When we're little, we're often asked what we want to be when we get older. Whether it's a doctor, a firefighter, a police officer, a pilot, or even a garbage man, we all have dreams and we cannot wait to get bigger and fulfill those dreams.
Nowadays, things might be a little different. Maybe youngsters want to become Instagram models, reality television stars, or YouTube influencers. Regardless of whatever you wanted to be, or still want to be, we can pretty much guarantee it wasn't to become a donor of your own fecal matter. But, that is a job these days, believe it or not!
While most of us cannot wait to flush the toilet after we do our business, maybe we shouldn't be so fast to reach for the handle. In fact, doing so can result in an extra $250 a week. You see, a company called OpenBiome, which functions as a non-profit organization that will pay $40 per stool donation and an extra $50 if you donate five times per week. If you do the math, that averages out to $250 per week and $13,000 a year. So maybe instead of flushing your poo down the Lou, you can bank off of it instead!
If you're wondering why someone would possibly pay for poop, I'm here to break it down for you. This collection of healthy poo is needed because of Clostridium Difficile, otherwise known as C. diff, which is a bacteria that can seriously infect the bowel and cause serious inflammation of the colon. The condition affects roughly a half a million Americans and comes back for one in five of these individuals affected. Unfortunately, around 300,000 people die from the condition in a year. It can lead to a life-threatening condition and people typically pass away within 30 days of receiving their diagnosis.
Because antibiotics typically fail sufferers, researchers were desperate to come up with an alternative form of treatment. They found their answer in fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). It involves carefully transplanting the healthy feces into the colon of the patient. It works by repopulating the patient's microbiome with diverse microorganisms that exclude C. diff and fill the body with good and healthy bacteria instead. Shockingly enough, the process has been proven to work over 80% of the time.
So who can get some profit from their poo? Well, not just anyone. Donors have to be between the ages of 18 to 50 years old and their BMI must stand at 30 or below. They also must be local to the Boston, Cambridge, or Sommerville areas, all located in Massachusetts. You also have to pass a health screening which includes a blood test and two stool screenings. You can fill out an online questionnaire related to your health that is highly similar to those that blood donors complete. Upon passing all of these tests, a staff member will contact you about when you can begin donating.
The website states: "After 60 days of donating, you will undergo the health assessment and blood and stool screens again. If you pass, the stool you donated will be released to treat patients all over the country! You are welcome to keep donating for another 60 days, and many donors do."