Ok, that's interesting, but the descriptions on that site are too vague for me to know what type I have. And even if I knew my type, this wouldn't be of much use within the next 20 years or so, which is about the time it would take to have a specific treatment generally available (if there were sufficient funds for needed research).
That may be true, but ultimately, I found neither approach very helpful. The only thing that really moved me forward was empirical testing out substances and treatments that just might help and track which of those actually helped. Treatments based on the pet theories of certain medical practitioners and researchers rarely yielded a lot of success (unfortunately). Since I realized that a personal empirical approach yields superior results I lost my respect for medical theories (or at least the conclusions drawn from them).
At least in my case, many of my symptoms seem to come from massive oxidative stress, which I can counter by taking massive amounts of antioxidants. The success I have had with that approach is quite remarkable. Unfortunately, it didn't fix everything, at least not yet.
That would have been true for me, if I hadn't experimented with lots of things, some of which improved my condition. I've suffered through this nightmare for more than 20 years!
That's not wrong. The immune systems seems to be definitely negatively affected in all cases of CFS. However, that doesn't mean that it's an immune system problem. CFS affects almost all organ systems of the body, so it's hard to tell where the problem comes from exactly. My current understanding, after having researched CFS for years, is that it's a neuro-immunological disease that can break out, if genetic predisposition, massive stress (of any kind), and a triggering viral and bacterial infection come together. The result is dysregulation of the immune system, the hormone system, natural homoeostasis, certain parts of the nervous systems, cellular energy production in mitochondria, and potentially/optionally a host of other systems.
My guess is that the dysregulated immune system causes massive oxidative stress, which then goes on to cause most of the symptoms (sometimes even anxiety and depression). It's currently not known how to bring back the immune system to normal functioning (though some interventions seem to help to some degree), but addressing the symptoms with antioxidants is a real possibility.
This is only true, if one stays in the aerobic range almost all the time (at least according to my own experience and some theories). The problem with CFS is that it reduces the anaerobic threshold, so it's really hard to tell whether one exercises in the aerobic range or not. Usually, one only finds that out many hours or even days later through a crash-like increase of symptoms. In that case, the exercise has not only not helped, but aggravated the problem. Graded exercise is an extremely dangerous treatment for CFS patients, but it seems to be necessary for eventual recovery nevertheless! That probably explains why so few people actually recover from CFS (at least while using conventional treatments).
Potentially, but so far treatments targeted at the immune system had relatively limited success – which is still better than almost no success for all other conventional treatments. I suspect that only massive personalized genetic treatments will eventually lead to a cure for CFS.
Health-limited cognitive function theory
This seems to have only indirect connections to the topic at hand, but I have a theory, which I spontaneously and tentatively call "health-limited cognitive function theory" that might explain a large part of the misery of the natural tragedy. According to this theory, there is a spectrum of health ranging from ideal perfect health (which is never actually reached by anyone ever) to extreme sickness (and of course death). Because our brain is so sensitive to all kinds of influences, whenever something goes wrong in the body, it will most likely have negative effects on it. Therefore our cognitive functioning is limited not only by the inherent limitations of the brain, but also by our momentary state of health (which is generally far from optimal).
Of course, impaired cognitive functioning typically causes a host of other problems, so it would be tremendously helpful, if we could increase the general level of health of the population. Sadly this is not so easy.
What we call "diseases" are often simply extreme cases of "states of suboptimal health". Which actual diseases are relatively rare, "states of suboptimal health" affect a very large fraction of the population. If we strive for real health, we not only need to "fix" all diseases, but also address all "states of suboptimal health". A focus on "states of suboptimal health" would perhaps even be preferable, if we can address them effectively before they cause or progress to actual diseases.
That approach probably wouldn't fix the natural tragedy completely, but it would go a long way.