Get Paid to Poop! (and Save the World)
$40 bucks per day to be exact.
You have to be under the age of 50, be willing to travel to Medford, Mass. and have bowel movements on a regular basis.
OpenBiome is a nonprofit that aims to expand safe access to fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) therapy.
That sounds horrible, why would anyone want that? Clostridium difficile is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and other serious intestinal conditions like colitis. C. difficile can be caused by prolonged use of antibiotics and can also be spread in a hospital environment.
Fortunately, a highly effective treatment exists for C. difficile, in the form of FMT. Biologically active stool can be transplanted from the gut of a healthy person to that of an unhealthy person. In several studies the cure rate was as high as 90%.
Traditionally the transplantation process has been very uncomfortable (and totally gross), but now doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital published findings in JAMA Internal Medicine, this month showing that frozen capsules of fecal material can be up to 90% effective in treating C. diff infections.
OpenBiome is working with hospitals all over the country to manufacture these capsule treatments and distribute them.
The best part about poop donation are the jokes. Naturally such an organization incorporates humor into its procedure and to incentivize donations, donors with the highest sample contributions are given Super Pooper nicknames such as “Vladimir Pootin,” “King of Poop,” and “Winnie the Poo.”
Each sample can treat as many as five patients, if you live near Medford, it might be time to make a difference with something you do every day anyway.
Additional Source: Boston.com
Image Source: Openbiome.org