New Promising Investigational Treatment: “Faecal Microbiota Transplantation”

Knowledge about the powerful influence of our gut microbiome has developed of late. There is a growing awareness around how the bacteria levels and quality in our gut can really affect the way we feel and how healthy our bodies may be in terms of resisting illnesses and infections.

FMT is a ground-breaking treatment for people who are having issues with their digestive health or those who suffer from chronic conditions. FMT is seen as an advanced approach to treating some digestive diseases and conditions that are failing to respond adequately to established medical treatments.

What is FMT?

Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is a cutting-edge treatment process where healthy bacteria is transferred int compromised microbiome to rebalance and reharmonise bacteria in the gut.

Reinoculating compromised guts takes years of experience and dedication which is evident at the Taymount Clinic, who are regulated to perform the treatment with a professional and experienced team.

There are many safety and quality checks in place to ensure only the best quality FMT products  are used for treatment.

Why is FMT used?

Initially, FMT was used to combat Clostridium difficile (C.diff), usually a hospital-acquired bacterial infection. C.diff usually lives harmlessly in your bowel along with other bacteria. But sometimes when you take antibiotics, the balance of bacteria in your colon can change, causing an infection. Some people have repeated C diff infections and it was found that FMT really helped in these situations.  

More recently, many scientific studies have shown the effectiveness of the presence of beneficial bacteria in the colon to exert positive health benefits. Examples include gut health (IBS, IBD), energy levels (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and cognitive health (brain fog), mental health (anxiety and depression), and degenerative conditions (Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis) to name some. Common symptoms include bloating, abdominal pain, food intolerances, sensitivities, irregular bowel habits, and fatigue.

How is FMT at Taymount Clinic?

At Taymount Clinic, we do not use whole stool; The FMT implants which are regulated by the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) contain non-pathogenic microorganisms.

Our pioneering manufacturer is MHRA regulated, and all screening processes are strictly regulated to ensure patient safety is above all.

In 2019, a conference of FMT practitioners in Europe agreed that a system of “standardised donor material” was the best way of controlling quality, supply and safety of FMT donations.

The donors at Taymount Clinic are selected after thorough health checks, which include past and present medical history (to rule out any medical conditions), general health, bowel habits, and diet. Donors regularly are screened extensively for both blood and stool testing.

Once the manufacturer produces the FMT implants, they are quarantined for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months at -80°C to confirm that the implants contain only non pathogenic microorganisms.

Dangers of unregulated FMT treatment

Trying to attempt FMT procedures without experienced practitioners outside of an unofficial FMT provision centre could potentially be dangerous for patients.

Patients should ask a lot of questions and check the processes involved to make sure they are using an MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) approved FMT provider.

What’s next for FMT?

The list of digestive and neurological disorders potentially treatable by FMT is likely to grow as we increase our understanding of the way that our gut and immune system interact.

If the gut is out of balance, you may feel things just aren’t right. The first step is to normalise your gut. You may find that the real problem was centred in the gut all along.

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