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.

Lyme in Australia and the USA with Dr. Nicola McFadzean-Ducharme

Naturopathic Physician and Lyme disease author Nicola McFadzean joins us on Lyme Light Radio with Katina on Wednesday, October 8 at 1PM PT/4PM ET. Based in San Diego CA, Dr McFadzean has a wealth of knowledge on treating Lyme disease and co-infections with an Integrative Medicine model.

Originally from Australia, Dr. McFadzean-Ducharme is one of the few physicians helping patients stricken by tick-borne disease in Australia, a country waking up to a hidden epidemic.

With several popular books written about Lyme disease, I am eager to being Dr. McFadzean’s knowledge to light.  Warm, caring, brilliant, Dr. McFadzean is a “pearl” healing resource. Don’t Miss This Show!

Katlna Makris, CCH, CIH

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Nicola McFadzean DucharmeDr. Nicola McFadzean Ducharme is the founder and medical director of RestorMedicine, an integrative medical center based in San Diego, CA.

Having been raised in Sydney and completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Naturopathy) in Australia, she moved to the United States and obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, starting her private practice in California soon thereafter. Dr. Nicola soon started seeing many Lyme patients, both in the United States and Australia. As a Lyme-literate Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Nicola combines conventional and integrative approaches to treating Lyme and other tick-borne illness. She uses both antibiotic and non-antibiotic approaches, relying heavily on naturopathic principles and therapies in her work.

She is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), has completed the ILADS Training Program under the mentorship of Steven Harris, MD; and she is the Medical Advisor to the Lyme Disease Association of Australia. Dr. Nicola is the author of three books – The Lyme Diet: Nutritional Strategies for Healing From Lyme Disease, Lyme Disease in Australia, and The Beginners Guide to Lyme Disease. She is also a chapter contributor to Connie Strasheim’s book Insights into Lyme Disease Treatment: 13 Lyme-literate Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies. She lives in San Diego with her husband Dave, daughter Valentina and their two dogs.

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

News From the International Lyme and Associated Disease Conference

The ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Disease) was held at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in ever stately Boston, MA on the weekend of November 2-4.  In the wake of hurricane Sandy’s devastating torrent to the tri-state area, many did not attend as planned, and yet the show did go on!  And, I must say what a stunning show it was.

Arriving to a crowd of 500+, on a windy Friday afternoon as the moody November skies banked my car drive down to Boston, I immediately was caught up in the camaraderie and passion of so many who truly care about the epidemic of our time- Lyme disease.

The common area was thronging with people, colorful display booths by Igenex labs, Advanced Speciality labs, Nutramedix, support groups, more and more flanking the sides.  I joined Mara Williams, “Nature’s Dirty Needle” and Nicola McFadzen, “The Lyme Diet” with my memoir and guide “Out of the Woods,” at the author’s table.  Within seconds I was fielding questions and sharing stories and treatments with others.  The energy was high.

The grand ballroom essentially served as “Lyme Central.”  Each day we were captivated by the intelligent, probing and educational words of 23 speakers in total.  My head was swirling with knowledge by day’s end, as it was like being on an IV of cutting edge Lyme information. Imagine being in a post-grad level medicine or science class 10 hours per day for 2 1/2 days straight!! Your mind is glowing with intake while sorting and categorizing so much in it’s dual hemispheres.

Simultaneously three smaller “break-out” rooms carried lectures on associated Lyme related topics; either Integrative medicine focus, research work, legal issues, pediatrics, toxicity and more. (another 19 speakers).  I wanted to be everywhere at once-in the common area gabbing, the ballroom and break out rooms learning or at my author table sharing!  It was impossible to not be ignited by the dynamic environment and stimulating minds.

The Westin was a lovely setting, a broad sunny building, tall sweeping windows and conveniently located for evening restaurant outings ensemble.  It was a marvel to me, a formerly bedridden Lyme casualty, to be supping tableside with Lyme illuminatta, Dr.  Richard Horowitz, Lymedisease.org’s Dorothy LeLand, support group leader-James Gilbert and “The Hormone Book” author Phulie Cohan.  The cocktail reception, hosted by Igenex labs, was a non-stop ferris wheel of spontaneous, flame-flickers of introduction.  In a matter of minutes I was chatting with Joseph Jemsek, Neil Nathan, Eric Gordon, Jodi Darshore, Joseph Burrascanno, Steve Clark, Lyme patients and advocates.  The names and faces string on like a sparkle of Christmas twinkle lights.  Honestly, I felt bewitched by the magic of union and compassionate dedication we shared.

Saturday was another day of miracles.  Sam Shor’s chronic fatigue talk, Dr. Raxlen’s relapsing borreliosis presentation and Wayne Anderson’s genius “Cog wheel” explanation of whole bodily system breakdown due to Lyme infection were just plain ground breaking.  When you mix in Sam Donta’s understanding antibiotics regarding Lyme treatment, Clongen labs Ahmed Kilani’s latest detection tests and Neil Nathan’s clear communication about neurotoxins in illness, well you feel like you have been rocketed to the moon.  It is all critical and stunning work they are doing.  it makes me feel hopeful.

Though Lyme disease has been essentially ignored by 95% of the medical world, scoffed off with outdated Infectious Disease Society information from the early 1980’s as a short term infectious illness, these medical professionals and the other 500 of us at the conference are dialed into something totally different.  We believe from either having experienced it first hand as a victim or facing it straight on in clinical practice or labs, Lyme disease and associated micro-organism co-infections DO exist in a chronic form.

The palsies, the exhaustion, the grueling bone pains and migraines, the brain fog, fibromyalgia, the panic, depression, OCD, neuropathy, strokes and dementia are not imagined or a fall-out from something else.  Borrelia burgdorferi, a nasty, shape-shifting cyclical living bacteria can reek havoc on multiple systems on the body, and mess with your mind, too.  It loves our joints and soft tissue, gladly burrowing in for a lifetime and generations as a mother can pass it to her fetus.  I met with a woman from India, who identifies, she is a fourth generation Lyme infected person, aware of how it has been threaded through her ancestors in vitro!  The European and Asian doctors there talked of its threats in their country.

Ultimately, borrelia and company (bartonella, babesia, erlichia, etc.) gorge on our amino acids, glucose, vitamin D, minerals and more essentials, spiraling inwards to its’ holy grail-our spinal fluid and brain.  This is where pure havoc and devastation result; with ALS, MS, Parkinson, Alzheimer’s and Tourette’s syndrome next surfacing.

Sunday morning’s final presentations at the conference were all brilliant.  Dr.  Alan MacDonald, a long time Lyme researching physician received a standing ovation, at his heartfelt discourse’s end, as he vowed to prove in his lifetime that Alzheimer’s is caused by borrelia burgdorferi! He has evidenced based research he has been working on for 20 years.

Ginger Savely gave us current guidelines of how to use the CD57 marker test.  The prominent take-home was that it can be skewed by other immunological stimulation agents such as molds and viruses (EBV, CMV), thus making it a tricky test to rely upon steadily as a Lyme improvement barometer, though we wish it could be.

The whole conference flowed beautifully.  The environment and attendees were wonderful, the volunteers helpful and vendors so informative.  Hats off to the remarkable, organized and clever,  Executive director, Barbara Buchman for making this ILADS event so top drawer.

It was a phenomenal moment for me, when speaking to a new friend, that I became aware of the fact that established veteran medical doctors were standing at the homeopathic and herbal medicine booths seriously interested in how these protocols can help heal Lyme disease cases.  Here was my vision of the future before my very eyes and my message I lecture with shining forth!

Lyme disease is the epidemic of our era that asks us to unite the two hands of health care:  the diagnostics and pharmaceutical weaponry of allopathic medicine, with the restorative therapeutics of natural medicine.  Two hands working together are better than one (Katina Makris, 2012).”

By the time I packed up the last few copies of “Out of the Woods,” I was soaring to the sun.  Many people purchased my book, by the way, and famous health care professionals had sought me out, congratulating me in both my healthy recovery and a job truly well done in telling my story.  I feel so inspired by the enormous talent I swam amid for three days and so grateful for the tremendous opportunity I am living.  I made valuable new friends, shared such depth and meaning with others and came home with true hope the the “lyme code” will be cracked in my lifetime, heralding a new, more integrative approach to health care in the USA.  It’s a far cry from 30 years ago.

Meanwhile, it’s onward and upwards for all of us hard workers.  I am invited to speak at the Australian Lyme conference in 2013!  I’ve forged alliances to co-present at a chiropractic training.  Support group leaders from Florida, Connecticut and Texas want me to come speak to their members.  Many of us left with a fistful of business cards, new connections bearing fruits of our intentions.  These are amazing times.

Good news is that you can go to ILADS.com and register to watch most of the lectures presented at this 2012 conference “streaming” on your computer, December 1, 2012.  Do it! You will be enthralled.

Thank you Barbara Buchman, all the presenters, the helpers and vendors, and the concerned people in attendance at ILADS Boston.  This was a spectacular weekend.  A moment in my life I will forever remember.  Up form the ashes I flew, like a phoenix rising to a higher dimension.  Crippled, racked in pain and lost in tepid confusion a mere few years ago, I am awed by the resiliency of my body and spirit to heal, and indebted always to the forces that have enabled me to soar above and beyond the stifling grip of the stealthy micro-organism of Lyme disease.

As always, I offer you blessings for health and happiness,

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.