Overcome Autoimmune Illness & Lyme Disease: a survivor and practitioner’s advice

With my newest book available in paperback, kindle and nook, I wanted to give you a glimpse into why I felt it was so critical to give the public my knowledge on how to recover from Autoimmune Illnesses and Lyme disease, now crippling to USA to the tune of 50 million people and around the globe at 250 million. Mending is feasible, and dependency on pharmaceuticals need not be for a lifetime. I beat the odds to mend 100% and I believe many others can too, when they reclaim their personal power.

Here is the INTRODUCTION from  –“Autoimmune Illness & Lyme Disease Recovery Guide, Mending Body, Mind & Spirit” for you to delve into. This is a VERY worthy book of self help tools and extra healthcare resources. 

“Chronic health care problems have begun to surface at an alarming rate in recent decades. The spectrum of autoimmune illnesses has been in my lens since I first fell seriously ill in the summer of 2000, with what was initially deemed to be a sinus infection, then probable walking pneumonia, and finally labeled as chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic migraine headaches. Five years later, totally bedridden, broken, and newly divorced, I learned that actually I was maimed and struggling with several “hidden” autoimmune cover finalinfections. The primary misdiagnosed culprit was borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. I also hosted Epstein-Barr virus at frighteningly high levels, a parasite called babesia, and a whopping overgrowth of fungi. My lovely home in the New Hampshire countryside was mold infested and my immune system was spinning out of control with raging inflammation and multiple allergies, plus all sorts of depletions. With a shiny bright eight-year-old son under my wing, could I ever live to see him grown or be well enough to go to his Little League games?

After endless visits to specialists and renowned hospitals in New England with scant success of recovery, good fortune finally appeared in the able hands of a sterling clinical nutritionist colleague of mine who knew how to handle these runaway infectious “bugs” and, more importantly, how to restore the malfunctions of my failing body. We worked on detoxifying me from all sorts of externally and internally created toxins, rebuilding my fatigued adrenal glands and thyroid, helping my mitochondria create fuel again and balancing out all sorts of neurotransmitters and blood sugar swings. It took me five years of devoted adherence to lifestyle, dietary, and emotional changes, and it worked! I mended 100 percent.

Even as a holistic healthcare practitioner myself, I had to examine my life and what made me fall so ill and vulnerable to these microbes, and to allow myself the time and process to embrace transformation at all planes—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. As a homeopath, I thought I was versed in helping others heal. This experience asked me to learn even more.

The great good of this journey is that I have spent the last fifteen years learning about the crossover currents of the exploding public health care crisis of Lyme disease (and other tick borne diseases) and the relationship to autoimmune diseases. Though there is obvious linkage between them all, science has not yet pieced together the entire jigsaw puzzle. Some brilliant researchers and very talented and courageous practitioners are forging the way. My instincts tell me that when all the “dots” are finally connected, we will fully understand how these assorted microbes can trigger and mimic Lupus and MS and Alzheimer’s and more. Right now though, what I can offer is the invaluable lessons of my own journey, which translates beyond the personal to the multiple millions who walk in the same shoes I did.

Chronic disease in the autoimmune and Lyme disease spectrum presents an individual with multiple challenges. Facing the realization that you are seeking talent and sources outside yourself to find wellness again is daunting and at times extremely frustrating. The endless days of pain, fatigue, solitude, dependency, and confusion seem endless. Many of us experience loss and despair. And yet, we also want to feel hope—hope for bright, happy times and relief from our suffering. Also, hope that someone will know how to cure us!

In these pages I share my understanding of what mending involves. When we fall ill to chronic disease we fracture in a certain way. Things are never quite the same. There is a sense of displacement or that you just do not feel quite right and that you want to correct it all. What I suggest is that something rather grand is being asked of you in this time of disorder. You are being asked to reflect upon you life status—your behaviors and choices and your habits. And then, you are being asked to make some changes in order to mend.

This book provides a toolbox of assorted options to consider. We explore a great deal of what encompasses health and healing and why we get sick. Also, we look at the role of various key factors that create the terrain for autoimmune illness and Lyme disease to blossom. Why do some of us fall ill to these conditions but not others? And, most importantly, how can I mend from the disease and reclaim my well-being and vitality?

The great arc presiding over the entire journey for me, however, has been the enormous breadth and depth of spirituality’s presence. Serious states, like these diseases present, ultimately bring us into concert with energy beyond the simple self. We are entering the domain of personal transformation and what in modern times is akin to a quest—a quest for higher knowledge, for inner strength, and for assistance in the darkest of times. This journey asks for faith and guidance and an unfurling of the powerful connection we innately bear between our mind and our body and our spirit. For we are marvelous and miraculous beings. We just need to learn how to stitch it all together.

I wrote this book for the all too many who feel at odds with themselves while ill or are perhaps are a caregiver of someone in need. We bear enormous internal gifts. However, many of us have not been taught how to “turn on” the healing codes, or we have forgotten. Mending helps us find our inner compass, to recalibrate during a time of lost navigation and to set our sites on a positive outcome. Like any worthy voyage, not every day is a smooth passage. But you can still reach your destination! Optimal health can be attainable even in a stormy crossing. What I present is a fresh look at healing tools to apply. Not all these modalities will work for you, but they are worth examining.

In deepest respect I need to honor my very wise and gifted spiritual teacher and mentor, Dr. Meredith Young-Sowers, who trained me to become an Intuitive Healer and teacher. The metaphysical model I work with in this book is spring-boarded from her thirty-five years of knowledge and experience. The Stillpoint School of Integrative Life Healing and her model focus on the Seven Energy Chakras and correlating bodily systems and emotional couplings we all house. My own healing work with individuals and groups grew from her model. We will look at autoimmune illnesses, Lyme disease, and how to promote healing. These skills I share worked for me and many others.

My professional healing work with Lyme disease and autoimmune illnesses after thirty years in practice as a Classical Homeopath brings another lens into these conditions. In totality you will discover a multi-dimensional approach to recovery, one that incorporates natural medicine, orthodox pragmatics, and metaphysics. Most specifically we will chart a course together through the pivotal domain of personal transformation. For true healing happens on the inside.

Namaste,

Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

New Hampshire

2015

Mending: Autoimmune Illnesses & Lyme Disease

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

Please note that I am trained and certified as a Classical Homeopath (CCH) and Spiritual Healer (CIH). Even though I have worked with individuals in assorted forms of distress and illness, I am not permitted to make a medical diagnosis, perform a physical exam, or administer pharmaceuticals.

My orientation and work has always been to help support and reinforce the person and his or her natural bodily function, and not treat the disease, through the use of homeopathics and spiritual energy healing.

Throughout the pages of this book I refer to particular disease states and syndromes, and additionally I recommend integrative medicine doctors as well as allopathic physicians and naturopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors, clinical nutritionists, homeopaths, and other healers. My message is that many of these chronic illnesses require more than one specific system of approach in order to mend and achieve a more optimal level of health, and ultimately move into remission or even cure.

Please note however, that I do not attempt to treat or cure any of these conditions throughout these pages, but offer you suggestions and guidelines to seek out the properly trained and licensed professionals to work with you individually in your case.

My goal is to help initiate a stronger utilization of an integrated healthcare system in the USA and for people to realize they obtain much more inner healing power than they ever dreamed. The information provided here is for your self help and education.

The author and publisher do not attempt to offer cure for any particular disease.

Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

Helios Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing

This book is available at all bookstores nationwide, as well as Canada, and on-line at Amazon.com, AmazonUK.com Barnes & Nobles.com and in e-formats there.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1632204444/ref=s9_simh_gw_g14_i2_r?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=1XMKJ5N52H0B2K2T02GJ&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2079475242&pf_rd_i=desktop

I plan to bring you further excerpts from this book in the weeks ahead. I will be out teaching recovery workshops and giving presentations throughout 2016, so I will post that schedule soon, too.

Blessings to all,

Katina

http://www.KatinaMakris.com

LymeDisease.org Founder Phyllis Mervine Shares How Lyme Disease Support Groups are Critical

It is my true privilege to interview a woman who is a foundation stone in the living history of the Lyme disease epidemic. Phyllis Mervine started the first Lyme disease support group back in 1989. With her vision, hundreds of groups have sparked around the country. As a pioneer, Phyllis has gone on to create the vastly important monthly journal “The Lyme Times,” which shapes all the current civic, political, and scientific views around Lyme disease.

Initially called CALDA – the California Lyme Disease Association – her organization has been known as LymeDisease.org since 2011. Their very active blog site “Touched by Lyme” is chock full of Lyme disease daily news. With a mission to provide patient advocacy and education, promote research, and effect political change, LymeDisease.org changes lives for the better on a daily basis.

In this rare interview with Phyllis Mervine, I am deeply honored to learn from this great lady who has ushered in the modern Lyme disease movement.


PhyllisMervinePhyllis Mervine was infected with Lyme disease in California in 1977, but she was not diagnosed until 1987 when she met the great Dr. Paul Lavoie, who saved her life. Dr Lavoie did a community survey of her neighborhood. This brought researchers up to my area and began a long association with them, and a lot of interesting information from their studies.

She got a job coordinating local Lyme clinic, and started The Lyme Times. When the job ended, she wanted to continue so she asked the Santa Rosa Support Group for help forming a nonprofit, and several people volunteered. They kept up The Lyme Times and organized medical conferences and public forums for many years.
2001 was an important milestone for LymeDisease.org. Herb Dorken became their lobbyist – the first and only Lyme lobbyist in the country. He was able to pass several pieces of legislation to help people stricken with Lyme disease.

A game-changer for the organization came when Lorraine Johnson, JD MBA, joined in 2003. Just 3 years later, the CT AG launched his civil investigation of the IDSA. This was Lorraine’s project. She has now published over 40 papers on Lyme disease, including the recent largest ever survey of people with chronic LD, and holds important positions on national healthcare policy groups. In 2012 Phyllis was given a Jefferson Award for public service. The Lyme Times is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.


Please join us on Wednesday, June 18, at 1PM PT/4PM ET. Listen live at http://www.transformationtalkradio.com or on WBLQ in Southern New England. You can also find the episode on iTunes or at http://thedrpatshow.com/shows/mak-140618-mervine.mp3

Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

LymeLightRadio.com

Lyme Disease Author Speaks in San Diego

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EVENT: “Out of the Woods” Lyme author to speak in San Diego March 16

Scripps Ranch Library
Community Room
San Diego, California
noon- 2pm, Saturday, March 16, 2013
$5 admission (you will not be turned away if you cannot afford to pay)
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Katina Makris, CCH, CIH offers practical healing information and inspiration for those recovering from Lyme disease.

Katina Makris’ ten-year recovery from misdiagnosed Lyme disease and her years of professional experience with alternative medicine, give her unique insights into Lyme disease as both patient and practitioner. Her award winning book “Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme Disease–Body, Mind & Spirit,” is part recovery memoir and part resource guide.

Katina I. Makris, is a Classical Homeopath of 28 years, Certified Intuitive Spiritual Healer, former newspaper health care columnist, past board member of the Council for Homeopathic Certification. She is a graduate of Duke University and The Stillpoint School of Integrative Life Healing. 5% of her author profits will be donated to Lyme disease research.

“Out of the Woods” was awarded finalist USA Book News 2011 Best Book Alternative Health: winner The Authors Show award “50 Authors You Should be Reading”.

please see details on parking at Scripps Ranch Library for the event:

PARKING:
Although parking is available at the Library Center, the parking lots may fill when concerts, community events, or special events are held. Patrons are cautioned not to park along red-curbed areas; the police will issue tickets. If the on-site parking lots are full, off-site parking is available along Meanley Drive, which is located to the south of the Library, and along Red Cedar Drive, which is located to the east of the Library.

To reach the Meanley Drive off-site parking area from the Library, exit the Library parking lot by turning left onto Scripps Lake Drive, left again at the traffic light onto Scripps Ranch Boulevard, then left again at the traffic light onto Meanley Drive. Park along the street at the end of Meanley Drive, near the circle (continuing past the circle will take you away from the Library). You may also park in a city lot that can be reached by turning right as soon as you reach the circle at the end of Meanley Drive. A short, pleasant walk along a paved, lighted walkway (shown in the photograph to the left) will take you up a gentle hillside to the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center.

To reach the Red Cedar Drive off-site parking area from the Library, exit the Library parking lot by turning right onto Scripps Lake Drive, then right again at the traffic light onto Red Cedar Drive. Park along Red Cedar Drive in the vicinity of Miramar Ranch Elementary School. Return to the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center by taking the sidewalk which runs along the south side of Scripps Lake Drive.