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.

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
rheumatoid arthritis
ankylosing spondylitis

When leaky gut occurs, […]

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

This 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: I am wondering why so many doctors are quick to prescribe drugs like proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers, often both together for acid reflux and LPR. I am worried about possible side […]

Dietary Control of Candida Overgrowth

The following question was posted on the Fast Tract Diet Discussion Group on Facebook recently. I started crafting an answer as one of the Fast Tract Diet Q&A, but ended up with a blog post.

The question was that “I have successfully reduced SIBO to negligible, in part due to the Fast Tract diet. Thank you! […]

By |April 9th, 2015|Diet and Digestive Health|4 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 health […]

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

SIBO and Alcohol – Good News for Moderate Drinkers

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. But, before jumping into the heart of the matter, I […]

By |February 28th, 2015|alcohol, Diet and Digestive Health, SIBO|19 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|2 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 Prevotella […]

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

Dear Mr. President: You can Treat Acid Reflux without Drugs

Dear President Obama,

I’m hoping your recent diagnosis of acid reflux might be a teachable moment for you, your team of doctors, and for some of the 60 million Americans who suffer from reflux. The symptoms include heartburn, abdominal pain, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, laryngitis and sinus irritation. Persistent damaging reflux is referred to as gastroesophageal […]

Saturated fat is good for you & your digestion

As discussed in the Fast Tract Digestion book series, problems digesting certain carbohydrates are at the root of so many if not most digestive health problems. But, ill fated fat phobias prevent people from cutting enough troublesome carbs while maintaining a healthy weight.

Once we understand that fats, including saturated fats, are healthy and an important […]

By |December 31st, 2014|Diet and Digestive Health|0 Comments

GERD diet that works without drugs

This is the final article of a four part series on acid reflux and GERD. Read the first article on the underlying cause, the second article on the myths of H. pylori and low stomach acid being the major causes and the third article on the main stream medical treatments.

Online dietary advice for GERD is often characterized by […]

By |September 18th, 2014|Diet and Digestive Health|47 Comments