13-year-old attempted suicide after Lightning Process course
Like Gupta Amygdala Retraining and Annie Hopper’s Dynamic Neural Retraining System, the Lightning Process uses Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and various other therapies to treat ME/CFS, MCS and other conditions. There are descriptions of the Lightning Process here and here.
In Norway a 13-year-old boy attempted suicide after doing the Lightning Process course because “He could not get well, and felt it was his own fault.” This was not due to a child misunderstanding and blaming himself. As far as I’ve been able to find out the only reason Lightning Process practitioners give for the Lightning Process not working is course participants not applying it properly. See, for example, the comments from Phil Parker (who designed the Lightning Process) in the article, Lightning process – your experiences from the Action for ME journal.
When asked in a Planet Thrive interview, “Are there some people/conditions you think would not be helped at all by your program?”, Annie Hopper said, “Yes. It takes a certain amount of conscious awareness to be able to focus, monitor and control your thoughts, feelings and behavior for it to really work effectively. I also don’t think it would be great for anyone who does not believe that complete healing is possible or if they are closed to new ideas and ways of thinking.”
As far as I know, Ashok Gupta has not said anything like this or anything about his programme’s success rate with MCS. Despite this, some people who are doing Gupta Amygdala Retraining seem convinced that it could work for everyone with MCS if only they didn’t have closed minds, beliefs that keep them from healing, etc.
There is no evidence that any of these programmes could cure or even help everyone with MCS or ME/CFS. To say or imply that someone isn’t recovering because they aren’t trying hard enough, haven’t committed themselves fully, don’t believe in the treatment, or don’t really want to get well, is unjustified, cruel and irresponsible.