Improve your health with a fecal transplant. It sounds gross, bizarre, and what the hell(?). At least that’s what I thought when I first heard about it last week. Come to find out I’m way behind in my information.
Fecal microbiotica transplantation (FMT) is done to treat several conditions. Ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic constipation. It can also be used in some cases of Crohn’s disease, depression, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and food allergies.
Stool is collected from healthy donors and kept in a bank just like a blood bank. The good flora from that stool is given to the patient via an enema done through a colonoscope or nasal gastric tube. Doing it through a nasal gastric tube is more dangerous because the bacteria could end up in the lungs but doing it through a colonoscopy could pierce the bowel. There are even instructions on how to do it yourself with a blender, a quart of saline, and a two quart enema bag. (Don’t know about that one).
The stool donors are thoroughly screened for diseases and parasites before their stool can be used for transplantation. The donor should also be someone close to the patient. A spouse, child, or someone else that lives with the patient could have been exposed to the same bacteria that the patient has and probably has the same type of bacteria in their gut as the patient does.
Certain conditions, like diarrhea caused from C. difficile, can possibly be cured with just one treatment. Other times a series of treatments taking anywhere from five to fifteen days is used.
Also, just as with blood, a patient can provide their own fecal material before they receive any type of medical treatment. The fecal material material is kept refrigerated in case the patient develops C. difficile. If the patient does, the fecal material is filtered and the good flora is extracted. The flora is freeze-dried and put into capsules that the patient can take to restore their gut with their own good flora.
Yes, you can improve your health with a fecal transplant. The idea behind a fecal transplant is to add good flora to the gut to eliminate bad flora.
Believe it or not, fecal transplant was first described in 1958 by Dr. Ben Eisemen, from Denver, Colorado, when it was used to treat four patients with colitis. The second was described in 1981 by Dr. Bowen. This information is from the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology This treatment isn’t as new as you might think.
As of yet there hasn’t been a major study done on fecal transplants but the data is positive. Even though the use of human excrement as a benefit seems bizarre and certainly something I’d have to think long and hard about it does appear that you can improve your health with a fecal transplant.
Further research will tell us whether or not this procedure does indeed do what it’s intended to do. So far the reports that are in suggest it will. This could be a simple, inexpensive treatment for diseases of the gut that have plagued us for many, many years. Hopefully it would be covered by insurance. As I close this article I wish I would have known about this when I suffered with Crohn’s disease. Who knows, I might have actually tried it and been able to avoid ileostomy surgery.
Improve your health with a fecal transplant