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Norman Robillard, Ph.D.

Founder of Digestive Health Institute and Author of the Fast Tract Digestion book series

Norman Robillard, Ph.D - Fast Tract Digestion

Norman Robillard, Ph.D

Norm Robillard, Ph.D., one of the leading gut health experts is a microbiologist. He founded the Digestive Health Institute ( to promote science-based holistic and dietary solutions for a variety of digestive health issues.

Dr. Norm is the author of Fast Tract Digestion book series and creator of the Fast Tract
Diet and Fast Tract Diet mobile app. The Fast Tract Diet was presented at Digestive Disease Week in 2013 to provide researchers and gastroenterologists with a new treatment option for SIBO related conditions.

The Fast Tract Diet has been endorsed by numerous health experts including the New York Times Best Seller, co-author – Dr. Mike Eades, GI surgeon – Dr. Alan Hu, Osteopathic doctor – Dr. Lisa Vaughan and several certified nutritionists. Dr. Norm helps people with their digestive and related health issues through his individual consultation program at the Digestive Health Institute.

Show Highlights:

-Dr. Norm struggled with acid reflux and heartburn for many years; he tells us how it set him on the path of investigating digestion and the gut

-How high fermentation foods contributes to acid reflux

-If you missed Dr. Norm’s first interview with us, we suggest you actually listen to that podcast first

-Addressing SIBO: What’s going on in the digestive tract?

-Controlling candida overgrowth

-Dr. Norm talks about dairy sensitivity

-Dr. Norm talks about how to download The Fast Track Diet App

-What does FP value mean? The lower the FP the better; why is that?

-A listener’s son’s small intestine herniated through a congenital hole in his mesentery, resulting in emergency surgery and the removal of 60% of his small intestine. This was one year ago. He has suffered tremendous digestive discomfort since, bloating, floating, putrid stool, undigested food, intermittant diahrrhea, etc. Three months ago he started taking a product called “Assist SI” by Body Ecology. It is a pancreatic enzyme. It has changed his life. Now several months later he is recognizing that he still suffers the before-mentioned symptoms. Dr. Robillard weighs in the problem

-What about fermented vegetables; a good idea?

and so much more!!

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norman robillard on fast tract digestion, december 8, 2015

'Norman Robillard, Ph.D. – Fast Track Digestion Has Just Gotten Easier – December 8, 2015' have 3 comments

  1. December 8, 2015 @ 7:02 pm Mark

    Fantastic interview with great information. I hope Dr Robillard gets my question, which I was unable to send prior to the interview: is there any research showing glutamine can actually aggravate candida overgrowth? Would very much appreciate a response.


    • December 9, 2015 @ 2:09 pm Norm Robillard

      Hi Mark and thanks for listening to the show. The short answer is “I don’t know”. Candida albicans and other yeasts are readily able to convert ammonia into glutamine and glutamate, so glutamine is an amino acid yeast want (enough to make it).

      I am not aware of a level of glutamine that would be directly toxic for Candida, but here are a few general thoughts: Most glutamine synthesis occurs in our muscles (making it a non-essential amino acid), but since glutamine is an amino acid, we have a significant dietary source in the protein portion of our diet. Because glutamine is reported to be used mostly by cells in the digestive tract and glutamine is required for tissue repair, there is speculation that glutamine supplementation is a good idea for general gut health, possibly fighting intestinal infections and improving our gut barrier function. With the exception of some gut barrier studies (for example,, I am not aware of direct research reports substantiating the other claims. So I don’t have any firsthand knowledge that glutamine supplementation, beyond our diet and what our body makes, would be beneficial for preventing or controlling intestinal Candida overgrowth.


    • February 12, 2016 @ 10:59 pm Norm Robillard

      Not that I know of Mark. Thanks for listening.


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