- Paperback: 217 pages
- Publisher: Self Health Publishing; First edition (October 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976642530
- ISBN-13: 978-0976642534
- Package Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 228 customer reviews
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"After evaluating countless types of carbohydrate and fibrous foods, Dr. Robillard derived a factor he has termed the Fermentation Potential (FP), which is a measure of the amount of carb and/or fiber in a given food providing fare for gas-producing bacteria. Knowing the FP of various foods allows one to avoid those with a higher FP, which should reduce SIBO and symptoms of GERD and/or IBS." --Michael R. Eades, M.D., the New York Time Best Seller Co-author of Protein Power
"Dr. Robillard, your work has done the greatest service of all time for those of us facing these sorts of gut issues. The diet you have outlined is nutritionally balanced and safe! I tell my clients about your book and your work; I want everybody to know!". -- --Alana Sugar, Certified Nutritionist / Whole Foods Consultant to Whole Foods Market and The American Institute for Cancer Research
About the Author
YOUR HEALTH DEPENDS ON THE BACTERIA IN YOUR GUT
Norman Robillard, Ph.D., founder of Digestive Health Institute is an author, consultant and microbiologist. He is also the creator of Fast Tract Diet and a former research scientist who devoted his career to developing new drugs for 20 years before he discovered the power of diet for his own digestive health.
Fast Tract Diet was presented at Digestive Disease Week in 2013 to provide gastroenterologists a different treatment option for SIBO related conditions.
Dr. Robillard helps people with a variety of digestive health issues through his consultation practice. He focuses on the root cause of conditions and applies his 3 pillar strategy for healing in place of drugs and antibiotics: 1. addressing underlying causes, 2. dietary modulation, 3. behavioral modification. Some of the common gut and related conditions include heartburn, acid reflux, LPR, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), celiac and Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, asthma, rosacea and leaky gut.
Dr. Robillard received his Ph.D. at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and completed his post-doctoral training at Tufts University in Boston. He currently serves as a scientific board member for Nutrition & Metabolism Society.
His favorite quote: "No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means." - Maimonides
Find a wealth of digestive health articles and a new tool to calculate symptom potential in foods at DigestiveHealthInstitute.org.
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I can't give this anything less than 5 stars because the results were that dramatic. I had been on 2 zantac maxium strength per day (which never really worked the way I'd hoped) and after 1.5 weeks on this diet I was able to ween myself off without rebound acid. This was not possible prior. Missing a single zantac would result in awful reflux that was even worse than when I started the drug.
A couple other notes about the book. The content is very scientific at times, almost like you're reading a medical paper. I think you'll see other reviewers agreeing with this. I think it's good to read the book to understand why this diet works but you could honestly just download the Fast Tract app (highly recommend doing so) and start aiming to eat under 40 FP per day. Because I was ambitious I went straight for getting under 25 FP every day and the results were noticeable in one week.
A few other notes... After 2 months of being on this diet I cannot say I have fully healed my digestion. I've moved on to going to a functional medicine practitioner and getting a round of tests for what I think threw me into bacterial overgrowth in the first place. For me, a highly stressful two years resulted in adrenal fatigue and I suspect a possible parasite is in play (awaiting test results). Still, sticking with this diet made the most acute and painful symptoms of reflux disappear. So I still follow it every day.
Final point - this diet will feel very restrictive if you've not tried diets before. For a lot of people, it might be that you're not fed up enough with feeling sick yet. I got to the point where I could cut out any food if it meant I wouldn't get painful reflux. Eating for comfort, which probably caused some of your issues in the first place, will need to be re-evaluated if you want to get better... it reaaaaally sucks, I know.
Not surprisingly (I understand this after reading this book), I developed a severe case of GERD and reflux laryngitis, often being without a voice for days at a time. My doc prescribed Prevacid for 2 months which helped, but this did not address the core cause. When I stopped the meds, the laryngitis returned, and I was unable to talk for several weeks.
Wanting to address the underlying cause of my GERD & laryngitis (as opposed to just treating symptoms), I bought this book, thinking I had nothing to lose to try the diet for a few days. Within 48 hours of eating only low-FP (vegan in my case) foods, I had my voice back, and the GERD was almost immediately improved. That was 1-1/2 years ago, and though I don't limit myself now to only low FP foods, I do avoid high FP foods, and rarely if ever have a reoccurrence of GERD or voice problems.
I'll admit it's a bit more challenging to do this as a vegan, but I believe it's a small price to pay not to have to take PPI's the rest of my life.
What helped me was to make a list from Appendix C of "safe (low-FP)" vegan foods, and also a list of foods I could have occasionally. My go-to vegan low FP list (when I had severe GERD) included almonds, avocados, beets, broccoli, butternut squash, brussels sprouts, celery, cauliflower, carrots, cantaloupe, dates, watermelon, jasmine rice (with it's negative FP), hummus, pretzels, kale, mushrooms, pecans, snow peas, peaches, popcorn, pineapple, rice cakes/crackers, strawberries, tofu, seitan, boca burgers, walnuts, tomatoes and many other low-FP veggies and fruits. I never feel deprived by limiting the FP of my foods choices.
My maintenance diet includes many of the moderate FP foods, and I keep my list of foods handy in the kitchen. I use portion control and also jasmine rice with it's "negative FP" rating to counter the effects of an occasional higher FP meal.
BTW, I'm 68 years old, being a low-fat vegan has improved my energy level amazingly, and resolved a long standing cardio issue... so I don't recommend eating the low-FP high fat animal protein foods that are listed . . . but in my case, if you're vegan or flexitarian, I highly recommend trying Robillard's Fast Tract diet, especially if you're unable/unwilling to tolerate the effects of long term PPI use.