Books and Films about ME and some supplements to help reduce symptoms

Books which can be bought online

Supplements which are effective in ME / CFS


Enteroviral and Toxin Mediated Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
by John Richardson and Roberto Patarca Montero

Rating: 10 / 10 
One of the best books ever written about ME and CFS. Dr. Richardson had over 30 years experience treating ME patients in Britain. Essential reading for doctors, nurses and medical students.

Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases  
by Dr. Judy Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively
Rating 10/10

Dr. Judy Mikovits presents a convincing case for viral infections and immune dysfunctions in ME and CFS and autism and some other neurological illnesses and immune system disorders. She found strong evidence of retrovirus infection in subgroups of ME / CFS patients. Her work is supported by findings of HTLV in patients by Dr. Defreitas and retrovirus sequences in 85% of patients by Dr. Lipkin. Several viruses have consistently been found in ME / CFS such as Enteroviruses, EBV, Coxsackie virus, Human Herpes virus 6a, Herpes family 1-8, HTLV, and Parvovirus. She calls for more research and more funding for research into this area in the USA and worldwide, and for diagnostic and treatment facilities in hospitals and clinics.

Olive Leaf Extract
By Dr. Morton Walker
Rating: 10/10

An interesting book with some fascinating facts about Olive leaves and their properties. They have have been used for over 2,000 years to treat fevers caused by viral, bacterial, malaria and parasite illnesses. This is backed up by recent scientific research and by the clinical findings of medical doctors. Some medical doctors are recommending olive leaf extract or olive leaves to treat ME/CFS, AIDS and other viral and microbial illnesses and immune system illnesses. This book provides useful information for all ME / CFS patients.

America Exhausted: Breakthrough Treatments of Fatigue and Fibromyalgia by Edward J. Conley, D.O. Professor of Family Medicine at Michigan State University, USA 
Rating: 10 / 10
He successfully treated hundreds of CFS patients in the USA, bringing about full recoveries. This is the best book about ME / CFS on the market.
Every ME / CFS patient (worldwide) should read it.

'Why Can't I get Better ?'
by Dr. Richard Horowitz
Rating 10/10

Many cases of CFS and ME are actually chronic Lyme diease with co-infections. This is a very important medical and scientific finding. Dr. Horowitz's book provides excellent and in depth coverage of this topic and related topics. It is the best book about chronic Lyme disease.

Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Lyme Disease (Alternative Medicine Guides)
by Burton Goldberg and Larry Trivieri
 10 / 10    
Excellent book charting CFS patient recoveries in the USA. Calls for greater precision in the diagnosis of medical abnormalities and dysfunctions in CFS patients. Every ME / CFS patient (worldwide) should read it.

Missed Diagnoses Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Second Edition
by Dr. Byron Hyde

Rating: 10 / 10   
This is a great book by a brilliant Canadian medical doctor. Dr. Byron Hyde is an internationally recognised expert in ME / CFS and has been treating the illness since the early 1990's. His book provides deep insights into accurate and effective diagnosis and treatments.

The Clinical and Scientific Basis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis--Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
by Byron Hyde, by Dr. Jay Goldstein, P. Levine, Nightingale Research Foundation.
Rating: 10 / 10   
A remarkable book on ME and CFS providing insights into the illness and it's dynamics which have are still relevant. Another book which is essential reading for doctors, nurses and medical students.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Post Viral Fatigue States: the Saga of the Royal Free Disease
by Dr Melvin Ramsay

Rating: 10 / 10 
One of the great classic books about ME and how it was first named and defined in the 1950's. Dr. Melvin Ramsey was a legend in the medical community in Britain. Amazing insights which are still relevant today.

Myalgic Enephalomyelitis
by Celia Wookey
published by Croom Helm Ltd 1986; reprinted 1988 and 1989, Chapman and Hall Ltd 
Rating: 9 / 10 
Brilliant book detailing many case studies of ME over a few decades.

Diagnosing and treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: its mitochondria, not hypochondria
by Dr. Sarah Myhill
Rating 10/10

Dr. Sarah Myhill is a well known ME/CFS doctor with an international reputation. Her areas of speciality are the mitochondria, oxidative stress, toxins and the immune system, and the inter-relationship between them in ME/CFS patients. Her book provides a brilliant analysis of these areas and provides effective diagnostics and treatments for patients.

Books about healing Lyme disease
Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections by Buhner
Healing Lyme Disease Naturally: History, Analysis, and Treatments by Storl

Excellent books covering Chronic Lyme disease, which is often msdiangosed as ME or CFS.
Rating:  9 / 10

Skewed: Psychiatric Hegemony and the Manufacture of Mental Illness in Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Gulf War Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Martin J. Walker. Sling-Shot Press (2003).
Rating 10/10

Exposes the cover up of ME and CFS over many years, and the lies, deceit and greed of certain psychiatrists.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition
by Erica Verillo

Rating: 10 / 10   
An excellent book detailing various diagnosis options and treatment options. You can read the book online, after buying it. Very comprehensive and up to date.

Mold Warriors :Fighting America's hidden health threat
by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker and Patty Schmidt
 10 / 10    
Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker is a medical doctor based in Maryland, USA. He is one of the top experts on mycotoxins in the world. He has been treating ME / CFS patients since the late 1990's, and he believes that myctoxins are a major factor in some ME / CFS subgroups and in other illnesses. Mycotoxins are accepted by the CDC and NIH in the USA as being hazardous to healt

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Biological Approach
By Patrick Englebienne and Dr. Kenny De Meirleir
Rating: 10 / 10  
Explains the complex biological processes involved in CFS. It is very detailed and very well presented. Ideal for doctors, specialists / consultants, academics, scientists and scientific researchers. Uses very technical scientific language. It's findings are being slowly confirmed by genetic research.

Project Day Lily:An American Biological Warfare Tragedy
by Dr. Garth Nicolson
Rating 10/10  

Dr. Garth Nicolson, a well known American scientist, relates the story of how some scientists discovered a new mycoplasma. This particular mycolasma and other mycoplasmas play a key role in Gulf War Illness, ME/CFS, ALS, AIDS, Alzheimers disease, and other degenerative illnesses. They are also a co-factor in viral infections, creating a complex disease matrix in many chronically ill patients.

CFS Unravelled - One man's search for the Cause of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Discovery Essential for You To Recover
by Dan Neuffer

Rating: 9 / 10   
This is an inspirational story of courage and determination to recover by an ME/CFS patient. It provides some interesting insights into the nature of the illness and the recovery phase.

My A-Z of M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)
by Ros Lemarchand

An inspiring and beautiful book of poetry about ME. It`s purpose is to raise awareness and understanding and to raise funds for the charity Invest in M.E.

Severe ME
by Greg Crowhurst
Rating 9/10

An excellent book for caring for someone with severe ME. It covers many different areas of a patient's life and is a great help to carers, partners and family.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome M.E.: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Management
by Dr. Rosamund Vallings

Rating: 10 / 10   
This is a good medical book, ideal for doctors and knowledgeable patients, by one of the top ME doctors in the world. The illness is explained in clear scientific terms.

Betrayal by the Brain: The Neurologic Basis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and Related Neural Network Disorders (The Haworth ... networks in health & illness)
by Jay Goldstein

Rating: 10 / 10   
A classic book on ME / CFS detailing important neurological dysfunctions and endocrine dysfunctions. Proposes innovative treatments.

Explaining 'Unexplained Illnesses': Disease Paradigm for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Gulf War Syndrome
by Dr. Martin Pall
Rating: 10 / 10   
Dr. Martin Pall provides a fascinating and brilliant analysis and insight into the mechanisms of fatigue in ME/CFS. He focuses on oxidative stress factors such as Nitric Oxide peroxynitrite, superoxide, ROS which are consistently found in ME/CFS patients and which disrupt the energy centres of the body - the mitochondria, krebs cycle, the cell and the hormonal systems. Brilliant book.

The Canary and Chronic Fatigue
by Dr. Majid Ali

Rating: 9 / 10   
An enlightening book. Dr. Majid Ali, a brilliant man, has successfully treated many ME / CFS patients over the years. His book provides important insights into diagnosis and treatments.

The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
by Dr. Marcia Angell

Rating: 9 / 10  
A brilliant book about the fraud and corruption in scientific research trials and in medical practise which affects ME/CFS patients and those with other illnesses.

From Fatigued to Fantastic
by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum

Rating: 8 / 10   
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum is a medical doctor who had ME / CFS and managed to recover. His book provides innovative methods for diagnosing and treating this illness.

Recovery from CFS: 50 Personal Stories
by Alexandra Barton

Rating: 9 / 10   
Hopeful and inspiring stories from people who managed to recover from ME / CFS. Personalised and individual treatments feature prominently. It addresses many of the abnormalities and dysfunctions found in ME / CFS, and strategies for treating them.

Osler's Web: Inside the Labyrinth of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Epidemic
by Hillary Johnson
Rating: 10 / 10  

An ME / CFS classic, a great book ! One of the first books to expose ME / CFS as a serious physical illness and public health issue. It outlines the history of the illness and it's devastating effect on ordinary working people and communities in the USA. It gives one a good insight into the early days of CFS research and the sheer complexity of this illness which baffled leading scientific researchers. Mostly, it shows the great human suffering endured by patients and their loved ones, and the human will to survive, to overcome.

Back from the Edge: How One Man's Discovery Brought Him From Desperately Sick with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome To the Top of Mt. Whitney in Six Months
by Erik Johnson

A great book about the important role played by mold and myoctoxins in CFS and ME. This is often overlooked by many doctors but should be investigated in all CFS and ME cases.

Someone Like ME
By Valerie Moody
Rating: 8/10

A touching and inspiring book about one Irish woman's experiences with ME over several years. A good read.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a natural way to treat M.E.
By Dr. Basant Puri
Rating: 9/10
A good book outlining the importance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids in immune system function, brain function, sleep, cell integrity, and HPA axis function in ME / CFS. Recommends a product called VegEPA.

The Healing Code: 6 Minutes to Heal the Source of Your Health, Success, or Relationship Issue
by Alex Loyd

Rating: 9 / 10   
This book focuses on stress and how it contributes to physical illnesses. The techniques here have been found to be very effective in reducing stress in ME/CFS patients and those people with other physical illnesses, including Cancers, and bringing about big improvements in their condition.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
By Susannah Cahalan
Rating: 8/10
An interesting book showing how psychiatrists are guilty of mis-diagnosing illnesses, such as claiming that some physical, life threatening illnesses are "all in the mind" and mere psychiatric illnesses. This is undermining the credibility of psychiatrists.

The Autoimmune Epidemic
By Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Rating: 10/10

A brilliant book which explains the causes and dynamics of autoimmune diseases such as Fibromaylagia, ME / CFS, Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disorders, adenal disorders, etc. Shows the effects of excessive pollution of the planet and the relationship between toxins, heavy metals and organophosphates in the human body and the development of Cancers, autoimmune diseases and other illnesses.

The Autoimmune Diseases
by Dr. Noel Rose
Rating 9/10

Excellent guide to autoimmune factors in many illnesses and autoimmune illnesses. Shows the impact of toxins, environmental factors, diet, viruses and other pathogens in autoimmunity.

by Lynn Mitchell

Rating: 8 / 10  
A great book. It depicts one person's epic struggle with severe ME / CFS and the many difficulties faced daily. It shows great strength of character and dignity in the face of severe illness and a largely uncaring society 

Reviving The Broken Marionette: Treatments For Cfs/Me And Fibromyalgia By Maija Haavisto
Rating: 9 / 10  
This book gives details about medical drugs which can treat many of the abnormalities and dysfunctions found in ME / CFS. It would be essential for medical doctors to study this book in order to deliver more effective medical treatments for ME / CFS patients. Important insights for doctors and patients and medical authorities, and government departments of health.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Other Invisible Illnesses: The Comprehensive Guide
By Katrina Berne

Rating: 8 / 10   
Good book, explains both Fibromaylgia and ME / CFS very well. Provides patients with information, options and modes of action to get proper treatment for these illnessess. There is good scientific and medical detail in the book.

Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome
By Katrina Berne

Rating: 8 / 10   
This book explains what adrenal fatigue is, and it's many effects on the body, particularly the HPA axis. This is very important for the subgroup of ME / CFS patients who suffer from adrenal gland abnormalities and dysfunctions.

The Virus Within
By Nicholas Regush

Rating: 9 / 10   
Charts the involvement of HHV6a virus in CFS patients and AIDS patients. Scientific research consistently finds that CFS closely resembles a viral illness.  This book is not for the faint-hearted.
Review of the book   ' The Virus Within: A Coming Epidemic '  by Neenyah Ostrom

Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock, and Biochemical Theories of the "New Psychiatry"
by Peter Breggin
Rating: 10 / 10  

This book details the abuses of psychiatry. Some physical and biological illnesses have been falsely called psychiatric illnesses. This has led to denial of proper medical treatments, and to continued suffering and death in many cases.

Psychiatry: The Science of Lies
by Peter Breggin
Rating: 10 / 10  

This is another good book about the abuses of psychiatry.
Some physical and biological illnesses have been falsely called psychiatric illnesses. This has led to denial of proper medical treatments, and to continued suffering and death in many cases

Alternative Medicine Guide to Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Illness
by Burton Goldberg

Rating: 7 / 10   
Comprehensive guide to alternative treatments for ME / CFS.

Living with M.E.: The Chronic/Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome
By Dr. Charles Shepherd
Rating: 8 / 10   

This is a good and reference manual for patients. Points out some of the many biological abnormalities and dysfunctions found in ME / CFS and suggests appropriate medical treatment and some alternative medicine options. Well written and presented.

The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away: Simple Actions to Shift Your Body and Mind to Optimum Health for Greater Longevity
By Rashid Buttar
Rating: 8 / 10
This book shows how toxic exposures, poor diet, bowel abnoramlities, high levels of stress, abuse of antibiotics, medical drugs, illegal drugs and alcohol, etc. have ruined immune systems and bodies and left many people vulnerable to diseases and syndromes. Good book to use in addition to proper medical treatment for ME / CFS.


Supplements to assist one in fighting Viral, Bacteria and Fungal Infections and Immune system dysfunction

  • Olive leaf extract or olive leaf tea / soup has anti-viral properties, anti-bacteria, anti-candida and anti-parasite properties according to scientific research and clinical findings. In addition to this, Mediteranean peoples have successfully used olive leaf to fight viral infections and other infections for thousands of years. The olive leaf tea and olive leaf extract listed below are high quality and well established brands.
  • Lauricidin or Virgin Coconut oil both have anti-viral and anti-bacteria properties and anti-candida properties. They both contain monolaurin.

    Lauricidin 227 gram 8oz jar

  • Carnivora and Carnivora extract modulates the immune system, helps normalise cytokines, nk cells, and interferons and immune functions and target and destroy viruses and pathogens.

    - Research articles & Clinical Findings 
    - Listing of scientific research
  • Colloidal Silver has been found to have strong anti-viral and anti-bacteria properties according to scientific studies. The following brand is highly reputable and has been researched.
  • Astragalus is a powerful immune system enhancer and stimulant. It helps the body fight infections.

Supplements to assist Detoxification

  • Chlorella is a strong detoxifier and binds to heavy metals, chemicals and toxins and removes them from the body. It also improves immune system function.


Supplements to assist Mitochondria Function

  • Lipid Replacement Therapy - Propax NT Factor is one of the best products for mitochondria protection and functioning. It has been researched in clinical trials.

  • Most ME / CFS doctors and scientific researchers agree that Mitochondria injury and damage plays a key role in ME / CFS. Coenzyme Q10 has been found to be very effective in improving Mitochondria function. The following brand Revive Q10 has CoQ10 and D-Ribose, Arginine, Carnitine, B-complex vitamins, Magnesium and other nutrients which benefit the mitochondria. It has been found to be quite effective, click on picture to go to shop.

  • Dr. Teitelbaum has found D-Ribose to be very effective in the treatment of symptoms of ME / CFS. It improves mitochondria function, heart function, and sleep in many patients. The Corvalen brand listed below is high quality D-Ribose.

Supplements to assist Cognitive Function and Sleep

Supplements to assist Digestion, Good Bacteria, Bowel Health and Immune function



Free Online Books

Care for someone with severe ME

by Greg Crowhurst
Rating: 8/10

A Brief History of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
by Dr. Byron Hyde
Rating: 8/10

Handbook of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
by Jason LA, Fennel PA, Taylor RR (2003)


Films about ME / CFS

Voices from the Shadows
by Natalie Boulton and Josh Biggs
The best film ever made about ME and its negative effects on patients and families

I Remember Me
by Kim Snyder

A very good film about an ME / CFS patients' experiences.

by Michael Thurston and Rik Carlson

An excellent film about the devastating effects of ME / CFS in America, and how it affects individuals, families, communities, and the nation.


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