The Neti Pot nasal wash

The Neti Pot This teapot-looking device is certainly not what it looks like.  It’s a Neti Pot used for nasal washing, a practice that has been around more than 5,000 years as a means to ultimate health and better breathing.

What is it? The Neti Pot is a device used to clean out the nasal passageway to counteract pollution, allergies, colds and sinus problem.

Why does it work? The nose is the barrier between the atmosphere and our bodies. The mucus in our nose filters the air from dust, dirt and other particles.  Without cleaning the mucus out often, the particles can end up in the stomach. The Neti Pot cleans the mucus out of the nose allowing it to regenerate fresh mucus and keep the body healthy.

How does it work? You fill the Neti Pot with a saline mixture of pure non-iodized salt with two cups warm water. Then lean over a sink with your nose slightly higher than your lips and leaning toward one side. Breathe through your mouth, insert the spout of the pot in your upper nostril until it forms a comfortable seal. Raise the Neti Pot to allow the solution to flow through the upper nostril and out the lower nostril.  After you are done, be sure to exhale vigorously through both nostrils, simultaneously, to clear the nasal passages. Repeat with the other nostril.

Can I buy it at ilumina? Of course! It’s $20.50 for the Neti Pot and $3.50 for a bag of Neti salt with over 160 scoops of salt.

 

Mayan Abdominal Massage and IUI/IVF

We are so fortunate to have a certified practitioner of Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Massage TM. Audrey Blanchard, LMT has had extensive training in this specialized modality. This is an article recently published that http://alignmentmonkey.nurturance.net/2011/maya-abdominal-therapy-and-iui-ivf

Acupuncture and Cancer Pain

The recent study, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, suggests that acupuncture relieves cancer pain due to the side effects of medications. Some cancer treatments cause Peripheral Neuropathy, a condition that is due to damage of the peripheral nerves. This study found that acupuncture can be helpful in treating Peripheral Neuropathy pain.

Our practitioner Catherine Travis, L.Ac. has many years of experience treating cancer patients with peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, and nausea. Her acupuncture treatments are safe, gentle and effective.

Ilumina is a calm, nurturing and uplifting environment for all patients and especially for those experiencing the side effects of cancer treatment.

http://www.healthcmi.com/index.php/acupuncturist-news-online/620-acupunctureceucancerpainbaltimoremaryland

INFANT MASSAGE CLASS AUGUST 20

We are so happy to offer a very special educational opportunity. This class is appropriate for couples expecting or with small infants. The benefits of infant massage include connection and bonding, better sleep, better digestion, etc...Aug 20th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm This will be a semi-private class, spaces are limited so please reserve your space soon. Cost: $25/family

Endometriosis and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Endometriosis is a common disease affecting 10-15 percent of menstruating women between the ages of 24 and 40 years old. It is a hereditary disorder and common symptoms include pelvic pain, infertility, painful menstruation and intercourse. The pain can range from relatively minor to severe which can negatively disrupt daily life and personal relationships. Diagnosis can be tricky and is sometimes given based upon symptoms and a skilled ultrasound reading but the gold standard is laparoscopic surgery. Allopathic medicine treats endometriosis by surgically removing the endometrial ‘plugs’ or with hormonal therapy.

Chinese medicine views endometriosis as a stagnation in the reproductive organs. The stagnation of Qi, Blood, Cold and/or Phlegm arises out of an underlying Kidney organ system deficiency. The tongue can have a purplish tinge especially towards the root and the pulse can have a bowstring quality.

Treatment revolves around correcting the root imbalance and includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs and supplements, abdominal massage, and nutritional recommendations that move the stagnation and restore the Kidney Qi.

Although this in itself will not get rid of endometriosis, Chinese medicine treatment can significantly reduce pain and other symptoms, decrease inflammation, and increase fertility.

Although Chinese herbs are always used in formulas consisting of multiple herbs and I formulate each for the individual, I wanted to share with you one of my favorites for endometriosis.

Yi Mu Cao (Leonuri Herba) the literal translation is ‘benefit mother herb’. It is effective for moving the stagnation caused by endometriosis and effectively treats heavy menstruation which is purple and clotty with pelvic pain. It can regulate menstruation and treat post partum pain. Please do not try this herb without consultation as there are contraindications and this herb is not suited for everyone.

Some nutritional and lifestyle recommendations are:

  • Eat an organic, whole foods, high fiber, plant based diet
  • Use ginger, turmeric, and flaxseeds
  • Avoid alcohol, red meat, caffeine, sugar and chocolate
  • Supplement with Vitamin E and Vitamin C
  • Exercise daily

Acupuncture Reduces Protein Linked to Stress

Acupuncture significantly reduces levels of a protein in rats linked to chronic stress, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) have found. They say their animal study may help explain the sense of wellbeing that many people receive from this ancient Chinese therapy. Published online in December in Experimental Biology and Medicine, the researchers say that if their findings are replicated in human studies, acupuncture would offer a proven therapy for stress, which is often difficult to treat.

"It has long been thought that acupuncture can reduce stress, but this is the first study to show molecular proof of this benefit," says the study's lead author, Ladan Eshkevari, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Georgetown's School of Nursing & Health Studies, a part of GUMC.

Eshkevari, who is also a nurse anesthetist as well as a certified acupuncturist, says she conducted the study because many of the patients she treats with acupuncture in the pain clinic reported a "better overall sense of wellbeing -- and they often remarked that they felt less stress."

While traditional Chinese acupuncture has been thought to relieve stress -- in fact, the World Health Organization states that acupuncture is useful as adjunct therapy in more than 50 disorders, including chronic stress -- Eshkevari says that no one has biological proof that it does so.

So she designed a study to test the effect of acupuncture on blood levels of neuropeptide Y (NPY), a peptide that is secreted by the sympathetic nervous system in rodents and humans. This system is involved in the "flight or fight" response to acute stress, resulting in constriction of blood flow to all parts of the body except to the heart, lungs, and brain (the organs most needed to react to danger). Chronic stress, however, can cause elevated blood pressure and cardiac disease.

Eshkevari used rats in this study because these animals are often used to research the biological determinants of stress. They mount a stress response when exposed to winter-like cold temperatures for an hour a day.

Eshkevari allowed the rats to become familiar with her, and encouraged them to rest by crawling into a small sock that exposed their legs. She very gently conditioned them to become comfortable with the kind of stimulation used in electroacupuncture -- an acupuncture needle that delivers a painless small electrical charge. This form of acupuncture is a little more intense than manual acupuncture and is often used for pain management, she says, adding "I used electroacupuncture because I could make sure that every rat was getting the same treatment dose."

She then selected a single acupuncture spot to test: Zuslanli (ST 36 on the stomach meridian), which is said to help relieve a variety of conditions including stress. As with the rats, that acupuncture point for humans is on the leg below the knee.

The study utilized four groups of rats for a 14-day experiment: a control group that was not stressed and received no acupuncture; a group that was stressed for an hour a day and did not receive acupuncture; a group that was stressed and received "sham" acupuncture near the tail; and the experimental group that were stressed and received acupuncture to the Zuslanli spot on the leg.

She found NPY levels in the experimental group came down almost to the level of the control group, while the rats that were stressed and not treated with Zuslanli acupuncture had high levels of the protein.

In a second experiment, Eshkevari stopped acupuncture in the experimental group but continued to stress the rats for an additional four days, and found NPY levels remained low. "We were surprised to find what looks to be a protective effect against stress," she says.

Eshkevari is continuing to study the effect of acupuncture with her rat models by testing another critical stress pathway. Preliminary results look promising, she says.

The study was funded by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists doctoral fellowship award to Eshkevari, and by a grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Co-authors include Georgetown researchers Susan Mulroney, Ph.D., Rupert Egan, Dylan Phillips, Jason Tilan, Elissa Carney, Nabil Azzam, Ph.D., and Hakima Amri, Ph.D.

Are environmental toxins hampering your chances of becoming pregnant?

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, there are 80,000 industrial chemicals currently in use, with another 700 added each year. Oftentimes it takes years or even decades to discover if or how these products influence our health. Worse still, many of these chemicals are classified as "hormone-disrupting agents," meaning that they can trigger a hormone imbalance if you're exposed to them. The hormonal chaos that results can cause infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects and may even contribute to certain types of cancer. You can take an active role in reducing your exposure to these potentially toxic agents by taking steps toward achieving hormone balance. Get informed and create a diet and lifestyle that can reduce your exposure to specific chemicals that have been linked to problems. A great place to start: Consider what you can do reduce your contact with polychlorinated biphenyls; commonly known as PCBs.

PCBs were banned from use in the United States in 1979 due to their toxicity. Even though three decades have passed since they were widely used in construction and insulation, these hormone-disrupting chemicals persist in our environment. Today our primary exposure to PCBs is through contaminated water, polluted air, and the consumption of high-fat foods made from fish or animal products.

Since PCBs are stored in fat cells, switching to a low-fat diet can dramatically reduce your risk. For example, endometriosis is a problem commonly associated with infertility. Several studies have demonstrated that women with high levels of PCBs are three to four times more likely to develop endometriosis. One interventional study indicated that women with endometriosis can reduce their risk of recurrence by 40 percent or more simply by reducing their consumption of beef and ham and replacing these calories with fresh fruit and vegetables.

Making these healthy choices can also improve male fertility: A 2009 study found that men exposed to water pollutants (including PCBs) were at higher risk of infertility. These toxins can disrupt male hormones as well as interfere with sperm production. Rather than worry about the impact that water may be having on you, check out the database created by the Environmental Working Group. Not only do they report on pollutants that may be present in your tap water, they also provide links to simple water filtration systems that you can use to improve your health and that of your family.

If you needed even further proof that PCBs may be affecting your chances of becoming pregnant, a study published in 2010 found significant levels of this toxin in the fluid surrounding eggs that is collected during IVF cycles. More recently, U.S. research found that not only did a woman’s PCB level impact her chance of becoming pregnant, but it also may increase her risk of having a miscarriage. So clearly it is in your best interest to minimize your exposure to PCBs. Here are some simple steps that you should consider:

  • Eat low fat—in particular reduce your consumption of beef and ham while boosting your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid farm-raised salmon and catfish since these have been shown to be prime sources of PCB exposure.
  • Drink filtered tap water instead of bottled water, which can often contain a variety of hormone-disrupting chemicals.
  • If you live in an older home with hard-wood finished floors, consider having them professionally treated with safer products.

Are you concerned about environmental toxins? What have you done to reduce your exposure?

Robert Greene, M.D., FACOG, is a physician at the CNY Fertility Center in central New York and the author of Perfect Hormone Balance for Fertility, Perfect Hormone Balance for Pregnancy, and Happy Baby, Healthy Mom Pregnancy Journal. You can read Dr. Greene's blog, The Greene Guide, and follow him on Twitter.

Safe Fish for Pregnancy

We often look to fish for great nutrients such as omega 3, vitamin B, and lean protein. However, some unhealthy contaminants can be found in fish as well. Mercury is a contaminant we’ve been hearing a lot about recently because it can affect brain development and the nervous system. Government studies show that one in every six pregnant women in the United States will give birth to a baby whose blood is contaminated with mercury levels above the federal safety standard.

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine stresses moderation in fish consumption for pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant, stating that no one should cut fish out of their diet altogether. With so many healthy nutrients that are essential for the growth and development of your baby, it’s important to be informed about the fish you are consuming.

Below is a helpful list provided by the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org/safefishlist) for making your fish choices.

Avoid: bass (large mouth), gulf coast oysters, halibut, mackerel (king), marlin, pike, seabass, shark, swordfish, tilefish, tuna (canned), tuna steaks, walleye, white croaker

No more than one serving per month: blue mussel, channel catfish (wild)*, cod, eastern oyster, Great Lakes salmon, gulf coast blue crab, lake whitefish, mahi mahi, pollock

Lowest in mercury: blue crab (mid-Atlantic), croaker, fish sticks, flounder (summer), haddock, salmon (wild Pacific), shrimp**, trout (farmed)

* Farmed catfish have low mercury levels but may contain PCBs in amounts of concern for pregnant  a** Shrimp fishing and farming practices have raised serious environmental concerns.

Although there is no recent data available, studies from the 1970s show high concentrations of contaminants in:

  • Bluefish
  • Gontino
  • Lake trout
  • Orange roughy
  • Porgy
  • Rockfish
  • Snapper

The American Fertility Association also cautions women seeking to improve their fertility to “ease up on your fish intake.” Shark, swordfish, and mackerel typically contain high levels of mercury, which is associated with infertility, miscarriage, and birth defects. Eliminating ingested mercury from your system can take over a year.

Since fish contains protein and other essential nutrients, the association suggests that you “stick to two meals a week of low-mercury seafood like shrimp, salmon, and light tuna.”

For additional information about mercury levels in fish, visit the following web sites:

What is “Anti-Mullerian hormone” and why does it matter?

If you’re a woman undergoing treatment for infertility chances are you’ve heard the phrase “ovarian reserve” (which refers to the number of oocytes, or eggs, available to be fertilized, a number that drops as a woman gets older) and probably a related term, “Anti-Mullerian hormone,” or AMH. According to the National Institutes of Health, the AMH gene gives instructions for making a protein that’s important in the development of a male fetus. But knowing a woman's level of AMH gives doctors other information as well. In the past, most fertility doctors would measure a woman’s follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) on day three of her cycle to get an idea of her ovarian reserve (which is linked to her odds of conceiving, since the more good-quality eggs you have, the more likely you are to get pregnant, of course), but more physicians are now using AMH, as well as inhibin-B, to determine this since they are direct measures of a woman’s ovarian reserve (FSH is an indirect way to measure it). A recent study in the medical journal Human Reproduction reported on 769 UK women undergoing their first cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) with fresh embryos; 346 underwent a conventional stimulation procedure with medication, and 423 were treated with a protocol that took into account each woman’s individual AMH level.

The results were encouraging: Pregnancy rates and live birth rates were significantly higher in women who got a customized treatment plan based on their AMH level. There was more good news too: The cost of drug treatment dropped by 29 percent per patient and the number of women who experienced the rate of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) also dropped. Symptoms of OHSS can include abdominal pain and bloating; weight gain; and more serious problems, like severe pain and abdominal swelling, problems urinating, and shortness of breath. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these while undergoing fertility treatment.

If you’re undergoing fertility treatment has your reproductive endocrinologist discussed your AMH level with you?

By Lorie Parch for conceiveonline.com

Acupuncture Improves Fertility in Men, Too

In many cultures, women are unfairly blamed for the inability of a sexually active couple to conceive. In reality, men suffer from infertility issues just as frequently as women. According to statistics from the National Infertility Association (an organization also known as RESOLVE), between 35 percent and 40 percent of infertility problems among couples are actually caused by male conditions. Several factors may be responsible for male infertility, including low sperm count, abnormal sperm shape and size, and reduced motility. Lifestyle, genetics, and physiological changes can also raise or lower male fertility levels, and can significantly affect a man's ability to produce offspring.

Previous research has shown that acupuncture can improve fertility levels in women. Fewer studies on male infertility have been conducted, although evidence suggests that acupuncture can have an effect on sperm production and quality, without causing any changes in behavior or sexual desire. A recent trial published in Fertility and Sterility has shown just how effective acupuncture can be in the treatment of this condition, leading to significant increases in the number of normal sperm and equally significant reductions in structural defects.

In the study, 28 men who were diagnosed with idiopathic infertility received acupuncture twice a week over a period of 5 weeks. The following acupuncture points were used as main points: Guan yuan (Ren 4), shen shu (UB 23, bilateral), ci liao (UB 32, bilateral), tai cong (Liv 3, bilateral), and tai xi (KI 3, bilateral). Secondary points included zhu san li (ST 36, bilateral), xue hai (SP 10, bilateral), san yin jiao (SP 6, bilateral), gui lai (ST 29, bilateral), and bai hui (Du 20). Needles were inserted to a depth of between 15 and 25 millimeters, depending on the region of the body being treated. Needles were manipulated for 10 minutes to achieve de qi, then left in place for another 25 minutes before being removed.

Semen samples were collected from each of the men after a 3-day period of sexual abstinence. Two samples were collected from each patient: one obtained the day before treatment began, the other after the last acupuncture treatment. Samples from the treatment group were then randomized with semen samples from 12 untreated control patients and analyzed.

Compared to the control group, motility levels increased significantly in semen samples in the men receiving acupuncture. While median motility levels increased from 32% to 37% in the control group, they increased from 44.5% to 50% in the acupuncture group.

The number and percentage of healthy sperm also increased dramatically in the acupuncture patients. At baseline, only 0.06% the sperm among men in the acupuncture group was considered "healthy," while the median number of healthy sperm calculated in ejaculate was 0.04 x 10 6 (40,000). After 10 sessions of treatments, the median percentage of healthy sperm had increased more than four-fold, to 0.26%, while the median number of healthy sperm per sample had reached 0.2 x 10 6 (200,000).

In addition, significant changes in sperm structure and quality were seen in the samples from the acupuncture group. Before treatment, only 22.5% of the sperm samples in the acupuncture patients contained normal-shaped acrosomes, a cap-like structure that develops over the anterior portion of a sperm cell's nucleus. After treatment, the median percentage of normal acrosome shapes showed a "statistically significant improvement" to 38.5%.

Similarly, the percentage of sperm with a normal axoneme pattern increased significantly among men receiving acupuncture. (The axoneme is a microscopic structure that contains a series of tubules arranged in a distinct pattern, and is believed to aid in sperm motility.) Prior to the start of the study, the correct axoneme pattern was present in 52% of sperm in the control group, but only 46.1% in the acupuncture group. After 5 weeks of therapy, the median percentage increased to 52.2% in acupuncture patients, but actually decreased to 38.2% in the control group.

While acupuncture appeared able to improve the overall quality and structural integrity of sperm, it was ineffective against some common sperm pathologies. Apoptosis levels (programmed cell death) in sperm samples were reduced slightly, but not to a statistically significant degree. Median percentages of necrosis (unprogrammed cell death) and sperm immaturity also decreased slightly in the acupuncture group, but not to a level considered statistically significant.

The authors concluded that despite the inability of acupuncture to significantly reduce some sperm abnormalities, the treatment could be used to improve overall sperm quality, leading to the possibility of increased fertility.

"In conjunction with ART or even for reaching natural fertility potential, acupuncture treatment is a simple, noninvasive method that can improve sperm quality," the authors concluded. "Further research is needed to demonstrate what stages and times in spermatogenesis are affected by acupuncture, and how acupuncture causes the physiologic changes in spermatogenesis."

Acupuncture Today Editorial Staff

References

Hopps CV, Goldstein M. Male infertility: the basics.

Levine D. Boxers or briefs: myths and facts about men's infertility.

Pei J, Strehler E, Noss U, et al. Quantitative evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility. Fertility and Sterility July 2005;84(1):141-7.

 

ilumina and social media

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Ancient Chinese Facial Rejunivation

ilumina is now offering acupuncture facial rejuvenation!

These treatments combine the benefits of facial care with those of acupuncture. The treatment begins by cleansing the face using Healing Anthropology's Rejuvenating Facial Cleanser, followed by an herbal mask. The mask helps to tighten the pores of the skin and firm the face and neck. Acupuncture points are used that open the channels that flow through the face and neck.After removing the mask, HA's Rejuvenating Enzyme Peel is used to gently exfoliate the skin and is followed by the Rejuvenating Vitamin C Solution and the Rejuvenating Day cream (SPF 30+). Nourishing body cream is applied to the arms and hands and Rejuvenating Eye Repair is applied to the under eye and lid areas.Then needles are applied to the face, focusing on the jaw line, the nasolabial fold, the creases around the eyes, forehead and mouth. Problem areas are addressed on an individual basis as is dry or oily skin and acne.Acupuncture helps to increase the collagen in the skin, to soften fine lines and reduce signs of aging. Acupuncture facial rejuvenation is a less expensive, non-toxic  and gentle alternative to traditional med spa procedures and cosmetic surgery with no associated trauma or downtime.Acupuncture also promotes lustrous, radiant skin, reduces puffiness and facial swelling and the appearance of dark circles and bags under the eyes. It moistens the skin by increasing circulation to the face.Acupuncture facials are recommended once a week for six weeks to achieve the full affect. This is followed by a monthly maintenance treatment.ilumina is also delighted to offer Healing Anthropology's skin care, body care and baby care products for retail sale. Including their Nourishing Body Cream and Soothing Calendula Salve. Two of our best sellers.Please contact us (602) 957-2602 for further information and to schedule an appointment. Discounted packages available.

Healing Through the Emotions

Join Marion on Monday evening for this free event that you do not want to miss! We still have a couple of spaces left so please call to register. (602)957-2602March 8, 2010  (Monday) 6-7:30pmatilumina Healing Sanctuary7520 E. Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251Healing through the Emotions with Marion Light M.Ed.Our emotions, both conscious and unconscious play an important role in our learning. It is through the emotions that we gain deeper access to who we really are and what is important to us in our lives.  Living an inner guided life does not ensure an absence of difficulty in your life.  Leaving your emotions and tapping into your intuition will however allow you to move through these transitions with ease and grace without becoming unbalanced.  Come for an evening to learn about the emotional aspects of your physical, financial and relationship issues.

ilumina blog

It has been a couple of months since I started the ilumina blog. Time and time again I think about what I should post. There are many approaches that I could take and one versus another didn't feel completely right. So I have decided to take a more personal approach and just write from my heart. I hope that your enjoy.I started today by waking up early on this beautiful Saturday morning to get ready for a video and photo shoot for a new website. Marion Light and I have met 1-2 times per week for the last 6 months developing Women in Bloom which is our business focusing on empowering retreats for women. At this stage we are creating a new website which will include the photos and video.So off to the Franciscan Renewal Center I went to meet Marion and our photographer,Michael Woodall, and his assistant Natasha. I met Mike and Natasha when they came to our office to do a photo shoot for the March 2009 issue of Phoenix Magazine. So I knew we are in good hands.Springtime in Phoenix is amazing. The FRC is situated between Camelback and Mummy mountains which come to like this time of year. We were greeted by green desert grass, yellow flowers, blossoming creosote, and the call of quail. The air was calm the the sun was rising. Beautiful.Both of the sessions went very smoothly and we were done within 2 hours. Which was good for me as I has to hurry off to get a bite to eat before attending an embryo transfer for one of our patients.Now I am home after the transfer. I hope to get some rest and spend some time outside.Peace & Love,Dana

Inspiration

What an interesting time we are living in! That is a wonderful thing, but it can also be daunting. So many of us are experiencing some form of upheaval in our lives. There seems to be a dramatic shift in consciousness taking place and the old ways of hierarchical dominance and imbalance of power are being challenged. I have noticed this in my work as well as in my personal life. We have seen it in the financial markets and on the political front. It is affecting all of us, globally, in a deep way, because we are all interconnected, and it is time for us to realize this and live from that conscious awareness.It is my belief that we all come here with a very special purpose, and our work is to discover what that purpose is and how it contributes to the healing of our world. People tend to rely on their intellect to think about what they need to do to solve situations. I believe it is time to get clear inside, to listen to a deeper wisdom and then let go and trust.Of course, when we do that, there is no telling what will come into our lives. It will take courage to trust and move forward with confidence and joy.Many of you have read "The Secret" and are wondering why you are not manifesting what you desire. I think to take full advantage of the powerful Law of Attraction, we need to do a little housekeeping first. We need to turn inward and listen to that deeper knowing so that we can really connect to what is calling us and act from that inspired place. We can  only manifest what we really want, if we know what we really want. And for that, we need to nurture a clear body, mind and spirit, so that our conscious and unconscious selves can align. It is only then that your true power will emerge and you will draw into your life not only what you desire, but more importantly, the revelation of your calling and purpose. This becomes the moment when nothing can stop you, where good fortune seems to find you, and events flow your way effortlessly.This is an interesting time. An exciting time. And it is definitely the time for us to focus on alignment and balance: between body, mind and spirit; between masculine and feminine, yin and yang; between thinking and feeling. From this will come the unfolding of your true purpose and a life that thrills and fulfills you. Your power is always in the present moment. Bring yourself into present, listen for your wisdom, allow the inspiration to build within, and watch the magic begin to happen.Marion Light

Project Cure First Ladies Luncheon

dana-first-ladyOn Friday November 14th, ilumina Healing Sanctuary's Dana Price and Marion Light were proud to sponsor a table at the First Ladies Luncheon at the Camelback Inn given by Project Cure. The luncheon was held in honor of Kim Simplis, the First Lady of Belize, to raise funds to ship already collected medical supplies and equipment to Belize.In October, Belize suffered major flooding, devastating the southern area of Belize and now many families lack access to basic healthcare, sanitation facilities, and sufficient housing.  ilumina helped to raise funds for Project Cure to send the much needed humanitarian aid. We hope that the medical supplies sent help relieve some of the suffering in Belize.