One of the world’s leading specialists in a pioneering treatment using gut bacteria to help restore health says it hopes that, in less than a generation’s time, faecal bacteria donation will be as common as blood donors.
The work of microbiologist Glenn Taylor was referred to as a “doctor’s dream” and “almost a miracle” in the BBC’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor programme. Glenn is the founder of the Taymount Clinic, in Hertfordshire, which treats people all over the world using Faecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT).
The treatments Glenn offers help people with a range of gastrointestinal conditions, including Clostrodium Difficile and Crohn’s disease as well as neurological and other problems.
He said: “The world is sitting up and noting the power of the microbiome. Those of us involved in this field of research have known for a long time that by normalising gut flora, many patients are reporting beneficial changes in accompanying conditions and as the demand grows we can see in the not-too-distant future, faecal donation being as normal as blood donation.”
The BBC programme highlight on FMT having a 90% or more success rate in treating C Diff, whilst also highlighting its potential for other diseases, such as Crohn’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Glenn indicated that the last few years had seen a huge increase in interest in this area of treatment.
He concluded: “The fascinating world of the human microbiome is slowly but surely gaining a foothold as a serious component in delivering health. The increased use of antibiotics combined with a decrease in the variety of diet, has resulted in a reduction in the diversity of beneficial bacteria that help to look after the human body. It is a fact that human beings and their gut flora are a complex ecosystem and this realisation is beginning to capture the imagination within the scientific world. This is not just good news for FMT specialists, but the whole of mankind.”