What started out as a miracle cure for thousands of suffering people is now being battled over by businesses trying to make huge profits. What a shame.
"The clash is over the future of fecal microbiota transplants, or F.M.T., a revolutionary treatment that has proved remarkably effective in treating Clostridioides difficile, a debilitating bacterial infection that strikes 500,000 Americans a year and kills 30,000.
The therapy transfers fecal matter from healthy donors into the bowels of ailing patients, restoring the beneficial works of the community of gut microbes that have been decimated by antibiotics. Scientists see potential for using these organisms to treat diseases from diabetes to cancer."
I have been following the news on fecal transplants for several years ever since I first learned about the microbiome. Absolutely fascinating, especially to a vegan who tries to avoid taking antibiotics if at all possible.
I had a bout with pneumonia a few years ago and had to reluctantly take antibiotics. I did a lot of reading about how to restore my microbiome. I am happy to report that just eating a healthy vegan diet seems to have totally done the trick for me.
But I did not have C-difficile to deal with. Terrible illness that prior to F.M.T. (fecal matter transplant) was often impossible to treat.
Too bad that the government and big business are going to make this treatment difficult and expensive it sounds like.
I realize that safety is important and standards need to be set and met but let's save lives!