John Chia

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Dr. John K. S. Chia is an infectious disease doctor with a medical practice in Torrance, California. Dr. Chia became heavily involved in research and clinical care of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients after his son Andrew Chia became ill with CFS. He has published several papers[1] on infectious causes of ME and CFS, including evidence of involvement of enteroviruses such as coxsackie B and echovirus, other viruses, such as parvovirus B19, as well as, bacteria, such as Chlamydia pneumoniae. In addition to his clinical work, he runs his own enterovirus research laboratory[2] and is on the board of directors of the Enterovirus Foundation.

In addition to his work on pathophysiology, Dr. Chia has performed clinical trials[3] in an attempt to find treatment for patients with ME and CFS. His treatment attempts have focused on the use of antiviral compounds such as amantadine, ribavirin, and lamivudine in addition to immune modulators such as interferon and the plant compound oxymatrine. Towards this end, he and his son, a pharmacist, have developed his own proprietary herbal preparation containing oxymatrine and other plant compounds, called Equilibrant.

International Consensus Criteria[edit | edit source]

Dr. Chia co-authored the 2011 case definition, International Consensus Criteria.[4]

Open Letter to The Lancet[edit | edit source]

Two open letters to the editor of The Lancet urged the editor to commission a fully independent review of the PACE trial, which the journal had published in 2011. In 2016, Dr. Chia, along with 41 colleagues in the ME/CFS field, signed the second letter.

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

  • 2015, Functional Dyspepsia and Chronic Gastritis Associated with Enteroviruses[5] (Full Text)
  • 2008, Chronic fatigue syndrome is associated with chronic enterovirus infection of the stomach[6] (Abstract)

Talks & Interviews[edit | edit source]

Media Coverage[edit | edit source]

Publications[edit | edit source]

  • 2003, Correspondence in Clinical Infectious Diseases - "Diverse Etiologies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome"[10]

Learn More[edit | edit source]

Online Presence[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=chia+jk%5Bauthor%5D
  2. EVMED Research
  3. Ribavirin and Interferon-a for the Treatment of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Associated with Persistent Coxsackievirus B Infection: A Preliminary Observation
  4. Carruthers, BM; van de Sande, MI; De Meirleir, KL; Klimas, NG; Broderick, G; Mitchell, T; Staines, D; Powles, A C P; Speight, N; Vallings, R; Bateman, L; Baumgarten-Austrheim, B; Bell, DS; Carlo-Stella, N; Chia, J; Darragh, A; Jo, D; Lewis, D; Light, A; Marshall-Gradisnik, S; Mena, I; Mikovits, JA; Miwa, K; Murovska, M; Pall, ML; Stevens, S (2011), "Myalgic encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria.", Journal of Internal Medicine, 270 (4): 327-38, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02428.x, PMID 21777306 
  5. Chia, John K.; Chia, Andrew Y.; Wang, David; El-Habbal, Rabiha (2015), "Functional Dyspepsia and Chronic Gastritis Associated with Enteroviruses", Open Journal of Gastroenterology, 5 (4): 21-27., doi:10.4236/ojgas.2015.54005 
  6. Chia, John K.; Chia, Andrew Y. (2008), "Chronic fatigue syndrome is associated with chronic enterovirus infection of the stomach", Journal of Clinical Pathology, 61 (1): 43-8, doi:10.1136/jcp.2007.050054 
  7. http://www.investinme.eu/IIMEC6.shtml#agenda
  8. http://www.investinme.eu/IIMEC5.shtml#agenda
  9. http://www.investinme.eu/IIMEC3.shtml#agenda
  10. Chia, John K.S.; Chia, Andrew (2003), "Diverse Etiologies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Clinical Infectious Diseases, 36 (5): 671-672, doi:10.1086/367666 


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