Bright future for gut bacteria and donors after BBC endorsement, say specialists

One of the world’s leading specialists in a pioneering treatment using gut bacteria to help restore health says it hopes in less than a generation’s time faecal bacteria donation will be as common as blood donors.

Director of Science, Glenn Taylor, Founder of the Taymount Clinic, in Hertfordshire, which treats people from all over the world with pioneering Faecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT), comments come after the BBC referred to the treatment as ‘a doctors dream’ and, ‘almost a miracle’ in its Trust Me I’m a Doctor programme.

“The world is sitting up and noting the power of the microbiome,” said Mr Taylor, whose clinic helps people with a range of gastrointestinal conditions, including Clostridium difficile (C Diff) and Crohn’s disease as well as neurological and other problems.

“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,” he said.

In the Trust Me I’m a Doctor series, the feature focussed on FMT having a 90% or more success rate in treating Clostridium Difficile (C Diff), whilst also saying it held great possibilities for other diseases, such as Crohn’s and Multiple Sclerosis.

Mr Taylor, whose clinic was featured on BBC Newsnight earlier this year, where the programme focused on the use of FMT to eradicate C Difficile, said there has been an increased interest in the subject over the last couple of years.

“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.” he added.  “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.”

Click here to see Trust me I’m a Doctor. Watch from 37 minutes onwards.

Editors Notes

Taymount Clinic – FMT Treatment & Gut Flora Experts

The Taymount Clinic are known internationally as a specialist centre for the production of tested, certified, high quality gut bacteria and effective, efficient implant techniques.

Researching intestinal bacteria since 2006, the Taymount Clinic is now a recognised world leader in applying Faecal Microbiota Transplant or FMT treatment procedures to create a “normal” bacterial environment in patients with a broad range of conditions.

Dr Simon Greenfield MD FRCP Consultant Gastroenterologist and Chief Medical Officer to the Taymount Clinic provides guidance and supervision to the management of patients undergoing FMT at the clinic.

The Taymount clinic provides FMT treatment to normalise gut bacteria in patients with Clostridium difficile infection.  The Taymount clinic has also replaced gut bacteria in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative colitis, post-antibiotic Dysbiosis, food intolerance, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

The Taymount Clinic cannot at this this time supply statistics for any likely clinical outcome as clinical trials are ongoing for many conditions.

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