Monday, 14 March 2011

Shit IS Paleo, right?

BBC Radio 4 features an interesting program called Case Notes.  In this episode you'll be reaching for the sick-bag whilst at the same time as being compelled to listen, as Dr Mark Porter explores the incredible benefits of faecal transplant.  Yes, you read that right!
  • The idea of taking faeces from someone and transplanting it into the bowels of a loved one might sound disgusting. Medically, it might make good sense though. In fact a number of doctors have discovered that this procedure cures intestinal infections when all other treatments have failed. As Dr Mark Porter discovers, it's an illustration of the power of 'good' bacteria.

    Our bowels are home to an ecosystem of billions of bacteria and other microbes. Many of these gut bugs perform vital jobs for us, such as helping to digest food, making vitamins and priming the immune system. In the last few years, researchers have gathered evidence that a range of health problems and conditions arise from there being an inbalance between beneficial bacteria and potentially harmful ones. These conditions include Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Clostridium difficile infection, allergies and possibly bowel cancer. Dr Mark Porter talks to researchers and doctors about some of the latest findings and treatments based on these insights.
The link between gut health and obesity is given brief coverage.  You will also find out about the link between a soldier from the world wars and modern probiotics.  But the big story is a woman who suffered intestinal 'distress'.  Courses of antbiotics damaged her gut flora and she became so desperate that she accepted the chance to try an 'alternative' therapy.  Using the stool of a familial member, a solution was administered to her gut and within a couple of days she was cured!

Fascinating.  And grim!  ;)

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