I'm a new member, but just thought I would chip in with my experience of GERD. I has pretty bad reflux for a couple of years and I just learnt to deal with it. After I became more and more sick I decided to visit the doctor. Of course they gave me a tablet that reduced the reflux, which I took for a couple of months. I found that taking the tablets removed the acid issue but I still felt unwell, so I decided to investigate this myself.
I found some interesting articles, which led me to buy a book (can't remember the name, but if anyone wants the title, let me know and I will get it when I'm at home) that solved my problem. Apart from a couple of tips regarding avoid late night meals, don't drink whilst you are eating, avoid chocolate, the most interesting bit was the fact that 9 out of 10 cases of reflux is due to TOO LITTLE acid not TOO MUCH. The author recommended an acid tablet called Betaine Hydrochloride (you can buy it in health stores or pharmacists, no prescription required) which you take before you eat and kick starts your acid production. It worked 100% for me. I feel much better and I can eat without fear of reflux. I still avoid late night meals etc, but apart from that I can manage it very well and I feel much much better. I no longer take what the doctor gave me, as I have no need to.
Interestingly, I told a woman at work who suffers from the same thing. I gave her all the info etc, but she chose to stick with her prescription tablet. Having undigested food sitting in her stomach seemed to appeal to her more that having the acid clear it up.
Hope that helps.