Just What is Homeopathic Medicine? Can it help with corona virus COVID-19?

Over the last 20 years, the holistic or alternative healing medicine modalities have grown in popularity in the USA, for their gentle workings, no or minimal side effects, non-pharmaceutical chemical ingredients, often well proven centuries of effectiveness and their similar principles of studying the person and their condition in totality; physical, emotional, mental.

You have maybe tried or heard about some of the alternative disciplines such as chiropractic, acupuncture, herbalism, reiki, homeopathy, naturopathic medicine or functional medicine, but do not actually know exactly what these practitioners do ‘with you’ or ‘for your complaint’. Where do practitioners study? Are they legal? How do they work? All great questions and well explained in my comprehensive book “Autoimmune Illness and Lyme Disease Recovery Guide” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2015).

Today we will look at a fascinating healing art, which happens to be a wonderful self help toolbox for acute conditions and is a terrific player with epidemics, whether malaria, influenza, chicken pox, pneumonia and potentially a ‘home runner hitter’ with the novel COVID-19 corona virus sweeping the world currently. Let us look at the what, how and who questions with Homeopathic medicine.

CLASSICAL HOMEOPATHY

Classical homeopathy is a comprehensive branch of alternative medicine that has been in existence since the late 1700s. The founder, a German physician Samuel Hahnemann, brought to light two intrinsic principals, which are the cornerstones of this healing discipline. The first, known as “the Law of Similars,” states that something that can cause a disease can also cure it. The second is the “magic of the minimum dose,” which is the least amount of a substance to be used for curative purposes, but not to induce side effects.

Dr. Samuel Hahnemann was a German research scientist working on understanding why quinine, or Peruvian bark, was effective in curing malaria. The suspicion was that its highly bitter quality was the essential reason. Hahnemann was not convinced of that explanation. During his studies he elected to self-experiment and began taking quinine himself. Curiously enough, a couple of weeks into this process Hahnemann developed the symptoms of malaria, in winter !This struck him as odd, as he wondered why a substance that was curing an illness could also cause it.

Hahnemann stopped taking the quinine, and the symptoms cleared up. He recommenced it and the malaria symptoms returned. This sparked the scientist’s thinking. He turned to the converse thought process that if something can cause an illness to manifest, could it in turn, be curative to that symptom state? Thus classical homeopathic theory was born.

Hahnemann devoted the rest of his long, illustrious life to exploring hundreds of common substances and their curative capabilities. He hired dozens of associate physicians and scientists to do provings on multitudes of substances, ranging from traditionally used herbals like chamomile and leopard’s bane, to the more dangerous medical substances of arsenic and mercury. The cataloguing of these provings and studies done on hundreds of human beings is compiled in William Boericke’s Homeopathic Materia Medica. It’s a vast, brilliant piece of scientific work. Homeopaths still rely on this “bible” over two hundred years later.

Hahnemann was concerned about the dangerous side effects of taking too much of a substance, specifically arsenic and mercury, then used liberally for treating syphilis. This spurred him into experimenting with diluting amounts for curative work. Something sparked Dr. Hahnemann’s thinking to shake or “success” each progressive dilution as it was made. He would start by making a mother tincture of a substance, akin to an herbal tea, then dilute it one part to ten and shake that mixture. He then took one drop of that newly shaken potency, which he labeled as 1x and mixed that with another ten parts water in a new vial, shook that and labeled it 2x. One drop of the 2x was taken and diluted with ten parts water, shaken and became 3x. He continued this process of “potentization,” discovering that the more diluted, yet energetically “shaken,” potencies were faster acting and longer holding than the former one. So a 20x potency procured better results, eradicating symptoms more effectively than a 2x. This is the “minimum dose” principle of homeopathy. After the 30th dilution, no medicinal substance is found in the remedy, yet its effects are remarkably more effective than taking the original mother tincture—energy medicine at its finest.

Homeopathy spread like wildfire across Europe in the 1800s, becoming favored in the French and English courts. It made its way to America and across the Great Plains on wagon trains. Most households in the late 1800s relied on the homeopathic remedies Arnica, Lycopodium, and Rhus Tox for an assortment of ills. The world’s greatest homeopaths, James Tyler Kent and William Boericke, flourished along the East Coast at the turn of 1900. Dozens of homeopathic hospitals and colleges prospered in the era. In fact, the first medical society in the United States, known as the American Homeopathic Association (AHA), was founded in 1843, four years before the American Medical Association (AMA). The wealthy and famous, including the Rockefellers and Mark Twain, as well as the common man, found homeopathy to be gentle, effective, and reliable.

During the massive typhoid and influenza epidemics of the early 1900s, those who relied on homeopathic treatment fared dramatically better than those who turned to allopathic medicine. Homeopathic pharmacies abounded in all the major US cities well into the 1920s. Then, unexpectedly, things shifted with the advent of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a quest to eradicate the “snake oil” sideshow charlatans peddling nebulous elixirs at fairs and on sidewalks.

Laws were created regarding patenting, a wise step, and a man named Abraham Flexner was installed to investigate the numerous “quack doctors” and lay-physicians trained at the knee of their father-physican or in the wards of a civil war hospital. Homeopathy, unfortunately, became decimated in Flexner’s single-minded ambition to preserve only modern MDs. By the 1940s, homeopathy and natural medicine had essentially vanished from American life—pharmacies were boarded up and the schools’ and homeopathic hospitals’ licenses revoked. Only the Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia remained. Fortunately, FDA laws were passed regulating the manufacture of homeopathic remedies as standard over-the-counter aids, leaving them legally available. Still, with the advent of antibiotics and cortisone, both understandably so-called miracle drugs, the pharmaceutical industry had planted itself front and center in our society, shoving aside all other modalities. However, doctors in Europe, Asia, and South America continued to integrate homeopathy with Western medicine, enabling a more complementary practice of medicine to thrive in those continents.

Homeopathy embraces many ideals. Respecting the wisdom of the healing force within is one of homeopathy’s tenets. The body wants to heal, continually attempting to right itself when off-center, using primary methods of discharge to purge toxins and emotional impediments. The essence of homeopathy is to honor these attempts by providing the person with a remedy that actually mimics the constellation of symptomology, not counteracting the process already under way. Suppressing or counteracting symptomology, as allopathic (“opposite suffering”) medicine does (i.e., via decongestants or muscle relaxants), is oppositional to homeopathic doctrine. Instead, the simillimum remedy works by supporting and actually speeding up the healing process.

The two primary avenues of homeopathic application are acute and chronic care. Acute ills, such as sunburn, influenza, or bee stings, are self-limiting conditions and readily addressed with a remedy, often in a self-help vein. Chronic ills, like colitis, fibromyalgia, or asthma, are treated by a certified practitioner at a constitutional level.

The concept of a “constitutional type” is another essential facet of classical homeopathy. Each of us is recognized as being born with a particular given constitutional blueprint or type. Classical homeopaths are trained to identify one’s constitutional type by a set of qualities: body type, coloring, personality traits, and tendencies when ill. Genetic strengths and weaknesses in individual constitutional types are prone to manifestation of particular ills when run down or weakened. One’s natural characteristics and specific symptoms are all valued as illustrative measures, guiding a practitioner to the wondrously compatible substance from nature that most closely energetically resonates with each person and their innate life force. A Cimicifuga (black snake root) constitution will readily develop depression, migraines, joint pains, and stiffness. Meanwhile, a Silicea (flint) constitution shows easy tendencies to colds, ear infections, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, cysts, bowel irregularities, and often lack of self-confidence and social anxieties.

It’s critical for homeopaths to understand the person for who he or she is, as it’s the person, not the disease, that is being treated. Discovering who each individual is and what makes her/him tick, how each reacts to the world around her, what inspires him, what deflates her, is the agenda of the homeopath. Constitutional prescribing helps restore harmony and balance within the individual, whereby the body is then able to right itself, throwing off the symptoms and illness of its own accord.

Classical homeopathy is still practiced essentially the same as it has been for well over two hundred years. Homeopaths pay close attention to the details of symptoms and their fluctuations. Observation is essential, as well as the patient’s communication of their sensations and symptoms. The homeopath then matches the person and the remedy, thus coining the expression one knows so well with classical homeopathy that “like treats like.”

Allergy shots and vaccination principles have been borrowed from the homeopathy model of “like treats like.” A minute amount of a particular ingredient is introduced to stimulate the body’s own reactionary processes. However, homeopathic remedies are administered sublingually, bypassing the digestive tract, and are energy medicine as opposed to shots and vaccines, which are biochemical preparations that are injected directly into the bloodstream and contain many fillers and carrying agents, often creating side effects in sensitive systems.

Homeopathy requires two years of postgraduate training plus a premed background. Homeopaths are not considered primary healthcare providers unless they hold a license in another profession, such as MD, DO, DC, or LPN. Classical homeopaths can’t give exams, prescribe pharmaceuticals, or make a diagnosis. They will, however, make sure you receive the medical evaluation and care needed when indicated. Most have working relationships with allied health-care professionals, often in a shared office or clinic. The Council for Homeopathic Certification examines candidates for national certification annually. A good homeopath must be an excellent listener, open-minded, and a keen observer. A strong memory helps, too, as homeopaths need to be intimately familiar with hundreds of remedies to pass the national exam.

It’s a very tall order for a homeopath to pinpoint the one essential remedy out of over four thousand choices at the time of your first visit. Sometimes a few visits may be required before the perfect match is identified for chronic conditions, but then a whole new feeling of well-being is found.

Symptom alleviation can be rapid with an acute condition, often even when the remedy pellets are still dissolving under the tongue, as with an allergy spell. With chronic illness, regained wellness comes during a span of weeks and months as the body recalibrates.

Classical homeopathy experienced a resurgence in the United States in the late 1970s, when Dr. Bill Gray introduced Dr. George Vithoulkas, master homeopath from Greece, to the pioneering collective of doctors, nurses, veterinary doctors and laypeople who had held the remnants of this healing art in a protective clutch. Soon other great masters from South America and Europe came to train these followers. By the late 1990s, homeopathic schools were reborn and pharmacies on the rise. Today, commonly used potencies, such as 6c, 30c, and 200c (in which c dilutions indicate 1/100 parts), are available in most health food stores and even allopathic pharmacies, and large, high-tech machines make it possible to potentize remedies up to the 50,000 dilution!

Homeopathy has not been studied at the scientific level during the technological mastery of the last several decades. It has ambled along, mostly disregarded as old-fashioned and a bit fantastical. Because it does not fit the scientific standards of pharmacology and deductive reasoning, so much of our American medical system has tried to dismiss homeopathy as unproven and unscientific. It must be evaluated on a different spectrum, since its language and values are so divergent from allopathic medicine, being a system of empirical findings and data. Generations, however, testify to homeopathy’s capable workings. Animals and infants respond to it unequivocally. Germany, France, and India’s physicians are schooled in homeopathy.

Classical homeopathy offers highly valuable support in the treatment of viruses. Individual remedies may be prescribed to treat the various acute symptoms that plague the individual, whether joint pain, stomach irregularities, headaches, depression, fevers, or coughs. All such states are greatly aided by the fine workings of homeopathic remedies. 

Homeopathic remedies can be found in most health food stores, or ordered online from the world-renowned pharmacy Boiron. There are dozens of singular homeopathic remedies pertinent to clearing acute viral symptoms. Personally, bryonia, Eupatorium perf, aconite, and gelsemium saved my life! There are also wonderful “combination formulas” that contain 4–8 low-dose remedies in synergy to use at a purely physiological, or what homeopaths call “clinical symptom,” level to help with detoxification measures, hayfever, teething, insomnia, and much more. Health food stores have great sections for this purpose, where you find skinny blue, purple of white tubes with little white pellets inside and a latin title of the substance on the label.

Nuances and subtleties make all the difference in finding remedies that are a “direct” match for your case. Seeing a professional Classical Homeopath (CCH) or Naturopath (ND) who specializes in homeopathy is key for chronic illness like asthma, colitis, Lyme disease.

Many practitioners call themselves homeopaths. They are not properly certified. This is not a good situation. Homeopathy gets misused and misrepresented and is often ineffective in the hands of an only partially trained practitioner. You want a master, not a dabbler. This healing art requires vast training, a very astute mind, and someone with great perspective and finesse.

Practitioners can be found via the National Center for Homeopathy and the Council for Homeopathic Certification.

Symptom-Based Self-Help Remedies

 The rule of thumb is to try a remedy 2–3x per day for 3–4 days for an acute flu, ear infection, dental pain, corona virus. If there is no change for the better, then this remedy is not energetically compatible with your constitution or symptoms. Just stop it and try another with a similar symptom picture. There are no side effects with remedies; they either match and work or do nothing at all. But, we do not take remedies indefinitely, only when symptoms are present.

All homeopathics are labeled by their Latin name, so they can be found worldwide at pharmacies, versus their common name (e.g. wind flower or pasque flower for pulsatilla), which may vary by region. All remedies are to be taken with a “clean mouth,” meaning no food, drink, toothpaste, gum, etc. 15 minutes before or after a dose. Dissolve two pellets under the tongue, absorbed by the sublingual glands and bypassing the digestive tract. Some people note symptom alleviation in mere seconds under the tongue, others could require several doses for a change. Do not handle the pellets with your fingers, as they are sensitive to oils and fragrances and can become “negated.” Just pop them in your mouth. Some people dissolve the pellets in 2 inches of pure water and sip the solution over an hour or so. Thousands of books are available on this wondrous healing art that India, Germany, France, and England have relied upon for centuries.

See HomeopathicEducationalServices.org for a vast array of self-help books, DVDs, textbooks, materia medicas, and more.

Regarding the coronavirus surging around the world right now Covid-19. There are numerous remedies that seem to fit the symptom picture of this virus. We have the fever state, the bone and body pain state and the dry cough picture. Then it drops into pneumonia in that susceptible patients. Shortness of breath and often a heavy pressure on the chest is felt at this point.

I will be creating a online learning module to go over the specific remedy differentials for each of these phases of the virus and which ones can be administered in a self-help vein if you are quarantined at home and can order them online or have a friend pick them up at a health food store. I will make an announcement here on my blog as well on social media when this information is ready later in the week.

Homeopathy will certainly be an asset to the 80% of those afflicted with mild or moderate symptomology. However please do not dismiss the serious necessity of using Western medicine and emergency care if the lungs are involved and suspicious pneumonia is present. Also the elderly and the immune compromised need the support of certified homeopathic practitioner and or medical doctor. I do not want to give the impression that this virus is a mild or simple one and proper medical care is of course necessary under many circumstances. However, homeopathic medicine should be an ally and helping boost immune function and facilitate a quicker recovery and less complications.

Check out the national Center for homeopathic medicine as well as the council for homeopathic certification if you are looking for a practitioner. Feel free to also look at my website and some of my books which include homeopathic medicine information.

http://www.KatinaMakris.com

There is also a wonderful video on YouTube of me teaching homeopathic medicine self-help remedies for Lyme disease that was filmed at Omega Institute. It’s worth watching for a more in-depth explanation of the ceiling art and some examples of how you can use the remedies. It’s about 45 minutes of viewing. I’m wearing a bright pink dress in it. If you can’t find it on YouTube go to the website http://www.eOmega.org I am plug my name in the search window and it should pop up with a couple of other videos of me from Omega Institute.

With love and light and protection for all of us as coronavirus moves across the world. However, I do believe that it is a wake up call for all of us to start slowing down the rapid pace we have been living at and look at the ramifications of the over industrialized modern society we have created and thrown our relationship to nature out of balance. Another blog to come on that topic soon !!  

Blessings

Katina

Quarantines: our internal slow down vs the external

REFRAMING QUARANTINES:

As our society tumbles around in the fear quotient that the media is ramping up around the fast spread of the contagious COVID-19 a virus, I will be bringing us a series of helpful Healing messages. I’m a certified homeopathic practitioner of over 35 years and certified spiritual Healer of over 13. It’s my calling since childhood – a gift to lift others .

The first one I will bring to you in the next day or two is an explanation of what is homeopathic medicine. Most people think homeopathic medicine is actually herbal medicine, it is not, it is something much more specific and targeted to unique symptoms of conditions. It is a very effective healing modality with acute conditions and has been used for generations and generations for all the big epidemics of the world. It’s gentle, swift acting and effective with infants to octogenarians, & animals.

Homeopathic medicine was one of the most effective treatments for malaria and tuberculosis, influenza 1918, and diphtheria. We constantly use it for pneumonia and influenza with excellent success.

I will follow that up with another educational piece on how homeopathy is used with COVID-19. It maybe an online venue with more meaty material ?

I also will be writing you some articles on the purpose of the quarantines and actually the positive side all of us can learn from them about embracing quality time with our families and learning how to slow down and return to a pace that is much more healthy for us than the crazy ramped up one we’ve been living over the past decade. Remembering to really BE you vs the DOING you. A time of great inner reflection to assess regarding your giving vs receiving of energy and service in our highly productive achieving society. Take the home office for its pluses.

The natural health care practitioner, the nurturer, the grounded seasoned counselor in me sees how critical it is our society rests, let’s go of the outer world for a bit, restores with the basic of 25 years ago. We will settle, purge some excess stress and baggage, clean out your garage and headspace, and then come back newer in the late spring: more fit, slimmer, rested, tighter with loved ones and probably hatched a few creative ideas!

I’m seeing & feeling the good wave coming after the lurching relatively terrifying and certainly improperly handle one by the voted powers. We will rally a youthful vital nation !

It is my aim to educate and inspire. I will also release some videos on the power of the mind-body-spirit connection and what you can actually do at home with your very own self and with your children and loved ones to optimize immune function and the right attitude, as we learn how to buckle down to brass tacks during a time of necessity. Your mind is your most power ally . As my late, great dad would say “God gave you a mind. It is your job to use it wisely “.

Don’t forget this is one of the first times in several generations, since the 1980s with the AIDS explosion, that we’ve had something this intense. We have lived in a relatively comfortable and healthy era regarding illness. We should be very grateful compared to some of the other regions of the world.

I am standing in front of the tree of life at my acupuncturist office here in Miami. I am reminded from this picture of how we adapt; look at the branches and how they twist and turn and reach for the light and find a way to grow in spite of adversity. And, that is us!! All of us are capable of growth and adaptation and finding ways to thrive amidst difficult times or scary emotions.

Please, let’s all take a breath, let’s reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives and also recognize that in this modern age of technology that we are able to stay in touch with our loved ones via our electronic apparatus and that working at home is actually something many of us may enjoy and that our children are adaptable and will respond to us maintaining an upbeat and positive outlook, even though the tone on the news is exaggeratedly negative.

Yes, we need quarantine’s right now. Yes, we need to close schools and public events and sporting events and anything with crowds right now. We are behind the curve compared to what Singapore and South Korea and China swiftly did, to curtail the spread, with the quarantines, no travel and rapid testing. So, until we get up to speed please understand that keeping all of us safe in our dwellings and close to our family members is a measure that will actually work out in the long run.

Do whatever you can that makes yourself feel happy, whether it’s starting to plant little sets of seedlings inside for your spring garden or playing games with your children in the yard or board games or computer games in the house, or bulk cooking some recipes that you can freeze and of course finding ways to laugh.

Put on some music and dance 💃🏻 nothing could be better than getting your cardiovascular system going and laughing and being silly, because positive endorphins will enhance your immune function and put us all in a good frame of mind.

With love and light and all the positive intentions that the USA and we are able to quell the spread of this virus and the other countries of the world are able to as well, and that we band together and thrive as the warm weather and sunshine comes. News is this virus does not live in direct sunlight.

One of the old-fashioned tried-and-true methods you can employ that I used for decades while I lived in New Hampshire, is to wash your laundry in the machine and then hang it out on the line in direct sunshine to dry. That would kill the coronavirus organism and you might as well take your sofa pillows and rugs on a nice sunny day and drape them out over your outdoor lawn furniture or what not, and let them bake in the sunlight for a good 4 hours I understand !!!

With hope and in healing,

Katina

Author of several awards winning books ; “OUT OF THE WOODS; healing Lyme disease”

“Loving Yourself Enough To Live; Inspirational messages ”

“Autoimmune Illness & Lyme Disease Recovery Guide; Body, Mind & Spirit”

http://www.KatinaMakris.com

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Walking The Lyme Road; a Path to Recovery from Autoimmune Illnesses & Lyme Disease with world acclaimed Integrative Medical Practitioners.

Please join award winning “Top Doc of the Year in Neurology and Natural Medicine”, Dr. Jodie Dashore and myself, (homeopath, spiritual healer and award winning author) for a pivotal weekend healing program, at the acclaimed Art of Living Retreat Center, Boone, NC May 10-14, 2017.

Register at: https://artoflivingretreatcenter.org/event-registration/? ee=346 8

The attached flier includes the many features of this completely comprehensive workshop that will span the gamut of traditional western medicine approaches and state of the art diagnostics, as well as the time honored restorative healing modalities of natural medicine.

Both practitioners have thousands of client hours between them within their long decades of private practice dealing with these type illnesses. A very intrinsic element to understand is the need to detoxify the body from biotoxins, infectious tick borne organisms, molds and plastic by-products, GMO inflammatory producing foods, as well as hone in on what systems of the body are damaged and depleted from chronic inflammation. Once these areas can be rebuilt with the aid of Integrative natural medicine tools, a being starts to reclaim some level of wellness and focus on re-regulating the immune system and arresting the ‘inflammation cascade’ of Lyme disease and so called autoimmune diseases, then we find a huge step forwards in mending.

Not to be overlooked is the deeply seated necessity to work with the emotional and spiritual aspects of chronic illness. Both teachers are deeply versed and trained in mind-body medicine and spiritual healing practices that they will guide you in. You will go home from this retreat with practical self help tools to employ in lifestyle management, pain reduction, detox methodology, mind-spirit exercises, caregiver support, physician training and most definitely the deeply profound beauty of being in the presence of enlightened healers whom so graciously share their gifts and energy with you.

Too good to be missed in the tranquil Blue Ridge Mountains. Come join Katina and Jodie for a rare and life altering weekend of healing, inspiration, knowledge and renewal.

Namaste

Katina and Jodie (Joyti)

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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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Videos of Katina Makris, author, radio host, Lyme advocate Speaking

Often readers ask my why we don’t have video up of me speaking on YouTube of Facebook or Twitter?

I apologize– I am a techno dinosaur and rarely have an assistant on the road with me filming. Though some brilliant footage has come out of some of my events in the last 4 years- like the Washington DC MayDay Lyme Rally at the Whitehouse, of “Living Well with Lyme Disease” Omega workshop I co teach with Dr Horowitz and Dr Francescott, and most recently 2 hours on Nantucket Cable TV, I don’t get copies ! DARN IT!

Cecile Gough, in Guelph, Canada– please send me a link, BTW.

Here are 2 worthy videos and I promise to take more now in 2016.

This first one is from the VERY first Ticked Off Music Fest Deleware, as the keynote speaker (my fave job have to admit :)) and then below at Concord, NH Public Library, launching the 2nd edition of “Out of the Woods, Healing Lyme Disease, Bo”.

I hope you enjoy and share them.

Blessings, Katina

http://www.KatinaMakris.com

Out of The Woods Lyme Disease Healing & Detox Retreats- France, California, Montana

With true pleasure and deep respect to the often devastating and compromising states a Lyme disease or tick borne infection can induce, I am collaborating my decades of professional and 15 years of personal first hand experience with chronic Lyme, in deeply restorative healing retreat settings with the gifted healers of Amara of Ojai Healing Center.

http://amaraojai.com/

Dr Edie Resto, chiropractor and,graduate of Bastyr Naturopathic College, myself and her high caliber team successfully utilize multiple therapeutic modalities. We help assess each individual’s systemic weakness and damages induced by the infections, mold toxins, heavy metals, leaky gut, emotional injury and more via pre-program intake assessment interviews and questionnaires.

Under the direction of Dr. Resto (known lovingly to all as Dr. Edie) and my body-mind-spirit understanding of this complex condition, a personalized plan is created incorporating multiple natural medicine modalities. The “Out of The Woods Lyme Retreat” healing programs are different than any other, taking into consideration the specific client, their condition, past treatments, and a strategically planned course of action. Our practitioners have studied how these reliable modalities compliment each other and how to create a perfected environment for the body to recalibrate and heal. Please visit the AmaraOjai.com website to meet your practitioner team.

Once the client is on location, pre and post benchmarks are established with BioMeridian, Lens Neuro Feedback, homeopathic and energetic practitioner exams and evaluations. Our programs all include Dr Edie’s proven and truly effective deep detox dietary protocol. Each client will receive a customized restorative treatment plan incorporating a personal detox diet, acupuncture and chiropractic sessions, herbal and nutritive supplements, homeopathic remedies, Reiki and Body Resonance treatments, mud and salt baths, herbal hot wraps, detox foot baths, metaphysical energetic healing exercises, meditations and emotional and spiritual supportive renewal. This is truly the comprehensive kind of replenishing healing work so many Lyme disease cases have been ‘craving’!

Our mission is to create nurturing and restorative retreats in beautiful locations that feed the body, mind and spirit. Having worked with thousands of Lyme disease and chronic illness cases, we understand the vast nature of depletion, exhaustion, systemic consequences and the true emotional and spiritual suffering the afflicted experience. True healing necessitates tending to all planes of the being in order to gain wholeness and wellness.

We have three sets of retreats planned for the 2015-6 year. Join us in France this summer (July-August), Ojai, California (February 2016) or Helena Montana (June 2016). Of course you are welcome to attend all! See more details on the Amara Healing Center website.

Lyme disease asks us to dig deep. Establishing an amalgam of therapies to help the body, mind and spirit to purge toxins, bad patterns, unwanted mental grooves, wayward biochemistry and self-defeating beliefs is critical to reforming an interior platform of clear, fresh terrain in order for the benefits of supplements, homeopathics, dietary changes, medicines to work, and prompt healthier new cells to form as well as a more optimal ‘mindset’ to prompt better immune, endocrine and neurological functions and other bodily functions.

The ‘older’ version of focusing primarily on killing off the Lyme and co-infections microbes brings a person only ‘so far’ in their complete healing. Most chronic cases plateau once the bulk of the infectious organisms have been reduced. However, a great deal of damage and depletions have been inflicted from fighting a severe infection for months and years, as well as often sky-high degrees of toxic cellular debris and endotoxins (ammonia overload) in many cases. This is where the Out Of The Woods Retreats are special and unique.

We are uniting the best of traditional medicine and complementary natural medicine with a team of practitioners to work with you. Our approach aims to restore depletions, improve energy, rid ‘brain fog’ and cognitive impairment, cleanse toxins and mend the spirit. The emotional and spiritual suffering from Lyme disease is just as intrinsic as the physical. The goal is to help you find a higher calibration of well-being. Two weeks can not encompass ‘curing’ Lyme disease and co-infections, but the retreats are able to help attendees find better balance and a clearer pathway to healing.

~BRITTANY, FRANCE ~
OUT OF THE WOODS, HEALING LYME DISEASE – JULY 20- AUGUST 2, 2015

The manor house in Brittany, France is filled with beauty and ancient aesthetics to restore the senses as well as fresh, local, delicious foods and natural elements. The Breton sunlight and hydrangeas alone feed a Lyme weary soul. You will be in walking distance to the small village of Plevenon and a short bike or car ride to the breathtaking coastline and castles. The 14 day retreat is our most comprehensive and focused on Lyme and related infection healing. All meals, housing and treatments are included in the price once you have arrived. Transportation costs are the responsibility of the client but we are happy to help coordinate transportation from Paris to the house in Brittany. Please download the FAQ document linked here. It has so much great information!

Please understand that the July – August 2015 Brittany, France retreat is being offered at a significant discount, compared to the only comparable cleansing and healing retreat in the world, held in Germany. We want to bring ~YOU~ Out of The Woods in more ways than one!!
We will coordinate airport and train transfers.

~OJAI, CALIFORNIA, USA~
OUT OF THE WOODS, HEALING LYME DISEASE – FEBRUARY 5-13 AND 19-28, 2016

Our center in Ojai, California was – with healing feng-shui and aligned to earth energies for optimal balance, is fragrance free and situated in the heart of the spiritually reverent Ojai Valley, treasured by the Native Americans and world acclaimed healers for its vast properties of balance.

~HELENA, MONTANA, USA~
OUT OF THE WOODS, HEALING LYMES – MAY 29 -JUNE 9, 2016

The ranch in Helena, Montana is one of the USA’s last pristine areas of sweeping vistas and offers a unique energy of release and transformation. Large enough to host 50, this lovingly maintained location is a rare experience for us to work closely with our clients and still offer our one of a kind retreat. The breath-taking skies and sunsets work miracles on tender minds and spirits. Contact us for more details and watch for updates on the AmaraOjai.com website.

As a survivor of advanced neurological Lyme disease, bedridden for 3 years and completely destroyed, I am fully healed, due to the marvellous workings of the disciplines we offer in the Out Of The Woods Lyme disease programs. These two weeks of immersion, love and your ‘take home’ lifestyle management can potentially carve your pathway to recovery. Please join us by making a commitment to your new future in this enriched program. Your willingness to be an active participant in your own healing, guided by our professionally attuned understandings, make for a healing retreat of order .

Thank you
Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

http://www.KatinaMakris.com
http://www.AmaraOjai.com


Katina with Dr. Edie Resto
Katina with Dr. Edie Resto

Dr. Edie Resto D.C. is a Chiropractor and Holistic educator dedicated to forming healing partnerships with her Patients. She is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College West; Bastyr University, the largest Naturopathic Medical School in the USA; and the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, where she studied a variety of massage/ body work. Dr. Edie integrates many different modalities for a powerful healing experience.


 

oange archKatina I. Makris, CCH, CIH, is the popular host of the weekly talk show Lyme Light Radio With Katina. Katina has worked in natural health care since 1985. She is a former newspaper health columnist, award-winning author of Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme Disease, Body, Mind, and Spirit, past board member of the Council for Homeopathic Certification, and is the keynote speaker at the Ticked OFF Music Fest concert series. Makris’ personal experience of near death and catastrophic loss due to long-term misdiagnosed Lyme disease, coupled with her professional experience as a certified classical homeopath and certified intuitive healer, give her enormous depth and hard-earned wisdom. Dynamic, authentic, and compassionate, Makris “unites heaven and earth” as she guides people in self-help exercises that ignite the powerful mind-body healing pathway, a critical tool for overcoming chronic Lyme disease and many other illnesses.

Dr. Wayne Anderson Discusses Genome Flaws and Links to Chronic Lyme Disease

Some people get infected with the Lyme disease bacteria (borrelia burgdorferi), take the prescribed antibiotics and pull out of the flu like pains and malaise readily. Certain folks get infected and their ultra capable immune function and genetic ancestry enables them to fend off the infection all together. Life goes on smoothly.

Then, there are the estimated 4,000,000 plus people in the USA, and millions more worldwide, whom are struggling with devastating chronic forms of illness created by Lyme disease. Their lives are compromised, fortunes are spent on treatments, many are misdiagnosed with auto-immune illnesses and Lyme or co-infections are the true culprits.

Why do some of us get destroyed by the bacterial infection and others not? Susceptibility is a factor in all illnesses – from a tendency to strep throat, pneumonia, MS or advanced neurological Lyme disease.

Dr. Wayne Anderson of the prominent Gordon Medical Associates team joins me on Wednesday, February 19 1pm PT/4pm ET on Lyme Light Radio. We will explore the fascinating studies of Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker and the ‘genome flaws’ or genetic predisposition some of us were born with that set us up for Lyme disease to create maiming afflictions and ‘trigger’ other disorders.

This is a show you do NOT want to miss! When I heard Dr. Anderson present this information at ILADS Boston 2012, a major ah-ha moment clicked for me! This is ground breaking work and the reason why I was able to heal 100% from advanced neurological Lyme disease, by addressing these issues. It works!

ImageWith a background in education, Dr. Wayne Anderson understands the role of teaching in medical care. Working with grade school students he saw that diet and environment impacted student’s mood and behavior. This sent him back to school for training as a Naturopathic doctor. A growing focus on natural healing approaches in clinical practice in Oregon caused him to broaden his assessment and treatment skills and he earned the designation of Physician Assistant.

For two decades, Dr. Anderson practiced in a busy community-based family medical center, treating individuals and families from birth to old age. His emphasis on patients experiencing chronic illness grew. As he became aware of the prevalence of chronic Lyme disease and related conditions he realized the important part they play in chronic illness.

In 2002, Dr. Anderson left family practice to work with Eric Gordon MD. Now he has a practice with a concentration on chronic illness, using tools and experience from both conventional and integrative medicine. At GMA, with a growing focus on Lyme disease, he has developed a deeper understanding of chronic illness, its treatment, and the frontiers still available as possible solutions.

A curious and dedicated clinician, Dr. Anderson is committed to the ongoing process of learning and teaching. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Anderson maintained his initial focus on teaching. For over 20 years he taught medical students at Touro Osteopathic Medical School, and supervised residents from Sutter Hospital and interns from the Physician Assistant programs in the clinic setting.  He is also a popular speaker on the topics of Lyme disease and neurotoxin illness.

For more than 25 years, Dr. Anderson has known that his patients are partners in the process of learning about and treating their illness, whether they choose conventional or alternative medicine or a combination of both. He listens to understand each patient’s strengths and challenges and improve his effective interaction with them. He sees every person as complex, integrated, and unique, and believes that treatment should optimize health and well-being.

An avid film historian and true music enthusiast, Wayne spends his spare time watching movies, old and new, and listening to a wide selection of music.

Thank you Dr. Anderson – your work with tick borne diseases and ability to educate are brilliant.

Katina I. Makris, CIH, CCH
LymeLightRadio.com

Carolina On My Mind

Four whirlwind days in one of my favorite states- North Carolina! I’m partial to this land of windswept beaches, blue tinged mountains, and stretching midlands. Most likely this ties in to my years living here, while at Duke University. But, the soft springtime air and gracious hospitality of North Carolineans cannot be dismissed. There is an easy comfort to this pretty region, and some mighty fine food to be savored!

Durham has blossomed. From the old smoky tobacco town I knew in the 1970’s, with its narrow downtown streets scented by a sweet aroma in the gentle mornings, the former, decaying infrastructure has been revamped to a vital commercial district. The college students must love it- great restaurants and clubs, darling shops and tree-lined, freshened streets everywhere.

The relic wooden slat Durham Bulls AA baseball stadium I used to watch minor league games at with my college boyfriend was funky; squeaking bench seats and old-timers spitting chew liberally. It was a colorful slice of small town pro-ball. We liked it. Now, Durham Bulls boast a gleaming, snazzy stadium, rivaling a major-league park in its glamour and comfort. What a skyward leap!

Duke, as you can imagine, has grown astronomically. Tons of new science buildings, hospital expansion, air-conditioned dormitories sprouted amid the old woodlands. I understand the need for progress as a cutting-edge campus and my heart shrank a tad, wistful for the former tie-dyed, frisbee days on the quad. The iPod force of sleek students trailing to classes is less congenial. My alma mater, however, still glowed benevolently in the fine Carolina springtime. Cherry blooms and daffodils dancing were bits of color to my New Englander’s snow-trained eye. What a delicious taste of beauty!

Though treasuring some reunion time with old friends, I came to North Carolina to work, and what long hours I expended! This state is severely infested with ticks, the primary Lyme disease carrier. Over a dozen people told me they pull at least 20 ticks off their bodies each summer, and a dozen a day from pets! Mild winters, lots of low-growing vegetation, and being in an obvious migratory bird fly-way brews a prime Lyme disease habitat. The very sorry situation is the North Carolina doctors and residents are extremely uneducated about this surging epidemic illness.

The North Carolina Lyme Disease Foundation brought me in to help amend the denial, offer solace to the stricken and promote Lyme dialogue. Special thanks go to John Dorney, President, Jan House, Treasurer, and the busy efforts of Frances Kuhlbars and Emily Amber for your excellent support and PR assistance. Dr. Jason Chow of Chapel Hill, and Mary Marchbanks at Carolina Hyperbarics, your generous alliance made dual locations possible for my venues.

As I am all too familiar with, now 40 “Lyme Talks” later, the stricken and caregivers limped in. The weakness, palsies, ashen color are palpable touchstones to my former Lyme-addled life, too. Yet, I gave two inspired, informative presentations, one in Raleigh, the other in Chapel Hill, while fielding massive Q&A’s. So much help is needed, with less than a handful of Lyme-literate doctors in the state. But the work has begun! As the first person to come in from out-of-state to offer support, I am honored to be a lamplight of hope and urge you on to keep Lyme disease awareness work in motion. Inroads can be made.

Dr. Jason Chow is asking all NC residents with Lyme disease to write up a clear, one page story of their Lyme illness and email it to lymeletters@ gmail. com, by April 15th. He aims to present 1,000 Lyme cases to the state Health Department, establishing that Lyme disease does exist throughout North Carolina and it needs recognition! Please participate if you are a resident. This very same measure needs to be modeled in all US states, helping us define the epidemic.

My speaking engagements were long and rather energetically demanding on me, but very worth it, as I know how crucial hope and resource is for those struggling. Having walked the “Lyme Road” for ten arduous years, I intimately fathom the importance a hand-hold of comfort provides.

Thank you one and all for coming out to meet me. I hope “Out of the Woods” finds a special place in your heart. And, lovely North Carolina, you still charm a Yankee girl like me with your blissful springtime grace!

 

-Katina

Lyme Disease Radio Interview

For those of you who are in the mood for a nice review of Lyme disease and a glimpse into my 10 year personal experience dealing with this quixotic, often decimating infectious illness, listen in below to the interview I did recently with Eric Chamelik, a welcome host and nutritional counselor.

We explore many of the Lyme essentials and expand into recovery tools. This is a great show to share with others in need or curious about the world wide issue of Lyme disease.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/getbetterwellness/2012/11/15/the-get-better-wellness-radio-show-with-erin-chamerlik

ENJOY!!

Katina

News From the International Lyme and Associated Disease Conference

The ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Disease) was held at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in ever stately Boston, MA on the weekend of November 2-4.  In the wake of hurricane Sandy’s devastating torrent to the tri-state area, many did not attend as planned, and yet the show did go on!  And, I must say what a stunning show it was.

Arriving to a crowd of 500+, on a windy Friday afternoon as the moody November skies banked my car drive down to Boston, I immediately was caught up in the camaraderie and passion of so many who truly care about the epidemic of our time- Lyme disease.

The common area was thronging with people, colorful display booths by Igenex labs, Advanced Speciality labs, Nutramedix, support groups, more and more flanking the sides.  I joined Mara Williams, “Nature’s Dirty Needle” and Nicola McFadzen, “The Lyme Diet” with my memoir and guide “Out of the Woods,” at the author’s table.  Within seconds I was fielding questions and sharing stories and treatments with others.  The energy was high.

The grand ballroom essentially served as “Lyme Central.”  Each day we were captivated by the intelligent, probing and educational words of 23 speakers in total.  My head was swirling with knowledge by day’s end, as it was like being on an IV of cutting edge Lyme information. Imagine being in a post-grad level medicine or science class 10 hours per day for 2 1/2 days straight!! Your mind is glowing with intake while sorting and categorizing so much in it’s dual hemispheres.

Simultaneously three smaller “break-out” rooms carried lectures on associated Lyme related topics; either Integrative medicine focus, research work, legal issues, pediatrics, toxicity and more. (another 19 speakers).  I wanted to be everywhere at once-in the common area gabbing, the ballroom and break out rooms learning or at my author table sharing!  It was impossible to not be ignited by the dynamic environment and stimulating minds.

The Westin was a lovely setting, a broad sunny building, tall sweeping windows and conveniently located for evening restaurant outings ensemble.  It was a marvel to me, a formerly bedridden Lyme casualty, to be supping tableside with Lyme illuminatta, Dr.  Richard Horowitz, Lymedisease.org’s Dorothy LeLand, support group leader-James Gilbert and “The Hormone Book” author Phulie Cohan.  The cocktail reception, hosted by Igenex labs, was a non-stop ferris wheel of spontaneous, flame-flickers of introduction.  In a matter of minutes I was chatting with Joseph Jemsek, Neil Nathan, Eric Gordon, Jodi Darshore, Joseph Burrascanno, Steve Clark, Lyme patients and advocates.  The names and faces string on like a sparkle of Christmas twinkle lights.  Honestly, I felt bewitched by the magic of union and compassionate dedication we shared.

Saturday was another day of miracles.  Sam Shor’s chronic fatigue talk, Dr. Raxlen’s relapsing borreliosis presentation and Wayne Anderson’s genius “Cog wheel” explanation of whole bodily system breakdown due to Lyme infection were just plain ground breaking.  When you mix in Sam Donta’s understanding antibiotics regarding Lyme treatment, Clongen labs Ahmed Kilani’s latest detection tests and Neil Nathan’s clear communication about neurotoxins in illness, well you feel like you have been rocketed to the moon.  It is all critical and stunning work they are doing.  it makes me feel hopeful.

Though Lyme disease has been essentially ignored by 95% of the medical world, scoffed off with outdated Infectious Disease Society information from the early 1980’s as a short term infectious illness, these medical professionals and the other 500 of us at the conference are dialed into something totally different.  We believe from either having experienced it first hand as a victim or facing it straight on in clinical practice or labs, Lyme disease and associated micro-organism co-infections DO exist in a chronic form.

The palsies, the exhaustion, the grueling bone pains and migraines, the brain fog, fibromyalgia, the panic, depression, OCD, neuropathy, strokes and dementia are not imagined or a fall-out from something else.  Borrelia burgdorferi, a nasty, shape-shifting cyclical living bacteria can reek havoc on multiple systems on the body, and mess with your mind, too.  It loves our joints and soft tissue, gladly burrowing in for a lifetime and generations as a mother can pass it to her fetus.  I met with a woman from India, who identifies, she is a fourth generation Lyme infected person, aware of how it has been threaded through her ancestors in vitro!  The European and Asian doctors there talked of its threats in their country.

Ultimately, borrelia and company (bartonella, babesia, erlichia, etc.) gorge on our amino acids, glucose, vitamin D, minerals and more essentials, spiraling inwards to its’ holy grail-our spinal fluid and brain.  This is where pure havoc and devastation result; with ALS, MS, Parkinson, Alzheimer’s and Tourette’s syndrome next surfacing.

Sunday morning’s final presentations at the conference were all brilliant.  Dr.  Alan MacDonald, a long time Lyme researching physician received a standing ovation, at his heartfelt discourse’s end, as he vowed to prove in his lifetime that Alzheimer’s is caused by borrelia burgdorferi! He has evidenced based research he has been working on for 20 years.

Ginger Savely gave us current guidelines of how to use the CD57 marker test.  The prominent take-home was that it can be skewed by other immunological stimulation agents such as molds and viruses (EBV, CMV), thus making it a tricky test to rely upon steadily as a Lyme improvement barometer, though we wish it could be.

The whole conference flowed beautifully.  The environment and attendees were wonderful, the volunteers helpful and vendors so informative.  Hats off to the remarkable, organized and clever,  Executive director, Barbara Buchman for making this ILADS event so top drawer.

It was a phenomenal moment for me, when speaking to a new friend, that I became aware of the fact that established veteran medical doctors were standing at the homeopathic and herbal medicine booths seriously interested in how these protocols can help heal Lyme disease cases.  Here was my vision of the future before my very eyes and my message I lecture with shining forth!

Lyme disease is the epidemic of our era that asks us to unite the two hands of health care:  the diagnostics and pharmaceutical weaponry of allopathic medicine, with the restorative therapeutics of natural medicine.  Two hands working together are better than one (Katina Makris, 2012).”

By the time I packed up the last few copies of “Out of the Woods,” I was soaring to the sun.  Many people purchased my book, by the way, and famous health care professionals had sought me out, congratulating me in both my healthy recovery and a job truly well done in telling my story.  I feel so inspired by the enormous talent I swam amid for three days and so grateful for the tremendous opportunity I am living.  I made valuable new friends, shared such depth and meaning with others and came home with true hope the the “lyme code” will be cracked in my lifetime, heralding a new, more integrative approach to health care in the USA.  It’s a far cry from 30 years ago.

Meanwhile, it’s onward and upwards for all of us hard workers.  I am invited to speak at the Australian Lyme conference in 2013!  I’ve forged alliances to co-present at a chiropractic training.  Support group leaders from Florida, Connecticut and Texas want me to come speak to their members.  Many of us left with a fistful of business cards, new connections bearing fruits of our intentions.  These are amazing times.

Good news is that you can go to ILADS.com and register to watch most of the lectures presented at this 2012 conference “streaming” on your computer, December 1, 2012.  Do it! You will be enthralled.

Thank you Barbara Buchman, all the presenters, the helpers and vendors, and the concerned people in attendance at ILADS Boston.  This was a spectacular weekend.  A moment in my life I will forever remember.  Up form the ashes I flew, like a phoenix rising to a higher dimension.  Crippled, racked in pain and lost in tepid confusion a mere few years ago, I am awed by the resiliency of my body and spirit to heal, and indebted always to the forces that have enabled me to soar above and beyond the stifling grip of the stealthy micro-organism of Lyme disease.

As always, I offer you blessings for health and happiness,

Katina