Study Underway to test freeze dried poop-pills for weight loss.
Several years ago, researchers took the gut microbes from a set of twins – one who was lean, and one who was obese, and transplanted them into two sets of gut-microbe-free mice. Even though all the mice at the same foods, the ones who got the obese twin’s microbes gained weight. The mice that got the lean twin’s mix stayed slim.
Were the microbes calling the shots when it came to the animal’s’ weight? Other small studies have yielded similar intriguing results. But, up until now there hasn’t been a randomized controlled clinical trial, considered the gold standard in determining whether a therapy is actually effective. So it’s exciting that later this year we’ll have this in the works in Boston!
I strongly believe gut flora plays a role in weight in some way (probiotics are highly recommended on our protocol). If a randomized trial such as the one proposed above demonstrated a true cause and effect, it would pave the way for much more specific and tailored gut microbe treatment for obesity. And while there may never be a ‘magic bullet’ for weight loss, whatever we can do to tip the scales in favor of dieters’ successes a step in the right direction.