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Fecal transplants are increasingly becoming a mainstream treatment.

For the first time, an influential medical group is recommending the procedure — in which donor fecal matter is transferred to a patient — for individuals who have repeatedly failed standard treatments for severe diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, commonly known as C. diff.


The Infectious Diseases Society of America issued the new guidelines Thursday for combatting the bacterial infection, which sickens nearly half a million Americans every year.

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  • I reported last year that I was struggling with CDif and prior to considering one of the most expensive drugs on the market and fecal transplant therapy, opted for a combination of homeopathic and non-traditional meds.

    Within about 2 months of beginning the above I was TOTALLY free of the infection and ready to begin my life over again which I have done–ecstatically.

    Point to fellow sufferers: expensive traditional meds or (potentally expensive) fecal transplants do not necessarily have to be the only way to go in combatting CDif.

    If you have tried traditional meds without success you might want to investigate the above.

    The power of the big pharmaceutical companies is phenomenal esp. in relation to their condemnation of alternate treatments such as homeopathy and naturopathy. (When´s the last time you had a traditional doctor prescribe an alternative med. treatment?)

    Many traditional doctors downplay the importance of such treatments, even in some cases totally condemning their effectveness.

    As a matter of fact, I used to listen to a San. Fran. talk radio show that featured a medical show hosted by a doctor. Incredibly, this “doctor” would periodically get on his high horse, stating pontifically that homeopathy actually had “poisonous” effects. Perhaps he should talk to Queen Elizabeth II or her physician or with Pope John Paul’s physician.)

    Rather than promoting these alternatve forms of med. for gain, I am simply saying to fellow sufferers that very expensive traditional drugs with their typical side-effects or potentially expensive fecal transplants do not have to be the end of the line for you,
    esp. if you cannot afford them or they don´t work.

    The aforementioned did the trick for me. Good luck!

  • I had surgery a year ago. I developed cdif and was told I almost died. I have never gotten over my diahrea. I was treated with very expensive long term medicine. Still have it, tested again for it and told I don’t have it now saying is. One doctor said I should have a fecal bowel transplant but I had to move and I haven’t convinced the Dr here I need one. I am going broke buying Imodium and heavy pads and not being able to go anyplace. Now they have e me on a pain med for people on chemotherapy. I am afraid they will wait so long it will not work. I am so depressed I don’t know what to do.

  • Thank you for your article. I’ve been fighting Cdiff for months. Every antibiotic including the very pricey DIFICID®helped. I finally had two fecal transplants. The infection was severe enough to warrant a second. At my second the gastroenterologist found no spores. I am cautious to say whether or not these have “cured” me but I feel much better. I also think that since I hadn’t had any recent antiobiotics that my daily use of Pepcid etc may have made me far more vulnerable to Cdiff. I am also taking Femara for hormone receptive ovarian cancer. I don’t think there is evidence this could also put me in a high risk group for Cdiff. Thank you again for writing about this subject; it isn’t as “icky” as people think it is. After months of diarrhea it can be a godsend and most people, I believe, would welcome anything that could rid them of this horrible infection

  • Thanks. Found this article extremely helpful, esp. comments on FMT and its usefulness in treating CDwhich I am currently struggling with after a heart surgery back at the end of Jan.

    Keep up the good work

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