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19 Jun

Scatology: Why This Kid’s Ear-splitting Reaction to Poop Is Appropriate and Justifiable

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Poop is bittersweet.

A viral video of a kid throwing a tantrum because he stepped on dog doo-doo has recently caught the world’s attention. Behind the screaming and pleading for a paper towel, there’s something very real about the child’s vigilant reaction towards the brown stuff on his foot.

What does he know that we don’t about poop?

Poop Is Not What You Think

According to scientists, poop is mostly made up of bacteria- not food. To be exact, a staggering 50 to 80 percent of feces are intestinal organisms that your body simply has no use for. Furthermore, majority of the microscopic bacteria are still alive. This is why regions with poor sanitation are breeding grounds for diseases and illnesses.

Other contents of one’s poop include water, indigestible matter and tissue. As for the dark wood, almost brownie-like color, that actually comes from dead red blood cells and bile.

Woman talking on smartphone

You Probably Have Some on Your Hands Right Now

Like many, you probably bring your smartphone with you to the bathroom while privately doing your business. Some like to catch up on their emails or watch their favorite show (a 30-minute episode does just fine).

It really doesn’t matter what you do with your phone while you’re pooping. But it does matter what you do with it after. Does your handheld device end up on your work desk? If someone interrupted your moment of peace, maybe the side of your face? If you use your phone as an alarm clock every morning, under your pillow?

This is a pressing concern because according to a study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London, one in six smartphones are contaminated with fecal matter.

“I hope the thought of having E. coli on their hands and phones encourages them to take more care in the bathroom — washing your hands with soap is such a simple thing to do but there is no doubt it saves lives,” said Dr. Val Curtis, a hygiene expert.

Surprisingly, the results show that everyone could be exposed to feces 24/7. Just because you can’t see or smell it, doesn’t mean you’re completely poop-free. From another perspective, if it’s your own, then it’s probably not as bad (or gross).

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Fecal Therapy: Yes, Poop Can save Your Life

Fecal therapy is the exact opposite of what people consider sanitary. The procedure consists of injecting poop in one’s body via medical transplant. Just like a human centipede, an individual’s healthy feces is transferred directly into the colon or through a tube that goes from the nose (why?) into the intestines.

For patients suffering from Clostridium difficile, the treatment is serious and life saving. The deadly infection wipes out healthy bacteria normally found in one’s gut. Through the procedure, fresh bacteria are safely introduced, allowing the patient’s body to recuperate naturally without controversial antibiotics.

“Those of us who do fecal transplant know how effective it is,” said Dr. Colleen R. Kelly, a gastroenterologist with the Women’s Medicine Collaborative in Providence, R.I. “The tricky part has been convincing everybody else.”

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