I would counter iPoop slightly in saying the procedure is actually incredibly safe if done in a clinical setting. Across clinical trials for UC negative side effects (minimal ones like more gas, nausea) are reported equally amongst the experiment and placebo group, and any seriously adverse effects like worsening of colitis or development of something else is usually completely unrelated to the treatment. The story of a woman developing insulin resistance after FMT has been debunked, they no longer believe FMT was the cause and anyway these risks are mitigated now by only using donors who have no family history of any of these illnesses that could possibly be transferred.
That being said, the biggest risk is not having access to an appropriate donor that has been carefully screened, and not having a doctor monitor you throughout the procedure, making sure you're a good candidate before hand, etc. This risk is mitigated by taking part in a clinical trial, you can try clinicaltrials.gov to see if there are any going on near you. The other option is to try a private clinic like the Taymount - their procedure is sound and they do get results similar to clinical trials which is about
25% remission rate. An additional 50% seem to see some degree of improvement, and 25% of people get no improvement at all. The risk with a private clinic like Taymount is you're spending about
$8,000 US for 10 transplants and it may not work for you. You just don't know until you try.
Another option would be working with a naturopath who can screen your donor, monitor you and coach you as you do it yourself with your own donor. But you would have to have a willing donor that is an absolute health super star and meets the same requirements they use in these clinics (only about
3% of the population makes the cut).
I have done this treatment on my own using my boyfriend as a donor and have had great success - doesn't work for everyone but again you don't know until you try. He's the healthiest person I know and while he may not be in the 3% that makes it in the clinical donor world (he's never tried so who knows?) I decided he was my best option for giving this treatment a try after all my extensive research weighing the pros and cons. Your 3 year old baby could be your best bet for a donor - at 3 years old the microbiome is fully developed, and there are some gene/microbiome theories that suggest gene related donors do best. But don't take my word for it, if you go DIY speak with a naturopath about
it first and keep your GI in the loop.
Never been to Taymount but I've had phone consults and read all their literature - they are legit, but costly.
Post Edited (MariaMaria) : 2/3/2019 12:06:01 PM (GMT-7)