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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.

Myths on SIBO Treatment

The 3 common questions on SIBO treatment and answers that may surprise you: Q 1. Don’t we need antibiotics for SIBO as low fermentable carbohydrate diets do not “eradicate” an overgrowth in the small intestine? Q 2. I am worried about being on low-FODMAP, low-carb diet, Fast Tract Diet, etc. for a long time because [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|Diet and Digestive Health|5 Comments

SIBO Treatment: Antibiotics or Diet?

Antibiotics alone, diet alone or the combination of the two will not cure SIBO unless your specific underlying cause(s) are identified and addressed. However, a science-based diet that limits ALL fermentable carbohydrates should be used as the first line therapy over antibiotics  because: The diet approach is safe and provides a durable response Your underlying [...]

Is SIBO A Risk Factor For Parkinson’s Disease?

In a recent article, I talked about new research linking alterations in our gut microbiota to Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Since then, I was approached by one of the members in the Fast Tract Diet Discussion Group on Facebook asking “my dad has PD. What I don't understand from the article is: are people with SIBO [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Diet and Digestive Health, Fast Tract Diet, SIBO|5 Comments

LPR Diet – Why PPIs Do Not Work for LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux)?

Question Is it safe to use a PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor) over the short term to determine if I actually have LPR as opposed to chronic sinus infection? Also, if it is (reflux-related) LPR, is it necessary to go on medication? My doctor keeps telling me that it would be worse to have acid in [...]

By | December 10th, 2016|Diet and Digestive Health|15 Comments

What Do Gut Bacteria And Diet Have To Do With Parkinson’s Disease?

A clear link between gut bacteria and Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been established by Caltech researchers led by microbiologist, Sarkis Mazmanian. The study published in the Dec 1, 2016 issue of Cell sheds new light on PD for researchers investigating effective treatments for this incurable central nervous system disorder. One of the leading areas of [...]

Dietary Supplements – Helping or Hurting Your Digestive Health?

Dietary supplements can be extremely helpful as part of a larger plan for addressing a variety of digestive and general health issues including: Vitamin and mineral deficiencies Microbiota imbalances Deficiencies in molecules made by the body such as stomach acid, bile and digestive enzymes Symptoms including gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, and other reflux [...]

Diet over Drugs: 3 Step Plan for IBS, Diarrhea, Constipation, Bloating and Acid Reflux

Are you familiar with the term, Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGIDs)? Don’t let this five-letter acronym intimidate you. It simply refers to conditions or symptoms affecting the digestive tract for which no structural problem or biochemical cause is observed by standard testing such as endoscopy, imaging or blood tests. These are some examples of FGIDs: Irritable [...]

Fast Tract Diet App for Gut Health

Hi guys, I am happy to let you know that the Fast Tract Diet App is now available on iTunes and Google Play. This is a complete and stand-alone app with No adds, No up-selling for a monthly program or Downloading your personal data.   For those who are new to the Fast Tract Diet [...]

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 Hashimoto’s rheumatoid arthritis [...]

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

Acid reflux 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 about drugs for acid reflux   "I am wondering why so many doctors are quick to prescribe drugs like proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers, often both together for [...]