Re the research study A lot depends on the screening criteria used. Also NICE doesn't differentiate between CFS and ME - it says the same disease, really?? RP is very specific about calling the disease ME. I suspect the reason the NHS have shown interest in this project is because, massage by physios already employed by the NHS will be cheap. Physios have already been encouraged to do the CBT qualifications in order to deal with ME patients. So they will have another tool to use in a new NHS bundle of treatment. CBT/GET/lymph massage The fun will be how they cope with actually having to touch patients after new guidelines describing how they should demonstrate exercises to the patient and then leave the patient to do them at home. My friend saw an NHS physio 6 times over 12months and he never laid a finger on her It will be a cheap diagnostic tool but the only thing on offer for those diagnosed as positive will be the lymph massage - other co-infections viral/bacterial will be ignored as they are now. I don't blame RP for going for this project but I don't think it will benefit the very sickest for a moment. You have to be well enough to get there - they won't visit you at home. There have been some success stories and the original itheory makes sense but I suspect there is much much more to this illness, for the majority of us we need more than lymph massage and for that we will still be on our own.