In 2013, the FDA announced that it would have to regulate the transplanted fecal microbiome as a drug. When stool is used to treat disease, the agency explained, it falls within the broad statutory definition of a “drug.” But Sachs and Edelstein have mixed feelings about FDA regulation.
“Not only does stool defy the typical scientific characterization that the FDA has long applied to small-molecule and biologic drugs, but the potential do-it-yourself nature of the treatment poses particular concerns in the context of a regime involving periods of regulatory exclusivity.”
From the paper:
And a mention of “OpenBiome, a public stool bank” which pays donors in Massachusetts up to $250 a week for "samples"!
"Earn prizes!" ("biggest single donation of the month" — not making this up) "Free drinks!"
The claims therein are more believable than a recently published Nature article, so I think there's definitely some validity.
Moral of the story: you should just try to poop wherever geniuses and healthy folks poop.
Eventually we might quantify the amount of "shitheadedness" we all actually have. Not only microbiome mental influence, but "bodily health" systems as well (and probably first/more easily).