Author Archives: Norm Robillard

About Norm Robillard

Norman Robillard, Ph.D., is a microbiologist and researcher who spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry before founding the Digestive Health Institute. His goal is to develop holistic treatments for digestive illnesses based on a clear understanding of the underlying causes of disease. Norm was the first to recognize a connection between bacteria in our intestines, nutritional malabsorption and the symptoms of acid reflux. Based on his extensive research, he created the clinically proven Fast Tract Diet, a safe and effective alternative to proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and H2 blocking drugs. Fast Tract Digestion books are now available for Heartburn and IBS on the books page. Bacterial overgrowth fueled by nutritional malabsorption is a factor in several other digestive health conditions. Research in this area is the main focus of the DHI. Additional versions of Fast Tract Digestion are in the works for a number of these conditions. Norm received his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed post-doctoral training at Tufts University.

Resistant Starch – Friend, Foe or Lover ?

Since my first article on resistant starch (RS), raw unmodified potato starch, or RUMPS as I like to call it, continues to light up the blogosphere. Like a lot of people, I was caught off guard by the overwhelmingly positive … Continue reading

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Video on digestion in small intestine

Here’s a great visual, mechanistic video on the biochemistry of digestion in the small intestine. You can become an expert simply by watching this video!

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Could IBS be an autoimmune condition?

Most people have never heard about a protein called vinculin, but a recent study of 165 IBS, 30 IBD and 26 healthy controls found that people with IBS have higher levels of (auto) antibodies to this protein than do healthy … Continue reading

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What are the risks of Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) vs. naproxen (Aleve)?

I always used ibuprofen in the past, but I’m reconsidering this based on the recent finding was that high doses of naproxen are not associated with increased cardiovascular risk (good news), while other non-steroidal antiflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen and … Continue reading

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New Forum for Diet and Digestive Health

Due to popular demand, we have launched the DHI Forum where you can ask or answer questions, start news posts etc. relating to the diet and digestive health.

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Crohn’s Disease – Cause, Symptoms and Diets

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 … Continue reading

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New study suggests a specific type of gut microbe may cause rheumatoid arthritis.

Could one lowly bacterium, Prevotella copri, train the immune system to produce the type of human immune cell (Th17) responsible for inflammation and bone damage in arthritis? According to a new study, also reported on in Wired, the answer could … Continue reading

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Will Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Work for Crohn’s Disease?

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 … Continue reading

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FODMAP Approach vs. Fast Tract Diet – Q & A

I recently received some interesting and direct questions from T-J on the differences between the Fast Tract Diet and the FODMAP approach. Here are the questions and answers. You might also be interested in my article on SIBO Diets. Q: … Continue reading

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Bacteria-eating viruses kill C diff – An alternative to antibiotics?

Thanks to Bruce Miller, who posts on this site, for bringing this article, “Discovery of virus that ‘eats’ bacteria that causes C.diff could spell the end for hospital superbug“, to my attention. Let’s take a look at this research. Could … Continue reading

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