Fecal transplants have the power to revolutionize medicine, but hospitals need raw materials. You guessed it- they need your poop!
Fecal transplants have already essentially cured a severe intestinal infection known as C. diff that kills 29,000 Americans each year. The gut disease, which often exhibits resistance to antibiotics, causes frequent and powerful diarrhoea and can even require removing the intestine. But transferring a donor’s healthy stool into the bowels of an unhealthy patient acts like a nuclear-level probiotic to help the body’s healthy microbes replace the infection.
To learn more about how your poop could save someone’s life, watch VICE correspondent Thomas Morton make a visit to the stool bank here.