Huffington Post Awards “Autoimmune Illness & Lyme Disease Recovery Guide” #1 Self Help Health Book Summer 2017

What an honor!!

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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzanne-kingsbury/the-best-selfhelp-books-f_b_10533322.html

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.

Blessings

Katina Makris, CCH, CIH

http://www.KatinaMakris.com

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Living Well With Lyme Disease Healing Workshop

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.

please read more at this link:

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May all of us find the inner tools and belief in a healthier tomorrow. Healing happens on the inside and it is my privilege to be a guide in your journey.

With Blessings

Katina

http://www.KatinaMakris.com

 

Our Life Path- Leap Year 2016 aligns with powerful channel opening of numbers 11:11.My newest book dovetails with this synergy.

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.

Blessings

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 by twentieth 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 the twentieth 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

http://www.KatinaMakris.com

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Founder of the Ticked Off Music Fest Series Shares his Lyme Recovery Story

I have included 4 profound cases of misdiagnosed Lyme disease in my new book, “Autoimmune Illness & Lyme Disease Recovery Guide, Mending the Body, Mind & Spirit” published by Helios Press with a German translation due, too. These are all real people, whom lived ‘normal’ lives in normal American towns when they became oddly ill, each in prime age and then sadly succumbed to years and decades of medical mismanagement. With so little medical research and even basic physician clinical information properly understood about this aggressive, invasive bacterial infection, serious long term damages to organs and joints can result. Early infections are erradicated with swift steady 6 weeks of antibiotic treatment, yet so many cases slip under the radar and ‘chronic’ longer duration conditions defy traditional medical routine pill and procedure care.

All the cases that recover– and these are brave, determined souls you will meet in my pages- went outside mainstream allopathic medicine to reclaim their lives. They are examples of thrivers: those that beat the odds because they BELIEVE IN THEIR POTENTIAL and do not give up. I include them as testimonies to great willpower, listening to their inner healer (intuition) and as examples to you all that even when at death’s door, healing can happen. It is often the surrender to your old mindset and holding patterns that launches the opening of energy flow and personal healing shifts.

In honor of one of my favorite Lyme disease philanthropic gatherings, fundraising for patient financial aid and harmonizing communities to education and awareness, I share the stunning and ‘out of the box’ truly restorative success of Ticked Off Music Fest genius, Gregg Kirk’s recovery story. With 5 Fests under our belt and more on the slate into 2017, this venue is the ‘feel good’ place to be, if you are ill or concerned, or just love great music and day long dancing and community building.

TOMF is in Hawaii, Jan 23 at the Blaisdale Center on Waikiki Beach ; including dynamite talent and speakers ( I had to cancel as keynote with cracked ribs and a bad injury) includes Gregg Kirk and the Zen Engines, Melissa Cox, “Survivorman” and crowd favorite Les Stroud, and our killer headliner Mike Love. Visit http://www.TickedOffMusicFest.org for more details and tickets!

Meanwhile please read Gregg’s profound recovery path and how he created these Fests!! 12189324_691609150938847_3290701499412312091_o

Thank you courageous, wise and visionary Gregg– beating lyme  is a long journey!! RESTORE; DETOX, REKNEW!!! BLESS YOU and your brilliant spirt and incredibly generous heart.

Namaste,

Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

KatinaMakris.com

Healing From Chronic Disease on the Spiritual Level: A Healing Journey

In November of 1999, my wife and I moved from the Philadelphia area to southwestern Connecticut to start a new life and raise a family. Within three years of moving into our new house, I began noticing some strange symptoms that were not “classic” to Lyme disease or any other illness that I knew of. At the time I was in very good physical condition and I had been going to the gym three times a week working on bodybuilding. However, I was feeling fatigued and foggy every time I ate a meal.

After two more years of bouncing from doctor to doctor, I still had no answers. On two separate occasions, I had MDs tell me, “Your symptoms aren’t life threatening, so maybe you should learn to live with them.” I was shocked at their lack of curiosity, and since I was paying them for a service that I wasn’t satisfied with, I “fired” them. In the meantime, I was feeling worse and getting worried.

Finally in 2005, I visited a holistic doctor who asked me to chronicle my symptoms in a journal for one week. The day I visited her, she read my journal and immediately said, “You have Lyme disease. I can test you to be sure, but I can start you on a round of antibiotics right away.”

I was relieved that the mystery illness now had an identity, and I was hellbent on disinfecting my body and getting rid of it as soon as possible. I began taking oral doxycycline and immediately began to feel worse.

I visited my holistic doctor a week later and she asked me how I felt. “Terrible!” I said. “Good!” she responded. “It means the antibiotics are working. They’re breaking down the cell walls of the bacteria and releasing toxins in your bloodstream. That’s why you feel so bad.”

The funny thing is, she never gave me much advice on how to rid myself of these toxins, so I continued to feel worse. It would be years until I would learn how to diminish and avoid the Jarrish Herxheimer reaction or “herx” as all the “Lymies” were calling it online.

I also learned about something called a PICC line during my daily quest for research online, and I asked my doctor about that. To me, this seemed like the “nuclear option,” which involved a port installed in your arm so you could administer your own daily dose of antibiotics, directly into your bloodstream. This appealed to my idea of disinfecting my body.

But my doctor thought the PICC-line route was too harsh and risky and would not agree to sign off on it. So I found another doctor who would, and within weeks I had an appointment scheduled at a local hospital for the procedure. I have to admit, I was not prepared for what the PICC line was all about. I thought it was a simple prick of the arm and easy insertion of the port, but it was a full-on surgical procedure. I was laid on an operating table with an X-ray machine above my chest and three attendants helping the doctor. During the procedure, the doctor ran a wire lead to route the line close to my Aorta and he went too far and jabbed my heart. My blood pressure began to drop and I began to feel like I would pass out while lying on the table. Everyone got worried, but I managed to pull through and they wheeled me on a gurney into the hallway, fed me some lunch and kept me for observation for a few hours.

I ended up driving myself home from the hospital and I felt OK until I went to sleep that night. While in deep sleep, I rolled over on my left side and apparently the PICC line jabbed my heart further because wild palpitations and pain woke me from my sleep. I didn’t know what to do, so I went downstairs and laid on the couch to see if I would die or make it through the night.

When the first rays of sunlight broke through my living room curtains, I called the emergency line at the hospital and talked to the doctor on call. His advice surprised me. “You’ve been through the worst of it,” he said. “Do you think you can tough it out and keep it in for a few weeks and try the antibiotics?”

I was so intent on ridding myself of the disease that I took the doctor’s advice and tried to tough it out. As I administered my own antibiotics each day, I began to spiral downward. I developed a severe intestinal infection, strong headaches, and paralyzing depression. I felt like a walking zombie and began to feel detached from the world.

When the PICC line was finally removed, I felt slightly better for about three months but then backslid into worse symptoms and actually had a second PICC line inserted, this time with no anesthesia and no X-ray. The procedure felt like someone jabbing a ball point pen in my bicep for 45 minutes.

Unfortunately, this PICC experience was no different than the first with the added aggravation of having this second line broken during a routine weekly cleaning by a visiting nurse. I had to have the line reinstalled again, making it three surgical procedures in one year. I had never been to a doctor for anything more than a plantars wart removal prior to this and I was losing hope after the symptoms returned three months later.

I began seeing a new Lyme-literate doctor in NYC who did further testing and found I had several co-infections; other bacteria besides the borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme bacteria). He prescribed multiple antibiotics simultaneously. I felt slightly better than I had with the PICC line but I was far from feeling “disinfected.”

I’m a musician, and one night during a performance I almost passed out on stage for no apparent reason, and I instinctively felt the need to get off of all antibiotics. I discovered another doctor in Manhattan who prescribed a combination of herbs instead of synthetic meds. After starting his protocol, I experienced stronger herx reactions than I had with the PICC line and he recommended I scale back my dosage until I felt better.

I remained on this protocol for a few years but felt my quality of life was only a fraction of where I wanted it to be. I continued to do research online and during my travels I stumbled upon a video episode of Oprah Winfrey’s, featuring a healer from Brazil named John of God.

Something about this episode appealed to me. The fact that thousands of people traveled to meet this man who healed them through energy, love, and faith, and trained doctors who had been sent to debunk him couldn’t. In fact, many of them had spiritual experiences that showed on their faces. I was intrigued enough to book the 10-hour plane flight and take the pilgrimage.

On the day I arrived, two counselors sat down with me to find out why I had made the journey and to translate my healing intention to John of God, who only speaks Portuguese. When I told them I was there to be healed from Lyme disease, they looked up from their notes and said, “and what else?”

I laughed, “Do I get three wishes?” to which one of them asked, “Why stop at three?” I could see they were serious, so I told them I’m a musician and I would like to heal people with the music I write and perform.

The next day, I went with a group of people to see John of God to be “diagnosed.” Several hundred of us gathered in an open-air room called “The Casa” where João Teixeira de Faria (John of God as he is called by the local Brazilians) took to a small stage and began speaking in Portuguese. Later, I was told that he had said that he wasn’t the one doing the healing but that God did all of it. Soon after his speech, he dropped the microphone and a shudder ran through his body. His appearance began to change instantly, and his body seemed to swell and his eye color changed. He stumbled for a second and then attendants brought surgical instruments to him and he turned to a woman who was standing as if in a trance onstage. I was standing a mere six feet away and I grabbed my camera phone and started filming him cutting into her abdomen while she neither flinched nor bled. The energy in the room made me feel as if I would pass out and one of the attendants actually did so and dropped a container of rubbing alcohol.

The woman was wheeled away in a wheelchair, and several days later I saw her on the street and she lifted her shirt to show she barely had a scar from the whole experience.

Many of the people in my group later waited in line to go up in front of John of God who had retreated to a large meditation room in the back of the Casa. We all went before him silently, while a few hundred people meditated in nearby benches that reminded me of church pews. As we all touched his hand, he told us our next step, and mine was to have “spiritual surgery.” I was told to return in the afternoon and meet a few dozen others in a private meditation room where we were asked to meditate and keep our eyes closed. After sitting in silence for about 15 minutes, we could hear John of God enter the room and offer a blessing in a booming voice. I felt electrical sensations all over my body and several members of my group confessed they had felt shoved forward or to the side when there was no person there to physically do this.

When the session ended, we were met by our group leader who put each of us in a taxi to make the block and a half ride to our hotel. We were told to immediately go to bed even though it was in the early afternoon. I laid there with my eyes wide open and wondered how I would be able to sleep, and then I woke up 16 hours later, feeling as if I had been hit by a truck.

We each went through this experience again later in the week and one day, I looked in the mirror in my bathroom and burst into laughter. The face that stared back at me looked 10 years younger. I grabbed my phone to video chat with my wife and the first thing she said to me was, “What happened? You look different!”

I choked back tears and said, “I’m healed!” and I could feel that every symptom I had ever had simply vanished. All of this had occurred through the energy John of God had brought forth but it was held in place by my faith and positive thinking, as the counselors had instructed us. Some in my group had even more dramatic experiences but I noticed that the ones who didn’t were struggling with their own limiting thoughts and internal “demons.”

When I returned home, I also experienced a surge of songs and lyrics that seemed to come from nowhere. I’ve since recorded two CDs full of music that I never would have written had it not been for my experiences in Brazil. I have returned to the Casa five times since, more for my own spiritual evolution than for healing purposes, and I have begun devoting my life to helping others stricken with Lyme and tick-borne illnesses through the music I create and the Lyme disease benefit concert series I’ve created called the Ticked Off Music Fest: www.tickedoffmusicfest.com. The funds we generate from the concerts go to research and patient funds, and I’ve begun doing motivational speaking to help others struggle with chronic illnesses.

Gregg Kirk

The Zen Engines

founder of The Ticked Off Music Fest series

11:11 -My Mystery Numbers: A New World Dawns, A New Time For Change

1111As 2016 christened us, with swaying palm fronds and a thronging life beat on the streets of vibrant Miami encircling, my breath caught with a faint sense of ‘something’ taking place internally that I could not quite find a word for or even frankly taste a grasp of reality for. Something was afoot, yet I couldn’t tell quite what? I allowed myself the grace to just trust and see. It was a mysterious calling.

I wandered the teeming, trendy streets of New Year’s Eve midnight, soaking in the Latin style, twinkling lights, skyscrapers aglow in candy color hues of festivity. Opulence, beauty, youth, vitality, adventure, history and a tinge of fate kept me alert.

By midnight I had slyly slipped into the sumptuous decore of the area’s HOTTEST new night club in town, and a magnificent old style Havana floorshow with feathered Cubano performers: feathers and sequins, gold lame, fiesta colors and a beat like none other. El Tropicana of 1940’s Havana flared before me; velvet banquets, raven haired waiters, indelible music, diamonds glittering galore. Mesmerizing and also speaking a story to me of legendary proportions, chills tingled my spine. My late mother spent half of her weeks in Havana and at El Tropicana for years as a glamorous and history making stewardess for National Airlines in this very vintage. WOW!

I knew no one and yet was not alone. The city held me in a warm embrace. My reason to be here at all, is my golf champion 18 year of old son, gunning for a collegiate team and training at a famed golf academy a few miles away for the Hurricane League season, and me needing a much overdue ‘timeout’ after 4 steady heart stopping years on the road preaching to thousands on the Lyme disease atrocity and teaching recovery tools to a country sorely lacking in the necessitated tools of Integrative Medicine for chronic illness and lifestyle wellness. Two books released in one year, foreign translations, audio format, a 2 year stint hosting the world acclaimed weekly “Lyme Light Radio Show” and I am weary. Miami is my deemed oasis of sunshine and surrender. It is lovely.

For 25 years I have lived in beautiful, yet strident New Hampshire, with its humble hill towns and fierce winterscape of deep, billowing snows and bitter arctic winds. Though I have loved raising a family and nurturing my treasured homeopathic and Lyme disease specialty practice amid woodlands and homespun honesty, I feel the treads on my New England tires of habitation there wearing thin. But, what next? A new residence, a new career, a new husband, a new look? None of these quite sit square in my gut. This fact is a rarity in itself, as I am one whom dials into intuition with a clairvoyant power and tandemly attunes to ambition with the razor zeal of a competitive athlete.

Instead, I recognized I just plain ‘ole needed to get out of town and recalibrate.

This is where the kismet begins!

Many of my friends know I have some oddball chemistry going on with the numbers 11:11. I randomly glance at the clock, approximately every other day, even waking out of a dead sleep, and suddenly spy 11:11 ! What? over 1000 sightings at this point. Jokingly, I make note of it on Facebook. Others have guided me to messages; heralding this is a channel to the higher dimension, or make a wish, or your angels are with you. I loved number synchronicity as a kid and don’t need a watch to tell time. An ‘idiot savant’ with phone numbers before cells ruined my visual and kinesthetic learning processes, I suspected 11:11 was at play in some fatalistic way.

HERE WE GO!

My son and I started scouting a Miami rental near my elderly aunt, in September 2015. We needed a select section of town and it was a tall order, as young international professionals and long term leases presided there. But, my cousin put me in touch with a savvy realtor, who kindly said;

“Katina, this is close to impossible to find you a furnished 2 BR in that area- everything is locked up for a year at a clip. I will look though.”

“Gracias, Hermann, I know you can do it!” came my ever optimistic, intention driven reply.

The months sidled by. Nada.

The week before Thanksgiving– an email arrives in BOLD TYPE.

“I FOUND IT- ON BRICKELL!!”. Music to my ears, Hermann pulled the white rabbit out of a magic hat. We negotiate on the phone and sure enough, every item on the wish list is there and I sign on the dotted line.

My son and I pack me up from my third residence in less than one year’s time, load the car onto the Drive-Away trailer service in Canton, MA- me driving one armed in a sling, after a nasty Thanksgiving fall on black ice resulting in a badly sprained arm and cracked rib, while we shuffle our welsh corgi to a friend, golf gear and more to be prepped and somehow I tie up all the loose threads, as a one-armed bandit, and pop on a flight in pain but destined for the lure of the ‘calling’.

We move into get this : 1111  SW 11th Street and 1st Ave., Miami, Fla on December 29, 2015. MY NUMBERS glaring at me on the tall sleek condo entry! This is too uncanny.

Then, in the very first hours of 1/1/16 (more 1s) I stumble randomly into El Tucan and my late mother’s former lifestyle of old Havana! She was raised half a mile from my new residence here, in the 1930s and ’40s, in Coral Gables. For 5 years I have wanted to write her memoir, as she helped co-found the Stewardess Union and her epic life of knowing Sinatra, Hemingway, Ava Gardner, Howard Hughes, Paul Newman, Omar Shariff all on a first name friendly ‘lets have a drink’ basis is too rich to ignore. But, how to start such a project? Monumental at times.

Today, I am writing my first blog of 2016. I had let all my writing lapse in later 2015, when I went out on Tour with my latest book “Autoimmune Illness & Lyme Disease Recovery Guide, Mending The Body, Mind & Spirit”, and I have missed my beloved Tuesday night Gateless Gate Writers Group genius. So, a made a personal pledge to start writing again this January. This is my first effort. Blogging feels a homey, personal way to start. And, the underlying feeling is twofold.

  1. Writing is healthy for me and helps my creative mind expand and thrive.
  2. The 11:11 tapping for 2 full years has showed its face to me!! I am supposed to be living here, in my late mother’s old neighborhood, next door to an umbilical cord to her life in 1940’s pre-Castro Cuba in order to bring her to life for us all. My next body of work is showing its face.

I lounge by the pool, swim my formerly robust laps in baby steps as the ‘gimpy’ arm injury stymies me, and I am meeting fascinating people and opportunity- Argentinian Tango, Cuban menus, Columbian neighbors, Brazilian beauties, a film offer, a new radio show. Recalibrating, spinning on an Axis, I reorient to what the doors of my future will open to? I know I need to streamline the multi-facets of my career efforts and capitalize on my talents most optimally, but just in what ways, I am not 100% certain.

Time is on my side. I am reading Keith Richard’s bio and spending time with my extended family. The handsome Latin men lay their charm on me daily with such sweet compliments– a far cry from emotionally contained New England. And, my son is gobbling up the green golf courses.

Meanwhile, I feel something very deep, very rich and very potent tugging even more powerfully on me than Mother’s memoir— it is the 16 personal messages I received this very day on FB alone , (and hundreds in the year) thanking me for my contribution to helping amend the Lyme disease crisis and giving individual’s a handhold of support and hope in their very fractured lives. This is my honor and gift as a healer to help usher in change and renewal and hold the safe haven of space for those brave soul’s willing to die to their OLD lives and OLD patterns and OLD beliefs through the journey of personal transformation via the often frightening vein of illness.

Enlightenment is not gained overnight or at a two week retreat or a month in an ashram (all lovely experiences), but it comes through a death spiral of fear and grief and the most courageous fortitude and trial of endurance you could ever fathom. Enlightenment is more grueling than childbirth or an Ironman tri-athalon, or surviving a house fire. The rebirth after our spiritual death is filled with a dewy tender breath of beauty and gifts of unsuspect possibility. Enlightenment brings serenity and deep wisdoms and a calm internal pool of simplicity. Enlightenment is eternal. Once there, one never turns back to the old life.

I am a conduit. I feel the channel I am in. When teaching to groups, my messages flow like a surging fountain. I stay open. My journey to death’s door made me surrender to what I grasped to and felt was my identity and power and props. I know so much more now. And, still I learn every single day.

2016 began wandering amid bustling Miami’s tropical daze and already I attune to the process of accepting that I am unfolding once again. Letting go, receiving and growing with the seasons, the rythmns, the magic of life and the precious process of being a vessel of love and light, whether in times of darkness of moments of maximum joy.

May all of us be protected and guided and work from our highest good.

My numbers have spoken and I embrace the future. What is calling to you?

Namaste

Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

Miami, Fla.

http://www.KatinaMakris.com

Out of The Woods Lyme Disease Healing & Detox Retreats- France, California, Montana

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.

http://amaraojai.com/

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 .

Thank you
Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

http://www.KatinaMakris.com
http://www.AmaraOjai.com


Katina with Dr. Edie Resto
Katina with Dr. Edie Resto

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.


 

oange archKatina 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.

A Conversation with David Roth, Co-Chairman of the TBDA

Join us this week on Lyme Light Radio when I interview pioneering Lyme disease advocate David Roth. A man of great vision, compassionate understanding of the exploding Lyme epidemic and hard working foundation leader, David Roth has put his time, efforts and amazing business mind into a national awareness campaign in tandem with the terrific Staci Grodin, Charles Balducci, John Donnally and others at the famed Tick Borne Disease Alliance.

David’s great mission has been to unify the various Lyme disease groups, research efforts and foundations to create the strongest national force possible to help bring in the research dollars and momentum needed to ‘crack’ the denial, confusion and lack of assistance the Lyme disease crisis needs. He has ushered in a merger with the very renowned and respected Lyme Research Alliance in Greenwich, CT. The great good is that we now have a merged powerhouse called Global Lyme Alliance. David will elaborate on this significant step in the Lyme crusade as well as many salient topics on legal government matters, funding issues and more.

Please tune into WBLQ.net, LymeLightRadio.com or TheDrPatShow.com wednesday 4pm et/ 1pm pt for a first hand view as to the strides happening.  

David Roth is Co-Chairman of the Board of the New York-based Tick-Borne Disease Alliance TBDA. After being diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2010, following months of misdiagnosis, Mr. Roth committed himself to raising awareness about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Through his work with TBDA, Mr. Roth is leading efforts to advance initiatives aimed at developing a more reliable and effective diagnostic test for tick-borne diseases.

Mr. Roth is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Real Estate group. Before joining Blackstone, he was a Principal in the acquisitions group at Walton Street Capital. He received a BA from Dartmouth, a JD from New York University School of Law and is a Certified Financial Analyst Charterholder. He also serves on the board of Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School.

You will appreciate David’s candor, strategic thinking and ability to make risk a winning move.

Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

KatinaMakris.com