Since I’m awake, thanks to pain and frequent bathroom trips, I wrote a petition urging the FDA to allow fecal microbial transplantation for IBD patients. To answer your questions:
- Yes, that is exactly what you think it is.
- Yes, it’s gross.
- No, I have no TMI filter, and poop jokes are my coping skill of choice.
- Yes, I researched and wrote much of the petition while sitting on the toilet.
Seriously, though, this is important. The FDA recently classified fecal matter as a drug and a biologic agent. Patients with C. diff. can still get FMT, but IBD patients can only get it through clinical trials, which most of us don’t have access to. This is probably so that a drug company can patent poop and make a lot of money off it. Tywin Lannister may not shit gold, but apparently the FDA and drug companies think somebody does. (Sorry, I can’t resist the nerdy references, and it’s a particularly fitting reference given the circumstances of Tywin’s demise.) This denies IBD patients a treatment option that could drastically improve our quality of life, and that’s not cool.
Also, if you sign my petition and it works, I’ll get FMT. It might cure my UC, and then you guys wouldn’t have to listen to me talk about my poop problems anymore. Just sayin’.