None of the gravity-defying balancing acts Ed Sullivan featured on his show (there were The Baronton Sisters, for example, who lay on their backs while spinning full-size tables with their feet) comes close to the astounding balancing act that goes on 24/7 in your gut.
There, trillions of bacteria work together to keep your immune and organs systems up and running.
But when those bacteria get out of balance, well, running is no good. One deadly infection associated with a disrupted gut biome is Clostridium difficile or C. diff. Every year, 500,000 Americans suffer from the severe diarrhea it triggers, and 14,000 die.
Recently, fecal transplants from a person with a healthy gut biome to the intestines of someone with C. diff have proved effective in controlling the disease. But theres a huge ick factor for many folks. Well, now there may be a way around that a side-effect-free gel capsule containing a huge variety of bacteria extracted from healthy feces.
Thirty-one of 32 folks whod had repeated bouts of C. diff saw it go away after taking one round of pills containing fecal microbes. Interestingly, C. diff wasnt eradicated; the balance of bacteria in their guts was restored so that the good guys controlled the bad.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.