!! It has come in so handy for times when you are sitting and waiting to sing, and then have to get up and sound great. Thanks for this great product! . . . [From a female master's level student in Ontario, Canada]. . . . .I have a very serious throat problem called GLOSSOPHARYNGEAL NEURALGIA. This was caused by the Chicken Pox and is a Post Herpetic Neuralgia pain syndrome. It has caused my Nerve in my throat to hurt when I speak, Sing or anything requiring me to use my voice. It has also destroyed the natural moisturizing process the body uses to lubricate the larynx and sinus cavity. This is the only stuff in the world I have ever found to work and provide incredible results and I havetried everything. It burns at first because I use about 4-6 sprays in each nostril and have learned to tilt my head and moisturize every part of my nasal cavity. This product is so wonderful. there is no cure for my problem but at least there is something that helps me drastically, ENTERTAINER'S SECRET . . . [From Michigan]
. . . . I am a member of Sweet Adelines International and located your product, I have been using it for almost a year now in times of vocal discomfort and I LOVE it!! . . . [From a California Mom]
. . . .Your product got me through the allergy season this past fall with thick, dry chords, and helped make my New York City Opera debut a huge success! Thanks. It , Entertainer's Secret, generated a lot of attention in my little corner back stage.... everyone wanted to know what I kept spraying in my throat! . . . .[From a opera soprano]
. . . . A singer from Tulsa, recommended this product to me. She let me use it a couple of times, and I've found it to be a life-saver. Although it didn't give me back my singing voice during a pageant last Christmas, it did allow me to do my speaking parts even though I had *totally* lost my voice. It has also smoothed the rough edges for me at other times when I was not nearly so desperate. Thanks for developing such a wonderful product! . . . [From a male graduate student in Oklahoma]
. . . I have been a professional speaker since 1978, full time since 1986. As my livelihood rests on the sound of my voice I must admit that I am terrified at the thought of sometime loosing my voice. I have had several professional speaking colleagues who have lost their ability to speak because they did not care for their vocal instrument! I had heard about ENTERTAINER'S SECRET for years from professional actors and singers and I finally found it in the late 80's. I can not begin to tell you the difference it has made in my life. If my voice starts to fade or even starts to feel a tickle I immediately use ENTERTAINER'S SECRET and almost immediately I feel and hear the difference. I carry it with me on stage in case of emergencies. It would be foolish for any actor, singer, speaker, preacher or anyone who needs totreasure their voice not to have this prized "SECRET!" I tell all of my colleagues about your product. You have a customer for life! Thank you!Your Meeting Partner, Michael Scott Karpovich, Certified Speaking Professional http://www.karpovich.com/speakerr.htm
From a Florida couple who are evangelists: ENTERTAINER'S SECRET HAS HELPED US GET THROUGH A LOTOF TOUGH TIME & LONG CONCERTS.
"I had a show to perform. I developed bronchitis 48 hours before the fact. With this condition, there was much stress on the vocals from coughing, clearing of throat, etc. I did a search on yahoo for vocal-dry throat. Your product came up first on the search and I was amazed to learn you were within 15 miles of my location-Indiana. I was desperate for intervention. I had not performed live in several years and I did not want my performance to be sabotaged by an illness. I used Entertainer'sSecret for 36 hours prior to performing. I was amazed at the productive results. It saved my voice and my reputation. I will continue to use and promote your product. Thank you!"Sincerely,
Greg Guzman Indianapolis, IN Product Details:
WHAT DOES IT CONTAIN?
Entertainer's Secret is formulated to resemble natural secretions. Sodium carboxymethylcellulose, aloe vera gel and glycerin - each a proxy for a naturally secreted type of mucus (globular, strand and sheet) - are blended into a buffered, aqueous hypertonic solution. Unlike some other sore throat remedies, it does NOT contain numbing anesthetics, alcohol, antiseptics, analgesics, antihistamines, decongestants, anti-inflammatory agents or any other "medicinal" ingredient that can produce unwanted side effects. The improved honey-apple flavor imparts a pleasant mellow taste.
HOW DO I USE IT?
One can spray Entertainer's Secret into the throat while saying "Ahh", but a more effective way is to take a quick breath inward while spraying into the mouth.
To insure that the upper throat is reached, one should tilt the head back, aim the nozzle in the nostril and inhale sharply while spraying.
Any brief "tingling" sensation will be quickly replaced by a pleasant soothing feeling. It should be sprayed as often as necessary to eliminate dryness. As is the case with hand lotion or lip balm, over-dosing is not a concern. If the dryness, irritation or hoarseness persists for more than a few days or if there are any signs of infection, a physician should be consulted.
Entertainer's Secret is packaged in a two ounce (60 ml) polyethylene bottle which fits conveniently into pocket or purse and has a built-in locking mechanism so it won't leak or spill. Each bottle delivers about 85 sprays.
The information and photos on this web page were provided by the manufacturer.