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Good Health Begins with the Brain
"GOOD HEALTH assigns a premium value to brain support. True brain power comes from knowledge in action. MEND Solutions™ relies on Nature's purest ingredients. They are the ways and means for a healthy brain and rich life. When life presents opportunities and challenges use these tools to increase your chances of success."
Carl R. Hansen, Jr., M.D.
Part 1: Birth of the Dream in Action
Read Part 2: Birth of the Dream in Action
Everyone needs simple, practical, and scientifically sensible brain support to achieve the guaranteed benefits of GOOD HEALTH.
Campaign GOOD HEALTH™ draws people's attention to the central importance of the brain and health:
"Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives."
GOOD HEALTH BEGINS WITH THE BRAIN.
Campaign GOOD HEALTH™ is focused on investing in the dissemination of information and empowering people to establish and sustain a stay-healthy lifestyle.
The MEND Solutions™ FAST System of GOOD HEALTH™ is your GOOD HEALTH "engine." Everyone can use it to drive their efforts at reaching the destination all reasonable people seek:
GOOD HEALTH offers unparalleled value in the benefits and values it confers. It guarantees freedom from fear of contracting disease as well as freedom from the pain, suffering, and loss created by disease.
GOOD HEALTH provides peace of mind through the application of practical strategies that can become second nature habits, as easy as putting on your socks or tying your shoes.
Brain conditions are associated with the greatest burden of disease for all people five years of age or older throughout the world.
(Before age five, unsafe water, infections, and malnutrition produce the greatest burden of disability and death associated with disease. Biosafe drinking water and food supplies dramatically reduce these problems.)
Depression is the most common brain condition in both developed and developing countries. The burden associated with this condition is probably underestimated as a result of under-reporting and under-diagnosis.
Brain conditions, such as depression, are associated with stigma. Stigma keeps people from seeking treatment or using self-directed strategies that help depression.
Depression leads to under-education, under-employment, and unemployment.
Many people with depression lose their jobs, and as a result, lose their "sickness care" insurance. Without it, they lose powerful options that otherwise would enable them to regain their economic power.
Depression is associated with heart disease, stroke, dementia, and possibly diabetes. Depression makes it difficult to stay healthy and seek help for medical problems.
It is a travesty that the brain, which governs the body, is not considered on par with other organ systems when insurance companies, "sickness care" industries, employers, governments, and most of the public think about GOOD HEALTH and "sickness care" strategies and funding.
Nutrition plays a major role with brain health. DHA is essential for visual and motor development as well as mood regulation. Folate and Vitamin B-12 deficiencies are common with depression.
People who become Vitamin B-12 deficient develop dementia and cardiac problems. If Vitamin B-12 deficiency was eliminated as a problem, 20 percent of dementia cases could be eliminated.
Age, gastrointestinal infections, and many medications increase the chances of Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Metformin, which is used in the treatment of diabetes, can cause Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Proton pump inhibitors and antihistamine drugs, which are used to treat excess stomach acid, can produce Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
In the United States about 5 to 7 percent of "sickness care" dollars go for treating "mental health" behavioral/neuropsychiatric conditions. Much of it goes for medication and non-psychiatric services.
The amount allocated for it in Minnesota is even lower, even though it has been estimated that many Minnesotans have brain conditions.
Given advances in medical treatment, many people are able to survive conditions that would have proved lethal in the past.
The current "sickness care" system and social-educational infrastructure is ill-equipped to help people with the associated neuropsychiatric and psychosocial problems.
Stigma is a major obstacle in helping people with these problems take the steps that empower them to have healthy brains and healthy lives.
The desire to attack the stigma and reduce the burden of disease led to the launch of Campaign Good Health™.
The MEND Solutions™ FAST System of GOOD HEALTH™ was invented to provide people with a systematic set of tools and strategies for GOOD HEALTH.
The cost overruns and blatant failure of the "sickness care" industries and approaches used throughout the world cry out for the adoption of the MEND Solutions™ FAST System of GOOD HEALTH™.
In the United States of America, about several trillion dollars each year is spent on "sickness care," classified under the misnomer "health care."
It averages out to be well over $6,700 per person in America each year.
The failures of the present "sickness care" systems are self-evident, and they continue to deplete key resources:
For many in the "sickness care" industries, it is as if they have joined something akin to the California Gold Rush:
"There's gold in them thar hills, and by golly I'm going to get me some."
Americans pay for "sickness care" in many ways (and not limited to the following):
Benefits packages account for about 40 percent of an employee's total pay package.
What portion of an employee's total pay package goes for "sickness care" insurance? 12 percent.
Just recently, credit card companies and financial institutions have offered credit to cover "sickness care" costs. As a result, one becomes obligated to pay off this credit card debt over time with interest, and possibly fees. It is a risky proposition for most people, since sickness is often associated with a loss or reduction of earning potential.
Insurance companies have also come to erroneously and metaphorically refer to the insurance card as a "credit card with a million dollar limit."
Dishonest people, in a bizarre form of identity theft, are stealing insurance cards to pay for the costs of surgery, hospitalization, prescriptions, diagnostic procedures, and other medical care.
It would seem that with all of the brain-power and financial resources found within the "sickness care" insurance industry, this problem should have been anticpated and averted.
Today, the health care experience is not like that depicted in a Norman Rockwell painting of a doctor's office. My memories of going to Dr. Florine's office as a child in Mankato, Minnesota were more like the Norman Rockwell vision of medicine.
Dr. Florine helped frame my focus on kindly care and devotion to prevention and good health, as did Minnesota's Governor Al Quie. Because my mother was very involved in politics, I had the opportunity to meet him as a young boy when he was serving as a U.S. Congressman. In his warm and friendly way, he encouraged me to enter a career in medicine.
Governor Quie's words and my boyhood experiences with Dr. Florine left a lasting impression on me.
Early in my adulthood another dream and ambition also took hold. When I went off to medical school I told my friends that I intended to "do such a good job that I would put myself out of business."
Medicine fit perfectly into the vision of what I wanted to do at age seventeen. That vision is actualized in the MEND Solutions™ System of GOOD HEALTH™.
In 1991, I founded Developmental Neurobiology, and Ecology, Inc. of Minnesota (doing business as MEND).
Developmental neurobiology and ecology establishes a paradigm for scientific study and practical applications to deliver value and benefit to humanity. It focuses on the dynamic interplay of developmental, neurobiological, and ecological processes.
I am dyslexic, so if you take the word "MEND" and reverse its order to "DNEM", you will have see what I have worked on creating:Developmental
The mission of MEND Solutions™ is to systematically advance medicine through the application of developmental, neurobiological and ecological principles.
When I began my medical studies in 1976, I remember how my professors talked about the explosion of scientific and medical knowledge and the importance of a commitment to lifelong study as a doctor. Since 1976, biomedical information has continued proliferating at a breakneck pace.
The availability and sustained progress of biomedical information is essential. At MEND we work to develop products and services so that everyone can garner value from these advances.
Physicians have played a key role in advancing the public's GOOD HEALTH. During the 1970's, medical students at the University of Minnesota received a thorough and extensive education in nutritional biochemistry, physiology, and pathology.
From professors at the University of Minnesota and Yale University, I learned about the role nutrition and medical supplementation played in the natural history of disease and its treatment. This knowledge was essential in my work with children who had genetic conditions requiring special diets and supplementation. The consistent use of nutritional strategies enables children to develop normally.
Everyone can invest in having the guaranteed benefits and value of simple, practical, and scientifically sensible strategies for their good health. The MEND Solutions™ FAST System of GOOD HEALTH™ was developed to provide everyone with GOOD HEALTH knowledge and tools that can be used economically and systematically day in and day out.
The "sickness care" industries in America, and other countries, are out of touch with the reality and impact of brain health. Limited resources are allocated to treating brain conditions, even though they are linked to other high risk health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
Effective neuropsychiatric care has long been proven to empty, NOT OVERBURDEN hospitals. Failure to promote brain health and effectively treat brain conditions plant the seeds for future health problems and loss of life.
It is essential to maintain and advance the medical technology and expertise. Hence, we will always need to support the extensive and rigorous educational programs provided by our medical schools, nursing schools, and schools of public health.
We should never lose track of the fact that disease, and also treatment, leaves its "mark." These "marks" frequently impair brain function and create the variety of disabilities. Prosthestic systems can empower people over their disabilities and enjoy successful lives.
First line approaches to health offer the most economical benefits to the greatest number of people. Public health measures and the MEND Solutions™ FAST System of GOOD HEALTH™ represent essential first-line strategies.
It is far easier to help people stay healthy, then manage the host of problems created by:
Carl R. Hansen, Jr., M.D.