After a bout with Mono I never fully recovered. I went back to the doctors with compaints that I was not yet feeling well. There were no answers for me. I would relapse into a full blown bout once or twice a year and have to nurse myself back to so resemblence of health. This continued for 17 years. I was told by a close friend who was aware of my battle that she had seen this a piece on the news about this mysterious illness that seemed to be picking up attention. Finally I discovered that this illness had a name...I was somewhat relieved that it finally had a name. Years went by and I tried every thing that I could find to releive this problem, nothing worked. I had gained 35 pounds and was looking for a diet that would help me shed these pounds when in the preface of the Dr. Atkins Diet I read that this diet helped people with many different afflictions, one was Chronic Fatigue Syndrom. I laughed to myself because here I have tried everything and this surely is going to be a let down should I hold out hope that this would somehow relieve my symptoms. I continues on the diet and I not only lost the 35 pound and looked wonderful but the Chronic Fatigue was gone!!!!! I have not had any symptoms in over five years! I stayed on the diet for over 3 years for fear that it (chronic fatigue)would return. As I continued on the diet I actually gained back 20 pounds because as my nutritionist said my body compensated and the diet was no longer working for weight loss. I was told that I should get off that diet and go on to something else to stimulate weight loss. I was very, very reluctant to do so, terrified that the syndrome would return. Amazingly it did not return and I have been able to lose the 20 pounds on another diet and I haven't had any Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms since. Last night I saw a spot on TV about a man who went through difficulty with a 2 year old child who had seizures and if continued the boy would suffer retardation. This man found a diet much like the Atkins Diet and the boy was able to get off the diet when he was 7 and has no seizures remain. After seeing this program I realized that I had not shared my experience with anyone who was a CFS sufferer about my 17 year struggle with CFS and my solution which is really so simple. I hope that this information gets to someone and helps to relieve the mental and emotional devastation that CFS can cause. I am free of CFS and life has been wonderful and every year my life gets better. Thank you to Dr. Atkins he was a genuis!