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 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 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.

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    9/19/2019

    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  Dr Tait is a gifted doctor with a strong desire to get better everyday. I am super excited going forward with Dr Tait as my doctor for my overall health not just for pain. I spent my time and money for over a year seeing traditional doctors without any success. Thank you Dr Tait - You are Da Man!

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    5/04/2021
  • review rating 5  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.

    thumb Jeff V
    10/01/2019

    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  Dr. Tait actually reads your "chart" before your appointment instead of walking into the exam room cold. Believe me, this isn't common. He listens; he explains; he doesn't get offended by questions, and he's thorough. I'm was very pleased as was my husband who went with me to my initial appointment. I plan to try an alternative treatment plan that Dr. Tait suggested for my tendinosis, which isn't available through the other orthopedic channels.

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    9/09/2018

    review rating 5  Amazing class. Sara is a great instructor. I learned so much about toxins that are all around us. It was very eye opening! As a side note: I lost 19 lbs in the 21 day detox program. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to "clean out" their body from all the environmental and food related toxins.

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    1/24/2020
  • review rating 5  Great experience, Dr. Tait is very compassionate and understands my situation. This is how healthcare should be delivered. Bravo! Wonderful outcomes and great results.

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    1/23/2018

    review rating 5  Dr. Tait presents a refreshing alternative to standard modern western medical practice. He gets to know you and your issue BEFORE your appointment, spends time with YOU rather than your tests and presents you with a no-nonsense plan for recovery upon completion of your exam. I will use him for any issues in the future.

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    12/31/2020
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contact@rejuvmedicalsw.com
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Oro Valley, AZ 85704

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