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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.

Like FODMAP But Easier?

"LIKE FODMAP BUT EASIER?" is the title of the "service evaluation" on the Fast Tract Diet conducted by Mike Sweeney, Registered Dietitian in Leicester, UK and his colleagues enrolling new IBS patients referred by general practitioners in their general dietitian clinics. What Motivated Mike to Do the Evaluation Patients had to wait at least six months and in [...]

By |2018-09-13T09:12:57+00:00August 28th, 2018|Diet and Digestive Health|0 Comments

Can You Treat SIBO and IBS Without Antibiotics?

I had an opportunity to connect with Josh Sabourin, the publisher of SIBO Survivor to discuss the options for treating SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) in people who: Can’t tolerate antibiotics Fail to get better on antibiotics Just choose not to take them NOTE: Refer to the end of this page [...]

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 |2018-09-03T09:26:28+00:00July 16th, 2018|Diet and Digestive Health|0 Comments

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+00:00October 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+00:00May 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 |2018-11-25T19:54:04+00:00February 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 10th, 2016|Diet and Digestive Health|38 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 [...]