A Cure for Ulcerative Colitis? Part 2

In part 1, I gave some background on what ulcerative colitis is and why it may be due to a bacterial infection rather than an autoimmune disease as commonly believed. In this second part, I will discuss a radical, unknown treatment that could potentially cure ulcerative colitis patients using stool samples from people in order to get all the trillions of bacterial microbiota necessary for health.

Fecal Transplants

Fecal transplants are like if we took a chunk of the Amazon rainforest and planted it on… Mars with the hope of creating a second Earth. In the rainforest there are millions of life forms; insects, birds, reptiles, plants, fungi, bacteria and more. It’s estimated that 50% of the world’s plant and animals species live in the Amazon rainforest. It is so essential to the health of the planet it has been called the “lungs” of the Earth.

All life in the Amazon live within a single interconnected and sometimes symbiotic ecological system. The major threat to the health of that ecological system is us, thanks to deforestation.

Sadly, the same is true of our intestinal microbiota ecological system. It is interconnected, with many trillions of bacterial species living symbiotically with each other and our bodies.

And just like the Amazon, its greatest threat comes from us and our overuse of antibiotics.

Once that microbiota is decimated, millions, possibly billions of microbiota species become extinct, never to return. Disease erupts and the system, the human body, begins to collapse. It’s only hope of fully recovering is to transplant a healthy intestinal microbiota into the destroyed one. Then the balance is restored and life flourishes once more.

Extremely Promising Research Results

A pioneering doctor in Australia named Dr. Thomas Borody [8] has been doing studies with fecal transplants and is achieving remarkable results. In a study written by him, he stated, “Colonic infusion of donor intestinal flora can reverse UC in selected patients. These anecdotal results support the concept of abnormal bowel flora or even specific, albeit unidentified bacterial pathogen causing UC.” [9]

Six patients were treated and followed up between thirteen to one year after treatment and all six remained disease free proven by colonoscopies. He further states that this treatment, if the results hold for many years in these patients ought to be considered a first treatment option and a cure.

Two patients were evaluated at twelve and thirteen years post treatment showing no sign of ulcerative colitis. I have to ask, at what point does one consider this to be a cure? If twelve and thirteen aren’t long enough, is it fourteen years? Twenty? Are we going to wait until more research is done, while many with digestive conditions suffer daily?

No, because many people can’t wait decades for research to prove what many of us already believe to be the cause and solution.

Last October I visited Matt Robinson in the Washington, DC area to film him for my documentary. He told me about his early successes with using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and a controversial aloe vera + Imodium protocol to combat his ulcerative colitis. Since I last visited him, his health has improved, but he’s not looking for baby step improvements. He wants a full fledged cure.

This week he started a new treatment protocol. That’s right, he will attempt to infuse his colon with a friend’s probiotic ecology in the hopes that he can cure himself of ulcerative colitis. This Thursday, I am flying to revisit and interview Matt Robinson while he undergoes this radical, ground breaking treatment. For the time being, he has started blogging a journal about his experiences with the protocol [10] so far. He’s in phase one and I will see him when he starts phase two.

I hope you are as excited as Matt and I are.

If you would like more info about this treatment, see the Sources links below 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulcerative_colitis
[2] http://www.ccfa.org/info/about/ucp
[3] Google search for Accutane lawsuits
[4] http://www.livestrong.com/article/317338-flora-growing-diet/
[5] http://www.bacteriamuseum.org/cms/Food-And-Water-Safety/good-bacteria-in-food.html
[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20517305
[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fecal_transplant
[8] http://www.cdd.com.au/
[9] http://www.cdd.com.au/pdf/publications/paper17.pdf
[10] http://www.naturaldigestivehealing.com/blog/page/3/
[11] Personal anecdotes on HealingWell.com