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Super Poopers: Premium Donors Sought for Fecal Transplants

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Research has identified some of the factors found in premium stool donors, or those whose donations have higher rates of success, including a rich and diverse bacterial microbiome
  • The same research data also shows it is important to match the donor with the recipient for greater success, including immune response and bacterial species and strain compatibility
  • Fecal microbiota transplants and gut microbiome support are important to the recovery of individuals undergoing chemotherapy or antibiotic therapy for long-term health
  • Strategies you may consider to improve your own gut microbiome include eating fermented foods, consuming high amounts of fiber, reducing or eliminating processed foods and sugar, and optimizing your vitamin D level

Fecal microbiota transplants (FMTs) have become increasingly popular to cure diarrheal infections, including Clostridium difficile (C-diff). Unfortunately, after the media carried encouraging research results, many began following advice given on YouTube channels to do their own fecal transplants.

Although a fairly common medical practice, performing your own transplant exposes you to a range of bacteria that may do more harm than good. Donor feces obtained from medical facilities are first screened and tested for microbes having previously been associated with health conditions such as Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, before being used in transplant procedures.

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