Healing Lyme Disease

Katina Makris is author of Out Of The Woods - healing Lyme disease - body, mind and spirit. I am delighted to welcome this inspiring lady to www.HealingCFSME.com.

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Katina had many years with an undiagnosed illness.

She was told she had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Eventually though she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. It was not an easy journey, but she has gone from severe illness and isolation to being fully recovered and out in the world again.

I have read her book on healing Lyme disease cover to cover.

Much of it is a beautifully written memoir of a journey with illness.

It is a great book for anyone who feels the isolation and frustration of living with any chronic illness.

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Katina also speaks eloquently of the challenges that occur with relationships and illness - specifically her romantic relationship.

The last sections of this healing book give practical advice on Lyme disease specialists labs and healing Lyme disease.

As you read the book, you will know that you are not alone in experiencing loss from illness.
And by seeing Katina’s beauty and resilience, you will be better able to see your own.

Please enjoy Katina's article below on Healing Lyme Disease.

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Katherine T Owen

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Auto Immune Disorder Diagnosis

Who gets Auto Immune Disorder?

Within the past thirty years the incidence of autoimmune diseases has increased at a startling rate. The majority afflicted are women, often in the 30-60 age bracket, though men are not exempt.

Why Is Auto Immune Disorder on the increase?

One theory for the increase is that recognition and diagnosis of auto immune disorder has improved in our modern era.

Another theory is that the stressors placed on recent generations of high achieving, multi-tasking women, residing in the fast paced westernized cultures make them susceptible to an auto immune disorder due to the demands on their adrenal glands and hormonal balances.

What Are The Symptoms of an Auto Immune Disorder?

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Common symptoms of an auto immune disorder include the following:

  • violent headaches
  • pronounced fatigue
  • profound body pain
  • weakness
  • mental dullness
  • depressive pall

Specifically, an auto immune disorder may manifest with severe issues, such as

  • violent headaches
  • palsies
  • skin rashes
  • neurological problems like tremors
  • speech impediment
  • cognitive dysfunction
  • anxiety
  • too ill to function, bed bound.

For many years I lived with these symptoms of auto immune disorder; I was unable to cook, drive, walk or shower without assistance.

The emotional impact of chronic illness

My homeopathic career of 18 years washed away, along with my financial savings, marriage, home, and friendships.

With enormous loss and trauma ransacking a once stunning life, my spirit broke in the process. Depression, anxiety and despair are common feelings for those compromised in chronic illness.

Isolation, sickness and a broken spirit is an abysmal vortex to plummet through.

Lyme Disease Diagnosis

Multitudes of doctors, hospitals and dollars later, a savvy nutritionist finally gave my CFS/ME, fibro, migraine complex the correct Lyme disease diagnosis.

“What?” I pathetically screeched. “I’ve had the test three times in five years. Each test was negative.”

“The commercial Lyme disease test is grossly inaccurate, with a 70% false negative finding,” he informed me. “Practitioners must use a Lyme disease specialists lab.”

Thus began my initially shocking, but ultimately successful road to recovery.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is an infectious illness started by a tick bite, often a deer tick.

Lyme disease is found in 89 countries of the world. The USA, Germany, Scandinavia, Belgium, France, and Australia are currently at epidemic status. Much of Canada and Eastern Asia are under siege as well. (Note from Katherine: Lyme Disease is in the UK too.)

The majority of doctors are working with outdated data and diagnostic information from the 1970’s.

The old answer for ‘What is Lyme disease?’ was: "a short term infection caused by a bacterial organism, known as borrelia burgdorferi, easily eradicated with two weeks of antibiotics".

Thirty five years later, clinical findings and millions of auto immune compromised individuals paint a different portrait. Chronic Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as an auto immune disorder.

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Treatment for Lyme disease

The borrelia bacteria is aggressive and replicates quickly. Two weeks of early antibiotics are insufficient, according to ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Disease Society) current understanding. Six weeks is needed up front.

Older cases, wrongly diagnosed as  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, MS, IBS, fibromyalgia, bells palsy, dementia, require an integrative medicine approach to achieve recovery to wellness.

Recovery from chronic Lyme disease is a long, slow, arduous road. I elected not to undergo the 24 months of IV antibiotics offered to me.
I embraced healing Lyme disease through alternative healing treatments: a regime structured with powerful herbs known for their antibacterial qualities.

Equally critical was assessing the damage and depletions affecting multiple body systems- immune, gastrointestinal, neurological and endocrine-by the vehicle of metabolic profile analysis.

From there with the help of a certified nutritionist, the treatments were a detoxification diet, and natural healing supplements supervised by an Integrative Medicine physician.

Still bedridden with Lyme Disease, the healing journey took time and patience.

Homeopathy and acupuncture brought additional alternative healing.

Where can you find Lyme disease specialists testing labs?

Lyme disease test: Currently, the gold standard Lyme disease specialists test labs of the world are Igenex, Clongen in USA; Borreliose Centrum, Augsberg, Germany.

(Note from Katherine T Owen: The Lyme disease practitioners who treated Katina in the USA, New Hampshire are named in her book.

You can find Lyme disease specialists testing labs in the UK listed in Dr Myhill's excellent article on Lyme Disease.)

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Alternative Healing Lyme Disease - Mind Body Spirit

Healing Lyme Disease, or any auto immune disorder or chronic illness necessitates a journey to your soul’s center.

Learning to change our thoughts by specific visualization exercises, positive affirmations, healing prayers and clear intention statements can initiate a trickle of immune enhancing brain neurotransmitters which helps our mood as well as prompts healing.

The human being is an amazing resilient creature.

Through ten years of healing Lyme disease I was projected into unknown caverns, and unveiled remarkable discoveries. Ultimately, I view the healing journey as one of personal transformation and spiritual growth.

I was asked to change. Stubbornly, I held onto my former belief systems and structures for many years. During the solitude of confinement in illness, I realized my spirit was asking me to expand.

In doing so, I explored metaphysics, embraced change and experienced healing at a core level. Spirituality helped me move beyond the grip of traditional societal expectations and onto a new vibration, where the borrelia organism no longer needed to exist.

Happy and whole now, I offer hope and inspiration to the all too many living with chronic auto immune disorders.

Spirit is calling you! Listen within. Honor your intuitions and the guidance rising. Each path is unique and you can heal: mind body and spirit.


Katina I. Makris, CCH, CIH is author of Out of the Woods - healing Lyme disease - body, mind and spirit. She has worked in health care for 27 years, as a Classical Homeopath, Intuitive Healer and Natural Health care educator. She is a former popular newspaper columnist and a past board member of The Council for Homeopathic Certification. Katina is a graduate of Duke University and The Stillpoint School of Integrative Life Healing. She lectures extensively about Lyme disease treatment and healing.

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