What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a broad category of medicine that engages both the patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership that seeks to determine and address underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach. Through this partnership and patient-centered care, the patient is empowered to take ownership for their own healing through integrative medicine.
This is a “Systems-Based” Approach vs. a “Symptoms-Based” Approach
You don’t feel well, but medical professionals are telling you that there is nothing wrong with you. How can this be? In this video, Dr. Tait walks you through his approach to a patient just like this. He shares a story about a patient that lost their vitality, continually felt tired, couldn’t sleep well, and was spontaneously gaining weight… Then explains how he found a simple solution. This is the first video to a four-part series titled, “The PRO-MEND Process™.”
Core Principles of Functional Medicine
- Understand the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness.
- Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centered rather than disease-centered approach for treatment.
- Search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external factors in a patient’s mind, body, and spirit
- Familiarity with the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors
- Identification of health as a positive vitality, not merely the absence of disease, emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology.
- Promotion of an “organ reserve” as the means to enhance health span, not just the life span, of each patient.
(From the Institute for Functional Medicine)
Functional Health vs. Artificial Health
It is a progressive approach to the practice of medicine that aims to deliver true health care, rather than masking symptoms and creating “artificial health” with a disease-centered focus of practice reliant upon “a pill for every ill”.
The focus of treatment is shifted away from the disease that brings a patient into the health care system, and instead focuses on the patient as a whole person rather than a list of isolated symptoms. The genetic, environmental, lifestyle and psychosocial factors that can predispose one to disease can be identified, and in time more effectively and completely treated.
Treatments are rooted in sustainable lifestyle interventions:
- Nutrition counseling
- Exercise programming
- Stress reduction
- Sleep quality improvement
- Strengthening of positive, supportive social networks.
Epidemiological studies have shown time and time again that when these five factors are optimized longevity is dramatically increased while the incidence of chronic, debilitating medical conditions are dramatically decreased.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Nutrition is the foundation for restoration of health as the highly interwoven orchestration of all cellular function and chemical reactions within the body is dictated by the building blocks acquired in our diet.
The foundation of Dr. Tait’s functional medicine treatment plans focus on optimization of food choices for each individual, and strategic supplementation that can shift the body back into a state of ease, or optimal function, rather than a state of disease.
For a society “always on the go” we tend to spend a lot of time in positions or postures that can be a contributing factor to painful muscle, joint or spine problems. Inactivity, usually coupled with associated weight gain and obesity, can shift the body into a state of imbalance, promoting inflammation, poor physiologic function, and in turn promotion of various pain or disease states.
At Rejuv Medical Southwest of Tucson, our functional medicine doctor and staff are uniquely qualified to help each client or patient restore lost function, strength, and mobility through our integrated Medical Fitness programs.
Again, as an “always on, and on the go” society, our bodies are subjected to an incredible amount of stress that can have a negative impact on health. The source of the stress can be internal, based on poor food choices, or external based on your daily environment and exposures.
At Rejuv Medical Southwest, patients and clients are counseled on positive, constructive outlets for stress rather than negative coping strategies such as eating, smoking, or drinking.
Sleep Quality Improvement
If the body is unable to regularly achieve a deep, restorative sleep cycle it becomes compromised in the ability to recover from injury, fight off illnesses, and heal from disease states.
Specific instruction in sleep hygiene allows patients and clients to naturally shift their body into a state of restful sleep, without the use of sleeping pills.
If significant sleep problems are identified, they are further explored with laboratory sleep studies to determine the root cause of poor sleep.
Strong Social Network
Feeling that you have a purpose in life through your occupation, home life, volunteer work, or recreational pursuits, and having strong, positive social connections with friends, family, and within your community has a major impact on how you feel and function.
At Rejuv Medical Southwest, we walk the walk and talk the talk. Each employee at our functional medicine clinic in Tucson is uniquely qualified to support each patient or client at each step of the way through their transformation – whether that is to a better state of health, better function, or a life with less pain.
By systematically addressing these five categories, Functional Medicine doctors are able to guide the patient through a process of positive lifestyle changes and integrative medicine that decrease dependence on the traditional health care system.
CLAIM YOUR COPY: THE PAIN FREE DIET
In 2012 Dr. Tait authored and published The Pain Free Diet.
In many cultures in the world, the oldest (and still most current form of medicine), is the food that is consumed daily.
Dr. Tait explains the powerful impact food can have to heal and regenerate your body, reduce or eliminate pain – or alternatively how daily food choices can drive pain, sickness, and disease.
(New patients recieve a free copy of this book)
After a car wreck in July, my rt. shoulder, on which I'd had rotator cuff surgery 15 years ago, started hurting and I was experiencing limited mobility. I was in P.T. and had Chiropractic care for three months and then had a consult in which Dr. Tait suggested a Protein-Rich Plasma injection, followed by more, targeted, P.T. (by a great set of P.T.s at Ultimate Treatment Zone). After just a couple of months, I've "graduated" with increased mobility and a marked reduction in pain. MANY thanks to his entire staff and their compassion, care and competence. They are all just SO nice!
I torn my miniscus and MCL. The surgical options were not ideal so I sceptically gave Dr. Tait and his team a shot at PNP. The results were amazing. I now run and jump and do almost everything I used to do before my tear. The team itself is truly caring and professional. It was a pleasure being at the office. Dr Tait was extremely intelligent and wise in his approach to my issues. It was not a money driven approach. He used improved known methods of non-surgical care to heal my knee. To me it seemed like magic. I feel very lucky to have explored and found this option in care. A big thanks to Dr Tait and his team.
Great doctor, attention to detail, genuine compassion and care for his patients. Dr. Tait is a wonderful choice if considering stem cell treatment, prp or alternatives to surgery . My family highly recommends him as he took the best care of our son who had been diagnosed with CRPS (Complex regional pain syndrome). Staff is also wonderful!
My daughter is an avid softball player and a severe tear in her hip flexor kept her off the field for 6 months. We saw two other doctors, had xrays, MRIs, tried anti-inflammatory and a host of other methods before we finally found Dr. Tait. Dr. Tait and his staff were so caring and took plenty of time to explain our options before we decided on PRP therapy. The PRP therapy along with Physical Therapy finally did the trick and she is back on the field! She is strong, running painfree and just hit her first out of the park homerun! Everyone at Rejuv Medical Southwest has been so helpful, caring and patient as we navigated this long and frustrating injury. Thank you Rejuv! We couldn't have done it without you!
I could hardly walk, and standing was very limited to 5 minutes or less, and I was always (even in my sleep) in pain because of my back. I had lost trust in doctors that wanted to put me on the road to recovery by means of surgery and/or pain killers. Dr. Tait was my last hope. It took a lot for me to hand over trust to a whole different kind of treatment, but I gave it to him. He listened carefully to all I had to say, he was compassionate, kind and patient with me. He did not rush me.. He gave me the directions of how we could proceed. Dr. Tait did not disappoint me. Today I am walking, and spending more time on my feet in the kitchen and in my garden. I am so grateful for what he has done for me, I cannot begin to express how grateful. I want to also give thanks to his staff Dawn and Janet who made me feel comforted, and well attended to at all times. For anyone who is in pain, give Dr. Tait a chance. I was blessed to have found out about him, and I hope my words pass to others in need of being relieved from pain. I can't express how much gratitude I have for him. If you're in pain, find out for yourself, give him a chance. I don't believe you will have any regrets.
Dr. Tait helped me with some chronic pain. Haven't felt this good in a long time. Very happy that he was referred to me.
Dr. Taut was so knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. I completely appreciate his expertise and approach.
If you are looking for a doctor & team that is knowledgeable, will take their time with you so you don't feel as though they are rushed and be kind to you in the process - then Rejuv is for you! I've dealt with plenty of doctors and staff that act as though you are bothering them and Dr Tait and Denisha have been great! On my initial call to the office, Denisha was so helpful in answering all my questions and again when I went for my consultation! Thank you Dr Tait for taking the time to explain what is going on with my injury. The recommendations you made all make sense and I'm looking forward to continuing on this road to recovery!
I am delighted to be asked to provide a testimonial for Dr. Jonathan Tait at Rejuv Medical Southwest. For the past few years I was struggling with deteriorating cartilage in both knees and because of that, my back. I went back to my orthopedic surgeon who after listening to my concerns about anesthetics and having observed that many friends had continuing problems with knee surgery he gave me Dr. Tait's name. I telephoned the next day and within a week went in for a consultation and two weeks after that had stem cell therapy followed by physical therapy. Eight months later I am even better that my old self and continuing to improve every day. Thank you Dr. Tait !