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The Poop and the Pauper

Poop jokes are funny. They are even funnier when they are true. I heard a fascinating scatological story on Fresh Air a few weeks ago…

There are 10 times as many microbial cells in or on the human body than human cells. That means microbes make up 90% of the human body. And most of those live in the gut. Many of the diseases of  the digestive track are caused by an imbalance in this microbiological ecosystem. Thus, having a healthy microbiotic ecosystem is vital to good health. (If you don’t believe me, you can believe the ad campaigns that promote such products as Activa and Healthy Trinity.)

Metabolic dysfunction in a microbial community can result in serious diseases and even death. With this concern in mind, a microbiologist from Washington University conducted a microbiome transplant. He wanted to see if good bacteria could be transplanted in order to treat a bacterial infection in a patient suffering from extreme diarrhea. The doctor replaced bad bacteria with good bacteria, as opposed to using antibiotics that simply killed the bad guys. So, he did a fecal transplant from a healthy person–who just happened to be the patient’s wife.

He was slinging shit.

The moral of this story: When your wife gives you shit, be thankful. She is improving your health.

I think I’ll stick with eating Activa…


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