People suffering from severe, hard to treat gut infections caused by the bacteria C. Diff, are now being treated by human poop pills and fecal transplants. The feces used in this treatments are taken from family members. According to studies stool transplant of a healthy person helps to normalize intestinal bacteria. Did you get that? Doctors are offering you now to swallow somebody else poop? It’s 2013, is that the best that we can do? I don’t know about you but I always regarded poop as being one directional: EXIT ONLY!!!
My observations about C. Diff infection
While working in nursing homes and hospitals, I have seen many patients suffering from a severe gut infection caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile, or C.diff (what we called it at medical rounds). The reason most of these patients suffered from C.diff infection was due to use of antibiotics, which disrupts intestinal flora in your gut. Damaged intestinal flora allowes rapid growth of harmful germ like C. Diff in your intestines.
Then, more antibiotics are given, which creates a vicious cycle of abdominal pain, diarrhea and dehydration. In time, patients stop responding to antibiotics. “ About 250,000 people in the United States suffer from C. difficile infections every year and about 14,000 die, according to the CDC.”(1)
So, a new therapy is being developed for these patients (who do not respond to multiple rounds of antibiotics): human poop pills and fecal transplants (introduced via enemas, colonoscopy or nose tube). Canadian scientists created new capsule, which contains fecal bacteria. So, to get rid of infection, now you have to swallow a few dozens of these poop filled capsules.
Danger for IBD patients using new fecal transplant treatment
A new study was presented by Dr. Ihunnah at the American College of Gastroenterology 2013. They used 83 immunocompromised patients (32 IBD patients used immunosuppressive drugs). Although, initial cure rate was 79%-89% after fecal transplants, “three patients with inflammatory bowel disease experienced flare-ups after fecal transplantation. Two patients with ulcerative colitis underwent colectomy related to that condition more than 100 days after the transplantation. One patient experienced a mucosal tear during transplantation, and 4 patients reported mild abdominal discomfort.”(2)
Natural, tasty and poop free solution for IBD patients
As much as I remain keen to learn about latest treatments for GI infections, I remain convinced that before you try something radical as somebody else poop, even poop of your loved one’s, you owe to yourself to try a tested, natural solution offered in my IBD Healing System Webinar and IBS Healing System Webinar