Where Are Fecal Transplant Treatments Available?
Based on the high success rates seen in these studies, you might be tempted to ask where it is possible to get such a treatment. Unfortunately, controversy and regulations make access to such treatments difficult in many regions. Doctors are not yet convinced of the validity of the treatments and regulators see health risks. At the same time, such treatments are not going to find a champion in the pharmaceutical companies because of the inability to make money from the treatment. This means that availability of these treatments will take some time.
With these existing barriers to treatment and the treatment being relatively easy to understand, some desperate souls are taking matters into their own hands. This is not a wise thing to do on one’s own. In the same way that it is not safe to have unprotected sex with someone before seeing test results confirming their good health, it is also not a good idea to intentionally transfer bodily materials without having a good view of the donor’s health.
What this means is that for those who are desperate and seeking such treatment, it is still important to find one of those few doctors who might aid you in safely performing the procedure. There is no use throwing out all that we have learned about hygiene in our attempts to become well.
A future article will cover the use of parasitic infection in treating specific medical conditions.