(Mirror Daily, United States) – Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, does not only affect adults. Many children are also victims of this disease, which prevents them from going to school and living a normal life. This is why researchers thought of an experimental method to help them overcome this condition, which trains their mind to keep away from bad thoughts. However, not all experts agree of such a method.
A team of researchers from the University of Bristol have performed several trials on this method of avoiding negative thoughts, also known as the Lightning Process. Apart from helping with chronic fatigue syndrome, they also say it might improve anxiety disorders, or even the physical condition of teenagers. However, many experts reject it, and call it “pseudoscience”.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is not exclusively affecting adults. Reports say around one percent of children older than 10 experience this condition as well. This seriously affects their life, as they cannot perform regular activities that all children engage in. They cannot even attend school every day, as the syndrome keeps them from paying attention and coping with so many hours of cognitive activity.
Lightning Process reduces bad thoughts and the levels of stress-inducing hormones
Therefore, researchers suggested the Lightning Process should work in this situation. It involves changing one’s thoughts in an attempt to reduce the release of stress hormones, and was first introduced in the 1990s by a British osteopath, called Phil Parker.
Therefore, researchers recruited 100 children aged between 12 and 18 who reported suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. They split them in two groups, where one received a standard treatment, and the other one this treatment, accompanied by Lightning Process.
They published a study in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, where they explained how the physical function of the children who received the experimental process significantly improved after six and twelve months. However, researchers agreed they need more studies to confirm the efficacy of this technique against chronic fatigue syndrome.
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