The Doctors: How Long Is The Small Intestine?


The Doctors: Bacteria In Your Body

Like it or not, believe it or not, our bodies are full of bacteria, “many of which haven’t even been identified by science,” Dr Travis Stork said, estimating that about one trillion bacteria are on our bodies at all times. Do you ever think about all the microscopic processes happening on your skin and inside your body? How long is the small intestine? How much bacteria is in your digestive system?

Before answering these questions, Dr Travis Stork talked about how bacteria serves a purpose in the body. The organisms that live in and on our bodies are mostly there to promote health and bodily functions, but the bad guys are known as Pathogens. These include the cold virus, HPV, and many more. But most of the time, the body can mount a proportional response.


How Long Is The Small Intestine?

How Long Is The Small Intestine?

How long is the small intestine? The Doctors talked about the bacteria living inside our digestive systems.

Kelsey and Kimberly from The Doctors audience joined Dr Travis Stork onstage for an experiment to learn about anatomy. Dr Travis pulled a wrinkly and reportedly smelly small intestine out of a five gallon bucket. But don’t worry: it’s been disinfected and sterilized.

The brave ladies, Kelsey and Kimberly, were tasked with stretching the small intestine across the length of the stage, which had been bisected so we could see what it looks like on the inside. The Small Intestine is approximately 20 feet long. But it’s usually wrapped neatly inside our bodies, where digestion takes place.


Small Intestine Vs Colon Bacteria

About 85% of digestive bacteria serves useful purposes, but it’s that 15% you have to be concerned about.

Now for another gross question. Do you know how much all the bacteria in the Small Intestine weighs? Dr Travis used jellybeans to demonstrate the weight: 3.5 pounds. “That’s disgusting,” Kelsey said.

Dr Travis showed everyone what 1 mL of liquid looks like, and asked Kimberly to guess how many bacteria are in 1 mL of fluid in the colon. She guessed hundreds or thousands. But the answer is there are one billion bacteria in 1 mL of the Colon. The Small Intestine comes off pretty well comparative, with just 10,000 bacteria per mL.

The Drs: Athlete’s Foot & Dandruff

Next, Dr Travis showed a picture that looked like something out of an aquarium or the bottom of the ocean. But in reality, it’s a fungus that 70% of people will host on their bodies at some point in life. It’s Tinia Pedis, better known as Athlete’s Foot, bacteria between your toes.

Dr Travis had another microscopic close-up of Dandruff, which is “caused by dry, flaky skin on your scalp.” He explained that Dandruff is a skin fungus that eats oil secretions. But all it takes to fix this issue is the right dandruff shampoo.

The Doctors: Body Bacteria

You won’t sleep tight tonight once you know that dust mites are sharing your bed every night. Did you know your body shed two to three pounds of skin per year? That’s why Dust Mites love the bedroom, because their favorite food is dead skin.

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time to get a new pillow. Dr Travis went on to mention that some estimates say the weight of a mattress doubles after 10 years, due to the accumulation of Dust Mites.


Did you know Ticks are the most common carrier of disease to humans in the US? (First place goes to those pesky mosquitos.) In just 30 seconds, a Tick can attach to you, infecting you with Lyme Disease, which can become very serious.


The audience groaned and grimaced at video of Bedbugs, which have jumped 500% recently in America. That’s why you have strange, unexplained bites on your body when you wake up in the morning.

These are just some of the gross and upsetting critters that are crawling around your body and your home.


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