“I am 32 years old and physically fit. I have suffered from chronic acid reflux for 2 and a half years. Every doctor told me I needed to take proton pump inhibitors or needed surgical intervention. I spent 5,000 hours researching every book and natural remedy out there. Some things gave relief, but nothing cured my heartburn. When I say heartburn…I mean REALLY REALLY bad heartburn/GERD. This book is the ANSWER. Dr. Robillard should be given the nobel prize. He saved my life. Words can’t express how grateful I am. His diet works. Period. Don’t give up on it. Stick it out, and you will see the results.” – Joey
Can Diet Help with Crohn’s? - Image courtesy of stockimages| FreeDigitalPhotos.net -
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects approximately 600,000 people in the US.[i] People who have Crohn’s suffer from a serious inflammation or irritation of their digestive tract which can lead to sores or ulcers forming. Crohn’s can attack anywhere along the entire digestive tract, but most commonly affects the end of the small intestine (called the ileum). The small intestine is where critical nutrient absorption takes place, so people with Crohn’s often don’t digest and absorb nutrients well. This can result in malnutrition, anemia and malabsorption of key vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D, Vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, zinc, calcium and iron. Read more
SIBO Diets and Digestive Health
Since releasing my first book in the Fast Tract Digestion series on Heartburn which linked chronic acid reflux to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), I have received several inquiries about using the Fast Tract Diet to treat other SIBO-related conditions such as IBS (update: Fast Tract Digestion IBS now available) and celiac disease. To answer this question, I am going to review several other diets that may be applicable to treating SIBO along with the Fast Tract Diet. Read more
SIBO and GERD – good summary by Christopher Rasmussen MD, MS
Resistant Starch – Friend or Foe?
Resistant starch is a type of starch that resists digestion. Starch in general is a large complex carbohydrate used by plants such as oats, corn, potatoes, wheat, rice, nuts, legumes and some fruits such as bananas to store energy. Foods that contain starch make up a large part of many people’s diet. For many years it was believed that starch was completely digested and absorbed in the small intestine. But studies published in the 1980s, based on hydrogen breath testing, showed that oats, wheat, potatoes, corn, and beans contained 10 to 20% malabsorbed, fermentable material. Read more
Are Antibiotics Safe for Irritable Bowel Syndrome ?
How doctors treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) could change dramatically in the near future. Two years ago, the pharmaceutical company Salix submitted a supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for the treatment for IBS (non-constipation-dependent) with the antibiotic rifaximin (brand name Xifaxin). In March of 2011, the FDA failed to approve the application indicating that more clinical evidence was needed showing that the drug would be effective upon repeat treatment following recurrence of symptoms in patients that initially responded to the treatment. Since that time, the FDA has been working with Salix to design additional studies to answer their questions. In the meantime, many doctors are prescribing antibiotics for IBS even before they are approved by the FDA for this use in a practice called “off-label prescribing”. Read more
Heartburn Asthma Link – Explained - Image courtesy of marin | FreeDigitalPhotos.net -
On the surface, chronic heartburn (GERD) and asthma appear to be quite separate conditions with little in common. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes narrowing of the airways, affecting over 20 million people in the US including up to 6 million children. Symptoms include: wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest and flare-ups associated with allergic reactions or following exercise. The exact cause of asthma is unknown, but both genetic and environmental factors are thought to be involved. Read more
Drinking Wine Lowers Risk Of Barrett’s Esophagus
Posted on November 22, 2013 by Norm Robillard
I write about wine not being a cause of acid reflux in Fast Tract Digestion Heartburn. Now it looks like wine may even help in preventing the most serious complication from GERD. Read more
New study suggests a specific type of gut microbe may cause rheumatoid arthritis
Posted on November 10, 2013 by Norm Robillard - Image courtesy of stockimages| FreeDigitalPhotos.net -new study, also reported on in Wired, the answer could be yes.
Will Fecal Microbiota Transplantation work for Crohn’s Disease?
Posted on November 5, 2013 by Norm Robillard
Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) involves the replacement of the entire population of dysfunctional gut bacteria (gut microbiome) with healthy bacteria from healthy donor stool. The technique has been incredibly successful (90-98%) and safe for treating C diff infections caused by the bacteria Clostridia difficile. The question on everyone’s mind is what else can this procedure be used for. Clearly, conditions involving gut dysbiosis (unbalances in intestinal bacteria) make sensible targets. Early reports are promising for treating the other inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, but what about Crohn’s disease? Read more.
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