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RefluxRaft: A New Option Beyond Conventional Therapy

with Dr. Spencer Payne

In this episode, Dr. Spencer Payne, a rhinologist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, shares his journey developing RefluxRaft, a natural, alginate-based reflux therapy, with host Dr. Ashley Agan.

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Ep 156 RefluxRaft: A New Option Beyond Conventional Therapy with Dr. Spencer Payne
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Dr. Spencer Payne discusses RefluxRaft: A New Option Beyond Conventional Therapy on the BackTable 156 Podcast

Dr. Spencer Payne

Dr. Spencer Payne is a professor and medical director of otolaryngology head and neck surgery at University of Virginia Health and the co-founder of RefluxRaft.

Dr. Ashley Agan discusses RefluxRaft: A New Option Beyond Conventional Therapy on the BackTable 156 Podcast

Dr. Ashley Agan

Dr. Ashley Agan is an otolaryngologist in Dallas, TX.

Synopsis

First, Dr. Payne describes how his research interests and father’s premature death spurred his interest in functional medicine. Wary of side effects associated with conventional reflux medications, he teamed up with fellow UVA faculty member and laryngologist Dr. James (Jim) Daniero to develop RefluxRaft, a natural dietary supplement. Starting from his initial concept, Dr. Payne delves into challenges marketing, manufacturing, and distributing RefluxRaft. He then explains how RefluxRaft uses alginates to combine with stomach acid and form a gel-like “raft” that stops movement of acid into the esophagus. The episode concludes with an overview of how to dose and order RefluxRaft.

Timestamps

00:00 - Introduction
03:45 - Holistic Approaches to Medicine
06:46 - Functional Medicine Perspective on Reflux
08:54 - Dietary Modifications for Reflux Patients
17:07 - The Development of RefluxRaft
20:00 - From Concept to Prototype: The Kitchen Lab Experiments
20:57 - The Business Side: Marketing, Manufacturing, & Logistics
27:21 - The Product: Understanding Alginates & Their Benefits
36:29 - The Future: New Flavors & Holistic Reflux Therapies

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[Dr. Spencer Payne]
I think the jaded allopath in me to a certain extent is a lot of people think reflux, you have reflux, here's a pill. Here's your PPI. Here's this medication that was originally designed to be taken for six weeks for an ulcer. Now, we're just going to use it to treat your heartburn. That's not very functional. An H2 blocker, which at this point we're down to just famotidine.

That's not a functional approach. That's not a, "Well, why are you refluxing? Is it a hiatal hernia? Is it your diet? Is it your weight? Is it bile salts? Do you actually have hypochlorhydria? Are you not actually making enough acid? Now, you just have an upset stomach and dyspepsia because of other things going awry." Just throwing a PPI at people, I think misses the boat.

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