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IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) - Fast Tract Digestion: Diet that Addresses the Root Cause of IBS, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth without Drugs or Antibiotics: Foreword by Dr. Michael Eades Paperback – August 31, 2013
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"People with IBS - and any other SIBO-related condition - can benefit from this book. Dr. Robillard shows the reader why the Fast Tract approach is superior to other diets, drugs, and even antibiotics, which are often prescribed in an off-label manner for IBS...The antibiotic option is one many physicians choose for treatment, but readers of this book will think twice about going on such a regimen until all other options are explored. Most importantly, the Fast Tract approach Dr. Robillard created limits only the most difficult-to-digest carbohydrates. Thus, the means of relief is flexible where both the types and amounts of symptom-causing foods can be adjusted based on personal dietary preference. Even people with the most challenging symptoms will be pleased with their improvement. I can't recommend this book heartily enough." --Michael R. Eades, M.D., The New York Time Best Seller Co-author of Protein Power
"I am a GI surgeon and also an IBS patient who has suffered from this stubborn disease for more than 15 years. As a GI doctor, I have obtained more knowledge and experience over the years from treating my own IBS as well as patients with IBS. However, all methods I had learned didn t make sense until I read Fast Tract Digestion IBS. The book is outstanding among the many books that I ve read on IBS. To my amazement, the Fast Tract Diet described in the book worked in just a couple of days. Thank you for your work and book. I would like to spread the word on the Fast Tract Diet to my colleagues and patients." --Zongqiang (Alan) Hu, Visiting GI Surgeon at St. Vincent Hospital, Visiting Scholar at Indiana University & Purdue University
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 recently ordered the kindle version of "Fast Track Digestion-IBS". Finally, after all my years of searching and trying to overcome my persistent, debilitating IBS systems, I have found relief.
My story: I was diagnosed with IBS when I was 13 years old. I continued to suffer after following the Dr.'s orders to increase fiber in my diet. At 17, after repeating the test 3 times, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, though the biopsy was inconclusive. I experienced some improvement off wheat, but continued to suffer with bouts of severe stomach pain and urgent diarrhea. I was prescribed Paxil which seemed only to mask the symptoms. My chronic stomach problems continued and intensified even on a strict gluten and dairy free diet. A year ago, I was diagnosed with SIBO, but the Gastro doctor I saw didn't seem to think that was the cause of my troubles. I asked her if there was any diet I could try to get some relief, and she said there was not. When I mentioned that I felt somewhat better when I ate (sort of) Paleo, she was adamant that there was no connection. Fast forward to finding this amazing IBS book!!
I started reading it and could not stop. It was awesome to find someone who speaks my language. I've tried SCD and Paleo and still have had so many issues, probably from eating too much fruit/fructose and copious amounts of honey. I am so happy to find on your diet, already I can "cheat" a little with a few organic gluten free cookies, on a very limited basis, and some extra dark chocolate. I'm also learning to bake with almond flour and strictly limit starchy foods, focusing on all meats, many vegetables, eggs and just a little fruit.
After just a few days on your IBS fast track diet, I was already feeling amazing. Totally amazing!! I waited a couple weeks just to make sure it wasn't a fluke before sending this letter. I strongly believe the FP (fermentation potential) of foods is the GOLDEN KEY to unlocking my chronic,
debilitating symptoms, specifically SIBO-IBS. Fast-track Digestion WORKS!!!!
I feel hope, which is something I haven't experienced in a long time, in regards to my awful stomach issues. I have always dreamed of traveling, and now with your Fast Track diet, I believe that one day soon that dream is going to become a reality. Honestly, I was at the point of thinking I would have to leave my fast-paced job as a legal secretary, a challenging job I really enjoy. I always knew it wasn't stress but diet related, no matter how many times doctors tried to give me anti-depressants.
If I ever meet you in person, I want to give you a great big hug!!! I am absolutely thrilled to be feeling well again. I feel as though I've been given a new lease on life. Waking up every morning with stomach pain, feeling like I was suffering from a constant stomach bug, fearing to eat lunch at work, etc. etc. are all just a bad memory now.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Dr. Robillard. I can't say how grateful I am.
I have suffered with digestive issues since I was a child, specifically IBS-C. 35 years ago (when I was 15), I began the symptoms of my first autoimmune disorder and have continued to develop new autoimmune diseases through the years. I now have the diagnosis of Multiple Autoimmune Disease Syndrome. Then about a decade ago, I started having lots of issues with my lipid levels, blood sugar, and liver enzymes. My Dr told me to concentrate on eating lots of fiber - whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. But I continued to get worse. Finally two years ago, my health really fell apart. I was eating the way my Dr told me to eat, but I was so sick! I could barely get out of bed, I was very constipated (with occasional bouts of diarrhea), my triglycerides were in the 600's and my HDL cholesterol was in the mid-20's. My liver enzymes were out of whack, and I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Every January for years, I would get a severe sinus or lung infection that often required 4-5 rounds of antibiotics to kill it. I also started to have vision problems and sometimes I couldn't see well enough to drive or watch TV. And I took great care of myself. My husband and I were avid bicyclers and hikers. I ate very little junk food - I ate 6-10 serving of whole grains every day just like my Dr said. I ate beans, oats, and made sure I got minimum of 5 servings of vegetables and fruit daily. I ate only very lean meat - mostly chicken breasts, and hadn't had much fat at all in 20 years. I was doing everything "right" but just couldn't get healthy.
So I decided to make a drastic change. I switched to a high fat, low carb diet, specifically the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, and I started getting relief from a lot of my symptoms. But I still had bloating and digestive issues. I would start out in the morning looking like my normal self in my size 6 clothes, and by evening I was a size 10 or 12 around my middle. I began only wearing knit skirts so they could "grow" with me throughout the day. I didn't know what else to do. Finally I started seeing a young, new opthamologist for my vision problems. and he diagnosed me with Ocular Rosacea, which I found out is a SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) related condition. And guess what? IBS is also a SIBO relate condition, and SIBO is closely linked to autoimmune issues too. I didn't want to go on more meds to kill the SIBO (for many people they aren't very successful anyway), so I started researching natural SIBO solutions and found this book. Finally I had the tools I needed to make a difference. It is working! My constipation is almost fully resolved (I still get a bit off when I travel), and my bloating is gone. My vision is very good - I was even able to go off the Restasis and steroid eye drops. Some reviewers say they find this diet restrictive. What was restrictive for me was not being able to see clearly, being severely constipated, and looking like I was 6 months pregnant by the end of the day. No food is completely off limits - you just restrict the amount of carbs that tend to ferment in the gut. I am very thankful to have found this book.
I have been eating Paleo for 2 years now and combining it with the Fast Tract Diet for 6 months. I just got the results of the Boston Heart Panel back yesterday, and I am amazed! My triglycerides are now 83 - normal for the first time in over a decade. My HDL is 50. My LDL is still too high, but my inflammatory markers are all normal or almost normal, so my Dr is not too worried. My liver enzymes are finally normal, and I am no longer pre-diabetic. In fact my Dr said my insulin is now perfect. So the labs don't lie - this way of eating is definitely working for me! My Immunologist told me that 35 years is kind of the "magic" age for autoimmune disease. The majority of people become bed bound when they hit the 35 year mark because the inflammation overwhelms their body. I believe that is where I was headed before I so drastically changed my diet. My Immunologist told me to keep doing whatever it is I am doing. One more thing - this is the first January that I can remember that I have not had a sinus or lung infection. In fact, I haven't even had a cold. The inflammation seems to be under control. I hope everyone out there suffering from similar issues will find as much relief as I have found.
I wish the author would have addressed the potential long-term consequences for the microbiome of the colon of systematically avoiding fibrous foods that provide the substrate for a healthy microbiome. Aside for this small omission this is a wonderful resource, one that I highly and wholeheartedly recommend to anyone with SIBO. For the first time in 10 years my stomach feels flat and happy.
Thank you Dr Robillard for allowing us to benefit from your experience and expertise!