Known simply as “Doc” to his friends growing up, Dr. James Baker seemed destined for the career he’s now enjoying. In fact, he says he always wanted to be in a position to help others and truly felt called to do this work since the age of five. “I never wondered what I would be growing up like other kids did,” Dr. Baker says. “I always knew I was born to be a doctor.”
We recently caught up with Dr. Baker, who serves as President of Medical Executive Staff & Co-Medical Director at the Northwest Arkansas Rehabilitation Hospital and as a member of the Vasayo Scientific Advisory Board, to learn more about what drives him and his passion for Vasayo. Here is what we learned...
Why osteopathic medicine?
"While in medical school, I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician; and because I was ranked first in my class, I had the privilege of training at some of the best pediatric facilities in the country. However, I witnessed many especially difficult things in that setting. As a result, I elected to do internal medicine instead. A friend in college told me how pleased he was with the osteopathic medical school he was attending. So when I interviewed, I knew this was where I needed to be. They teach a holistic approach along with preventative medicine."
What are you most proud of when you think about your career as a doctor?
"I’m most proud of the close relationships I’ve developed over the years with my patients. People can share their deepest needs with me, and they trust that I will give them the best advice I possibly can."
What accomplishment/goal are you still striving for in your profession?
"I want to continue to speak into people’s lives in a helpful and compassionate way. That someday I can hear God say, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’"
Why are you passionate about Vasayo?
"Because of the many wonderful friends and relationships that will be with us lifelong. My wife, Alisa, and I love seeing the positive changes in people’s lives and are honored and privileged to have the opportunity to share this with so many. We are firm believers in paying it forward and want very much to impact people’s lives—not just physically, but financially, spiritually, and socially as well."
Why are liposomes such a difference maker?
"People often think that putting good nutrition into the body is all that’s necessary. If it were that simple, we’d all be doing it. Absorption really is the name of the game. Unless you can get the nutrition in a form your body can absorb, it is useless. Liposomes make this absorption possible."
What is your favorite Vasayo product, and why should people be using it?
"They are all so very important for different reasons. Core Complete is essential as our baseline nutritional support. We lose 80 percent of our bodies’ enzyme function by the age of 60, and Core Complete helps to replace that. Because of what I do for a living, I don’t ever want to be without Neuro. I see patients with cognitive decline on a daily basis, so I personally feel everyone over the age of 50 needs to be on Neuro. And last, but certainly not least, because of the pace that Alisa and I keep most days, V3 is a staple for us every single day. When you can hydrate the body at the cellular level, everything simply works better."
What hobby or causes are you very passionate about?
"I love to travel with my wife experiencing new and exciting places. I am an avid Arkansas Razorback fan and have followed our local sports teams for many, many years. In addition, I have been integrally involved in the new state-of-the-art medical school just an hour south of us. It has been exciting for me to see these new medical developments and having the chance to speak into the lives of the next generation of physicians."
If you didn’t choose medicine, what career path would you have chosen?
"I haven’t thought much about that, but I would probably like to teach at the college level or in a medical school. And if that doesn’t work out, I can always be a country western singer...NOT!"
What advice do you give people about maintaining their health?
"1. Exercise regularly.
2. Get at least seven hours of sleep per night.
3. Do something for others each day.
4. Find healthy ways to manage your stress.
5. Maintain a healthy and continuous prayer life.
And I agree with Dr. Schneider...more sex!"