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About Norm Robillard

Norm Robillard 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. Robillard studied the genetics of antibiotic resistance, septic shock, viral illnesses and antimicrobial and antibody-based therapies prior to founding the Digestive Health Institute. Dr. Robillard is the creator of the Fast Tract Diet, author of the Fast Tract Digestion book series and publisher of the Fast Tract Diet mobile app. He was the first to propose excess intestinal fermentation 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. His latest book series, Fast Tract Digestion provides a safe and effective dietary tool and behavioral strategy as an alternative to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2 blockers, IBS drugs or antibiotics for heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR), IBS and other SIBO related conditions.

Can SIBO Diets Alone Restore a Healthy Microbiota?

“When it comes to SIBO, I have heard SIBO diets are more about managing symptoms. Is it possible, with diet alone to selectively starve the bacteria causing the problem while allowing the good bacteria to increase in order to achieve a balanced microbiota?” Although this is an interesting question, and I receive many like this, the [...]

By | 2018-07-18T14:20:54+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Diet and Digestive Health|0 Comments

No More RX Meds – How to Fix LPR and Beyond

Hi - I'm Jaeme! I had digestive issues and other health issues since childhood, but no longer thanks to the Fast Tract Diet. Here's my journey to total body health with no more RX medicines thanks to Dr. Norm. Starting as a young child, I had chronic constipation My mother had me believe that Fletcher's [...]

Addressing SIBO without antibiotics

Hi I am Judy, At age 66 I am no stranger to gut problems. The first memory I have is constipation, sometimes painful and always on my mind. My next distressing memory were several urgent bathroom episodes in middle school—one in which my teacher refused permission to use the restroom, and due to urgency I [...]

This is how I overcame IBS-D, Gastritis and LPR

Hi, I am Michele. My journey with the Fast Tract Diet came about after more than thirty years of gut issues During that time I had experienced three major episodes of food poisoning (one requiring a week in hospital), three ulcers, frequent gastritis and goodness knows how many bouts of gut infections. The most debilitating [...]

By | 2018-05-11T10:21:26+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Diet and Digestive Health, Fast Tract Diet, IBS, LPR|1 Comment

Chew on this – SIBO, IBS, LPR and Fast Tract Diet

I wanted to share a great chat I had with Ashleigh @ Paleo Magazine Radio on iTunes & libsyn. Key Points From This SIBO, IBS, LPR and Fast Tract Diet Episode Are: Drug and antibiotic free Fast Tract Diet. Current debates in gut health research (SIBO | LIBO). How does SIBO differ from IBS? Some of the symptoms [...]

By | 2017-10-06T13:43:06+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Diet and Digestive Health|4 Comments

Success Through Understanding Root Cause

Client testimonial for addressing reflux by Joe Quigley, Pittsburgh, PA For 15 years I have struggled with chronic reflux.  I have been to many doctors and specialists and have taken large ongoing doses of H2 blockers and PPI medicine over this period of time.  The medicine would work for a while but I would have to [...]

By | 2017-08-22T18:23:10+00:00 May 18th, 2017|acid reflux, Consultation|8 Comments

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 | 2018-01-04T10:43:24+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Diet and Digestive Health|32 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 | 2017-01-22T10:32:22+00:00 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 | 2018-01-04T11:14:06+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Diet and Digestive Health|38 Comments