How a Fecal Transplant Saved Karen’s Life (Podcast 65)

FMT, Fecal Microbiota Transplantatation, Fecal Bacteriotherapy.

It has many names…

And then there’s the underground: “poop sharing.”

The idea of transplanting someone else’s stool seemed strange to me 5 years ago. But in the time since then, I’ve seen it help a lot of people.

And hey, when you’re that sick… and it can help… why not?

Recently, the FDA has made some interesting changes to how they view FMT, classifying it as an “Investigational New Drug.” Given what’s been going on with the recent rulings, there’s no better time than now for people to share their FMT success stories and how it changed their lives.

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Enter Karen Pendergrass.

Brave, bold, and raw.

She’s the founder of the The Paleo Foundation, a non-profit organization that certifies Paleo food products under the Paleo Approved and Paleo Certification programs, and offers other programs with the goal of growing the Paleo Movement.

Not only that, she’s the Author of “Eat Paleo Save the World! Sustainability from an Omnivore’s Perspective,” and more recently created

I can’t say enough about this amazing woman… who’s willing to share her DIY fecal transplant story (which only cost $18) and how it completely changed her life.

If FMT is something you’ve been considering, you won’t want to miss this episode…

Here’s What We Covered on Today’s Podcast:

1:09 Karen’s health journey (and why FMT became an option)
7:57 How she decided the DIY Fecal Transplant was right for her (with step-by-step details)
13:27 Life after FMT – her amazing transformation
16:34 Tips for people thinking about doing FMT
21:20 How to find out more about Karen’s work (and her new book)


Thank you again Karen, we can’t wait for your book to come out and I look forward to having you back on the show then.

In the meantime, if you’d like to explore FMT further, I’d highly recommend you check out the IBD Specialty Center in Silver Spring, MD.

– Jordan

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Jordan Reasoner

About Jordan Reasoner

Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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7 thoughts on “How a Fecal Transplant Saved Karen’s Life (Podcast 65)

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    My 2 sons and I have celiac. I have had a new daughter who is 7 months. She’s never had grains or food for that matter. Would her stool work even though she may genetically have celiac from me and is only 7 months?

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      @Jennifer – this is a really interesting and complicated question. Frankly, we are not qualified to answer it. Picking the right donor for a fecal transplant is very important and doctor experienced in performing these procedures is best qualified to help you find the right donor – it is possible your daughter could be a good donor, and also possible she wouldn’t be the best donor for you.

      Sorry pecan’t offer more info there

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