Feedback on the Inanna House Fundraiser

From Sara Donnelly

Running Rabbit Ranch and Vineyard

The first Inanna House Fundraiser was an amazing success. We were so honored and proud to have had the opportunity to share our vision with so many supportive people. The day started off chilly, but as the guests started to arrive, and the room began to fill, the abundance of loving hearts and hopeful souls warmed the room.

The bar was a great place to mingle as people became acquainted with each other. There
was wine, as well as yummy snacks. Lunch was served shortly after all guests had arrived. We were so thankful for the delicious food prepared by Arturo Cardenas of Portofino’s restaurant in Santa Rosa. His gluten-free, organic dishes were a perfect way to showcase one of the ways Inanna House will bring health to patients.

Inanna House Founder Mara Williams, Dr. Eric Gordon, and author of Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme Disease–Body, Mind & Spirit, Katina Makris were the featured speakers. Mara Williams spoke of her vision of Inanna House, and where it originated. ” These patients are so marginalized and mistreated in the conventional medical system. We want to provide a supportive and safe place for those with chronic Lyme disease to receive treatment while integrating the best of all health modalities to achieve optimum results for each patient. “

Mara Williams, Eric Gordon, Katina Makris

Dr. Gordon spoke of Lyme disease and the need to look at each patient individually, and how Inanna House would allow for this. He shared some of the notes from his talk:

You are here so you know this is important.

If this project is to be realized, to be more than a dream, it is going to take a series of small and large miracles and some wonderful energetic connections.

When Mara first spoke to me about her vision for a place to care for people with TBD (tick borne disease), I knowingly smiled and rolled my eyes. I have heard many plans of and been involved in some attempts at delivering comprehensive care to people in the past, and had seen them all fail when the money or energy ran out.

Mara was ahead of me in planning, she knew she needed an endowment. I knew the sum needed was large and so wished her luck. I realized that instead of discouraging her, my words just helped her focus and she came back with the breathtaking sum of 25 million, and instead of giving up she went out to start making it happen. That is when I got interested in being involved.

In order to succeed we need to attract lots of donors and to do that people need to know why this is so important. And why many well meaning physicians will shut you down when you mention the need to help those with chronic Lyme.

I am going to give you a brief overview of what is special about the needs of these patients and why most doctors don’t get it. There are lots of ways our bodies can be ill. Why do those with chronic Lyme, or as I like to call it, chronic complex illness, need their own place?
Why isn’t the standard hospital and rehab center good enough?

Hospitals have slowly begun to realize that people do better when there is some attention to the physical and emotional needs of patients and they do try to provide care above the utilitarian basics. There are some hospital-like settings in Europe and Mexico that offer something similar to what Inanna House  is hoping to do. These still don’t come close to the inclusiveness that is part of Mara’s vision. They are fairly expensive and generally have a well defined approach to healing that will serve some, but will not help if you don’t fit their paradigm.

If this was just a dream to give better treatment to people with chronic TBD it would be important, but what should be understood is that without facilities such as Inanna House many people will not receive appropriate treatment.

They will suffer and some will die.

Wealth almost always gets you better care, but usually even those without resources get the basics in America. Not so with Lyme. Even the wealthy get neglected when they have chronic Lyme disease. The failure of the medical system to comprehend chronic inflammatory illnesses that fall outside a few well defined diagnostic boxes is amazing. It is a product of our current medical and scientific educational system.

Factory medicine is designed for and is brilliantly effective in the acute stage of most illnesses. Think war injuries. That’s where big intervention medicine has its roots. Asclepius tended the Greeks at Troy before he was made a demigod – this is good stuff – it will save your life. The miracles of modern medicine are mostly based on battlefield medicine. Not many vaguely healthy people die of infections anymore- that used to be the main cause of death. Same with major injuries – get to the hospital and even if you are fairly mangled they can put you back together. Our hospitals were developed on the strict hierarchical structures of the army. The biggest change is that for awhile the doctors were the generals and now the accountants and statisticians are.

Where modern hospital medicine shines brightest is when people are in critical condition or suffering from acute illness or trauma, medicalese for “it just happened.” With an acute appendicitis the hospital and surgeon is a good bet, but they are useless for preventing the problem and not much help for recovering well.

With acute Lyme (acquired within the 6 weeks), it often responds quickly to oral antibiotics and probably herbs, as well. In many people their own unaided immune system will do the trick. But many people are not diagnosed with Lyme within 6 weeks of being bitten. The tick is not seen, symptoms don’t develop, or they are not specific enough to cause suspicion of Lyme disease. The disease is there, but no one notices it yet, or at least it is not identified. If the person’s immune system is not strong enough to keep the infection under control, or another stressor leads to the infection coming out of hiding, it is already well entrenched.

When we get past acute Lyme disease to Lyme disease that has been around for 6 months and more – we are now in the land of chronic Lyme.

Black and white.

Chronic  Lyme is not the land of black and white diagnosis or treatment protocols. Tick borne diseases when they persist don’t fit the military model of health care at all. This is where patients fall through the cracks in the current health care system. Because the illness is not understood, patients are marginalized, stigmatized, mistreated, or left untreated at all.

Every patient is different – there are people who will respond beautifully to IV antibiotics and others who will crash and burn.

What is right for one is poison to the other.

This is one reason chronic Lyme is poorly understood.

Now is when Hygea – healthy living and health promoting environments are needed to balance the Aesclepian modern hospital. This is about balance- we need both acute intervention and supportive care- which is more important depends on the situation and the individual patient. With Inanna House, we are offering both.

Katina spoke about her personal journey with Lyme disease and how she found hope and healing using Homeopathy. After the lectures the floor was opened for questions, and there were plenty to go around.

Feedback from a Lyme patient who attended the event:

Oh, wow. It felt so good to be surrounded by such incredible human beings! The energy was so positive and supportive in the direction Inanna house is moving in with regard to treating Lyme Disease. The speaker panel was down to earth and spoke with such heart. Hearing Mara and Katina’s stories moved me to tears. They have such courage, and conviction. I know a lot of us have similar life experiences with having Lyme disease. It was held in the place where the wine tasting bar was. Beautiful knotty pine walls made it a cozy & inviting atmosphere for me. Thanks again for your part in helping me get there.
-  Rayeanna

Inanna House is so thankful for all those that pulled together to throw an amazing event. The food and wine were delicious, the speakers were knowledgeable and entertaining, and the guests were fun and encouraging. Inanna House is proud to be part of the Lyme community.

Plans for the next fundraiser are already in full swing. If you would like to help out and get involved, go to www.InannaHouse.orgto contact us, we would love to hear from you!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors and Helpers!

Rick and Laura Wilson of Running Rabbit Ranch and Vineyard
Arturo Cardenas of Portofino Restaurant
Siduri Wines
Novy Family Wines
Highway 12 Vineyards and Winery
Kai West Photography
Grazia Bianchi Salon
Neil Nathan MD
Wine Country Sanitary
Party Tents and Events
Sunset Linen and Uniform
Speakers: Mara WilliamsDr. Eric Gordon, and Katina Makris
Helpers: Cindy Stoesser, Thora Graves, Amy McCarthy, Kay Massell, Erl Williams, Marcia Stagnaro, Sara Donnelly

Inanna HouseInanna House is the vision of Mara Williams NP. She sees it as an oasis of peace, health, and healing for those with chronic Lyme disease. Inanna House will be a residential facility for those who are debilitated by chronic disease, and in need of intensive therapy. The treatment would be designed to address all aspects of healing, including the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and energetic. Mara is the author of Nature’s Dirty Needle: What You Need to Know About Chronic Lyme Disease and How to Get the Help To Feel Better, the parent of a chronic Lyme patient, and a health care provider at Gordon Medical Associates.

Dr. Eric Gordon has established Gordon Medical Associates as an internationally recognized center for the treatment of patients left out by the conventional practice of medicine. “My deep respect for the individuality of my patients is the heart of my practice.” Dr. Gordon knows there is an interwoven complexity to these illnesses. There is a layering of the body’s adaptations to environmental toxins and infections from pathogens that is unique to every person, depending on their genetic susceptibility, organ vulnerability, toxic exposures, medical history and life circumstances. The body’s various biological systems – immune, endocrine, neurological, gastrointestinal and so on – influence each other and are influenced by each other, both in the development and progression of illness, and also its resolution.

Katina Makris is the author of Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme Disease–Body, Mind & Spirit. At the peak of her career, Classical Homeopath and health care columnist Katina Makris was stricken with a mysterious “flu”. Only after five years of torment–two completely bedridden–and devastating blows to her professional and family life was Katina’s illness finally diagnosed as Lyme Disease. But diagnosis was only the beginning of her journey toward healing. Katina Makris’ vivid story offers practical information for diagnosing and treating the bacterial invasion, as well as powerful guidance for mending the broken spirit.

Mold and Lyme Together?

This brief clip is from the October Biotoxin Illness Conference in Santa Rosa. In the clip, Dr. Eric Gordon talks about issues with chronic Lyme, and how it might relate to biotoxin illness issues. Please forgive the movement in the video, the doctors were switching speakers, and the focus is not very good when the camera person is moving. The longer video this comes from doesn’t have this problem when a speaker is talking.

Dr. Eric Gordon is the founder of  Gordon Medical Associates. What Dr. Gordon emphasizes is listening to his patients. “I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them. I interpret the information they present, and blend it with laboratory results and imaging and other tests to determine a protocol that is customized to their condition.”

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Shoemaker’s work on mold illness, we have copies available of the DVD recordings from the October Biotoxin Illness conference held in Santa Rosa in October 2011. This 5 DVD set includes over 9 hours of talks with Dr. Shoemaker and the Gordon Medical physicians, as well as Power Point presentations and supporting evidence for the treatments presented. For more information, links to clips, or to order, look at Biotoxin Illness on the DVDs and Books page.

Inanna House Fundraiser Luncheon

Inanna House Fundraiser Luncheon

You are Invited to Attend!
Sunday, March 25 1:00-4:00 PM
Running Rabbit Ranch and Vineyard

Space is limited, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.

Be a part of this exciting event, kicking off the fundraising for a revolutionary new idea in health care. In the current health care system there is no place to go for the millions who are ill with Chronic Lyme Disease. Chronically ill people need a place to receive supportive care that will help them undergo the treatment needed to get well. Based upon a new paradigm of healing and health care, Inanna House will integrate the best of all health modalities in one place to achieve optimum results for each client, which includes  body, mind, and spirit connection and reintegration.

Mara Williams, NPInanna House is the vision of Mara Williams, NP, author, health care practitioner, and mother of a chronic Lyme patient. Her dream is of a residence for debilitated chronically ill individuals.  A place to receive supportive therapies in many modalities and to start treatment with IV antibiotics in a safe environment. It is a program designed to address all aspects of healing * Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, and Energetic. Inanna House will offer an oasis of Peace, Health, and Healing for those with Chronic Lyme Disease

Inanna House is planned to  be the first facility of many to Inanna Housemodel the new paradigm. It is part of the vision that Inanna House be built around the world. Many of these centers are needed as millions are in need of help. It is time for a change, a different way. It is time for a new paradigm for true health. Inanna House will offer an oasis of Peace, Health, and Healing. A place where the frustration ends and patients are given a chance to heal in a safe and supportive environment.

Running Rabbit Ranch and Vineyard is the perfect setting for this wine country event. Located in Sonoma County, at the entrance to the Valley of the Moon, Running Rabbit Ranch and Vineyard is full of beautiful landscapes and sweeping views. There will be a gluten-free, organic lunch showcasing one of the ways the clinic will help return people to good health.

The speakers will be Mara Williams, NP,  author of Nature’s Dirty Needle: What You Need to Know About Chronic Lyme Disease and How to Get the Help To Feel BetterDr. Eric Gordon from Gordon Medical Associates, and Katrina Makris, author of Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme Disease–Body, Mind & Spirit. They will speak about Chronic Lyme Disease, the need for awareness, and Inanna House. There will be a raffle with great prizes. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding the creation of Inanna House.

Event Details

Date – Sunday Mar 25, 2012 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Price – $40.00
Location:

Running Rabbit Ranch and Vineyard (View Venue)
281 Somerville Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
United States

For questions : Call (707) 337-5922 or email info@inannahouse.org

Buy Tickets Here!

Learn more about Inanna House:

Inanna House is currently a non-profit in the state of California. If you can not make this fundraiser, please feel free to donate toward Inanna House anytime.

Inanna House is  looking for videos and pictures for our Lyme Disease Awareness wall!

Email us your pictures and videos to be part of our upcoming project to raise awareness about Chronic Lyme Disease
Email Pictures to: pictures@inannahouse.org
Email Videos to: videos@inannahouse.org

Reading an HLA DR by PCR Test Using the HLA Rosetta Stone

During the Biotoxin Illness Conference in October 2011, Dr. Gordon promised to provide  help to people trying to read HLA test results. In the video here, he talks with Annemieke Austin, MD about how you decode the results based on the Rosetta Stone that can be found in the books Surviving Mold and Mold Warriors.

The video from the weekend Biotoxin Illness conference is available for purchase. The cost for the full 5 disc set is $125, plus tax and shipping. Call (707) 575-5180 or email Justin to order.

The 5 DVD set Of Biotoxin Illness: the science behind accurate diagnosis and effective treatment includes the entire weekend, with both the public and the medical professional day’s information. The Power Point Slides are included in the DVD, overlaid during the talks, and as separate PDF documents for you to read through at your leisure. The talks and resources on this DVD set will provide necessary information to diagnose the problem, treat the layers of dysregulation of the immune system, and to manage the environment to protect against further exposure.

There is  a CD with the full set of Power Points as PDF, including slides that were not seen during the conference, a full Syllabus from the conference, and a list of PDF documents that Dr. Shoemaker has collected as supportive documentation of his work. Of special interest were the question and answer panels with Dr. Shoemaker and the Gordon Medical physicians, providing a range of physician experience.

Dr. Eric Gordon is the founder of  Gordon Medical Associates. What Dr. Gordon emphasizes is listening to his patients. “I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them. I interpret the information they present, and blend it with laboratory results and imaging and other tests to determine a protocol that is customized to their condition.”

Annemieke Austin, MD views her role as both a medical detective and a physician with excitement. The challenge to discover the underlying cause of illness and the search for answers is a privilege she approaches with great vigor.

Treating Lyme Disease with Frequency Specific Microcurrent

Gordon Medical finds that Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is a very useful modality in treating Lyme disease. Patients have a lot of questions about how works, and how it can be used. FSM  is an exciting new way of treating nerve and muscle pain and many other conditions using specific frequencies and micro amperage current. The practitioner applies the current using a battery operated unit with lead wires that attach to gloves, probes, or sticky pads that are then applied to the patient’s skin. Skilled practitioners use their knowledge of specific frequencies, along with the distinctive change in tissue that happens in the body when the right frequency is used.

Treatment can be done by a practitioner in a medical office, or may be prescribed for the patient to use at home with custom programmed units. Patients should always be well hydrated before treatment in order to best conduct the current, and to have a better chance of being able to detox any toxins that are released with the treatment.

Eric Gordon, MD and Julie Galvan, CMT, recorded this informal discussion about some of the issues they see in treatment of chronic Lyme patients. It won’t answer all of your questions, but will give an idea of how it is used in this office. They, with Neil Nathan, MD, will be teaching treatment of Lyme disease with microcurrent in the advanced training for FSM practitioners on February 18, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. We will be posting clips from that conference when they get back.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Dr. Eric Gordon is the founder of  Gordon Medical Associates. What Dr. Gordon emphasizes is listening to his patients. “I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them. I interpret the information they present, and blend it with laboratory results and imaging and other tests to determine a protocol that is customized to their condition.”

Julie Galvan, CMT – As long as I can remember, I always had an insatiable curiosity about the body.  While seeking my degree in Modern Dance, I was introduced to bodywork. Shortly, I had a long line of people waiting at lunch, seeking relief from their aches and pains.   I did everything I could imagine; all kinds of stretching, moving, imagery, and self-talk, in concert with my in depth knowledge of anatomy and how the body moves.  By the mid-90’s I discovered CranioSacral Therapy.  This set a trajectory of recognition, acknowledgment and interaction with the intelligence each body has to heal itself.  I went onward to Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, and recently added Neural Manipulation and The Franklin Method to my bag of tools.  If this wasn’t enough, I became inspired and intrigued with Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM).  I now consider it my dance partner in bodywork.  FSM’s ability to tap into the intelligence of the body in a kind, supportive way, dovetails beautifully with the work I’ve practiced for so many years now.  I am grateful to have been invited to join the team at Gordon Medical and to have the opportunity to serve this group of amazing people.

In my off time I am mostly found spending time either with my family, or at a conference studying some new approach of the body/mind/spirit continuum.

DVDs from the Biotoxin Conference

The DVDs from the October Biotoxin Illness Conference with Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker are now available. We will be posting short preview clips on the blog. This first section is from the question and answer session, and discusses what to do when the person impacted by mold cannot leave their home, and how to clean soft items like clothing.

Gordon Medical Associates brings the finest practitioners and researchers to the Bay Area to speak on cutting edge medical concepts for both the interested public and medical practitioners. On October 22, 2011, Ritchie Shoemaker, MD and Neil Nathan, MD spoke in Santa Rosa, CA on issues of biotoxin caused illness.

Illness caused by water damaged buildings is the issue most commonly seen by Dr. Shoemaker, but biotoxic illness due to spirochetes (Lyme disease), dinoflagellates, cyanobacteria, and other toxin formers can also lead to a chronic inflammatory illness with a common symptom set, lab findings, and treatment options. the talks and resources on this DVD set will provide necessary information to diagnose the problem, treat the layers of dysregulation of the immune system, and to manage the environment to protect against further exposures.

Biotoxin Illness:
the science behind accurate diagnosis and effective treatmentBiotoxin Illness DVD Set
Five Disc Set
$125.00
To Order
Call (707) 396-5808 or email Justin

Over nine hours of video, including a “Shoemaker for Dummies” section by Dr. Neil Nathan, plus an additional CD that contains the event Syllabus, all Power Point Presentations as PDF documents (including slides not seen during the event), and other extensive documentation to support Dr. Shoemaker’s work. Of special interest were question and answer panels with Dr. Shoemaker and the Gordon Medical physicians, providing a range of physician experience with the treatment protocols in different patient populations.

Red Tide and Neurotoxins

Red Tide and Neurotoxins

Eric Gordon MDBy  Dr. Eric Gordon, MD

This article was originally published in the October issue of the Sonoma County Gazette.

 The consumption of larger fish from tropical waters can impact the quality of our health if those fish consumed smaller fish that grew in red tide (algal bloom) areas. The recent red tide that wreaked havoc on local abalone is an example of this. People can get sick when an algal bloom occurs in tropical waters or eastern shore estuaries. Ciguatera is the name of one neurotoxin that Dinoflagellate (algae) produces. The neurotoxins, concentrated in the food chain, are not destroyed by heating, so cooking is no protection. Most people affected by this illness develop acute gastro-intestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. These toxins are fat soluble and in some cases not recognized by the immune system. The toxins can recycle and affect the nervous system for years.

In 1997 Doctor Richie Shoemaker of Pocomoke, Maryland observed that a patient he treated for severe gastro-intestinal symptoms also had relief from neurological symptoms consisting of severe fatigue, headache, body pain, and brain fog. When the patient’s symptoms, including severe diarrhea, were resolved he realized the cause of illness was a fat soluble toxin. That summer Dr. Shoemaker saw many unusual symptoms that he determined were probably related to the unusual algal blooms in the Pocomoke River.

Over the next 14 years he explored and identified causes and treatments for these illnesses. He found multiple fungi and bacteria had developed in water damaged buildings were also producing similar neurotoxins. The symptoms produced by recycling neurotoxins have been difficult to explain and until recently challenging to provide good treatment for. Many people with these symptoms are labeled as having fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis. These are the lucky ones, as others are labeled as depressed or malingerers. The symptoms these toxins produce are varied but among them are dizziness, vertigo, difficulty concentrating, headache, numbness of extremities, diffuse itching, joint and muscle pains, weakness, shortness of breath, sweating, and chills. Obviously, not everyone with these symptoms has a problem with neurotoxins but this is a diagnosis that should not be excluded as new and exciting treatment options are available.

learn more about these neurotoxin issues in a Gordon Medical Associates benefit workshop – Biotoxin Illness: the science behind accurate diagnosis and successful treatment- for Dr. Shoemaker’s Center for Research on Biotoxin Associated Illnesses Oct. 22- 23 at Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa. Scholarships are available. http://www.gordonmedical.com.

The October 22-23 Biotoxin Illness conference, with Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker is open to the public on Saturday, the 22nd, and to medical professionals on both Saturday and Sunday, the 22-23rd. For more information, look HERE.

Dr. Eric Gordon is the founder of  Gordon Medical Associates. What Dr. Gordon emphasizes is listening to his patients. “I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them. I interpret the information they present, and blend it with laboratory results and imaging and other tests to determine a protocol that is customized to their condition.”