Nancy Gardner, Office Manager – What It’s Like Working for The Baucom Institute

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Nancy Gardner was born and raised in the Kansas City area, specifically in Overland Park. She went to Emporia State Teacher’s College and then went to Emporia State, transferring to KU later on. Nancy got married and had two boys, who are now 35 and 32. At the time her boys were young, she was a stay-at-home mom, but when they went to high school, she decided to go to JCCC and earned a certificate in massage therapy, which lead her to open a massage business in Lawrence, Kansas.

Nancy knew Dr. Baucom at KU when they were both attending school there, rooming in the same dorm. They’ve been friends since 1970, and in fact, Dr. Baucom delivered both of her boys. They’ve always kept in touch even when they’ve moved to different cities. When Dr. Baucom moved to Overland Park and The Baucom Institute was growing, she realized she needed someone in the office that she could count on. She asked Nancy if she would come on board, at first part-time in bookkeeping and then eventually full-time as Office Manager.

On a daily basis, Nancy does all that goes into running The Baucom Institute including office work, answering phones, mailing out supplements, ordering all supplies, managing patient accounts, etc.

Her favorite thing about working with “Dr. B.” is “watching people work on their health, participating in their health care and discovering what’s causing an issue for them and conquering it.” The biggest challenge is helping patients understand that it does take time to change their health, that they didn’t get their health issue overnight and that it’s going to take a while to figure out what the problem is. Nancy said that they strive “to get patients to be patient.”

“I see growth at Baucom, people have become more and more health conscious.”

For the future of The Baucom Institute, Nancy said, “I see growth at Baucom, people have become more and more health conscious. They realize that the important part of keeping your health is that it’s a whole lifestyle. They are becoming more dissatisfied with ‘here take this pill’ and are becoming more educated about taking care of themselves.”

Nancy said that their goal this year, as far as educating and communicating with the community, is moving into social media – Facebook, Twitter and blogging. She said that the more the information gets out to more people, the more it educates them. Nancy said this is what they identify with, and it brings them in to our office.

“Medicine isn’t static; it changes, so she [Dr. Baucom] is continually changing.”

In October, Dr. Baucom will be speaking at the Restorative Conference in San Diego, California, on the topic of using neutroceuticals like “Stress Calm.” Another exciting opportunity is that Dr. Baucom will receive the award for Minority Business Woman of the Year and will receive the award in Topeka in October. Nancy stated that this is a great accomplishment since the award is based on business growth.

All in all, Nancy said that what she loves about working at The Baucom Institute and with Dr. Baucom is, “She’s always researching, and so there’s a continual learning curve. Medicine isn’t static; it changes, so she is continually changing. If she sees something, she calls the patient and relays the information to them. That’s what I really like.”

 

Intestinal Health – the Four “R” Program: Part I

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“Intestinal health” – not the most appropriate dinner talk but probably one of the most important topics regarding your overall health. Not many people want to talk about their intestines, stool samples and the pathway of digestion but this is where so many issues lie that affect one’s health and wellness.

Over the next four weeks, we will present the essential ideas to creating a proper gut and better intestinal health. We’ll start with the 4 “R” Program. This will help you remember the four important steps to increased intestinal wellness.

Four “R” Program:

1. Remove – offending foods, medications, gluten and reduce poor quality fats, carbohydrates, sugars and fermented foods.

2. Replace – what is needed for normal digestion and absorption i.e. betaine HCI, pancreatic enzymes, herbs to aid in digestion (licorice, marshmallow root), fiber and water.

3. Reinoculate – with favorable microbes (probiotics i.e. Lactobacillus sp.) and supplement with prebiotics (i.e. inulin, beta glucan and fiber).

4. Repair – mucosal lining by giving support to healthy intestinal mucosal cells, goblet cells and to the immune system i.e. L-glutamine, zinc, vitamin C.

Predominant Bacteria

To really understand the gut and it’s importance to your overall health, you have to start with the smallest of subjects: bacteria. You might think that bacteria is a bad thing. Our society is bent on wiping it out with hand sanitizer. (If I never see another bottle of hand sanitizer at a table in a restaurant, it won’t be too soon!) It can create problems in the wrong environment. However, microorganisms in the GI tract perform very useful functions like communicating with the immune system, preventing the growth of harmful bacteria, and regulating the functioning of the gut, to name a few. Intestinal microflora prevent colonization of pathogens and predominant bacteria are beneficial when in balance.

Abnormal Bacteria, Fungi, and/or Parasites

Most people don’t realize that they have abnormal bacteria, fungus or parasites. Not until there’s an issue which occurs by:

  1. Inadequate physical and immune barrier functions i.e. leaky gut, gluten intolerance, inflamed bowels
  2. Medication usage i.e. antibiotics, NSAIDs, antacids
  3. Inadequate digestive and absorptive function i.e. intestinal inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, diet high in red meat, saturated fat or refined carbohydrates.

Low Predominant Bacteria

Predominant bacteria should be present at normal levels in a healthy gut i.e. Bacteroides sp. and Bifidobacter sp. in the greatest amounts. If one has low levels of beneficial fecal bacteria such as Bifidobacter sp., Lactobacillus sp., and E. coli, issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) presented as diarrhea, cramps, and food intolerance can arise.

So what should someone do if these symptoms appear? Treatment should include:

  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics i.e. psyllium, oat bran, oligofructose
  • Increase intake of fresh vegetables and fibers
  • Address other GI abnormalties

High Predominant Bacteria

What if one has too much of a good thing? Issues can occur such as blood infections of Mycoplasma have been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, D-lactic aciduria, and infections.

What can be done to treat overgrowth of certain bacteria?

  • Reduce poor quality fats, refined carbohydrates and sugars
  • Increase fresh vegetables and high fiber foods.
  • Supplement with probiotics to balance flora
  • May need to use anti-microbial agents

Have you had any of these symptoms or had treatment for a bacterial infection? If you are a physician, how have you treated these any bacterial infection? The Baucom Institute

One Patient Among Many

familyMRGrad2013Hi. My name is Beth Rose. I am one patient among many.

I’m one patient among many others who see Dr. Karan Baucom and who has seen significant changes from diagnosis and prescribing changes for me in my daily life.

I began to see “Dr. B.” a few months ago because I was having several symptoms that began to worry me about my health. I have been a fairly healthy person throughout my 52 years.

I was very active when I was younger up until I had my children. Like a lot of moms, our kids take precedence, and we forget about taking care of ourselves! Over the last 20 years I have begun to have aches and pains in my joints, fasciitis in my feet, increasing back pain, terrible heartburn especially at night, increasing fatigue, no energy for running around with my kids, and the last few months terrible pain after eating in my upper torso. I have felt a mess and, with working our business that my husband and I own, I know the stress of that has contributed to the issues.

I had talked to Dr. B. about my family’s health a lot but Dr. B. asked how I was doing. She knew I was under a great deal of stress and could see the fatigue and lack of energy. I made an appointment and soon was undergoing several tests, including a full blood workup, sonograms, and mammogram. When Dr. B. got the test results back, she sat me down and gave me the most thorough report I’ve ever heard about my health! I was amazed with all the information and how it all linked together. My hormone levels were out of whack, I had gallstones, there are nodules on my thyroid, and I have several food allergies among other issues. I was totally shocked.

With advice and direction as well as prescribing a vitamin and bioidentical hormone supplement regimen, I am beginning to feel good again. I have increasing energy and less fatigue each day. Even better, my outlook on life is much more positive, which I think that has everything to do with the hormonal balance.

I appreciate my family physician, who we have been going to since our children were babies, but Dr. Baucom, as my specialist in Restorative Medicine, has been a life changer for me personally. I’ve never seen anyone take so much time with their patients, not only to diagnose and treat but to also educate.

I’ve been through the “School of Longevity” at The Baucom Institute. I hope to graduate with flying colors in the few next the months to come!

Disease Prevention Over Disease Management

american-heart-monthSomething tragic has happened in America’s clinical health agenda. Doctors have trained patients to rely on medicine for the answers rather than on learning ways to help themselves prevent their reliance on medicine or on medical help. The medical community has it all backwards.

You go to the doctor and you get medicine to deal with your issue. You go to the pharmacy to get the medicine the doctor prescribed to deal with your issue. In all that time, there is only an emphasis on how to treat the symptoms of the real problem not really prevent the problem from happening in the first place.

Longevity management medicine places emphasis on disease prevention versus disease treatment. Its medical protocols involve extensive initial laboratory baseline testing, hormone balancing, laboratory test monitoring, patient education, proper diet, nutritional supplementation and appropriate exercise.

At Baucom Institute, for instance, we go to great lengths to find where the patient is in terms of their health when they come to see us and then through extensive testing we determine the proper course of treatment and educating the patient how to change their own lifestyle so that they can help themselves change their own course toward health.

The Baucom Institute is interested in a quality of care with outcome measures which include: improved laboratory test profiles, enhanced strength, increased endurance, and a greater feeling of wellness as the patient works along with Dr. Baucom to achieve personalized life enhancing goals.

What has your experience been in working with a doctor? What have the results been for you?

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