4 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make (and Keep) to Guarantee Your Success

As the year comes to a close, people are naturally going to be talking about their New Year’s resolutions. But want to know what I think you should really be focusing on in 2016? These four ways to further your career, to be successful at whatever it is that you do:

1. Become a deep practitioner in something.

Whether you do it for your business, or just for yourself as a hobby, practice something on a deep level. One of the reasons my agency VaynerMedia has grown to be such a leader in our industry is because I myself use social media every single day. I understand the trigger points that make things successful in a creative world, and I understand the context of the platforms like Snapchat and Instagram. There hasn’t been a single one of my 135,000 tweets that I haven’t sent myself.

So, whether it’s Instagram or Snapchat or something emerging like musical.ly, become a practitioner. Stop judging what people are doing or saying and do it. Engage.

2. Audit your 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Back in the days of my first big keynotes, and my first book Crush It, I began to get obsessed with the time period between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. I do not think that there is a more practical way to bring happiness and joy to your life, whether it’s financial or creative, than to really audit your 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

I am quite practical about things; it might not be what people expect from me, but I am. That time between when the traditional work day ends and when you fall asleep is the white space for so many people to do great things around businesses. Whether that’s advancing your career by staying in the office late, or going home and building out your cooking blog or SoundCloud account, use that time more wisely in 2016.

3. Practice self-awareness.

I’ve been on this kick publicly for the last 18 months and, personally, my entire life. I believe self-awareness is the greatest gift a person can have. I tried to tackle this year how to find self-awareness; out of this entire article, if you make this one your 2016 priority, you will grow happier and more successful. I promise that.

4. Eliminate complaining.

Looking at the negative, seeing the glass as half empty and complaining are the absolute biggest wastes of time a human being can engage in. I highly recommend, whether it is through therapy or just kicking the habit, cut your complaining in half till you are no longer used to just doing it without thinking.

Systematically. Post-it notes. Listening to positive podcasts. Doing mediation. Whatever helps you do less complaining. It truly is one of the biggest things that can stand in the way of success, both professionally and personally. I would be remiss not to have it on this list.

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Scientists have discovered four genes that could help you live beyond 100

We’re figuring out the secret of centenarians.

Scientists have identified four genes that could increase the likelihood of a person living to a ripe old age. They were discovered by analysing the genomes of several elderly people who managed to live past 90 years old, and it’s hoped that the findings could lead to better treatment for age-related diseases – and maybe even the secret to helping all of us live longer.

Researchers have been interested in the link between genetics and ageing for decades, and this is just the latest in a growing line of studies and reports looking at why certain people live well beyond their expected lifespan. Previous studies of identical twins suggested there was some kind of genetic link – twins often live to similar ages – and these results informed the latest study, led by geneticist Stuart Kim from Stanford University.

The newly identified longevity genes are ABO, which determines blood group; CDKN2B, which regulates cellular life cycle; SH2B3, which has been shown to extend lifespan in fruit flies; and one of the HLA genes, which are involved in how the immune system recognises our own cells. These four join a variant of APOE, which had previously been linked to Alzheimer’s, as the five genes thought to be most closely associated with longevity.

Kim and his colleagues looked at the genetic make-up of 800 people over 100 and around 5,000 over the age of 90, then narrowed the focus by concentrating on the presence of genes already known to influence age-related diseases. Each of the genes they found had a variant that could increase a person’s chances of reaching a century, they report.

“It seems intuitively obvious that avoiding disease is part of the strategy of becoming a centenarian,” Kim explained to Alice Park at Time magazine. “But there is a really, really strong dogma in the field that there was no depletion of disease genes in centenarians, and that all of their survival benefit was coming from protection from anti-ageing genes. I think they were wrong.”

As Park explains, previous studies have favoured the hypothesis that anti-ageing genes are doing more for our longevity than having fewer disease-causing genes. But these studies were generally smaller than Kim’s, “and might not have isolated the signal from the noise”.

By focusing on genes linked to age-related disease, Kim and his team were able to identify this new set of related genes, even despite having come up short in asimilar search back in December 2014. Being able to predict someone’s lifespan or even influencing how long they live is still a long way off, but Kim is confident that there’s more to learn.

“The amount of data is going up extremely fast and the way we look at the data is improving all the time,” he told Sam Wong at New Scientist. “I’m optimistic that in our lifetime or our children’s lifetime, there are going to be amazing scientific advances that could change how we think about longevity.”

Japanese research institute earns right to name element 113

Kosuke Morita led a team of scientists that has been awarded the right to name a synthetic element they created, which will beco
Kosuke Morita led a team of scientists that has been awarded the right to name a synthetic element they created, which will become element 113 on the periodic table

A Japanese research team has been granted the right to name new element 113, the first on the periodic table to be named by Asian scientists, the team’s institute said Thursday.

Japan’s Riken Institute said a team led by Kosuke Morita was awarded the rights from global scientific bodies—the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)—after successfully creating the new synthetic element three times from 2004 to 2012.

It is the first element on the periodic table to be discovered and named by Asian scientists, Riken said.

Synthetic elements do not occur naturally on Earth and are produced artificially through experiments.

“IUPAC has announced that Morita’s group will be given priority for the discovery of the new element, a privilege that includes the right to propose a name for it,” Riken said in a statement.

Morita, a professor at Japan’s Kyushu University, was informed via a letter from IUPAC on Thursday, Riken said.

A release on IUPAC’s website confirmed the accomplishment.

“Several studies published from 2004 to 2012 have been construed as sufficient to ratify the discovery and priority,” it said.

The name has yet to be decided, but Riken said that Morita will propose one in 2016.

“I feel grateful that the name will be included in the table for the first time after this recognition,” Morita said at a press conference.

The naming right topped the evening news bulletin on public broadcaster NHK television.

Japan has a proud research tradition and its citizens have won about 20 Nobel prizes in science and medicine, including two in 2015.

Kosuke Morita led a research team in Japan that came up with a new synthetic element and has become the first Asian scientist gi
Kosuke Morita led a research team in Japan that came up with a new synthetic element and has become the first Asian scientist given the right to name an element on the periodic table

The naming right is good news for Riken, which last year was embroiled in scandal after it had to withdraw what was once billed as a scientific breakthrough in stem cell reproduction by a young researcher.

IUPAC also said that Russian and US scientists working together had won the naming rights for three other elements—115, 117 and 118.

Mind-Altering Drugs Could Cure PTSD



Post-traumatic stress disorder in the U.S. has reached crisis levels. About 8 percent of Americans experience PTSD; for veterans, that number is 30 percent. Treatment is notoriously difficult, but people could find relief in an unusual form: psychedelic drugs.

 MDMA—found in molly and ecstasy—earned a bad rap in the 1990s as ravers’ drug of choice. But psychotherapists are coming to value the way it increases empathy while decreasing fear and defensiveness. “MDMA gives people the ability to revisit an event that’s still painful without being overwhelmed,” says psychiatrist Michael Mithoefer.

Following a recent MDMA trial, 83 percent of his treatment-resistant participants no longer showed symptoms of PTSD.

In one study, Mithoefer worked with a New York City firefighter post-9/11. The subject had tried treatment before. While undergoing a popular method that uses eye movement to reprocess a trauma, he’d been so overcome that he ripped a sink off the wall. MDMA, however, worked. “It wasn’t easy for him,” Mithoefer says. “But our sink is still attached.”

MDMA isn’t a one-trick pony either; it can treat end-of-life anxiety and alcoholism, and it’s not addictive. “We’re talking about the rise of a whole field of medicine,” says Rick Doblin, founder of the nonprofit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which is running a handful of MDMA trials, including Mithoefer’s.

Doblin thinks the FDA will greenlight the drug for mainstream use by 2021: “The psychedelic psychotherapist of the future will have a medicine bag filled with drugs like MDMA.”

18 Metabolism-Boosting Foods

Mix and match these protein-rich sources to score 20 to 30 g at each meal

  • How much protein do you need?
  • Cheese and milk

New research suggests that many of us may need more protein than we realize. The current RDA is 0.8 g of protein per kilogram of body weight, but several studies have found that 1 to 1.2 g may be more protective against age-related muscle loss.

Use this formula from Caroline Apovian, MD, to determine the minimum amount of protein you should eat daily to offset muscle loss—and protect your metabolism—while you lose weight.

Estimate your ideal weight. “If you’re a woman, start with 100 pounds for the first 5 feet in height, and add 5 pounds for every extra inch,” says Dr. Apovian. “For men, it’s 106 pounds for 5 feet in height, plus 6 pounds for every additional inch. However, if your ideal weight is less than 120 pounds, don’t eat less than 82 g of protein daily.”

Ideal Weight (in lb) ÷ 2.2 = Ideal Weight (in kg)

Ideal Weight (in kg) × 1.5 = Daily Protein Goal (in g)

Now that you know how much you need, check out these metabolism-boosting protein-packed foods.


Doctors against vaccines – These physicians actually did the research

These following doctors were not content with half-truths, propaganda, and lies. They did their own research.

Nancy Banks, M.D.

Dr. Banks earned her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. She also earned an MBA in finance from Pace university. She completed her internship and residency at Saint Luke’s Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center. She is a board certified ObGyn.

If you look at the ingredients of vaccines you’ll find that they have mercury, and they have aluminum and the vaccines are polluted with other kinds of viruses and the vaccines are grown, sometimes on human tissue. So these are vaccines that have elements that are neurotoxic and then of course they have other elements that can set up autoimmune reactions. So those are the kinds of things that we’re seeing in the children; we are seeing autoimmune reactions.

Vaccination dangers

Toni Bark, M.D.

Dr. Bark has earned a B.S. in psychology from the University of Illinois, and her M.D. from Rush Medical School. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Illinois. After directing the Pediatric Emergency Room at Michael Reese Hospital, she began her study of homeopathic medicine. She has also earned a masters degree in healthcare emergency management from Boston University. In 2012 she became Vice President of the American Institute of Homeopathy. A highly educated physician, she has done the research.

…The kids that come to me from other practices and are fully vaccinated often are the kids, well they are the kids in my practice with asthma, panic disorders, OCD, PANDAS [pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections], autism, Asperger’s. My kids who never have been vaccinated in my practice, I don’t see those issues. I don’t have one child who was not vaccinated who also has asthma or food allergies or Asperger’s or autism or Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis.

Meryl Nass, M.D., ABIM

Meryl Nass is no stranger to research. She earned a B.S. in biology from MIT. She worked as a lab technician for two years in the Immunology Department at John Curtin School of Medical Research. She earned her medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School and the University of Mississippi Medical School. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Afterwards, she worked as an emergency room physician for 14 years. She also taught internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She currently works as an internist and hospitalist at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor Maine.

Prevnar was licensed with a big clinical trial conducted at Kaiser in Northern California with 38,000 children. Half received the Prevnar 7 vaccine, and half received an experimental vaccine for Neisseria meningitidis type C – type C meningococcal vaccine. Now, that seemed a little odd to me. I mean…the control was another vaccine. That’s a problem. But that’s pretty common, because you don’t really know what the side effect profile is if you compare one vaccine to another, because each causes side effects. You don’t have an inert placebo for comparison.

…Children don’t usually die suddenly when they’re healthy; and you have to find a reason for that. There are certainly lots of teenage girls who have died relatively suddenly after Gardasil or developed severe neurological reactions.

Jack Wolfson, D.O.

Dr. Wolfson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois. Afterwards he earned D.O. at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in cardiology. Before meeting his future wife, Heather, he began to realize that conventional medicine was not preventing disease or curing disease, but merely treating the symptoms. Heather, a chiropractor, brought him into the world of holistic healing. He and Heather are now married with two kids, and neither of them are unvaccinated..

A prestigious journal reported that men who had measles and mumps as children suffered 29% less heart attacks and 17% less strokes! Women with a history of both infections had a 17% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and 21% lower risk of stroke. The journal Atherosclerosis recently published these shocking findings in the June 2015 issue (1).

By my calculations, natural infection with the measles and mumps will prevent millions of heart attacks and strokes. Why is this information not all over the TV and Internet? I will tell you why. Because mainstream media is in bed with Big Pharma who pay their bills. The politicians are slaves to their corporate masters. Our children should be exposed to every virus and bacteria for which a vaccine exists.

Lee Hieb, M.D.

Dr. Hieb received her undergraduate from Grinell College and the University of Iowa. She earned her M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She did her orthopedic surgical residency with the U.S. Navy. She is a former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and she frequently speaks out against the perils of government-run health care. She ran for Governor in 2014 as a libertarian. Unfortunately, she lost the election.

Since 2005 (and even before that), there have been no deaths in the U.S. from measles, but there have been 86 deaths from MMR vaccine – 68 of them in children under 3 years old. And there were nearly 2,000 disabled, per the aforementioned VAERS data.

In countries which use BCG vaccinations against tuberculosis, the incidence of Type I diabetes in children under 14 is nearly double.

As reported in Lancet in 1995, inflammatory bowel disease (i.e. Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis) is 13 times more prevalent in persons vaccinated for measles.

…In 1982 William Torch, a prolific researcher and publisher on Neurologic topics, presented a paper (later published) at the American Academy of Neurology reviewing SIDS deaths. He reported that in 100 consecutive cases, 70 percent of SIDS deaths occurred within three weeks of pertussis vaccination.

Also check out Scientists Against GMOs, and How to Detoxify From Vaccinations. This article is an excerpt from a two part series. If you’d like to read more about doctors against vaccines (with videos), check out the first few sources.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/051421_vaccination_dangers_doctors_immunization_research.html#ixzz3w6T0WWak

What Should People Do With Food Waste? Make Beer

Breweries across America are trying to make their beers stand out against the competitionlobster beerbrewmaster’s beard yeast beerlaundry whitener beer and more. But the latest brew to join this fad might not just be a gimmick. It could also be good for the environment.

 Food waste

Chef Mario Batali is teaming up with Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione to make an experimental beer out of food scraps, reports Cat Wolinksi for Civil Eats.

Apparently the beer is inspired by “pruno,” or prison wine. Innovative prisoners make this alcoholic concoction by throwing together bread, fruit, ketchup and what ever else is available to ferment. The beer version has a more specific list of ingredients, Wolinksi writes.

The brew is modeled after a hefeweizen—a German beer that typically has citrus-y aromas and flavors—and comes from overripe tomatoes, stale bread, Demerara sugar, grapefruit and another citrus called the Ugli fruit. A slightly more upscale version of pruno, perhaps.

At its public debut, drinkers called the drink “light, crisp, a little effervescent” and even “delicious,” Wolinkski writes.

The chef-brewer duo call their concoction “WasteNot,” which is already offered on tap at a restaurant with locations in Chicago and New York. The idea for the brew came out of chef Dan Barber’s wastED, a pop-up restaurant that created menus out of the “ignored or un-coveted,” the waste products of the food system, according to the project’s website.

Americans waste nearly one-third of the country’s food supply—discarding produce because it carries a blemish, tossing food because it isn’t quite fresh. And the U.S. is not the only country with a food waste problem.

Imperfect food that still has nutritional value can be used, however. Faced with some shameful statistics, innovators are making a point to sell the odd-looking bits of produce or make energy out of the leftovers, among other efforts.

Excessive food waste costs money, contributes to methane emissions and takes up space in landfills. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency has called for a 50 percent reduction of the country’s food waste by 2030.

If making artisanal pruno is part of that effort, so be it.

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North Carolina Hospital Celebrates ‘One of the World’s Smallest Babies Ever Born’

The Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., is marking a major milestone for baby E’Layah Faith Pegues, the smallest surviving premature baby ever born at the hospital and “one of the world’s smallest babies ever born,” according to E’Layah’s doctor.

PHOTO: Elayah Faith, born nearly 14 weeks premature on Sept. 23, 2015, at 10 ounces and 10 inches long, is the smallest surviving baby born at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Parents Megan Smith and Eric Pegues celebrated their baby’s original due date on Tuesday at the medical center’s Levine Children’s Hospital. A location where they shared baby E’Layah Faith’s story of fight and survival since Sept. 23.

Baby E’Layah Faith was born three-and-a-half months before Smith’s due date and weighed 10 ounces and was 10 inches long.

Her neonatologist, Dr. Andrew Herman, told ABC News today that the young girl weighed less than a pound and fit “head-to-toe” in his palm when she was born.

“To be honest, we were unsure if E’Layah was going to make it,” Herman said, “but the doctor who delivered her could see she had a fighting chance, and her parents never lost faith it was possible she’d survive.”

Today, E’Layah is not only surviving but thriving. She now weighs about five times her original birth weight, and she is expected to go home within a week or two, said Herman, her neonatologist and chief medical officer at Levine Children’s Hospital.

The three-month-old has overcome “a series of hurdles,” including relying on a ventilator for breathing, undergoing several blood transfusions and numerous complications with her undeveloped organs, Herman said. Despite this, E’Layah is expected to “live, thrive, play and be happy as a healthy normal kid,” he said.

The little fighter’s mother, Megan Smith, told ABC News today, that she and her fiance gave their child the middle name “Faith” because when they were told to prepare for the worse, they decided they “would always have faith” and that they were “never going to give up on her.”

Smith, 29, added that despite work and other responsibilities, she and her fiance have tried to spend “nearly all their time” with their new daughter.

Though the past three months “have been a roller-coaster” for the new parents, Smith said that “every precious moment spent with our daughter has made everything worth it.”

“One day, I was holding her, and my fiance called me while I was in school and said let me speak to E’Layah,” Smith said. “I put the phone to her ear, and her eyes just opened up, and she started smiling. He also always sings to her and tell her she’s Daddy’s Little Girl or Daddy’s Little Angel, and I just love that — our precious moments with her.”

Asthma, allergies in children may be linked to heart problems

Children with bad allergies and asthma have a much higher risk of developing cardiovascular problems at a young age, according to research published Tuesday in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Allergies and asthma have already been tied to obesity and other metabolic disorders in adults. The new research suggests the conditions might be more of a public health problem than previously realized.

Researchers looked at data on 13,275 children between birth and age 17 in the US and found that asthma and allergies in young children were associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. In addition, eczema, a condition that causes itchy, inflamed skin, was associated with a higher risk of obesity.

But researchers aren’t sure why the link exists.

Read more: Pediatricians urge tough rules on e-cigarettes

“If there’s smoke in all these different places, you’ve gotta believe there’s a fire somewhere,” said Dr. Gailen Marshall, an allergy and immunology researcher from the University of Mississippi who was not affiliated with the study. “It’s just a matter of figuring out where the fire’s coming from, and that’s the stage of research we’re in now.”

One possible factor: Children with severe asthma often find it difficult to participate in sports or other physical activity. Kids with severe eczema face a similar problem, because sweat exacerbates their skin condition.

These issues can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, and that, in turn, can lead to cardiovascular problems. And there’s no good research on how to keep kids moving when exercise leads to serious side effects like asthma attacks, said Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, a dermatologist at Northwestern University and the lead author of the study.

Read more: Unvaccinated babies not always welcome in doctors’ offices

Another factor: Children with the most severe cases of asthma and allergies are often treated with steroids. Asthma patients, for example, are often prescribed a drug that falls into the family of beta-agonists, which relax constricted airways and ease breathing. But while they relieve symptoms of asthma, Marshall said, they also can raise blood pressure.

“This finding really underscores why we need safer and better long-term medications to treat these disorders,” Silverberg said.

Experts said doctors and parents need to be more attuned to cardiovascular problems that crop up in children with asthma and allergies, including checking their cholesterol levels periodically. But they said not enough physicians are doing so.

“It hasn’t yet risen to the conscious level of providers that deal with this on a regular basis,” Marshall said, “and that’s alarming.”

Can this Airbus plane on Qatar Airways really reduce jet lag?

Airbus has claimed its new planes can reduce jet lag
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner which is part of the A350 XWB fleet .

According to Airbus its new line of A350 XWB jets can reduce jet lag.

The firm has said that following a $15billion investment it has ensured the new planes are lighter, more fuel-efficient and more aerodynamically engineered than previous generations of commercial aircraft.

The planes debuted earlier this year and will fly between the US, Asia, and Europe with Qatar Airways.

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First off, what is jet lag?

Jet lag occurs when your circadian rhythm – your body’s natural 24-hour routine – is disrupted after crossing over different time zones.

We need darkness to sleep

Our body becomes tired by the production of the hormone melatonin, which is released in higher quantities as it gets darker.

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The A350 XWB is fitted with LED lighting that changes colour during the flight to imitate the normal shifts of sunlight which can help the body adjust to the shorter time frame within a flight.

Air pressure and humidity

Air pressure and low humidity can exacerbate jet lag, but the A350 XWB can be pressurized at a 6,000 feet, which is closer to the pressure on the ground than regular aircrafts.

Airbus reckons it's got a plane that stops jetlag (Picture: Alamy)
Airbus reckons it’s got a plane that stops jetlag 

Air filtration

The filtration system turns over the air in the plane every two to three minutes.

An Airbus spokesman told Quartz this feature doesn’t directly target jet lag, but that better air can mean better sleep.

Despite all these claims Airbus hasn’t confirmed if it has measured any actual reduction of jet lag’s symptoms, but it sounds about right.

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