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.

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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Saturated fat is good for you & your digestion

One of the best, if counter intuitive tools in addressing digestive health issues decreasing carbohydrates and increasing fats, especially saturated fats. As we discuss in the Fast Tract Digestion books, problems digesting certain carbohydrates are at the root of so … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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GERD – Why standard treatments are ineffective

This is the third 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 … Continue reading

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Gas-producing Lactobacillus & Colic

Thanks to Christina Mason for bringing this article to my attention on the gut microbiota of babies with colic. In a nutshell, gas-producing Lactobacillus (called heterolactic fermenters) were found in the guts of infants with colic. Healthy infants didn’t have … Continue reading

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Is GERD caused by H. pylori & Low Stomach Acid?

This is the second article of a four part series on acid reflux and GERD. Read the first article on the underlying cause, the third article on the main stream medical treatments, and the final article on the myths of … Continue reading

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What Really Causes Acid Reflux and GERD?

This is the first article of a four part series on acid reflux and GERD. Read the second article on the myths of H. pylori and low stomach acid being the major causes, the third article on the main stream … Continue reading

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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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