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)
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 !
I see Dr. Tait for IBS and his guidance has made a life changing difference for me! He is very professional and personable as are all of his staff.
Dr Tait is very thoughtful and presents solutions both within and outside the mainstream norm as appropriate. He never, ever rushes. I get a thorough exam and a full discussion on possible courses of actions, which he leaves up to me to decide which is best; its a partnership in returning to good health. He gave me PRP injections in both my knee and arch for persistent pain. I am happy to say that I was pain free for the first time in years after a week or so and so far, 5 months later, I remain free of pain. Its a blessing.
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!
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!
I am thrilled with my experience with Rejuv Medical Southwest. All of my interactions with Dr. Tait and staff have been excellent. They are professional, organized and run a positive, patient-oriented clinic. I left my first visit with all the information I needed to make an informed decision about treatment for my knee problems. My stem cell treatment was six months ago. My results have been amazing - truly life changing.
Dr Tait is amazing! Truly professional, thorough, and caring. He gave me so much more information about my condition then my regular physician and the “expert” he sent me to for MRI and surgery evaluation for my knee. I had a torn meniscus and a cost on my knee and after many consultations and MRI with my “regular” physicians, I was told to live with the pain as long as I can , and then if it’s too much to handle they will do surgery, which will be risky , with not much of a proven good results.... i have lived with the pain, and inability to exercise and walk much for 3 years . I am so happy to have heard about Dr Tait. He did a PRP procedure among other things on my knee, and like a miracle my pain was gone in about 2 weeks just as he said it would . I have been pain free and exercising, hiking ever since, about a year now. I have always been a believer in the healing power of holistic medicine and natural remedies and living, Dr Tait is a living example of all those.
Dr. Tait is my hero! I had chronic knee pain for years and was in excruciating pain. I was having cortisone shots to both knees twice a year to relieve the pain, which would only worked for a few months. At age 46, my orthopedic doctor suggested for me to have two knee replacements, which I felt I was too young to have done. That is when I found Dr. Tait and my life changed for the better. I had the Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma procedure done and I no longer live with chronic knee pain. I used to sit at my desk at work and dread having to get up because of the pain I would feel. Now, I hop right out of my chair with no pain and can keep up with my children. I can't express to anyone who is considering having this procedure done to just do it!. At the least, have a consultation with Dr. Tait and you will not regret it. Dr. Tait spends as much time as he needs with you during the consultation and you don't feel rushed. Dr. Tait and his staff are unbelievably patient, kind and extremely knowledgable. Yes, the procedure is costly since insurance does not cover the procedure, but it has been worth EVERY penny!!! I highly recommend Dr. Tait and his staff!
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.