Specifically, the leading diagnosis at the moment is autoimmune dysmotility stemming from an acute episode of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Essentially, autoimmune related nerve damage in the gut, and a rare complication of a rare variant of a rare disease, for which effective and knowledgeable doctors seem to be rarer still. I can imagine that soylent would be helpful to people with a range of inflammatory bowel diseases (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease) or even IBS. In severe cases of those conditions, sometimes people will go on total parenteral nutrition, in which all nutrition is administered intravenously, but many doctors are hesitant to use such treatments because there are a lot of risks involved doing TPN long-term (liver failure was mentioned). I asked my doctor if there was any medical treatment analogous to Soylent on the market, a total liquid diet able to be mostly absorbed and orally administered, and he was not familiar with any such approach. Perhaps someday with the proper testing this idea could prove an easy and effective treatment in place of TPN or even colostomy procedures, for people with gastrointestinal issues. I have another friend who has ulcerative colitis who is considering giving soylent a try, I’d be interested to see his results.
Thanks for the response about oat powder. I’ll try experimenting in smaller doses on the weekends and see how it goes.