Not sure how to approach this but I guess I should start off simply. There is such a thing as a faecal transplant which involves inserting someone else’s poop into your intestines. Believe it or not (and I didn’t, despite my co-worker’s insistence) this is something doctors do, and it actually helps. It’s based around how your gastrointestinal system is populated by a massive amount of microorganisms that live and breed inside you, and produce chemicals that help your body process food. Some people, as a result of illness or other factors, experience problems with these microorganisms that can cause major complications.
Don't try this on your own--Fecal Transplanthttps://t.co/nmjOodCbgZ— News Rant (@NewsRant) 16 February 2018
By transferring material from a healthy person to an unhealthy person, you can repopulate someone’s intestines with healthy microorganisms. So… I guess that makes sense.
In fact, faecal transplants are commonly used to treat superbugs, Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and even anxiety. However, doctors are now issuing warnings after a new and alarming trend of DIY faecal transplants. These are often performed at home with poop bought from online vendors and require users to follow Youtube videos as instructions.
9 year old who underwent fecal transplant relieved his Tourette's syndrome and no longer has involuntary tics..https://t.co/zvk6tKFv2I— Crohn's Zone (@CrohnsZoneBlog) 11 February 2018
The problem, as doctors point out, is that a huge amount of effort is put into screening the poop when it’s done officially. Scientists know that HIV and Hepatitis can be transferred by microorganisms in the intestine and are warning users that without screening the samples, there is a huge risk they could acquire diseases by relying on homemade solutions.
“It is regrettably something that is increasing in frequency,” one doctor told reporters when discussing the trend.
Bizarrely enough one woman, as reported in a case study, became obese after receiving a gastro-intestinal faecal transplant from her daughter who was healthy, but overweight. As a result, there are health concerns beyond diseases.
Ever heard of fecal transplants? Before you look the other way, find out how this niche, yet up and coming industry is making a splash in modern medicine: https://t.co/ZrJSDglfRJ #Fecal #Transplant #Microbiome #GutHealth #GoodBellyProbiotics #Science #Medicine pic.twitter.com/OoxvEFqTOS— GoodBelly Probiotics (@GoodBellyDrink) 8 January 2018
So basically, and I simply cannot believe I have to write this, but there are a lot of different reasons why it’s a bad idea to buy poo off eBay before following a youtube video that instructs you to insert it into your bum. So… uh, don’t do it?
Again, not sure why I have to explicitly say this out loud.