Hi, there was a discussion on the forum a while back about the use of SSRI drugs in GERD. A study had shown that they reduced the sensitivity of the oesophagus. It seems that some people have an over sensitivity of the nerves but without much actual reflux (if memory serves). So presumably if you have genuine reflux and then reduce the nerve sensitivity you could do a lot of silent damage! Last time this was discussed I wondered if St John's Wort would help in a similar manner. This alternative approach seems to be aimed at "functional heartburn" where there isn't much actual acid reflux . . . I think!
Have a look at http://www.springerlink.com/content/v28831tv10350031/
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma