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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 10
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2013-12-03 08:26:18 AM  
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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.
2013-12-03 11:34:36 AM  
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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.


A local hospital made the headlines here stating that giving all their patients and residents a specific brand of probiotics (bio-k) more or less eliminated cases of hospital-borne c-diff infections.

I think all those people doing cleansings are just wrecking their gut and asking for trouble. Doubly so if you have had your appendix removed.
2013-12-03 09:28:22 AM  
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It's becoming clear that just because we can destroy bacteria doesn't mean we should destroy all of them, particularly our symbiotic bowel buddies (and there are probably a lot on our skin too, out-competing nasties like Strep A and MRSA).

I recently noticed a poplar non-'antibacterial' dish soap with the phrase "helps wash away bacteria" on it instead of "kills bacteria" so kudos to them not contributing to the overuse of triclosan etc. Washing with regular soap is more effective than those hand-sanitizing foams and gels too, especially against viruses and especially on filthy children's hands.
2013-12-03 09:24:05 AM  
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fasahd: I read an article about a year ago. They were doing fecal transplants with enemas. That seems more practical. Still gross but hey, if you had c. diff. why not? On another note, I guess those two girls with a cup are pretty healthy huh?


Turns out that some times the enema route doesn't get the transplant high enough in the GI tract. (That's what she said...)  Nasogastric administration is preferable, if not an entirely pleasant concept.
2013-12-03 09:22:23 AM  
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2013-12-03 09:20:10 AM  
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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
2013-12-03 08:57:02 AM  
1 votes:

Jaicu: I thought cranberries cured everything.


Turns out it was dingle berries.

/dv-ous is right, half of your calories should come from vegetables.  I wish they were subsidized to the point of being the least expensive thing at restaurants.  *Those iceberg lettuce salads that cost more than a big mac barely count as vegetables.  Nutritionally speaking, iceberg lettuce is crunchy water.
2013-12-03 08:30:01 AM  
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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.


Awesome. I think IBS is probably a symptom of some kind of problem with gut flora. I mean I could shatter glass when I fart.

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.


What is the caloric content of poop?
2013-12-03 08:24:53 AM  
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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.
2013-12-03 08:18:35 AM  
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Eat shiat and (don't) die.
 
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