September 18, 2018

Fecal Transplants: How to do it yourself video

In this video I demonstrate step by step do it yourself fecal transplants. Fecal transplants also known as fecal microbiota transplants (FMT) are highly effective for treating Pseudomembraneous Colitis caused by Clostridium Difficile (c. diff.) bacteria with a nearly 100% success rate. They can also be used to successfully treat chronic Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease and possibly other illnesses as well.

I used fecal transplants in June and July 2011 to cure myself of Ulcerative Colitis after 12 years of illness that brought me to the brink of surgery.  Three years later  I am still symptom-free without the use of any drugs or special diets,  I consider myself cured. While this video covers alot of ground in many cases there is more to this to really make fecal transplants work including medications, dietary supplements, donor screening and the total amount of fecal transplants. which I cover in my book the Fecal Transplants Cures Ulcerative Colitis ebook. The book also comes with the ability to email me to get answers to any questions you may have. 

Why would do them yourself? Currently in the United States there are not too many doctors who perform FMTs, its pretty new for most doctors although their numbers are growing. So availability of a doctor could be a problem. It could also be a problem to move someone who is very sick a long distance to get treatment, even though they may this treatment immediately.  

Doctors are also prohibited from performing fecal transplants except to treat Clostirium Difficile. While they can help you by prescribing tests and medications, you will still have to do the actual enemas yourself for Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease or other medical conditions. 



  1. Hi, Michael,

    Glad to see this video! Have you seen the short one I put together about the way I prepare the enemas for my daughter?

    All the best,

  2. Hi Michael,

    This is very hopefully , and very good to see it explained on the internet.
    Suffering from UC i started with this method for almost a year. In that way I could reduce the medicines to about one third, after a few transplants (eg one week with 2-3 transplants). So it stayes stable after that. But i want completely without any medication :). But every time that i completely stop the medicines, the complications start within 1-2 weeks again, with the result that i need to do the week with transplants again.
    Now i’m trying with a silicone tube and shove it further to come higher, but seems very hard without at least the equipment of the medics that do the colonscopics. I want the implant to get deeper in the colon because i think that the bad bacteria are still at the gut wall high above in the large intestine. (In 2009 the CU diagnosis was made for the full colon).
    Do you (or others) have any suggestions?

  3. Ray Davis says:

    Wonderful video.

    • I am very interested in this fecal transplant as i have a very sick gut and diseased intestines. My doctor today suggested I study up on a do it yourself fecal transplant and to use my young 6 yr old grandson as my donor, My doctor believes if i give myself regular fecal transplants that my intestines and guts will benefit from good bacteria as I only have nasty and bad bacteria as antibiotics stripped me of goodness giving me c diff please help me on what is the best procedure to do this as i am anxious cheers, Gillian

  4. I dont know anyone who is healthy in order to give me a transplant. Where can I get the feces donor if I don’t know any? I have Candida which gave me leaky gut and some bad colon bacteria.

    • Have you been diagnosed with Clostridium Difficile bacteria, Ulerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome? C. diff is the only illness at this point that has been successfully resolved on a consistent basis from one or just a few fecal transplants. Other illnesses can take much longer and involve additional steps to make it work. FMT shouldn’t be treated too casually, since there is a very strong possibility of fecal bacteria triggering more inflammation in an inflamed gut if there has been any damage to the intestinal walls.

      While some people have actually advertised on the internet or asked for people in various discussion groups to be donors, knowing your donor from your immediate family or possibly a close friends is the best idea. Also having their stool and blood tested for known pathogens should be mandatory as well as knowing their medical history and possibly their family history to ensure that they are free from other conditions which are increasingly being linked to fecal bacteria including metabolic disorders and even some neurological disorders.

  5. How long is recommended to hold in the solution? I know the video says there is a learning curve, but what should one aim for? Is it more like ten minutes or an hour?


    • Hi Kim, Hold it in for as long as possible. I aimed for at least an hour to an hour and a half. You can help this process along by taking Immodium (Loperamide) about an hour before doing the fecal transplant enema and by elevating your hips in a way that helps the enema contents move as far up the large intestine as possible.

      • Oh man, that is a long time! How many times a week did you/do you do this for? I am ordering a test kit for my donor today and will probably start the process in a few weeks. I am thinking twice a week, but I don’t know.

        Thank you for all the super useful information!


        • Hi Kim,

          I did FMT every day for about 5 weeks then stopped. As I discuss in my book I would do these everyday for a at least the first 2 – 3 weeks, then possibly taper reduce the number of times each week after that. I also believe that drugs used to limit inflammation and diarrhea are a key part of making FMT work for UC too.

  6. Great video and thanks for the hope! I too have had this for 12 years. One quick question did your donor collect the sample from the toilet or did they poop directly into the container? I’m planning on using my 5 year old son and just trying to figure out the best way to get it. Didn’t know if urine or water from the toilet would damage the sample.


    • Hi Greg – I know one way to do it is to put a couple of paper towels in between the toilet bowl and the seat, so that when the donor sits down on the toilet, they pass the sample right onto the suspended paper towels. Haven’t done this myself, but I saw it on another forum. Sounds like the best way to me! Especially for a child.

  7. Do you know any doctors/clinics that will do this for our 8 year old daughter with uc? We live in canada but will travel anywhere.

    • Hi Ryan – sorry to hear about your daughter! There is a clinic in Portland:

      It’s a 10-day clinic with daily treatments on-site. For UC though, you will probably need to keep doing treatments at home aftwr the clinic. Twice a week at first, but hopefully down to once a month eventually. I don’t know their policies on age limits, but I would definitely give them a call. It is substantially cheaper if you already have a donor so I would a healthy relative tested (full GI panel/infectious blood work).

      Serious good luck!

  8. Did you find after the 5 weeks and that you were doing well that any symptoms came back? And if so, did you just resume the FT for a while? And if so, for how long?

    • Michael Hurst says:

      Hi, the reason I stopped after 5 weeks was that I had gone back on Prednisone and ran out of it. When I went back to the GI doctor who had referred me for surgery to get a refill he was surprised to see me and even more startled when he heard about the fecal transplants. At his insistence I decided to stop the fecal transplants for the time-being. However I realized after stopping the fecal transplants that my stool continued to smell and more closely match the color of that from my donor. So I concluded that the new bacteria had mostly become established and that maybe there were some other pieces of the puzzle that I needed to work on like reducing inflammation and diarrhea as well as added protein to speed healing.
      So within a week after stopping the fecal transplants I refilled my prescription for Apriso capsules (once a day Mesalamine,) and also filled prescriptions for Wellbutrin (Bupropion) 100 mg immediate release tablets 3 times a day, Silenor (Doxepin) 6 mg tablets (later replaced by using half of the contents of a 10 mg Doxepin capsule each time.) I also redoubled my efforts by taking the Muscle Milk whey protein shakes 3 times a day once again.

      After those 5 weeks I never did anymore fecal transplants. The lessons learned include:
      1) Continuing taking medications to suppress inflammation like Mesalamine for some time, possibly several months, after you stop the fecal transplants and / or the point where stool is well-formed on a regular basis such that the illness appears to be gone.
      I also count the anti-depressant drug Bupropion as having similar effects to anti-inflammatory / biologic drugs. I say this because in a laboratory study with mice Bupropion inhibited TNF-a. Also it appeared to make a big difference for me and others in case studies I read.
      2) Limiting foods that appear to trigger diarrhea or bloating, including beer and coffee.
      3) Continue to take medications if necessary to limit diarrhea and muscle spasms from possible Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms. This can include anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drugs and possibly some natural supplements like Valerian root extract, which I think was just as effective as low doses of Doxepin for limiting diarrhea.
      4) Continue with high amounts of whey protein shakes and gradually reduce them over time. This is to make sure that if your body is still actively healing ulcers and the lining of the intestines, that it has adequate nutrition to rapidly heal the tissue.
      5) Patience: Chronic digestive illness doesn’t happen overnight and even when you have breakthroughs in terms of symptom-relief, underlying healing and building a solid cycle of health will take some time, possibly several months to a year or more. However it does happen and after a certain point you can say to yourself with certainty “the illness is gone!”

  9. Hi! Thank you for this video. I have been suffering with Crohn’s disease and am hopeful to find something other than immuno suppressant drugs to help me get remission. I appreciate you making this video as this is one thing I am willing to try and was uncertain on how to exactly go about doing it. I just was wondering if it would help my particular problem as my Crohn’s is only in the small bowel. Will the fecal transplant reach the ileum or any parts of the small bowel to implant the bacteria or would it only stay in the colon?
    Thanks again!!

    • Michael Hurst says:

      Hi Wendy,

      While Crohn’s Disease which is entirely or mostly in the large intestine is generally treated more like Ulcerative Colitis in which case fecal transplant enemas would directly effect the diseased area and stand a good chance of effectively treating it. However since your case of Crohn’s Disease is confined to the small intestine this might require something other than enemas to “transplant” the good bacteria in. The ileocecal Valve between the end of the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine would most likely prevent anything from passing from the large to the small intestine without involving a medical procedure. In this case your best option would most likely be to go from the top down using “poop pills,” basically gelatin capsules that don’t break down until they reach your digestive tract. Another top-down option would include a nasal gastric tube however this would be more uncomfortable and would most likely require a doctor to perform it making any repeat treatments, if necessary, more expensive, time-consuming and invasive.

      Still another possibility would be a bottom-up solution that gets past the illeocecal valve sphincter between the large and small intestines. The ways to do this include intubation of the ileocecal valve is typically performed in colonoscopy to evaluate the distal, or lowest part of the ileum. Small bowel endoscopy can also be performed by double-balloon enteroscopy intubation (where a tube is inserted) through the ileocecal valve. So a doctor using a colonoscope could do this as part of a colonoscopy to reach at least the lower portion of the small intestine. However this option would be very expensive and hard to arrange in all but the most specialized situations if repeated treatments were going to done this way.

      So bottom-line: my advice would be to try the “poop pills” in your case because this option would not involve invasive medical procedures with possible risk of tissue damage and significant expense. “Poop pills” would be the easiest to do on a regular basis to significantly alter the bacterial flora of the small bowel, meaning that if this needs to be repeated for some time to achieve results, the capsules would be by far the most practical approach.

      • Thanks so much. I was assuming that was the case. Any idea where I can get the ‘poop pills’? I haven’t been able to find anything about where to get them.
        Thanks so much!!

        • Michael Hurst says:

          To make poop pills, you just need to find a suitable, healthy donor and some empty gelatin capsules to put it in. You can order empty capsules from any online website.

  10. Hi,
    I just ordered your book and am starting to read it now. I had a few questions though… (1) Were you on Prednisone during the entire transplant period? If so, what was your prednisone dosage? .. (2) does the age of the donor matter? My daughter just turned 2. Is she too young for to be a donor? .. (3) did you do the fecal transplant during a flare up? or had you completly stopped bleeding prior to starting the FT?

    • Michael Hurst says:

      Hi Jessica,

      Hi Jessica,
      1) I was not on Prednisone when I started the fecal transplants, however I went back on it after doing the fecal transplants for about 3 weeks. I gradually increased the dosage up to 40 mg since I was hoping to keep the Prednisone down to a minimum. In retrospect I think starting Prednisone just before the fecal transplants, even if you are not currently taking it may be a good idea in many cases.
      2) How old a donor needs to be is somewhat open for debate, however microbiome diversity develops over time, so the consensus I have heard is that age 2 might be too young because the microbiome is not developed enough yet, however it is mostly speculative to say whether or not a relative lack of diversity of gut bacteria means that a fecal transplant from a 2 year old would not be helpful. So it is worth a try with your 2 year old, however if you have someone else in your immediate family who is a good candidate I would give them a try first.


  11. JoeThePimpernel says:

    I was actually considering doing this, but I tried kefir and it solved my problem.

    I have had chronic constipation for 25 years. It was so bad that a couple of years ago I had to go to the emergency room in the middle of the night after a week of being clogged up. I tried everything from Metamucil to MgO7.

    Started drinking a quart of kefir a day few months ago after finding it at the local Walmart. When it seemed to work, I bought kefir grains on eBay and started making my own because it is a lot cheaper and actually has more diverse probiotics. After 25 years my bowel movements are completely normal again.

    You might try kefir before you go the DIY fecal transplant route. The worst that can happen is it doesn’t work.

    • Michael Hurst says:

      Hi Joe, I’m glad the kefir worked for you for chronic constipation, which might also be described as constipation predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS.) This is definitey worth trying and can be very helpful in many situations.

      As part of my attempts to treat Ulcerative Colitis I tried VSL #3 and homemade yogurt as well with some sporatic success. I think the greatest possibility offerred by fecal transplants is the possibility of setting up a self-sustaining bacterial colony that does not require any specific detary supplements or medications on an ongoing basis.

  12. I need help too and I had been suffering over ten years after using too much of antibiotics and I would like follow Michael to do my fecal transplant. Should I cleanse first or just do it.thanks a million for your help.

  13. Michael,

    Did your UC decelope over time . Was it from antibiodic use that gradually killed off to much of the gut bacteria? My doctor from when I was young handed out antibiodics like candy in fact after 3 years of antibiotics for supposed acne when I told the doctor I wasn’t taking them anymore I became I’ll and hospitalized. I then learned I became allergic to diary products. There a lot of story in the middle but to bring it up to date I wa as ‘s invloved in a car wreck they hurt back so I had to have some surgeries so what do they do antibiotics and more antibiodics. Now since then it has progressed to not being able to eat without it just blowing through my system like water. Ithey are testing me but I believe I either have cdiff or UC of which I’m being tested for. How did your UC start? And did you have any allergies before or after antibiodics?

  14. BeatUC says:

    HEy thank you so much for you video,

    I am desesperately looking at FMT to heal my colitis, Remicade doesnt work and I am back on prednisone and they keep total about total colectomy and perforation, I am so afraid.
    There are two people that I see as my donors and I would like to get them screened ASAP, but I cant find a clear document with the entire list of what the donor should be tested for. I would have to bring it to a lab or something. I live in Spain, and they will have to deal with the english part of it.

    If you have any info, it would be wonderful of you to share.
    Take care

  15. Roxanne Saunders says:

    Your information has been very helpful. Thank you! Has anyone use FMT for candida overgrowth in the intestinal tract? That is my problem. It came about after 40+ courses of antibiotics for bronchitis over 20 years ago and created severe IBS for the last 20 yrs, which symptoms only diminish when I am on an anti fungal and low carb diet of course. When I come off of the anti fungal, my symptoms rage back and I have severe inflammation in the colon. My GI doc says I am a candidate for FMT, but he doesn’t do them, so I am planning to do them myself. Have you heard of anyone doing them for fungal overgrowth rather than bacterial overgrowth? Thanks.


  16. Hi-
    I have a 4 yr old daughter with a rare lung disease. It took about a year and 9 hospitalizations to diagnose. In the meantime, she was given every intravenous and oral antibiotic under the sun. Around her 6th hospital visit she was given intravenous Cipro and got very bad diarrhea. A few week later things were even worse and she was diagnosed with Cdiff and treated. She was treated with antibiotic again for a continuing Cdiff infection. For over 2 years now, my daughter has never had a normal bowel movement, just explosive diarrhea throughout the day with chronic stomach pain. We just saw our 5th Pediatric GI dr last week who agrees that she needs a FT, but she isn’t eligible until she gets really sick with CDiff again and fails another round of Vanco. This is crazy to me. Does anyone know where I can go to get her a FT? She cannot go to school, she cannot be away from the house for long, this added to the lung disease is ruining her life and now she is getting old enough to know it.

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