In an analysis conducted by the Food and Drug Administration on the use of antibiotics in animal feed, scientists found that 18 out of 30 of them may increase the risk of human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. There was insufficient information for the scientists to review the other 12 antibiotics. Even though the FDA has made efforts to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals, it is still broadly used. What are your thoughts about this article? What are your recommendations to minimize human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria?
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Artificial feces is a concept explored in treating people with a life threatening gastrointestinal infection Clostridium difficile. This synthetic stool, created in a Robogut, consists of 33 different types of bacteria. The stool is referred to as RePOOPulate, and the idea is that all the healthy bacteria is transplanted into a patient which then wipes out the bad bacteria. These fecal transplantations are not FDA approved. What do you think of this concept? What natural products do you recommend to your patients to maintain their gut health?