While it may sound like a headline from The Onion, a nonprofit organization is seeking to find people who are willing to sell their poop for a whopping $13,000 a year. Selling your poop in the name of science is quite a new concept, but the reason behind this is not.
Fecal microbiota transplantations is when fecal matter is introduced into the organism of individuals who have certain harmful bacteria or not enough of beneficial bacteria. OpenBiome, is a nonprofit organization who is doing these types of procedures for people who are suffering from Clostridium difficile, which is an aggressive intestinal bacteria that can cause severe GI distress, which can leave its victims unable to leave their homes.
The bacteria can lead to colitis, severe abdominal pain and persistent diarrhea. Around half a million people in the United States are affected by this bacteria each year and in some rare cases, the Clostridium difficile can cause death.
But C. difficile can be treated and even cured by a simple procedure called fecal bacteriotherapy, where healthy fecal matter is introduced into the gut of the patient through endoscopy, nasal tubes and capsules. The introduction of healthy fecal bacteria is extremely beneficial for those suffering from C. difficile, so selling your poop can even help save lives.
The only downside to this procedure is that finding donors has always been difficult, because of the controversial nature of fecal bacteriotherapy. This is why OpenBiome, a Massachusetts company, has established the first poop bank in the United States. Until now, they managed to send 2,000 healthy frozen stool samples to over 200 treatment centers at hospitals and clinics all over the United States.
If you are interested in selling your poop, you need to know that you need to be in perfect health, be between 18 and 50 and have a BMI of less than 30 and even then, your feces are going to go through thorough testing and analyzing until it can be sent to patients and you can get paid. OpenBiome revealed that around 4% of donors are going to make the cut.
If you do manage to sell your poop to OpenBiome, then you can get $40 per poop sample, plus $50 bonus if you are willing to provide samples 5 days a week; that is $13,000 over the course of one year.
Mark Smith, OpenBiome co-founder, revealed:
We get most of our donors to come in three or four times a week, which is pretty awesome. You’re usually helping three or four patients out with each sample, and we keep track of that and let you know.
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