I came across this article recently: http://www.mindfood.com/at-health-mind-chronic-fatigue-syndrome.seo It's an interview with a holistic practitioner, Dr Schloeffel, about CFS. A few things about the article struck me: Dr Schloeffel says 50% of his patients fully recover, and 20% significantly improve. He does not specify what time frame this is over, or whether any of these patients are severe / complex cases. However, this seemed like a good prognosis from what I understand about CFS He doesn't consider CFS to be a final diagnosis, and makes an effort to ascertain what 'type of CFS' a patient has. I think this is logical idea given that CFS is often a diagnosis by exception and different patients have reported different triggers (e.g. viral, chemical exposure, severe stress). Therefore, it seems plausible that two CFS patients may have a completely different illness, but get lumped together in this diagnosis by exclusion. Dr Schloeffel says he was trained as a 'diagnostic physician', so one would hope he is not too quick to throw everyone in the CFS basket! He appears strongly against the view that CFS is a psychological illness. Great quote copied below So I suppose I would like to ask two things: If you have seen Dr Schloeffel, could you please share your experience? I live in New Zealand, and would be very interested to know whether it may be worth a trip to Australia for a consultation If you haven't seen Dr Schloeffel, what is your impression? Is this worth further investigation or am I being sucked in (...again) A quote from the article: "Anyone who tells someone with CFS that it’s in their mind, has made a huge diagnostic error – it’s a criminal, negligent offense against the patient."