The only Canadian Criteria CFSers I know who were ill for more than a year or two and who have gotten close to being really well have done the following:
1. Gotten to a good house/whatever in a reasonably okay location with regard to toxic mold and other biotoxins, and put aside contaminated stuff from previous residences (or had it age 5+ years).
2. Do intensive detox.
The second part varies a bit (but not too much) from person to person.
Erik Johnson pursued detox naturally, through sweat and breath, by being in a super-pristine location and exercising.
StormySkye lives in a terrific location and used a product called Threelac to address the fascia issues (allowing detox to occur more freely), then used green foods and other supplements to promote detox. She also used some supplements to support her immune system.
Jonathan Wright used cholestyramine and exercise in super-pristine places.
Mike Dessin used neural therapy and a variety of other things for detox, and some other things to support and rebuild his system.
I have used cholestyramine, neural therapy and other things in super-pristine places. After I was doing really well already, I did some antiviral treatments that gave me additional help. Enormous amounts of methyl B12 are feeling good to me at this point, even though I couldn't take them early in my illness.
These stories all have a theme. The people got to a REALLY good location (I know this because I went out of my way to visit them to see if it was good), got rid of their stuff from previous residences (most CFSers have lived in a bad place at one point), and then cleared their systems of the accumulated toxins.
I believe that all three of these components must be in place for recovery to take place. Two out of three don't do the trick.
Erik, Mike, Jonathan and I were mostly or totally bedridden. Stormy had been disabled for 20 years and was mostly housebound.
We've all maintained wellness (out of bed doing things all day, exercising, eating normally, traveling around, working on projects or jobs, CFS symptoms pretty much gone, cognitive function mostly/wholly returned, feeling physically/emotionally good) continually since getting well.
If anyone here has heard of anyone else, please let me know. I'd like to talk to them in depth and, if they're willing, pay a visit to them.