Saturday, July 6, 2013

My mini tooth, the Ocean and Natural Healing

Although we were never able to run 
sand through our toes, 
the view was sufficient, 
it was majestic and perfect.
 We traveled to Sanoviv because I had a mouthful of amalgams (8 of them) and a very precarious crown on a front tooth which a dentist broke about 9 years ago, and  I went there with plans to also have a doctor look at my back, which is constantly giving me pain due to two accidents 7  and 8 years ago, and where I was told I had a fracture on my "C5 and C6 vertebrae". I also wanted to meet with a nutritionist on site to make sure my current diet was helping strengthen my adrenals from adrenal exhaustion which was diagnosed a few years ago..

The cost of having the work done there was considerably cheaper than having it done here in the Washington DC area, and it included safety protocol for amalgam removal, plus we stayed in a beautiful Holistic care facility where we were fed delicioso healing foods and had access to the sauna and salt water pools.

However, by far-the most important thing that happened last week was to see a caring, compassionate place where people are treated with love and care and are being 
healed from cancer!  wow

              note:  Scroll to the end for Sanoviv contact info.

 I have a phobia of dentists after a “tooth mishap” I had a few years ago. A dentist pulled too hard on one tooth and with the end of his instrument broke my small front bottom tooth. For a few moments I thought I had passed out. I was deep at the bottom of a deep, dark hole. The pain was beyond pain. And then, when I looked at myself in the mirror I was horrified to see that my tooth was gone! I have a tiny piece left.. My mini "tooth"... is really so tiny that it looks like the head of a toothpick. Going to dentist, even if at the side of the Pacific (my favorite!), well, I was still pretty terrified to be there. 

I went to Sanoviv to have my amalgams removed. There were lots of them. My teeth were not forming properly and when I was only 10 years old, all my molars were filled with amalgams as a cavity preventative. So many of them, I was anxious and could not wait for it all to be over and done with so that I could be back home ... but surprisingly enough, when the day came for us to leave, I felt like I could use at least another three days there. 
My favorite nurse: Adriana, holding
my IV on the way to one of many dentists visits while at Sanoviv.
The staff was superb, the food was delicious… and well, with all the tests and pain from the dental work- I missed out on taking advantage of some of the wonderful therapeutic pools they have. I was the only one there that week without a serious condition, there were less than 20 of us... but the majority were recovering/healing from cancer. It was amazing!


The first part of our trip was spent in San Diego.

Sergio and I agreed that since we were saving so much money by having this done in Mexico rather than here- in Washington DC and we had to fly into San Diego...his June birthday gift would be for us to spend two nights in San Diego. Neither one of us had ever been to California, so we excitedly booked a hotel room in "Little Italy"... which from what I could see online, was pretty central to everything. 

We arrived to be instantly struck by the gorgeous art work and welcoming attitude of everyone at the airport. We are always amazed at the different cultures found within this large country we are blessed to be residing in.

Dick Blick is the building right behind the red tile roof house
 The hotel sent a van for us (for $20- we later found out- we could have taken the bus for only $3.- ..guess THAT happens everywhere! :P )
Once we arrived we checked in and quickly headed out the door to enjoy the day. First off I thought, a quick photo for our awesome Facebook following- and what do I see when I pointed the camera to assess the view?? RIGHT across from the hotel Blicks Art Supply Store! (my favorite!). With new brushes in my bag, we headed to the water for a long walk, and thus began our “medical vacation adventure.”

Sergio at San Diego's waterfront
We enjoyed every minute of our stay in San Diego.  We loved our visit to Balboa is absolutely magnificent... I have always been fascinated by the World Fairs, and here I felt like I was in Babar's Kingdom! 
We had a fabulous dinner in Old San Diego... the shops with all the kind of things we love to browse, and the music... the food, the moon !)--it was lovely and romantic. And Sergio wasted no time packing it in - lol! ~as he knew we would be spending 7 days eating  healthy organic food !  
Sergio enjoying it all!
We found San Diego to be a very welcoming and friendly place and were constantly astounded at the healthy organic foods *everywhere* and toxin free attitude of everyone, everywhere. When we stopped for a light lunch, it suddenly dawned that at 3pm in the afternoon, with the place quite full.... only one person was glued to their cell phone! Only one! wow

no cell phone, but I did pull out my art supplies! :)

On Sunday morning we were picked up at our hotel by a hospital van.

Sanoviv picks up their arrivals in San Diego. The friendly chauffeur handed each one of us a bottle of water as we prepared for the short drive down to the hospital in Rosarito which is just South of Tijuana.

Driving through the border Mexico/USA
Going through the Mexican border was a piece of cake, we learned that most Mexicans nearby go shopping in San Diego for clothes and electrical appliances etc., so border crossings are basically part of the daily commute
for most people.

In the van we joined two patients and one "companion" who is what Sergio's role was. At Sanoviv they work it out in this way-each patient can invite a companion to join them. This is a real treat for the companion too, who for $100.- a night gets the hotel stay, tasty organic meals, green juices, wheat grass, use of the spa and therapy pools, plus the regular pool, exercise classes and equipment and all lectures too- a great deal!

exercise by the Ocean. Perfect.

I know Sergio enjoyed it all, he seems much more relaxed even though we came back to a stressful car fiasco and jumped back to work only a day after arriving home (jet lagged and without any sleep because of a cancelled flight!), and he says he is committed to eating healthier. We have also began drinking "Golden Milk" (an Ayudervic Turmeric drink) every evening, and we have cut back on our 'wine with dinner' habit...from 4 times a week to 2 nights a week. A juicer for green juice is on our wish list now too, I used to make these daily, but stopped when our juicer broke.


one of the many tasty meals prepared by Frankie and his team
We were given a quick tour of the facility and then left at our room to shower and change before joining the rest of the guests/patients in the dining room where we enjoyed the first of many fantastic and beautiful meals created by the kitchen staff led by one of my favorite Sanoviv people: Frankie... he was so kind and super compassionate! One time he overheard me say that the amount of nuts in the shakes were too heavy for my tummy and without my asking, he made sure to set apart a portion of the day's carrot soup to be served for me without the nut cream.  He was also always willing to puree everything for me as I could not chew because of the extensive work on my teeth.
It was the best tasting baby food I have ever had!
It may seem odd to some, but at Sanoviv we are all made to wear the same matching outfits. Comfy cotton sweats that are washed as needed by the cleaning staff. They also have washers and dryers on every floor to clean your pj's and undies too.

this is one of my pieces from my
Soulkeeper series, it is about
blessings and healing
and love and compassion
about the energy that is you
me...and ALL that IS.
Sanoviv was founded by my new super hero: Dr. Wentz ... you can read all about him online,  and we can tell you that although we have found naysayers and rumors... what I experienced and witnessed first hand is mirmagical....and I can boast that I count myself honored to have been there during one of the rare appearances he makes. What a true honor it was to be able to shake his hand.
He built this place because it has been his dream to help people heal naturally. In 14 years, he has only turned a profit once, only one year. All his staff are Mexican (with the exception of 4 people), they are all very happy and consider themselves family. The love, care and respect the staff/doctors/nurses and therapists show for one another is equal to that which they show for their patients... superb: and great testimony to how happy and fulfilled they are in their jobs.

 There are just so many things going on at Sanoviv  that are spectacular
(yes, even the dressing alike part!)
.....the only thing missing? ART!
We planted a seed with one of the coordinators, and we hope that we will be able to
return to offer an art workshop by the sea there someday! Sounds perfect for this healing and nutrition aficionado, Reiki practicing
Yeah, we think so too :)   

view of the ocean from our bed
Every morning a bell is rung at 6:30am and we are to wake up to the fantastic Ocean view. Sleep was scant for me, so every morning I struggled. There are no curtains-and dawn arrives early and I seemed to wake up every hour or so.
After pm, there was not much to do, yet Sergio and I struggled with the early bedtime (thus we struggled with the early wake up time!).
Most people were bored and complained that there was no cable and limited channels on the TV, but since we have no TV at home- we actually were reeled in by the history channel every night, in the morning, we would watch the fishing boats come close; next time we will take binoculars!)
Every morning I was to go to the nurse's station where my vitals were taken, and where I received my supplements and medicine for the day.

Then, to the lab for blood and urine samples. One day I was given this large orange bucket that I had to carry around with me all day to pee into. It will be tested for heavy metals from the amalgams and our art practice.

bucket o' pee
Every day I had work done on my teeth and visited a variety of doctors ranging from a general (alternative) practitioner, nutritionist, chiropractor, massage therapist, colon hydrotherapist and massage therapist.
My dentist-I had oxygen and an IV
and loads of Novocaine too! I lost count of how many hours
I spent with him. Some days I was there for up to four hours,
sometimes visiting him twice in one day.
All in all, I saw him for the 5 of the 6 days
we were there. As I write this, my gums and teeth are still quite sore.



Gracias a todos y en especial:

 A HUGE thanks to my doctors there: Dr. Ulloa, my primary care physician- he listens, is well informed- and truly practices holistic medicine with knowledge and compassion; Dr. Oscar, a talented and compassionate nutritionist whom I will undoubtedly be consulting with again and again for his knowledge and understanding of food as medicine, and last but not least: the amazing Dr. Fernando, a chiropractor that is truly more Shaman than anything ,*wow* is all I kept saying while he worked on my back and hip....



Take care of yourself

Eat well, sleep well, relax. Use organic, local foods whenever you can, try essential oils and other alternative healing therapies -including ART; to help you help yourself. .... be brave, be proactive: inform yourself, question your medical providers, be astute and trust your body. love your body- you are a Divine vessel experience the joy and the peace that comes with good health vitality! 

If you know anyone with cancer or immune type disease....
       give them hope, because there IS hope and healing!
Sanoviv, I can not recommend it enough.
No, it is not covered by insurance…
but there is no better investment than investing in your health!

If you contact Sanoviv, please give them my name (after you are a patient there, you can get "points" for referrals)- if you give my name- we both win as you will receive a free spa treatment of your choice when your reserve under my Sanoviv Rewards code  or give my name
and I can acumulate points to go back in the future for one of their well programs!  :)
Sanoviv : 1-800-726-6848 


Pascale said...

I will admit that I didn't read the entire blog, only what I felt the paragraphs that stuck out for me and what you recommended to read.
What a journey for you and what an inspired blog you were able to write and share from that. Bringing out the positive from what may seem like a bleak situation, is so inspirational.
Thank you for sharing it beautiful Claudia.

Anonymous said...


What an experience! I have heard of that place. I read about it some where! Isn't it amazing that our bodies can heal AND that FOOD IS MEDICINE! So happy to read this great post!

Sue Kearney (@MagnoliasWest) said...

I was riveted. A very powerful story. I think I may be calling Sanoviv soon (and I will mention your name!)

Love and magic,

Cassandra said...

Gorgeous post, Claudia. Thank you for all the information and inspiration you're putting out into the world, and I'm so glad you're feeling better!

Claudia Olivos and Sergio OlivosM said...

Thank you Sofia and Cassandra! Your comments are "wind beneath the wings of this pseudo blogger!" ;)

Much love to you both,

Claudia Olivos and Sergio OlivosM said...

Sue Kearney (@MagnoliasWest) has left a new comment on your post "My mini tooth, the Ocean and Natural Healing":

I was riveted. A very powerful story. I think I may be calling Sanoviv soon (and I will mention your name!)

Love and magic,

Thank you Sue!! And thank you for reading and supporting my endeavors :)

much love,