The Prospect of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria as reported in this Reuters story, U.S. sees first case of bacteria resistant to all antibiotics, is a terrifying prospect. Hopefully though this strain will remain contained as an isolated incident in Pennsylvania and not travel to the Midwest and beyond.

Our best defense against the rise of these superbugs is education, awareness and partnership with our community’s top-notch medical professionals and resources to ensure we avoid the over-prescribing and misuse of antibiotics. To learn more about when and why to seek out antibiotics and how to avoid in the first place common infections requiring treatment with antibiotics, please see Make It Better’s articles here:

Michael Bloomberg’s Foundation on Anti-Smoking


Bloomberg's Anti-smoking initiativesT
Thank God for billionaires who take seriously their promises to give away much or all of their wealth to improve the world.  Because so many first world governments are deeply in debt, corporate philanthropy reductions, consumer distrust in the effectiveness of traditional NGOs because of systemic corruption in third world countries, these billionaires are in a strong position to make a real difference.

And they are smart and strategic thinking enough to invest their philanthropic dollars for maximum impact.

One example is Michael Bloomberg, who seems to be making progress on his vow to give away his entire $32.8 billion before he dies through his foundation.

According to a recent New York Times article, Bloomberg plans to focus his efforts on the following:


The progress Bloomberg has made with his foundation deserves attention and respect. His vow to give away his entire $32.8 billion before he dies is coming to fruition as this recent initiative shows.

According to the recent New York Times article, he plans to focus his efforts on the following; he hopes to sharply reduce high smoking rates in Turkey, Indonesia and other countries; bring down obesity levels in Mexico; reduce traffic in Rio de Janeiro (and Istanbul); improve road safety in India and Kenya; prevent deaths at childbirth to mothers in Tanzania; and organize cities worldwide to become more environmentally friendly and efficient in delivering services.

Quantified & Proven – his foundation’s antismoking initiative in Turkey worked.  More please.

Sleep – Glorious Sleep, Luxurious Sleep, Mysterious Sleep

Sleep – Glorious Sleep, Luxurious Sleep, Mysterious Sleep

Good sleep is as fundamental to a happy life as love and good food. But a “good sleep” can be more elusive. A tasty meal or a big hug – that’s easy, if you are close to home. But even in your own bed, a good night’s sleep can evade you.

My teenage kids marvel that I was able to give them hugs at all during my child-bearing years. “Mom, you were with babies and without a good night’s sleep for eleven years straight!” they tease.

Now I marvel at their need to sleep long, long hours.

Humanity is just beginning to understand the science of sleep. And it is mysterious and fascinating.

According to sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley, teens really do need 9 – 9 ½ hours sleep each night. Not getting that during the school week could account for teenage surliness. Stanley also believes that teens would be wise to follow these additional rules too:

1. An hour before bed, relax. Shower, read a book for fun (a school book doesn’t count!) or spend time with family.

2. Limit exciting activities 1-2 hours before bedtime.

3. Limit light an hour before bed, including TV, cell phones and computers.

4. Raise the shades to rise and shine. Sunlight in the morning helps awaken the body and mind.

You can learn more to help you or the ones you love find a better night’s sleep by joining Dr. Stanley, Chicago Luxury Beds and Make It Better for:

Sleep Myths: Debunking cultural perceptions of sleep & the secrets to a great night of sleep at any age!

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2 pm at A. Perry Homes
564 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka.

Space is limited, RSVP here.