Before you start laughing and think this is a joke (or too disgusted to keep reading), hear me out.
Selling your poop can be an excellent side hustle that is relatively easy to do.
Not only that, you’re helping individuals all over the country regain their health back.
If you’re ready to jump on the bandwagon and start selling your poop, read further, as not everyone can do it.
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Why you should donate your stool
Healthy donors can provide life-saving treatment to individuals who suffer from a C. difficile infection.
C. diff effects over 500,000 Americans every year. Over 30,000 people die from the infection or related causes every single year.
Antibiotics don’t always entirely get rid of the infection, which means an individuals life ends up getting stolen by the disease.
A treatment called fecal microbiota transplantation has been proven to be very successful in patients and cures over 85% of patients after their first experience.
C. diff can be devastating and can paralyze someone’s way of living. Getting this kind of treatment that works will save their life. Seriously.
Who can donate?
You must reside in Boston, Cambridge, or Somerville, Massachusetts. (However, they are working on expanding!).
You also must pass a series of health tests.
Here are a few general requirements for Open Biome straight from their website:
- Can you visit our labs at the BU West T Stop (Boston), Central Square (Cambridge), or Sullivan Square (Somerville) at least three times a week for 60 days?
- Will you be 18-50 years old during the donation period?
- Is your Body Mass Index less than 30?
How much do donors get paid?
$40 per stool donation. However, if you go five days per week, they increase your pay to $50 per stool donation.
If you were to go five days a week, that’s $250, $13,000 per year.
What is the process like?
Stool donors will be subjected to two rounds of health screenings that involve both blood and stool tests.
You are responsible for dropping off donations several days a week for two months (60 days).
1. To get started, you’ll need to join the Stool Donor Registry. Once a spot becomes available for a new stool donor, they will contact members of the Registry.
2. You’ll then need to fill out a health questionnaire, similar to what a blood donor would have to answer.
3. If you pass the health questionnaire, you’ll be asked to attend a clinical interview.
4. You’ll complete a blood and stool screening. This will determine if you have any infectious pathogens.
5. Get ready to donate.
6. After 60 days, you will complete another round of a health assessment and blood/stool screens.
If you pass, the stool will is sent to patients across the United States. You can continue to donate after.
Though selling your poop might not be as glamorous as other side hustles, you’re also helping save the lives of others.
C. diff can cause extreme diarrhea and cramping, which neither are fun even when they’re mild cases. Other symptoms include nausea, fever, dehydration, and rapid heart rate.
Instead of looking at this side hustle as just a way to make extra cash, look at it as a way to give back to strangers all over the country who are fighting to regain their health again.
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