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Wed Jun 20, 2012, 02:40 PM

105. I fail to see why it is bizarre; if the right microbes aren't present they need to be introduced

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fecal_bacteriotherapy

The procedure involves single to multiple infusions (e.g. by enema) of bacterial fecal flora originating from a healthy donor. Most patients with CDI recover clinically and have the CDI eradicated after just one treatment. The procedure can be carried out via enema, through the colonoscope, or through a nasogastric or nasoduodenal tube. Although a close relative is often the easiest donor to obtain and have tested, there is no reason to expect this to affect the success of the procedure as genetic similarities or differences do not appear to play a role; indeed, in some situations a close relative may be an asymptomatic carrier of C.difficile, a disadvantage. Donors must be tested for a wide array of bacterial and parasitic infections. The fecal transplant material is then prepared and administered in a clinical environment to ensure that necessary precautions are taken. The fecal microbiota infusions can be administered via various routes depending on suitability and ease, although enema infusion is perhaps the simplest. There does not appear to be any significant methodological difference in terms of efficacy between the various routes. Repeat stool testing should be performed on patients to confirm eradication of CDI. In over 370 published reports, there has been no reported incidence of infection transmission.


The June 8 issue of Science has a special section on "Gut Microbiota". It is very interesting.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/336/6086.toc

What you eat does influence the balance of various species of gut microbes. So hopefully, those folks working in the fast food restaurant have healthy gut biomes.

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