The North Carolina Lyme Disease Foundation has invited me to come to their Lyme-ravaged state, bringing pertinent guidance on this swiftly spreading infectious illness epidemic. This is a very exciting opportunity for all!
Unfortunately Lyme and its co-infections have slipped under the radar in all of the South. Most doctors are completely unaware that Lyme is active and spreading, misdiagnosing thousands of cases as the flu, lupus, MS, CFS, ALS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, peri-menopause, depression, anxiety, food allergies, and more. They are following outdated CDC and Infectious Disease Society information from the 1980s that labels Lyme Disease as a mere short-term, two week condition.
Clinical evidence has established that this corkscrew bacteria migrates from the bloodstream, to joints and soft tissue, and eventually to the brain and nervous system, creating assorted chronic symptoms and triggering auto-immune style illnesses.
Currently, there are a mere handful of healthcare practitioners recognizing and treating chronic Lyme in North Carolina. Much education needs to be done.
My two talks, in Raleigh and Chapel Hill in April, are open to the public and sponsored by the North Carolina Lyme Foundation. I will present critical information and guidance on signs and symptoms, diagnostic labs, prevention, and treatment. April 7 in Raleigh, April 8 in Chapel Hill. See details below.
Please tell all of your contacts and friends to come and spread the word! This is the first time anyone has come to North Carolina bringing any sort of help or hope. I am honored to be the first “missionary” in, and of course aim to shift the tides of misunderstanding and Lyme denial in the South. Let us envision this trip as the tipping point!
Please follow the link below for dates, times and locations of these events.
February 23 and 24, 2013 Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH, author of OUT OF THE WOODS, HEALING LYME DISEASE, BODY, MIND & SPIRIT, is appearing at the Rhode Island Flower Show, Providence Convention Center, 2 Sabine St., Providence, RI, USA.
Saturday, 2/23, 11am and 3pm she will be doing book signings on the 5th floor at The Bookstore. This is a superb chance to come meet and visit with acclaimed healer, Lyme survivor, author and educator, and purchase a book as well.
Sunday, 2/24, 1:30pm, Katina will speak about Lyme disease, the epidemic of our time at The Flower Show. See the program guide on arrival for that location.
30,000 people attend this weekend event. With Lyme disease and OUT OF THE WOODS being featured, this large spectrum venue brings this long misunderstood infectious illness into a position of more awareness. The USA suffers 300,000 new infections annually, with a mere 10% only properly diagnosed and treated, due to doctor mis-information and public lack of awareness of signs and symptoms as well as proper lab testing. The rest are mishandled as assorted auto-immune disorders often.
Katina will discuss diagnosis, prevention, treatments for acute and chronic forms of Lyme. She is a graduate of Duke University, The Stillpoint School of Integrative Life Healing, is a certified Classical Homeopath of 28years and winner of several awards with OUT OF THE WOODS. Katina speaks extensively nationally on Lyme disease awareness and recovery tools. She contributes 5% of her author sales profits to Lyme disease research.
As you followers have found, my summer has been chock full of Lyme disease talks, healing workshops, book events and media. Somehow, I’ve managed to keep up with an athletic 15 year old son and seeing clients, though limitedly.
I have to say the summer finale on the book tour in Rhode Island was truly spectacular!! What an outpouring of attention, gatherings and momentum I experienced. I am completely impressed with the active Lyme support groups in the region, as well alert concern by people in important roles. Lyme literate practitioners exist in our tiny “ocean state.” Let me share some of the trip.
I’ve harbored a fondness for Rhode Island’s soft sandy beaches and warm ocean waters over the past decades, as most of New England has icy, cold water, too brisk to swim in for long. As an avid swimmer I favor their lovely beaches and fell in love with romantic Watch Hill and of course gilded Newport long ago. Their historied charm and stunning waterfronts are just magical. The rest of the state has been mostly a “drive through” experience for me.
I’d learned awhile ago, however, that like Long Island, Connecticut, Cape Cod and the outer islands, Rhode Island is Lyme infested and over populated by ticks. Their level of illness has run rampant.
A heartfelt thanks to Barbara Smith, Jane Barrows, Irene Weaver and Cynthia Leonard who made my appearances work so flawlessly.
Sunday, September 9, Westport Grange, actually in neighboring MA, hosted me with a rousing crowd of 85+. The South Shore Lyme Support Group is holding many lives together, suicidal feelings knocking on too many hearts. This picturesque township, layered with farmland, stone walls, and ocean beach grass is tick nirvana. We had many seriously afflicted attendees. Cable TV taped my two hour presentation and what a wonderful time we shared, as I introduced a powerful healing intention prayer for us all. You are wonderful souls.
Monday, September 10, Barbara whisked me off to WJAR, NBC TV, Providence, Rhode
Island. Barbara Morse Silva, a Lyme literate health editor and weekend anchor was eager to give attention to my Lyme recovery story in “Out of the Woods,” helping us gain more exposure with the epidemic. Though she spent a solid 15 minutes taping with me, the spot of course was a succinct two minutes, But, WJAR and Barbara were gracious and caring. Thank you!
12 noon. Marriott Hotel, Rotary Club luncheon. I was the guest speaker. One hundred fifty rotarians listened attentively to Lyme’s destructive forces. A great audience, and some families with tragically ill members were there. Cynthia Leonard is the go-to gal at Providence Rotary for Lyme info. They host several Lyme awareness events annually. That is terrific!
6 PM. St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Jamestown Rhode Island. Delightful Irene Weaver, seasoned Lyme vet Jane Barrows, and charming Father O’Neil hosted this event. Close to 100 folks came out and guess what…a first for me-I spoke from the pulpit!
This was a stunning moment for me to recognize how very far in my healing journey I’d traveled. Seven years ago I was so sick, too weak to stand unassisted, emotionally, physically and spiritually decimated. Death knocked on my door. It was a battle that summer to remain alive. And here I was now, a completely renewed, healed and vibrant being, standing strong and proud, bright and smiling, sharing my hard earned wisdom on the pulpit of a beautiful, grand and welcoming church. My message cannot ring out more clearly~ mending the spirit is just as essential as mending the body.
If I had not spent the solid three years doing the inner spiritual healing work, I do not believe I would have attained as complete recovery from advanced chronic Lyme disease as I have. Standing on that pulpit at St. Mark’s I felt the recognition from divinity- “You have earned your stripes, Katina. You are welcomed as a healing messenger, with higher knowledge.”
These words washed through me in the brief moments standing by the heavy velvet throne-like chair at the altar. Not a regular church goer by any means, though raised as a Greek Orthodox and Quaker mix (odd I know), as a spiritual being, I know when I am being “summoned!” Thank you God, angelic beings, spirit guides for bringing me far on this journey. I am open, I am listening and always, always I appreciate your guidance.
The evening was ripe with emotional Q&A, as so many have suffered for so long. Help is needed here and everywhere, as we know, for better Lyme organism diagnostics, more experienced practitioners and resources. Newport Lyme Support Group leader, Jane Barrows, is loaded with knowledge and contacts. What a fantastic group at St. Mark’s-MD’s, homeopaths, psychotherapists, nurses, herbalists, patients, and caretakers we were.
Thank you Westport, Providence, Newport, and Jamestown for welcoming me and my
efforts to being guidance and inspiration to your communities. Healing from chronic Lyme is hard work, requires a long time and an integrative medical approach, as well as spiritual recovery. I am blessed by the compassion and openness of our ever expanding Lyme disease community. This is a wondrous opportunity I am living.
Up from the ashes, you could say.
Meanwhile, I love Rhode Island more than ever, and may your gutsy attitude about this epidemic propel the momentum to bring about some real change-like a Lyme hospital such as Inanna House! I sense you may share the right collective forces to just make such a thing happen