San Diego Lyme Disease Support Group Welcomes Katina Makris; Healer, Author, Teacher, Survivor

I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at the San Diego Lyme Support Group on Saturday, January 28, at the Scripps Ranch Library. See the details below.

California friends, I hope that you can join me! I will be sharing recovery skills for Lyme disease and autoimmune illnesses, from my new book “Autoimmune Illness & Lyme Disease Recovery Guide”, as well as teaching how to ignite the mind-body healing axis- a key to full life healing. 0001cq

Reporting From ILADS 2013 Conference- The Sun and Moon Meet the Stars

The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society conference, held in sunny San Diego was a sight to behold. 420 attendees from all over the globe, on lush Paradise Point Resort. I must say it was a true privilege to be conversing and dinning with world class researchers, doctors, practitioners, advocates, innovative thinkers, risk taking individuals and many Lyme patients. My mind was swarming with new information, brilliant moments of synchronicity and the back drop of glimmering Mission Bay bathing us all in good fortune and promise for creating a healthier Lyme-free or at least Lyme-controlled tomorrow.

A special thanks to Dorothy Leland of LymeDisease.org whom invited me to come give the inspirational speech at the Lyme disease Walk and Rally on Saturday, and for ILADS executive director, Barbara Buchman for recognizing the value of the enormous amount of Lyme advocacy work I do speaking nationwide and the launch of the brand new, already popular, “Lyme Light Radio with Katina” show I host, on The Dr Pat Show Network, every Wednesday- reaching a global audience in the multimillions.

Nancy Dougherty, Bonni Ronney, Joy Rothberger, Mualla McManus, Mara Williams, Dr. Kenneth Liegner, Dr.Micheal Arata, Dr Andy Kopelman, Dr. Christine Green, Dr. David Kaufmann and so many, many others I shared meals and moments conversing with was just as fabulous as the material taught at the conference.

As we dined al fresco, Perseus Major, Venus and the golden full moon bathing us in a fluid blend of companionship, passionate commitment to a public health crisis, and the poetry of inner attunement to mankind’s plight, I felt at times as if I was living in a chrysalis of another reality. Like we were gestating and weaving together; harmonies, individual talents, trainings, visions and the personal ‘ Lyme trenches’ experience of tragedy, coming to the table in a certain gestalt, preparing for the birth of something very important.

This is my Intuitive self speaking here~ a sense of something beyond me personally, beyond each of of us individually, but palpably threaded in a cohesive tapestry. It is a work in progress, like any great painting or sculpture; melding, blending, growing in proportion and form. I do not know the final outcome, but I sense it will be real, and valuable and we will turn the tides of this now worldwide infectious disease epidemic. I know millions of people (me included) have lost years of our lives, incomes, careers, relationships, homes to mismanaged Lyme disease: faulty lab testing, inadequate physician training on signs and symptoms as well as treatments, along with slack prevention alerts, allowing a microscopic stealthy and seriously damaging bacteria to creep its way into our homes and communities. People are ravaged, lives have been lost, too many spirits have been broken.

At ILADS 2014 I listened to the brilliant and interesting presentations on co-infections, glutathione pathways, retroviruses, biofilms, endocrine disorders, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The very obvious pattern at this years ILADS was that it was VERY treatment based and less science research focused compared to 2013. Practitioners left with many ideas and tools to implement with their cases, helping to rebuild depletions, attack infections, and to a veteran Homeopath like me, the most ASTOUNDING realization was that Integrative Medicine was being promoted!!!!

30 years ago as a newbie Classical Homeopath I was looked at as an odd-ball at a cocktail party, my job too ‘weird’ sounding for many to stomach. To find this cutting edge, open minded Medical based health care community gladly reaching to enzyme therapy, homeopathic formulas, detoxification methods and herbs to kill bugs and rebuild damage was beyond my wildest imaginings from decades ago (antibiotics still in full force for acute infections and dire central nervous system issues). BUT, if it takes a public health care crisis, called Lyme disease, to marry the two hands of health care, well than let it be!

I don’t ever wish Lyme disease or a tick borne co-infection on anyone, it can be traumatic and life decimating. BUT, America is beyond the times— we sorely lack the Integrative Health Care models of Germany, France, UK, Canada, S. America. Our pharmaceutical based methods of wiping out an infection with antibiotics, ignoring the restorative capacities our very resilient body is capable of when given proper support with nutraceuticals and other modalities, and the idea of just squelching a symptom via a palliative drug is soon to be ancient history, a relic of 20th century doctoring.

To quote Thomas Edison: “The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~ ”

Lyme Disease can be a deadly illness. It affects every person in a unique way beyond the initial feverish, flu-like pains and malaise of the acute phase. It morphs and lingers, disseminates and moves its way into the central nervous system- ALS, Parkinson’s, Bells Palsy, Lupus, CFS, migraines all too ugly when not ‘caught’ quickly enough. Hourly, I learned a story of death to Lyme disease from an attendee. This illness can NO longer be brushed off. We must work HARD! We need billions of dollars, the way AIDS received in the 1990’s, to crack the code. Right now that is NOT happening.

Some excellent studies are being done to figure out the persistent nature of the illness in certain people and the reasons why it triggers ‘auto-immune’ style states in so many. Also, how can more rapid, accurate diagnostic tests be developed quickly? But, sadly, the NIH has doled out very little money to the Lyme crisis, unlike the ample amounts diabetes, MS, HIV receive. And, shockingly the Lyme numbers are more frightening!! We need help now, and fast. Money must be granted, raised, donated immediately.

At the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1990’s the annual cases contracted were 104,000, while the CDC acknowledged in August 2013, that over 300,000 Lyme disease cases are contracted annually just in the USA (Australia, Norway, Germany, Canada are stricken perhaps even more densely)!!!! That is 3x higher than the AIDS peak and climbing! And, yet Lyme receives a mere fraction of NIH funding or attention. The tides must shift if we wish to protect our very vulnerable nation. Everyone is at risk; not just IV users, homosexuals or prostitutes. Children in tall grass, a hike in a national park, gardening in your own yard puts us in proximity to ticks- the primary carrier.

A particularly poignant moment came for me, when a small group of 4 of us stood on the soft San Diego beach sand, city lights littering the bay and a giant full moon dangling overhead, nurturing and inspiring the Earth. Renowned physician Dr. Kenneth Liegner serenaded us with his marvelous trumpet playing, ending with a very moving rendition of TAPS, played in memorial for all those whom have died due to Lyme disease. Our hearts hung heavy and I was deeply touched to be in such sterling company of dedicated people.

It was my great privilege to give the inspirational address at the San Diego Lyme Walk and Rally. What a great group was there!  Dr Richard Horowitz, Brooke Landau, Mara Williams, Dr Stricker, Lorraine Johnson, more. How many impassioned voices, hard working folks and frail victims.

I have survived the Lyme Calamity- I work daily to voice the need for recognition, Integrative Medicine, spiritual healing for the very weary and worn. May “Lyme Light Radio” be a channel of dialogue, education, tools to battle this problem. I am blessed to be a messenger and healing vessel for many. I need your sponsorship too, to help this show continue to broadcast. Visit LymeLightRadio.com and see how you can help. I am aiming to start an IndieGoGo campaign to get what we need. (any volunteers to help me launch this? please email me).

Please do not sit on the sidelines regarding Lyme disease. If you are too ill to move, tune into TheDrPatShow.com or WBLQ.net every Wednesday 1pm PT/4pm ET, put LymeLightRadio in the search box and listen to my fabulous guests. They will give you tools. If you are mobile, get to or start a Lyme disease support group. If you are a health care practitioner, start learning about Integrative Medicine or align with one in your community or get ILADS trained on Lyme disease treatments. If you are curious, go to TBDA.org, ILADS.org or LymeDisease.org and get involved. WE all need able hands, minds, sympathies, fund-raisers to arrest this plague.

I left ILADS 2013, buoyed with hope. Brilliant, devoted people converged for 4 days, learning, sharing, caring about this illness, the victims, what they can bring to the table, what they can bring home and utilize. Or how they can better educate or evoke change of consciousness?

Meanwhile, I packed up Sunday night and had a delicious water side dinner with old friends. While walking along the bay, a wizened old Haitian witch-doctor sat crossed-legged on the grass alongside the quay in the park, reading palms and telling futures. Ever curious me, I sat down with the aged one, leathered dark skin, glowing amber eyes, peering deeply into my own. I asked for a ‘reading’.

“I am in the presence of an angel” he spoke and bowed to me, taking my hands, cupping them in his warmth. “You are a gifted and powerful healer, a soul older than my own. My skins prickles with your mighty powers bathing me now,” his lyrical voice streamed.

I felt my spine tingle and was caught a bit off-guard and even doubting. The soft California night whispered in the palm trees. He sprinkled me with “Florida Water” and said,

“You will not pay me for this time. It is not right. You are a mystic. It is my privilege to be with you now.”

I did not know what to think. Was this old man ‘putting his moves on’ me or onto something deeper than I even sensed?

“ A man has left your side recently (my mate, Hunter, this June). A family member, a man, died 3 years ago (my dad). But, do not worry, I very big heart will be with you soon. Someone grand and generous who understands you are a very rare person is coming in the near future. A man of deep love and wealth. You will have 5 grandchildren. You are on a mission, like a saint or Queen. Do not hesitate or feel sad for yourself ever. Your eyes tell me it all. You have seen the great mysteries of the Universe. I can teach you even more, the old ways of African priests. You will heal thousands, maybe millions. Allow me to teach you.”

I am sitting, listening, semi-uncertain and beckon my best friend of 43 years over to hear this. She sits near me. She listens too. She smiles at the witch-doctor/shaman when he repeats,

“She is an angel”. She nods a Yes.

He proceeds. More prophecies are shared, some about my writing work and speaking to large masses of people. I do not know what to truly absorb. Eventually, with the cool night steeped in purple hues, I stand and bow to the old man. He hands me his bracelet, a worn woven wrap and a CD of his own healing music.

“I pass this to you. Protection in the sea of life. I will pray for you every day. Come here again. I will teach you to SEE even deeper. Through thousands of years.”

“I live 3500 miles away, it is impossible,” comes my reply.

“Nothing is impossible. You are a master healer. I will teach you, even if I must come to where you are. I have been waiting for you to appear from my dream for a very long time. I must do a ceremonial cleansing Botanica on you for more teaching to come. Are you here tomorrow to take the rites?”

“No, I fly out in the morning.”

Is this guy a nut or truly a sage? Now, completely bewitched with eve falling, I shake hands with the crinkled one.

“Thank you for seeing my true essence,” come my words of gratitude. “You are a kind man, and very generous.”

“I am only reminding you to BE who you are,” his Haitian accent, jumbled and colored with rhythms and melody convey. “Very big work lies ahead for you. Do not be afraid. Your spirit knows what to do. Just listen to it. I will not push you. But, you will call me when you are ready to learn more. As a mystic you know just what I mean- words are not necessary.” He smiles, yellowed teeth flashing in a quick crescent. “God bless you, Angel of Mercy. You move with God’s protection.”

We walk away, or rather I float away. I am anointed in ancient magic, while simultaneously steeped in 4 days of modern medical training. What do I think? How am I the conduit, the elixir, the carrier of Mother Earth’s Universal wisdom entwined with Western medicine’s scientific workings. My senses swim. I am in semi-trance, all of this somehow stewed together within an eclipsing health crisis and a full golden moon riding in the Eastern sky?

Nancy looks at me, grinning her mischievous smile.

“Leave it to you, to find a witch-doctor in the wake of this weekend of left brained didactics. Somehow, you manage to meld the two halves of healing, old and new, heaven and Earth.”

We both chuckle, our eyes locked together in a smile; over four decades under our belt as soul-sisters, with my mysterious nature always magnetically drawing unusual folks and circumstances out of the blue.

“I don’t know what to really think of him?” I question her.

Pragmatic, poised, regal Nancy soothes, “He is correct. You are a powerful healer, he probably really does want to help you and YES, you are positioned exactly in the midst of a health care crisis with personal experience and professional knowledge and skills unique to all others. I believe his vision that you are destined for something important. It is just for us to wonder if he is a charlatan or not regarding the training? Sit on it for a few days, you will know.”

I nod. I ponder. I sense. I want to try his ancient African healing magic. And, I will leave on a jet plane in the morning. Somehow, I try to let it all sift through me. I feel a bit off kilter. But, really I intuit, I am just rebalancing. ‘Prince Alex’ the soothe-sayer helped recalibrate me in that reading. After 4 days of science mind and analytical reasoning, he brought me into my right brain hemisphere of sensing, intuitive knowings.

Whether he is correct in his prophecies or not, it is OK. I must walk my path, lamplight of inspiration lit for those struggling on The Lyme Road. As a messenger I offer hope and faith and information. ILADS, Lyme support groups, clients in need, radio audience, publishers and editors, friends and community, I ‘move with God’s protection’,  though the footpath is never so clear.

Step by step, day by day, I meet the sun, the sky, the ebony night and the unknown challenges, plus the remarkable beauty of it all. We will amend the Lyme disease travesty. I am forever grateful for all who I meet in this incredible journey of discovery and living. Thank you ILADS 2013 for an absolutely stunning conference and ground breaking work being shared. It was such an enormous privilege to be gathered with such talented people. The sun, the moon and the stars all aligned for the highest good.

Blessings to all.

Katina Makris, CCH, CIH

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“The Florence Nightingale of Lyme”- California was Great!

A whirlwind week in California, bringing Lyme disease resources and tools to many, was a wonderful experience! How fortunate I was to stay with cherished old friends, meet such special people and soak in the glorious spring sunshine. These “Lyme Mission” trips I have been making since “Out of the Woods” was published in November 2011 are nothing short of miracles. So much good comes from it all!

I am ecstatic to have regained my health, to be strong enough again to travel nationally and speak on behalf of Lyme. The universe aligns me time and again with fortuitous connections, opportunities and support while on the road. And to be instilling hope and camaraderie amongst the townships I visit feels so important. Most vivid to me is that my personal Lyme experience and professional knowledge are making a difference.

My heart just beams each time one of you tells me how helpful “Out of the Woods” has been. I know in that moment I did a good job with the book. And, then, the heartfelt handshakes, hugs and tears shared at the end of my presentation strike so deeply in my core. I’ve walked the “Lyme Road” with all of you and when I feel your suffering, confusion and fragility at these talks I feel inspired to keep at it all, even though it is hugely time-consuming and not financially profitable. The healer in me cannot let others flail.

So, with deep meditations, resting, swimming (when possible), and the laughter of friendship buoying me while traveling, somehow, I believe that if I keep at this- visiting stricken regions, holding a lamplight of inspiration, making this illness more publicly talked about, I will affect a change. A change for the better- more attention, earlier diagnostics, more thorough treatments, maybe even a vaccine! Am I crazy to be working so hard? Is it possible I can keep it up with only $5 admission at the door helping cover my travel expenses? I don’t know. Yet my instinct says I’m doing the right thing.

One of my attendees said “Katina, you are the Florence Nightingale of Lyme, comforting others and pushing for change. Thank you.” That was a sterling remark to hear uttered. As an eight year old girl, my favorite books were Florence Nightingale’s biography and “Little House on the Prairie.” Here I am, ministering to the sick and seriously wounded. Life is a marvelous, spiraling pirouette!

Thank you Maritza Padgett, Bonni Rooney and all my fabulous new friends at San Diego Lyme Support. We had a daffy series of monkey wrenches and we overcame. We were bounced out of the library by a big bash with the mayor, superseding us, a mere 24 hours prior to my appearance. Frantic phone calls, emails, makeshift signage, and we relocated to nearby Hoyt Park, my first outdoor venue. Maritza’s pop-up tents, folding chairs, and a stalwart Lyme tribe gathered. Then! The automatic sprinklers erupted, drenching us and necessitating makeshift dams constructed from random rocks and tarps! Lymies are survivors- we enjoyed two wondrous hours together! Amen.

More thanks to Shannon Connoyer, Sandi Bohle, and my new friends at Ventura Lyme Support. This event went along more smoothly, yet we lost a few folks due to our location somehow not showing up on GPS!

I appreciate the stricken, the caregivers, the healthcare providers, for joining us, all your great questions, and of course our famous synergy. My visit with each host was a delight.

Back home now, I’m prepping for North Carolina in April and getting the sponsorship package together for my upcoming radio show; “In the Lyme-Light with Katina Makris.” This is a huge step for Lyme- our own radio talk show!

So many more events to come in 2013, and my efforts to get “Out of the Woods” in audio format continue, as well as foreign translations. We’re off to a superb start!

Thank you California! You treated me well and I hope I brought you some solace and inspiration. The human being is an amazing creature. We are resilient, endowed with inner riches and capable of transformation. I honor the power within us all.

 

THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE

A friend at the pool today said to me “Katina, I love being near you, your positive energy is so infectious. You just light me up!

I smiled and thanked her, “I’m an upbeat person by nature, but lately I’m on fire!” came my reply. “Lecturing nationally on behalf of Lyme Disease awareness and offering my message of inspiration gives me a huge rush. To have overcome the complete adversity I faced; bedridden, broke, a divorce, a lost career, deeply depressed and to now have healed in so many ways- well, I just have to tell the world!”.

Amy smiled and remarked “Your story is so inspirational, but your very being just radiates so much life and joy. You are a vivid example of what living from your passion and potential is all about, Katina. I’m hoping you rub off on me now and all those people who meet you”.

“I vowed to myself on my sickbed that when I recovered I would do what I felt moved me and hold nothing back. A channel opened in me, I felt it one day when in deep meditation. Energy flooded in my crown chakra. I knew then that I was meant to move forward and live on purpose, not by accident or by default, but with clear intention and with heart”. “Some days I feel lit from within. I can’t hold my energy back. I let it flow- writing, counselling, you name it- I’m in the flow and I won’t suppress it”.

“Yea”, Amy says. “I’m an athlete of 40 years. We athletes know that feeling- it is awesome. Power, drive, joy intersect and it is awesome.”

“I feel graced by this life and my path. I take nothing for granted and walk it with profound thanks and in pride”.

“Keep going Katina. You make me feel happy”.

It felt great to be acknowledged by Amy! This interchange was a confirmation for me, that it is no accident I got so devastatingly ill and lost everything I loved. In turn I was forced to examine myself, my life choices, and ways of being in order to heal. The Lyme Disease ordeal was horrific, but ultimately a journey of personal transformation. Out the other side now, ignited within by my intention to help others find ways to transform their own suffering into rebirth, I know there is no possible way to go back to the old me, the conditioned one, the less conscious one, the over-tasking one. Fueled by spirit, ignited by love, moved by the powers of transformation, I want to encourage those of you struggling with Lyme Disease or any other chronic illness to find resources in your life; people or places, to help you turn within to your own deep heart. Your heart is wise and knowing. It bears much love, even for our wounded self, and it holds faithful energy, always beating for you, sustaining your lifeblood.

Take a moment to close your eyes, take some long deep breaths, put your hand over your heart and feel its steady presence. Thank this beautiful heart of yours for its power and patience, and in this moment say to your own self- “I love you”, and really mean it.

We need to love ourselves in these time of distress. It is from the inside that we heal. Medicines, doctors, foods, others may minister to us from the outside, but we too must minister to our own selves on the inside. Healing takes time, it asks for restoration. The trauma of chronic Lyme Disease wounds the heart and the spirit. Not everyone knows how to mend a broken spirit.

In the meantime, tending to your own precious heart energy and special self is an invaluable step in helping align your inner healing resources. I practiced this simple self-love for years and it has helped me recover from advanced Lyme Disease. It is worth trying and sticking with. I continue this practice still.

I look forward to you too one day hearing words similar to Amy’s “your being radiates so much life and joy”.

With blessings,

Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH

Katina I Makris is a certified Intuitive Healer, Classical Homeopath, inspirational speaker and the award-winning author of “Out of The Woods; Healing Lyme Disease, Body, Mind & Spirit”. OutofThe WoodsBook.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.