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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fecal_bacteriotherapy

    "Fecal bacteriotherapy, also known as fecal transfusion, fecal transplant, or human probiotic infusion (HPI), is a medical treatment for patients with pseudomembranous colitis (caused by Clostridium difficile), ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome which involves restoration of colon homeostasis by reintroducing normal bacterial flora from stool obtained from a healthy donor."

    I'm really not sure what to add here. basically if people lose their shit other people can help them by giving them shit.

    And no that's not me shitting you.
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    At least it's in enema form... They could have just handed patients a shit smoothie and a straw.
    • CommentAuthorLyons
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    It makes a certain kind of sense to me: I have ulcerative colitis and once while taking antibiotics the ecology of my gut was thrown off: all of the bacteria the antibiotics were fighting included bacteria my gut needed to function properly. It took four years for my gut to fall back into line, although, to be fair, there were also environmental/behavioral factors in play during that four-year stretch.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
     (345.4)
    "They could have just handed patients a shit smoothie and a straw."

    I found that link on a scientist's blog, she describes how this treatment is based on an older form practised by doctors without official approval which involved giving patients the shit orally in chocolate milk.

    If I'm ever in hospital I think I'll pass on the chocolate milk.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    I can't find the link at the moment but there was a sort of similar story about an immunologist who suffered from extreme asthma.

    Asthma is caused by an over-active immune system, some internal parasites are known to suppress the immune system so their hosts don't kill them.

    Long story short he went to west Africa where a relatively benign parasite known as hook-worm is endemic (and asthma and a number of other immune disorders are virtually unknown) and walked around in bare feet near a bunch of leaking toilets.

    Result: no more asthma.
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    So the cure for asthma is walking in poo and having worms?

    I can't see that catching on... But I've never seen a dog with an inhaler, so I'll believe it.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
     (345.7)
    Wow. That's certainly a new one.

    It's official: Medicine is GROSS.
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      CommentAuthorobliterati
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
     (345.8)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I still feel bad about having totally ruined the "Things Which Should Not Exist" thread so I'm refraining from making an awful 2girls1cup joke here.
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      CommentAuthorDrunkard
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2007
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    So, if one overdoses on this therapy do they become politicans?
    • CommentAuthorpygmy
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Wow. That does sound creepy, but having had a raging case of antibiotic-induced ulcerative colitis once, I would have to say I would have eagerly sucked down a shit smoothie if I knew it would make the horror stop. UC is teh uber-suck. And mine only lasted a couple of months (I lost 35lbs). Some people have to live with it their whole lives.
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      CommentAuthorBenjamin
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Is it the worms themselves that reduce the strength of your immune system? I've always understood it to be their influence on the formation of immune cells: Immune cells develope down two pathways from and early point, one pathway that ends in cells that attack external threats (bacteria, worms) and one that ends in cells that cause auto-immune responses. Since the worms are a clear and present threat your body swings the weight of production heavily to the first type of externally-targetted cell - hence why some people think that having worms gives your immune system a boost as the worms provide a constant immune promotor, like a little intestinal personal trainer.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    Benjamin, you may be right but the net result as far as auto-immune diseases go is the same.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
     (345.13)
    Ew.

    Easier and less disgusting just to go with probiotics. Its little bacteria pills. No poop involved.
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      CommentAuthorkristinag
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2007
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    This is why I don't eat medicines. If I don't eat medicines, my immune system won't get fucked up and
    I won't risk having to go through weird stuff like this. That's my theory and I am sticking to it!


    worms... oh I feel so nauseous now...
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    Sorry, but for me, NOTHING in medicine is more vile and cruel than a tube through your urethra.

    I'll receive a shit transplant over that, easily.
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    Stories like this make me glad I'm invulnerable.