Grill Nation Interview from 05.30.20
Dr. Kipp Van Camp, founder of Midwest Radiology Institute and Midwest Regenerative Health and Pain Clinic, had the honor of speaking to Jason Grill of Grill Nation. We wanted to take a few minutes to thank Jason and Grill Nation, as well as shed a little light on the interview.
Dr. Van Camp’s Background
Jason Grill and Dr. Van Camp began the interview by delving into Dr. Van Camp’s childhood in western Kansas. His father was a veterinarian, which inspired Dr. Van Camp to pursue a career in the medical field. However, after too many middle-of-the-night cow deliveries in a field exposed to the elements, he decided he would prefer to practice medicine indoors.
Dr. Van Camp discusses his decision to go to Bethany College, where he played football and participated in track. After graduating from Bethany, Dr. Van Camp attended the Kansas University of Medicine and Biosciences, where he spent four years becoming a Doctor of Osteopathy.
Osteopathic Medicine Path
Throughout the interview, Dr. Van Camp talks about osteopathic medicine and how it focuses on general medicine first and foremost, which is not true of all medical professions. More than 70 percent of graduates from D.O. schools complete a one-year rotating internship. This type of internship involves spending time being trained in general surgery, general practice, OBGYN, emergency medicine, and much more. After this year, they then choose a specialty in which to receive further training.
Dr. Van Camp completed his year-long internship in St. Louis, where he met and married his wife. After his training, he practiced family medicine for three years. Dr. Van Camp then decided to switch focuses to radiology, so he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to receive four more years of specialized training. Following his training in Tulsa, Dr. Van Camp completed a one-year fellowship with Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. By the time Dr. Van Camp completed this fellowship, he was 40 years old with three degrees.
Dr. Van Camp and his family moved back to Kansas, where he spent time as a radiologist in Topeka as well as helped small hospitals in western Kansas.
Connection to Alzheimer’s Disease
In 2011, Dr. Van Camp’s entire world changed when his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Van Camp was unhappy with how his father’s doctors wanted them to deal with the prognosis.
For years, Dr. Van Camp’s father claimed that veterinary medicine is always ahead of human medicine, so he decided to speak to a veterinarian about Alzheimer’s. He wanted to find out if there was anything in veterinary medicine that might help humans with this cognitive disease—the vet’s response: otologist stem cell therapy.
Otologist stem cell therapy is the practice of harvesting a patient’s own stem cells, activating them, and putting them back into the patient’s body. This practice is still considered controversial today.
Dr. Van Camp was referred to doctors in Miami who could help his father using this type of procedure. At this point, his father’s disease had progressed to the point where he was displaying unusual behaviors that are common in Alzheimer’s patients.
In Miami, Dr. Van Camp was able to learn about the stem cell procedure, while his father was able to receive treatment. The next day, his father emerged from the hotel room with renewed vigor, and some of those odd behaviors had seemed to have subsided. While Dr. Van Camp was skeptical, his mother felt like her husband was a different man just a day after the procedure.
Dr. Van Camp’s Practice
After his father’s treatment, Dr. Van Camp was frustrated that he hadn’t thought to do a scientific study on the results of the procedure to prove how much this treatment helped his father. Fortunately, this led him to a slew of different ideas. He determined measurable attributes that they could focus on to see how his father either continued to improve or further deteriorate. As time wore on, his father could do all of his normal activities for about three months without problems. Through his father’s treatment, Dr. Van Camp learned that the results from the procedure would wear off between four and six months post-procedure.
Dr. Van Camp went to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts to ask how he could safely and legally bring stem cell therapy to Kansas. He was told he could do these treatments under a research umbrella, which would allow him to avoid legal issues.
Dr. Van Camp performed stem cell therapy on his father for three years. This gave him a high quality of life that allowed him to spend at home with his family before he progressed into the final stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Van Camp was able to use what he learned from treating his father to help treat others.
Now, nearly nine years later, Dr. Van Camp has done five research protocols, with one published, and his team looks at each patient as if they are doing a case study. With this stem cell procedure, he has treated over 5,000 cases of all types of conditions, including spinal cord injuries, osteoarthritis and joints, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Van Camp’s practice has developed protocols for each type of condition that they treat with regenerative medicine.
Regenerative Therapy Today
“We are using a person’s own body to heal themselves,” explains Dr. Van Camp. However, the procedure that Dr. Van Camp first used on his father has evolved tremendously. There also continues to be more forms of regenerative therapy, such as ozone therapy and hormone replacement therapy.
Dr. Van Camp explained that regenerative medicine is not for everyone. Some patients come in looking for conventional treatment options, which Dr. Van Camp and his team can provide. However, this regenerative approach is for patients who want long-lasting results using their own bodies to heal. Since Dr. Van Camp is a D.O., he always looks at the full body first. If his team talks to a patient with more problems than they came to the practice for, they try to treat each issue.
What makes Midwest Regenerative Health and Pain Clinic different is the diagnostic tests that patients must go through before and after receiving treatment. Our team can compare patient results side by side for the best treatment for the patient. Dr. Van Camp explained that he collects data for both the patient and himself, so he can continuously provide better care.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Midwest Regenerative Health and Pain Clinic, please contact us at 913-745-5300.