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Monday, January 21, 2013

When Eating Faeces Is Good for You

Posted by on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 7:51 AM

This I did not know...

Hospital superbug Clostridium difficile... can cause nasty diarrhoea and in some cases is fatal. The usual treatment for the infection, which affects over half a million people in the US each year, involves a strong course of antibiotics. But the infection returns in about 20 per cent of cases, and some people become chronically infected.

One treatment appears to be remarkably successful. It involves ingesting the faeces of healthy individuals – either via a tube to the stomach or colon – to help repopulate their guts with so-called good bacteria. This boosts defenses against reinfection and unpleasant as it may sound, works in around 90 per cent of cases.

At least you are fed with a tube and not with a spoon.

 

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Two girls, one cure.
Posted by DisorganizedReligion on January 21, 2013 at 8:41 AM · Report this
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You're not "fed." It's an enema.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fecal_trans…
Posted by duhhhh on January 21, 2013 at 8:42 AM · Report this
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Shouldn't it be possible to breed those bacteria in a more neutral medium?

Also, where do they find donors for this treatment?
Posted by Asbel on January 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 4
Eat shit and live
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM · Report this
seandr 5
Fecal transplants are also used to cure IBDs.

The study of bacterial biomes will soon be as big and as medically significant as the study of genomes. There's good evidence to suggest that the radical changes in human bacterial biomes over the last 50 years resulting from anti-biotics and excessive hygiene may play a role in emerging problems such as obesity and food intolerance.
Posted by seandr on January 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM · Report this
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@3, it is indeed possible! Apparently a lot of people who would benefit from this don't do it because of hte "ick factor", ergo a "a robotic gut called RePOOPulate". http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013…

Posted by diane b on January 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 7
We've gone from smell my finger to taste my finger.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM · Report this
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I have worked for a living for 45 years, I have eaten enough shit to float the GOP platform. You get used to it.
Posted by frankdawg on January 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM · Report this
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Re-populate. awesome. i thought i saw an impersonator with a bag of plasma, she was wailing that it was her eyeball in a bag.
Thats sad.
There are bunches of good books out there....One i saw recently was called PREDIABETYES.
Its sounds Important, it IS imporrtant.
I, on Google Books have a list of pleasurable books that i have gone through......TRY VERDI, the lil green snake...........................or STELLA LUNA.......................very awesome.
Posted by dann on February 26, 2013 at 7:18 AM · Report this

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