Doctor: Fecal transplants are part of cutting-edge trend

03/11/2013 | Huffington Post, The

The use of fecal transplant to cure recurrent Clostridium difficile infection may be paving the way for a super-probiotic to treat it, according to Dr. Leonard Smith, co-author of "The Road to Perfect Health." Smith says the condition is challenging because the typical treatment of antibiotics induces bacterial imbalance in the gut, but fecal transplants are believed to address the infection by restoring balance, and other health conditions are treated with such transplants, too. Smith notes that leading researcher Dr. Lawrence Brandt, writing in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, argues a paradigm shift is taking place in the understanding of health and disease treatment "and in its center is our microbiota."

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