(HealthyExaminer.com) – Many careers make $180,000 a year, but it might surprise you to know that you can make this annually from selling your poop. Ew! You read that right. If you have the right kind of feces, you could make $500 every time you make a trip to the toilet.
Here’s the catch: Only 0.1 percent of people have the right kind of poop to qualify for this kind of payout. Even if you don’t qualify for this particular program, others offer up to $1,500 a month for those willing to sell their fecal matter.
Why Do Companies Buy Poop?
Your gut is filled with microbes that help you stay healthy. These microbes kill off the bad things that come in when you’re digesting your food. Over the last decade, research has grown to show how this microbiome can impact your health.
One medical condition, Clostridium difficile (or C. diff), involves a bacterium that infects the colon and leaves patients in debilitating pain While this condition is often treated with the use of antibiotics, the infection can return after treatment. A key form of treatment for this condition is to do a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) to restore microbes to help these patients kill this infection and alleviate their suffering.
Researchers are continuing to investigate whether microbiome treatments could help with the treatment of other chronic illnesses including inflammatory bowel disease, autism, and obesity.
Who Buys Poop?
The Penny Hoarder gives two main options in the United States for selling your feces.
Human Microbes is a company currently offering $500 or more per stool sample. This could net you a total of $180,000 each year for donating daily! However, they have strict requirements, which include the following:
- Donors must be in exceptional physical and mental health.
- Donors must have a specific Bristol stool type.
- Donors must be under the age of 30.
- Donors under the age of 18 may participate with parental consent.
Participants must be in an area where they can access dry ice to qualify. Donors are responsible for collecting the samples themselves, packing them in dry ice, and shipping them to the recipient.
The GoodNature Program pays between $25-75 per stool sample with a maximum monthly payout of $1,500. This program has its own requirements, which include the following:
- Donors must be between 18 to 50 years of age.
- Donors must be at a normal weight
- Donors must be non-smokers.
- Donors cannot have a history of alcohol abuse or gastrointestinal disease.
- Donors are required to live near a collection facility in either Tempe. Arizona; Cambridge, Massachusetts; or Irving, California.
Donors must be willing to visit the facility at least three times each week to donate with bonuses given to donors who donate 3-7 times per week for an extended period of time. Donors must also agree to participate in a health screening every 2-6 weeks.
How to Become a Poop Donor
These programs have an online screening process for interested potential donors where you will be asked to provide a complete medical history and information about your bowel movements. Qualified applicants must complete clinical interviews, health screenings, and stool samples for testing. Blood samples may also be required.
Human Microbe pays an advance of $500 to eligible donors plus the cost of dry ice and shipping. GoodNature Program offers payment to donors when they visit the facility to make their donations. If you meet the qualifications for participation, you can turn your poop into cash and get paid to help others.
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