Scientists have discovered that transplanting fecal matter from a healthy donor to someone with a c. dificile bowel infection will cure the infection with far better success than antibiotics.
And, contrary to my provocative blog post title, no eating is involved. A nasal tube fed into the small intestine, or an enema, is used to introduce the fecal matter.
C. dificile infections are becoming more common because of widespread use of powerful antibiotics. They can be lethal, especially in the elderly.