What is the Dr Coimbra High Dose Vitamin D Protocol?

In this blog post I will attempt to explain the Dr Coimbra protocol in short, as many are looking for information about the Coimbra Protocol but there is so much information where a lot of if is to be found in ‘doctor language’ which again can be daunting to those who are already sick and need to read this in an easier way.

Dr Cicero Galli Coimbra Facsimile: YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuGePr_d1Eo

Who is Doctor Coimbra?

Dr. Cicero Galli Coimbra is a neurologist and a professor practicing in São Paulo, Brazil who has developed the Coimbra Protocol for the suppression of auto immune diseases.

What is the Coimbra Protocol?

Dr. Cicero Galli Coimbra has developed a protocol where he has been able to successfully suppress disease activity in about 95% of MS cases with individually tailored doses of vitamin D3 plus other supplements such as magnesium and riboflavin (vitamin B2).

What types of auto immune diseases have been treated with this protocol?

Multiple Sclerosis (all types of MS), Arthritis Rheumatoid, Lupus, Lyme,  Alopecia, Bronchitis, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, Depression, Atopic Depression, Crohn’s Disease, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Infertility, Psoriasis, Ménière Syndromes, ADEM Syndromes, Sjögren, Vitiligo, Endometriosis and many others. Read more here 

What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

Since there is a majority of people with MS treated on the Coimbra Protocol, I am going to write WebMD’s definition here; «MS happens when your immune system attacks a fatty material called myelin, which wraps around your nerve fibers to protect them. Without this outer shell, your nerves become damaged. Scar tissue may form».

The damage means your brain can’t send signals through your body correctly. Your nerves also don’t work as they should to help you move and feel. As a result, you may have symptoms like:

  • Trouble walking
  • Feeling tired
  • Muscle weakness or spasms
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Sexual problems
  • Poor bladder or bowel control
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Problems focusing or remembering

Who should consider going on the protocol and WHO SHOULD NOT consider going on the protocol?

If you have an auto immune disease, you can consider going on the protocol. If you DO NOT have an autoimmune disease, then you can take up to 10 000 iu of vitamin D according to Dr Coimbra which he calls a paltry dose.

Does the protocol involve any diet?

Not a diet per se but you need to eat calcium restricted. That means that all dairy, calcium fortified or enriched products and most nuts and seeds must be avoided. There is calcium in many foods but the before mentioned are the most important to avoid . Other than that it is not recommended to have a gluten free diet, but many find that to help reducing inflammation if they respond negatively to it. Less high carbohydrates and sugars also help your body fight off disease.

However, there are many diets that work but not for all people. You can get lost in Wahls, Swank, Jenkins, OMS, Paleo, High Fat, low carb diets etc. Since I have tried some diets in my life and none seemed to work, I took a gene test that helped me find out what genes I have and what diet works for me. I found out that I am not allergic to gluten, and other things that was quite helpful for me to understand how my body responds to food. You can see the interview about it here.

Where to find a Protocol Doctor?

Here is a link to a Google map that lists the Protocol Doctors available. By clicking on the flags you will get them listed.

You will also need to take blood and urine tests before you start the Coimbra Protocol

You will have to ask your GP to take blood tests before you start the protocol so your Protocol Doctor can start treating you. You can say you have started on a protocol with an international protocol doctor

Then follow-up visits require labs 4, 5, 18 and 19

1. Vit B12
2. 1,25 (OH)2 D3
3. 25 (OH) D3
4. PTH
5. Calcium (total and ionized)
6. Urea & creatinine (BUN & creatinine)
7. Albumin
8. Ferritin
9. Chromium (serum)
10. Phosphate (serum)
11. Ammonia (serum)
12. Complete Amino Acid Profile
13. ALT, AST
14. TSH
15. Serum Alkaline Phosphatase (bone specific)
16. Serum PINP (intact N-terminal propeptide of type 1 collagen), collected by 2hs after getting up
17. Serum CTx (C-terminal telopeptide)
18. Urine 24hs Calcium (with total volume)
19. Urine 24hs Phosphate (with total volume)
 

Pamplet to bring to your doctor (GP)

You might want to print out and bring this pamplet to your general practitioner so she/he can be informed about the protocol. Coimbra Pamplet 

Supplements on the protocol- in this video we talk about the main supplements taken on the protocol even though the doses recommended are for the normal, healthy person.(Click on the image below).

Two amazing studies of vitamin D independent of the Coimbra Protocol.

Amazing study 1

Jodie Burton, MD, a neurologist at the University of Toronto explained that a study involving relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis patients divided into two groups.

Group 1  received an average of 1,000iu of Vit D per day for one year
Group 2 received an average of 14,000iu of Vit D per day for one year
Group 2 experienced 41% fewer relapse symptoms of MS compared with 17% of those taking typical doses. In contrast, close to 40% of 24 MS patients who took an average of 1,000 IU a day – the amount recommended by many MS specialists – relapsed, she said.

Also, people taking high-dose vitamin D suffered 41% fewer relapses than the year before the study began, compared with 17% of those taking typical doses. Burton said that the people taking high doses of vitamin D did not suffer any significant side effects.

«Vitamin D appears to suppress the autoimmune responses thought to cause MS. In MS, haywire T lymphocytes the cellular “generals” of the immune system order attacks on the myelin sheaths that surround and protect the brain cells.

In people given high-dose vitamin D in the study, T cell activity dropped significantly. That did not happen in people who took lower doses», Burton told WebMD.

“This is an impressive study that shows that even higher doses are probably safe and even more effective. Maybe next year, I’ll be recommending higher doses,” John Hooge, MD, an MS specialist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver who was not involved with the research, told WebMD.

Amazing study 2

Scientists at the Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair revealed a role for vitamin D in promoting myelin repair back in 2015. They found that adding vitamin D boosted the number of myelin-making cells present in the brain by 80% in rats. The vitamin D receptor protein pairs with an existing protein already known to be involved in myelin repair, called RXR gamma.

See also the interview with the first US patient who was treated by the first US Coimbra Protocol Doctor, Jennifer Butler and her story about overcoming MS with the Coimbra protocol here

Click on the image below to see the video.

P.S This blog is most likely to be updated with information every now and then.

P.S 2 Click on the images to get directly to the videos.

Facebook Groups

  If you want to join the North American group «Coimbra Vitamin D Protocol For MS & Autoimmune Disorders» you can find it here
  If you want to join the «Coimbra Protocol Lifestyle group» you can find us here
  If you want to join the Brazilian group «PROTOCOLO COIMBRA – Vitamina D para Esclerose Múltipla   e Doenças Autoimunes» you can find it here
For a overview of more Facebook groups click here

Resources

You can get Ana Claudia Domene’s book about her journey as the first U.S patient of Dr Coimbra and she has now been on the protocol for over 9 years and going! You can get it here

Testimonies

Here is a great page with testimonies from people who have started on the Coimbra Protocol
And the testimony below will rock your day! It is in Portuguese but has English subtitles.

Follow my Health Journey on YouTube here

Click on the image below to go to the YouTube channel.

 

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