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  Very professional staff and service! Dr Tait diagnosed my issues and went through our initial plan of treatment in detail and walked me through what the process will look like and what may change depending on circumstances (such as my MRI results). I am very pleased with the service I received and look forward to working with Dr Tait throughout my recovery.

    thumb Justin Green
    7/07/2020

    review rating 5  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.

    thumb seth basker
    9/19/2019

    review rating 5  Pain, chronic or acute, can be overwhelmingly debilitating and the road to recovery is not easy. As a member of a surgical team, I am blessed to have a medical background, but also little time to devote to rehabilitating an injury as it rightfully should be done. I was fortunate to have found Dr. Tait many years ago and continue to rely on his experience, knowledge, and willingness to work with me on understanding my condition and how best to approach it for realistic results. After five months of PT/Dry Needling/Massage and two rounds of PRP, I am able to competently perform my job without the distraction of pain and have gone back to a few of my favorite activities. In addition, I have begun to see a new PT, whom Dr. Tait reached out to on my behalf (albeit many states away). There are no better words that can be said, with the exception of thank you, for the effort and care Dr. Tait and his team show each individual on their path to recovery. You are much appreciated!

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    7/04/2018
  • review rating 5  Just had initial visit/consult with Dr Tait. He was very thorough, took ample time, and answered all my questions. I have started treatment with his recommended rehab, supplements, and have scheduled my first injection for planar fasciitis. Looking forward to resolving several feet and joint issues.

    thumb Brian & Darlynn Nero
    4/06/2021

    review rating 5  Dr. Tait is a true gift to the health and well-being of our Tucson community. I just completed his 21 day Detox Program and he was such an incredible guide throughout this entire program. Not only did he give us a tremendous amount of information and all of the fundamentals to live a healthy life, he was supportive, encouraging, and 100% accessible every step of the way. He cares about his patients in a way that is so unique in the healthcare industry. He welcomed questions and always responded in a timely manner any time you would email him; even if just to ask him a question about purchasing the best quality of product at a grocery store. His level of care is beyond exceptional. I came away from this program having lost weight, eliminated pain in 2 chronic areas, empowered with a tremendous amount of knowledge, and renewed excitement about the next chapter of my health and wellness journey. Even though the 21 day program ended, Dr. Tait has left the door open for group and individual connections with him to ensure we continue to be inspired to live lives in which we can be our best selves. A true testament to his innate passion for helping his patients live pain free, healthy lives. Thank you Dr. Tait!

    thumb Terri Erin
    8/04/2020
  • review rating 5  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.

    thumb Mary Jondrow
    10/31/2019

    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  Dr. Tait took a lot of time intaking me. It was clear he had read all my paperwork and imaging in advance. He had questions for me to start off which I liked. He listened to all my questions. I didn’t feel rushed. He spent an hour with me. More time than any other doctor. He took a systems approach and not just focusing on one part. He wants to be proactive and not just reactive. I like that too. He had a different take on my pain and our path to better health than anyone else has. I really felt he knows his stuff and I could trust him. I haven’t had any treatment yet so I can’t speak to that. But the first appointment experience was excellent.

    thumb Noah Mickey-Colman
    9/13/2020

    review rating 5  Pain, chronic or acute, can be overwhelmingly debilitating and the road to recovery is not easy. As a member of a surgical team, I am blessed to have a medical background, but also little time to devote to rehabilitating an injury as it rightfully should be done. I was fortunate to have found Dr. Tait many years ago and continue to rely on his experience, knowledge, and willingness to work with me on understanding my condition and how best to approach it for realistic results. After five months of PT/Dry Needling/Massage and two rounds of PRP, I am able to competently perform my job without the distraction of pain and have gone back to a few of my favorite activities. In addition, I have begun to see a new PT, whom Dr. Tait reached out to on my behalf (albeit many states away). There are no better words that can be said, with the exception of thank you, for the effort and care Dr. Tait and his team show each individual on their path to recovery. You are much appreciated!

    thumb erin clair
    7/04/2018
Contact Information
P. 520.777.9385
F. 520.306.4843
contact@rejuvmedicalsw.com
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7790 N. Oracle Road, Suite 150
Oro Valley, AZ 85704

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