Man Transplants His Cousin's Feces Into Himself

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It's gross, but fecal transplant can save lives. A Nova Scotia man living in Cape Breton Island, Canada, read about it and decided to stop an intestinal bacterial infection doing the fecal transplant himself—using feces from his cousin.

The 66-year-old man got the infection 18 months ago after surgery at Cape Breton Regional Hospital. The hospital said they couldn't do the fecal transplant because they didn't have the protocol yet, so he decided to do it. He said he couldn't wait, so he got the feces from his cousin after they were analyzed for other infections and parasites. Then he mixed them with water and flushed the into his intestine using an enema.


Apparently, it worked. Or so he thinks: "And I'm feeling good, but my fingers are crossed and I'm hoping and praying it doesn't come back."

I know. Holy shit. [Arbroath]

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Arggh! there goes a...snake a snake!

How does inserting another person's fecal matter stop an infection? Does fecal matter have some sort of anti-bacterial effect?

Edit: Found the answer to my own question