How to keep your New Year's Resolution?

December 23, 2016


“Williams, the 36 year old gospel music singer, was a speaker at the Kennedy forum event “ young minds: Building resilience and well being for the next generation” that took place at the Hilton Chicago. There Williams was able to share her testimony and touched more than just the young people in attendance with her story.

Patrick J kennedy, the nephew of former U.S President John F. Kennedy who served as Rhode Island congressman before struggling with his own mental health issues, founded the Kennedy Forum three years ago. Kennedy applauded Williams for sharing her testimony.”

The preceding was the opening paragraph of a post by Christine Thomasos, Christian post reporter titled “ Michelle Williams touches young mental health community with depression testimony”.


A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year's Day.


Healthy New Year’s resolutions are a great idea, but Just 8% of People achieve their New Year's resolutions. Making New Year’s resolutions stick WebMD article by Sarah Mahoney talks about 10 ways to stay strong In the face of tempting cupcakes, pricey shoes and urge to hit the snooze instead of going to the gym.


A healthy New Year, According to the World Health Organization WHO “mental health is an integral part of health, indeed there is no health without mental health”.

Most of us are aware that a healthy balanced diet and exercise is beneficial for our physical health. But also following a healthy diet has benefits for mental wellbeing.


There are hundreds, if not thousands, of articles explaining how to get healthy. But have you ever stopped and wondered about why certain diets, exercise regimes and medications work?

Science gives great insight on not only what works and what doesn't but also why. Let’s say you eat vegetables because they’re good for you. You might be surprised to learn that some are better than others, or that the method of cooking them makes a big difference. Fitness is just as complex. What kind of exercise, for how long for the best results?


Pharmacogenomics which the study of the role of the genome in drug response - plays an important role in identifying responders and nonresponders to medications avoiding adverse events and optimizing drug therapy like certain antidepressants.


Ideally, consuming healthy balanced diet is the best way to meet one’s recommended nutritional needs. But individuals who are at risk for nutritional deficiencies or who have increased metabolic demands should use dietary supplements to prevent symptoms from worsening.

Let’s take vitamin B6; individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) have low vitamin B6 concentrations, and these low concentrations are due to the inflammation caused by (RA), which in turn increase the inflammation associated with the disease. Furthermore, low vitamin B6 and B12 can be associated with folate deficiency.


Our individual health largely depends on the genes we inherit. Risk for conditions, like heart disease, cancer, or diabetes all have roots in DNA and genetics.But new research shows that our DNA isn’t the end of the story. There is another important layer of information stored in what is known the epigenome. An article published by for Simmons, D PhD; examines how environmental exposures play a major role in disease.


Luckily, technology makes it accessible to everyday people to quantify their data from their environmental exposures and genetic tests to meaningful useful information. KQED science talks about how to make use of your genetic test results.


With all the limitations that we have today in understanding our whole genome, the genetic tests available today provide enough information about our DNA for more informed decisions about our nutrition, exercise, and drug therapy.


Disclaimer; the information presented in this article is not medical advice and it should be treated as such.


Ramzy Haddad, RPh

Health scientist & health hacker


Health Hacker I My goal is to assist people with decisions about nutrition, exercise and drug therapy to reduce their personal risk of injury. My favorite way to spend time is outdoor adventures and cycling.


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