Fecal Transplant Reveals The Healing Power Of Poop (VIDEO)

09/27/2012 07:46 am ET
  • Cara Santa Maria Science correspondent, Huffington Post; editor, Talk Nerdy to Me

For some intestinal diseases, like colitis caused by Clostridium difficile, doctors may recommend a treatment that's far from glamorous--in fact, some might call it downright disgusting. That's right, I'm talking about a poop transplant.

Interestingly, the continued use of more traditional treatments, like life-saving antibiotics, has had the unexpected consequence of increasing these infections, since suppression of bacterial growth causes an unbalanced ecosystem in your gut.

Despite the ick factor, most patients would opt for a fecal transplant if they needed one, according to a recent study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Would you undergo a poop swapping procedure? Watch the video above and leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Come on, talk nerdy to me!


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