One thing I find fascinating is how far people will go to fight fat...i.e., where they might never go to save their own skin. I'm betting if the poop pills work and someone thinks up a way to patent them, people will be lining up to try them to lose weight.
I suppose the bright side is that it could help people, which is a good thing, right?
So. Update: WORMS!!!
Now, we knew this sort of thing could happen. LymeAssistant did have lots of tests done before we started the FMT's and no parasites were found. However, last time we were about
to do "The Thing" as we call it, he came back to inform me that he'd found a little white wiggly worm in his poo.
We figured out that it was a pinworm. Both of us were adequately freaked out.
So the next day, I decided to check my own poo. Let me tell you, I have newfound appreciation for LymeAssistant's skills at pooping into containers. I did not find it to be so easy. Plus, I now know it is important to check your bag for holes before pooping into it
I didn't have to look too hard- one of those nasty things was just staring at me
We have both since begun taking artemisinin for the worms.
As far as Lyme symptoms go, so far I am still doing okay. I have had a few bouts of symptoms that could be Lyme-related, but I am not sure (they are things like depression, anxiety, on-and-off joint pain in my hands that is likely arthritis, not Lyme). Most of these things don't stay for long. I do still take the Buhner herbs and I think I will keep taking them for at least another 9 months or so. I do not believe the Lyme bacteria is all gone yet.
IBScure-it- I definitely think the ongoing antibiotic use gives people other problems. I think there are other members on here more knowledgeable about
it than me, but one thing I can say for certain is Lyme is the most confusing, frustrating health issue I've ever faced. And I've never been so sick in my life. I know lots of other Lymies are like me, having to go through dozens of doctors to get diagnosed, then waiting weeks or months to see an LLMD (or having to argue with the mainstream doctors to get treatment), spending a fortune, trying every mainstream and alternative treatment. I know Lymies aren't the only ones, but I can say that many of us don't know much about
gut flora when we start out on the Lyme journey.
I'm glad you pointed out that the blender method kills off the anaerobic bacteria. What little info is available online mostly tells people to use a blender. In the end, we preferred the bag method for a lot of reasons. Bags are disposable. Bags are quiet (good for hiding poop transplantation from your roommates). The blender method makes the whole house smell like you've never smelled it before, while the bag method causes far less stink.
I suspect I may have had IBS-C. I've had chronic constipation most of my life. However, the FMT's improved that a lot!
Not that I know the first thing about
kidney disease in humans, but I do know a lot about
saunas. For me, sauna treatments have helped my body excrete a lot of toxins and have had a huge impact on my health. I'd highly recommend looking into it. The skin is a powerful excretory organ that people hardly use anymore because many people don't really sweat. BTW, one thing I'd like to ask is whether you think FMT's had any impact on your kidney disease.
You are so right that most doctors aren't researching this topic very much. It's really messed up that so many people suffer because medicine has departed from following the science. There are doctors out there who know all this stuff, but they are so hard to find. And sometimes, expensive when you finally do find them.