Not sure what his intent was, but he missed some things... He sounded to me like an educated adult speaking about taking charge of one's own health to some degree. However, he lost me when he spoke about others waiting for someone else to fix things; after all, it sounds like it was not him, but his humorously-named naturopath, who got him to a place where he could begin to improve. If all people who got CFS/ME were 38 and financially independent when they got sick, the playing field would be different. I have been fortunate enough to employ alternative practitioners--but not because I'm more motivated or responsible--but because I was able to convince a family member to pay for it. On the other hand, I was unlucky enough to get sick in my early 20s, before I could get enough of a career under my belt to have some income, before I could get married to a healthy partner, before I was able to own or secure a home. The real cost of this illness is embedded in all of these factors. I get turned off whenever I hear anyone speak about the "realities" of CFS/ME without talking about how limited the choices for so many are. His opinion is a popular one in the US: that if you pull yourself up by the bootstraps (to some degree), you can improve your lot. But illness, especially those that hit children, do not discriminate. Considering the bulk of bankruptcies in the US are illness-related, and there are stories on a daily basis of people in need being denied even the most basic care, I would consider him more a lifestyle writer than a reporter. If this guy wants to know how a reporter might look at this story, he can rent The Wire's last season and learn a bit about the levels of complexity at work beneath any outright problem. Perhaps, with his fierce desire to be responsible and knowledgeable, he can make the time!