Norman Robillard, Ph.D., Founder of Digestive Health Institute is a gut health expert, author and microbiologist. He is the creator of Fast Tract Diet – Fermentation Potential (FP) System, author of the Fast Tract Digestion book series and publisher of the Fast Tract Diet mobile app.
Dr. Norm received his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst studying Bacillus anthracis and other Bacillus species. His post-doctoral training at Tufts University focused on antibiotic resistance and gene transfer between the gut microbes Bacteroides fragilis and E. coli.
During his career in pharma / biotech, Dr. Norm studied the genetics of antibiotic resistance, septic shock, viral illnesses and antimicrobial and antibody-based therapies for 20 years prior to founding the Digestive Health Institute. He currently serves as a scientific board member of Nutrition & Metabolism Society
About his personal journey on digestive health, please read one of his blog, What Really Causes Acid Reflux and GERD?
- Heartburn / Acid Reflux / GERD
- laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Celiac and Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Leaky gut and autoimmunity
He focuses on the root cause of these conditions and employs his 3 pillar approach in place of drugs and antibiotics.
Dr. Norm was the first to propose small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) as the underlying cause of acid reflux and explained the connection between intragastric pressure from gas-producing bacteria in our intestines, nutritional malabsorption and the symptoms of acid reflux in his first book, Heartburn Cured.
His latest book series provides a safe and effective dietary tool and behavioral strategy (Fast Tract Diet) as an alternative to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2 blockers, IBS drugs or antibiotics for GERD, IBS and other SIBO related conditions.
The Fast Tract Diet was presented at the Digestive Disease Week conference in 2013 to provide gastroenterologists with a new science-based dietary treatment option for addressing SIBO-related conditions.
Michael R. Eades, M.D., Co-author of New York Times Best Seller, Protein Power has been an advocate of Dr. Norm’s work and writes about the effectiveness of Fast Tract Diet in his blogs, GERD: Treat it with a low- or high-carb diet and GERD Treatment: Nutrition vs Drugs