BIG Bellies – drugs or lifestyle change?

belly_fat_diabetes_baucominstituteWe have a major problem in our society . . . we’re fat! Especially in the belly. Why? Are some of us presupposed by our DNA to struggle with weight? Are we just lazy? Is it all because of what we eat?

Let’s break it down.

  • There are an estimated 23.6 million people in this country with diabetes.
  • There are another 57 million with high blood sugars
  • Between 2000 and 2010, the prevalence of a BMI >40 kg m(-2) (type III obesity), calculated from self-reported height and weight, increased by 70%
  • Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. (CDC)
  • Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.

It all comes down to insulin resistance.

What does insulin do? It helps the body utilize glucose – it’s really the key that unlocks the cell door so glucose can pass into it from the bloodstream. Once inside the cell, glucose is used either for energy or stored for use later in the form of glycogen in the liver and muscles. belly_fat_metabolic_syndrome_baucominstitute

Insulin resistance occurs when a normal amount of insulin is not able to open that cell door so the body secretes even more insulin in an attempt to maintain normal blood glucose levels or when there aren’t enough insulin receptors (the average overweight person has 75% less receptors).

So, glucose stays in the bloodstream which is sent to the liver and then converted into fat and then stored throughout the body. These fat cells are even more insulin resistant and often coalesce near the middle – a lot of belly fat. Other symptoms are: headache, day-time drowsiness, insomnia, fatigue,  frequent illnesses, sugar cravings, erratic and insatiable appetite.

And then there’s Metabolic Syndrome – Syndrome X a result of having three or more metabolic risk factors: insulin resistance, elevated blood pressure, abdominal obesity, high lipids – TG, LDL, etc.

What’s the treatment? Do we treat the problem with drugs or with lifestyle changes?

3200 adults with impaired blood sugar control were put into three groups:

  • Metformin (drug)
  • Exercise 150 minutes per week (lifestyle)
  • Usual Care

After three years, there was a reduction in progression to diabetes:

  • 58% in lifestyle group
  • 31% in drug group

In 2008:

  • two clinical trials revealed that diabetic patients on antidiabetic medications gained no significant protection from heart attack and stroke
  • a third study was ended when interim results showed more deaths in volunteers using diabetes drugs for intensive blood sugar control.

So what’s the answer? Lifestyle change – the right nutrition and exercise. It’s simple. Age old. Cliche. But it works. We just don’t want to have to change.

Nutrition -

  • 30% protein with high fiber and avoidance of starch, sugary carbs
  • abundant greens and fresh vegetables
  • frequent ginger, garlic, curcumin, oregano, onions
  • avoidance of refined processed foods like pasta and bread
  • Avoidance of artificial sweeteners and sugars
  • Intake of nuts, legumes and lentils

Supplements -

  • Herbal treatments – Fenugreek, Guar Gum, apple pectin, beet powder, oat fiber, etc.
  • Niacin
  • Lecithin
  • Vitamin E
  • Nattokinase
  • Fish oil
  • magnesium
  • Green Tea, etc.

A restorative or naturopathic physician should always be consulted when creating a pathway to change when dealing with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

What are your thoughts on treatment insulin resistance leading to metabolic syndrome?

Nutrition – Convenient Yet Effective

1364832703339We’ve been talking the last month about the bacteria, fungi, yeast, etc. that can build up in the gut and how to treat the issues that occur as a result. One of the overarching ways to take care of the gut is nutrition. There isn’t anything more convenient and effective on the market today than Juice Plus+. It is a complete vegetable and fruit supplement in a capsule. It is the actual vegetables and fruits themselves, so the body can process the nutrition just as if you were eating that many foods.

Clinical research has showcased the benefits of adding Juice Plus+ to your diet and it’s those studies that impressed Dr. Baucom of The Baucom Institute to take a closer look at the product and eventually start herself, her family and her patients on it.

The Juice Plus+ Clinical Research that is published in medical and scientific journals can be accessed via


Pubmed is part of the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) . It is one of the most reputable resources for obtaining peer reviewed journals articles.

There are over 20 gold standard studies that have been conducted in leading hospitals and universities around the world.

Because of this substantial evidence, Juice Plus+ stands above the rest in nutrition effectiveness.

How do you supplement your diet? If you are a doctor or nutritionist, what do you use to enhance your patients’ nutrition?

Intestinal Health – the Four “R” Program: Part II – Bacteria


In Part I of our four-part series, we looked at the gut and how bacteria plays a part in a good way and a bad one. We also presented that there are four steps to creating a healthy gut:  Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair.

In Part II, we’ll look at bacteria specifically in relation to our gut health and what it does to create havoc in our system, not just our gut.

Opportunistic and pathogenic bacteria proliferate in our body, specifically our GI tract, because of our own behavior, namely poor diet; antibiotic use; as well as contaminated animal food sources, water and produce. That being said, it is within reason that the infection can be reversed.


The symptoms of this invasion present themselves as acute gastritis with abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, cramping, fever, diarrhea, even influenza-like symptoms are common, including headache and malaise, and sometimes resulting in as bad as bloody diarrhea, colitis and hemolytic uremic syndrome.

As bad as it sounds, there is treatment for bacterial infection: probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins, herbal agents such as goldenseal, citrus seed extract, garlic, oregano oil, and olive leaf extract. At the very least, be sure and rehydrate if you have had any diarrhea.

At Baucom Institute, we deal especially with the gut and treatment of these types of issues. In more invasive cases, we specialize in prescribing medications to deal with the serious nature of these issues.

Do you have any of these symptoms or know anyone who does?


The Proof is in the Pudding


Dr. Baucom recently presented her seminar “Gluten, The Silent Enemy” at the KU Edwards Conference Center and in Lawrence.  In her talk, she brings up the importance of eating fresh fruits, vegetables and berries and how they are anti-inflammatory to the body, vital for healing the gut and improving circulation.  She mentions Juice Plus+, which is 26 fruits vegetables and berries concentrated in a capsule or soft chewable.  She briefly goes over the more than 20 independent clinical studies that have been done using this product.  One of the gold standard studies she expounded on was conducted at the University of Maryland.

The subjects of this double blind study ate a high fat breakfast at a popular fast food restaurant and then had their brachial artery measured.

They divided into 3 groups:  a placebo group, a group on Juice Plus+ fruit and vegetables and a group that was on Juice Plus+ AND Vineyard Blend which is 9 different berries.

After 28 days they returned to the fast food restaurant for a repeat of the same meal and then to the lab to have the constriction measured again.

These are the results:

The Placebo group demonstrated the same 50% restriction which lasted anywhere from 2-6 hours!

The second group (JP+) measured 16% restriction. That was a 66% improvement and very significant.

The third group (JP+and VB) had NO constriction at all.  This is significant!

This study was deemed so important that it was published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2003 issue, one of the most esteemed publications in the medical field.

For further reading, go to the abstract:

The facts are hard to ignore. This is one study of many over the last 20 plus years Juice Plus has been providing nutrition.

Do you believe in supplementing your diet?

Do I Really Need To Supplement?

vitamins-supplements-alternative-medicineIn today’s society the most common medications prescribed are for depression, hyperlipidemia (cholesterol), heart disease, and inflammation. Most of these conditions are thought to be brought about by society’s failure to recognize deficiencies in vitamins and minerals. Certain of these vitamins and minerals, to include those that help glands maintain their integrity and their ability to function, are lacking in the foods we give our children and ourselves. You could not possibly eat enough of the foods you need to give you the nutrition you need. In fact, researchers say you would have to eat 13-14 oranges a day to get enough vitamin C to support your immune system every day!

Harvard Medical School did some research on the issue. They asked clinical dietitian Ellen di Bonaventura, R.D., at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Helen Delichatsios, M.D., nutrition educator at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, to find out if women can eat enough food to actually get the nutrients they need every day. “Both di Bonaventura and Dr. Delichatsios say that a woman can’t meet her nutrient needs through food alone even if she eats 1,500 calories (or less) per day. It’s not an issue of food quantity but rather food quality . . . Most experts now recommend a daily intake of 1,000 international units (IU) [of vitamin D], an amount that’s difficult to get through foods or sun exposure (unless you live in the lower half of the United States and spend time outdoors). So plan to take a vitamin D supplement.” (

Supplements are intended to provide essential nutrients that the body needs to function cant-out-supplement-a-bad-dietefficiently. We believe they should be pharmaceutical grade, of the highest quality and in a form that is easily available for absorption. These essential nutrients consist of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids that cannot necessarily be made by the human body.

The supplement industry is crowded with sales and marketing firms that promote their products as the answer to health related problems. Some of these companies are master marketers that package and promote their products to both consumers and to physicians for sale to their patients. For the average consumer, all of this product hype and marketing can be very confusing when trying to determine what they should be taking to promote health, vitality and longevity. As a nation of consumers we spend a good part of our health dollar with the supplement industry.

Everyone’s level of essential nutrients and needs are different so a personalized supplement regimen should be followed. Independent laboratory certifications of quality, absorption and ingredients should also be established in order to get the best supplements on the market.

What supplements do you take and are you seeing results from taking them? We would love to talk to you about your regimen and give you a health analysis to see if you are taking the right supplements. Contact us at The Baucom Institute.