Fast Tract Digestion – Heartburn, What this New Book, is all About

The revolutionary new book, Fast Tract Digestion Heartburn, explains in simple terms the role of intestinal bacteria and carbohydrate malabsorption in chronic acid reflux. Foods containing difficult to digest carbohydrates are poorly absorbed and can lead to a condition called SIBO which stands for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. SIBO causes inflammation, intestinal gas, cramps, bloating, reflux and potentially more severe symptoms and conditions.

Treating Acid Reflux with the Fast Tract Diet Program

The Fast Tract Diet Program is clinically proven, safe, effective and permanent and avoids the side effects and health risks associated with long term drug therapy including proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and Histamine-blockers (H2 blockers).  The remarkable and simple solution is the avoidance of difficult to digest carbohydrates. But how do you know which ones to limit and their prevalence in foods. The Fast Tract Diet uses a proprietary calculation called the fermentative potential (FP). The fermentative potential is a direct measure of each food’s potential to feed bacterial overgrowth. The reason the Fast Tract Diet is so effective  is because it attacks SIBO, the bacterial overgrowth I believe is the ultimate cause of chronic acid reflux. This healthy diet also serves as a preventative to ensure healthy digestion without flare ups of SIBO-related GERD symptoms.

What do I eat?

In addition to explaining the problem and solution, Fast Track Digestion provides over 50 delicious recipes that were proven in a clinical study of people with chronic acid reflux. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes ensure healthy and nutritious low FP foods for your meals. The book also contains sixteen tables listing a huge variety of foods along with each food’s FP value and other critical information that allows you to determine the best food choice and serving size to remain symptom free while your digestive system heals.

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About Norm Robillard

Norman Robillard, Ph.D., is a microbiologist and former 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 System (Fast Tract Digestion Heartburn), a safe and effective alternative to proton pump inhibitor (PPI) and H2 blocking drugs. 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. Norm received his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed post-doctoral training at Tufts University in Boston.
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15 Responses to Fast Tract Digestion – Heartburn, What this New Book, is all About

  1. Joseph.c says:

    Is this book available now?
    Can you send me a link to buy this book?
    Is this book available as a audio book?

  2. Beverly Russo says:

    Hi Norman,
    It was my pleasure to chat with you tonight about your new book that is about to come out. This is a very interesting and unique approach to curing heartburn that makes a great deal of sense.

    • normjr1 says:

      Hi Bev,
      So nice to speak with you as well. I am very excited about this book. I am making one of the recipes from the book tonight. Can’t wait to eat.

  3. john lucia says:

    I just bought your book and was wondering as an example how would you find the FP value for peanut butter or canned soup ? I guess the question might be how do you find the glycemic values so you can do the calculation ? Thanks and so far the book makes great since for me.

    • normjr1 says:

      Hi John,
      Glad the info makes sense to you. In cases where there is not glycemic index value available, your best bet is to do your best to assess the foods that are in the soup. I included a few soups as an example. The non-starchy veggies are pretty easy, you can assume a mid-range GI and low overall carb – not a problem. For noodles and pasta, you can used the GI and net carb values for pasta. It might even be a bit higher if the pasta is “overcooked” or very soft in the soup. Meats and other protein-based foods also aren’t a problem.

      As for peanut butter, I would use the GI, net carbs and fiber values for peanuts along with the added sugar. That’s pretty much all that’s in there.

      Hope that helps,


  4. Dagmar Hallal says:

    Tried to send an E-mail to Amazon in reply to their request asking for an opinion of
    your book “Fast Tract Digestion Heartburn”, but no matter which E-mail address I used all messages were rejected as undeliverable. So, here it is:
    Your book has done more for my digestive troubles than any other book or publication
    on the subject. I learned more from this book than any advice I have received over the
    years from various gastroenterologists I’ve consulted who were unable to help my
    Now, before I eat anything I make sure the food has a low FP, and this step alone has
    resulted in a remarkable improvement in my digestion resulting in better health over all.
    To me, this book is a God-send. Dagmar

  5. Anne Bedish says:

    On the recommendation of Mike Eades, I bought your book and read it straight away.

    I would have wished that you had addressed “silent acid reflux” as this is what I have been diagnosed with based on pulmonary “damage”/ “acid aspiration”. How is a person supposed to know about their reflux, whether it is better or not when they have no symptoms ?

    I have been on a very low carb Paleo diet for six years and I cannot see anything in it that I shouldn’t be having. Looks like I already do what you suggest and more ! My diet is meat, fish, eggs, nuts and leafy green veggies, the only oil I use is organic coconut oil – never any grains, never any legumes or beans, never any dairy, never any sugars, never any fruits. All low FP foods from what I can see. I do have tea, coffee and red wine….will cut them out. I have never been overweight. I am at a loss and quite scared by the “pulmonary damage”.

    • Hi Ann,
      I’m glad that you raised this point. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will certainly include what I am describing here and more in the next edition. The book does discuss the effects of reflux on the lungs in several sections and why PPI drugs don’t help and in some cases make matters worse.
      I have not heard a good explanation as to why people with silent reflux don’t register classic symptoms, although they often do have other symptoms which may include:
      - chronic cough
      - wheezing, belching
      - throat clearing
      - post nasal drip, sinusitis
      - difficulty sleeping or breathing
      If you have no symptoms at all, I can see how that would be challenging as having clear symptoms provides a measuring tool to monitor improvement.

      I have a couple of thoughts in your case. I would suggest getting tested for low stomach acid if you have not done so. If you had normal acid levels, I would expect you to experience heartburn pain during reflux. One common explanation is that acidic vapors, and not actual acid, is at work in silent reflux. I’m not so sure about this, though.

      People taking PPIs also have low stomach acid and don’t experience overt symptoms such as heartburn. But, they continue to have symptoms similar to silent GERD. In the absence of acid, reflux continues and other factors remain that can damage the esophagus, lungs and sinuses including digestive enzymes, bile and gut bacteria – though less likely than stomach acid to induce heartburn symptoms.

      Gut bacteria; in particular, is more likely to be involved when stomach acid is neutralized, because the normal acid barrier between the intestine and esophagus is gone. This is why people on PPIs are much more likely to develop pneumonia and why PPIs were found to be ineffective at treating asthma in people with both normal and silent GERD.

      Secondly, you might want to review Chapter 6 to determine if you suffer from any other underlying conditions (motility, immunity, antibiotics, etc.) other than diet or stomach acid that might promote SIBO.

      The Paleo Diet you describe makes sense to me and should be far superior to conventional diets for treating your silent reflux. The Paleo Diet is interpreted differently by different people however, with some diets indiscriminately allowing tubers, rice, and perhaps too many nuts, seeds and berries. Many of these foods, with the exception of low FP rice and tuber varieties, contain resistant starch or excessive fiber. You might double check your diet according to fermentation potential using the tables in the appendix or the FP formula, to make sure that any carbs (such as excessive fiber) you consume have low FP.

      Laryngopharyngeal Reflux – LPR, which is similar to silent GERD in many ways, tends to take longer to recover from than simple heartburn – Perhaps, due to the sensitivity of the vocal cords. Pulmonary damage may also require more time to heal after reflux is under control.

      Lastly, to cater to your unique situation, Digestive Health Institute offers individual consultations. For more information, go to “Consultation” tab if you are interested.

      Be well

      • Anne Bedish says:

        Thanks Dr Robillard for your ideas on this.

        The pulmonary specialist (saw him because of abnormal chest x-ray) wants me to take PPIs but I have refused as I guessed they would be bad – I need my stomach acid ! The motility issue is one I think I’m going to have to look into.

        No tubers or rice for me in my diet, nor seeds or berries, but I do have lots of nuts like almonds, maybe too many and I’ll cut down on them, or rather work out the FP of the amount I eat to work out how much I can have.

  6. Jason K says:

    Hi Norm. I’ve read your book at it’s extremely interesting and I’m going to try the diet.

    I do have a question. I’m a 22 year old who’s body building as it’s something I’m passionate about.

    However to get my protein requirements I take chocolate flavour Whey Protein Shakes, it’s only 25g of powder 1 – 2 times a day. Is this recommend for the diet? I can’t find FP of Whey anywhere and I can’t find the GI of it online so I’m finding it difficult to work it out.

    At the moment these shakes will be the only source of lactose in my diet.

    I’d really appreciate your opinion on this. I need your help!

    Thanks for reading.

    • Hi Jason,
      Sorry for not noticing comments on this site. Most of our content is located at the and it has a forum for questions. If you didn’t find the answer yet, proteins have an FP of zero. So please do enjoy your shakes! Unless you have a product with sugar or other carbs in it. To do a simple estimate of FP for any carbs just multiply the carbs by 0.6 (based on the glycemic index of sucrose).

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