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A Controversial Therapy For ME Has Led To Claims Of Death Threats, Harassment, And Pseudoscience

Sunday 31 December 2017


From BuzzFeed News:


I am strong like a tree

A Controversial Therapy For ME Has Led To Claims Of Death Threats, Harassment, And Pseudoscience

A recent scientific trial has led to acrimonious debates over chronic fatigue syndrome, aka ME, and boosted interest in a secretive therapy that some call a “cult” and others call a “miracle”. BuzzFeed News investigates.

By Tom Chivers
BuzzFeed Staff
December 30, 2017
© Copyright BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.

The publication of a new scientific study does not usually bring about accusations of libel, alleged death threats, and unprofessionalism.

But in the last three months, a trial into a strange, divisive therapy for a mysterious illness has sparked exactly that – as well as boosting interest in the therapy itself, The Lightning Process, a controversial, much-hyped, and much-despised programme that devotees describe as a miracle and detractors call a pseudoscientific cult.

The Lightning Process has gained attention for claiming to alleviate chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), an unexplained and devastating illness. It manifests as not simply profound tiredness but also crippling pain, especially after exercise, and a near paralysis of muscles that can persist for days at a time. There is no known cure. It can last for years, or decades, or the remainder of a life.


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