The Roundup

Roundup

Here is The Roundup, Edition 9, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

Fecal transplants are potentially life-saving, yet increased regulation may make them even harder to come by. An op-ed in the New York Times last week described how a healthy friend of someone with ulcerative colitis decided to donate her stool so that he could perform DIY fecal transplants in his bathroom – a procedure which has been restricted by the FDA, as they decided to classify human stool that is used therapeutically as a drug. Fortunately, some of these restrictions were reduced, and the agency is allowing the use of fecal transplants for clostridium difficile, an infection that kills 14,000 Americans each year. However, the use of fecal transplants is still off limits for other conditions like ulcerative colitis, and these restrictions are deterring many patients from receiving the often life-changing and nearly cost-free treatment.

Last December, I reported on the use of fecal transplants to treat and even cure many gastrointestinal conditions such as colitis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and some neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease. There are some who believe fecal bacteriotherapy could even be used to treat obesity. I’m amazed at the way this therapy has burst into mainstream attention, and I hope that this powerful treatment will become available to more patients soon. There are too many people who need fecal transplants who aren’t getting them, most of whom aren’t even aware that they are an option for treatment.

 Research Report

  • A soon-to-be-published study suggests meditation practice can increase compassion.
  • New research suggests that children with autism have less diverse gut microbiota.
  • A BMJ study finds that treatment guidelines are often lacking in evidence and riddled with conflicts of interest.
  • Evidence suggests that the development of diabetes may be tied to the timing of solid food introduction in infants.

Worth A Look

  • Anthony Colpo explains how vegetarian diets have never been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease mortality in clinical trials.
  • Steve Kamb presents his best tips for staying healthy while traveling.
  • Bloomberg reports why men over 40 should think twice before running triathlons.
  • Kamal Patel provides five specific steps for creating an outdoor workstation.
  • Jeff Leach explains how a very low carbohydrate diet can cause a significant and potentially undesirable shifts in gut microbiota.
  • The New York Times reports how drug companies have made unbiased research nearly impossible.

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  1. panny says

    It’s scary that the FDA can restrict and classify feces as a drug!! What happens when they find that the bacteria in saliva can be good for you… ban kissing?? I could go on but I don’t want to get too obscene here (you get the gist).

    Where does it end… if someone get’s food caught in their throat and you do the Heimlich maneuver – will that be illegal?

  2. Gary says

    They did the same thing with Helminthic therapy. When the FDA classes something as a drug, it ACTUALLY means it works!

  3. John says

    I embarked on urine therapy 6 months ago and thought I was brave. Come to find out, I was on the wrong side of the equation. Goes to show, conventional medicine as sanctioned by the government is mired in its own biases and dysfunctional.

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