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Scientists Are Now Trying Fecal Transplants on Kids

What may have seemed repellent a few years ago is now becoming mainstream. Interest in fecal matter transplants has spiked as more people realize the importance of gut bacteria and the microbiome. This transplant, which involves the insertion of fecal matter into the patient by enema or colonoscopy, may now be used to treat children with digestive issues. Motherboard reported on a clinical trial in Canada tested if a "fecal transplant could help kids with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)."

The fecal matter transplant is a powerful tool but proper gut health can greatly reduce the need for donor feces. It is hardly surprising that big pharma is attempting to convert fecal bacteria into pill form for ease of manufacture and to maximize profit. Barring an emergency situation, in which a fecal microbiota transplant could be the difference between life and death, the easiest and best way to reseed your gut with healthy bacteria is to include fermented foods in your diet or take a high quality probiotic.

Gut flora can have a dramatic impact on your child's overall mental and physical development. The tendency for modern mothers to carry disinfectant lotions, sprays and wipes everywhere they go, in case little Junior should stumble across a speck of dirt may be in part responsible for a stunted microbiome. Research shows that there is a close connection between unhealthy gut flora and abnormal brain development condition called Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS). GAPS is the result of poorly developed or imbalanced gut flora and may manifest as a constellation of symptoms that can fit the diagnosis of autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, just to name a few possibilities.
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