Let's set aside all the toilet humor for a minute and focus on a new clinical trial where poop was no laughing matter.
According to LiveScience, Canadian researchers carried out a trial where sufferers of Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, took fecal matter pills literally to get well.
C. diff, is an intestinal infection that can happen after people take antibiotics, which eventually wipe out good the good bacteria. In order to restore that good bacteria fecal transplantation sometimes is used to cure the infection.
Dr. Thomas Louie has worked on fecal transplantation for years, but says patients had difficulty handling tubes down their throat or enemas. That’s when he decided to try a fecal matter pill.
The capsules have healthy microbes taken from stool samples of family members or donors. Dr. Louie tells NBC, “There’s no smell. There’s no taste. … It looks like peanut butter.”
He goes on to say, “The patients had to quickly swallow up to 34 pills in a 15-minute period.” All the patients in Dr. Louie’s trial were successfully treated.
The CDC says, C. diff causes diarrhea that kills 14,000 Americans every year.