Poop Transplants!

Poop Transplants!


This ecology experiment is one of many that
have demonstrated how ecosystems with many species tend to be more resilient than those
with few species. We’re biased towards this particular grassland experiment because it’s
run by one of our writers, but strength in numbers – species numbers! – is also key to
the health of ecosystems ranging from potato fields to rivers to the inside of your gut. In contrast, when a single species is dominant,
it can cause problems. Take the case of Clostridium difficile, a natural part of your gut community
that causes a severe inflammation of the colon when it becomes too abundant. This bacteria,
often referred to as “C diff”, was named “difficile” because it was difficult to grow in a lab
– not because it’s difficult to treat. But it is. C. diff infections often develop because
these bacteria persist better and regenerate faster than other gut bacteria following an
antibiotic treatment for some unrelated health problem. Ironically, the standard treatment
for C diff is yet more antibiotics – which sometimes works, but in many cases the antibiotic
resistance of C diff means the playing field is simply cleared of its competitors and its
population can grow even more vigorously. So vigorously, in fact, that of the roughly
500,000 people infected each year in the US, more than 15,000 die as a result, even after
further drug treatments or surgery to remove parts of the colon. Out of desperation came the idea to entirely
replenish the gut microbiome – not with probiotics, which only supply something like 1 living
organism for every 10,000 bacterial cells already in your gut and just aren’t powerful
enough to make a difference – but rather, with something more like the microbial equivalent
of a blood transfusion. And just like a blood transfusion, don’t try this at home. In a “fecal microbiota transplantation,” or
“poop transplant,” someone with a healthy, diverse community of gut bacteria donates
a sample to be ‘administered’ to a patient with a C diff infection. And in 411 of 473
documented cases, the transplanted bacterial community quickly became dominant, causing
the patient’s digestive system to recover and stabilize (though scientists still don’t
know exactly how that happens). The human gut isn’t the only ecosystem where
this germ of an idea is taking hold, either. For example, transplanting soil and plants
from healthy fields to unhealthy ones helps knock back crop diseases and make soils more
fertile; and transplanting water, snails & duckweed from the pond to the aquarium helps maintain
a well-balanced fishtank. At the moment, microbial transplant therapy
for disease control resides at the fringes of medicine, agriculture, and home fishtank
husbandry. For medicine, this may in part be due to people being squeamish about their
own and other’s fecal matter, and insurance companies being squeamish about covering the
cost of the procedure. But money also plays a broader role: new practices
– even really good ones – have difficulty spreading without active promotion. And that
promotion often comes from places like the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, and home aquarium
industries – industries which promote only those things from which they can make a profit,
like drugs, fertilizers, aquarium supplements, and other heavily engineered chemical cocktails.
But who will promote the simple solutions? We will! From your C. diff to recoup, choose
someone else’s poop!

57 Replies to “Poop Transplants!”

  1. No it would the poop trasplant would be hard because you have to sanitize it before use and by the point your just giving people the Bactria

  2. I don’t believe it 100 percent because they say evolution is a thing, I’m just a Christian who wants to learn about something that is REAL

  3. this is what happens when society makes people think the crap that comes out of are ass is gross and not normal and the piss thats comes from are bladder is perfectly normal

  4. About that blood transfusion… I had a crazy one when I was a newborn… My blood was just SUCKED out of me then they put another let's say colony.. Of blood…. I think it was horrible I think my organs were like…
    Heart: ABANDON MISSION!!! I REPEAT ABANDON MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Stomach: WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF SUPPLIES!!!!! KIDNEY DO SOMETHING DUDE!!!!
    Kidneys: WE CAN'T!!!!!
    Guts: AAAAAAAHHH
    Heart: AAAAAAAHHH
    Everyone: (screams like they are burning in hell) NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPOO

  5. Other than using fecal transplants to treat C.diff overpopulation, we could also use bacteriophages (viruses that attack bacteria) to treat too much C.diff, especially since bacteria cannot develop resistance to bacteriophages.

  6. Patient: I don't feel well
    Some other person: poops in a bucket
    Doctor: this will only feel weird for a second
    * shoves poop up butt
    Patient: ……..
    * patient dies of disgust

  7. Gross, but you know what, if it works, it works — and it's one of those things that seems obvious in hindsight.

    And I've heard that C diff is so nasty that if you have it, you'd pretty much be willing to drink the stuff to get rid of it. A nice, neat poop transplant via the exit door is not at all unpleasant compared to a C diff infection. Thankfully, I've never found out for myself.

  8. Ohhhh nooo more lip injections, (not even an implant) breast implants, butt implants nooooo you get but implants this is totally a poop implant also
    Did anyone listen to BTS totally not trying to get people to listen to their save me and fire (totally is)

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  10. My dad had c. diff when I was a baby, & he had to stay in the hospital for over a week. I'd encourage these transplants to save lives. My dad was lucky, and he lived, but sadly thousands of others didn't.

  11. @1:10 BWAHAHA! It's so serious and yet they do it in such a fun and comical way, heard about this on The Bert Show for the first time ever today!

  12. When I think of how I cured myself just by sticking some ordinary garden dirt up my butt for free, it makes me want to laugh and cry at all this transplant nonsense.

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