A View From the Vineyard

Sunday August 18 registers to me as a synergistic moment in my life. The experience I was fortunate to be part of this weekend in unison with Lyme disease key players was remarkable. I am cogniscent of higher powers at play. From the casual inquiry email I sent in April to the Martha’s Vineyard Support Group to the stupendously powerful culmination on Sunday is more than kismet. It was ‘ordained’.

As you know I speak around the USA with “Out of the Woods” as a Lyme disease healer and guide, enabling awareness and support to spread. My work is filled with intention and fueled by passion. Martha’s Vineyard is one of the worst ransacked Lyme regions around. Synchronicity allowed me to select August 18 as a day to come speak on the Island, the support group leader emailed back- :”Katina your intuition is so strong, I double checked the calendar and that is the same day the Tick Borne Disease Alliance is here with their Bite Back for the Cure bikathon kick off! I will see if we can partner with them.

And we did. Thank you to TBDA David Roth, Jodi Nass, John Donnally, and Dr Roni DeLuz, Dr. Enid Haller, Sam Hiser of Martha’s Vineyard Lyme Center. You pulled off a masterful confluence. As fate would allow, the esteemed Lyme physician and researcher, Dr John Aucott joined us with a presentation on his cytokine genetic research, narrowing in on why some get so tragically ill with borrelia and others skim along. My talk at the Chilmark church was videoed professionally— we will get it on YouTube— one woman came up to me at the end and said something very profound to me;

“Katina, that was breathtaking

Jodi Nass, John Aucott, David Roth, John Donally, Katina Makris, Nancy Dougherty, Enid Haller, Sam Hiser
Jodi Nass, John Aucott, David Roth, John Donally, Katina Makris, Nancy Dougherty, Enid Haller, Sam Hiser
Every heart in this room was touched and your work is clearly not about you, but meant for mankind”.

Thank you Cynthia— I am moved to hear such sincerity. I am honored to be a messenger and healer.

By nightfall we had showered and changed to dinner attire. Dr Pat Baccill my Lyme Light Radio network owner and award winning host was taping interviews like a dervish, to air on her 300 station syndicate- 10,000,000 listeners . I taped my 8/21 show on site too. Dr John Aucott and TBDA sponsored cyclist John Donally will be heard this week on WBLQ.net. It was exciting to be there in the midst of a chock filled, powerhouse player event and be taping for Lyme Light Radio—-how far have I arisen from bedridden status?? Life is filled with opportunity and we are resilient creatures– please remember that!!

The evening was beautiful– fabulous gluten free food, great caters, a charming shingled Grange Hall, spiritual choir singing, Lyme disease empathic people, talented communicators, a new Lyme video and a feeling palpable to all that we were threaded ensemble for a reason. A powerful radio network, an esteemed research scientist, an award winning Lyme author, the nation’s largest Lyme disease fundraising group TBDA, a visible vehicle in bika-thon cross country talent, newspaper reporters and caring folks positioned in one place at one time are not random. We we brought together under a soft summer night sky to influence the future. And we will.

WE all left exhausted and cemented. Returning to our ‘normal’ habitats and work with collaborative intention to push even further and harder to ammend the Lyme disease atrocity. Thank you one and all for sharing my healing book “Out of the Woods”, for allowing my voice to now broadcast on the air waves and for the miracle of life— good things can happen, even amidst the harrowing storms.


ps. read this tangential wake of it all too:

I am staying with my hosts in their darling cottage. cozy. it is situated on a country roadside.

today I am supposed to be resting, meditating, doing a bit of work for radio show this wednesday and regrouping for Block Island after a blitz of work in 48 hrs.

But, in the wake of yesterdays Lyme talk I gave and the big dinner event last night, I have had 3 complete strangers knocking on my door for advice on their Lyme heath! The place is riddled with INFECTED people with scant resource!!

I am backyard consulting on the spot– crazy and sad to witness how Lyme is so rampant and WHERE IS the medical help the country needs?

Let us shift the tides soon!!


Guest Blogger- Lyme Disease research Foundation

Thank you Nancy, for your devotion to the Lyme disease crisis, to my work as a messenger and healer, for out decades of friendship and your wise words here to share with our community.


Nancy Dougherty wrote: 



Hi everyone,

I hope you have been enjoying your summer. 

I wanted you to know about a new radio show, Lyme Light Radio, that was launched  Wednesday August 14, by my childhood friend, Katina Makris (4pm EST/1pm PST). Please tune in, if you can. This weekly host/ guest/ call-in format show will discuss all matters related to Lyme disease and recovery. Katina’s first guest will be Mara Williams, author of “Nature’s Dirty Needle”.  Besides airing on AM talk radio station 1230 WBLQ, Lyme Light Radio will stream on 3 web stations-  http://www.wblq.net/http://transformationtalkradio.com/ and the syndicated http://www.thedrpatshow.com/.   From bedridden 7 years ago, to writing and promoting her acclaimed book, “Out of the Woods”, Katina is now further strengthening Lyme disease awareness and education by interviewing medical researchers, doctors, physician scientists, advocates, patients,and other Lyme disease experts on the air.  It is a great opportunity to learn and actively participate in the discussion. 

Have you seen the room-for-debate blog on “Deconstructing Lyme Disease” in this week’s NY Times?  -Good that the Times is keeping a wide array of Lyme disease issues in the forefront of discussion.  I believe the debate further supports the value of the translational clinical research being conducted by Dr. John Aucott of Johns Hopkins at the Lyme Disease Research Foundation.


If you are on Martha’s Vineyard this weekend, please come to the “Bite Back for a Cure” kickoff bike ride to raise money for Lyme disease awareness and research on August 18th from 11am-1pm.  The Lyme Center of Martha’s Vineyard and Tick Borne Disease Alliance are helping sponsor a day of events, which also includes a lecture by Katina Makris in Chillmark (1pm) and a fundraiser dinner in West Tisbury (6-9PM). http://www.mvlymecenter.org/events/august-18th-bite-back/  Dr. John Aucott, Johns Hopkins’ physician scientist, will be one of the handful of speakers introduced at the dinner and available to meet with throughout the day.  Dr. Aucott’s Lyme Disease Research Foundation continues to lead the charge on Lyme disease clinical research.

Hope you are feeling well and enjoying your summer.

Warm regards,

Nancy Dougherty 

Nancy Dougherty leads development efforts for the Lyme Disease Research Foundation LymeMD.ND@gmail.com  www.LymeMD.org/



P.S. My Lyme disease work has just become even more personal, with our son, Ryan (20), being diagnosed with Lyme disease last week, after complaining about persistent intense headaches, ‘brain fog’, fever, etc.  We are treating him with doxy and hoping he does not end up with persistent symptoms.  A major Boston hospital sent him home without serology, but his pediatrician took the Lyme threat seriously and ordered a Western blot test which came back positive. – If you suspect Lyme disease, you have to be so tenacious!


Lyme Center of Martha’s Vineyard Hosts Fantastic Events 8/18

ImageSave the date!! Please join us on sun swept, breezy Martha’s Vineyard, Sunday, August 18th, for the time of your life!

Dr. Enid Haller, Dr. Roni DeLuz and Sam Hiser of the Lyme Center of Martha’s Vineyard, along with the Tick Borne Disease Alliance of NYC, are hosting a full day of Lyme disease awareness, education and fundraising activities. lymecentermv.com

America’s #1 fastest spreading infectious illness, Lyme disease has flown under the radar for close to 40 years, misconstrued as a brief short term infection, when in reality, if not properly diagnosed and aggressively treated in early weeks, this corkscrew shaped, augering style bacteria can invade multiple systems of the body, creating debilitating conditions and auto-immune style problems for millions. Our population has been suffering and we must help.

Those of us whom have leave learned the ‘hard way’, are passionate about ending the confusion surrounding Lyme, adamant about raising money for research and devoted to increasing prevention, awareness and treatment options.

Katina Makris, CCH, CIH, author of the award-winning, best-selling book “Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme disease — Body, Mind & Spirit” will be a central player in the Lyme Day on The Vineyard. She will do a book signing at Edgartown Books, 10:00 – 11:30AM, 44 Main St.

Then the TBDA bike-a-thon kick-off will commence at 11:00AM. The key rider, John Donnally, is biking across the USA raising money for Lyme disease research. Cyclists of all ages are welcome to ride at the MV kick off event. Gorgeous views and lovely roads, ending in the quaint, pastoral village of Chilmark.

3:00 – 5:00PM at Chilmark Community Church, Beetleburg Corner (chilmarkchurch.org) Katina Makris presents “Lyme Disease, The Epidemic of Our Time”. Come hear this dynamic, inspirational homeopath and Intuitive Healer share her knowledge, insights, and personal recovery experience on advanced chronic Lyme disease. Q&A included. Katina is a nationally acclaimed public speaker and Lyme educator, as well as host of the new weekly radio talk show “Lyme Light Radio with Katina” on WBLQ.com and TransformationTalkRadio.com. You do not want to miss her appearance! The church is a treasured beauty, too.

Wait! We are not done! On this pinnacle weekend, on America’s glimmering jewel of an island, an evening dinner party and fundraising event, which includes celebrity performers, and visionary words from Lyme disease’s greatest missionaries, will starcap the night, time and location to be announced soon!

Contact Sam Hiser, sam.hiser@gmail.com for reservations and details.

August 18, 2013 promises to be fun filled, important and a catapult forward for our nation, as we aim to find resources and avenues to end this public health crisis, as well as share in the beauty and synergy of healing.

Filled with enthusiasm, meaning and purpose, we invite all of you to the Vineyard, meet the ‘movers and shakers’ in the Lyme world and be part of something bigger than the individuals we each are, but in-fact, the momentum of healing change we can create together.

Please share this; email, tweet, FB, phone call, every which way!! We welcome your caring and sharing.

With true blessings,

Katina Makris, CCH, CIH