The Taymount Clinic was originally founded in 2003 as a small private clinic focusing on improving and maintaining optimal digestive health. Initially the focus at Taymount was on gut flora dysbiosis. The methods employed were changing gut flora using a colon lavage procedure to remove the existing microbiome and then utilising complex blends of proprietary brands of commercially available probiotics as either oral supplementation or by cultured enema implant. Dietary advice followed the procedures to ensure that foods associated with the fermentation processes of commensal bacteria were included in the diet to optimise bacterial growth.
It became obvious that during extensive gut profile testing, commercial probiotics can fulfil useful roles in the human gut in competing with pathogenic species and providing DNA material to commensal bacteria, but they held a very poor record of colonisation in the human gut once the supplementation ceased. In a search for bacterial species and strains that demonstrated a proven and capable ability to colonise, it became obvious that the commensal bacteria that made up the human gut microbiome already fulfilled that role admirably.
After an intensive period of academic research and laboratory experimentation in the concept of the harvesting, handling, refining and storing of the whole human microbiome, the directors of Taymount clinic did what all good researchers and inventors do when faced with the predicament of who to treat for the first time; they “did a Barry Marshall”* and self-implanted to see if any side effects could be experienced. Then tests were carried out to assess the changes of the gut microbiota.
Once reasonably satisfied that the bio-logic of the process indicated that if all safety protocols of cross infection by pathogen or parasite were observed, it became clear that a “universal standardised implant” system could be developed. Taymount clinic started their first FMT treatments in 2009 on a very small scale, monitoring the results and perfecting the methodology all the while. Today, they are still continually improving and changing the procedures and methods of treatment as they discover important new aspects of the microbiome every day.
They believe that as a result of many years’ research, study and continual refinement, they have developed a processing and administering protocol which is highly effective yet without being invasive or uncomfortable. As the research progresses, they are beginning to see exciting connections between the microflora and the immune system, which in their view is clearly highlighting the need for the medical and microbiological communities to join forces and concentrate more efforts into understanding the unique relationship between bacteria and the human immune system.