I’ve been seeing a lot of media articles recently on applications of gut microbiome research in health in terms of pills and probiotics. One article talks about a start-up that is trying to create various pills filled with bacteria associated with different positive health effects. Of course, there is the question if such probiotics will thrive in the gut or just get pooped out. But with cases such as people with C. difficile infections, this could be really beneficial.
Another related article discusses “poop pills,” which are essentially fecal transplant pills. Normally, this treatment has been used to cure C. diff infections, but in this case it is being used to curb obesity. The poop pills are going through a trial right now to see if they will work. I’m really excited to see if the concepts here, which have been talked about at length in the scientific community, will have visible health impacts. It could really be a game-changer for health issues like obesity.