Fun Fact #1

Your microbes play a role in sexual attraction.

Fun Fact #2

There are as many “bugs” (tiny microbes) in your body as there are human cells.

Fun Fact #3

Half of all antibiotics prescribed in the USA are medically useless.

Fun Fact #4

Breastfeeding contributes to the development of a healthy microbiome.

Fun Fact #5

How well you age may be predicted by your microbes.

Filmmakers

Synopsis

At the same time, the film tells the stories of three patients, in the USA and China, who suffer from life-threatening diseases triggered by microbial loss and are trying experimental treatments that hold hope. As the Covid-19 pandemic hits, Marty pivots to focus on how our microbes may help protect us from the virus and future pandemics, while Gloria spearheads the creation of an international microbe vault to safeguard precious specimens.

Our microbes are vanishing rapidly and life-threatening diseases are skyrocketing. But what makes these ‘good germs’ so important? They evolved alongside us for 200,000 years - and are collectively called our microbiome - they keep us healthy by regulating our immune systems and digesting our food. Over the last seventy years we’ve lost half of our microbial diversity at the same time we’ve seen stratospheric increases in deadly diseases like asthma, food allergies, obesity, and diabetes. Is the destruction of our microbiome making us sick?