Great news for those under 50 and living in the general vicinity of Medford, Massachusetts: assuming you're in good health, they'll pay $40 to cop a squat at the poop bank. Your contributions are then tested, divvied up and packaged, and sold for fecal transplants. Yes, that's really a thing.
To keep your digestive and immune systems functioning properly, your body needs to maintain a natural balance of bacteria in your gut. But antibiotics taken to treat infections kill both “good” and “bad” bacteria indiscriminately. They kill it all, upsetting the balance and making the gastrointestinal tract susceptible to C. difficile, a “bad” bacteria. The resulting infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affects more than 500,000 Americans per year, causing fever, nausea, abdominal pain, and serious diarrhea—and kills 14,000 Americans per year, especially in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
And while this can be treated with other antibiotics, costs generally run in excess of $17,000 for that. So it's actually far less expensive to have somebody run a tube up your butt and shoot in healthy poop to repopulate your intestinal flora. And it's about to get even easier: they've been getting great results by packing it into capsules and freezing them. Patients swallow thirty capsules a day for two days, and shazam! They're cured.