Fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) doesn’t always work out.
Why does this procedure sometimes fail?
You got to remember, you’re putting a donor’s fecal matter into your body, so there is potentially a clash.
It’s a little bit like getting someone else’s kidney or getting someone else’s eye. In those cases, people are often on life long anti-rejection medications.
In the case of fecal microbial transplantation, there could be warfare between the new and host microbes.
But, in my opinion, the main reason this procedure “fails” is that many people consider it to be a “cure-all.” The patient gets the transplant and then returns to their nor1mal lifestyle. Often this lifestyle includes a poor diet, too much stress, and other unhealthy habits. In other words, the patient didn’t make sufficient changes to the other variables that impact gut health.
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This is what one of the doctors at the Center for Digestive Diseases told me personally when we were having dinner. In his opinion, the reason why 20 patients failed in their pilot test a few years ago is that none of them made sufficient diet or lifestyle changes.
That’s why all 20 cases failed to achieve the desired results.
When you get an FMT, you need to follow an extremely healthy diet for a long time. You may even want to look at the donor’s diet. Find out what the donor was eating and drinking to see if you can promote a compatible gut microflora.
For example, if the donor is vegan, it’s probably not a good idea to be eating steak three times a week.
Think logically about what you’re doing once you have a FMT.
A FMT may not be the be-all end-all, but if you make sufficient changes, it may well make a positive difference to your health.