Friday, November 14, 2008

Forget colon cleanse... how about a poop enema?

One of the neat things about being a researcher is that I go to all kinds of interesting seminars (not all seminars are interesting, but every once in a while there is truly a gem). The other day, I went to a seminar on Clostridium difficile, which is a nasty bug that infects your colon, and I found out some things I didn't want to know... as sometimes happens when a bunch of curious scientists get into a long discussion about poop.

Clostridium difficile rears its ugly head when you've taken a bunch of antibiotics and killed all the good bacteria that are normally in your colon. When Clostridium difficile takes over, you start havinng all kinds of problems. It's tough to get rid of, and a nasty bug to have, so people have started getting creative to treat it. To date, one of the most effective treatments (still considered an alternative treatment but consistently effective nonetheless) is to get an enema with... someone else's poop.

That's right.

I'll give you a minute to think about that.

Then you can read about it here if you want to think about it some more.

See, a normal person's poop is full of really good stuff (bacteria) for your colon, and the theory is that if you put all that good stuff back in your colon the Clostridium difficile will get displaced by it and normalcy will resume.

But... you'd have to be pretty desperate to get a poop enema!

8 comments:

Peggy said...

I am sure that proceedure is all about the reintroduction of the flora that is supposed to live there. It does sound disgusting. I just want to know if they need a donor!

The Mop said...

I hear they have supplements that do the same thing.

uncle bruce said...

Whenever anybody in the family is taking antibiotics, your Aunt N. makes sure they eat lots of yogurt, to replace all the good germs that the antibiotics are going to kill. But wait a few hours after taking the antibiotic to eat the yogurt.

Toffeeapple said...

Umm...

I'll have a little think about this...

Not sure I like what I'm thinking...

Think I'll go away and come back later.

pooja said...

Not sure if you watch "Grey's Anatomy," but they actually did one of these on the last episode! A hypochondriac woman had to get one from her husband; I think he said something like "I've always had to take your crap, so it's only fair that you have to take mine." Hilarious.

roxanne said...

It's so nasty..Is it really get done?
If it is , what is the importance of colon cleanse? I've read many importance that colon must be cleansed. Sorry it's new stuff for me.
Is it healthy for the colon health? It' case to case basis right? I'm looking forward for more reading about the topic.
Thank you very much.

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