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)
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.
Nice office, conveniently located and a fun competent staff. Dr T performed 2 PRP treatments for severe chronic (40+ years!) Achilles tendinopathy. First treatment got me to ~80% pain free. Now 14 weeks since my 2nd treatment and I am pain free. Have to do the exercises and stretches too, but I am thrilled with the outcome. Back to most normal activity.
I went in to Rejuv Medical Southwest, anxious and fearful, having had a rough experience at on other cellular treatment clinic a few years back. Dr. Tait and his team made me feel comfortable and confident. They are all professional and caring, with tons of experience and skill. The procedure went so well. Both knees and hips done and I look forward to regaining my mobility and enjoying my activities once again. Thank you, Rejuv Medical Southwest.
Prior to hearing about the amazing work Dr. Tait is doing utilizing Cellular Treatment I'd seen an orthopedic doc about the problems I was having with my knees. After spending less than 30 seconds looking at the x-rays the ortho doc informed me I must replace both knees, "would you like to schedule it now?" He asked. I declined. Why did I decline. Fortunately just prior to going to see the ortho doc a friend of mine had shared the incredible results from working with Dr. Tait. Replace the knees or explore the possibility of Cellular Treatment? That was an easy decision... I met with Dr. Tait and the rest is history. Dr. Tait and his team have been a pleasure to work with. Professional, helpful and personable. The results I've gotten as a result of working with Dr. Tait are beyond my expectations.
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.
I could hardly walk, and standing was very limited to 5 minutes or less, and I was always (even in my sleep) in pain because of my back. I had lost trust in doctors that wanted to put me on the road to recovery by means of surgery and/or pain killers. Dr. Tait was my last hope. It took a lot for me to hand over trust to a whole different kind of treatment, but I gave it to him. He listened carefully to all I had to say, he was compassionate, kind and patient with me. He did not rush me.. He gave me the directions of how we could proceed. Dr. Tait did not disappoint me. Today I am walking, and spending more time on my feet in the kitchen and in my garden. I am so grateful for what he has done for me, I cannot begin to express how grateful. I want to also give thanks to his staff Dawn and Janet who made me feel comforted, and well attended to at all times. For anyone who is in pain, give Dr. Tait a chance. I was blessed to have found out about him, and I hope my words pass to others in need of being relieved from pain. I can't express how much gratitude I have for him. If you're in pain, find out for yourself, give him a chance. I don't believe you will have any regrets.
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 cellular treatment treatment was six months ago. My results have been amazing - truly life changing.
I'm extremely grateful for Dr. Tait's willingness to work with me, as an individual, to resolve my ongoing health issues. He's been very thorough, asking a plethora of questions, paying attention to my answers and is providing me with a game plan. I would highly recommend him and his equally kind and attentive staff, to anyone.
Dr. Tait used extensive testing and consultation to assist me in improving my overall health and in particular my gut health. He is very well prepared for each visit with a review of test results and suggested plan of action. He spends plenty of time on each visit, I never feel rushed. I recommend him highly to others in our community.