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/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.

Supplements – Helping or Hurting Your Digestive Health?

Dietary supplements can be extremely helpful as part of a larger plan for addressing a variety of digestive and general health issues including: Vitamin and mineral deficiencies Microbiota imbalances Deficiencies in molecules made by the body such as stomach acid, bile and digestive enzymes Symptoms including gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, and other reflux [...]

Diet over Drugs: 3 Step Plan for IBS, Diarrhea, Constipation, Bloating and Acid Reflux

Are you familiar with the term, Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGIDs)? Don’t let this five-letter acronym intimidate you. It simply refers to conditions or symptoms affecting the digestive tract for which no structural problem or biochemical cause is observed by standard testing such as endoscopy, imaging or blood tests. These are some examples of FGIDs: Irritable [...]

Fast Tract Diet App for Gut Health

Hi guys, I am happy to let you know that the Fast Tract Diet App is now available on iTunes and Google Play. This is a complete and stand-alone app with No Adds, No up-selling for a monthly program or Downloading your personal data.   For those who are new to the Fast Tract Diet [...]

Can SIBO cause leaky gut?

Someone recently asked me if small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) causes leaky gut, and if so, will the Fast Tract Diet help correct it?" SIBO is most definitely linked to leaky gut, and the connection goes a long way to explain why SIBO is linked to many autoimmune conditions including: celiac disease Hashimoto’s rheumatoid arthritis [...]

Why Do Many Doctors Over-Prescribe Drugs For Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is one of the subjects that I am passionate about and my answer went beyond the usual scope of the Fast Tract Diet Q&A. Question about drugs for acid reflux   "I am wondering why so many doctors are quick to prescribe drugs like proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers, often both together for [...]

Dietary Control of Candida Overgrowth

Question on the Fast Tract Diet and Candida The following question was posted on the Fast Tract Diet Discussion Group on Facebook recently. "I have successfully reduced SIBO to negligible, in part due to the Fast Tract diet. Thank you! The doctor indicates that candida is the chief problem now. Is the Fast Tract diet [...]

By | April 9th, 2015|Diet and Digestive Health|6 Comments

Fast Tract Diet Official Discussion Group on Facebook

We recently launched the Fast Tract Diet Official Discussion Group on Facebook. If this sounds interesting to you, please read the book, Fast Tract Digestion IBS or Fast Tract Digestion Heartburn,  join the group and start posting! Our mission as a group is to help 10 million people (this also includes YOU) with functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) regain their [...]

By | March 24th, 2015|Diet and Digestive Health|0 Comments

SIBO and Alcohol – Good News for Moderate Drinkers

What is the relationship between SIBO and alcohol? A recent study concluded that moderate alcohol consumption is a strong risk factor for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, SIBO. Since then, I have been approached by several people who have SIBO wondering if they should abstain from alcohol. This post addresses their concern and evaluates the study. [...]

By | February 28th, 2015|alcohol, Diet and Digestive Health, SIBO|32 Comments

Discounted U-Biome – Gut Microbiota testing

Have you ever wanted to get your own gut microbiota tested? U-Biome currently has a two for one offer for $89.00 going on. Thanks Tim Steele and Dr BG for the heads up. With two kits, you can do the test before and after making dietary changes.

By | January 18th, 2015|Diet and Digestive Health|3 Comments

Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Caused by Alterations in Gut Bacteria?

I just read a great article called Joint Pain, from the Gut about the connection between two forms of arthritis and changes in our gut microbiota. I have posted on this in the past and the plot continues to thicken. The article highlights the recent finding that increased levels of a common gut microbe called [...]

By | January 14th, 2015|Diet and Digestive Health|1 Comment