Research which supports the theories of the Lightning Process

There is much research supporting the concepts and theories underpinning the LP, some of the key papers are presented here:

Theoretical basis of the Lightning Process

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Physiological basis of CFS/ME

Dr. Phil Parker has co-authored a paper on Understanding the Lightning Process Approach to CFS/ME; a Review of the Disease Process and the Approach ((Parker. P, Aston. J, Finch. F, Understanding the Lightning Process Approach to CFS/ME; a Review of the Disease Process and the Approach which identifies the main theoretical concepts of the Lightning Process’s and contextualises them within the current evidence base.

Dr. Bruun Wyller, Hege R. Eriksen, Kirsti Malterud, leading researchers in CFS/ME, have all published some interesting papers which concur with the clinical findings of the Phil Parker Lightning Process. ((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 ((Bruun Wyller, Vegard MD et al, Multiple Articles, Various dates ((Bruun Wyller, Vegard MD et al, “Can Sustained Arousal explain the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”,Behavioral and Brain Functions, 23 February 2009))

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.’

The LP hypothesis concurs with the findings of a recent systematic review of CFS/ME by Maksoud et al., 2020 ((A systematic review of neurological impairments in myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome using neuroimaging techniques. PLOS ONE, 15(4), e0232475., which concludes that, ‘The results suggest widespread disruption of the autonomic nervous system network including morphological changes, white matter abnormalities and aberrations in functional connectivity.’

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