According to SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, “Eighty percent of the human immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract. Alongside it are the trillions of symbiotic bacteria, fungi and other single-celled organisms that make up our guts’ microbiomes. Normally everyone wins: The microorganisms benefit from a home and a steady food supply; we enjoy the essential assistance they provide in various metabolic and digestive functions.”
I keep hearing about this, anecdotal data from casual new aquatences. Not the stuff of science. Those of us who are chronic patients should know the value of big ears and an open mind. You may have heard about this yourself. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), commonly known as fecal transplantation, consists of transplanting microbes from the stool of a healthy person to the gastrointestinal tract of a patient.
Not very tasteful, but let’s move beyond matters of taste and consider this on its merits. I know this theory is being tested at Yale and I believe at Harvard. The Internet is crowded with patient success stories that a scientist will (and should) ignore. But there is something to this idea. I would like to know what is happening. The procedure commonly is done via enema or colonoscopy. Wouldn’t you go down this road if there were a pot of gold at the end?