We are pleased to announce that the Taymount Clinic accepted an invitation from the BBC’s Newsnight programme to debate the advancements of FMT
The interview with one of our founders Glenn Taylor was shown on BBC Newsnight on Monday 9th March 2015, and we are sure that as well as the estimated 600,000 viewers the feature will continue to be seen by many more.
We believe by accepting a place in this debate, and also agreeing other media invitations in the pipeline, we are showing our commitment to spreading knowledge and information on FMT treatment, which is still relatively unknown.
Last week, the BBC team requested an interview at the clinic, and they certainly did not take prisoners with their line of questioning in a robust discussion of our work, which lasted significantly longer than we were initially led to believe.
However, as challenging as this was to health professionals not used to dealing with the media, we realise we had to do this for the good of many people suffering debilitating conditions who are being faced with difficult choices from mainstream medicine.
Whilst we appreciate the BBC’s difficulty in processing many hours of footage from various parties to make a good news feature, we feel they failed to properly distinguish the significant differences between FMT and Faecal Transplants.
For example, Faecal Transplants generally describes a very fundamental, unpleasant and potentially dangerous practice of taking whole raw faeces from a donor, processing it in a food blender or smoothie shaker, whilst potentially irreversibly damaging key anaerobic bacterial species by exposure to oxygen. Then filling an enema bag and putting the contents into the recipient’s rectum or delivering it via a feeding tube placed in the patient’s small bowel.
On the other hand, FMT (Fecal Microbiota Transplant) consists of the entire commensal bacterial colony; the gut microbiome, being extracted under protective conditions from carefully-screened donor stool through a complex and equipment-heavy laboratory process, to become complete refined Microbiota. This is then prepared for storage in a protective medium and placed in quarantine in an ultra-deep freezer until a full cycle of donor tests, 3 months after harvesting, ensures that there are no major pathogenic conditions that can threaten the health of the patient.
Importantly, the reason for placing the implant under quarantine conditions and testing the donor again after a suitable period and not using the implant immediately after processing, is wholly on the grounds of patient safety.
More about the Taymount FMT process can be read in our blog – http://taymount.com/all/difference-fmt-fecal-transplants
We hope you were able to see the BBC Newsnight feature. If not, here is a link to the feature on BBC Newsnight’s YouTube channel.
We will stay at the centre of this debate doing our utmost to provide transparency and to help demystify FMT. We are trying to provide hope to people who feel they have been failed by previous approaches to their condition.
Also, we are immensely proud of the work we are doing and the results we have already achieved.
We will continue developing and doing all we can for the good of everyone who can benefit from the use of FMT to restore their gut microflora, providing that it is safe and appropriate to do so with their particular condition.