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.

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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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 vs. naproxen ?

I always used ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) in the past, but I’m reconsidering this based on the recent finding.  High doses of naproxen (Aleve) are not associated with increased cardiovascular risk (good news), while other non-steroidal antiflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen … 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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