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More fun with fecal transplants!

Commented on November 09, 2011
Created November 09, 2011 at 12:44 AM

I was thinking about what I would do if I needed to take antibiotics (I have a high risk of getting lyme disease), and the possible impact on gut health. My thought is that it would be significantly less creepy and dangerous to save a stool sample of one's own before starting antibiotics, so that you reinoculate after finishing the course of antibiotics.

So my questions are: Has anyone seen this covered in the scientific literature? What would be the appropriate conditions to store the sample? Would there be a risk of reinoculating whatever pathogen you were trying to treat?

My best guess about proper storage conditions would be to refrigerate at 33-34 degrees. Freezing would likely kill a large portion of the microbes, while storing at higher temperatures might allow undesirable spoilage organisms to proliferate.

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on November 09, 2011
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do you live with deer mice? run naked in the woods? just wondering about you high risk factor :)

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