MTHFR Genotyping

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

What is Methylation?methylation_baucom_institute

A chemical reaction that occurs in every cell and tissue in our body.

Chemically speaking, methylation is the process of adding a methyl group (1 carbon and 3 hydrogens) to a molecule.

Epigenetic_mechanismsMethy groups are chemically inert; adding them to a protein changes how that protein reacts to other substances in the body; thus affecting how that protein behaves.

Enzymes, hormones, and even genes are proteins. Methylation affects them all.

Intestinal Health – the Four “R” Program: Part IV – Obesity

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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 as well as the treatment for it – the Four R Program - four steps to creating a healthy gut:  Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair.

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

In Part III, we dealt with yeast and fungi in relation to the gut and the treatment options that are available to deal with these two gut busters.

In Part IV, we’ll look at how obesity plays a part in overall gut health.

Why?

Research has found that obesity has a microbial component that alters caloric yield from ingested food. Altering the gut microbiota may also improve insulin sensitivity and glucose intolerance.

What causes this?

Bacteria (Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes classes – Clostridiasp., Streptomyces sp., Lactobacillus sp., Mycolplasma sp., Bacillus sp., Bacteroides sp., and Prevotella sp.) known to increase caloric extraction from food are present. Basically, one thing leads to another – bacteria takes away what the body needs, coupled with a Western diet and lack of exercise, which leads to inflammation, leading to affects on the body i.e. diabetes, cancers, etc.

Jeff Leach with the Human Food Project states in his article Anthropology of Microbes, “In chatting with the researchers from Shanghai (about a 26 year old man at 300+ pounds who lost weight with a low-fat, high carb diet and found to have elevated levels of Enterobacter cloacae subsp. or B9), it’s clear that our B29 microbe is not the only heavy-duty endotoxin-producing bacteria that is contributing to obesity and associated metabolic disorders in mice and humans. Several members within the larger Enterobactereriaceae family (within the phylum Proteobacteria) will emerge as opportunistic pathogens as well. Opportunistic in that they only cause significant damage to the host under elevated conditions which are brought on by a western diet and lifestyle (apparently). . . .therefore, ipso facto, elevated levels of Enterobacter cloacae subsp. (B29) in your gut in the presence of a high fat diet maycause an increase in your circulating levels of LPS endotoxins which will in turn increase your levels of inflammation which will definitely contribute to a cascade of metabolic disorders including, but not likely limited to, obesity and type 2 diabetes.” (http://humanfoodproject.com/are-you-carrying-the-obesity-pathogen/)

What are the treatment options?obesity_SS_131375909_081613-617x416

In order to alter the gut for microbiota:

  1. balance of predominant bacteria using the 4R protocol (below)
  2. remove opportunistic bacteria, especially Bacillus sp.
  3. supplement with Bifidobacter sp., and S. boulardii
  4. reduce refined carbohydrates
  5. address all the GI imbalances.

In case you forgot the the 4 R’s to intestinal health, they are:

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.

What are your thoughts concerning obesity and the effect it has on gut health?

Intestinal Health – the Four “R” Program: Part III – Fungi

3.1.4_fungi_2In 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 as well as the treatment for it – the Four R Program - four steps to creating a healthy gut:  Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair. In Part II, we looked at bacteria specifically in relation to our gut health and what it does to create havoc in our system, not just our gut. In Part III, we’ll look at yeast and fungi in relation to the gut and the treatment options that are available to deal with these two gut busters.

What is it?

Fungus is an onomatopoeia word – it sounds like what it is: not very desirable. Fungi commonly identified species are: Candida, Rhodotorula, Geotrichum, Sacchoromyces, and Trichosporon. Some types of fungus you might be familiar with are mushrooms and yeast.

Although yeast is a normal inhabitant of the gastrointestinal flora and is present in 40-65% of the human population with no harmful effects, if overgrown it is the most common causal agent of opportunistic fungal infections. Contrary to what you might think, the esophagus is the most commonly infected site followed by the stomach then the small and large bowel.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of a fungal infection include: gastric pain, nausea, vomiting, gas, and bloating.

What are the treatment options?GP2103

  • Reduce any intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars
  • Use herbal agents in combination oregano oil, berberine, goldenseal, grapefruit seed extract, and garlic
  • Consult a physician for medication
  • Use S. boulardii which aids in the growth of beneficial bacteria; crowds out the yeast and supports the immune system
  • Avoid fructooligosaccharide (FOS) which may feed yeast

At The Baucom Institute, we do a full testing workup to determine the type of infection and then would treat accordingly.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? If you are in the medical field, how do you handle these infections?

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.”

 

Clinical Research on JUICE PLUS+® Nutrition

1364832703339If you’re like most people, we just don’t get enough true nutrition on a daily basis. We’re lucky to get balanced meals let alone enough of the vitamins and minerals we need to fuel our bodies as well as create a strong immune system. When super rich, vitamin-packed foods like papaya, kale, or elderberries aren’t necessarily on our menu or available, the next best thing to fruits and vegetables is Juice Plus+.

At Baucom Institute, we highly recommend a supplementation enriched diet and Juice Plus+ is a supplementation program we tell our patients about, a “whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 25 different fruits, vegetables and grains.” According to the Juice Plus+ site, “Not a multivitamin, medicine, treatment or cure for any disease, Juice Plus+ is all-natural and made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule so you can enjoy improved nutrition and wellness.”

Below are the ways Juice Plus+ works to help our health and clinical research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals that show Juice Plus helps support heart health, a healthier immune system, and much more.

Heart Health–contributes to cardiovascular wellness.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Immune System–supports your immune system.

University of Florida

Healthy Skin–better nutrition leads to healthier skin.

University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany

Healthy Gums–supports dental health.

The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Oxidative Stress–delivers antioxidants into the blood stream.

University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center

DNA–helps protect DNA.

University of South Carolina

Systemic Inflammation–reduces biomarkers of systemic inflammation.

University of South Carolina

Are you getting enough in your diet to support your daily activity and build a healthy immune system? If so, what do you do to balance your diet in terms of nutrition and supplementation?

Introducing: “The Baucom Institute”–To Life and Longevity!

Dr B DeskWhen you think of “age management” maybe you think of nursing homes or elder care. If you aren’t aware, the statistics show that people are living longer because of advancements in medicine. However, are they living well in their older years?

That’s what The Baucom Institute is all about—life enhancement and age management, “ . . . an emerging field of medicine devoted to maintaining or enhancing the quality of life as we age. It does not prevent aging or necessarily lengthen our life, but rather qualifies and alters the way we age to enhance the quality of life as we age.” –Karan Baucom, MD, FACOG, FAAAAM

As we age, we become susceptible to disease and the breakdown of our body systems. Dr. Baucom has created a program whereby assessment of the patient is made to determine areas of concern and to determine the best course for preventing any further issues. The protocols for assessment include:

  • Extensive initial laboratory baseline testing
  • Hormone balancing
  • Laboratory test monitoring
  • Patient education
  • Proper diet
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Appropriate exercise

When all the testing has been assessed, Dr. Baucom’s plan of care will include:

  • Improved laboratory test profiles
  • Enhanced strength
  • Increased endurance
  • A great feeling of wellness

Dr. Baucom always says, “Age is only a number, not a way of life.” There are answers in regenerative medicine— comprehensive assessment, tailored care, hormone balance for men and women, nutrition, and exercise. The answers are available for quality of life and youthful vitality.

Tell us your story—in what ways do you want to see your quality of life improve?