There, I said it.

I’m ready, ready to be brave, ready to say out loud the reason behind the improvement in my health. You’re assuming I am flirting with hyperbole but don’t. This may not be medal worthy, but I am stepping into zone uncomfortable. Voluntarily. I am scared of conflict, yet I am about to say something controversial, on the internet, where the scary-highly-opinionated-can’t-get-enough-of-conflict people hang out. (You’ve seen the Daily Mail comments section, right? Exactly.) See. Brave. As I say it many of you will know exactly why I didn’t mention it last time, why I hid behind vagueness. You see, it wasn’t ‘somewhere in the mix of treatments’ I was trying that things started to improve for me, it was very much one thing: I did the Lightning Process. There, I said it. It’s possibly one of the most controversial Chronic Fatigue Syndrome treatments out there (and possibly one of the most misunderstood). And I understand the controversy, I really do. CFS patients often have to fight to be taken seriously by the medical profession. They are given limited and often unsatisfactory support with some medical professionals even trying to ‘psychologise’ this very real physical illness. So it’s no wonder that an alternative treatment that uses the mind-body connection triggers such strong emotions. I think the Lightning Process is sometimes misrepresented too, often being described as a positive thinking tool. And to be told thinking positively can fix you is enough to infuriate any patient with a serious physical illness. But this is not what the Lightning Process is – the process is very clear on the physical nature of CFS, and it uses a series of techniques and strategies to influence physical changes in the body. As someone said to me, describing the Lightning Process as positive thinking is like putting a candle on a fish and calling it a birthday cake. Continue reading