Brigantine’s Herbie Allen is bragging about his “perfect poop” from high above the Atlantic City Expressway.
The 71-year-old, who credits his strict healthy diet with his exceptional microbiome, recently bought space on a billboard in Atlantic City to drive awareness of Fecal Transplants, and why they are so important.
“My poop can save your life. Just ask me how @perfectpoopguy,” the billboard says. “Follow Herbie Allen to learn how to live a longer, healthier life.”
Last year Allen was found to be an excellent fecal donor to his wife Patti, 70, whose repeated antibiotic treatments had wiped out her microbiota and left her with terrible digestive problems.
The fecal transplant returned good bacteria to her system, she said in a Press interview last year.
“I’d say really it’s very much like just having a colonoscopy,” Pattie Allen, 70, said then of going through the procedure at Cooper Digestive Health in Mount Holly, Burlington County. “It was lifesaving in a sense, I finally got some good bacteria.”
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A good donor candidate is an adult in good health who is known to the patient and who undergoes an extensive series of tests — both stool and blood.
Herbie is a retired casino host who said he has followed a strict no-sugar or red meat diet for more than 40 years. He eats fish three times a week — particularly salmon — and has taken a regimen of vitamins and other nutritional supplements every day for decades.
Now he has started putting out videos and social media posts about his healthy lifestyle and about fecal transplants.
“It helps people with all kinds of problems,” Allen has said, including irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. It’s even being looked at to help with some autism symptoms.
REPORTER: Michelle Brunetti Post609-841-2895