According to the review of two books, The Amoeba in the Room by Nicholas P. Money, and Missing Microbes by Martin J. Blaser (WSJ, Sam Kean, Apr 19-20, 2014), bacteria found in the oceans alone weigh more than millions of times all the elephants on earth.
Ten thousand bacteria could be squeezed into this period--> .
We have 30 trillion cells each--but 100 trillions microbes. We need them--many--to perform functions, absorbing nutrients, and who knows what.
Well, doctors want to know what. They are wondering if killing microbes leads to autism, gluten allergies, peanut allergies.
The mystery within.
I just took a strong antibiotic, which permeated me, made me smell funny and killed who knows how many critters, good and bad. I no longer have pneumonia, but I still feel funny.
And not "funny" ha ha.