Medical Research

New research from NHS & University of Bristol into the Lightning Process

‘Clinical and cost-effectiveness of the Lightning Process in addition to Specialist Medical care for pediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: randomized controlled trial.’ Published in the British Medical Journal Full study is reported here…

Two papers had previously been published and you can find a link to them both here:

1. The feasibility and acceptability of conducting a trial of specialist medical care and the Lightning Process in children with chronic fatigue syndrome: feasibility randomized controlled trial (SMILE study)

2. Comparing specialist medical care with specialist medical care plus the Lightning Process® for chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial (SMILE Trial)

Click here for the article in ‘The Guardian’, one of the many articles in the press on 21 Sept 2017

‘Understanding the Lightning Process Approach to CFS/ME. A Review of the Disease Process and the Approach.’

This important peer-reviewed paper summarises current research hypotheses of how CFS/ME affects the body and how the Lightning Process concepts fit with that research. It also covers the theories on how the Lightning Process has a positive effect on physiology and how it can help to increase exercise endurance.  Read the paper here

Harvard University and King’s College, London
‘Experiences of young people who have undergone the Lightning Process to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Qualitative Study’

An independent study, published in 2012, found that of the 9 participants with CFS/ME “7 were satisfied and were much improved“.

Click here for more information on the study

To read Phil Parker’s summary of the full article and response here

Lightning Process for those with Chronic Pain ‘Evaluation of a treatment strategy’

Researchers evaluated the effects of the LP on chronic pain, studying 12 adolescents in Norway whose lives had been strongly affected by chronic headaches. The researchers evaluating this pilot study reported that on follow up after twelve months:

  • 9 out of 12 reported that they had significant pain reduction. This trend was evident already after three months.
  • The majority had improved quality of life. They were more active, more able to spend time with friends and attended significantly more at school.
  • Before the course three reported that they ‘always / almost always’ were in school. At follow-up after one year, the situation changed, when 8 out  of 12 ‘always / almost always’ were in school.

and concludes:

“A structured cooperation between doctor and LP instructor has contributed to significant pain reduction and improvement in the quality of life for nine of the twelve youngsters in the project. The remaining three participants had not noticed any effect, either positive or negative.”

Full paper can be found here


 ‘LP provided benefit to all participants’

Interim report on a research project with the MSRC and LP.

Abstract: This Proof of Concept (POC) study was designed to consider the validity of the Lightning Process as an approach to provide benefit, or not, to those with MS. … The interim data shows that the LP provided benefit to all participants and there have been no incidents of negative effects.  The data suggests that it would be worth pursuing a full Randomised Controlled Trial

“The Proof of Concept study, although being in a small number of subjects, has produced some encouraging and worthwhile results over the 12 month period following participation in the Lightning Process.  They indicate that the Lightning Process provides measurable benefits to those with MS and suggests that further larger randomised studies would be beneficial to investigate the role the Lightning Process plays in the well-being and quality of life of MS patients.” MS-UK October 2014.

Click here for the MS Proof of Concept Study Report at 6 months

Medical Research Performed by Dr. Vegard Bruun Wyller MD PhD at the Division of Paediatrics, Rikshospitalet University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.Dr. Bruun Wyller, considered to be one of Norway’s leading experts on ME, says:

Recent research on CFS pathophysiology has revealed alterations of cardiovascular regulation and thermo regulation, characterized by enhanced sympathetic nervous activity and increased secretion of epinephrine. These findings indicate a state of permanent distress response – sustained arousal – in CFS patients. Based upon our findings, we have formulated a theory of sustained arousal in CFS, which seems to correspond quite neatly to the theoretical considerations underlying the Lightning Process.

Many of Heather’s clients have had their stories registered at the Norwegian National Research Centre in Complementary and Alternative Medicine based in University of Tromsø, where they are studying ‘exceptional’ changes in disease.