Friday, July 31, 2009

An Evening with Ivana

Last night, I attended my first spa party. Ivana was the host and owner of Forbidden Spa in Costa Mesa. Being the organized person that I am, I was the first to arrive - I dislike being late. As I opened the door, I startled Ivana who was gazing out the window of her 2nd story facility and blasting Italian opera.

Ivana was a tall vision in a long black and white dress and long flowing hair. She's exotic, to say the least - and that was before I heard her accent! She glided over to meet me and began the tour of her spa. She started with the piece d'resistance: The Body Detox Capsule.

This large white egg of technology will give you a sauna treatment and massage all while you lie gently and listen to music. Ivana says this will help to detox and promote weight loss in addition to a balanced diet and exercise. She also has workout equipment in her Costa Mesa facility and offers healthy chocolate to her spa members.

One thing I spotted as I was touring was the NuSkin Galvanic Spa set which has been clinically proven to remove wrinkles and stretch marks in addition to repairing skin disorders such as rosatia. A 20 minute session will run you $30 and can be applied just about anywhere. It's the new trend in Hollywood:

Aside from the spa treatments, she also indulges her members in offering Yurman style design jewelry, custom design clothing, evening outfits and burlesque dance lessons. You could become the next Bette Page!

Feel free to check out Ivana's web site at Open Wed-Sat: 5-9pm

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Story of a Journey

This is what I call my "coming out" party as a Health & Wellness advocate. It took me a few years to get here, but this is where The Universe directed me. I am stubborn by nature, so I'm sure this journey took longer than it should have.

In January 2006, my mother was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of thyroid cancer. However, that's not where the story begins. It was how she developed this condition that helped me make the decision to look for a way to be proactive in a reactive health care system.

My mother had surgery for a clogged carotid artery the year before she died. The surgery was successful, so we thought. Soon afterward, she developed an abscess on the side of her neck where the surgery was performed. The emergency room was puzzled over the large lump on her neck and sent her home not knowing what it was. Eventually, the abscess burst prompting a return to ER for immediate treatment. After the wound was cared for and the infection was cleared up, more issues developed prompting another examination of her neck. This is when she was diagnosed with this rare form of thyroid cancer - on the carotid artery where the previous surgery had taken place and had become infected.

My mother was dead 6 months after diagnosis.

Did doctors kill my mother? Could she have been saved had ER technicians taken the time to realize what the lump on her neck was? The fact is, doctors kill over 500,000 people each year. Instead of fighting against the beast we know to be our "symptom band-aid" health care system, I've chosen to be proactive in the Health & Wellness community to help prevent health issues altogether.

I have recently partnered with a company that is on the forefront of DNA research and natural, customized dietary supplements. GeneWize is a wholly owned direct-selling subsidiary of the publicly traded genetic biosciences company (GeneLink, Inc. OTCBB: GNLK) that provides DNA-based genetic tests as the foundation for personalizing health, beauty and wellness products.

Wouldn't you like to know what your DNA can tell you about the predispositions or "risk factors" your parents and grandparents gave you? Wouldn't it be great to receive natural supplements with the exact amount of the vitamins and minerals you need to help avoid those factors? No more guessing or paying too much for supplements you don't need! Well, they had me at the DNA test. But the rest of it got me hooked.

For more information, visit my web site at: If you think this is something you'd like to know more about, just let me know! I'm all about helping people and making America healthy one person at a time.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Excerpt from 7/4/06 Blog

As we begin to recover from our 3-day weekend, I begin to wonder how many people out there really know what they just celebrated. Below is an excerpt from a blog I posted back in 2006. My feelings remain the same, especially now.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Independence Day
Current mood: pessimistic

Today is a day to celebrate America's freedom from the laws and politics of Britain, thanks to the support of France due to Benjamin Franklin's tireless efforts. To most, however, it represents a day off from work, hot dogs, parades and cool fireworks.

This brings me deep dismay. Most people have lost the understanding of what is important and why. When 9/11 happened, a young local teen being interviewed by a news station said, "A couple of buildings fell down in New York. It has nothing to do with me." Granted, age brings wisdom, but is the youth of this country really this naive?

I'm sitting here on a day of celebration weeping. Why? Because I fear for the future of this country and what the future will hold for my daughter. This is the first time in a long time that I haven't been on Main Street in Huntington Beach to watch the parade and cheer on the veterans who continued to fight for our freedom.

I want so much for this to be a day of fun and happiness. I wish, One Nation, Under God, it was.