The one in New York, where he lived, had a six-month waiting period. So he treated himself at home with a friend’s stool sample and a blender.

“It’s a pretty awful experience to go through, if you ask me. Having to go though all that and then in the end you have to stick it up your butt,” Burgess said. “I think for us it was pretty eye-opening. Here’s this idea we were thinking about, and this could really help a lot of people.”