Designer Shit is your resource for all things related to Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) and the microbiome. We aim to provide you with the best resources out there by thoroughly researching, and keeping up-to-date with all FMT news and information about the microbiome.
If you’re interested in learning more about what FMT is, we’ve compiled a list of the top resources across the web, including everything from the absolute basics to in-depth information about the emerging field, clinical studies, and how treatments work.
Each topic below contains a list of the top resources on that subject, with links directly to them
- What is the microbiome and How It Affects Your Body
- FMT Basics and General Information
- Best Microbiome and FMT News Sources
- FMT Therapies and Treatments Support and Information
- Top FMT Clinics, Doctors and Organizations
- DIY Fecal Transplants: Procedures & Protocols
- FMT Pills & Products
- Stool Donor Resources: Where and If You Can Donate
- Current FMT Clinical Trials
Our curated list of FMT resources has you covered from learning the basics of FMT and the microbiome, to helping you in your search for an FMT clinic near you – and everything in between.
What is the Microbiome and How It Affects Your Body
What it is: A list of informational articles to introduce you to basic microbiome information.
Best for: When you’re new to the concept of the microbiome or what its purpose in the body is.
Mostly Microbes (website)
MostlyMicrobes.com is site run by Anne M. Estes, PhD, and is filled with a stories and resources all about microbes. This is a great starting point: she introduces the microbiome, talks about things that affect the microbiome, and reviews new literature on the subject.
The American Microbiome Institute (non-profit)
The American Microbiome Institute is a non-profit organization specializing in the human microbiome and improving health through the microbiome. Their site contains resources for learning the basics of the microbiome, and helps keep you up-to-date with the latest microbiome news through their blog and podcast.
How to Improve Gut Microbiome Health: Development from Infant to Adult (article)
Article outlining how the microbiome is developed, its importance in later life health, and what is being done to to alter its development to promote microbiome health.
UBiome Blog (website)
UBiome is a microbiome genomics company working to uncover the mysteries of the microbiome through sequencing the genetic material of the bugs in our bodies. Their blog covers any and all emerging news on the microbiome, as well as news on their own progress.
Microbiome Digest Blog (website)
Microbiome Digest is a blog updated, near, daily with scientific papers about the microbiome and microbiome research. The writers are made up of graduate students and scientists dedicated to bringing news of the microbiome to you.
The Microbiome Blog is a dedicated source of news and updates on the microbiome, research related to it, and the progression of the industry.
Gut Microbiota for Health (website)
This information repository was created by the European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility. It provides a wide variety of information on the gut microbiome from introductory information to more in-depth subject matter relating to the gut microbiome.
The Microbiome with Megen Meyer, PhD | Food Insight (podcast)
This podcast is a great introductory listen for those wanting to learn about the microbiome. The host defines the microbiome and goes into detail about what it does.
The Human Microbiome: Guts and Glory | NPR (podcast series)
This whole podcast series by NPR examines everything about the microbiome. It’s great for jumping into a bit more of the complexities of the microbiome and how it affects our daily health.
FMT Basics and General Information
What it is: A list of stand-alone articles that can introduce you to the basics of FMT, so you can work your way up to the more complicated information.
Best for: When you’re new to the world of FMT.
Fecal Transplant Guide: How They Work and What They Can Cure (article)
Designer Shit’s introductory article to fecal transplants. The article outlines what FMT is, what it is used for, its risks, and everything else you might want to know about the emerging new treatment.
The Fecal Transplant Foundation (website)
The Fecal Transplant Foundation website provides resources on FMT for everyone, including patients and doctors wishing to learn more about the therapy. Resources include answers about basic questions on FMT, fecal transplant news, and patient stories.
This site highlights new fecal transplant research and personal success stories on fecal microbiota transplants. It contains resources for those interested in performing DIY fecal transplants to treat themselves or loved ones.
Healed from Ulcerative Colitis Blog
A personal blog of someone detailing their process performing at-home fecal transplants to heal their Ulcerative Colitis. The blog spans a two-year period, cataloguing their experiences doing FMT.
Clinical Conversations: Fecal transplants, the gut microbiome and future medical care (podcast)
This podcast is a conversation with Dr. Zain Kassam, a gastroenterologist and the chief medical officer at OpenBiome. Dr. Kassam talks about his FMT work, and more broadly about microbiome health.
Fecal transplants & why you should give a crap | Mark Davis | TEDxSalem
Dr. Mark Davis is a Portland-based naturopath and an expert in fecal transplantation. Watch him talk the importance of FMT in this TED talk.
Fecal Transplants: You Gonna Drink That Poop? (podcast)
The podcast Stuff You Should Know, discusses the emerging health care procedure of FMT. They take a newcomer’s perspective to learning about fecal transplants.
The Role of Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) in Treating C. difficile | American Journal of Gastroenterology (podcast)
A conversation between Dr. William D. Chey and Dr. Lawrence J. Brandt about the efficacy of FMT and the FDA’s regulation of stool as a “drug”.
Freakonomics Radio: The Power of Poop (podcast)
In this podcast you will hear leading gastroenterologists Dr. Thomas Borody and Dr. Alex Khoruts talk about FMT, its history, and its potential future in the field of medicine.
Fecal Transplants and You (podcast)
This podcast from the popular science outlet Stuff to Blow Your Mind introduces the concept of fecal transplants and explains how it might be a treatment you one day need and even want.
Best Microbiome and FMT News Sources
What it is: A list of sources that report FMT news and new findings about the microbiome, helping you keep up with more in-depth information about FMT and microbiome health.
Best for: When you want to keep up-to-date on new FMT developments.
Nature is a scientific journal with great articles on all things biology-related. They have a near constant feed of scientific articles published about the microbiome and FMT.
The Scientist (magazine)
The Scientist is a magazine, publishing articles by and for life science professionals about science. It is a great resource for news and scientific research on microbiome health and FMT.
Science Daily (website)
Science Daily is a popular science news website providing news and breakdowns on all the newest studies coming out of the scientific community. Go to this site for in-depth news on the microbiome and FMT.
If you are on Twitter, here are our top picks of people to follow. Experts are Tweeting about FMT and the microbiome every day, sorting out the honest science from the hype on the internet.
“Source for Microbiome research news and information. Organizer of the Annual Translational Microbiome Conference.”
# of Followers: 6,720
“I talk to scientists & write about the microbiome, diet, & health. FMT too. Evidence, not hype. Author: Well-Fed Microbiome & Elsevier Gut Microbiota textbook.”
# of Followers: 4,429
“NYC Gastroenterologist. Interests #IBD, #IBS, #celiac, #diet, #microbiota and fecal transplant #FMT. Investigating use of #FMT for #IBS and #ulcerativecolitis”
# of Followers: 3,020
“First public stool bank. Tackling #cdiff by making fecal transplants (#FMT) safer, easier and more affordable. Catalyzing research into the human #microbiome”
# of Followers: 2,428
“Gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester interested in C. difficile Infection, Fecal transplant & Gut Microbiota. Tweets are mine. Retweet ≠ endorsement.”
# of Followers: 466
“NYC gastroenterologist, patient advocate, and fellow celiac. Interests: #IBD #Celiac #IBS #Microbiome #FMT #Endoscopy #ColonCancer #MedEd. Tweets ≠ Endorsement”
# of Followers: 431
FMT Therapies and Treatments Support and Information
What it is: Resources from foundations and support groups to help those getting or trying to get FMT treatment and therapies.
Best for: When you’re seriously considering a stool transplant as a treatment for your current illness.
Healing Well (website)
A patient support website for anyone living with a chronic illness, with forums on almost every chronic illness. Within the forums you will find people talking about their conditions, microbiome diets, and Fecal Microbiota Transplants.
Peggy Foundation (non-profit)
The Peggy Lillis Foundation is a U.S. based non-profit, dedicated to Clostridium Difficile awareness, and educating the public to help shape policy. They cover all the basics about C Diff and FMT, and share personal stories from survivors of C Diff.
C Diff Foundation (non-profit)
The C Diff Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of volunteering professionals dedicated to public health, education and advocacy of C Diff. They cover everything about C Diff and FMT, and provide resources for those suffering from the infection.
Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) Facebook Group
This facebook group is a forum for those interested in FMT and possibly having it done. Members post and discuss studies and news on the microbiome and FMT.
Bacteriotherapy Facebook Group
This facebook group is a support forum where people post and discuss studies and news on the microbiome and FMT.
C Diff Discuss (website)
C Diff Discuss is a support forum for those with C Diff seeking a cure. It contains many conversation threads on FMT treatments you can follow and contribute to.
Taymount Clinic (website)
The Taymount Clinic offers FMT as a treatment for many conditions. Here you can check out their answers to FAQs about using FMT as a medical treatment.
Top FMT Clinics, Doctors, and Organizations
What it is: Resources to help you find a doctor, clinic or organization near you that provides FMT treatments.
Best for: You have a condition that might benefit from the use of FMT treatments.
FMT Clinic List | Designer Shit (article)
A global list of fecal transplant doctors and clinics that we have personally curated for you.
Where to Get a Fecal Transplant | The Power of Poop (article)
The power of poop has a great list of clinics and doctors that perform FMT around the world.
Find a Doctor | OpenBiome (article)
OpenBiome, the Boston based stool donation bank, offers resources on how to find a clinic.
Providers & Trials | The Fecal Transplant Foundation (article)
The Fecal Transplant Foundation has a large list here of doctors and clinics around the world providing FMT treatments.
DIY Fecal Transplants: Procedures & Protocols
What it is: Resources on how to do a DIY fecal transplant. Step-by-steps from collecting the stool to actually administering the treatment.
Best for: You are interesting in knowing how FMT is done, or you have made the choice to do FMT, after considering its risks and benefits.
Fecal Transplant At Home – DIY Instructions | The Power of Poop (article)
The Power of Poop provides this in depth written guide on how to perform a safe at home FMT. Including recommendations on the best products to use.
DIY Fecal Transplants to Cure Yourself of Ulcerative Colitis (video)
Video tutorial by Michael Hurst, the author of a book called Poop Power, providing instructions on how to create and administer an FMT slurry.
How to Perform a Fecal Transplant at Home | The Healthy Home Economist (article)
Written guide from The Healthy Home Economist on how to create and perform an at home fecal transplant.
Do-it-yourself FMT Capsules (video)
Video tutorial from a UK based stool bank and fecal transplant research facility on how to create at-home FMT capsules.
Clinical Guidance | OpenBiome (article)
A clinical guide for fecal transplants before and after care. It’s certainly worth a read if you are seriously considering having FMT treatment.
FMT Pills & Products
What it is: Companies that are designing and distributing FMT products.
Best for: You are interested in what FMT products are out there and available for consumption.
OpenBiome is a non-profit stool bank working to expand safe access to FMT, and to distributes FMT treatments to hospitals within the US. Products they offer include frozen FMT slurries and poop pills.
Finch Therapeutics (website)
Finch Therapeutics (a partner company of OpenBiome) is a microbiome therapeutics company developing microbial therapies for a whole host of conditions. Their goal is to make microbial therapies available to as many people as possible.
Stool Donor Resources: Where and If You Can Donate
What it is: A list of stool transplant donor banks and donation guidelines. Trials on FMT also require fecal transplant donors, even if you don’t live near any of the places below actually offering FMT treatment.
Best for: Anyone with a healthy GI system interested in becoming a poop donor for FMT.
Stool Donation Bank Information and Application | OpenBiome (website)
Donation center located in Boston, MA. Accepts donors on a rolling basis.
Stool bank located in Portland, Oregon. Accepts donors on a rolling basis.
Stool Donation Application | Pattibiomed LDT (website)
Stool banks for people living near Barcelona in Spain, or Ascona and Zurich in Switzerland. Accepts donors on a rolling basis.
Donor Information | Taymount Clinic (website)
Stool bank accepting donations from those living around the area of Letchworth Garden City, UK, and the area of Duncan, British Columbia, Canada. Accepts donors on a rolling basis.
Do You Have the Right Stuff to Be a Stool Donor? | New York Times (article)
This article by NYT outlines OpenBiome’s process of how to become a fecal transplant donor.
Fecal Microbiota Therapy: Donor Information | Intermountain Healthcare (article)
A handy fact sheet on donor criteria for anyone interested in being a stool donor.
Current FMT Clinical Trials
What it is: A list of databases with information on FMT clinical trials, including the specific trials that are currently recruiting.
Best for: You have a condition being studied for use of FMT and want to get involved.
Recruiting FMT Studies | Designer Shit (article)
Our curated list of current and recruiting trials studying the use of FMT. We post all global studies involving the use of FMT treatments.
ClinicalTrials.gov | U.S. National Library of Medicine (website)
A searchable database for all active clinical trials in the United States.
Worldwide Clinical Trials (website)
Worldwide Clinical Trials is a searchable database for all active clinical trials worldwide.
International Clinical Trials Registry Platform | World Health Organization (WHO) (website)
The WHO Clinical Trial Database is a searchable database for all active clinical trials, worldwide.
ISRCTN Registry | Biomed Central (website)
The ISRCTN registry is searchable registry for all active clinical trials worldwide.
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