ME, SUPERORGANISM! TALE ABOUT THE UNTOLD STORY OF BACTERIA. Exhibition in Estonian Healthcare Museum. The Earth is a planet of microbes and each organism needs their individual protective microbial community to survive. Hundreds of species of bacteria that live alongside humans think of our bodies as their homes. They live, reproduce, and die on as well as inside our bodies without us ever having so much as a clue. It is time to get used to the idea that you are always carrying a microbial community around with you. For decades, we have believed that a good bacterium is a dead bacterium. However, latest research has proven otherwise. Bacterial communities play an important role in shaping a person’s well-being and health. They are good “friends” whose versatile and joyous community supports our bodies and helps to fight pathogenic agents. We are only beginning to realiae the existence and importance of this old friendship. In the last hundred years, the balance of the human bacterial community has changed. We are living in a more sterile world, eating fewer useful foods and consuming a lot of medications, which is why we have lost several beneficial types of bacteria and grown dangerous microbes that do not respond to treatment. To achieve a balanced microbiota, we must treat the useful bacteria according to their needs. We do not know a lot yet, but we know enough to understand howto better take care of them.
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