I can already hear the bellows of belly laughter, see the raised eyebrows and the mutterances of "what the hell?" but before you jump to conclusions, allow me to explain. We know you've read articles telling you to clear your clutter, that's not the kind of shit we're talking about here... we're talking about actual poop... you know, feces.
Selling your excrement is a relatively simple side hustle possibility that helps others attain better health whilst filling your wallet with some much needed cash.
Why Would Anyone Buy Your Stool?
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the colon. Symptoms of this often deadly infection include nausea, fever, dehydration and rapid heart rate.
A Clostridium difficile infection can be extremely difficult to overcome and more than 500,000 Americans suffer from it each year. Of those suffering individuals, 30,000 die from the infection or related causes each year.
Unfortunately only 1 in 5 patients with a c.difficile infection respond to antibiotics. Fortunately, there is a very effective treatment known as a fecal microbiota transplantation that has a cure rate of over 85% during the first round alone.
This treatment is obtained from the stool samples of healthy individuals!
Who Can Donate?
Currently donors must be local to one of several New England locations including Boston, Cambridge or Somerville, Massachusetts.
Donors must pass a series of health screening tests of both blood and stool samples to ensure they're healthy enough to donate and do not have any underlying health issues.
Donors must be between the ages of 18-50 and have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less.
Once accepted, donations must be dropped off several times per week for two months, for which the donors shall receive $40 compensation per stool donation. If, however, you choose to donate 5 times per week, the compensation increases to $50 per donation.
Folks, that's up to $13,000 a year- for something you effortlessly produce already.
What is the Process to get Started?
The process to start donating your stool is as follows:
- Join the Registry- when a spot opens for a new donor, the next person on the registry list will be contacted.
- Health Questionnaire- since it obviously wouldn't do anyone any good if you had your own health issues, a potentially donor must fill out a thorough health questionnaire.
- Clinical Interview- once a potential donor has passed the initial health questionnaire screening they are invited to attend a clinical interview in which they'll receive a health assessment in person, much like a physical.
- Blood and Stool Screening- finally, once a potential donor has passed the first 3 steps, both blood and stool sample tests will be taken to ensure their are no infectious pathogens or risk factors that may prevent a person from donating safely.
If you're interested in joining the registry you can visit Open Biome, and fill out the survey application to get started.
Following the close of the 60 day donation period, you will need to complete another health assessment, where upon passing you can opt to continue donating if you'd like.
If you're curious about the entire process and want a more in-depth view of how it all works, we encourage you to visit the Open Biome website.
Aside from making some serious cash, by participating in this stool donation side hustle, you'll be helping people get their health and lives back to normal!