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In Emergency Situations, a Fecal Transplant May Be a Lifesaving Option

Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

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  • The easiest way to combat overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious intestinal diseases is to eat traditionally fermented foods, but in an emergency situation, a novel procedure called fecal microbiota transplant may be the difference between life and death
  • A fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) involves taking donor feces and transferring it to the patient during a colonoscopy. In recent research, FMT had a 91 percent resolution of symptoms caused by recurring Clostrium difficile infection, without recurrence within 90 days of FMT
  • FMT should not be thought of as a magical route to fix less than life threatening conditions. You can reduce your risk of developing more serious gut infections, such as C. diff., by making sure you take probiotics during and/or after a course of antibiotics, in order to repopulate the beneficial bacteria in your gut that were killed off by the treatment
  • The ideal way to optimize your gut health is to regularly consume traditionally fermented foods, such as fermented vegetables, lassi, kefir, and natto. Avoiding sugar/fructose and processed foods is another essential step

By Dr. Mercola

Probiotics, i.e. beneficial gut bacteria have been heavily featured in the media lately, and for good reason. Researchers are increasingly realizing just how essential your intestinal microflora really is to your health.


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