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The adage “The mind is a terrible thing to waste” truly lacks a depth of understanding and critical perspective essential to support foundational healing. When addressing brain-centered health promotion, patient and clinician alike must astutely appreciate that the “mind” is inseparable from the “body”; the brain, without question, is a physical structure that in its absence would eliminate any discussion of the concept of mind, psyche, or mental function. As an organ that influences the function of the entire being, the brain is central to both mental and physical health.

A simplistic illustration that compares the heart’s function to that of the brain can be made to exemplify an appreciation of the brain and its function relative to mental and physical well-being. The heart beats over 100,000 times a day; it does so prior to our birth to the moment we die without exception, so we hope. This constant and reliable performance, giving blood throughout the body, serves as the cornerstone of the circulatory system and the flow of life. If the heart, which requires a constant source of energy, were to become inadequately fueled without the proper nourishment, it would begin to fail to maintain the very circulatory system that sustains our existence. Classically described conditions such as vitamin B-1 deficiency (known as wet beriberi) as well as recently discovered nutrient (Coenzyme Q10 and carnitine) deficiencies all contribute to the health of the cardiovascular system.

Such is the dilemma faced by the brain. Regardless of the brain’s resilience, there is a time and a place in which inadequate intake can begin to yield the signs and symptoms of psychological or organic brain-altered function. Notable is that proper brain functioning is largely individual and can be affected by internal and external variables that may alter the needs of a given person’s brain to function within normal expectations. Numerous nutrients must be present in

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