The Taymount Clinic was founded by Glenn Taylor and Enid Learmount (now Enid Taylor ND) in 2003 as a small private clinic specializing in digestive health. Initially the clinic focused on Naturopathic Medicine and its relationship to food so there were seminars, consultations and workshops to educate people about diet, food and lifestyle choices and how they impact overall health and eventually expanded into colon irrigation. While conducting colon irrigation Glenn & Enid reviewed the results of thousands of their treatments and observed that colon cleansing and the removal of gut bacteria substantially modified the way that the gut and immune system responded, and quite often not for the better.
It soon became clear that the physical cleansing function alone in terms of balancing the diversity of gut microflora was insufficient and could not stand alone as a complete process. It really only served as a fundamental preparation for further bacterial treatment . To make a significant difference would involve the complete restoration of the whole gut flora – and without paying attention to this, the treatment was never going to be effective in the longer term and in fact could even compromise and undermine gut health. That sparked the interest in researching the microbiome that so significantly affects our general health and led Glenn & Enid to research FMT and its potential. After much research and study The Taymount Clinic began offering FMT treatments in 2009 and has delivered this procedure over 750 times to date.
Located in the United Kingdom, The Taymount Clinic is not subject to US FDA regulations so the clinic has seen a large number of US and Canadian patients who cannot access this treatment in their home countries. We have found that doctors & hospitals in the UK are taking an increased interest in FMT just as mainstream media has and the hope is that it will become more accessible for the people who need it.
The clinic has many success stories but one that really sticks in mind is an 84 year old grandmother who was suffering from a recurring C.diff infection (RCDI) and every six weeks would be hit with the resurgence of the C.diff. She said that every 6 weeks she “…died a little bit more.” She said she told her doctors the next time she had a recurrence that they were not to resuscitate her as she had had enough. She was pale, poor eye contact, had to be practically carried up the stairs to the clinic.
Her treatment protocol was a 3-day program for C.diff. and on Day 2 she was able to walk up stairs with just a bit of help from her son. Her cheeks a bit less pale and she was more ready to make eye contact and communicated with us more. By Day 3, she walked up the stairs unaided; bright-eyed, rosy cheeked and smiling. She was chatty – in fact her son said “What have you done to her, we can’t shut her up!” The patient then asked us to hurry up with the treatment as the family was heading to the pub afterwards! The expected C.diff infection 6-week recurrence, due the week following the treatment, did not occur. Six months later, she was still without a recurrence and told us that she was “thrilled” with the results.
Another successful case that we remember with fondness is of a young man in his early twenties, suffering from Ulcerative Colitis which was giving rise to many food intolerances so much so, that he was only able to eat white rice for every single meal and had done so for 4 years. Although he was naturally blonde and fair skinned, his skin was the color of white rice itself. He was very thin, very frail and pale and with little energy. He was on a 10-day program and by day 5, over two or three days he became ravenously hungry. His father who was acting as his carer, took him to a restaurant (gluten free at this stage) and he practically ordered and ate everything on the menu with no negative effects. By the time he left the clinic on day 10, he was smiling, had good eye contact, upright posture, color in his cheeks and was beginning to put on a little weight. He continued this way at home and has never looked back.
We often hear this same story about only being able to eat white rice from patients. It appears that food intolerances gather momentum and just continue to restrict what people can eat, making their food choices narrower and narrower until all they can eat is white rice. We see FMT resolving food intolerances over and over again – in fact one of our patients recorded a video about his improvements. For him, it made him part of his family again. He could enjoy going on trips with his young daughters and joining in with meals that he could not do before. They and he, are absolutely delighted.
We are experiencing good outcomes for patients with conditions including Post-Infectious Dysbiosis (IBS), Post-Antibiotic Dysbiosis (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME (Myalgic Encephalopathy) and Clostridium difficile Infection (RCDI). We find more and more research every day that shows that our microbiomes have more of an impact on our health than we previously thought so it is likely that FMT will be used to treat a wider variety of conditions over the next few years.
You can find out more about Taymount Clinic at www.taymount.com.