Lacy33 said:Bob! PLEASE take this down. I am not opening the link.
There are so few places of sanity in this wierded out world of ours.
PLEASE let Physicsforums stay one of them.
Yeah, I would prefer the "bottom up" scenario.leroyjenkens said:That would suck to go to the doctor and come out with poop in your lungs.
Crohn's is not well-understood.Proton Soup said:i think crohn's is autoimmune. not sure how this would help.
Scientists do not know if the abnormality in the functioning of the immune system in people with Crohn’s disease is a cause, or a result, of the disease. Research shows that the inflammation seen in the GI tract of people with Crohn’s disease involves several factors: the genes the patient has inherited, the immune system itself, and the environment. Foreign substances, also referred to as antigens, are found in the environment. One possible cause for inflammation may be the body’s reaction to these antigens, or that the antigens themselves are the cause for the inflammation. Scientists have found that high levels of a protein produced by the immune system, called tumor necrosis factor (TNF), are present in people with Crohn’s disease.
A fecal transplant, also known as a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), is a procedure in which fecal matter from a healthy donor is transferred to the gastrointestinal tract of a person with a specific medical condition, usually to restore balance to the gut microbiome.
Fecal transplants have been primarily used to treat recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections, which can cause severe diarrhea and inflammation of the colon. However, there is ongoing research into the potential benefits of FMT for other conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and even neurological disorders.
The most common method of fecal transplant is through a colonoscopy, where the fecal matter is delivered directly into the colon. It can also be done through an enema, nasogastric tube, or oral capsules. The procedure typically takes less than an hour and is done on an outpatient basis.
While FMT is generally considered safe, there are potential risks and side effects. These can include infection, allergic reactions, and adverse effects on the gut microbiome. It is essential to discuss these risks with a healthcare professional before undergoing a fecal transplant.
While there have been numerous successful case reports and small studies, the evidence supporting the effectiveness of fecal transplants is still limited. More research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and risks of this procedure. It is important to discuss all available treatment options with a healthcare professional before considering FMT as a treatment option.