A weird health trend has emerged and people are blending human poo and injecting it into themselves with enemas, in an attempt to give themselves ‘faecal transplants.’ In fact there is a website that teach people this unhealthy act and even connect people to potential stool donors, for a small fee.
Doctors are seriously warning against these so-called DIY faecal treatments; they have listed the health risk associated with this unhealthy act and they include putting people invloved at risk of HIV and hepatitis as well as conditions ranging from Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, obesity and sleep disorders.
In the medical world, faecal transplants have been used to tackle deadly bacteria, such as Clostridium difficile; but this has to be done in a controlled medical environment by trained professionals and not at home and it is not to be done by self or use stool from an unknown source.
Experts are really concerned that this home procedures which don’t involve screening, could mean problematic microbes, including those linked to Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s, could be transferred to recipients. There are some unexpected dangers associated with the process too. Doctors cite a case study from 2015 in which a woman undergoing a faecal transplant for a C. difficile infection ended up becoming obese after receiving a stool sample from her healthy but overweight daughter.