On september 20, 2017 the report of the SMILE study was published in the renown ‘Archives of Diseases in Childhood’ a publication of the British Medical Journal.
Here is an article published in Science section in ‘The Telegraph’ on this study:
By Henry Bodkin
20 SEPTEMBER 2017 • 11:30PM
“Acontroversial therapy for ME that involves intensively training the mind to ward off negative thoughts helps get children back to school, a new study has found.
Written off as “pseudoscience” by some experts, the Lightning Process also improves anxiety and physical function in teenagers, according to a trial by the University of Bristol.
ME, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, affects at least one per cent of secondary school children in the UK.
The Lightning Process intervention, which attempts to modify the brain’s thought patterns to reduce stress-related hormones, was designed by British osteopath Phil Parker in the late 1990s.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, by contrast, can take many weeks to have an effect.
Academics from the University of Bristol and the University of Nottingham recruited 100 youngsters aged 12 to 18 with mild or moderate CFS/ME.
Half of them received specialist medical care and half LP alongside this care.
The study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, found that children who received the additional LP had improved physical function at six months and this difference increased further still at 12 months.
Professor Esther Crawley, who led the research, said that if the findings were confirmed by larger studies, NHS bosses should consider funding the treatment, which currently costs £620 per child.
“These are children that really suffer, they don’t go to school, their parents stop working, they have depression and anxiety,” she said.
“This is a study that shows that with this additional treatment, children are walking further, are climbing more stairs, they are less fatigued, less anxious, they are less depressed. It looks like they have less pain.”
Here is a link to the Scientific Publication
It’s rather inspiring to have the chance of following-up my clients for an entire year after the 3 day training sessions. The transformations they experience is often priceless. Here are a few excerpts of what some of them have put in writing, and given me permission to share on my website – you can read more from each of them by clicking ‘here’
…”At that point I’d had CFS for about 12 years and I had tried almost every treatment out there – from Antibiotics to Zen. Although much of what I did had helped, I was still sick, I was still suffering, and my life was still disintegrating. To say that I felt desperate is an understatement. Berit and Lightning Process seemed like the last hope.
Three days later at the end of the training I was transformed. I was able to function at a level that was inconceivable just a week before. I returned to New York and started to build my life again. And I’m still building. “
- Simone, NY
…”Now I use the LP every day, sometimes many times a day, as an automatic part of life. My physical health and energy have made a big leap forward since … Read More »
The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) evening news featured the plight of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients in a news segment yesterday (September 19, 2012) . http://tv.nrk.no/serie/dagsrevyen/nnfa19091912/19-09-2012#t=15m33s
In addition to interviews with the lead researcher for the article (published yesterday in the British Journal of Health Psychology), and CFS experts, they also featured a patient in Norway who had recovered from a near death experience with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A now vibrant and exuberant young lady told the story of how she, by attending ‘Lightning Process Training’, was able to recover. She had been sick for two and a half years and so fatigued that she was even unable to feed herself weighing as little as 60 lbs and requiring tube-feeding. She experienced a most dramatic recovery due to the Lightning Process™.
I captured the two pictures copied below from the TV news segment yesterday:
A justified criticism of the Lightning Process® has been the lack of objective research evaluating it’s effects. Randomized controlled clinical trials is what is required to win the confidence of the scientific medical community, and to date, no such trial has been conducted. Many physicians have in amazement observed their patients recover, yet they have been reluctant to refer patients because of their commitment to ‘evidence based medicine’, and the push-back they have experienced out there from some of the ME/CFS societies (who have been rather negative to a ‘cognitive behavioral’ approach to this illness).
A small step toward a more scientific evaluation of the Lighting Process occurred today (9/19/12), as an article by researchers from Harvard University (MA, USA) and Kings College (London) was published in the peer reviewed British Journal of Health Psychology. (I suggest you register to read the entire article as the abstract is not all that helpful)
The article analyzes the experiences of 9 young people (ages 14-26) who had suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from 2-12 years, and 3 of their parents . Thy were recruited from open advertising on a CFS/ME website in the UK.
Two of the participants reported that they experienced no improvement or … Read More »
4 years later I’m still amazed at the way my own life has changed after attending the Lightning Process seminar (on July 4, 2008). Over the years I had almost come to accept that my life would remain severely limited by my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia. – Not even in my dreams did I think I could have the quality of life that I am experiencing. The added joy of assisting others to make changes to their lives is indescribable – it’s just so exciting to be able to witness this kind of restoration again and again!
I will soon be posting a collage of some of the stories my former clients are sending me and allowing me to share, but today I just wanted to share this video – I hope this can be of inspiration and give hope to others – who like me – are looking for answers.
What could happen to your life if you got ‘The Lightning Process’ in your tool box?
Tina Skaar Rød – a victim of ME/CFS who was severely ill and disabled – for two years before she recovered beyond their wildest expectations using the Lightning Process training program and is now winning International competitions in Taekwondo.
A recent client sent me this E-mail today – and gave me her permission to post it on my blog.
“Fourteen years ago, in 1996, I collapsed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome following a respiratory flu. I was horribly ill, mostly bed-ridden for the first couple of years. My condition slowly improved over the next five years. Then, I had a serious and in some ways worse relapse in 2003. Again, my condition slowly improved, but I remained very limited in my activities, unable to walk even around the house at a normal pace without inducing intense fatigue the following day, nor could I lift anything even slightly heavy. I really could not do anything even remotely aerobic. I was easily and deeply fatigued by ordinary stressors, and I was very sensitive to the sun and had to wear a hat at all times in the sun or I would suffer from inflammation and terrible headaches. I had heard about the Lightning Process from my husband’s niece several years ago, and I had seen how well she was doing as a result of that training, but because she was so much younger than I, (she is now in her late 20’s … Read More »
17 year old Tina Røe Skaar won gold in Taekwondu in the international competition Global Open arranged in Los Angeles this weekend.
The really interesting thing about Tina is that she has suffered severely from ME/CFS. Less than two years ago she was bed-bound with severe light and sound sensitivity, barely able to take care of her most basic needs like showering or using the restroom.
Then she attended a Lightning Process Seminar, and the rest is, as they say, history.
Read her story as told in Aftenposten (Norway’s largest newspaper) on October 30, 2010: http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/sport/article3881784.ece
(The Google translation is ‘choppy’ and does not read well, so I have provided my translation underneath the picture. – Click on the bar below to see Tina’s picture)
By Maria Nydal
She won the final 18-0 over Karten Baronas from USA in the Junior Heavy light class Friday Night (October 29, 2010)
The young girl from Romerike, (Norway), who also is Nordic Champion, has recently excelled greatly. She won a large International competition in Manchester two weeks ago.
Next is the Norwegian Championship and the Paris Open, and she has also been elected to participate in a promotional project initiated the Norwegian Federation of Martial Arts.
Tina Røe Skaar’s history is almost … Read More »
Some people are able to see their experience with chronic illness as a blessing. I am not there yet, but after having suffered with ME/CFS for more than 13 years I have a bit of an idea of what they mean. Chronic illness and other trials teach you to appreciate life in a new way. Now that I am enjoying vibrant health again – every day is an adventure, a precious gift to be enjoyed to it’s fullest and savored.
Today (July 17) has been one of those days – full of adventures and precious moments. I am on vacation with my family and some very dear friends exploring, swimming, sunbathing and fellowshipping at what must be on of the most spectacular places on earth. We have spent a ‘lazy’ and wonderful week on a houseboat on beautiful Lake Powell on the Utah/Arizona border. The surroundings are magical, and we have spent the week in our own private bay with the most amazing view. Today, however, we decided to go an explore some other parts of this lake (with a shore-line longer than the west coast of the US). We saw the amazing Rainbow Bridge National Monument … Read More »
When I first heard about a new therapy that people referred to as “The Lightning Process”, I thought it sounded pretty freaky. I had just given up on my “last-ditch”, last hope treatment at a medical clinic specializing in the treatment of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I had spent a lot of money on this treatment, with very little to show for it.
I certainly did not want to hear about a new therapy. What I could not argue with though, was the amazing reports of people recovering their health, easily, fast, and sustainably. At first I thought it was just a fluke, some questionable treatment that some naive person had reported good results from. – Like ‘thousands ‘of other therapies that I had heard about through my years of suffering from ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia.
But then my mom told me about Lise, an old friend who had recovered after almost 20 years of illness. I had not seen her in many years, but I certainly knew that she was neither flaky nor fake. And my mom had seen her regularly over several years, and often reported on how she was doing and what she was up to. She had clearly … Read More »
I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am for my mom.
When everybody kept saying that nothing could change and I just had to accept my very limited life after being struck down by some unknown virus, my mom was on a mission. The first few years of my illness we did not quite know what we were up against, and were probably all (mercifully) in different degrees of denial. – It just needed a bit more time to clear the “bug”, maybe I was feeling low because I was a new mom, it’s normal to feel low when you just had a baby and I had had a very hard pregnancy, I would/should “snap out of it” soon, it’s the vegetarian diet;- B12 deficiency for sure, she is probably homesick for Norway, and on and on.
13 years on (and no babies to keep me up at night), I was more limited than ever. We now knew that what I suffered from was called fibromyalgia and ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). I had been told for many years that very few people recovered from these conditions, and if they did so they usually recovered … Read More »