Turns out eating someone else's poop can actually be good for your health. It might sound gross but it’s something that an estimated 10,00o American do at home each year. The procedure is done by transferring one person’s stool to another, often orally, and it’s done to fight certain ailments like diarrhea, abdominal cramping and even fever.
Fecal transplants are believed to date back to more than 1,700 years ago during the fourth century when Chinese scholar Ge Hong made ‘yellow soup’ from fermented stools to treat diarrhea. But today, it is done through a more sophisticated process. Fecal transplant is used to treat Clostridium Difficile Infection, or C. Diff., a bacterial infection that affects the colon and can weaken patients’ immune systems.
Our digestive system is home to thousands of bacteria, both good bacteria and bad bacteria, that are released in our stool. So, in theory, when you eat healthy stool, the good bacteria ends up in your Gastrointestinal Intestinal Tract, which could help to knock out the C. Diff.
Fecal transplants are now supported by the Infectious Disease Society and the GI Society in Europe and the U.S. as a strongly supported treatment for multiple recurrent C. Diff infections.
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