Getting Paid To Poop; Yes, You Heard That Correctly
Pooping is something that everyone does. The kicker is not everyone gets paid for it. You can get paid to donate your poop to save the life of someone who has Clostridium difficile, a bacteria which is highly resistant to antibiotics. This aggressive intestinal bug affects 500,000 people. Every year nearly 30,000 people die from this. It can actually occur after taking antibiotics for too long, which causes the patient's microbiota to be nearly wiped out. Traditional probiotics are not sufficient enough to replace them unfortunately.
A new treatment called fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) picks up where antibiotics have not. FMT has proven to be effective 90% of the time. This procedure involves taking stool from a donor and implanting it into a patient's colon. If a patient chooses they can also do the frozen capsule method, which involves a froze capsule of stool that thaws out in the lower intestines. That method is also 90% effective.
Not just any stool can be used though. There is a screening process to go through. The biggest obstacle is you have to live near OpenBiome's lab in Medford, Massachusetts. Then there are requirements that have to be met for age, BMI, and a health screening. Your blood and stool will be tested as well. You can make donations four times a week for 60 days before getting re-evaluated. Upon re-evaluation there will be more stool and blood tests. Upon the completion of the last rounds of tests, however, your previous donation is then made into capsules and sent around the country to patients.
The amount you can get paid for donating your poop is $40 a donation, but you can receive $50 if you go five days a week. That is roughly $250 a week or $13k a year just for pooping! OpenBiome gives away prizes to people who make the most donations. The non-profit organization tries to keep the donation process fun.