Harriet earns $200 a week by donating her ‘business’.
We’re all pretty quick to flush our number twos away, but salvaging some of your waste could earn you big bucks.
A trial is working on poo transplants and capsules to help medical conditions from autism, multiple sclerosis and chronic diarrhoea. An exclusive story in the Daily Telegraph reported that these treatments are in such high demand that people are being paid to donate their healthy deuce.
The going rate for a stool-donation is $50 per offering. By donating every business day, it is possible to early $250 a week – that’s $13,000 a year. Considering you’d normally flush it down the toilet, the amount seems pretty generous – not to mention an amazing incentive to hold onto your excrement!
Why do they want your poo?
Professor Thomas Borody told Sue Dunlevy, National Health Reporter for News Corp Australia Network that he performs more than 12,000 Faecal Microbiota Transfers (FMT) with an average of 10 treatments a day.
The transplant works in a way that it provides good bacteria to the gut, after antibiotics have fought off the bad bacteria.
Professor Borody explained that he could double the amount of faecal transplants.
The Centre for Digestive Disease is in need of donors, which is why they are willing to cough up the big bucks.
How do I sign up?
The checklist to share your feces is pretty specific. If you meet all the requirements, you’ll need to attend an interview about your health.
To donate your poo, you’ll need to:
- Fill in a form
- Have a blood test
- Provide 3 stool samples
- Be a healthy weight
- Eat wholemeal bread and pasta, fresh vegetables, pulses and fruit
- Avoid corn, shellfish, prawns, oysters, salami, ham and sausages and antibiotics
- Take supplements to help the good bacteria in your bowel
- Live within an hour of Centre for Digestive Diseases at Five Dock, Sydney – to deliver your fresh offerings within their preferred ‘lifespan’.
A personal connection
Harriet, a 23-year-old vegetarian, explained her decision to donate her stools was fueled by two of her friends having the transplant.
“My two friends benefited from poo transplants”
She drops her sample off on her way to work every morning and beings in $200 a week.
“I’m very regular, I start work at 7am and wake at 5.30am, have a coffee and I’m every morning like clockwork,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
This is a version of an exclusive story that originally appeared on the Daily Telegraph. For more read the original story here.
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