The BBC has recently devoted attention to the Lightning Process. This is described by the inventor as a training programme which apparently cures 90% of people with CFS. It is based on the assumption that the illness is perpetuated by raised/abnormal levels of adrenalin and cortisol (there is no evidence for the former, no consistent abnormality re the latter, but the inventor doesn't seem too bothered about such facts).
Talking to patients, it seems that the LP is associated with high rates of relapse which the inventor blames on not keeping to the training regime. If you fail, it's your fault. Some patients describe something akin to brainwashing.
I thought I'd flag this up, in case anyone asks about this intervention. I can't find any sound evidence supporting the theory behind it or its efficacy. However, like other programmes focusing on negative thoughts and behaviours, it may help those with emotional complications associated with fatigue, e.g. fear, anxiety, avoidance. I've recommended that patients try CBT first. It's on the NHS (LP costs £600 plus), and therapists are accountable.
It is claimed that it bears no resemblance to Mickel or Reverse therapy, but I can't find any evidence to support that. They seem remarkably similar to me.
Has anyone found a patient who did not suffer from stress and anxiety but also improved on LP?
The dishonesty behind LP (i.e. obfuscation about its psychological basis) makes me uncomfortable.
The BBC interveiwed tow people who are studying LP. One is a practitioner. ~There was no alternative view from an expert, and no answer to the question what LP involves. Apparently, it's too difficult to explain simply. It takes 9 hours to do that.
Ellen Marianne Goudsmit