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Show 935: Forget the Ick Factor–Stool Transplants Can Save Lives

Stool transplants sound disgusting, but bacteria from a healthy person could re-establish microbial balance in a digestive tract under duress.

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections can cause devastating diarrhea. This poses an increasingly frequent complication to hospitalization or time in a rehab facility. Although C. diff may be treated with various high-potency antibiotics, it doesn’t always respond and may come back time after time. One unique treatment uses stool transplants to repopulate the gut with beneficial bacteria that can crowd out the C. diff.

Overcoming Recurrent C Diff Infections:

We hear from one woman whose recurrent C. diff infections nearly killed her. A stool transplant saved her life. Find out how she managed it and why it inspired her to start a foundation.

We also talk with a physician who has become renowned for his pioneering work in applying new technology to the surprisingly ancient healing approach of stool transplants.

The Guests for This Episode:

Catherine Duff is founder and president of the Fecal Transplant Foundation. The website is thefecaltransplantfoundation.orgThe photo is of Ms. Duff.

Lawrence J. Brandt, MD, is Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is chief emeritus of gastroenterology at Montefiore University Hospital in New York and a past president of the American College of Gastroenterology.

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The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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