If you’re looking to increase your annual income, look no further than the toilet bowl in your own home. It turns out you can make a decent living selling your own fecal matter for roughly $13,000 a year, all thanks to an organization called OpenBiome.
The Washington Post reports that the organization opened in 2013 to help treat a bacterial disease called C. difficile that causes extreme gastrointestinal distress forcing many sufferers to stay inside. Antibiotics can help treat it, but the stubborn disease continues to wreak havoc if a sufferer stops taking the medication.
There is a cure luckily. Doctors can abolish the disease simply by putting poo into a patient’s gut, whether by way of endoscopy or analgesic capsules. The only problem is that it isn’t so easy to find a donor, prompting some sufferers to turn to presumable uncomfortable friends and family members for a steady supply of fecal matter.
OpenBiome’s founder had a friend who experienced a similar embarrassment. This was the inspiration for the founding of the first national bank of fecal matter for medical purposes. So far, they’ve sent approximately 2,000 shipments to 185 hospitals throughout the nation.
But let’s cut to the chase — they pay for your poop, $40 for a sample, $250 a week, and $13k a year if you keep it up. Now the bad news: it isn’t so easy to become a paid donor.
Washington Post reports:
You don’t just have to be healthy. You have to be really healthy. OpenBiome’s donation procedure may be as easy as your standard bowel movement, but the selection process makes giving blood look like a walk in the park.
“It’s harder to become a donor than it is to get into MIT,” joked co-founder Mark Smith (who would know, as he got his PhD in microbiology there). Of the 1,000 or so potential donors who’ve expressed interest on his Web site over the past two years, only about 4 percent have passed the extensive medical questioning and stool testing.
If you make it into the expensive screening process, OpenBiome is sure to get all the precious fecal matter out of you that they can.
“We get most of our donors to come in three or four times a week, which is pretty awesome,” Smith said. “You’re usually helping three or four patients out with each sample, and we keep track of that and let you know.”