I don't feel pessimistic for my own healing, though the last three years since I returned to my home country, have been extremely challenging and in fact I often felt like giving up. Dangerously so. I don't think we need to have a diagnosis - we are sick with various combinations of parasites, viruses and bacteria and various degrees of damage to our systems, all due to toxins and stress, bad diets, overwork etc, but the answer is to give our bodies the opportunity to heal and the first and most important step is to get our diet right. depending on how much damage there is, we have to cut out the things that are a strain on our bodies. It has taken me a long time to get that bit right. I had to do a lot of experimenting after reading what others have done. I thought I had it right with raw vegan with juiced greens, but discovered that it was far too much folate for my body to handle. It has been especially difficult for me as I have been sick with mercury poisoning since very early childhood. That is 62 years ago. I believe I have had cfs since then. At one point when I was infected with borrelia, I became sensitive to just about everything, and nearly lost my life. My appetite went completely and I had to force myself to eat. I lost 54 lbs and was skin and bones. I could not even tolerate the taps/faucets being turned on due to chloride. I had to wash with bottled water, when I could get out of bed that is. I improved with nothing much more than brown rice and completely believe that it is the most healing food for our bodies though the pattern for Lyme is a gradual improvement after the initial period. And now once again, it is working its magic. I have cut out dairy, eggs, and sugar and am macrobiotic again and having days when I feel a remarkable improvement (and other days when I feel bad but that is the way healing goes). I don't want to encourage people to eat brown rice whilst there is the arsenic scare but there is a leaflet about it from www.amberwaves.org called Arsenic & Organic Brown Rice that put my mind at rest, (It does not seem to be on the site. It may be necessary to contact the owner. The leaflet is by Alex Jack) If conspiracists are right, you would expect organic brown rice to come under attack. I use small doses of supplements as a back up to the diet. Vit C has proven to be necessary. Whole grains are saving my life again. I don't think that I will ever function normally, there will be remaining damage, but what I do expect is that I will be able to heal my system to a good functioning level where I will be dependant on a decreasing level of supplements as my genetic defects recover function but perhaps some of them for life like b12 and folate. I certainly do not want to end up like Freddd with his mile long list and constant watching for deficiencies. I believe that our bodies are well equipped to heal to a much higher level than this, which to me is not much better than using medications to survive. I have had my confidence in the innate ability of healing within us knocked severely these past three years, but it has returned and now that the diet part has been sorted out, it is full steam ahead for me. It might involve antibiotics I have not decided yet. One other thing that is helping me is music. I read it helps and have been building up my classic collection especially of Bach and feel it indeed is helping me relax. I am also walking barefoot daily on grass on the way to a play park nearby where there is a tyre swing which is wonderfully relaxing to lie on for 10 mins or until a child arrives to turf me off! There is a deep inner feeling of healing which has really lifted my spirits. Daily menu Grains seeds and pulse soaked and sprouted. Breakfast - gluten free oatmeal with tsp maple syrup, soaked brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds. Lunch - brown rice, aduki beans, sesame seeds ground with salt 14/1, cauliflower, cabbage, fresh cucumber pickle with umeboshi juice. Dinner - tsp dried barley leaf or juiced celery , 2 tablesp chia seeds, maybe buckwheat crackers with home made hummus but not usually hungry..