Seven Wonders of the Microbe World

Seven Wonders of the Microbe World

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Seven Wonders of the Microbe WorldThis little documentary is talking about Microbes and why some are good, some are bad and what they have done for mankind.

Microbes have given us some devastating diseases, everything from the Black Death to cholera, syphilis, typhoid and the occasional yeast infection. But our microbial friends have also done us some good.

The video investigates: The origins of beer and brewing in Ancient Egypt, and the role microbes play in the process. Microbial origins of the Black Death. How do microbes destroy the food that we eat and how has humankind sought out different ways of preserving foodstuffs?

How critical microbes are to life on Earth with their role in nitrogen fixation - providing the essential elements that we need to survive. Experts reveal how the natural processes of microbes are used to fight disease.

The ways in which humans are learning to exploit microbes to produce medicines, fuel and food. How the discovery and examination of microbes in meteorites suggests that the planet Mars could have supported life in the same way as Earth.

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Andrew Schlademan
5 years ago

This was fun and (over) simplified. This thread is more entertaining than the video.

Soon, as some have already said here, we will all know that we basically have representatives of all of these microbes in us at all times. (The film used the estimate of 90% of the cells in our bodies). What everybody still assumes, and what will likely turn out to be a false, dogmatic assumption, is the theory of the "immune system." This theory leads us to believe that there is a constant battle raging inside of us that could kill us at any time if our chicken soup levels get too low. The fact of the matter is is that all of our domestic, symbiotic microbes are activated to compensate function by our brains according to the germ layers they control (the ecto- meso- and endodermal developmental layers, not to be mistaken with what are commonly known as germs) and they carry out specific, biologically useful functions. Bacteria, fungi and viruses, unfortunately always get the blame when one of these special biological programs is misunderstood by the current, mechanistic-reductionist medical establishment and fought like a threat, often leading to more harm than the "disorder" itself. If you are interested in learning more, look into The (Germanic) New Medicine or see the new version of The Psychic Roots of Diseases by Björn Eybl, due to be available by next year.

Damon Tsekos
7 years ago

John Krisfalusci

"yuck... microbes are disgusting. they are the same stuff that's in your bathroom tiles and bathroom floors. So gross, I am always germ free and we don't need all this disease causing stuff!"

This is the most ridiculous comment I have read..Really! was this posted by a grown up or a 5 year old?...LOL!..We all have germs on us, in our bodies, in our homes, in our food, and everywhere else we go we bring them with us no matter how clean we are, and NO, they are NOT disgusting.. For anyone who has ever used a microscope to look at them, they are very beautiful and amazing, each one having its own feeding, reproducing, and motility habits..Did this user who posted that childish comment had any cheese, or yogurt, or has he drank a glass of wine, or beer?...He should thank those "disgusting" microbes for them, and yes, he's also "drinking" and eating them since they're inside these products!

Raw Onion
10 years ago

Ugh... I try to read the comments to get reviews of documentaries before I watch them and it's it's just a bunch of arguments... We all know creationists are going to die out in the next generation or two.. so just ignore them and give helpful comments/reviews PLEASE.

10 years ago

Do you realize a variety of molds can be eaten without becoming ill? I've read a series of your comments and your comments are not based on facts, nor are they anywhere near correct. So you carry hand sanitizer with you everywhere, right? Let's say you carry Purell, one of the leading hand sanitizers, it claims to kill 99.99% of germs...that sounds great right? Well even if it kills 99.99% of the germs on your skin, the average person has an estimated total number of bacteria around 10^12 (1,000,000,000,000), this number is an estimate but is a commonly accepted number among scientists.
So if Purell kills 99.99% of bacteria on your hands then (1,000,000,000,000x.9999=999,900,000,000 bacteria killed). That means that with the leading hand sanitizer being used to 100% efficiency, you will still have 100 million bacteria on your hands after use. Well a lot of these remaining 100 million bacteria are harmless, but there are still many bacteria that could potentially cause a human body harm. Research a little before you make ludicrous statements. I know children that can construct a more compelling argument then you. And before you go on ranting about how much you know more than I do about microbes and science, take into consideration I have a doctorate in Biochemistry, a masters degree in microbiology, and a masters degree in Biophysics. This in reply to John Krisfalusci

10 years ago

00:40 'even though humans were unaware, microbes were being put to work making some of our favorite foods ..."If there were no microbes there would be no beer" If there were no microbes there would be no life! Didnt life evolve life from single, then ever more complex multi-cell organisms with the ability to replicate? That puts the microbial world at the very center of our own existence. Certainly they're involved in digestion and almost all aspects of life from conception to mitosis.
What a truly astonishing thing it is to be alive and not even know what life is/ We know more today than ever before so do not waste this life with fantasies of a 'hereafter.' Life this life with all the beauty love and freedom you are (hopefully, -as many are not) fortunate enough to find within reach.

Dylan Moore
10 years ago

Most of these comments have no idea how microbial populations work. There are no good or bad bacteria. Most bacteria that are pathogenic (meaning they have a negative effect on our health) can be found in and on us 99% of the time, no matter how clean you are. MRSA? Staphylococcus Aureus is on your skin all the time (maybe not the methicillin resistant type, but the same species). It is known as an opportunistic pathogen. If your immune system is bad It will take that niche and thrive. Psuedomonas Areuginosa is another one, common in those with cystic fibrosis, as it can metabolize mucous, can be found almost anywhere on the planet at any time, and is also responsible for a large number of UTI's as well.

The more antibiotics you take to resist these infections the more you contribute to antibiotic resistance, causing these normally inert bacteria to become pathogenic. I am scared from these comments here.

10 years ago

@robertallen1 Vaccination is absolutely necessary. I don't like it because I hate waiting for it and smelling the alcohol before i feel that horrible pain, but it works against flu and other sickness in the future.

You know what? I know that my hand sanitizer protects me because I don't get sick and other poor people without much knowledge who don't know any better suffer. I make sure I stay far away from them and I also eat healthy to prevent diseases ^_^.

10 years ago

This is the most bizarre documentary I've ever watched...
Since I wasn't able to access the audio I turned on the closed caption service... It was hilarious to read...
It made NO sense and must have been written by a NON English speaking person... When a documentary of this caliber is produced one expect to have the CC accurate with the narrator's spoken words...
I would have liked to know more about these microbes for they are important to the health of my patients, but I couldn't recommend this documentary to them as a reference...
Please review this product and provide a proper transcript... Lizica

10 years ago

Interesting, a bit yucky at parts but, interesting none the least. I can't eat blue cheese because I know what it is, I can't eat guacamole because i don't know what it is- (LOL) that and it has the word "mole" in it- which conjures up immediate yet not particualry stimulating imagery. My dad just recovered from a microbial infection in his intestines, boy doesn't that paint a pretty picture, called h-palori. Most doctors say it is a fairly common bug, not particularly prone to causing serious illness. What they fail to mention is that if it every does get the upper hand, especially in older patients, it is unbeleivably tenacious and can cause serious damage to the intestine and stomach lining. It took us three months to get my dad who is eighty two over it- he lost about forty pounds and has developed a stomach ulcer. They say about eighty percent of the population has this microbe in their gut but their immune system keeps it in check. My advice is, if you have an older family member not in the best of health, have him or her tested, its a very simple test, and if they have it get rid of it before it gets out of hand. All they have to do is breathe in a bag and drink some kind of liquid then breathe in the bag again- thats the test. If you catch it early its not that big of deal to get rid of, if you dont it can lead to serious problems. My dad went from being one of the healthiest old men I had ever known, able to do the work of a sixty year old at eighty, to not being able to drive himself- overnight almost.

10 years ago

I hate those antimicrobial soaps these days, there are many good microbes on your skin and they block a good deal of the bad microbes.
@John, I am pretty much a polar opposite to you. If it wasn't frozen here for at least 6 months of the year I would be outside playing in the dirt. I haven't come down with anything more than the sniffles in forever despite not getting my vaccinations and I frequently forget to wash my hands before eating :P
So it goes to show that there's always 2 sides. I say you should at least keep up on your vaccines to keep your immune system up to par just in case something catches up to you, without them it could mean a rough trip. You may not like them, but they love you !

10 years ago

This documentary is just fun. It is easy going and shallow. It must be oriented for kids. And a big propaganda on GMO or as they say Biotech. It isn't very educating. At last minutes sci-fy :D Big propaganda :D

10 years ago

yuck... microbes are disgusting. they are the same stuff that's in your bathroom tiles and bathroom floors. So gross, I am always germ free and we don't need all this disease causing stuff!

10 years ago

love beer and cheese small fellows, not so much black death for some reason

10 years ago

little gotta hate to love 'em & love to hate 'em.