Announcing the First Annual Midcoast Maine Lyme Disease Conference

This week on Lyme Light Radio I am excited to welcome Paula Jackson Jones and Angele Rice, co-founders of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support and Education. MLDSE is organizing the First Annual Midcoast Maine Lyme Disease Support and Education Conference on May 2 in Wiscasset, ME, and I am honored to be the emcee at this event as well as deliver the Inspirational message!

Paula n AngelePaula and Angele will share their own stories, and tell us more about what they have planned for the conference, this Wednesday, April 15, on Lyme Light Radio. Please tune in at http://www.transformationtalkradio.com or WBLQ in Southern New England.

Paula and Angela have been working so seriously to bring help to Lyme stricken Maine! Join us on air this week and in Maine on May 2. Moving awareness forward is important for us all.

Katina Makris, CCH CIH

http://www.lymelightradio.com

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How Toxins Influence Chronic Infections like Lyme Disease, With Dr William Lee Cowden

This Wednesday on Lyme Light Radio, Dr. William Lee Cowden explains how radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, pesticides in the food supply, and electromagnetic radiation from cellphones influence chronic illness and chronic Lyme disease. The news might sound frightening, but it is preventable, and Dr. Cowden will tell us the steps we can take to protect our health from toxins.

As many of you know, Dr Cowden is the great master behind the amazing “Cowden Formulas” that have helped so many of us get well from Lyme disease and co-infections. Samento and Banderol are household names to many of us. Dr Cowden’s knowledge is vast and his kindness and generosity in joining us on “Lyme Light Radio” is very special. A hero to me and surely many of you, PLEASE do NOT miss this week’s show.

You can hear my interview with Dr. Cowden this Wednesday, October 22 at 4PM ET/1PM PT. Tune in at http://www.transformationtalkradio.com or WBLQ AM 1230 in Southern New England.

Katina Makris, CCH CIH

http://www.lymelightradio.com

WL CowdenWilliam Lee Cowden, MD, MD(H), Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board and Professor of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine of Panama since 2008, is a USA board-certified cardiologist and internist who is internationally known for his knowledge and skill in practicing and teaching integrative medicine. He attended University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas from 1975-1978, did an Internal Medicine Residency at St. Louis University Hospital Group from 1978-1981 and did a Cardiology & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center and St. Louis University Hospital from 1981-1984. He has co-authored 6 books, the last 3 in 2014: 1) Create a Toxin-Free Body & Home Starting Today, 2) Foods That Fit a Unique You, and 3) Bio-Energetic Tools For Wellness To Heal from Fatigue, Pain, Insomnia, Depression & Anxiety. He has contributed to several other books and publications and has pioneered successful integrative treatments for cancer, autism, Lyme disease, atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and many other illnesses.

DR Lee Cowden is a sought after teacher, scientist, master herbalist and pioneer with Tick borne illnesses. It is my privilege to interview him on Lyme Light Radio. Thank you Dr Cowden.

Lyme Disease Radio Interview

For those of you who are in the mood for a nice review of Lyme disease and a glimpse into my 10 year personal experience dealing with this quixotic, often decimating infectious illness, listen in below to the interview I did recently with Eric Chamelik, a welcome host and nutritional counselor.

We explore many of the Lyme essentials and expand into recovery tools. This is a great show to share with others in need or curious about the world wide issue of Lyme disease.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/getbetterwellness/2012/11/15/the-get-better-wellness-radio-show-with-erin-chamerlik

ENJOY!!

Katina

Lyme Disease – A Campaign Issue That Lingers

The New York Times contacted me in September to write an Op-Ed piece for them about the chronic Lyme disease situation in the USA, which has been ignored for so long, and actually decried by medical groups and most recently by the media and renowned newspapers, such as Slate and The Washington Post, who brushed off this life altering infection as a “quack illness!”

Sadly, The New York Times ended up not running my piece, due to the accelerated presidential campaign news, becoming so central.  However, I still have my powerful Op-Ed, and share it here now.  I would love to see it make its way into a major publication or of course more blog sites.  Please pass it along to all people and places you feel it will resonate with.

Thank you for supporting my work and efforts to illuminate the tragedies of this very REAL epidemic.

Lyme Disease – A Campaign Issue That Lingers
Katina I.Makris, CCH, CIH

While campaigning in Virginia Romney/Ryan were lambasted by reputable publications for their efforts promising to thwart Lyme disease, a growing epidemic, decried as a “ quack illness” by the uninformed.  Yet, people are concerned for contagion in their own neighborhoods.

Since it was first recognized in 1975, this tick-borne illness has been highly politicized and contentious; wide-ranging symptoms making it difficult to  diagnose and treat, earning Lyme ‘The Great Imitator’ moniker. The CDC and the Infectious Disease Society of America recognize acute Lyme- the achey, flu-like symptoms occurring right after a tick bite, but deny Lyme manifests as a chronic illness.

I’ve seen the devastating effects of chronic Lyme countless times, and have lived through it myself.  On a June night in Massachusetts, a standing room only crowd; newspaper reporters, doctors, board of health members converge, stricken citizens voice their messages:

“ My health has deteriorated for 15 years, with apparent fibromyalgia, Bells palsy and dementia. Only last year did lab work prove I have had lyme all along,” an infuriated woman conveys. A single mom’s 9 year old son has been paralyzed. She says, “Famous hospitals had no answers. Fortunately, a savvy physician recognized the neurological form of Lyme and 9 months later on IV antibiotics, he is able to ride a bike again.”These are real people, with a real disease, who need real help. Lyme is not the ‘’illness du jour’.

The Lyme-causing bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, is cork-screw spirochete, akin to syphilis. If not treated promptly, the spirochete disseminates throughout the body, burrowing into soft tissues, joints, the nervous system and organs, triggering auto-immune responses and inflammation, resulting in diverse symptoms from vertigo to palsy to mental illness. Authorities agree that acute Lyme is arrested with simple, ample antibiotics, while long term forms brew a sea of controversy, as a documented consistent cure is nonexistent.

With commercial Lyme lab tests exhibiting a 65% false negative error rate, finding Lyme knowledgable doctors, who know to use one of the USA’s diagnostic specialty labs is difficult. Certain states have stripped physician’s licenses for long term antibiotic use, despite clinical evidence of success.  On the other side of the fence, thousands of patients do not adequately regain their health, even after years of expensive multi-pharmaceutical combinations.  These tragedies only underscore the necessity of more timely research and treatments options.

Most doctors are unaware Lyme exists outside of New England. But ticks, the prime vector for Lyme, are found everywhere in the U.S, having spread as a result of global warming and migratory bird patterns.

A woman from Tennessee told me she removed 14 ticks from her husband, 5 with bulls-eye rashes, after clearing brush. Their physician said “This isn’t Lyme disease, we don’t have that illness here. It is only found on Cape Cod.” Her husband went on to suffer crippling migraines, joint pain, and depression and can no longer work. But, as the world warms and different infected tick species move comfortably into new habitats, we should be especially alert.
In 2011, 35,198 new Lyme cases were reported by the CDC, representing a 40% increase from 2006.  Additionally, the CDC acknowledges that the true number of Lyme cases is probably ten times higher, translating to an estimated 3,000,000 Americans shuffling through our health care system in various states of misdiagnosed illness over the past ten years alone. (Klempner et al. 2001). Mismanaged Lyme disease is over burdening the medical community, the insurance industry and wrecking lives.

Renowned Lyme specialist, Alan MacDonald’s 1980s studies proved that 70% of Alzheimer patients tested positive for the Lyme-causing spirochete, and that Lyme could cross the placental barrier, affecting the fetus.  Yet, a 100% accurate borrelia culture test and more private research into this area could not get governmental financial backing. The position of the IDSA remained unchanged: Lyme disease was a short term infectious illness and any patient complaints made after the brief antibiotic treatment were non related or a ‘’post syndrome’. (Burrascano 2012)

Western society experiences a massive life-altering epidemic—HIV, polio, tuberculosis—approximately every 30 years. HIV exploded into our lives in the 1980‘s, when Lyme was still an unsuspected acute illness. Covertly, Lyme pirated its way into our backyards, as who ever saw the pin sized deer tick nymphs creeping across their back or scalp?  Are we sitting in the crosshairs of the potential epidemic of the 21st century having ignored its ugly saber strikes? Tick borne organisms could be the lock and key ingredient to many of mankind’s chronic ills.
Having lived in heavily infested Massachusetts, Romney maybe more Lyme aware.  Partisan rhetoric and media slant shouldn’t obfuscate basic medical funding for a disease that does not discriminate against any American; age, economic status or political party included.  ILAD’S president Dr. Leo Shea sums up the situation, “ We witnessed HIV be disregarded by medical authorities as thousands died.  We cannot afford to let Lyme destroy another generation.”

Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH is the author of “” Out of the Woods, Healing Lyme Disease, Body, Mind & Spirit”, Elite Books, 2011.

Katina.makris@comcast.net

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Vote for Katina as 50 Top Authors, 2012

Dear Friends,

Would you be kind enough to give me your vote in this author’s contest below?

Vote Here!

There is a brief essay of mine to read if you like, don’t feel obligated to, especially if you already read “Out of the Woods!”

Thanks for your vote and let’s hope I make top 50!

Cheers!

Katina

International Lyme and Associated Disease Society Conference

I am delighted to be attending the exciting and educational ILADS conference in Boston, on November 2-4.

ILADS, Boston, MA

This is the foremost event of each year, uniting the best minds in Lyme disease research, lab work, doctoring, advocacy and philosophy.

To be strong enough to attend after years of Lyme collapse, with “Out of the Woods” proudly placed at the conference author table-I am elated!  Send me stamina and I will fill you all in when back home.

 

Katina Speaks at Nashua Health and Wellness Fair

Wednesday, October 24, Nashua Community College, Nashua, New Hampshire hosts a Health Fair, with a vast array of booths, speakers and demonstrations available.  Please come — tell your friends.  I will be presenting on Lyme disease at 5 PM.  This is my last speaking appearance of 2012, as well as a book signing with “Out of the Woods” at the Lyme disease resource table.

I am delighted to share with you!

Nashua Health and Wellness Fair