Prioritizing our health is normal. In fact, many people go to great lengths to treat all kinds of illnesses and stay healthy for as long as possible. But would you be willing to have someone else’s feces put into your body in exchange for a healthier colon?
Surprising as it may be, a new medical trend emerges in this technologically-advanced era and it involves a disgusting way of treating diarrhea called “poop transplant.”
Clostridium difficile infection is one of the most common causes of diarrhea
Medically known as fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), the treatment involves the collection of stool from a tested donor. It is then mixed with saline or other forms of solution before being strained. After preparing the solution, medical professionals administer it to the patient through various medical procedures such as endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or enema.
Based on a new study conducted by several experts in the field, the fecal transplant was found to be effective in combating Clostridium difficile or C. diff., bacteria that commonly cause colon infection and diarrhea.
Published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 2, the study revealed that cultivated fecal samples were effective in treating 5 out of 9 patients who acquired the bacterial infection. Three out of the remaining 4 patients also recovered from the illness just a couple of days later. That means that only one patient was not successfully cured by the unusual treatment.
Interestingly, the percentage of poop transplant’s efficacy seemed higher than antibiotics. According to the researchers, only 5 out of 11 patients who received conventional antibiotics treatment were cured.
The subjects were chosen randomly during the beginning of the clinical trial.
“It’s definitely a paradigm shift to use it earlier rather than later,” one of the study’s authors and University of Wisconsin infectious disease specialist Dr. Nasia Safdar declared.
An illustration of how poop transplant works./h5>
Despite research results showing the effectiveness of the alternative treatment, experts explained that it wasn’t a big-enough clinical trial to prove that the poop transplant procedure can be considered as a medical breakthrough.
Still, it is worth noting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually allows medical practitioners to utilize such treatment. However, it is only limited to patients who have a history of C. diff infections and experienced the same thing over again despite being treated with antibiotics the first time.
Specialists from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) also recommend it, but only as a last resort for people who repeatedly suffer from the bacterial infection. It basically works like fighting fire with fire. Except, well, it’s not fire but poop.
And the best part is, it also comes in pill form.
Would you mind having someone else’s poop inside your gut if it means you’ll become healthier? Share this disgustingly interesting story with your friends and family.
30 Witty Illustrations That Give Clarity to Same-Sounding Words That Are Often Confusing
We are saved!
Words, without context, can often mislead us. What more in the case of homophones, words pronounced alike but very much different in meaning, origin and spelling.
Bruce Worden, a Science Illustrator, Comic Book Creator and self-confessed grammar nerd, embarked on a visual exploration of words that sound so much alike, people often get them wrong. Five years in the making, his blog-turned-book “Homophones, Weakly” is a collection of 300 sets of homophones. And now that is has been released for public consumption, people are thanking him for it. Who wouldn’t?
#1 Stand bare or run after the clothes-stealing bear.
39 ‘Same’ Things That You Probably Don’t Realize Are Different
Know the differences to stop the confusion.
Let's admit it; nobody wants to be corrected by anyone. Whether the one who gave the correction means well or not, it still is not widely accepted to correct other people. However, some people are like walking signboards that say "correct me" wherever they go.
It gets hard not to say a word when the error gets repeated a lot. A great example of this is the most commonly mispronounced words that are screaming banners on people to dare their friends to correct them. Others are words that you think are the same but actually aren't, like these:
#1 Alligators vs. Crocodiles
New DNA Technology Predicts A Crime Suspect’s Skin, Eye, And Hair Colors, Shape Of Face
This tech will can make the lives of crime investigators easier!
A new DNA technology has been developed and it is expected to make the job easier for crime investigators. After all, with just a DNA specimen, the technology can display important information about a culprit such as eye color, skin color, hair color, and even the shape of the face.
The new DNA technology was developed by Parabon NanoLabs and has already helped police departments in almost 40 states. With it capable of displaying vital information that can lead to solving crimes or finding suspects, there is no denying that this new DNA technology is definitely revolutionary.