Doctors are desperate for poop. Compensation varies depending on the recipient, but if you live in the Boston area, you can get $40 a pop from OpenBiome, with a $50 bonus if you donate five days a week. That’s $250 a week or $13,000 a year. Not bad for a job that requires nothing but sitting on the toilet.
"Everyone thinks it's great that they're making money doing such an easy thing," said OpenBiome co-founder Carolyn Edelstein, "But they also love to hear us say, 'Look, your poop just helped this lady who's been sick for nine years go to her daughter's graduation.'"
Pooping into a cup just may just be the easiest way to make money. However, in order for your poop to be profitable, you have to undergo a rigorous screening test.
Do You Have What It Takes to be a Poop Donor?
FMT practitioners are picky about their poop. In fact, it can cost up to $5,000 to see if a turd has what it takes to treat illnesses such as a difficile infection.
"It's harder to become a donor than it is to get into MIT," said Mark Smith (who actually earned his PhD in microbiology there). Out of thousands of potential donors who've expressed interest in donating their poop, only about 4% pass the extensive medical questioning and stool testing.
The screening process for potential donors starts with a 109-point clinical health assessment: blood pressure, fitness level, allergies, medications, drug usage, etc. OpenBiome recruits college students from a nearby gym to ensure they’re getting the healthiest fecal matter in Boston.
But a clean bill of health isn’t enough. In order for a stool sample to be usable, it must meet consistency guidelines. For this, healthy donors must refer to the Bristol Stool Chart. If your consistently in the Type 3-5 range, you make the cut: