How a Rebel Scientist Used Human Feces to Reboot His Own Intestines | Op-Docs

How a Rebel Scientist Used Human Feces to Reboot His Own Intestines | Op-Docs
My name is Josiah zayner. Until recently I was synthetic biology, research scientist at Nasa. I call myself a biohacker. The goal for the experiment is to completely replace all the bacteria that are contained within my body. Sorry got a little gas and indigestion there. One of the things that does bug me about Chris’s – I don’t want people playing with pathogens in their bedrooms. That means not experimenting with humans, not experimenting on ourselves. Why are people so afraid of something different Sam change, some experiment before this transplant takes place? I will be looking for a male between the ages of early to mid-twenties to 4, who is healthy, hopefully really athletic and attractive. Intelligent. It’S kind of fun, probably going to want a couple skin passages all around your mouth like cheese and everything. So I’m going to get this donation from the other person. Unfortunately, part of that will be fiefs haste the same dude I mean this is going to go into my body, so I have to be comfortable with looking at it. I suffer from a lot of gastrointestinal problems like a pulsar, irritable, bowel syndrome, diarrhea having to go to the bathroom like every 20 minutes, most modern, they don’t work and all the other medical doctors haven’t really helps. So you just expect me to deal with my symptoms for the rest of my life and do nothing about it and it just sounds wacko living on us. Probably on every surface in every orifice are bacterial. They are an extension of you that can be helpful or harmful. Each person’s bacteria is different. Your cell phone has the same picture. You do clothes, have the same bacteria. You do so it’s like this moving Cloud that comes with you wherever you go, we can. Bacteria. Are like one organ, oh s***, with involving a capsule, don’t tell me I’m going to have to take that like a shooter, all right, I think we’re going to take a break. While I try to figure out how I can overcome the situation without literally having to straight down my mouth, the antibiotics are pretty brutal once it enters here got. You can just feel an immediate backlash. What is holding up there’s no way to qualify this as an actual scientific experiments. This one guy doing this one treating on himself with no controls. The environment was incredibly variable. I’M putting your life in danger unnecessarily pretty basic. What time does the semi in green bin? Crazy I’ve always kind of been different, going up pretty poor when you grow up on a farm. You have all this free time and we didn’t have any neighbors. Pretty Reckless were used to just like doing whatever we want. When you get to this environment, where people don’t do that here, immediately pegged as in a weirdo, even if scientists, medical doctors completely dismissed this still, that experiment meant something to me feel pretty good, but you looking for those things Play Placebo like oh. I feel good right, that’s super subjective by actually doing genetic sequencing of all the bacteria and comparing them to the donor’s. I can see if this experiment works all right. Oh my f****** s*** motherfuker, look at that wow! That’S insane! So here’s my poop, which was in March 59 and 60, is the most related sample to the experiment, actually worked out. Man Ono, like it wasn’t for that at all. I don’t feel Vindicated. I just one of those things where you just so moved and impressed by how science works or just how pretty pretty beautiful, pretty amazing
This week’s Op-Doc is “Gut Hack,” the story of Josiah Zayner, a rebel with a Ph.D. who, after a lifetime of stomach problems, chose to perform a radical experiment on his own body. Directed by Kate McLean and Mario Furloni, the film is a lively exploration of the scientific method in its most punk rock form — and of the microbial multitudes that live inside each of us.

To learn more about the science of the microbiome and how it can affect everything from your immune system to your mental health, read “Unlocking the Secrets of the Microbiome,” by New York Times Personal Health Columnist Jane E. Brody.

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