As many of us have probably experienced, a round of antibiotics can wreak havoc on your guts. (Click here for a good article on that topic with lots of peer reviewed citations.) Personally, I’ve had major cramps accompanied by explosions before. Ick. In the above article though, the authors are looking at this altered flora field reducing the severity of hemorrhagic strokes and as a possible future preventative of stroke. I would hope that if this is going to be researched more, they would look closely into cutting out which specific microbiota is most useful for this preventative method, and pray that removing just that one and leaving the rest doesn’t cause all those unpleasant side effects.
In the article they also mentioned that this preventative can be spread around to others via fecal transplant. This idea still gives me willies. They’re doing this to cure c-diff right now too. They take a sample of healthy poo, shove it into a capsule and get a new host to swallow it to spread the healthy flora to the host’s guts. I actually ran across an advertisement for a biotech company recruiting people to crap for money to make these capsules. Which I honestly thought about doing to get some extra cash to pay off school loans. Hey, gotta do what ya gotta doo doo hahaha! But they require you to come to their lab in Massachusetts to donate and commit to do that everyday for 60 days. Nope.
Anyway, I just started taking a probiotic and so have been floating around the internet world on intestinal health when I spotted this and just had to share.