Cognitive decline and our family history
Through our father and grandfather, our family witnessed firsthand the devastation that cognitive decline creates. As sons in this genetic lineage, we knew that unless we acted and took the necessary steps, we would likely suffer the same fate. For the sake of our loved ones and ourselves we set out on a mission to change our "destiny."
Brain trauma and cognitive decline
Admittedly, the majority of our own lives has not been conducive to longterm cognitive health. We both have numerous concussions from playing high school football. Chris was knocked unconscious for several hours during a high school football game. Joe, living as an adventurer, mountaineer, snowboarder, sustained a massive head injury while back-country snowboarding in Colorado, resulting in multiple skull fractures, broken C3 vertebra, and a fractured eye socket.
When we got serious about brain health
Our “Standard American Diets” left us pre-diabetic and overweight. We both have also been guilty of killing a few brain cells recreationally. After witnessing our father’s rapid dissension into cognitive decline, we started investigating our own cognitive health through functional medical tests. The results were frightening. Genetic testing revealed that we were ApoE4 positive (a genetic marker that indicates a increased likelihood of cognitive decline). QEEG brain scans indicated damage to the frontal temporal lobes and possible decreased brain activity. Blood tests have revealed that our diets were deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids that are critical for brain function. We knew it was time to get serious about our next steps.
Good news for long term brain health
The good news from our research is that these factors can be rectified through lifestyle changes in diet, supplementation, sleep, stress management, and exercise. The brain, throughout life, has the ability to repair and grow! The key is to start the process of providing your brain with the energy and nutrients it needs as soon as possible and continuing those habits daily throughout life.
Joseph & Chris Claussen