Baucom Institute for Longevity and Life Enhancement

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Originally published in HerLife Magazine – Kansas City, August 2013

 “We get lots of hugs from our patients.” That’s just one of the personal rewards that Dr. Karan Baucom has experienced through her private practice as the lead physician at the Baucom Institute for Longevity and Life Enhancement in Overland Park, Kansas.

Dr. Baucom spends an hour with each new patient getting to know the patient’s symptoms and complete medical history; that is just the beginning. Dr. Baucom also asks each patient detailed questions about their diet, exercise regimen and sleep habits.    

Treating the Cause, Not the Symptoms

At the Baucom Institute, they don’t just treat symptoms; their goal is to determine the root causes behind health issues and map out a treatment plan that addresses the cause. They take a holistic approach to both diagnosis and treatment. For example, when diagnosing a thyroid issue, normally two or three tests are run, rather than just one. Dr. Baucom finds that she can make a more exacting diagnosis if she includes nine elements in her thyroid testing workup. 

Dr. Baucom is Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine as well as in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has served on staff in hospitals in Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky. In addition, she has taught classes at Truman Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Her extensive medical experience and knowledge has in no way limited her appreciation of alternative healing practices. “We care about people,” Dr. Baucom says. “We are willing to embrace whatever means serves them best to live longer, healthier lives.”    

Combining Alternative Medicine with Traditional Science

Use of herbs and whole food nutritional supplements are often part of Dr. Baucom’s treatment plans for her patients. Dr. Baucom cautions, however, that not all nutritional supplements are created equal. She also does not recommend the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach for nutritional supplements. When it comes to nutritional supplements and hormonal balance, Dr. Baucom does the testing necessary to determine exactly what an individual’s deficiencies are and prescribes accordingly. Her recommendations will include supplements and herbs that the Baucom Institute has researched for quality and effectiveness.

Adjusting eating habits and exercise regimens are also an important part of her approach to bring the whole body into optimum wellness. “American society is experiencing an epidemic of gut related diseases,” according to Dr. Baucom. Acid reflux, Crone’s Disease and food allergies are becoming common diagnoses. “The gluten issue is REAL,” Dr. Baucom says. White flour, sugar, genetically altered foods and the abundance of processed foods in our diets are all contributors to this growing problem, according to Dr. Baucom.    

Aging Symptoms Can Be Reversed

The Baucom Institute focuses on increasing both longevity and quality of life. Achieving hormonal balance, for both men and women, is an important part of accomplishing those goals. “All of the hormones in our bodies work together,” says Dr. Baucom. That’s why she doesn’t simply focus on the male and female hormones that most people associate with aging; all the other hormones, thyroid, insulin and cortisol are important factors in a fully, balanced hormonal system.

Rather than accepting symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, loss of libido and loss of muscle tone as the natural, irreversible byproducts of aging, the Baucom Institute has encouraging news – these symptoms are often the result of hormonal and nutritional imbalance. That means that restoring balance to your body’s internal system can often reverse these symptoms and return much of the vitality lost through diminished hormonal production.    

Specializing in Age-Related Disease

The Baucom Institute does not serve as a primary care physician, nor does it treat medical illness or disease. They are in the business of trying to prevent age-related disease. They encourage their patients to trust their primary care physician with any treatment that is related to illness or disease. The Baucom Institute will share test findings and your treatment plan with your primary physician upon your request and will always refer patients to other physician specialists when it is deemed appropriate.

The Baucom Institute recognizes that they cannot stop aging or necessarily lengthen life, but they can qualify and alter the way their patients' age and enhance the quality of life as they age. This enhancement of the quality of life for their patients is their number one goal.

“To Life & Longevity” is the motto of the Baucom Institute. Quality of life can be improved at any age with the right help and the right resources.

The Baucom Institute for Longevity and Life Enhancement is located at 7010 W. 107th Street, Suite 120, Overland Park, Kansas. You can find them on the web at: