There are so many ways to improve the makeup of bacteria in your gut, but one new solution, is the fecal transplant, which is proving to be incredibly effective.
It may sound sickening, but fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) is very simple. It entails taking the feces of the donor, who is typically a spouse or relative, then transferring it to the patient during a colonoscopy.
The benefit of this procedure? The patient receives a transplanted population of healthy flora that can go to work correcting any number of gastrointestinal & other health problems.
Dr. Mark Mellow, medical director of the Digestive Health Center at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, presented research at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. that found fecal transplants led to rapid resolution of symptoms in 98% of patients with Clostridium difficile (these same patients had not responded to multiple previous treatments) -- an infection that is often resistant to antibiotics, is often unbearable & can be fatal.
On another instance, research found the transplants showed promise in the treatment of ulcerative colitis & Crohn's disease, with symptoms improving anything from days to weeks.
And preliminary research from the Netherlands found that transplanting fecal matter from healthy thin people into overweight people with metabolic syndrome led to an improvement in insulin sensitivity, which adds further credence to the immense role healthy gut bacteria can play in your health.
19 January, 2012