Great point, Hearty. I was thinking along the same lines when I read this thread. Unfortunately, it seems we who suffer from GERD are put in the position of becoming slaves to the PPI's, which only control part of the pain and discomfort, plus have long term side effects. Who knows what such meds do to the body after 20 or 30 years of daily use?
Check out Logan's recent post. If you haven't already seen one, why not consult a naturopath? These practitioners try to get clients off of synthetic drugs by using homeopathic alternatives. It's not a guarantee, but worth a try, especially if you're concerned about the drawbacks of going "cold turkey."