FAQs

Where is Newbery Medicine located?
Newbery Medicine is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Buenos Aires is the vibrant capital of Argentina
 with a population of over 15 million. The city is known for its culture, especially its visual art, architecture, fashion, dance (Tango), performance art, and nightlife. Buenos Aires is the most-visited city in South America and is often called “The Paris of South America”. Boasting a high quality of life, relaxing atmosphere, modern infrastructure, friendly locals, and great weather, Buenos Aires is the ideal place to spend your time while receiving treatment. Many patients who have lived in major metro areas in the U.S. or European have remarked that they do not feel out of place living in Buenos Aires and actually prefer it to being back home!
Palermo, the chic neighborhood where the Newbery Clinic is located is where Argentina’s film industry is based as well as where its trendiest clubs, bars, restaurants, boutiques, and cafes can be found. Taking a stroll down the cobblestone streets in Palermo you will come across beautiful street art, art galleries, designer shops, outdoor markets, parks, yoga studios, spas, and health food stores.
We at Newbery Medicine understand that travel can be difficult for our patients because of the medical conditions they deal with. We can assure you that you will have the resources available in Buenos Aires to make your FMT treatment as stress-free and successful as possible. In order to ensure an enjoyable visit, we have compiled a comprehensive list of resources on the Buenos Aires page.

How far is Buenos Aires from the USA / Europe?
It takes around 9 to 11 hours to fly from Dallas, Chicago, New York, Miami, London, Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, Madrid. All of those cities have direct flight into Buenos Aires.

Is Buenos Aires a typical western city with the amenities I’m used to at home?
Yes, Buenos Aires is a modern city, with all of the conveniences you would expect in a large international city.
Lodging: There are many good hotels and Airbnb apartments near the clinic that will meet your needs. You may find lodging that goes from luxury to tight budget accommodations.
Food: There are more than 200 restaurants in the area surrounding Newbery Medicine as well as health food stores, farmer’s markets, and grocery stores that can accommodate restricted diets.
Safety: Buenos Aires is a relatively safe city with a lower violent crime rate than many U.S. cities. The area around Newbery Medicine is one of the safest areas in the city.
Getting around: Traveling in Buenos Aires is easy either by cab, bike, foot, or subway.
Communication and remote work: All hotels, hostels, Airbnb apartments, Starbuck, bars, restaurants, some public spaces, etc. offer free wifi connections. Also there are many places where you may rent office space on a short term basis where full services are provided. For example: Urban Station or Regus.
Please check out the Buenos Aires page for more about the city and resources on how to make your stay convenient, fun, and as relaxing as possible.

What is Fecal Microbiota Transplant?
Our body is composed of 10% of our own cells and 90% of cells from bacteria, viruses and fungus that live in and on our body. Without these symbiotic organisms, we would be sick and not able to perform most of our basic functions. Most of these bacteria live in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract, mainly in the terminal portion of the gut: the colon.
Fecal transplant involve processing and ultra-filtering stool from a healthy person, and this concentration of pure bacteria be transferred into a person suffering from a condition caused by deranged microbial composition in great need of the necessary “good” bacteria. The bacteria from the healthy donor then begin to displace and replace the previous population in the patient’s colon and rebalance the universe that lives in there responsible of many functions in the human body.

What causes microbiome imbalance?
Our GI tract contains thousands of different bacteria and other microorganisms which are essential to our health. Antibiotics, poor diet, radiation, chemotherapy, and other environmental toxins can disrupt the microbiome balance and allow various diseases to flourish.

What conditions are treated with FMT?
The conditions below are the primary ailments for which patients seek treatment with FMT. Additionally, there are many more that are being researched by the world’s most prestigious medical organizations. Research is constantly uncovering new areas where a balanced microbiome plays an important role in our health.

  • Uncontrolled overgrowth of bacteria called Clostridium difficile infection (C. diff.)
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Crohn´s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Celiac disease
  • Food intolerance/allergy
  • Chronic diarrheas of different origins
  • Chronic constipation
  • Psoriasis and other dermal diseases
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Autism

Am I a candidate for the fecal transplant procedure?
Every potential patient at Newbery Medicine receives personal consultation from members of the Medical Team, who thoroughly examines each patient’s unique case to determine the appropriateness of FMT for their condition. Newbery Medicine approaches each case with the goal of optimizing health as opposed to simply offering an “FMT enema procedure.”
FMT is a fabulous tool but has its place in a general approach. We might need to use other medications and nutritional recommendations to improve the patients’ health or to get the biggest benefit from FMTs.

How is the transplant performed?
Healthy stool is mixed with saline solution and then ultra-filtered to extract everything except the microorganisms. The transplant is administered by our trained team of professionals via enema with a special syringe and catheter. The enema is then retained for minimum of 20 minutes while the patient relaxes in their private procedure room.
We use carefully screened and handled fresh or frozen stool specimens for treatments at Newbery Medicine to produce the best results. We have a supply of frozen specimens which we use for patients in maintenance, back up or at-home treatment.
Newbery Medicine firmly believes in the lower intestine approach and does not use the “top down” (nasogastric implants) as in our experience this might convey serious risks to the recipient.

How are Newbery Medicine’s donors screened?
Newbery Medicine uses a select few donors who have been rigorously tested and whose bacteria have been shown successful in treating patients. Donors are regularly re-screened and checked to help insure the quality of the samples.
The typical donor profile is someone in good health who has not taken antibiotics for at least 90 days. The donor is usually a young person, physically active, slim, with normal bowel functioning and without any history of inflammatory ailments. Newbery Medicine has strong relationships with its donors who are committed to the health of our patients.
Donors complete a screening questionnaire similar to that which is done at blood banks and for organ or tissue transplants. Prospective donors with risk factors for HIV and viral hepatitis are excluded from donating. Persons with gastrointestinal or autoimmune disease or a history of malignancy are not acceptable donors. Donors who meet the criteria undergo blood work testing for HIV, hepatitis A, B and C, and syphilis. They are also tested for bad bacteria such as salmonella, parasites, and clostridium difficile, and also for parasites in their stool.

How safe is FMT?
To date, there have not been any documented cases of infection transmitted through fecal transplant. That being said, fecal matter is a “bodily fluid” and proper donor screening and testing is essential.
Donors undergo a thorough screening (as described above) to best insure the quality of the samples. Any donor failing any part of our rigorous requirements is rejected.
While we work to insure quality and safety, no level of screening is perfect, so patients are asked to sign a consent form acknowledging the risks of undergoing the procedure as well as theoretical risks related to the fecal transplant itself (infection, allergic or immune reaction, or other disease transmissions).

What is the success rate?
FMT is on the cutting edge of medical treatment and as such there has not been many controlled clinical studies on FMT and therefore the medical community is still awaiting final results. However, in the experience of the centers that are using this treatment, most patients treated improve their quality of life and most symptoms tend to meliorate. In the experience of Newbery Medicine, which has been performing FMTs for over three years, we have seen an approximate 80% rate of patients achieving significant improvement.

What is the process for booking a Medical/FMT treatment at Newbery Medicine?
Initially, we arrange a medical consultation to review your particular case. Our philosophy is to consider every case from an individual perspective to offer you the best treatment options. Although FMT treatments are very safe we understand there are specific indications for FMTs, so we want to make sure your case will benefit from this advanced treatment.

Consultations can be by Skype, telephone, or in person at the clinic. To arrange your consultation and find out the next availability, please get in touch with our Coordinator though  newberymedicine@gmail.com and you will get a prompt response to your questions.
After considering your particular situation we will proceed to send you a treatment plan along with a definite budget.

How long has Newbery been performing FMTs? What is the medical background of the staff?
Newbery Medicine’s team of medical professionals collectively have decades of experience in FMT, bacteriology, and infectious disease control. The team formally started doing FMTs at Newbery Medical in January 2014. Our team has extended experience in Internal Medicine, bacteriologists with advanced degrees and an Infection Control specialist that supervises the overall treatment program.

What is the Newbery Medicine clinic like?
It is a very modern facility, entirely designed to accomplish all the necessary processes to administer FMTs.

What is the treatment cost?
The treatment cost is based on the individual needs of every patient, we do not offer a standard treatment as we understand every case is different and need to be tailored to every particular situation. After knowing about the case through an individual interview with one of our physicians, we would offer the patient a treatment plan along with a tentative budget