Your New Wonder Cure: Fecal Transplants Patients with bacterial infection are good as new after treatment, says study By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jan 17, 2013 2:40 PM CST 37 comments Comments Stock image of bacteria. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Gross-sounding, yes. But "fecal transplants" work like a charm for patients suffering bacterial ailments, according to new research. The Netherlands study found that people with the common Clostridium difficile infection, or CDI, were quickly cured after receiving the feces of a healthy donor. (It can be diluted and transferred via enema.) The results were so compelling that researchers cut the study short so patients in the control group could be treated, reports the Los Angeles Times. "It's a strange concept to use stool, which has always been looked on as something dirty," says a gastroenterologist who wasn't involved in the study but has long used the treatment. "We're entering a very exciting new chapter in medicine." The idea goes back centuries, but this is the first controlled study to document its effectiveness. The transplanted feces "appears to work by restoring the gut’s normal balance of bacteria," explains the New York Times.