Creating a Supportive On line Community for COVID crisis living via the Global Human Connection Project – Katina’s Story & Commitment

Once upon a time a young girl, with long brown hair and a sensitive spirit, spent her days rambling in the woods, building faerie houses and collecting mica chips as glittering bits to add to her secret moss garden nestled under an old hemlock. This lanky tomboy climbed high up into the grand wolf pines, gazing over the land like a Native American scout. She nursed abandoned, wounded bunnies and lost cats, and by 13 years old, astride her pinto pony Circus Boy, this growing girl decided she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up – most specifically, an endocrinologist, as biology class had piqued her fascination with the symphony chords of these tiny glands.

The awkward young swan who moved with a natural athleticism, gravitated to the rarified air of the Vermont mountains, trekking to high altitudes in her summers, and she volunteered as a candy striper and nurse’s aid every Saturday throughout her high school years at North Shore Community Hospital. By the time she entered Duke University as a pre-med student, her heart was cemented as a healer.

But medicine in the mid-1970s ended up being a stern, clinical, non-congenial atmosphere for the sensitive healer, and after three years working in glaucoma research and in hospital wards, the drive to become a medical physician was stymied, as planted behind a clipboard and doling drugs did not resonate with the compassion she felt for those who suffered, and the medicines felt nothing like her flora friends from the woodlands and meadows she grew up with. So she abandoned medical school.

Adrift on Wall St and unmoored with her lamplight of healing ways misplaced, this young woman serendipitously discovered an ancient healing art called Homeopathy at age 23. From sentence one she knew this was where her talents could take root. Good fortune placed her at the knees of the two greatest practicing homeopaths of the Western world – Dr. George Vithoulkas from Greece and Dr. Fracesco Eiyzaga from Argentina. She studied with these masters and other greats for many years, bringing her innate healing energy, sharp mind, and keen intuition to razor-fine placement.

Katina Irene Makris thrived for two decades as a Classical Homeopath in a small NH hamlet, sat on the board of the Council of Homeopathic Certification for seven years, helping write the national exam, and sustained a burgeoning private practice in partnerships with other medical professionals. She had met her life’s purpose – ministering to those who were unwell and needing to heal. Her reputation stretched throughout New England.

Then, a on sparkling summer day in 2000, this new mother, living a holistic life of decades, fell deeply and mysteriously ill, with profound fatigue, neck pains, searing migraines, collapse, vertigo, and no real diagnosis. Six months later, she was told she had chronic fatigue syndrome. One year later, an anxiety disorder and excruciating meningitis style migraine complex. Eventually, she had foot drop, IBS, fibromyalgia, pericarditis and by year four was 100% bedridden. No one could heal the born healer. Only her treasured homeopathic remedies and acupuncture treatments enabled her to find windows of pain relief or a few nights’ sleep.

By the fifth year, she was bedridden, financially, spiritually, and emotionally broken, divorced and near death. Then, a miracle occurred after many tearful years in isolation and depression. A savvy clinical nutritionist PhD colleague used specialty labs (Igenex and Bowen) to isolate a long-festering case of advanced neurological Lyme disease.

To receive a valid diagnosis was a light in a cavernous, pitch-dark tunnel, and yet how to heal? Five years of antimicrobial herbals, nutritional supplements, homeopathics, acupuncture, rife technology, spiritual healing and personal lifestyle changes enabled Katina to heal and reclaim her life. The return from the underworld of advanced misdiagnosed Lyme disease back to the light of the living, akin to Persephone, was profound. So much so that she wrote a book of inspiration, giving voice to the inner life of a Lyme victim.

Katina had lost everything we strive for in the “American Dream:” home, marriage, savings, health, career, family, community, self-confidence; and yet she held onto something very precious: her life’s calling to bring healing and nurturance to others. In the darkest hours, curled like a wounded animal, sleet tapping on the roof, she prayed for help and healing. Slowly, she rebuilt her body, mind, and spirit. She survived the trial, the tempest, the call of death.

Today, the world knows Katina Makris as the author of “Out of the Woods:Healing Lyme Disease, Body, Mind & Spirit”, her next book “Autoimmune Illness and Lyme Disease Recovery Guide, Mending the Body, Mind & Spirit”, and her fall 2019 release “Loving Yourself Enough to Live”, as well as host of the cutting-edge radio program “Lyme Light Radio,” and perhaps the most inspirational speaker you could meet when it comes to resiliency and passion for overcoming a full life catastrophe as well as motivation on ending the Lyme disease epidemic. She has presented over 209 live presentations and workshops in 8 years, nationally and internationally.

And, underneath the surface, this dynamic woman, who captivated us with a stunning radio interview or an evocative rally speech, has the tender soul of a healer. That same spirit who ministered to foster animals and countless toddlers with ear infections now brings her heartfelt compassion to the enormous stage of the COVID 19 crisis and all those suffering with personal adversity.

I tell you this story about myself for a reason. I am living a life I could never have imagined and I take it all in with deep gratitude, true pride, and honest commitment.

Our society is struggling in dire ways. Infectious and autoimmune diseases are everywhere and have maimed generations. Not everyone recovers the way I so blessedly did. My life’s purpose has become much bigger than me. I am being “led” to foster change, to put voice and power together with wisdom and experience to ignite all the right forces to come together – to work together like that delicately balanced endocrine system orchestration – to crack the cross-over components of illnesses and syndromes, and to ammend the endless emotional and spiritual suffering of a world in need.

Time is not on our side. We are working at grassroots and global levels to address the Coronavirus pandemic. This is good, and we need more states, the Federal Government, and a unification amongst all health care capacities to step up to the plate.

As the world turns now in the confusions and contortions of the swift moving Covid 19 pandemic I have been recruited as an author, speaker and podcast host in a broad reaching critical online community venue of ENORMOUS REACH (20 million in China, 10 million in USA & counting in each continent) , fostered by the vision of a global visionary and humanitarian Matthew Casto and strategist Wayne Pettigrew to create connection, community, resource and understanding in an online capacity of how we cope and grow within the extended quarantines and lockdown isolationism of this sure crisis.

The Global Human Connection, launching the week of May 11,2020 is profound work we are doing. I walk this road with you all, hand in hand. May we find the diagnosis, the research, and the cures for this organism, and may the wounded spirits find love and light and rebirth in our efforts. May the talents and passions of these authors and hands on committed individuals foster an ongoing forum and community for us to share our caring, insights and palpably growing online family with a world in sequestered and sometimes harrowing need .

Through the darkest of times of suffering and trauma, we humans face the dichotomy of death and rebirth. This is nature’s order both clinically with pandemics and at a societal and personal levels Invoke transformation, old structures and systems sadly will crumble and die, as they needs or 40-60 years ago and not the accelerated over externalized rapid multi tasking hamster wheel of recent 20 years with the electronic kingdom yanking us of all ages everywhere, are now different.

For our human needs to ground, nurture an inner life, relate with compassion and cooperation, to slow down and rebalance our duality of an inner and external fulcrum of mankind’s yin and yang fulcrum: receptivity and fertility of creation with the drive to achieve, protect and build are up for current examination.

As hard as this shocking, serious illness is, layered over my years of working with holistic health and lifestyle, the advent of this super bug does not surprise me in some ways. But, we must heed its virility and rapidly learn to adjust to self care, slowed down paces, home & family time, feeding the soul in human simplicity, not the opulent excessives of post WW2 and a relatively graced and luxuriously epidemic free germ warfare in the western world since polio.

We are being tested, personally, professionally and socio-economically. Self reflection, adaptivity, technology, our creative youth and patience will guide us forward in the year and two to come .

But, now I introduce you to the profoundly important and nurturing work of the Global Human Connection project.

Please watch my media feeds, Blogs, emails, and announcements in the next weeks – we are moving quickly to lift this off the ground rapidly – all of the world needs this support.

15 stories and hard earned lessons will be shared in short essays, on line and radio, tv interviews about isolation, parenting tumult, sudden online schooling, Financial shock, kids in flux , relationships fraying, and how to remain healthy (body, mind & spirit) when daily exercise facilities, food shortages, drs offices closed ( not mine ❤️, Been virtual for 7 years) ? Yet, I believe in our youth & the beauty of great scientists working in union.

So, check out the Global Human Collective site launching now & join a forum to truly open your patterning of old ways, in order to grow and succeed in the transformational spectrum of Coronavirus and our eventually more healthily paced new world order / lead by our tech savvy innovative youth .

I’m deeply honored to be one of the 15 authors bringing pathways forward for us all; united with athletes, celebrities, business leaders, artists, authors, students and health care minds from Iran, Italy, Brazil, Africa , USA, UK, China and more . Watch for more on our weekly presentations, writings, interviews, quotes, self help, global community unification and just pure LOVE.. after all

This emotion and motivator unites everyone of us. It is the glue we need after recent decades of over self focus from the infinitesimal to massive governmental and big business greed

Namaste,

Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

http://www.KatinaMakris.com

http://www.TheGreatHumanConnection.com

PS. Please contact me here if you want to participate, have questions and want to

Get on our weekly inspirational information and practicality advice from Stir crazy, to juggling remote work & home schooling, Health needs, financial sorting, fraying mental health, aging parents and Just life with so drastically less human connection, affection, socialization .

This charity based foundation is for us all – sponsors are needed, the writers and professionals working gratis to foster compassion and balancing our rather shattered former known structures.

We will rebirth with a western society of deepening healthier values and more streamlined systems . I have faith in our resilience and talents.

Katina Makris, CCH, CIH

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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https://www.amazon.com/Autoimmune-Illness-Disease-Recovery-Guide/dp/1632204444?ie=UTF8&redirect=true&ref_=s9_simh_gw_g14_i2_r

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

 

Dr Richard Horowitz Brings Co-Infections To Lyme Light Radio & Omega Institute Workshop

It is with true joy I welcome the talented, gracious, pioneering and devoted Dr Richard Horowitz, one of the brilliant Lyme disease specialists of our time, back on air with me this week on “Lyme Light Radio”. Please tune in wednesday June 17, 1pm pt/ 4pm et at LymeLightRadio.com, WBLQ.net or TransformationTalkRadio.com for an hour of insights into the confusing maelstrom of conditions that tick-borne co-infections induce in a Lyme disease case, or even in certain autoimmune conditions,like rheumatoid arthritis, MS or Lupus.

Dr Horowitz has keen knowledge on so many facets of how the human body reacts to these micro-organisms as well as what efforts must be sustained to bring about personal healing and societal healing.

We also will learn about the “Living Well With Lyme Disease” workshop weekend held at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY on June 26-28 that Dr Horowitz, myself and Dr Tom Francescott will be co-teaching. Our objective is to bring attendees the resources they need to maintain a healthier quality of life when infected by Lyme disease, now the nation’s fastest spreading insect borne infectious illness. Medical, naturopathic and spiritual components will be featured on this weekend. See http://www.eOmega.com for more details, some scholarships are available.  

Horowitz picture 2014Dr Richard Horowitz is a board certified internist in private practice in Hyde Park, N.Y. He is medical director of the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, an integrative medical center which combines both classical and complementary approaches in the treatment of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne disorders. He has treated over 12,000 Chronic Lyme disease patients in the last 28 years, with patients coming from all over the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand to his clinic. He is former Assistant Director of Medicine of Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and is one of the founding members and past president elect of ILADS, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He is also past president of the ILADEF, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education of health care professionals on tick-borne diseases.

Dr Horowitz has presented at numerous local, national, and international scientific conferences on Lyme Disease, and has published on the role of co-infections and toxins in Lyme Borreliosis. He was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award by the Turn the Corner Foundation for his treatment of Lyme Disease, and has dedicated his life to helping those stricken with this devastating illness. His NY Times Science Best Selling book “Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease” was published through St Martin’s press in November 2013, and explains his full classical and integrative approach to helping those stricken with tick borne diseases and resistant  chronic illness.

http://www.cangetbetter.com

At TBDAlliance Lyme Gala
At TBDAlliance Lyme Gala

The Lyme Disease Story and a Message of Hope from Canada with Jeanne Pacey

On a spectacular summer solstice weekend in Rhinebeck, NY I had the great good fortune of meeting 5 wonderful health care practitioners from just outside of Toronto, Canada. These curious minded, passionate people travelled to come learn how to treat the treacherous infectious illness Lyme disease, from myself, Dr Richard Horowitz and Dr Tom Francescott, at the “Living Well With Lyme Disease” healing workshop we were leading at the famed Omega Institute.

How brave and brilliant and committed this Toronto team is to create a recovery program for the all too many Lyme stricken individuals struggling in Canada! The epidemic surges in this land of wending rivers, stretching waterways and deep forests.

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I am so pleased to welcome a special guest to Lyme Light Radio this Wednesday November 12, 2015 at 1pm pt/ 4pm et. One of the lovely women whom I met at Omega joins me from Canada- bringing both her tragic, yet inspiring story to our listeners and news of Lyme disease in the great “North Woods”!

Jeanne Pacey is a health and wellness coach and Lyme disease activist. She was infected with Lyme disease in 1977, and went undiagnosed for many years. She was bedridden from 2006 to 2012, when she was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease. She has completed two years of herbal and antibiotic treatment, and she now leads a normal life with healthy diet, healthy environment to work and live in , exercise, and regular saunas.

Tune into TransformationTalkRadio.com, TheDrPatShow.com, WBLQ.net or 1230AM in Southern New England on the dial this week– get inspired!!

Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

Lyme Hero Kelly Downing Brings Us Hope

This week on Lyme Light Radio with Katina, we meet a remarkable woman of heroic character. Kelly Doolan Downing was severely afflicted for twenty years with advanced neurological Lyme disease and co-infections, to the atrocious degree of being paralyzed from the neck down. A prominent New England hospital had no answer for her and more or less rejected her case as an “unknown circumstance.”

Blessedly, Kelly got to a Lyme-literate doctor via friends and family liaisons and was properly diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease. Some of you may recall Kelly appearing on the Katie Couric Show with Dr. Richard Horowitz.

A very warm woman with an incredibly effervescent personality and deep conviction, Kelly Doolan Downing spearheaded a 5K Walk/Run for Lyme awareness with the TBDA Alliance in Nashua NH on September 20. For Kelly to be well enough to participate in an athletic event and now advocate for tick-borne disease shows the world you can overcome this illness and thrive!

Please join us Wednesday, October 15 at 4PM ET/1PM PT at http://www.transformationtalkradio.com as I welcome Kelly Doolan Downing to Lyme Light Radio.

Katina Makris, CCH, CIH

http://www.LymeLightRadio.com

KeKelly Downinglly Downing is a wife, mother and teacher. She was an intensive special educator for 15 years and taught various ages, but her favorite age was early childhood. Her husband is also a teacher and a coach, and their sons are involved in many sports. Unfortunately, two years ago her life drastically changed and I found herself in a different kind of race. She was up against the biggest obstacles of her life, when she became partially paralyzed in January of 2012 and totally paralyzed in December of 2012 due to Chronic Lyme and tick borne diseases. She spent three months at an inpatient rehabilitation facility (Kindred Healthcare) fighting against the chains of tick borne diseases in hopes to regain any use of her body. Thanks to the selfless determination of the therapists, countless hours of hard work, her Lyme literate doctor and a community of prayer, she is now able to “move” through the neurological and multi-sensory impairments that she continue to still battle. Kelly is continuing to educate her community, schools and churches about the effects of Chronic Lyme disease and the importance of protection and prevention of ticks and tick borne illnesses. She is also in the process of writing a book. Kelly says, “By the grace of God and a community of heroes, I am continuing to try to heal and persevere. When life gives you lemons (or Lyme)…God gives you strength because of the heroes He puts in your life!”

Pro Football Player Hospitalized With Tick-Borne Illness

Scott Wells, the center for the St Louis Rams, was hospitalized this summer with a bacterial infection caused by a tick bite. The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Wells was struck with a mystery illness in June, and lost 20 pounds in four days before doctors were able to diagnose him with ehrlichia.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/tick-bite-sent-rams-wells-to-intensive-care/article_c9f348c7-8803-50af-a20c-e63a2288d92a.html