Thursday, June 19, 2014

** ANNOUNCEMENT** Changing Blog Platforms... Any Recommendations?

Hello to everyone who reads what I post on here.  I hope you've found something helpful in the information and topics that I choose to highlight in my posts.  I took a bit of a break from researching my ass off for the past few months, but I'm back at it again.  I'll never stop learning about this disease, as I am empowered by the things I know about it.  It tends to make me feel more in control as well.  
My new posts are not going to be posted here, however.  Maybe I will import the new entry onto this Blogger/blogspot blog for a few months or something, but I need to switch & want to switch.  The rss code has an error somewhere.  I have tried to fix it, with no success and I'm done.  People that 'subscribe' to a post or new posts, will not get the notification because the code is f'd up.  All the places that each blog entry is supposed to go to when I publish the entry, doesn't go anywhere.  It's annoying. 
I haven't figured out where exactly I will move my blog to, but I'll let you guys know where when I get it going. 

Have any suggestions for good blog platforms??  Or are there any blogging sites that you tend to prefer more than others?  let me know....  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT's) - 90% Recovery Rate for Patients w/ C. difficile

Yes, FMT's work for people with c-diff.  There are numerous articles that will tell you so.  90% of the patients get better after FMT treatments, versus something like 30% recovery rate with the old school antibiotic treatment, which is just plain bad for treating something like this.   If the body has any healthy bacteria left, the antibiotics will be sure to kill it all - Not good.  You actually want to do the opposite of kill it and instead, replenish the body with healthy bacteria.  That's exactly what FMT's do and people get well.  
This procedure should be the first method of treatment rather than the antibiotic method. I'm not sure if the US FDA has changed their views on FMT's but with this to consider : "500,000 cases of CDI in the United States annually, with health care costs ranging from $1.3 billion to $3.4 billion." Maybe the costs could be significantly reduced by going with the more effective treatment 1st. Wouldn't that be the more logical and humane thing to do anyway?

Fecal microbiota transplantation—the process of delivering stool bacteria from a healthy donor to a patient suffering from intestinal infection with the bacterium Clostridium difficile—works by restoring healthy bacteria and functioning to the recipient's gut, according to a study published this week inmBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.