I am an ex-CFS sufferer, and have read many books on the subject since I first became ill several years ago. This book is by far the best, for two reasons. The first is that, by giving examples of 50 people who have recovered from the illness (in some cases after decades of suffering) it provides an incredible amount of much-needed hope and positive inspiration to people with CFS. The other reason is that, by showing the wide range of different ways that the people involved eventually found recovery, it gives a very good idea of the range of possible treatments which can be successful in finding a cure to this often misunderstood condition. Very often CFS sufferers who become cured by a particular approach become evangelical about that approach as the solution to all CFS sufferers. This book shows that the way to get better from CFS is different for different people, and there is no one solution that will be successful for everyone. For example, one sufferer achieved complete recovery through following a low-carbohydrate diet. Others found the answer lay in therapies such as Mickel Therapy, Reverse Therapy, the Lightning Process, or following the treatment protocols of doctors such as David Smith, Sarah Myhill or Jacob Teitelbaum. Many found the solution lay in using meditation, yoga or other relaxation techniques, or in making radical changes in their lifestyles. Very often the answer turned out to be a combination of a number of these approaches.
There is, however, one basic message from this book for all CFS sufferers: Never, ever give up - if you look hard enough you will eventually find the cure for your illness.