Remember when coffee enemas were a thing? People were convinced that shooting coffee up their bums would detox their colon. DIY kits were even sold on Gwyneth Paltrow's beauty and wellness website Goop, despite all the controversy surrounding the "cleansing treatment."
A friend of mine bought a DIY kit off a different website and was excited to spend a week "cleansing" her body. After only three days, she started experiencing sharp pains in her intestines. Needless to say, it was a traumatizing experience for her, and one she will regret for the rest of her life.
If you thought coffee enemas were a terrible idea, fecal transplants will have you questioning the sanity of the thousands of people who have tried this latest wellness trend.
The issue here isn't that fecal transplants exist, but that they're being done at home without consulting a doctor...
Studies have shown that Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) can restore healthy gut bacteria, improve digestion, and treat some intestinal issues like Clostridium difficile infection. It's even believed that "healthy feces" can help obese people, according to Metro.
Of course, the benefits of transferring someone else's poop inside your intestines only works if you're in the hands of a trusted medical professional. Poop samples are meant to be tested, and not everyone would reap the benefits of such a treatment if they're done at home with untested stool samples.
YouTube videos, blogs, and websites like The Power of Poop tell you how to do poop enemas in your own home and how to get in contact with stool donors.
Many people who are suffering from digestive problems are looking for a cheap and easy method to cure their illness, and the DIY method is the route they opt for.
“My fatigue had lifted, gone like a storm in the night, the sky blown empty and clear,” blogger Carrot Quinn wrote after giving herself two DIY enemas using fecal matter from a close friend, according to Metro. “I looked around me, at this brand new world I had been born into.”
However, not everyone has had a good experience. The FDA even considers this treatment to be a "drug." Just like blood donors, fecal donors also have to be a good match for a patient.
According to an article in the American Society For Microbiology, each person's "gut microbial organ" is different. If a tested donor doesn't match with the patient, there will be limited success, and more harm will be done to the body.
"[I] was very narrowly focused on killing and starving the small intestine bugs that I failed to see the collateral damage these treatments had on my large intestine, hormones and overall health. By the time I did see the light, the damage was already done," blogger Amy Hollenkamp wrote about her experience receiving a FMT to "rebalance" her gut.