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Out of the Woods: Healing from Lyme Disease for Body, Mind, and Spirit Kindle Edition
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I chose this book among several to read, as I wanted to hear about someone's experience who had struggled with the disease and was able to get better. Overall I thought Makris did good work, but her writing style did not really appeal to me. Instead of just relating her story in simple prose, she litters the books with too many metaphors and on way more than one occasion refers to herself in terms that seem self-aggrandizing. Here is one example: 'I watched the laquered periwinkle sky mute to an onyx glow, my heartbeat quickened by tension.' Sounds nice, but really? Periwinkle sky? And: 'Me, the stalwart sailor who could jibe my Sonar sailboat, crisp as a knife's edge, in the dead heat of a wind-fraught race...' Some may like this, not me.
On the other hand, she relates her struggle in vivid brutal honesty on many occasion, with some of her best writing in the chapter 'eagle's wings.' Here are a few quotes from the book I liked: 'Days turning into nights, nights into days, with me falling down a dark elevator shaft of despair.' 'The air conditioners drone, the house lies still, like a lion lounging in the heat of the African plains.' She hits really deeply with this one: 'Faithfully, each day, I force myself out of my bed and pajamas. If I linger too long in either, my spirits flag so deeply into a plummeting trench of despair and fear that it's close to impossible to fathom a return to wellness.' One more: 'My insignificance begins to take precedence in my thought patterns. Who am I really? Why am I even here?'
At her best she really hits home when she is describing the experience such that we can almost feel it with her, and then at other times the language is a little too flowery and perhaps at times she is imagining herself the heroine of her own bio. The parts about her metaphysical workshop did not interest me at all, although she did tie in her experience she gained there to a wrenching event near the end. Some of the romantic stuff was a little overboard as well. 'At first I thought it was a raven in my dream. Then I blinked and I saw it was you, turning in your sleep. You're bewitching, you know.'
The list of resources for healing is in part two is well done, and I am sure will be quite useful for those who read the book. I do have to state that her overall view is lacking in two important ways, however extreme these may seem. First: We need to make ourselves radically healthier to prevent disease in the first place, and this involves a comprehensive restructuring in all of the world's systems. Second: Although she does mention the trouble Dr. Rife went through, she does not take a staunch position against the fact that we are dealing with a system that is intentionally keeping us sick. I have no time to elaborate on these points, but they are critical, not just for Lyme disease, but for every other disease and quality of life in general.
Overall I would recommend the book, yet I believe women will relate to it better than men. It is probably one of the best out there if you are sick and need to feel like you've got a buddy who's been there.
I URGE people to get involved. GET TESTED!! (Igenex Lab in California is who we trust in the online community and who I used personally) --- LET'S GET THE NUMBERS on the books!!! THEY can't DENY the numbers!!! Don't accept a diagnosis of MS, Parkinsons, ALS, Fibromyalgia (one of the many of mine for almost 20 years) or other health issues that Lyme MIMICS!! With treatment there is HOPE.
Watch "Under our Skin" for a much better understanding of the plight of our nation. It was a documentary done in 2007 and see what changes have happened in 8 years in "Emergence" ~ the follow up showing BEDRIDDEN people who are working again in stressful jobs even. I'm disabled. I WANT TO WORK. How many of us are out there using our tax dollars? GET OUTRAGED!!!
Get educated and involved! It's only a matter of time before you're infected or someone you know is!!
ps - excuse typos, spelling, grammar and whatever else mess is in this review -- I'm lucky to type at all and share what's in my head in written form but I LOVE to write and have had to give up on perfection. (I spelled scented in a text as cented one day __ OY!) <3
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