Dr. Buckner becomes a Board Certified Wound Specialist-Physician (CWS-P)

Dr. J. W. ‘Bucky’ Buckner, MD, FACS, the Chair for PURE’s Wellness Advisory Board and an Independent Business Owner, has become a Board Certified Wound Specialist-Physician (CWS-P) and a Diplomat of the American Board of Wound Management.

“Dr. Bucky’s new certification puts him at the center of wellness in the community at PURE,” said Daren Hogge, PURE CEO. “The Board is comprised of five seasoned healthcare professionals who provide guidance and input on product development and formulation, product usage and protocol and product education. Each of our members provide a unique perspective on wellness.”

Eligible candidates for the Wound Specialist certification must have attained a Doctoral degree, have a minimum of three years of clinical wound care experience, and be a licensed healthcare professional according to the American Board of Wound Management. Finally, candidates must pass an extensive examination covering a wide spectrum of topics pertaining to wound management.

Dr. John W. Buckner, M.D. graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine in 1985. He practices medicine in Springfield, MO and specializes in surgery. Dr. Buckner is affiliated with Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and Cox Health in Springfield. Dr. Buckner is a Wellness Advisory Board member and is proud to be part of the PURE: People United Reaching Everyone family.

*Wellness Advisory Board Members are compensated for their role on the Wellness Advisory Board. In addition to serving as a Wellness Advisory Board Member, Dr. John W. Buckner, MD is also a PURE Independent Business Owner.

There’s a real need for supplementation

We all know the importance that vitamins and minerals play in our health. Vitamins are essential for growth, development, and normal cell function. Minerals are important for building bones, making hormones, and regulating the heartbeat. You would think that eating a variety of foods would meet all of your nutritional needs. Well, that’s not always the case. Americans, in particular, lack the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals they need.

There are many reasons for nutritional deficiencies: genetically modified foods, deficient soil, the shipping, processing and cooking of foods, poor digestion, environmental factors (pollution, water, etc.), medications, and more. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 43 different vegetables and fruits have declined in protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B12), and vitamin C over the past half century.1

Studies show…

The consumption of vitamins A, C, D and E is inadequate in 25-70% of the U.S. population. Americans are also 38% deficient in calcium, 45% deficient in magnesium, and 97% deficient in potassium.2

 To make matters worse, Americans exceed the recommendations for sodium, saturated fats, refined grains, solid fats and added sugars. All of this can lead to chronic disease, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and various forms of cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 30% of deaths are related to obesity, lack of activity and poor nutrition.3

What are we to do?

 Eat a healthy diet, exercise, get adequate sleep, and choose a daily multivitamin supplement. Overall, Americans should increase their consumption of foods rich in vitamins A, C, D and E as well as folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.

Two things I want to highlight are vitamin D and fiber, both essential to overall health.

Vitamin D is critical for bone health, muscle strength, immune function, and the reduction of inflammation. It promotes calcium absorption in the gut. The recommended daily allowance of vitamin D is 600 IU and yet the average intake is 156-404 IU.4 Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin and brittle. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis.

Fiber is critical to better health for blood sugar control, improved digestive health, weight loss, lowered risk of heart disease and diabetes, and more. Most Americans are not getting enough. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. It helps relieve constipation, helps you maintain a healthy weight, and lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Let your health care providers (including doctors, pharmacists, and dietitians) know which dietary supplements you’re taking so that you can discuss what’s best for your overall health, and avoid any drug-nutrient interactions. Avoid supplements with sweeteners, colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, or fillers.

Please note that dietary supplements are products intended to supplement the diet. They are not drugs and, therefore, are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure diseases.

Dr. John W. Buckner, M.D. graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine in 1985. He practices medicine in Springfield, MO and specializes in surgery. Dr. Buckner is affiliated with Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and CoxHealth in Springfield. Dr. Buckner is a Wellness Advisory Board member and is proud to be part of the PURE: People United Reaching Everyone family.

Wellness Advisory Board Members are compensated for their role on the Wellness Advisory Board. In addition to serving as a Wellness Advisory Board Member, Dr. John W. Buckner, MD is also a PURE Independent Business Owner.


2J Nutr. 2011 Oct;141(1):1847-54

3 https://www.cancer.org/research/nutrition-and-physical-activity-research-highlights.html

4 https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/



Love Yourself, Love Your Heart

HeartHealth_Bucky0216 Our very own Dr. John Buckner, Chair of the Genesis PURE Wellness Advisory Board (WAB), is here to share things you can do to live better and longer. It’s February. Winter draws on for some while others are getting a glimpse of spring. It is also Heart Awareness Month and we celebrate Valentine’s Day with a nod toward the romantic side of how we view the human heart.

Did you know that the heart begins beating at four weeks after conception and doesn’t stop until we die? It beats on average 100,000 times a day or 2.5 billion times in a lifetime.  It pumps about 2000 gallons of blood each day. The average daily energy output would be equivalent to a truck traveling 20 miles a day.  You don’t have to think about it, reboot it, plug it in or even be awake for the heart to do its thing.

The human heart is amazing and yet:

  • Heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans.
  • There will be 375,000 deaths from heart disease in the U.S. this year.
  • Heart disease accounts for one in seven deaths.
  • Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.
  • Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. every 43 seconds and kills someone in the U.S. every 90 seconds.
  • Heart disease accounts for one-third of all deaths globally.

I see people in my office every day who believe heredity is to blame for heart disease. They say things like, “Well Doc, everyone in my family has died early of a heart attack so it’s just a matter of time before I have the “big one” and drop dead like them.”

I notice these people are obese, they never exercise, they have a 48-ounce soda in their hand and a cheeseburger in the other, they smoke a pack of cigarettes a day and, because of all of the aforementioned, they have high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. Inherited? I don’t buy that for one minute and there is good evidence to back me up.

Now granted, there have been advances in the treatment of heart disease. There are new operations and new minimally invasive interventions involving stents, angioplasty, and new medications. But despite these advanced, heart disease still remains the number one killer. Why? These wonderful advances are just temporarily fixing the problems of abuse of an otherwise incredible machine — the human body.

Imagine you had a luxury vehicle, and you never had it serviced, never changed the oil, used the wrong gas, and never changed the tires. It would start breaking down. Even if you changed a component at a time but continued to ignore major services, it would only be a matter of time before those minor interventions failed and the car was back in the shop. The human body is no different. But, instead of breaking down in a few months or even a year or two, the human heart will run well for 40 or 50 years before it starts breaking down. That’s sad, as it should last longer, considering the things we can do to prevent heart disease.

Here is the good news!

The causes and factors that dramatically increase someone’s risk for developing heart disease are almost all within our control. The American Heart Association (AHA) gauges the heart health of the nation by seven factors. The factors to control heart disease are quite simple, and I want to identify them for you here.

  • Stop smoking
  • Be physically active
  • Embrace a healthy diet
  • Control body weight
  • Control blood sugar
  • Control blood pressure
  • Control cholesterol

While heredity and genetics are factors, they are minor, and there are lifestyle modifications we can make to improve our heart health dramatically.

  • Stop smoking. If you smoke, you have been warned that it will kill you via a heart attack, stroke or lung cancer.
  • Be physically active. Easy enough. You should exert yourself every day.  Take the stairs, park farther away, walk 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles), or run or walk 5 miles if you would rather.  Bike, swim, lift weights, do Yoga or Zumba, anything to get your heart rate up. The AHA recommends we do 150 minutes of moderate activity every week, or 30 minutes/5 days a week.
  • Embrace a healthy diet. East a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, lean meats and fish (at least twice a week), and make sure to take in omega-3 fatty acids and vegetable proteins, cutting out beverages or foods with added sugar.
  • Control body weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. These are all related. Seventy percent of Americans are overweight and one third are obese. The incidence of Metabolic Syndrome, which is essentially all these, are directly related to being overweight as are many other health problems including cancer, stroke, and arthritis.

Let me get more specific.

We know that Omega-3 fatty acids are important. They can be found in foods such as nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, and fish.

Electrolytes are critical and knowing that 97 percent of American diets are horribly deficient in potassium, I believe Genesis PURE’s Hydration product is important especially for those who work out.

Drinks and foods with little to no added sugar fall within the AHA guidelines for healthy foods and in fact just this last month a new study lead by Dr Yang from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at 43,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Those reporting consumption of more than 25% of their calories from added sugars had nearly double the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Supplements for heart health:

  • Fiber lowers weight and cholesterol
  • Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to lower blood pressure
  • Omega-3 fatty acids lower triglycerides
  • Green tea extract has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Vitamin C, D, and B-12 all may play some role in protecting against heart or vascular disease.
  • There are studies that indicate pomegranate juice may have protective effects on hardening of the arteries, and there is evidence from laboratory studies that the juice may protect some arteries from stress injuries.

As we celebrate Heart Awareness Month, please be aware that the best gift you can give to those you love is the gift of a healthy heart. Be the perfect example of how to live and eat so those you care about will be around for many years to Love.

Happy Valentines Day!!

Dr. John W. Buckner, M.D. (“Bucky”) is Chair of the Genesis PURE Wellness Advisory Board. He graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine in 1985. He practices medicine in Springfield, MO and specializes in Surgery. Dr. Buckner is affiliated with Citizens Memorial Hospital District, Select Specialty Hospital and Lester E Cox Medical Center. Dr. Buckner is proud to be part of the Genesis PURE family. He is appreciative of the purity with which the products are made and the passion with which they are distributed. Meet the entire WAB team at http://www.genesispure.com/science-education.


Meet the Genesis PURE™ Wellness Advisory Board

MeetWAB_0116 You’re in for a real treat at our PURE Energy Leadership Conference in March, 2016. Our very own Wellness Advisory Board (WAB) will be conducting a product panel discussion, giving you the chance to discuss particular products. Register today!

The board consists of three seasoned medical doctors and a pharmacist who provide guidance on product development, product claims, and product use protocols. They are embracing  healthier lifestyle choices to improve the overall health and wellness of their patients and encouraging their patients to do the same.

Meet the doctors.

Buckner Dr. John Buckner is the Chair of the Wellness Advisory Board. He earned his BA in Biology and Medical Degree from the University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Medicine in 1985. From 1985 – 1990, Dr. Buckner attended the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK where he performed his internship and residency in general surgery. Dr. Buckner became a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and remains Board Certified in General and Vascular Surgery. In 1990, he began an active duty stint in the Air Force. Dr. Buckner was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska where he served for 3 years as a Major in the USAF. During this tour of duty, he deployed to Germany in support of Operation Desert Storm and also deployed to South Korea. Dr. Buckner earned the Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) while training with the 1st MASH at Ft Riley, Kansas. Upon his release from active duty in 1993, he received the Meritorious Service Medal. He then transferred to the Air Force Active Reserves.

Dr. Buckner returned to Springfield in 1993 and joined Ferrell Duncan Clinic. He has practiced all areas of general and vascular surgery since his return to Springfield, but has always concentrated his efforts on improving breast surgical care for the women of Southwest Missouri. He became the first surgeon in Springfield to perform a number of new procedures in the treatment of breast cancer and has been principle investigator in breast cancer research with the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group.

CarmenCarmen Keith, MD earned her doctorate in medicine at University of Arkansas for Medical Science where she also completed a residency in anesthesiology. She went on to complete her fellowship in pain medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate. Carmen is double boarded in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. She is currently the Medical Director of Pain Management Services at the hospital.

Carmen started her journey with Genesis Pure in September 2013. She was searching for natural alternatives to help improve the well-being of her family and the results have exceeded her expectations. Carmen has a passion for people and her purpose is to help others. Genesis Pure has helped provide another avenue for her to engage her passion and purpose.

doctor Theresa Lawrence-Ford, MD is The Medical Director of North Georgia Rheumatology Group and an Active Staff member at Gwinnett Medical Center Hospitals. She practices in a single specialty group in Gwinnett County, Georgia with her sister who is also a Rheumatologist. Dr. Lawrence Ford received her Medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Emory University Hospitals, where she also completed a fellowship in Rheumatology and Immunology. She is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, a member of the National Medical Association, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rheumatology Society’ and an active member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. She has also served as a Member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Lupus Foundation and the Lupus Registry.

She has done research in the fields of Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis and maintains her interest currently by participating as an investigator in clinical trials and by acting a national speaker in the field of Rheumatology. She has been recognized in Atlanta Magazine yearly as a Top Doctor in her field since 2005.

In addition to her professional societies she maintains an avid interest in Wellness. She is holds certification in the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer, and is Medical Director of Patient Fitness Center.

CarrieDr. Carrie Beth Smith, PharmD, BCPS is a seasoned expert in the field of pharmacology whose perspective on well-being will help carry Genesis PURE’s vision to the world. From staff pharmacist, she moved into clinical pharmacy and then into education as an adjunct clinical professor. She has a wealth of experience in supplement safety, product testing, and pharmaceuticals. Dr. Smith has produced numerous scientific presentations and is a member of various pharmaceutical associations. She finds her greatest motivation in coaching others to improve their overall health and wellness.

Join us for Genesis PURE™ National Leadership Conference, March 18-19, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Expect inspiration, training and motivation that could very well change your life! Featuring Genesis PURE corporate leader Tony Solis and more, PURE Energy is going to be the premier event of the year.

Register now for the PURE Energy Leadership Conference taking place March 18-19, 2016 at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel.