Hooray, poop is healthy....

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
January 17, 2013 10:40am CST
I've been taking probiotics for years. A couple of times, family members have complained about stomach problems, and I've given them one of my probiotic pills, and they have felt better. So I thought it was interesting when I read this article in the morning paper: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-fecal-transplant-20130117,0,815232.story The bacteria in a healthy person's feces helped them fight off an intestinal infection better than anti-biotics did. So, not to knock anti-biotics as a treatment for severe infections, but sometimes something more natural works better. But please, you must still wash your hands after using the bathroom, thanks.
5 people like this
29 responses
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
19 Jan 13
I read a piece on Discovery Daily about fecal transplants. I'd never heard of such before. From experience in working in hospital settings for many years, I do know that taking antibiotics can create a need for probiotic supplement. When I have to use a round of antibiotics, I just get some yogurt afterwards and use that for a few days. I've not considered a regular regimen of probiotics as I've heard that their use in the older population (I'm 68) needs to be studied further.
2 people like this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Jan 13
wonder why somebody thinks it needs to be studied....
1 person likes this
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
19 Jan 13
Maybe probiotics for us 'old people' could be dangerous? Just sayin'....
2 people like this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Jan 13
I don't see why, but I suppose it's possible.
1 person likes this
@vandana7 (69050)
• India
17 Jan 13
That may be the reason we Indians are less susceptible to infections than you quarantined Americans.. Seriously, if you all had to survive out here...it would be very difficult... I dont touch antibiotics if I can help it..so when I get those things prescribed, they go down the flush..lol My maid has a better way of being probiotic..she places the broom upright by my headpost...and with just one tablet of paracetamol, I am up on my feet the following morning. I dont know if it is the broom and the bacteria on it, or the paracetamol has something that makes a better culture for the bacteria. But in general, mine are one day fevers..:)
2 people like this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
paracetamol?
1 person likes this
@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
17 Jan 13
Paracetamol=acetaminophen. I just read recently that this over the counter medication actually reduces anxiety as well. It may be Vandana, that this routine gives you a boost in many ways.
1 person likes this
20 Jan 13
Probiotics are great for your digestive track and your immune system. Antibiotics kill the bad bacteria but the yalso kill the good bacteria. If for some reason you do have to do an antibiotic regiment, you should increase your probiotics once your finish taking your medication.
2 people like this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
21 Jan 13
Ha, I thought you were going to come on here and say you knew where I could get lots of poop! (hi)
1 person likes this
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
19 Jan 13
You mean that we really are supposed to wash our hands after using the bathroom, I've never done that Seriously though, I was a biology major in college and as such I had the opportunity to learn a lot about the normal flora and fauna of the human body and how those do help us to fight disease. Think about the fact that when you are on antibiotics, you will typically suffer from stomach problems as well because the antibiotics aren't picky and they will just kill off everything.
2 people like this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Jan 13
not to mention yeast infections...
1 person likes this
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
19 Jan 13
This is kind of strange and a bit creepy! I didn't read the whole article because of that! I do have to agree it sounds like it is very helpful and can help in more ways then one. I also hate people who don't wash their hands after they go to the bathroom! That is so disgusting!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Jan 13
Yep, it is...
1 person likes this
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
18 Jan 13
I also have been taking probiotics. I have heard of people drinking their own urine for health benefits, but I have never heard of them using feces. I don't know if I would want to do that, but I guess if you have tried everything else, and were sick enough you would try it.
2 people like this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Jan 13
yeah, if it's going to kill a potentially fatal infection I would.
1 person likes this
@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
17 Jan 13
I tried it for a long time it did not work at all. Started with it because of my allergies. There is a lot of info about probiotics and in my country also a big part of the meds (so the dry kind of probiotics = pills) are even dangerous because of the wrong bacteries living in it. It's also not that effective as the "living" kinds (you find them in yoghurt). I started a new diet now, looks as if it works for me, hope for my son as well. And if it comes to washing hands, you always must wash them after you used the bathroom. Also important to clean the doorbutton/heck frequently. It's proved that that is way more dirty (full of bacteris) as the toiletseat is.
2 people like this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
Yogurt's fine if you're not lactose intolerant. And if you're concerned about what is a good probiotic, consult a natural practicioner...
@owlwings (40038)
• Cambridge, England
17 Jan 13
I have known for a long time that dogs sometimes eat their own (and other dogs') feces for a good reason. I also knew that it takes one quite a while to get back to normal after taking antibiotics (which kill both the good and the bad bacteria), so I have thought for a long time that it would make a lot of sense if we could have a culture of 'good' bacteria to restore our stomach flora to a healthy balance. Actually making a solution of the feces of a healthy person seems a little extreme but it is probably the best and simplest way of getting the right balance of fresh bacteria. I think that I wouldn't mind having the treatment at all (if I needed it), so long as I didn't actually have to drink it!
2 people like this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
Somehow I suspect that drinking it would not get it where it needed to be, but rather where it shouldn't be....
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
17 Jan 13
Isnt that something. Very interesting. never knew that. I had heard something like this on the tlc channel. Some say that in countries they drink urine to fight diseases.
2 people like this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
I've heard about that one.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
17 Jan 13
Okay, what's up with me opening my friends discussions like this right when I am eating? This is the second time in a week..:P That link you shared? Totally gross, even if I was eating. I do know that natural is most often better, (like you said, not when one has a serious infection) because I use garlic as a natural antibiotic. If I do end up having to use medicine, I immediately start eating yogurt for the live culture, it replaces the "good bacteria" that medicine wipes out.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
timing is everything
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 13
Not only was I eating, but obviously in a hurry I missed my typo in this sentence: "Totally gross, even if I was eating" was suppose to say "even if I wasn't eating." Yep, timing is everything and since I primarily eat my meals at the computer now that classes have started, I am afraid it will happen more often..
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
*Dawn goes off to write a discussion about vomit
1 person likes this
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
There are drinks that has probiotics being sold here in our country. I am not sure if they also have it in the US. My kids love drinking them. And so were my siblings when we were kids. But I never liked the taste of it. It tastes like medicine and I'd puke if I happen to smell it.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Jan 13
like yogurt drinks? or something else?
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
I can tolerate the taste of yogurt but not that of the probiotic drink I was telling you about. I'd like to share you the link to the website of that drink. It has been widely favored by a lot of kids here. http://www.yakult.co.uk/
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Jan 13
Interesting, thanks.
@hereandthere (33424)
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
we have something called yakult which i never liked even as a child. i promised myself to add probiotics like yogurt drinks (which i like) and yakult so i tried it again recently. ugh, i still don't like the taste even when i poured it in a mug and added water to it. i'm sure it's healthier than flavored yogurt drinks because i hear natural yogurt is better, the sour one. so what's the name of the pill you take? i remember watching a documentary wherein singapore reuses wastewater and probiotics play a part in it. can't remember the name of the program but here's where it's mentioned. http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2011/04/04/from-wastewater-to-drinking-water/ http://www.athirstyplanet.com/be_informed/what_is_water_reuse/who-is-reusing aside from germy doorknobs and faucets, i also remember reading way back that you should use your elbow when flushing. won't work for clumsy people like me, easier to close the lid then push the button!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Jan 13
The probiotic pill? HMF Forte...
• Philippines
18 Jan 13
thanks, dawn. what about fungal or yeast infections? did it help minimize that?
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Jan 13
I think it does help with yeast in the gut, not sure about anywhere else...
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
HAHAHA! This is something new but I still couldn't get myself to go for this kind of medication. I don't even want to imagine people doing this but if it helps why not? hahaha!
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
I guess if I was in the hospital and really sick with an intestinal infection, I'd try it...
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
Yeah, I think I'd do that too. Everyone doesn't mind drinking anything if it's the only option to cure an illness. When you've tried all possible medication and nothing still works, I'd still go for this one. It's worth a try. :)
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
They call it a "transplant", so I kind of doubt you'd be drinking it. If anything more like a suppository, I'm guessing.
1 person likes this
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 13
Er thanks for the link but I still see poop in the same light, and I note "It's a strange concept to use stool, which has always been looked on as something dirty," said Dr. Lawrence Brandt. I know of urine therapy, but up till this discussion and the link I have never of thought of poop therapy. Will it be in tablet form, or just... no I won't even go there.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
Ok, I"ll go there. If it is in pill form, they wouldn't want those germs to go to the wrong place, so it wouldn't be one you swallow, more like a suppository, I'd guess.
1 person likes this
@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 13
Thank you, I knew you would ;0)
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
(evil grin)
@celticeagle (121073)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jan 13
And too much anti-biotics kills it all. Then its back to square one.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
And then you take probiotics to restore the balance...
1 person likes this
@celticeagle (121073)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jan 13
This is funny--So you take anit-depressants to restore the balance in the brain and probiotics to balance stuff at the other end. lol
1 person likes this
@peavey (16876)
• United States
17 Jan 13
Oh, my! Your title was enough... but I don't think I'd want someone else's offal put into my body! It's just strange. I think I'll start taking probiotics... Seriously, it makes sense. We do such awful things to our bodies then expect them to just carry on. GMO foods, foods with no nutrition, "foods" with only fat and salt and sugar in them... our bodies are miraculous in that they keep on keeping on when everything seems to be against them.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Jan 13
It's especially a good idea after you've been on anti-biotics. As Owlwings pointed out, those kill the good bacteria along with the bad.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
18 Jan 13
I hardly ever take antibiotics, but taking probiotics is a good idea anyway, at least some of the time, for the reasons I stated above. Our diets are far from natural and our bodies are assaulted daily with "foods" that are foods in name only. Then add pesticides (which kill good bacteria, too) and herbicides and fake flavorings and colors and what have you, and our bodies need all the help they can get.
1 person likes this
@garson (886)
• United States
24 Feb 13
When I was growing up having a dog, I yelled at him as he was munching his poop. I still did not think that he was sick every time he did that. Most of us would not care too much on what is going on after we flush our toilet. Who cares what's going on the drain, the pipes, the sewer, and so on. Sometimes, we might have to realize that our water may have been contaminated before undergoing filtration. I can think of the word RECYCLING. I thought recycling fecal matter for treatment is a new trial is recent years. There was a mylot discussion I responded to last year that relates to this. It was recycling poop for consumption after undergoing some process.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
24 Feb 13
YUck. But I think dogs have something in their system that keeps them from getting sick from such things...
@JamesKYTan (1607)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 13
I have known that Probiotics are good for our intestines. It helps to build up healthy intestines. Probiotics are better than antibiotics in combating virus or bacteria. This is the first time I heard that our own poop can heal diseases. How are we going to use poop therapy? Are we going to eat our own poop or apply on the diseased parts? I heard of urine therapy which the patient drink his own urine or apply urine on the diseased skin.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jan 13
I don't think it involves eating it.
@julyteen (13259)
• Davao, Philippines
23 Jan 13
All natural is good. Let your body create antibiotics to fight against any stomach problem. Don't depend to any medicines. Being healthy will fight against any sicknesses in natural way.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jan 13
Well, i would party disagree with that. I would say don't overuse medications. But sometimes you need them...
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
22 Jan 13
Who came up with that sh!tty idea? I'd be saying I was cured too after and infusion of that crap. No more thanks, I do believe I'm cured! It's a miracle!
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jan 13
(insert thigh slapping smiley here)