Dikoma Shungu

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Dr Dikoma C. Shunga is a Professor of Professor of Physics in Radiology and member of the Center for Enervating NeuroImmune Disease at Cornell University in New York, the United States. His research focuses on developing advanced magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and imaging (MRI) methods to apply in clinical and biomedical research. He has used MRS to measure brain lactic acid, the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) and metabolites in chronic fatigue syndrome.[1]. His work has been funded by the NIH and the Solve ME/CFS Initiative.

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Raised Lactic Acid & lowered Glutathone levels in the brain

In a series of 3 studies, Prof Shungu found high levels of lactic acid in ventricular cerebrospinal fluid and significant correlation between lactic acid levels and the severity of mental fatigue in ME/CFS patients. He later went on to discover levels of the antioxidant glutathion reduced by 36% in brain tisue[2] and suggested oxidative stress was playing a role in the illness.


Supplementation with N-Acetylcysteine

At the 2016 IACFS/ME confernce Dr Shungu presented evidence that supplementing patients with N-acetylcysteine raised levels of Glutathione in the brains of patients and their symptoms were improved.

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metabolite - A chemical compound produced by, or involved in, metabolism. The term is often used to refer to the degradation products of drugs in the body.

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

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