Most of the accounts in the comments on this post were posted on internet websites.
There is quite a common theme of people reporting a temporary “high” following the course, followed by a relapse of varying severity.
There are also many reports of success of the LP also to be found on the internet, however, many such reports are found to have been posted by LP vendors themselves. It seems fairly common that people claim to have been cured by the LP and go on to become LP practitioners themselves – so the LP is often referred to as a form of pyramid-selling practice.
There is also a high rate of misdiagnosis of CFS/ME – UK studies at Newcastle and Dundee Universities found that 40-44% of patients with a CFS/ME diagnosis were found to have other, potentially treatable, conditions.
It is also likely that some people undertaking the LP may have self-diagnosed – without proper diagnostic tests, believe they have CFS/ME when they do not.
The Lightning Process is not a treatment – it is advertised as a “non-medical tool”. Based on life coaching, cognitive behaviour therapy and hypnotherapy, it may help people who have non-organic physical symptoms – such as hypochondria, anxiety and phobias – but it will not treat organic disease.
Claims that the LP is also based on osteopathy are misleading and are perhaps based on the LP’s creator, Phil Parker’s own previous experience in osteopathy – Lightning Process practitioners have no medical/clinical qualifications.