A clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection can be deadly. In fact, 14,000 Americans die from this bacterial infection every year.
Scientists have found a highly effective and less invasive way to treat this infection, but we need to break down some taboos in order to talk about it.
The idea of taking a so-called poop pill, or fecal transplant, is not a new one. But it has taken some time to catch on, due to the kind of "revulsion to the concept of taking the contents of someone else’s colon and putting them into another person," as the science writer Mary Roach explained to Big Think.
And yet, if we have the stomach for it - as it appears people increasingly do - we can take advantage of a treatment that is lifesaving and basically free.