Thursday, April 19, 2007
It's not over 'till the fat lady has acid reflux
News has gotten around the media, even if not prevalent in the blogosphere yet, that opera singers are prone to reflux. The more you sing, the more you "wet burp" as the Guardian charmingly calls it. The research, conducted by Giovanni Cammarota et al from Catholic University of Rome, was published in Gastroenterology. The theory is that the breath control causes greater internal pressures, but that would suggest that oboists, trumpeters, and other wind players would have similar issues. And the only stomach problems I've heard about have been audition butterflies.