In­sen­si­tive

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - YOUR LETTERS - JULIE THOMAS

I have al­ways en­joyed your mag­a­zine but I have to ex­press my dis­ap­point­ment at the clos­ing flip­pant re­marks in Alex Ren­ton’s ar­ti­cle, What

is Healthy Eat­ing? [June is­sue] re­gard­ing fae­cal trans­plants.

This is not an ‘al­ter­na­tive ther­apy’, but an im­por­tant main­stream break­through treat­ment, of­fered in the gas­troen­terol­ogy de­part­ments of some hos­pi­tals, for those suf­fer­ing from the de­bil­i­tat­ing and em­bar­rass­ing symp­toms of Clostrid­ium dif­fi­cile and in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease, par­tic­u­larly ul­cer­a­tive col­i­tis. As some­one with two fam­ily mem­bers who suf­fer from in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease, to liken the trans­plant to a celebrity fad seemed to in­di­cate lit­tle un­der­stand­ing of the dis­tress­ing symp­toms such peo­ple suf­fer.

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