So far 2018 is shaping up to be the year of the weird health trend, particularly when it comes to ‘down-there’ health.
First a doctor actually had to warn women about the dangers of cleansing their vaginas with cucumbers.
Now its time for the latest episode of ‘What You Really Shouldn’t Do To Your Body’ and this could well be the most bonkers – and gross – yet.
According to Ladbible.com people are taking to YouTube to blend human poo and inject it into themselves with enemas, in an attempt to give themselves faecal transplants.
There’s even a website called PowerofPoop which helps connect people to potential stool donors, for a small fee.
Unsurprisingly doctors are now warning that these so-called DIY faecal treatments could put participants at risk of HIV and hepatitis as well as conditions ranging from Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, obesity and sleep disorders. Yikes.
You may be wondering why on earth anyone would voluntarily choose to do this, but apparently there is a degree of science behind the trend.
According to the NHS the BBC did report that faecal transplants have been used in medical settings to tackle superbugs, such as Clostridium difficile.
But undergoing a faecal transplant in a controlled medical environment by trained professionals is one thing, following a YouTube video at home is quite something else.
And now experts are concerned that at-home procedures which don’t involve screening, could mean problematic microbes, including those linked to MS and Parkinson’s, could be transferred to recipients.
“Given that we know that these are things that in mice, at least, can be transmitted by the microbiome, it is not cause for panic yet, but it is certainly cause for concern that the same might be true in humans,” Rob Knight, professor of paediatrics, computer science and engineering at the University of California San Diego told The Guardian.
At the moment, faeces donors are screened in clinical settings for conditions including infectious diseases like HIV and hepatitis.
But if you’re doing it yourself in your bathroom, the process is obviously far less stringent, and far more risky.
There are some unexpected dangers associated with the process too. The Guardian cites a case study from 2015 in which a woman undergoing a faecal transplant for a C. difficile infection ended up becoming obese after receiving a stool sample from her healthy but overweight daughter.
So, while it’s always interesting learning about new online trends, we think we’ll just stick to getting DIY recipes for slime off YouTube and doing our number twos in the loo. Thanks all the same.
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