Fecal transplants save lives

Re: Fraser Health halts planned fecal transplants (NewsLeader, May 7)

Congratulations to Dr. Jeanne Keegan-Henry for administering the life-saving "fecal transplant" treatment to her patient, Jane Thomas.

It appears that Health Canada's position on fully authorizing medical fecal transplants is lagging behind the current scientific research. The fact that valuable bacteria exists in fecal matter has been known for some time. One of the more expensive brands of acidophilous capsules on the market credits its unique value as originating in a bacteria (hygienically extracted) from human faeces. It is even likely that dogs, with their keen sense of smell, are selecting beneficial bacteria when they (somewhat to our disgust) consume another dog's anal excretions.

If we don't pressure Health Canada to release its restrictions on the medical administration of fecal transplants, we may stand to lose many more lives to the increasingly out-of-control terror of C. Difficile; not to mention the likely consequence of further illness and deaths due to dying patients who may choose to "try out fecal transplants at home" without the safety of laboratory screening.

April Goodman


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