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.

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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&As, but ended up with a blog post. The question was that “I … Continue reading

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Fast Tract Diet Official Discussion Group on Facebook

We just  launched the Fast Tract Diet Official Discussion Group on Facebook over the weekend. If this sounds interesting to you, please read on,  join the group and start posting! If you have read the Fast Tract Digestion books, your participation … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 counter intuitive ways to address digestive health issues are to decrease carbohydrates and increase fats, especially saturated fats. As discussed 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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