friendlygal - It is an independently owned health food, vitamin, supplement, etc store. The owner has a master in nutrition. When I asked about GERD, he immediately said the DGL licorice & even commented that his son who was on a PPI for six years is now off of them totally. He now takes one DGL a day. I figured why not try & it has been 4 days with very little throat problems (I think I tend to get a mild sore throat in the am, because I sleep with my mouth open) & no burn. Last night I even had a wine spritzer without incident. I have eliminated all the caffeine, chocolate, rich & fatty food (& hope to keep w/this healthy lifestyle), but am hopeful that with continued watching, I may be able to have a treat now and then.
Another interesting thing I read (which by the way, my husband told me I should stop reading, because I now have everything!!) is that our throats will spasm because of the acid and sometimes they feel like there is a lump or something stuck. Further in the article & apparently the good news is that it does go away and is not harmful. The length of time it takes to go away is still a mystery to medicine. The doctor that wrote the article said that you can have it one minute & it will last for months & then it's gone!
I felt much better after my ENT doctor said my throat was fine.