‘C diff’, as Clostridium difficile is commonly known, is a nasty gut bacteria that is the cause of thousands of deaths every year, in the US and around the world. It occurs due to the overuse of antibiotics, or sometimes, just the use of antibiotics. The standard medical treatment is the use of more, stronger antibiotics. But there there’s also another medical treatment, quite scientifically verified, that you will only hear about if you have a very well informed doctor, or you have done your own research.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) are effective in treating C diff in 90 per cent of cases. It’s pretty rare that a treatment for serious disease to be that effective, yet few people, particularly sufferers, are told about faecal transplants by their doctors. Oftentimes, FMT is given as a ‘last resort’ treatment, but given its proven success rate and safety, it surely should be a first resort.
One of the biggest obstacles to receiving ‘someone else’s poop’ is the yuk factor. But people who have successfully had faecal transplants will tell you that it is ‘quick and easy’ for C diff, because the beneficial results usually happen quite quickly.
When people can’t get effective treatment through the normal channels, determined people find it another way. The poor availability of FMT in the medical system has led to a rapidly growing community of people taking their health into their own hands and doing their own FMT. This is not recommended, but when there is no alternative some people feel that they have no other option try a treatment that can be safely done at home.
The amount of information about FMT is burgeoning, with some quality resources available:
• The Fecal Transplant Guidebook by Sky Curtis – a mother who carefully researched and cured her son of Crohn’s disease using faecal transplants. Many people with C diff use the research that the author presents in her book.
• The Fecal Transplant Foundation is run by a team of gastroenterologists, infectious disease physicians, naturopaths and C diff survivors. Their mission is to provide support to those looking into FMT, promote research and raise awareness of this treatment.
• Another great website is the very patient focused The Power of Poop, which offers lots of success stories and a database of clinics that offer FMT.
There is a success story in Good News for People with Bad News, where a young mother with two children quickly recovered from debilitating C diff after getting over the thought of the whole process and having a ‘poo transplant’.
FMT is a treatment that really has a substantial and positive track record, yet is inexplicably relatively unused in mainstream medicine.
I hope that you find information from these resources that enables you to make a full and wonderful recovery.