Bizarre new treatment wipes out C. diff

There's a safe, effective, and completely natural way to cure C. diff. The only downside is that it's also 100 percent disgusting.

It's a fecal transplant, and it's exactly what it sounds like: Donor fecal matter from a healthy person is inserted into the gut of someone infected with the Clostridium difficile bacteria.

It's usually inserted with either an enema or a tube down the nose. It's every bit as unpleasant as it sounds, but it works. In a new study, getting a  fecal transplant cured 43 of 49 patients suffering from a C. diff infection with no side effects or complications three months later.

And in some cases, the fecal transplant patients reported feeling better almost overnight.

Getting a fecal transplant works because the fecal matter from the donor is full of the good bacteria that can fight C. diff -- good bacteria that are almost always lacking in the infected patient.

But there's a much easier and far more palatable way to beat C. diff, and that's with a probiotic supplement that contains the Saccharomyces boulardii yeast.

S. boulardii has the power to beat C. diff on its own turf -- in your gut, and no tubes or enemas are necessary. But since the best offense is a good defense, the key here is to make sure it's part of your probiotic regimen now, especially if there's any chance you will be spending time in a care facility or if there may be an antibiotic in your future.

And if you're taking an antibiotic now, be sure to take Sacharomyces boulardii during your treatment and for several weeks afterwards.

I had more on probiotics in the May 2012 issue of my printed newsletter, Health Revelations. Sign up now, you'll get special access to a members-only section of my Web site, which includes that and all my other back issues.

And for a more personalized probiotic regimen, especially if you've been fighting recurring infections or other stomach-related issues, make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.