Gut-Wrenching Treatment

Anyone’s whose ever been diagnosed with c. difficile, a sometimes devastating and potentially-fatal intestinal disorder associated with taking high-doses of antibiotics, know it can be an excruciatingly painful and debilitating. It’s caused when antibiotic therapies wipe out the healthy, protective bacteria in the digestive tract causing a toxic build-up of unhealthy bacterium. Ironically, c. diff (as it is commonly known) is often treated with more antibiotics, sometimes curing, sometimes exacerbating the disorder.

Now, researchers have found that fecal transfer (that’s a nice way of describing of placing human stool from one person into another) is a more effective way of treating the disorder. As utterly gross as it sounds, researchers in the Netherlands (who recently reported their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine) says this procedure actually promotes the growth of new strains of gut-protective materials. Indeed the results researchers achieved with stool transfer were much better than treating the disorder with even more antibiotics, which is now the standard therapy.