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How to perfome a fecal microbiota transplant (that’s poo donation to you)

by | 11th, July 2013

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WOULD you give a friend or loved one some of your bone marrows. What about a kidney? An eye? what about, erm, donating your poo? Marie Myung-Ok Lee did. In the New York Times , Lee, tells us how her turds and, more vitaly, the beneficial bacteria in them, saved her friend’s life.

How did she do the donating? At home.

We’ve distilled some of the highlights from Lee’s casebook. This is how she helped Gene get over his ulcerative colitis, a colon riddled with bleeding ulcers:

The procedure is called fecal microbiota transplant, or F.M.T.

Transplanting the stool from one person into the digestive tract of another seems, well, repulsive, but it also makes sense. The majority of the matter in stool — roughly 60 percent — is bacteria, dead and alive, but mostly alive. While bacteria can make us sick, they also constitute a large part of who we are; the hundreds of trillions of cells in an individual’s microbiome, as this collective is known, outnumber human cells 10 to 1. The bacteria serve many functions, including in metabolism, hormone regulation and the immune system.

 

Yellow soup:

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