|Me and my dog. Note the sh*t-eating grins.|
I voraciously researched the internet for anything relating to humans and feces consumption that wasn't connected to some odd fetish or mental disease. My first lead came from a humorous website, called "The Straight Dope." This website answers questions people have about random, often shocking subjects. A woman had written in to ask whether or not coprophagia -- sh*t eating -- was dangerous for humans. The website authors, who actually appeared to be quite intelligent despite the mocking and sarcastic nature of the site, dug into some research to answer her question the best they could. What they found, in a scientific journal, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, was this:
... consumption of fresh, warm camel feces has been recommended by Bedouins as a remedy for bacterial dysentery; its efficacy (probably attributable to the antibiotic subtilisin from Bacillus subtilis) was confirmed by German soldiers in Africa during World War II.
Fascinating! A bacterial remedy for a bacterial illness. So, did I go out and eat cow dung after reading this? As tempting as it was to a crazy, fringe health dude like myself, I decided to do some more research first. After coming across other counterintuitive silver bullets in reversing disease, such as helminthic (worm) therapy, and coming full circle reading about Aajonus Vonderplanitz (God, I love that name) and his recommendations to eat animal crap, I finally stumbled upon what appeared to be a scientifically-validated therapy for gut issues, called "fecal bacteriotherapy" or "fecal transplant." In a paper, called "Bacteriotherapy Using Fecal Flora: Toying With Human Motions," Austrailian gastroenterologist, Thomas Borody, outlined the historical and scientific precedence for a procedure he developed to treat severe digestive diseases. What was this procedure? Basically, he was implanting the feces of healthy people into sick people -- orally or rectally -- and achieving amazing results, not the least of which was a long term remission of crohn's disease. Holy sh*t.
I found out that Borody offered this procedure in his clinic in Australia. Well, I wasn't about to fly to Australia and pay thousands of dollars to eat feces when I could probably do it just as well at home. (Wow. That would be a funny sentence to quote out of context.) Sure enough, I found a "human probiotic home infusion protocol" (nice euphemism) that I could use in collaboration with a doctor and a donor. This protocol described how to go about doing an enema with a poo mixture. To my surprise, my doctor had already heard of the therapy, and I quickly found a donor in a friend of mine who was healthy and free of bowel problems (or so I thought after interviewing him -- more on that later). After having my friend, who I was about to become incredibly intimate with, tested for all the bad bugs and viruses that could be transferred in human feces -- and once more consulting with my M.D. -- I was ready to take the leap.
Part 8 of "My Intestinal Saga" -- it gets even better -- up next ...