Baucom Institute Awarded 2013 Kansas Minority-Owned Professional Service Firm of the Year

Kansas minority award 2013

The Baucom Institute for Longevity & Life Enhancement has received the 2013 Kansas Minority-Owned Professional Service Firm of the Year Award from the Kansas Department of Commerce Office of Minority and Women Business Development.

Dr. Karan Baucom accepted the honor at the annual Minority Enterprise Development Week luncheon, Oct. 8, 2013, in Topeka, Kansas. The Baucom Institute was selected for the award based on business leadership, company culture, community impact, sustained growth, and dedication to ethical business practices.Kansas Minority Group Award Pic 2013

The event recognized 13 companies and three individuals for their support of Kansas minority and women-owned businesses and their efforts to create opportunities. The luncheon took place during Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week, the Department’s annual celebration of minority and women entrepreneurs in Kansas.

“Minority and women-owned businesses make critical contributions to the Kansas economy as innovators, entrepreneurs and job creators,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “Minority Enterprise Development Week provides us with a great way to honor these businesses and individuals for everything that they do to make Kansas a wonderful place to live and work.”

Congratulations to Dr. Baucom and Manager, Nancy Gardner, and the staff for their continued success with The Baucom Institute.

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?

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?


Gut Health – Parasites


As we are discussing gut health, what do you consider important to dialogue about in regard to parasites? Regarding Botanical Treatment – what are some of the herbs you would consider using for parasitical infection of the gut? What would you use for Entamoeba Histoliytica? Would you treat people who are asymptomatic and why? What about for pinworms? and Giardia Lamblia?

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


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


“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?


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?

Drs. Baucom, the First

legacy_baucomHave you ever been the first to do something? Really, the first? For most people, they really can’t say that they have. For Drs. Karan and Sharon Baucom, identical twin sisters, they can say they have. They were the first minorities and first third-year students to be accepted into the UMKC School of Medicine and then the first African American women to graduate from the program.

To think of the background from which they came, makes the accomplishment even more amazing. The sisters grew up in an under-privileged area of Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated with honors from Central High School. Due to excelling, they drew attention from an anonymous donor who helped them get to KU, where, again, they excelled and drew attention to their abilities. “There wasn’t an award or honor given that one could receive that we weren’t a part of during the three years we attended KU,” Sharon said.

Completing their premed courses, they were invited to attend UMKC School of Medicine in only their third year of undergraduate school. This attracted media attention from The Kansas City Star to The New York Times. Their time at UMKC medical school was successful, leading to attention from many residency programs around the country.

“There was an excitement graduating from UMKC at the time because you knew residency programs would be monitoring your performance against traditionally trained residents,” Karan said. The sisters were asked to join residency programs in family practice and obstetrics and gynecology at KU. “This was a compliment and acknowledgement . . . , “Karan said, of their education.

Karan and Sharon then decided to go their separate ways practicing medicine and teaching and eventually reunited a few years later, establishing their own practice in Topeka, Kansas. Eventually they both went their separate ways again, Karan teaching at KU Medical Center and then establishing The Baucom Institute where she practices anti-aging and rejuvenating medicine, and Sharon became the clinical director for the state of Maryland’s correctional services 24,000 inmates.

“Thank God my sister and I had each other for support during that journey”, Karan said. KaranBaucom“It’s such a privilege to know that years ago, we were part of a vision that became a historic model.”

Dr. Baucom continues to be a trailblazer today, challenging traditional medicine with proactive health practices to help her patients live healthier and more fulfilling lives through The Baucom Institute. “Dr. B.”, as she is known to her clientele, believes that “age is only a number, not a way of life” and that life should be about quality in longevity and really living well.

If you haven’t been the first yet, be the first of those you know to change your life and how you live it. How is your health and your quality of life?