The human body, consisting of about 10 trillion cells, carries about ten times as many microorganisms in the intestineswow! so there are 100 trillion entities within the entity that I know as "me". 10 times more than the parts that are only "me". In fact they are ME!
A healthy adult has about 2kg of these bacteria in the gut. All these bacteria live in a highly organised micro-world with certain species predominating and controlling others.Knowing this puts so many things into a new perspective:
The way to a man's heart is through his stomachDamn right!, that's where most of "me" live!
I would rather that you talk to my gut, that's where all my veto power is concentrated!
A man is known by the company he keepsShould be "community" instead of "company"
We are what we eatHappy Realization! No, seriously!
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.Only place for me, and all the little ones that make up me!
Finally, if in the future someone walks up to me and asks me "who are you?", I will be confused as to what would constitute a scientifically correct answer!
Maybe I could answer philosophically (and scientifically!):
I am the sum of my experiences (and Gut Flora).
Explore further (quoted lines above, taken from these):
- Gut Flora (Wikipedia)
- List of distinct cell types in the adult human body (Wikipedia)
- The Gut Flora - This one makes it sound as if your intestines are like an airport's security check! The "beneficial flora" are the security personnel. They let the "transitional flora" pass through while the "opportunistic flora" are kept in check!
- Gut Sense: How to restore intestinal flora and eliminate constipation - This make a lot of sense, considering this post was inspired by a lengthy period of upset stomach.
- 15 Beautiful Microscopic Images from Inside the Human Body - Nothing to do with the topic at hand, but was so awesome that I had to link to it!