What Are Probiotics? With Dr. Dennis Clark

Video Interview Transcription

Kendall E. Matthews: Hey friends, Kendall Matthews here, and you know I have my good friend Dr. Dennis Clark that he helps out with a lot of the probiotic research and all the behind the scenes making sure that everything that I’m looking at in one do for health is concerned. He is the guy behind the scenes making things happen, so now I’m going to do is pull them from behind the scenes.

I want to make sure that everyone sees that Dennis Clark is a real person. And someone you know, a great guy, but before getting to some of the things that I wanted to dive into Dr. Clark…

Could you tell people in about 30 seconds or so about your background and how you come to get involved with the understanding of the body through plants?

Dr. Dennis Clark: Oh, that’s perfect. First of all, I was a professor at Arizona State for 30 years. My background is the chemistry of natural products.

Okay. That’s the fundamental foundation for why herbal medicine work, the chemistry and how it interacts with us.

So during my career, I applied my knowledge of natural products, chemistry to human health, and one thing led to another, and here we are now talking about all kinds of aspects of natural health, not just herbs, everything,

Kendall E. Matthews: As I get older, I’m getting more and more involved in the natural way of being able to do things. Of course, folks need to work with their doctor as well, but you know, I wanted to talk to you more regularly. Especially into the things that I’m looking at too, how can I help improve myself and my health because you’re a great researcher to find the information out there and then apply it in a way that is easy for individuals to understand.

I appreciate that. It’s a day that I have for you is what about probiotics So diving into that, what you call them, what we’re talking about is that gut-brain connection. So can you tell us about what problems do probiotics help solve

Dr. Dennis Clark: Well, I’m going to say I thought about that because there are probably 100 different kinds of disorders that probiotics help with.

We have to narrow that down, so I’m going to talk about the big three, I call it the immune system, the brain, gut connection, and then direct gut health.

All of those things are interlinked.

There is no way to separate them so that if you keep your gut healthy, then your brain will be healthy, brain healthy, it’ll help your gut, and the immune system is sort of the umbrella over all of it because most of the cells in the immune system begin in your gut.

So among all those hundreds of things, at least hundreds of things. That means that everything related to immune function, number one and the way your gut is connected to your brain is such a brand new research topic that now we think that effect, we call your gut, your second brain and that your bacteria in your gut seems really running the show.

Which was a surprise to me. It’s sort of like we humans think we’re in charge, except indeed the bacteria seem to be in charge.

So the better we take care of them, the better we take care of ourselves.

Kendall E. Matthews: So when we are taking better care of ourselves, how do probiotics work?

Dr. Dennis Clark: Well, the main issue with probiotics is that it solves the problem we have in modern society, probably started back in the journey of the century.

That is that a whole lot of things we do in our lifestyle damages our gut bacteria. Now, in the old days, I mean more than 100 years ago, people would eat probiotic foods, they would have fermented foods, they would have yogurt, dairy, etc.

And nowadays we have probiotic supplements because the foods aren’t always convenient unless you like to eat a lot of kimchi and burn up your gut.

That’s one of the fermentors was then it’s difficult to get all those things replanted in your body. So the concept now is it’s called rebiosis.

So you’re re-instituting or feeding the gut bacteria you have with gut bacteria that you consume. You can either eat them in roots, which is, as I said, not as convenient or take them as supplements. So the whole idea is that you take care of your gut microbiome, that’s the term by continually feeding it, new bacteria that help replenish some of the key species.

Now, when I say some of the key species, I say that because there are probably 500 to a thousand species in your gut and maybe 10 or 12 of them are the key ones that we can take as sources of rebiosis to keep everything running smoothly.

Kendall E. Matthews: Gotcha. No, that was very helpful. And I know this will be a series that we’re going to talk about, that you’re listening to what we’re are because you see sometimes I’m taking notes on the side. I’m writing out my notes.

This is very important to me.

So if any of you who are listening to this video, if you have any questions or comments or things that you want me to ask Dr. Dennis Clark in the future, go ahead and leave them in the comments below.

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About the Author:

Dr. Dennis Clark is a research scientist specializing in plant natural products chemistry and herbal medicine. He received his PhD degree in plant chemistry from the University of Texas and spent 30 years as a professor at Arizona State University. He has also been Visiting Professor at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and the University of California at Riverside. He has written a college-level textbook on botany, several ebooks about natural approaches to health, and dozens of research articles in professional scientific journals. Dr. Clark enjoys teaching others about herbal medicine and other natural approaches to health.