Beware the Clostridiapocalypse!

Ok, perhaps I’m being overly dramatic. Then again, maybe not…

Always thought this would make a great name for a Metal band…

You see, there is a contagion in our midst, good people. A contagion that WE helped to create and then disseminate. Our overuse of antibiotics along with a lack of adherence to proper infection control practices has unleashed this unnatural plague upon the unsuspecting bowels of the world. And the proton pump inhibitors don’t help, either.

All of us in healthcare have seen the nastiness C. diff colitis can cause; I’ve seen patients otherwise healthy who’ve died of complications from Clostridium difficile infection. Freeman White —my most excellent Downtown Vegas compatriot and amazing camera dude—has a loved one who was seriously affected by the disease (which was contracted in the hospital during an admission for a routine surgical procedure). It ain’t a joke, homies…it can be a heartbreaking, life-changing disaster.

Dr. Harry soars as patient Mos Diff.

But we CAN have some fun edumedicating about it…hence our silly video! Initially, Freeman and I sketched it out as an epic Hollywood-style zombie flick—complete with actors, C. diff zombies, special effects, and cocaine habits for all involved. But then reality bit, and we scaled it down…especially when I found out the legendary Dr. Harry would be visiting yours truly in Downtown Vegas. Despite being mistaken for Mr. Chow by tourists on the Strip, Harry found time to do some of the best acting of his storied career—and this in between repeated visits to pay homage at the Liberace Museum.

So spread the word (but not the spores) y’all, and don’t forget to sign up for our email list on the upper right so you’ll never miss another video. And BIG love to Phat Darkie, a plastic surgeon and sick DJ who kindly supplied the hot, silicone-enhanced backing track!

Download this track (and all the others) here!

Dawn of the Diff (C. Diff Rap Lyrics)

You go to the doctor to talk ’em in

To givin’ antibiotics for your coughin’ thing

They explain that the pain in your throat’s a virus

“Antibiotics are not desirous!”

But you ain’t hearing this, you get all in they face

“Why, this is malpractice, a total disgrace!

I’m not leaving this place without a script, my man!”

Frustrated and berated, doc throws up his hands

  Day 1: Zithromax pill on your tongue

Protective bugs in your gut killed off, son

Day 8: Your belly ain’t feeling so great

And runny diarrhea straight ruins your date

  Fee Fi Fo Fum…I smell the stench of Clostridium

Difficile colitis serves ya rightis

For wasting antibiotics on a virus

Now C. diff’s free to grow—no competition

The spores that it sows? Fecal-oral transmission

  In the ED you’re marinatin’

While your C. diff’s straight disseminatin’

  Yo! Now this ain’t no run of the mill type runs

Cause the C. diff germs ain’t fun

They the ones with the toxins, fever, septic shock and toxic megacolon, yo!

And the spores that they shed in the hospital bed ain’t dead with Purell gel

What the hell?

Use contact precautions, hand washin’, hospital personnel!

 ZDoggMD just keepin’ it real

With some loose smelly rhymes and old skool feel

Zombies creepin’ like Dawn of the Dead

C. diff seepin’ and spawnin’ to spread

Use antibiotics as intended

And wash your hands now docs like you meant it

If you don’t buy my advice, at least rent it

Hot mess in your shorts? Prevent it!

29 Responses to “Dawn of the Diff (C. Diff Rap Zombie Anthem)”

  1. Ruth Ann

    Glad to see you’re back to singing! And your side kick Dr. Harry is just dreamy as C. Diff.

    • ZDoggMD

      And what am I, chopped colon?

  2. Tracy Sorenson

    ZDogg,\n\nAnother masterpiece, yo! I wish this had been around when I was taking micro – I totally would’ve included it as a reference in my paper on the over-use of abx and super bugs. Love seeing Dr. Harry in a starring role!\n\nI’m an RN in Phoenix area who does mean Margaret Cho and Emily Litella impressions…let me know if you ever want me to drive up to help with a video…I’ll even play gopher for ya! \n\nKeep up the great work!\n\nTracy\n(aka @velvetyvoice1)

    • ZDoggMD

      Word, thanks for the love and the offer of help. I will definitely keep it in mind seeing as you’re down the street basically!

  3. Mike

    Oh my God, that is the best one you have ver done. I cannot even think about it without laughing out loud everywhere. Seriously, though, I am going to think about it in a non-funny way while in the trenches

  4. ButDoctorIHatePink

    Instantly reblogged as a metastatic cancer patient and c-diff colitis sufferer. Thanks so much!

    • ZDoggMD

      Hey girl, you know I’m always seriously honored when you post our stuff. Hope you’re hanging in there and deflecting drama!

  5. VinceD

    One of your best!! I can’t believe you didn’t mention “fecal transplant” as a possible treatment though, since that’s pretty much the coolest/worst thing I’ve ever heard of.

    • ZDoggMD

      Yo Vince, thanks for the love. This was a song about prevention rather than treatment, but just FYI we did a video about stool transplant (sit through till the end) back in 2010! It understandably received no love:

      • VinceD

        hahaha I forgot about that one! I should have known that you wouldn’t disappoint.

      • Tracy Sorenson

        I remember that one, hilarious! You seem to have a fixation with all things fecal…what’s up with that?

        • ZDoggMD

          Like UPS, we’re down with brown.

  6. Lonnie

    Well done here ZDogg. Funny, informative, and most of all DEF AS HELL. Dare I say… Good Shit?

    • ZDoggMD

      Thanks Lonnie James Dio! Appreciate the poop luv!

    • ZDoggMD

      Ah, the alternative universe where that would happen would be one I’d finally be comfortable living in.

  7. Miss Chevious

    ZDogg, you’re hilarious! Love your videos.\n\nWhen it comes to fecal matter,\nZDogg is the shitznit!\nHe’s mad as a hatter, \ngettin’ up in all your busnit;\ntryin’ to teach you how to avoids\ngettin’ loosey with your turds, yo\nso you don’t irritate your ‘roids,\nand so you don’t also regurds, no.\n\nZDogg is the mans…\nso always wash your hands.\n\nWord.

    • ZDoggMD

      Yo, those rhymes were the s**t. Thanks for the poo love!

    • Tracy Sorenson

      Nice! Great job with the rhymes!

  8. Royce Everone

    Another great video from ZDoggMD and Dr. Harry…great job, totally enjoyable…keep it up! Thanks.


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  10. chwilówki

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  11. ButDoctorIHatePink

    I have end-stage cancer, been on chemo for 4 years, had a mastectomy, recon, liver wedge resection, gamma knife, and by FAR the worst thing that has EVER happened to me is c-diff. I went septic, was told if my blood pressure dropped one more point they were taking my colon out. I spent months recovering from pseudomembraneous pancolits. Lying in your own very foul smelling uncontrollable sh*t is not a way you want to go out, people. Pass this one around. Thanks ZDogg.

  12. Tom Garvey, MD

    I’m afraid that one of my friends went to high school where there was a band called Megacolon.

    • Brady Cardia

      Oh…What kind of music did they play?

  13. a

    This is awesome, will never forget the MEGACOLON when treating C.diff


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