Science Odyssey: Medicine's Yucky New Frontier
By Clay Farris Naff
Suppose your doctor offered to inject a stool sample from another patient into your bowel via enema. What would you say? After listening to this program, you might well say, "Bring it on!" Fecal transplants are proving to be a remarkably safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of disorders. They have proven their worth in curing otherwise incurable bowel disorders, and may be useful for treating diabetes, behavioral disorders, and even obesity. The key is restoring a healthy colony of bacteria in the patient's gut.
In Part 1, we hear from Dr. Thomas Borody, an Australian gastroenterologist who has pioneered the use of fecal bacteriotherapy. In Part 2, Dr. Lawrence Brandt, a professor of gastroenterology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, talks about his work with the technique and the amazing variety of ailments it has the potential to treat.
Clay Farris Naff is (claynaff.com) is a science author and blogger whose weekly radio program, Science Odyssey, airs Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 9 a.m. CST on KZUM, Lincoln's community radio station. You can hear it over the air at 89.3 FM or on the web live at kzum.org. Clay's science and religion blog on the Huffington Post can be seen here.