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By: Jonathan Tait, D.O.
More than 116 million people – that is the estimated number of people residing in the U.S. living with some form of daily pain.
The most common underlying reason for pain in the U.S. is osteoarthritis, what is generally accepted as a progressive degenerative disease of the joints and spine. The mainstay of “treatment” focuses on managing the symptoms. This is commonly what I describe to my patients as treating the light on the dashboard, not the underlying engine problem responsible for triggering the warning signal.
Looking at the overall health of the country, the trend over the past several years has been escalating numbers of patients with high blood pressure (67 million), heart disease (80 million), and diabetes (29 million). Unfortunately these diseases previously seen in later adulthood are now being diagnosed in children at an ever quickening, and what I see as a sickening, pace.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the overweight or obese population now comprises more than 75% of the total population in the U.S. If you visit the CDC website you will see the tagline “CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People”.
As a healthcare system are we saving lives? Are we protecting people? Are we providing true health care, or have we just become more skilled at maintaining and prolonging disease states? Many disease states, such as those listed above, that are entirely preventable.
I’ve watched many patients struggle in the system of healthcare that has been created – especially as it relates to seeking treatment for pain. They have seen all of the specialists, tried every medication, and have had every shot and procedure promised to take their pain away, but most with limited success.
How could this be with all the wonderful technological advances in medicine we have seen over the last several decades? (All while watching the above statistics soar decade after decade).
I firmly believe it is because as a system we have lost our way as to what it means to deliver health care. In Latin, doctor means teacher. In Greek, the translation is naturalist.
If you were a fly on the wall in a hospital or clinic you may be waiting a long time to see a patient being taught how to reverse obesity, pain, or chronic disease. You would also likely not see many natural and effective treatments being offered for those conditions such as prescription of the appropriate diet, exercise, and other lifestyle measures. That approach, what is known as preventive care, is nearing extinction as the system continues to rely so heavily on pharmaceuticals and other costly interventions and procedures, many of which have shown only marginal improvements in quality or expectancy of one’s life.
I made the choice just over a year ago to leave a comfortable position in a practice in order to take the road less traveled and start my own practice, Rejuv Medical Southwest. The vision was to not follow the status quo of the current system, but to create a system of healthcare that engages the patient and practitioner in a team-based approach with the goal of restoring health, minimizing pain, and maximizing function. What I have coined regenerative care – that is, if the patient missed the boat on the preventative care model.
The goal is simple – to educate the patient about the particular problem they present with, and empower them to take on ownership for the restoration, regeneration, and rejuvenation of their health and quality of life. In time, I hand over the wheel and ride along as a passenger to help navigate the road to recovery on their journey to alleviate pain and improve their health.
Simple enough, right?
In fact, yes. It is a simple model. Patient works hard. Health care provider works hard. Great results are delivered. For the patients that seek out this model of health care – whether called Functional Medicine, Regenerative Medicine, or otherwise – the outcomes will likely be far greater than what they have experienced in the prior system.
In the past year in my new practice, I’ve had more than a thousand patient encounters. I’ve seen many people who have made a choice to buck the trend in healthcare to seek out a more sustainable plan to treat their pain and rebuild their health. It did not necessarily come as easy as popping a pill, but the results were far greater, and with far fewer side effects.
So what does all of this have to do with writing a book?
The book gives me the opportunity to reach a broader audience than I could ever do one patient at a time in my practice.
The Pain Free Diet is the culmination of more than three years of research dedicated to the overlooked connection between your diet and the pain you, or someone you know, may be experiencing. I share my personal experience of living with daily pain and how I found the path through the traditional healthcare “treatments” that weren’t working, and found the essential elements that I feel are required for you to eliminate pain, reverse disease, and feel and function your best.
The most critical of the essential elements discovered in the pursuit of Pain Free is what you choose to eat and put in your body. This can have harmful or healing consequences depending on you, and depending on the food. In the book, you will learn the science as to how food can be so incredibly powerful – more powerful, and safer, than the effects of some prescription pain medications.
In closing I am going to share my lofty goal for the coming years. (We’re coming up on a New Year so time to think big).
I would like to find a way through my practice and book to make an impact on just 1% of those suffering in pain.
I would like to start with you, or someone close to you, that could benefit from the potentially life-changing information in the book.
It may not be the flashiest gift you could give for the holidays, but I can think of no better gift for you or someone you care about, than to have less pain and better health in 2015.
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Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year.