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(The Atlantic)   After antibiotics fail, people with potentially lethal gut infections find that the only effective treatment is an orally-administered fecal transplant. You know, poop pills   (theatlantic.com ) divider line
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2013-12-03 03:37:28 PM  
 
2013-12-03 04:05:51 PM  

Mad Scientist: Fecal transplant is frequently done at the university hospital where I work.  It's amazingly effective against c. diff when all high powered antibiotics have failed.

The study of the "microbiome" (genetics of all the microbes in and on our bodies) is a very hot field in science research right now.


If you're a medical professional known for fecal transplant expertise there's really no need to be overly clinical in your approach. FTFA:

"Within 48 hours, he was on the table of an operating room having his colon removed," Hirsch said. "He went from a healthy, jogging, middle-aged normal guy to an individual who is fated to shiat out of his side for the rest of his life into a colostomy bag."

/but will save a small fortune on toilet paper
 
2013-12-03 05:59:14 PM  
Poop, there it is.  Poop, there it is.
 
2013-12-03 07:14:06 PM  

BullBearMS: Fear the Clam: I'm betting that there's going to be a lot of findings in the next couple of decades about the role of intestinal fauna in health issues.

/That being said, you're still fat because of too many calories going in and not enough of them burning off.

Recent studies show that it may not be that simple.

Gut bacteria may be able to "spread" obesity from one organism to another when they are transplanted, at least in mice, a new study suggests.

In the study, mice that had been raised in a sterile environment, so that they lacked gut bacteria, were transplanted with gut bacteria from either a lean person or an obese person. The researchers used gut bacteria from pairs of human twins, one of whom was lean and one who was obese.

Mice that received bacteria from an obese twin gained more weight and fat than those that received bacteria from a lean twin, according to the study published today (Sept. 5) in the journal Science

What's more, the transplant altered the metabolism of the mice: animals that received gut bacteria from an obese person had changes in their metabolism that have been linked with obesity in humans (such as increased production of compounds called branched-chain amino acids). Those that received gut bacteria from a lean person had changes linked with weight loss (such as increased breakdown of carbohydrates).

The findings add to a growing body of research suggesting that gut bacteria may influence weight.


I've been curious about this for years.  We are symbiotic organisms.  It's entirely possible that a variety of microbeast in our gut could make us feel like ass if we don't feed them the junkfoods they want, or even make us feel like ass if we work out, maybe by causing an unfavorable environmental change that threatens said microbeasts.  Your bloodstream is where most of the signaling in your body travels and your digestive system has a pretty big link to it.
 
2013-12-03 07:16:58 PM  
Carn:

Amazing stuff.  There have been several articles recently about how gut bacteria may also effect our mood to some extent.

Do you have any links?
 
2013-12-03 11:37:17 PM  

liam76: Dragonblink: I got an infection while in labor, and it turned out one of the three antibiotics they gave me for it in the hospital is actually avoided in Europe because it's infamous for giving patients a raging case of c. diff.

You know what's worse than having c. diff? Having c. diff while healing from a c-section and taking care of a newborn.

/didn't get a poop transplant, just more antibiotics

Remember which one?


most likely it was clindamycin that caused the c. Diff infection,  and flagyl or vancomycin was the treatment.
 
2013-12-04 08:15:02 AM  

camaroash: Carn:

Amazing stuff.  There have been several articles recently about how gut bacteria may also effect our mood to some extent.

Do you have any links?


http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=gut-bacteria-may-ex ac erbate-depress

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/18/244526773/gut-bacteria-mi gh t-guide-the-workings-of-our-minds
 
2013-12-04 11:09:43 PM  

caddisfly: FTFA:

"Within 48 hours, he was on the table of an operating room having his colon removed," Hirsch said. "He went from a healthy, jogging, middle-aged normal guy to an individual who is fated to shiat out of his side for the rest of his life into a colostomy bag."

/but will save a small fortune on toilet paper


I would happily spend a small fortune on toilet paper if it meant I wasn't shiatting out of my side for the rest of my life into a colostomy bag.
 
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