This review is based on 15 years personal experience of having M.E, developed after a life threatening Liver infection, further made worse by GP maltreatment, making the condition acute/long-term. I've had/have Cranial Sacral Therpay and Osteopathy which has helped me make progress, but not eliminated M.E.
Pros: The book does outline M.E in some detail giving case studies of people who've developed M.E and looks at the complex factors that contribute to developing this neurological condition. CLEARY, M.E IS NOT an 'incorrect illness belief' or 'feeling tired' or 'an undiagnosed psychological condition'. As such, the book offers some helpful guidance for people seeking to understand M.E and aspects like diet, avoiding intensive exercise, etc etc.
The work is well written and concise, making it a comparatively easy read and simple to understand.
It outlines clearly the Perrin technique and the research the practice is based upon, which make sense.
CONS: As with most subjects on M.E, problems occur in the work with the emphasis on 'Chronic Fatigue' which IS NOT M.E. 'Chronic Fatigue' is as clearly stated, whereas M.E is a clearly defined neurological condition that causes a huge swathe of patho-physiological-neurological and multi-systemic dysfunction. People who have 'Chronic Fatigue' don't necessarily have M.E. This clear distinction is not made in the work. On the contrary, following the psychologist Simon Wessely's incorrect classification, 'Chronic Fatigue' and M.E are lumped as one and the same here. This could well be why some people with 'Chronic Fatiguie' have found the treatment of no value.
The work fails to look at how a combined approach to M.E is CRUCIAL when following any treatment program. As the toxins are released from the brain and nervous system, you have to have a way of clearing them from the excretory channels, in terms of the correct supplementation at the correct level at the correct time. Nutritional therapy, Homeopathy, Kinesiology and more, are a must in conjuction with the Perrin Technique. This is an IMPORTANT point that may be why some patients feel worse and regress; the lymphatic, bowels, Liver and other excretory organs that eliminate toxins, get overloaded and congested; this has to also be adressed.
Overall, this book is certainly helpful and it is possible to make progress with M.E, but everyone has to find what works for them and follow their own body and what it feedback is after treatment. Moreover, based upon my experience and the experience of thousands of M.E sufferers, a 'quick fix' is not always 'on the cards'.
Maybe if Simon Wessely and King's College London hadn't mislead the GOVT, Public and GP's alike for the last 20 years+ by purposely confusing 'Chronic Fatigue' and M.E as one and the same condition, then many patients themselves wouldn't waste huge amounts of money and be dissapointed trying to get better for a condition they don't actually have!
If you have the neurological condition M.E and present with many of the horrendous neurological symptoms, this may benefit you if appraoched with care; if you have 'Chronic Fatigue' it might very well not.
best wishes to all who have M.E; some people do care and hear you.