The esteemed Huffington Post blogging team has awarded my timely book “Autoimmune Illness & Lyme Disease Recovery Guide, Mending the Body, Mind & Spirit” # 1 in Health self-help for summer reading 2017.
This book reflects the major pieces you can include to overcome these conditions, all within your grasp. We look at the long overdue paradigm shift needed in health care, regarding a plea for Integrative Medicine, dietary changes you can control, and how tending to the spirit is just as necessary as tending to the body.
A virtual toolbox is laid out in this easy to absorb book. The chapters are not too long and the information completely practical. As a former healthcare newspaper columnist of ten years, I was able to draw on that experience to create a book on a subject very critical to modern times.
50 million Americans and 250 million people worldwide are suffering with some form of autoimmune illness; lupus, MS, RA, CFS, fibromyalgia and many more. Lyme disease is now the fastest spreading infectious illness, growing 4 times faster than AIDS did at its peak in the 1980s.
Acidic diets, stress, exposure to molds and other toxins compromise an individual’s system, leaving them vulnerable to this ‘autoimmune’ relay to occur.
Please share this promising news, that self help is a key factor to a better quality life and less dependency on medications is possible. My new book has been called a ‘life saver’ , a ‘healing bible’ and now ranked so prominently by a world leading news journal.
Thank you Suzanne Kingsbury for sharing in my hard work.
Lyme disease is the fastest spreading infectious illness of the modern day, exploding to the rate of over 300,000 cases annually in the USA alone, with an estimated another 500,000 not being recognized by the average physician or lab and being misinterpreted as an autoimmune illness. HIV at its peak in the early 1980s showed 104,000 new cases annually. This epidemic is spreading faster with ticks as the primary carrier and all demographics and ages groups potentially vulnerable. We are in the midst of a public health care crisis with scant support for the afflicted or those in question.
Dr Richard Horowitz, MD, Dr Tom Francescott, ND and myself, Katina Makris, CCH, CIH offer an all inclusive weekend for Lyme disease resource and recovery at beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Please join us June 17-19, 2016.
We address the medical aspects, detoxification protocols, homeopathic support and emotional and spiritual sides of this often chronic illness in a nurturing and wholesome environment. No one leaves without gaining tools and insights for their mending as well as information for loved ones.
I was keyed in by a few friends, that February 29, 2016 is a special energetic day in our world, as in the system of numerology (how numbers and birth dates, etc add up on an ancient system of insights) the numbers 2.29.2016 individually tallies up to 1111 and some of you know I have had a REALLY profound connection to this configuration over the past 2 plus years, with 11:11 or 1111 appearing everywhere, almost every day, including the condo I am living in in now- on 11111 11th st !!
I have come to learn that this 4 column depiction is a representation that one is being reminded from the Universe, angelic guides, a master guardian or God that when 11:11 keeps appearing you are being asked to stay open and aware and be conscious about your life path, the choices you make and even more directly that you are being encouraged that the efforts you are selecting and embracing are that of your life work.
I have lived through some hellacious times, bedridden for years, a broken back in a body cast for a year, then a decade later loosing my career and all my savings, home, marriage and more to misdiagnosed Lyme disease over 10 years, and I rallied, dug deep, embraced deep healing work with the beauty of Natural medicine and the profound powers of spiritual healing. The great reward is that I healed 9several times over, and went on to become the #1 spokesperson in the USA for Lyme disease awareness and a beacon of light for the critical key the USA needs for more Integrative Medicine to address chronic illness.
Other miracles were born– I became a radio host, an internationally recognized teacher and was gifted with the ability to heal others (some times spontaneously) by being trained by one of the top medical Intuititives in the USA. And, my work and the path I now walk with pride ,has helped me meet thousands of people and forge so many magnificent connections and friendships.
If I did not embrace these awarenesses and instead went on my merry way or stayed at home in my little New England town, none of this would have occurred. I would not be walking the path I am on and helping break down the walls of denial surrounding Lyme disease and teaching others how to ignite the powers of the mind-body healing pathway via my workshops and teachings.
11:11 is my reminder that the risks I have been taking to be a pioneer, to live selflessly, to let go of my old ‘comfort’ zone and to help awaken others is just what I am supposed to be doing and in all honesty, I love it, though some nights I fall into bed bone tired from the endless energy I pour out into others and into the world, sometimes in group or mass settings. It is wonderful, enlightening, expansive and something I can NOT stop paying attention to.
With all this in mind surround Leap day this year, I kept feeling a lovely chapter from my newest book, rummaging through my mind all day. SO, I took it as a signal that I am meant to share this message to you about Pathways– specifically our unique individual Life and Healing Pathway. I hope you enjoy these words. They are from my heart to yours.
Katina I.Makris, CCH, CIH
Our Own Inner Healing Pathway
Chapter 19 from “Autoimmune Illness & Lyme Disease recovery Guide, Mending Body, Mind & Spirit”, by Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH
I love the word pathway. As a college student I recall favoring exploring the back pathways to a dorm or classroom building instead of following the main route everyone else used. When out on horseback, the shadowed hidden paths at the wood’s edge beckoned me inwards. As a plein air artist I spent three years on a series called “Pathways” capturing meandering streams or sun blazed ruts through a meadow with my buttery oil paints.
“Pathway” suggests a trail to me. Not a blazed, trampled one, but instead one that is evocative and maybe even secret or discrete. Likewise, a pathway gives me a direction. It suggests a way to go; a known route to a destination. Those marked hiking tails up mountainsides maintain distinct progress, as step by step you ascend to the summit, worn roots and knobby boulders passed over by others before you. The path is reassuring—in fact, it is an intricate map of sorts.
I have guided us through the marvelous systems of our body, illustrating the symphony of the endocrine system and the vast network of the nervous system, its delicate dendrites, sending impulses across fibers as we elect to move an arm or unconsciously take a breath. These bodily system pathways still marvel me with their faithful workings and interplay.
A pathway of particular interest and great regenerating capacity is the invisible one working between our mind and body. This pathway was diminished for decades bytwentieth century doctors, as they chalked all illnesses and recoveries to physical measures. Why would a mind be involved in physical processes? This blip in modern era medicine will likely be recorded as merely a “disconnected” moment in doctoring, as for thousands of years prior, the mind and spirit were entwined with healing, even taking in great reverent religious tones in Europe of the Middle Ages.
At the dawn of thetwentieth century, we witness the growing understanding that our emotions and thoughts actually very much do interconnect with our physiology. Though hospital surgeons remain removed from their patients daily care, the nursing staff pays very keen attention to their post-op charges, working with great nurturance and attention to keep their spirits positive, coaching for a swift recovery and more optimal return to well-being. Nurses intimately know the feelings of their patients, how vulnerability creates fear, pain evokes distress, isolation creates depression.
The endocrine system appears to be the known bodily system that interplays continuously between mind and body. Anger can raise your blood pressure, worry cause a knot in your stomach, grief a lump in your throat, and too much of a workload can create tension in your neck and shoulders. These are just the most obvious acute manifestations of our emotions triggering physiological recourse.
When we recognize that chronic illnesses carry an emotional footprint, too, doesn’t that make you curious to explore the pathway to the origin? My interest is certainly piqued.
The section ahead on the seven energy chakras conveys the assorted emotions piggy-backing with the specific bodily symptoms. The entire human body is not randomly designed. Joy and sorrow favor the lungs, indignation the gallbladder. Metaphysics studies this interplay. Coming to understand these interrelationships puts an extremely different posture on doctoring, as there are more influences to affect change and cure than just externally directed modalities. Humans bear inner powers and use of the mind is a prominent player.
Take a look at each of the 7 chakras in the map section. Here the essential interpretations are illustrated. Much of this chakra information is centuries old. The ancient healers of worldwide cultures follow these threads. It is empowering to learn how to activate the energy of each chakra site and in turn promote more energy flow or the effect of balancing runaway energy in your bodily systems.
The art of stillness, creativity, will, affirmation, intention, meditation, and prayer all have intrinsic roles. These personal powers are natural and free and all yours. You do not have to pay someone for these healing services, you merely must practice them faithfully and with care, because reinforcement on a daily basis is what will translate to cellular change at the physiological level, enabling you to transform a condition, state, or symptoms.
You have the power. My job is to orient you to the pathway. Just as the map of a hiking trail serves the hiker, these pages will help guide you on the mind-body pathway. Igniting this circuit is not that difficult once you understand. The work is in finding clarity within yourself, making a commitment, and persisting with daily practice.
visit wwww.Amazon.com or a local bookstore for a copy of “Autoimmune Illness & Lyme Disease Recovery Guide, Mending Body, Mind & Spirit”, published by Helios Press
Often readers ask my why we don’t have video up of me speaking on YouTube of Facebook or Twitter?
I apologize– I am a techno dinosaur and rarely have an assistant on the road with me filming. Though some brilliant footage has come out of some of my events in the last 4 years- like the Washington DC MayDay Lyme Rally at the Whitehouse, of “Living Well with Lyme Disease” Omega workshop I co teach with Dr Horowitz and Dr Francescott, and most recently 2 hours on Nantucket Cable TV, I don’t get copies ! DARN IT!
Cecile Gough, in Guelph, Canada– please send me a link, BTW.
Here are 2 worthy videos and I promise to take more now in 2016.
This first one is from the VERY first Ticked Off Music Fest Deleware, as the keynote speaker (my fave job have to admit :)) and then below at Concord, NH Public Library, launching the 2nd edition of “Out of the Woods, Healing Lyme Disease, Bo”.
Katina Makris, CCH, CIH, award-winning author of two breakthrough books- the riveting Lyme recovery memoir, “Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme Disease Body, Mind, and Spirit” and her new bestselling release, “Autoimmune Illness and Lyme Recovery Guide: Mending the Body, Mind, and Spirit” is also a veteran natural healthcare practitioner of 30 years, host of world-wide acclaimed “Lyme Light Radio”, keynote speaker for the Ticked OFF Music Fest Lyme awareness series, herself a survivor of misdiagnosed advanced Lyme disease, and a passionate educator.
Katina teaches at the Omega Institute, leads recovery workshops worldwide, and is considered to be the leading spokesperson for Lyme disease in the United States.
Canada welcomes Katina November 5th-8th with four appearances in Toronto.
Thursday, 11/5; 5:00-7:30PM: Book Signing at The Big Carrot, 348 Danforth Ave
Friday, 11/6; 1:00-4:00PM: Book Signing at Indigo Bay and Bloor, 55 Bloor Street West
Saturday, 11/7; 1:00-3:00PM: Book Signing at Guelph Public Library, main branch, 100 Norfolk Street, Guelph
Sunday, 11/8; 10:00AM-4:00PM: Workshop with Katina, Saint Brigid’s Villa, Guelph (Please bring a bag lunch. For questions email firstname.lastname@example.org)
The book signings are free. Her workshop takes place in a beautiful facility, for the discounted rate of $65. Katina will educate on Lyme disease signs and symptoms, the crossover to many autoimmune illnesses, proper diagnostics, treatment options, the emotional and spiritual support needed for recovery, and more, including experiential exercises she will lead.
Canada is delighted to bring support and information to a region in the thick of the Lyme disease crisis, with scant physician education on treatment or diagnosis. Thousands are potentially infected.
Do not miss this opportunity to learn more and gain some tools for inspiration and recovery.
Thank you Cecile Gough of Ontario Lyme for coordinating these great venues, Jeanne Pacey of Hamilton Lyme for hosting Katina. Dynamic weekend for us all!
When we are chronically ill, the body and mind are often mired with many converging complexities of hardships that have saddled our normal systems’ functions as well as key associated issues such as toxic overload, heavy metal accumulation, mold exposure damage and many depletions of essential minerals, vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, trace elements, orthostatic balance and internal homeostasis. The list weaves on and as most Integrative Medicine practitioners understand, pinpointing these factors as well as helping our body and mind recalibrate to what is our own natural vitality and balance is a fundamental if we want to be well.
Just taking a medication to reduce blood pressure, of inhibit joint swelling of RA or kill the microbes in a Lyme disease infection, is one key in the equation of restoring to a higher quality of health. I am delighted to interview on Lyme Light Radio, Wednesday June 10, 1pm pt/4pm et, the talented Dr Edie Resto, DC of Amara of Ojai Healing Center. Dr Edie is an expert in deep cleanse detoxification protocols, run at her facility and beautiful,healing locations around the world, to help reduce the burden the body and mind are mired in, as well as become aligned to the correct foods you should be eating when chronically ill.
Please join us at LymeLigthRadio.com, WBLQ.net, TransformationTalkRadio.com for some absolutely brilliant advice on how to reclaim your body from the ravages of tick borne infections and others chronic states.
We will also visit with Judy Gabriel of Amara of Ojai Healing Center to learn more about the restorative detox and supportive Lyme disease retreats Amara is holding in Brittany, France July 2015, Ojai, CA Feb 2016 and Helena, MT June 2016. These are unique, deeply nourishing and attuned to the essential emotional and spiritual sides of the Lyme illness as well as the physical.
Dr. Edie Resto D.C. is a Chiropractor and Holistic educator dedicated to forming healing partnerships with her Patients. She is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College West, Bastyr University (The largest Naturopathic Medical School in the USA), and the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, where she studied a variety of massage/ body work. Dr Edie integrates many different modalities for a powerful healing experience at her Amara of Ojai Healing Center in Ojai Valley, CA. She specializes in diagnostics for often misunderstood chronic diseases, with a forte in her renowned deep cleanse Detoxification Procedures. Lyme disease is a complex illness requiring much restorative work to the damages induced. Dr Edie treats Lyme cases from all over the world.
Join us for a fantastic interview with a cutting edge physician!!
With true pleasure and deep respect to the often devastating and compromising states a Lyme disease or tick borne infection can induce, I am collaborating my decades of professional and 15 years of personal first hand experience with chronic Lyme, in deeply restorative healing retreat settings with the gifted healers of Amara of Ojai Healing Center.
Dr Edie Resto, chiropractor and,graduate of Bastyr Naturopathic College, myself and her high caliber team successfully utilize multiple therapeutic modalities. We help assess each individual’s systemic weakness and damages induced by the infections, mold toxins, heavy metals, leaky gut, emotional injury and more via pre-program intake assessment interviews and questionnaires.
Under the direction of Dr. Resto (known lovingly to all as Dr. Edie) and my body-mind-spirit understanding of this complex condition, a personalized plan is created incorporating multiple natural medicine modalities. The “Out of The Woods Lyme Retreat” healing programs are different than any other, taking into consideration the specific client, their condition, past treatments, and a strategically planned course of action. Our practitioners have studied how these reliable modalities compliment each other and how to create a perfected environment for the body to recalibrate and heal. Please visit the AmaraOjai.com website to meet your practitioner team.
Once the client is on location, pre and post benchmarks are established with BioMeridian, Lens Neuro Feedback, homeopathic and energetic practitioner exams and evaluations. Our programs all include Dr Edie’s proven and truly effective deep detox dietary protocol. Each client will receive a customized restorative treatment plan incorporating a personal detox diet, acupuncture and chiropractic sessions, herbal and nutritive supplements, homeopathic remedies, Reiki and Body Resonance treatments, mud and salt baths, herbal hot wraps, detox foot baths, metaphysical energetic healing exercises, meditations and emotional and spiritual supportive renewal. This is truly the comprehensive kind of replenishing healing work so many Lyme disease cases have been ‘craving’!
Our mission is to create nurturing and restorative retreats in beautiful locations that feed the body, mind and spirit. Having worked with thousands of Lyme disease and chronic illness cases, we understand the vast nature of depletion, exhaustion, systemic consequences and the true emotional and spiritual suffering the afflicted experience. True healing necessitates tending to all planes of the being in order to gain wholeness and wellness.
We have three sets of retreats planned for the 2015-6 year. Join us in France this summer (July-August), Ojai, California (February 2016) or Helena Montana (June 2016). Of course you are welcome to attend all! See more details on the Amara Healing Center website.
Lyme disease asks us to dig deep. Establishing an amalgam of therapies to help the body, mind and spirit to purge toxins, bad patterns, unwanted mental grooves, wayward biochemistry and self-defeating beliefs is critical to reforming an interior platform of clear, fresh terrain in order for the benefits of supplements, homeopathics, dietary changes, medicines to work, and prompt healthier new cells to form as well as a more optimal ‘mindset’ to prompt better immune, endocrine and neurological functions and other bodily functions.
The ‘older’ version of focusing primarily on killing off the Lyme and co-infections microbes brings a person only ‘so far’ in their complete healing. Most chronic cases plateau once the bulk of the infectious organisms have been reduced. However, a great deal of damage and depletions have been inflicted from fighting a severe infection for months and years, as well as often sky-high degrees of toxic cellular debris and endotoxins (ammonia overload) in many cases. This is where the Out Of The Woods Retreats are special and unique.
We are uniting the best of traditional medicine and complementary natural medicine with a team of practitioners to work with you. Our approach aims to restore depletions, improve energy, rid ‘brain fog’ and cognitive impairment, cleanse toxins and mend the spirit. The emotional and spiritual suffering from Lyme disease is just as intrinsic as the physical. The goal is to help you find a higher calibration of well-being. Two weeks can not encompass ‘curing’ Lyme disease and co-infections, but the retreats are able to help attendees find better balance and a clearer pathway to healing.
~BRITTANY, FRANCE ~
OUT OF THE WOODS, HEALING LYME DISEASE – JULY 20- AUGUST 2, 2015
The manor house in Brittany, France is filled with beauty and ancient aesthetics to restore the senses as well as fresh, local, delicious foods and natural elements. The Breton sunlight and hydrangeas alone feed a Lyme weary soul. You will be in walking distance to the small village of Plevenon and a short bike or car ride to the breathtaking coastline and castles. The 14 day retreat is our most comprehensive and focused on Lyme and related infection healing. All meals, housing and treatments are included in the price once you have arrived. Transportation costs are the responsibility of the client but we are happy to help coordinate transportation from Paris to the house in Brittany. Please download the FAQ document linked here. It has so much great information!
Please understand that the July – August 2015 Brittany, France retreat is being offered at a significant discount, compared to the only comparable cleansing and healing retreat in the world, held in Germany. We want to bring ~YOU~ Out of The Woods in more ways than one!!
We will coordinate airport and train transfers.
~OJAI, CALIFORNIA, USA~
OUT OF THE WOODS, HEALING LYME DISEASE – FEBRUARY 5-13 AND 19-28, 2016
Our center in Ojai, California was – with healing feng-shui and aligned to earth energies for optimal balance, is fragrance free and situated in the heart of the spiritually reverent Ojai Valley, treasured by the Native Americans and world acclaimed healers for its vast properties of balance.
~HELENA, MONTANA, USA~
OUT OF THE WOODS, HEALING LYMES – MAY 29 -JUNE 9, 2016
The ranch in Helena, Montana is one of the USA’s last pristine areas of sweeping vistas and offers a unique energy of release and transformation. Large enough to host 50, this lovingly maintained location is a rare experience for us to work closely with our clients and still offer our one of a kind retreat. The breath-taking skies and sunsets work miracles on tender minds and spirits. Contact us for more details and watch for updates on the AmaraOjai.com website.
As a survivor of advanced neurological Lyme disease, bedridden for 3 years and completely destroyed, I am fully healed, due to the marvellous workings of the disciplines we offer in the Out Of The Woods Lyme disease programs. These two weeks of immersion, love and your ‘take home’ lifestyle management can potentially carve your pathway to recovery. Please join us by making a commitment to your new future in this enriched program. Your willingness to be an active participant in your own healing, guided by our professionally attuned understandings, make for a healing retreat of order .
Dr. Edie Resto D.C. is a Chiropractor and Holistic educator dedicated to forming healing partnerships with her Patients. She is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College West; Bastyr University, the largest Naturopathic Medical School in the USA; and the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, where she studied a variety of massage/ body work. Dr. Edie integrates many different modalities for a powerful healing experience.
Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH, is the popular host of the weekly talk show Lyme Light Radio With Katina. Katina has worked in natural health care since 1985. She is a former newspaper health columnist, award-winning author of Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme Disease, Body, Mind, and Spirit, past board member of the Council for Homeopathic Certification, and is the keynote speaker at the Ticked OFF Music Fest concert series. Makris’ personal experience of near death and catastrophic loss due to long-term misdiagnosed Lyme disease, coupled with her professional experience as a certified classical homeopath and certified intuitive healer, give her enormous depth and hard-earned wisdom. Dynamic, authentic, and compassionate, Makris “unites heaven and earth” as she guides people in self-help exercises that ignite the powerful mind-body healing pathway, a critical tool for overcoming chronic Lyme disease and many other illnesses.