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  • An answer to a serious infection called Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infection comes from a relatively new therapy called fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT)
  • C. diff., a common bacterium in hospitals, is a leading cause of diarrhea in health care today, with older people on medication at greatest risk, and often occurs soon after administration of antibiotics
  • FMT is when feces are transferred from a healthy donor to the gastrointestinal tract of a C. diff-infected patient to reintroduce healthy bacteria into their gut, but the pill form offers a noninvasive alternative
  • In terms of patient comfort, fewer trial subjects who were given the FMT capsule described the experience as “unpleasant” compared to receiving FMT through the colonoscopy route
  • Your gut health, as well as your overall health, are closely interconnected, so “feeding” your microbiome, as well as resisting antibiotics as much as possible, will optimize your microbiome

By Dr. Mercola

While it would seem that a fecal transplant in capsule form would be a somewhat bitter pill to swallow, scientists conducting a randomized clinical trial found this mode of transportation, in a matter of speaking, for fecal therapy was easier and just as effective for treating patients infected with the serious and dreaded Clostridium difficile infection (RCDI), or simply “C. diff.,” as receiving a fecal transplant via enema or colonoscopy, also known as fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT).

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