Introducing Lyme Light Radio with Katina

It is with true pleasure I introduce to you my wonderful new website and an amazing opportunity for all.

Welcome to “Lyme-Light Radio with Katina”, a weekly radio talk show devoted to Lyme disease, in a host, guest, call-in format. Filled with information and inspiration, we aim to educate worldwide listeners on a diversity of Lyme-related topics. This is a timely show, and we are seeking sponsorship to launch by June, 2013.

Broadcast from Transformative Talk Radio’s flagship station, WBLQ 1230 AM, Westerly, RI, in the heart of Lyme country, we will reach 700,000 listeners in winter and 1,500,000 in summer throughout southern New England and New York, plus access to a 300 station syndicate expanded to major US cities, Australia and Europe, leveraging our audience into the multi-millions.

In partnership with The Dr. Pat Show, five years voted #1 most listened to network, “Lyme-Light Radio with Katina” is a huge step forward for the Lyme disease community, enabling us to expand global awareness through the very viable medium of talk radio, on a dynamic network.

As a recoveree of a ten-year chronic Lyme disease journey, I am honored to be your host. Selected by Dr. Pat Baccili for my avid Lyme disease education work, best selling, award winning book “Out of the Woods; Healing Lyme Disease Body, Mind & Spirit” and 28 years experience as a natural healthcare practitioner, my goal is to help end the suffering and confusion surrounding Lyme disease and associated conditions. But, we need your financial sponsorship to make this promising radio show happen.

Please contact me abou the media kit and information on Transformative Talk Radio, our broadcast outlets and syndicates, and the specifics of the “Lyme-Light Radio” show. The sponsorship kit expounds upon pricing for yearly, six month, or single show options. Commercial airtime, website banners, on-air interviews and more are all possible, helping you promote your service, product or message. Of course we welcome donors who value the nature of this program yet have no desire to have commercial or interview airtime.

This is a most exciting opportunity for all of us. Please join forces with me and let us change the future!


Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

Long Island Lyme Talks and the ‘Time of My Life’

My Lyme talks and book readings on Long Island recently were a “homecoming” of sorts for me, as I was raised on the gracious shores of this often teeming stretch of land, now a New York City commuter corridor.

As a child in the ’60’s, the woodsy North Shore, “Great Gatsby” area we lived in, was laced with bridle paths, sleeping hidden ponds and heaving old mansions built in the roaring twenties.  I whiled my nomadic hours building pinecone castles under the mountain laurel dens we played in and climbing into the upper limbs of a favorite tree, a grand and proud copper beech.  With the roaring surf and powdery sand of Jones Beach in close reach, we neighborhood kids spent endless days bodysurfing and skimboarding in reckless abandon.  As summer peaked, off my family would go far spans of time to Fire Island or South Hampton, basking in nonchalant freedoms, our bicycles and tennis rackets constant companions.

These were carefree and wholesome years I recall with true fondness.  Long Island was developing quickly, yet my tomboy youth, my band of friends and in turn our studious years in a Quaker high school knitted me in strong affection to the true beauty of Long Island’s old whaling villages and Dutch settlers farmsteads.  Exploring hidden root cellars, sailing on Long Island Sound and riding horseback through the shadowy woods built sturdy adventure into my limbs.  And yes, I pulled many ticks off of my body and certainly our pets. By the time I moved North in 1991 every dog in our neighborhood had been infected with Lyme. We knew the illness was present, but never did we fathom the treachery.

Forty years later, we now know Long Island is severely infested with Lyme disease and the co-infections ticks carry.  Blessedly, I never fell ill back in those days, but now thousands are suffering on the beachy shores and even in well built suburbia.  The East End of Long Island; the North fork; Shelter Island, the Hamptons and Montauk sit in the Lyme cross-hairs.

Back in the 1980’s and 90’s some serious research was underway via Dr. Alan MacDonald at South Hampton hospital and at SUNY Stoneybrook labs regarding Lyme.  The arthritic and neurological chronic forms of the illness were recognized and being studied.  Stoneybrook suprisingly  recently closed their excellent Lyme lab and Dr. MacDonald and the renowned Lyme literate physician, Dr. Joseph Burranscano are gone.  Meanwhile, Long Island still suffers a huge epidemic, as the entire East coast does really.

August 17, brought me to the Shelter Island Library, with a lovely turn-out of Lyme concerned folks.  Thank you Robbie Vorhaus and Denise DiPaulo for helping create this event.  We all learned a great deal from one another, as I shared “Out of the Woods” and my experience.

August 18, Canio’s Bookstore, Sag Harbor hosted a bookreading and talk.  We were jam packed inside this quaint store, all eyes and ears soaking in the Lyme information.  Some seriously disturbing accounts of misdiagnosed Lyme, chronic illness and even deaths due to the advanced forms were shared.  Lyme can reek horrid damage; body, mind, and spirit.

My hope is that the long overdue money and research can FINALLY begin to unravel the web of Lyme’s “lock and key” connection to so many suspicious links to auto-immune disease- MS, Parkinson’s, ALS, Alzheimer’s, RA show such commonalities!

Meanwhile, my Long Island visit was rich for me on many levels.  Besides visiting some of my old haunts, family home included, I got to swim at the glorious Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk and savor a sunset sail on the fluttering evening breeze.  Especially heartwarming was that four childhood friends came to my book events, giving my return a true hoist of cheer!

Our dinners together and post event celebrating at Page in Sag Harbor was a night to remember, forever.  Twelve of us ensemble moseyed off to dinner, the summer sky peppered with stars.  After four days of traveling, work, connecting with so many Lyme afflicted and doctors, and tasting the roots of past, a silky wash of emotions ran through me – “This is the time of your life,” I heard deep within.

It was a knowing.  The meaning of my work as an author, a healer, survivor and now a Lyme literate educator moving through the world in such a way, struck a palpable chord in my soul.  The chatter of familiar voices surrounding me, their care and love, the magnitude of the Lyme epidemic was all very real and ripe  Somehow it appears, my decades of living, learning, reaching, and healing are all coming together.  Long Island “brought it home” to me!

I feel proud and honored to be living now and sharing my words with others.  How remarkable my journey has been.  Lyme stripped me of everything I cherished.  But, I worked hard to recover, and now my internal awareness and hard earned rewards are enduring.

I move forward, more Lyme talks pending- Vermont this week, and Rhode Island in September.  Connecticut follows in October.

“This is the time of my life.”  I aim to offer hope and resources to those in need.  Thank you all for caring.  We will change the future of Lyme!

With Blessings.

(Katina on the Shelter Island ferry en route to her presentation.)

Lyme Disease Author Gives Talks on Long Island

Long Island is “ground zero” for Lyme disease, having been severely infested with Lyme infected ticks since the 1970’s. I recall still living on the North Shore in the 1980’s and EVERY dog in our neighborhood had Lyme disease- a lot of humans, too.

Sadly, 30 years later, matters have become worse, not better. The tick population is replicating at historically rampant rates (warmer winters likely at play) and more of them are infected.

Unfortunately, only 50% of people show a tell-tale bulls-eye rash of Lyme disease, leaving a huge percentage of Lyme infected people unaware the got bit by an infected tick. The USA is currently in the throes of a Lyme epidemic. Long Island, the East end in particular, is suffering from a serious problem. Many people are sick with chronic Lyme disease. Not all doctors are ILADS trained on Lyme treatments.

I am one of those people who went misdiagnosed for five years, with CFS/migraines/EBV, leaving me bed ridden, bereft and broke. Blessedly, I finally got properly diagnosed and underwent five years of restorative treatments, to regain my health and vitality.

I share my inspirational recovery story and the treatment modalities in the Lyme talks I have been presenting nationwide.

August 17 and 18th I will be on Long Island lecturing in my ONLY area appearances, with “Out of the Woods; Healing Lyme Disease, Body, Mind, and Spirit.”

Please see the flyer below for details and come join me. This information is too important to dismiss.

Long Island Events