How Poop Pills Could Save Your Life

They 'look like peanut butter,' but don't taste bad
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Oct 4, 2013 1:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Swallowing poop sounds like a crappy way to feel better, but for some suffering from severe gut infections, it could be life-saving. Dr. Thomas Louie and other Canadian researchers carried out a clinical trial where sufferers of Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, took pills literally made of fecal matter to get well. Dr. Louie had been working on fecal transplantation for years, but found that patients had difficulty handling tubes down the throat or enemas. That’s when he decided to go with pills.

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