Research / Resources

Research finds that combining the Lightning Process with Specialist Medical Care, for CFS/ME, is more effective than Specialist Medical Care alone 

‘A study investigating the effectiveness of The Lightning Process® programme to treat children with mild or moderate CFS or ME finds symptoms improve.’ reports the University of Bristol.

The results from a study by University of Bristol has been published in the Journal of Archives of Disease in Childhood: Clinical and cost-effectiveness of the Lightning Process in addition to Specialist Medical care for pediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: randomized controlled trial).  It concludes stating ‘The Lightning Process is effective and is probably cost-effective when provided in addition to specialist medical care for mild/moderately affected adolescents with CFS/ME.’

Full study is reported here…

Media releases to support the Lightning Process:

1/ Balance media. Testimony of an originally skeptical observer becoming a highly competent and motivated user of the Lightning Process.

2/ CFS training course  ‘effective’ for children.

3/ Wellness Central. Phil Parker, designer of the Lightning Process, talks about the Lp and how it came to be.

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.

Or to read Phil Parker’s summary of the article and his response here.

The Lightning Process has been working with the University of Bristol and the NHS on a feasibility study. Two papers have 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)

Outcome Measures Study

We are pleased to report on the results from the preliminary data collected in a study looking at outcome measures from 205 clients who attended a Lightning Process seminar. The study, which has been done using the RAND SF-36, is a pilot study that was designed to provide some preliminary outcome measures which can be used to add weight to future grant and funding applications for larger-scale Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT). The indications are that the LP is making a significant positive impact, resulting in increased health status at 6 weeks, persisting at 3 months, and demonstrating improvements in all areas that were covered by the RAND SF-36 questionnaire.


Find the Outcomes Measures report here.

Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC now part of MS-UK) and LP research

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
Comment from MSRC: This Proof of Concept study, although being in a small number of subjects, produced some very encouraging and worthwhile results over a 6 month period following participation in the Lightning Process. They indicate that the Lightning Process provides measurable benefits to those with MS and suggest that a further larger randomised study would be beneficial to investigate the role the Lightning Process plays in the well-being and quality of life of MS patients. (MSRC September 2011) Click here for the MS Proof of Concept Study Report.

Other Research Headlines

Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society survey: LP is the most helpful approach when treating CFS/ME. See the report here.

81.3% of clients report improvement after the LP course. Read the survey here.

Charitable Projects

The Kenyan Red Cross requests Lightning Process for its healthcare workers. June 2011 marked the start of a pilot project of Lightning Process (LP) seminars to help improve the quality of life of those working with or affected by HIV/AIDS. They were run with the cooperation of the Health Department of the Mombasa City Council. This has led to the exciting request from the Red Cross in Kenya for 300 of their workers to attend Lightning Process training seminars to help them deal with the challenges of caring for those with HIV/AIDS (the full report is available here)

Supporting Research

Dr. Bruun Wyller, who is considered to be one of Norway’s leading experts on ME, has published some interesting articles which concur with the clinical findings of the Phil Parker Lightning Process, which you can find here (1) (2).  His most recent paper in conjunction with Hege R. Eriksen and Kirsti Malterud who are university researchers from Bergen, can be found here (3).

Dr. Bruun Wyller says: ‘Recent research on CFS pathophysiology has revealed alterations of cardiovascular regulation and thermoregulation, 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.’

1.       Bruun Wyller, Vegard MD et al, “Abnormal Thermoregulatory Responses in Adolescents with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Relation to Clinical Symptoms”,Official Journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics, Vol. 120 No.1, 2 July 2007 

2.       Bruun Wyller, Vegard MD et al, Multiple Articles, BioInfoBank Library, Various dates 

3.       Bruun Wyller, Vegard MD et al, “Can Sustained Arousal explain the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”, Behavioral and Brain Functions, 23 February 2009 

4.       “Definition of Neuroplasticity”, Medicinenet, 11 June 2004 

5.       Wikipedia contributors, “Neuroplasticity”, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 3 May 2010 

6.       Mayo clinic staff, “Stress: Win control over the stress in your life”, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 12 September 2008 

7.       Wikipedia contributors, “Stress (biology)”, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 20 May 2010

8.       Lerner, Baron H. “Can stress cause disease? Revisiting the Tuberculosis research of Thomas Holmes, 1949-1961”, Annals of Internal Medicine, n.d. 

9.       Antoni, Michael H. “Centre for Psycho-Oncology Research (CPOR)”,University of Miami Department of Psychology, n.d. 

10.   Hennenlotter, Andreas, et al. “The Link between Facial Feedback and Neural Activity within Central Circuitries of Emotion- New Insights from Botulinum Toxin- Induced Denervation of Frown Muscles”, Cerebral Cortex Journal, June 17 2008

11.   “Obituary: Irvin Korr Ph.D. (1909-2004)”, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, n.d.