Case Study: Susan

  • 49 yo CF recent dx of Stage II Breast Ca hormone Rec +,s/p partial mastectomy, body-case-study-baucom-instituteradiation, irregular periods, shingles, intolerant of Fereston due to Headaches, constipated.  Hx of fibroids, heavy periods, fibrocystic breast. G2P2

  • nl vitals,   Estradiol 26.8pg/ml (0-32.2 menopause range)

  • Sed rate 22 (0-20)

  • Cbc, chem, thyroid panel cholesterol wnl

  • Vit D 153 (30-100)

  • GGT 15   Uric Acid 3.2

  • Glutathione 992

  • MTHFR C677+/A1298C+

  • Cytokine: base Il-6++, IL-17+, IL-12–,IFN gamma ++, TNF-a ++, IL-4++, IL-5–, IL-10++, IL-8++, G-CSF++

How would you approach treatment of this patient?

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Catechol-O-Methyltransferase

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  • Involved in phase II metabolism of hydroxy-estradiols
  • Involved in metabolism of xenobiotics
  • Involved in metabolism of chocolate
  • Involved in metabolism of caffeine by-products (catechins)
  • Involved in metabolism of excitatory neurotransmitters

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  • S-adenosylmethionine and magnesium dependent
  • Linked to estrogen
  • imbalance disorders
  • Is involved in hyperhomocystinemia in Parkinson patients on L-dopa
  • Is linked to psychiatric disorders

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Am I Losing It or Does Anybody Feel This Way?

Portrait of a middle aged woman sitting in a chair and looking sad

Hormones are vital in protecting and telling the body what to do. An important part of age management medicine is measuring and, where necessary, supplementing important hormones that decline, but contribute to longevity. Often patients come to the Baucom Institute with complaints of fatigue, decreased libido, poor concentration, and weight gain despite proper exercise and nutrition. The missing piece to their puzzle is often hormonal restoration and balance. When we restore and balance hormones to their youthful level, we use bio-available hormones. These bio-available hormonal messengers are the same as our bodies produce and can be utilized as natural restorative factors to qualify aging. Hormone restoration and balancing requires precise testing and monitoring. It should only be performed under the medical management of a qualified physician.

COMPARING HERBS AND BIO-AVAILABLE HORMONES

Bio-available hormones require a prescription by a physician. Often people confuse the difference between bio-available hormones and herbs that stimulate hormones. Herbs, or holistic naturopathic medicine, can be a contributor to the wholeness of a being, but instead of using naturopathic herbs to simulate what these hormones can do, as physicians we can have these hormones compounded by a pharmacy. In today’s world of medicine, many pharmaceutical companies are also now beginning to produce bio-available hormones.

A PERSONALIZED HORMONE BALANCING AND RESTORATION PLAN

Hormones work in concert with one another. The vital glands that send these important messengers throughout our brain and the rest of our body do so in a synchronized balanced manner. It’s our job, at the Baucom Institute, to identify if hormone balancing and restoration is appropriate and, if so, format for that patient a hormonal balancing and restoration plan designed to achieve increased vitality and youthful exuberance.

Learn More about Bio-Available Hormones

What symptoms do you struggle with?

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!

Hormone Series—Part IV: Progesterone – The Other Female Hormone

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Progesterone is a female sex hormone that balances estrogen. “Progesterone is used as a part of hormone replacement therapy in women who have passed menopause (the change of life) and have not had a hysterectomy (surgery to remove the uterus). Hormone replacement therapy usually includes estrogen, which is used to treat symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk of developing certain diseases. However, estrogen can also cause abnormal thickening of the lining of the uterus and increase the risk of developing uterine cancer. Progesterone helps to prevent this thickening and decreases the risk of developing uterine cancer. Progesterone is also used to bring on menstruation (period) in women of childbearing age who have had normal periods and then stopped menstruating. Progesterone is in a class of medications called progestins (female hormones). It works as part of hormone replacement therapy by decreasing the amount of estrogen in the uterus. It works to bring on menstruation by replacing the natural progesterone that some women are missing.” (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a604017.html)

Natural progesterone is important in many ways including healthy bones and brain processing. Progesterone has anti cancer properties, decreases anxiety and stabilizes mood swings. PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) is indicative of a progesterone deficiency. Women who have had hysterectomies should still have natural bio-available progesterone replacement as it is an important part of maintaining a woman’s hormonal balance, and a contributor to youthful vitality and vigor. There are progesterone receptors in other areas of the body to include: breast, bone and brain, all working to keep the body balanced and healthy.

If you have difficulty with menopause or menopausal symptoms, what treatment are you currently using if any? Would you consider natural hormones?

Hormones Part III–Estrogen

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Female healthcare in America is way behind that of our European counterparts. Unfortunately, menopause, its transition, or the lack of female hormones has been the brunt of many comedians’ jokes. Unfortunately, in our society we’ve almost considered it just matter of fact that women will enter a transition when they will become cranky, irritable, bloated, fat, obtain jowls, and have everything fall down. The Baucom Institute for Longevity and Life Enhancement more than understands this dilemma and wants to stop the cascade of ignorance that has occurred by bringing the standard of female hormone management to a standard of care that is secondary to none.

Estrogen is primarily a female sex hormone. There are three types of estrogen: estradiol, estriol, and estrone, which is not used because it predisposes women to cancer. When estrogen starts to wane in the menopausal years there are numerous signs: hot flashes, loss of sexual interest, mood swings and insomnia. Supplementing the body with bio available Estradiol, the main human estrogen, can help provide protection against diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, various types of cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease, as well as help improve skin and hair and increase libido.

There are risks associated with estrogen replacement therapy, but with proper dosage, periodic monitoring of test results and proper medical management, the benefits outweigh the risk.

According to Edward Lichten, M.D.,PC, Birmingham, Michigan, “In the last 35 years, more than 40 epidemiological studies have been performed to gather information about the risks of taking estrogen and developing breast cancer. Most studies show either no increased risk or slight increase with prolonged estrogen use. And to the physician, this information is both comforting and reassuring that prescribing estrogen is in the best interest of our female patients.

THE ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF ESTROGEN

  1. Women who are fearful of estrogen causing breast cancer, find that the use of VAGINAL ESTROGEN CREAM is less objectionable. By using 1/2 to 2 grams daily, the vaginal and bladder symptoms are relieved with small amounts being absorbed.
  2. Women who want to take a bio-identical estrogen preparations may start with natural ESTRADIOl (E2) in the transdermal patch, or may elect to use a natural estrogen cream.
  3. Natural Estrogen Pellets. An old technique for the 1950′s and 1960′s is returning into use. This technique places compressed pellets of natural estrogen under the skin of the hip with a minor, office surgical procedure. In exchange for the 5 minutes it takes the physician to place these pellets, most women can remain hormonally stable for 3 to 6 months!”

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Is it Getting Hot in Here?

HormoneTherapy_1-Fan_500_313_80_s_c1_center_top_0_0Hormones are vital in protecting and telling the body what to do. An important part of age management medicine is measuring and, where necessary, supplementing important hormones that decline, but contribute to longevity. Often patients come to the Baucom Institute with complaints of fatigue, decreased libido, poor concentration, and weight gain despite proper exercise and nutrition. The missing piece to their puzzle is often hormonal restoration and balance. When we restore and balance hormones to their youthful level, we use bio-available hormones. These bio-available hormonal messengers are the same as our bodies produce and can be utilized as natural restorative factors to qualify aging. Hormone restoration and balancing requires precise testing and monitoring. It should only be performed under the medical management of a qualified physician.

Comparing Herbs and Bio-Available Hormones

Bio-available hormones require a prescription by a physician. Often people confuse the difference between bio-available hormones and herbs that stimulate hormones. Herbs, or holistic naturopathic medicine, can be a contributor to the wholeness of a being, but instead of using naturopathic herbs to simulate what these hormones can do, as physicians we can have these hormones compounded by a pharmacy. In today’s world of medicine, many pharmaceutical companies are also now beginning to produce bio-available hormones.

A Personalized Hormone Balancing and Restoration Plan

Hormones work in concert with one another. The vital glands that send these important messengers throughout our brain and the rest of our body do so in a synchronized balanced manner. It’s our job, at the Baucom Institute, to identify if hormone balancing and restoration is appropriate and, if so, format for that patient a hormonal balancing and restoration plan designed to achieve increased vitality and youthful exuberance.

Learn More about Bio-Available Hormones

What symptoms do you struggle with?

The Facts About Male Andropause

Aging Men

Male Andropause. You may have never heard of it, especially if you are a woman under 30. However, it is a very real and prevalent issue for men, especially after age 40. Let’s start with what it is and then what to do about it.

To put it simply, andropause is the steady decline in the hormone testosterone. It usually andropause_grapheffects men around the age of 40 and continues for a longer period of time, possibly lasting for decades, than menopause with women which can have more extreme effects but over a shorter period of time. Most men think these symptoms are just a part of aging and that they should just accept their fate. They couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, by age 45-55 men can experience the same types of effects similar to menopause.

The effects can include changes in attitude and mood, mild depression, fatigue, lower sex drive, reduced erections, weight gain in the middle, loss of energy, and reduction in physical agility because of the loss of muscle mass.

So what’s the answer? It seems inevitable. It stands to reason that if the loss of testosterone is the cause then the replacing of testosterone would be the answer. True, but how do you replace an organic chemical that the body itself reproduces? This is where the answer and the problem both lie, as if two sides to the same coin.

Hormone therapy has become more common in treating the effects of menopause in women. However, the side-effects have become too dangerous, like when men take Viagra to enhance their sexual performance. It is not a natural component; therefore the body cannot assimilate it without side effects.

man50+Bio-identical hormones have become preferable due to their natural effects on the body. These same types of bio-identical, natural hormones are now available to men as well. The bio-available testosterone not only increases muscle mass and improves a guy’s general well-being, it also lowers cholesterol, enhances libido and sexual energy, and helps prevent pre-mature heart disease.

If you have these symptoms from aging, even if you are just in your 40’s, don’t wait until they are worse. Contact us today at The Baucom Institute to learn from your own “Age Management Plan” what you need at your age.

What are some symptoms you have noticed in yourself or someone else you care about? We would love to hear from you.

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?