It may seem crazy, but this isn’t a joke; people in Australia are being paid $50 to deliver and donate their poop. Why? The Doctors share the scientific reason poop donations are a thing!
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra explains the poop is being used for people who have taken antibiotics and have a dangerous overgrowth of a bacteria called C. difficile. This can cause toxic diarrhea leading to dehydration and weight loss. People with it can become incredibly sick often landing them in the hospital. There, they can receive a fecal transplant to treat the illness.
During a fecal transplant, the donated poop is transferred by an endoscopy, colonoscopy or an enema into the colon of the sick person who has lost their good bacteria and this new poop will bring it back into balance. These procedures are also being done in the U.S.
Family medicine physician Dr. Mike Varshavski explains the first and second line of treatment for these people are other antibiotics, and when those fail and their lives are in jeopardy, the fecal transplant is a simple solution and a good third line option.
If you're interested in donating, you need to be healthy and screened first. OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry thinks it sounds like a pretty good side-hustle! "I think it would be irresponsible to not consider it," she jokes.