Do you realize that you are home to 100 trillion microbes? That's 10 times more cells than are in your body. Furthermore, they account for up to 6 pounds of your weight.
The Los Angeles Times has an excellent account of the Human Microbiome Project. You have to read what the treatment is for recurrent Clostridium difficile infections. If you are so inclined, here is a link to the relevant reports.
|Left: Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria (green) resides on skin. Right: Enterococcus faecalis lives in the gut.|
CREDIT: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AN/VIA AP