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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  I found Dr. Tait via the internet. I was at the point where I had to do something to regain optimal function. After reading Dr. Tait's website his words resonated with me, his thought about medicine were spot on for me. When I first arrived at Dr Tait's office I could barely walk my knees hurt so bad. That was the beginning of my journey to regain my health. After the first consultation Dr Tait suggested I find out what was going on (are not going on) in my body. I had a panel of test done to see what I was deficient in. Once that was accomplished we started to build with suppliments. My energy returned and I was able to exercise and my knees to hurting too. For now all is well......Thank you Dr Tait!

    thumb Cheryl LaBaw
    7/20/2018

    review rating 5  Dr. Tait and his team are top notch! They explain everything very clearly and care about their patients!

    thumb Irish Coussens
    3/08/2019

    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  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  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  Very impressed with this practice. He made my pain go away! He is quite knowledgeable, and answered all of my questions without me feeling rushed. Office is clean and easy to get to. He tends to believe in a more holistic approach, and I like that! I recommend this doctor!

    thumb Lori Wollard
    10/07/2019

    review rating 5  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!

    thumb Cristina M
    3/04/2019
  • review rating 5  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.

    thumb Sue Martens
    5/02/2018

    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

Contact Information
P. 520.777.9385
F. 520.306.4843
contact@rejuvmedicalsw.com

Location Information
7790 N. Oracle Road, Suite 150
Oro Valley, AZ 85704

Rejuv Medical Southwest is located in Southwest Arizona and provides clinical services to the surrounding cities: Tucson, Oro Valley, Catalina, Saddlebrooke, Oracle, Marana, Casa Grande, Green Valley, Nogales, Vail, Sahuarita, Phoenix, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale.

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