She describes how some outdated blood tests can’t find Lyme Disease and how crucial it is to have newer testing, as the slow-growing Lyme spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, can spiral its way through and out of the bloodstream, into the spinal cord and up to the brain.
She shares first symptoms and chronic symptoms and explains how many physicians aren’t trained in recognizing the symptoms of Lyme Disease. If left undiagnosed, the illness caused by this bacteria can become chronic and debilitating.
Katina describes how she was able to finally get properly diagnosed and treated to kill the bacteria and regain her health.
She also covers how the physical and emotional trauma of being attacked by this aggressive bacteria left her unable to deal with normal, every day parts of her life.
Katina teaches three cutting edge labs for Lyme Disease Testing and shows us how to find a Practitioner who is knowledgeable and certified for treating Lyme Disease.
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“It hit me pretty hard and fast with vertigo and chills and a stiff neck and a clammy feeling and it was rapid onset.”
“I was racked with vicious migraines, three and four days a week, heart palpitations and a stiff neck, palsies and tremors.”
“Seesaw, seesaw and this is what happens with Lyme Disease, its got this cyclical pattern to it, in and out of active and remission.”
“The bacteria moves its way deeper into your system from the bloodstream to the connective tissue and joints and muscles, where it mimics Fibromyalgia.”
“It spirals its way into the nervous system and it gets into the spinal fluid and eventually to the brain.”
“I said, ‘But I’ve been tested three times and all the tests showed I was negative.'”
“The testing we have is outdated, it has a 70% error rate. It’s only good in those early couple of months.”
“This massive destruction to my body and psyche and nervous system was caused by an aggressive bacteria.”
“If you have the bullseye rash and you have flu like symptoms or a swollen knee or headaches, you want to get on antibiotics immediately.”
“It’s a slow replicating bacteria and it takes a full six weeks before you can really get rid of it all.”
“Three very important pieces in order to overcome this illness are:
Step 1 Get the detox pathways in your body working
Step 2 Start on killing the bugs
Step 3 Rebuilding all the depletions and damage.”
“Tending to my body was part of the equation, the other very important part was tending to the emotional and spiritual ravages that I experienced.”
In one word, how can a person heal?
Katina Makris’ Expertise
Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH, has worked in natural health care since 1984, as a Lyme disease counselor, Certified Classical Homeopath and Certified Medical Intuitive. She is a former popular newspaper health columnist of 10 years, writing for a regional New England paper, The Monadnock Shopper News. Katina sat on the board of The Council for Homeopathic Certification 1994-2001, interviewing candidates and writing the national exam for Classical Homeopaths.
Katina hosts the breakthrough live weekly call-in radio show in partnership with the acclaimed The Dr Pat Show on a 300 station worldwide syndicate, reaching a global listening audience of multi-millions. “Lyme Light Radio with Katina”, airs on WBLQ 1230AM in Southern New England and New York and streams live on the web on three networks; WBLQ.net, TransformationTalkRadio.com, TheDrPatShow.com. Katina’s stellar A -List guests and past shows are archived at LymeLightRadio.com and free on iTines. This is a very promising step forward for Lyme disease, creating weekly dialogue on a misunderstood public health crisis.
After 5 years of misdiagnosis and 5 more years of treatments, Katina triumphantly overcame advanced chronic Lyme disease. She is a nationally acclaimed Inspirational Speaker on Lyme disease awareness and recovery tools, as well as Mind-Body-Spirit work. Katina’s timely memoir and guide, “Out of the Woods; Healing Lyme Disease – Body, Mind & Spirit,” awarded Finalist for 2011 Best Book in Health with USA Book News and winner of “50 Authors You Should be Reading” by the Authors Show, is now being taken into foreign markets and translations with Skyhorse Publishing. They will release her companion book, “Mending~ The Auto Immune Illness & Lyme Disease Recovery Guide” in February 2015.
Katina is a dynamic, well loved educator and engaging Lyme disease motivational speaker, with standing room only crowds. Katina has presented over 55 live 2 hour Lyme disease talks, and given 18 national radio and 5 national network TV interviews – ABC, NBC, FOX, NECN. Katina is the ‘go to’ choice for inspirational Lyme speeches; appearing at rallies, fundraising events, teaching at The Omega Institute.
She currently is a board member of Be Tick Ready, a Lyme disease education group, based in Newport, RI, focused on bringing Lyme prevention into schools and the park systems nationwide. Katina is a graduate of Duke University and The Stillpoint School of Integrative Life Healing. A health care practitioner with her own ten year Lyme journey, Katina knows what true healing entails. She is a passionate voice of triumph and hope in the trenches of the Lyme disease epidemic.
Award Finalist for USA Best Books 2011 “OUT OF THE WOODS, HEALING LYME DISEASE, Body, Mind & Spirit”
Katina Makris has created a massively informative memoir of healing from Lyme Disease. Out Of The Woods turns a grim story of debilitating chronic illness into a touching healing story with a very happy ending, for Katina as well as many others dealing with Lyme Disease. In the second half of Out Of The Woods Katina includes a complete Treatment Guide … the nuts and bolts to healing with Lyme Disease: speciality labs, signs and symptoms, treatment protocols, antibiotics, herbals, acupuncture, energy restoration, everything you need to heal from Lyme Disease.
Excerpt From Out Of The Woods
Sister Maple – Nature’s Teacher
“Snow and more snow, falling, swirling, dancing, driving. It wraps and bathes and soothes me in a downy peace. Today’s snowfall is one of the beauty – the steady, endless type, which creates a gauzy dream-like vapor in the world. It lulls me to a trance.
Sitting motionless at the window, warm tea cupped in my hands, I stare somnambulantly at the elegant bare limbed maple out back, its outward reaching fine grey arms gathering white sinewing lines of dressings.
My maple is so glorious. I love her in all seasons. Her delicate rose toned buds in spring hang like dainty morsels in the soft pliable light. At summer’s zenith my stately maple shimmers in a full dance of vibrant green glory, her star fanned leaves swishing gayly. By autumn’s turn, my ever changing woodland sister dons her most dazzling finery, a vibrant yellow costume cloaking often trembling branches, as the brisk Canadian blown winds draw her into a swaying ecstasy. As October crescendos, the geese honking in flight and the rodents gather acorns in a mass frenzy, there she weeps, my grand maple, orange stained leaves bathing the moss flecked lawn.
I stand beneath the maple, sensing her majesty. She whispers to me, a quiet voice for such a grand and knowing one, I think. Her skin is burnished in the amber full light. I study the delicate creases and random knot-like dimples traced upon the maple’s trunk. It is a marvel to follow the arching twisting reach of her beautiful tapered outer branches. And then I see IT. Hidden from initial view, but bold and blatant as can be; the horrid, blunt wound on my maple’s third trunk. The backside of this perfect maple suffered a catastrophic wound. Her third trunk and numerous upper limbs were severed in a brutal winter’s ice storm several years back. The scar marks the amputation.
I recall the gun-shot cracks peppering the stilted night air that bitter cold night. A heavy inch thick coat of ice cut off all power and warmth in our lives for ten days and nights. On the very first morning, after a sleepless, frigid night, I arose to discover my refined beauty, with a massive shattered fracture, her upper limbs split in half, dangling downward in a rag doll collapse.
I shuddered, feeling a wincing heartbreak immediately shoot through my chest, witnessing the pathetic wound inflicted upon my patient guardian.
“Oh no!” I cried calling family members over to see the maple’s duress.
“At least it is only part of her that broke,” said my husband. “Some other trees were completely toppled.” I guessed he was right, nodding silently at the patient maple. Maybe that is true for all of us, “only a part of us that broke.”
Here today, I study the maple once again, recovered in many ways. Her wound is scabbed over and less obtrusive each season, as the remaining healthy branches grow and meander, filling in some of the initially gauged out air space. My maple is ever poised, regal and knowing, standing so lovely, amid her spruce and hemlock neighbors.
The snowfall is lush and thigh high deep, buffeting all my surroundings. On and on it proceeds, painting the landscape in final shades of white and grey and muted evergreen. I feel suspended in these hours. Held captive in a reverence, detached from the hustle of downtown, the back and forth excursions to my son’s school, and oblivious to the electronic kingdom. I honor the peace, the solitude, the sleepy ticking of my kitchen clock. Here I sit, absorbed in snowy splendor, my maple and I watching over one another in everlasting care.
And, just like she, enduring the passage of time, the cycles of a lifetime, the wounds of tragedy, I stay rooted and proud. The older I grow and grander I become, I learn to accept the knots and scars I bear, as well as the beckoning beauty of life’s ever changing skies. Like the stately maple, I reach up and out into the world, expanding into my own fullness and strength whether it is autumn or spring. No matter the season my maple and I each offer a place of reflection. From her I learn to bend and endure, break and grow again. After all, isn’t that what life asks of us all; to let go, shed, restore and bloom anew, amid each challenge?
Bless you sister maple. You are a wise teacher.”
Katina I. Makris, is the author of “Out Of The Woods, Healing Lyme Disease, Body, Mind and Spirit”, Elite Books, 2011.
Connect with Katina Makris
Katina’s Website: Katina Makris ~ Journeys in Healing
Katina’s Facebook Page: Out Of The Woods Book
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Here’s a great article clearing up the confusion, controversy and biased influence of different views on testing for and treating Lyme Disease. Chronic Lyme Disease and the “Axis of Evil”, by Raphael B. Stricker and Lorraine Johnson.
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