I suffered for along time with acid reflux, finally went to the doctors and spent a year trying diet, pills and all that. Finally had surgery and that fixed it for good, though I do take PPI's daily and will for life. My condition was worse than what their medicine could deal with and if I didn't have the surgery I'm sure it would have gotten serious with Bartletts and all that. Do listen to your doctor and take this stuff serious, it can kill you and there is not all ways a natural/lifestyle cure. Mine came to light after taking OTC antacid gave me a kidney stone (Oh the fun)and the PPI's are not god but necessary for me. I've had C-Diff due in some part to the PPi usage so I take probiotics to counteract that. Better a pain in the ass than throat cancer.