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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™.”

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.

Nutrition

“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.

Exercise Programming

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.

Stress Reduction

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 FREE 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)

WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY FROM GOOGLE REVIEWS

    review rating 5  Dr. Tait is a wonderful doctor. I worked with him for a year regarding some issues that had plagued me since I was a young child. When I saw him, I was no longer able to walk more than 5 or so steps and was at my wit's end at age 48. He encouraged me to try a Physical Therapist who immediately saw something that was not noticed by the other PT's I'd worked with - and she put me on the path to recovery. Dr. Tait and I kept working together - he helped me change my diet, which had a multitude of benefits for my health. After a year of working together, I had some great improvements, but still some underlying issues that had to eventually be taken care of with minor surgery. Dr. Tait referred me to an amazing surgeon - and a successful surgery. However, had I not made the initial changes to improve my health and physical body, the surgery would have not been as successful. Dr. Tait's kindness, patience and ability to listen and ask questions outside the box made all the difference in my quality of life. I will forever be grateful for that. As well, his staff is top notch. Always helpful and smiling. Always encouraging even when I was at my lowest.

    thumb Denise Mogge
    10/03/2018

    review rating 5  I had excruciating hip pain for several years. Just when my other options had run out I found Dr. Tait. I was impressed with his knowledge. I had PRP and some stem cells injected into my hip. I am now pain free 99% of the time. My husband has been getting treatment as well. We are so grateful for Dr. Tait and his team!!

    thumb Patrice Herberholz
    12/20/2018

    review rating 5  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!

    thumb Shannon Smith
    4/29/2019
  • review rating 5  Dr. Tait and his entire staff are very professional, answered all of my questions in a freindly manner and made me feel at home. Anyone thinking about knee replacement should first consider stem cell therapy. I had my left knee treated 3 months ago and am very happy with the results.

    thumb Mike Bartoletti
    9/21/2018

    review rating 5  Dr. Tait is a wonderful doctor. I worked with him for a year regarding some issues that had plagued me since I was a young child. When I saw him, I was no longer able to walk more than 5 or so steps and was at my wit's end at age 48. He encouraged me to try a Physical Therapist who immediately saw something that was not noticed by the other PT's I'd worked with - and she put me on the path to recovery. Dr. Tait and I kept working together - he helped me change my diet, which had a multitude of benefits for my health. After a year of working together, I had some great improvements, but still some underlying issues that had to eventually be taken care of with minor surgery. Dr. Tait referred me to an amazing surgeon - and a successful surgery. However, had I not made the initial changes to improve my health and physical body, the surgery would have not been as successful. Dr. Tait's kindness, patience and ability to listen and ask questions outside the box made all the difference in my quality of life. I will forever be grateful for that. As well, his staff is top notch. Always helpful and smiling. Always encouraging even when I was at my lowest.

    thumb Denise Mogge
    10/03/2018
  • review rating 5  I had excruciating hip pain for several years. Just when my other options had run out I found Dr. Tait. I was impressed with his knowledge. I had PRP and some stem cells injected into my hip. I am now pain free 99% of the time. My husband has been getting treatment as well. We are so grateful for Dr. Tait and his team!!

    thumb Patrice Herberholz
    12/20/2018

    review rating 5  I don’t mind sharing that don’t like doctors and have not been able to find one I like.. until Dr. Tait. I feel very comfortable with him. He takes the time to explain treatment options and lets me be in control. I wish he could be my Primary Care Doctor !

    thumb Dianne Dickson
    10/08/2019
  • review rating 5  77 year old female athlete recovering from injuries. When I started with Dr. Tait in the summer of 2019, I was in so much pain I could barely walk. I am a former runner and current hiker and exerciser. Years of misuse and one double back surgery had left me almost non-functional even though I had been pursuing physical and massage therapy, chiropractic care and nutritional support for years. The physical therapy I had prior to coming to Rejuv Medical Southwest had left me in pain after 16 sessions. The pain was located in my left sciatic joint with pain radiating down the back of my left leg. Dr. Tait and I decided on a treatment protocol that included one platelet rich plasma treatment and three exosome treatments in conjunction with physical therapy at a new location that Dr. Tait recommended. I began the PT two weeks after my first treatment. At home I began walking. At first, I could barely go for five minutes. Each day I added a bit more and after three months I am able to walk for three miles and I am back hiking with my friends of twenty years. We are usually on the trail for two to three hours. Now at three and ½ months post first-PRP treatment and 80% improvement I have just received another round of PRP injections to build on the initial improvement. I continue to pursue at-home physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care and a healthy diet. Very importantly, I am religious about my daily, morning stretching routine. It is not complicated, and I know that it will be a life-long practice if I want to remain functional. My dad lived to 101 ½ years. His encouragement was to always keep moving, which he did. Knowing that I may (God willing) have twenty to twenty-five more years in this body, I plan to keep it out of a wheel chair! My children will thank me! And I thank Dr. Tait for his expertise and caring. He is the real deal!

    thumb Deborah Tollefson
    1/12/2020

    review rating 5  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!

    thumb Living Passages
    2/06/2019
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