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Is there nothing I can take to relieve this belly ache? December 31, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Science.

I’m afraid there is. You can take “two” and call me in the morning. Interesting treatment for chronic diahrrea (scroll down at the link):

“Good” bacteria in the stomach are often depleted by the antibiotics that work on (but may not remove entirely) C. difficile, leaving the patient with violent or chronic diarrhea. Some doctors now recommend controlling C. difficile by re-establishing the patient’s “good” bacteria via a stool transplant from a close blood relative, who should have similar intestinal conditions. The donated stool (providing that a loving, straight-faced relative is found) is mixed with saline and administered by enema.

Authorities are apparently looking for the philanthropist who donated in a port-o-potty several years ago near a soccer field in the Midwest. The super strain of good bacteria they extracted from a discarded T-shirt and underwear could save countless lives.


1. Russ from Winterset - December 31, 2007

Oh yeah, sure. They all want the same thing at first. Science finds a way to use something icky to save lives, and everybody cheers. Fast forward a couple of weeks, and you’ve got Will Smith running from zombie/vampire freaks in a deserted New York because the miracle cure mutated and killed 99.9% of the Earth’s population.

No thank you. I’ll crap liquid for a few days, but at least I won’t be The Last Man on Earth. Or a zombie, which would REALLY suck, since I don’t even like the look of brains, much less the taste.

2. cranky - December 31, 2007

Stool transplant? Isn’t that another name for members of the Democratic Party?

3. Cuffy Meigs - December 31, 2007

And so begins Tub Girl’s eternal quest for Tub Mom.

4. GrumpyUnk - December 31, 2007

Chronic Diarrhea? That just doesn’t do justice to describing the C. Diff cases I’ve seen. This is some seriously brutal, shit your guts out, violent, nasty stuff.

It used to be only the nursing home crowd who showed up with C. Diff, but I’ve been seeing a big increase in all age groups, kids in particular, in the last few years.

Diagnosis can be as easy as the smell test. C. Diff is a particularly nasty shit (no pun intended), that once you’ve been exposed to it, you remember it.
I mean the kinda nasty you could only hope for when you give the love of your life a “Dutch Oven”.

Not that I’d know anything about that.

5. Muslihoon - January 1, 2008

since I don’t even like the look of brains, much less the taste

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Either that or many of us people of South Asian ethnicity are actually zombies, unbeknownst to us. This would explain the constant violence and disregard for life over there.

6. daveintexas - January 1, 2008

Seems sorta retro or whatever but I remember when we had our girls on stuff like Ceclor or Amoxicillin the doc advised us to feed them yogurt with active cultures which helped restore the e.coli balance.

7. davidrochester - January 1, 2008

Good grief … couldn’t we just give probiotics along with antibiotics, and avoid all this nonsense?

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