Excellent testimony by Shawna McGarry about her history with multiple sclerosis since she was diagnosed in 2000, her experience with conventional medications, opting for natural treatments, and finding the Coimbra Protocol.
"Sorry this is so long....
I was diagnosed with MS at 25 years old in 2000. I was living in my home town Portland, Oregon. I had a 4 year old at home and the really great neurologist that dxd me said something I always remembered (in response to my husband’s question “can she still drink?”) he said “Live your life, have babies, go to parties” I always thought that was a nice thing to say to a newly diagnosed 25 year old.
I had actually had symptoms of MS 3 years prior to this in 1997 consisting of vertigo, Bell’s Palsy, loss of hearing in one ear and tinnitus but the military doctors on base (Schofield Barracks, Hawaii) gave my husband a week off work to take care of the baby and said I had a ear infection. So that’s why sometimes I say I’ve had MS for 20 years.
So 3 years later (after a very stressful family situation- the trigger for many of us) I woke up and my eye hurt and my side was numb. My regular doctor blew me off over the phone so I went to the eye glass place in the mall. Yes it was a young guy working at Lens Crafters who held up the biggest poster of a E ever and when I said “I can’t see anything in that eye” he said “this could be MS you need to see a neurologist.” I had no idea what MS was.
I was in college studying to become a dental hygienist and I remember my Biology teacher would make us write reports based on medical journal articles to see how we could understand them. That week after seeing a specialized neuro opthalmologist I wrote my paper about Optical Neuritis based on a journal article the doctor had handed me. The nerve between my brain and my eye was a big bright white glaring sign of what was happening to me. He kept my report as a example for the class. As I’ve learned over the years almost everyone who gets optical neuritis ends up diagnosed with MS. Do people who don’t have MS get it? I still don’t know.
I quit school so my husband and I could buy the business we were both working at.
Over the first few years I tried Avonex, I hated it and never felt right after a shot I would shake and shiver and eventually I just quit on my own. I didn’t really do anything or take anything for a long time. I just had a relapse every so often where I couldn’t lift my arm or something would go numb. Usually I would listen to my neuro and take a round of steroids. In 2002 the bottom of my feet went numb and that never really came back. I could still walk really far and go for 2 hour walks with my husband. I tried a bunch of other drugs but usually they would do no good and I would quit.
We moved to Texas in 2006 and started another business and for a few more years I was still okay, still walking really far. Starting in about 2009 my walking slowed, the migraines that I always had were getting worse, I had a lot of pain in my legs, everything felt weak. Finally I could no longer go for walks, or go to the mall, or anything that involved too much walking. I felt guilty for my family. My Texas Neuro was always coaxing me to get back on drugs, I would try something for a while (Betaseron for a year or so) (Copaxone for almost 2 years) and there were others.
In 2011 I flew to California and had CCSVI treatment, it did nothing to help me. Now the doctor who created says it actually doesn’t work.
In 2013 I got really bold (or really stupid) and after reading so many positive posts about it decided to try Tysabri. After all, I was pretty miserable anyway. My neuro had me on 1800 mg of Gabapentin for my leg pain and 30 g of Baclofen for my spams, why not try Tysabri too and I was not JCV positive. He actually told me even if I was the risk was worth it. Now I think that’s a ridiculous statement but at the time honestly I didn’t really think straight about anything. I was always tired and cared little about anything. If my minimal requirements of work got done and dinner was on the table I figured I had accomplished something. I had no social life at all.
I took Tysabri for about 1 or one and a half years and right before my 40th birthday I got shingles. For some reason that was a wake up call for me. I was scared that I was going to get anything and everything due to a compromised immune system. I was feeling really strongly that I needed to get off any and all drugs. My husband called me “vacant” and he was right I could stare into space and not even know what was going on right in front of me. I felt brain-dead. I brushed a woman’s car with my car one day after taking Vicodin for pain, it did little damage but I got angry at her for the way she drove when clearly it was my fault. When my neurologist didn’t support me I said good bye and never returned (I had seen him for at least 8 years).
This was early 2015, I opened up Google and looked for a Functional Medicine doctor and I found Dr Mary Caire in Allen TX. She spent over an hour with me our first visit and told me to just stop, didn’t have to wean off the gabapentin and maybe just a little slower off the baclofen. She helped me with supplements and I had already started Ann Boroch candida diet which she of course approved of. She wrote me a prescription for LDN and Nystatin which is a anti fungal drug and was part of the AB protocol. It was so nice to have a doctor who understood me and believed that I could be well again. I always felt like my neurologist was just watching me decline and handing me drugs to numb me so I could decline in a fog. Dr Caire was like an angel.
I followed the Ann Boroch diet very strictly for 16 months. After just 3 months on the diet I felt so much better. 6 months I was even better and at a year I felt like a new person. Without the other drugs I could think again, my brain was clear, I could remember things. I still had awful fatigue though.
We moved to Florida after our son left home and my husband I have been traveling all around the state in our 43’ fifth wheel trying to decide what to do next. There has been very little stress which is nice but life always has some stress. It’s been almost 16 months so we do have to go back to work eventually and at times that is stressful. We’ve tried to buy businesses and that is stressful as we’re pretty sure now that none of them are advertised honestly. We will likely have to start something from scratch.
After reading How Not to Die and The Starch Solution I decided that I wanted to be plant based. I had been a vegan once before and it had felt great even thought back then I still ate things I wouldn’t eat now. I found a new Functional Medicine Doctor in Florida to continue what I had done with Dr Caire, LDN, and supplements and diet.
My Friend Crystal kept trying to tell me about Dr Coimbra Vitamin D protocol. Finally I listened and joined the Facebook group. I read all the files and was amazed at what Dr Coimbra had accomplished. 95% success rate with stopping MS and even a reversal of newer symptoms in some people. I printed out all the files and took them with me to my visit with Dr Cole (my functional med MD in St Pete FL) he took files and said to me “My patients are my boss, if you want me to research something I will.” A week later his office called and said “Shawna, Dr Cole is ready to start your Vit D protocol.” “What??? Seriously??” Talk about a man of his word. Since then Dr Cole has flown to Brazil to train with Dr Coimbra. He is so exited, as this protocol works on ALL autoimmune disease not just MS so imagine the patients that he can help now.
I have been on Vit D protocol for 4 or 5 months at the higher dose and I feel amazing. My fatigue is gone. I have my life back. My legs no longer ache. I am starting to practice walking further so my husband and I can go on long walks again. I can go to the mall now. I can walk the beach. I can walk in high heeled shoes. I feel like me again. I still have migraines and am working with a Atlas Orthogonal specialist and they are improving. I still have some numbness in my hands and feet. I still need more strength.
Now that I feel this well every time I see the the words Baclofen, Gabapentin, Tysabri, I can’t keep my mouth shut, you will see a comment from me. These drugs made my life miserable and I will help anyone I can to get off of them. With diet I think most people will see that they don’t need them. I’m sorry this was so long. I just want newly diagnosed people to know that they can skip all the heart ache. I actually don’t even believe we need to see neurologists for MS, not if the only agenda is big pharma drugs. If you have one that trusts you and lets you go with natural healing that’s great but I blame myself for many years of letting them pressure me into drugs I knew were wrong for me. I could have been better years sooner and enjoyed my life more when my son was at home. Listen to your gut."
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(Psoriasis, Psoriatic arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis)
Post by Leda Al Debes, who has been on the Coimbra Protocol for 4 years to treat 4 autoimmune diseases, Psoriasis, Psoriatic arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis:
" With 4 autoimmune diseases and my knees with 2 major surgeries in each one, due to joint problems and a traumatic arthrosis on the left knee that resulted from medical error when I was 13 years old. When I started with vitamin D, I needed crutches to go up the stairs... I felt pain 24 hours a day ... I grew up living and learning to adapt with the movements' limitation of my knees.
Then came psoriatic arthritis, with lesions on my lombar, cervical, sacral iliac, pelvic and scapular region. And after that came MS with its various faces, that make us lose control of our own body...
This is a "simple" trail for many... We climbed a stretch in a van, there was a lot of vibration inside the car, it made me remember that not too long ago even the feeling of a blender turned on could trigger some of my MS symptoms! The day was warm, but I was so well! Well, in a way, that I know, only the Coimbra Protocol could make me feel.
It's difficult to mark so many friends that are part of my history with the protocol, the help of each one of you that was, and is, fundamental in my life. Gratefulness to all ...
It is an honor to be one of the patients benefited by the extraordinary work of Dr. Cicero. Thank you Dr. Bianca Urbano for everything! You are an exceptional doctor and friend. "
Post by Mayara Damazo, five years on the Coimbra Protocol for multiple sclerosis.
"It wasn't easy, having to treat an autoimmune disease, panic disorder, depression, seizures, anxiety, trying to hold back the relapses of a disease as dangerous as multiple sclerosis.
With God and Doctor Cicero Galli Coimbra I have achieved this!
Five years of treatment with the Vitamin D Protocol and the so dreamed "bill of clean health" arrived today.
Thank you Doctor!
And as he told me yesterday, 12/05/2017: 'HAPPINESS AND HEALTH WALK HAND IN HAND'. Feeling victorious!!!"
https://www.facebook.com/coimbraprotoco ... =3&theater
Article published December 10, 2017 (last Sunday) on the Italian newspaper "Trentino"
This article was published last Sunday on the Italian newspaper "Trentino". It talks about the Coimbra Protocol as a new option for multiple sclerosis and tells the story of Stranforino, a former mountain climber who was diagnosed with MS on March of 2009.
Text translated into English Below
Stranforino follows the conventional treatment and even tries the CCVSI procedure (enlargement of veins in the neck) but the disease keeps progressing fast. In 2014 the side effects of the conventional drugs become too much to bare and that's when he decides to do some research and finds the Coimbra Protocol. At the time, there were two doctors in Italy prescribing the protocol. One of the doctors was a cardiologist at the the Turin Hospital who also has an autoimmune disease. After trying the treatment with high doses of vitamin D on himself, the doctor decided to go Brazil, get the training with Dr. Coimbra, and become a certified protocol doctor. Stranforino schedules an appointment with this doctor and starts the treatment right away.
According to the article, at that time there were 30-40 patients in Italy following the protocol.Today there are between 6,000 - 7,000 patients on the Coimbra Protocol in Italy. Still according to the article, Italy has 60,000 people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
For Stranforino, the improvements started about 7-8 months after treatment, with the disappearance of fatigue and the return of his movements' coordination. To him, the most important thing is that his ability to walk has improved as well.
He says: "Many people share the experience of this disease, maybe they do not even know the Coimbra method, maybe they are afraid to face a different path from the one that has been indicated to them until today. I do not judge others. So far it has gone well for me and I am free to talk about what I have done and what I am doing. Now I can accompany my daughter to school and take short walks in the woods with my family. And this is the most important thing."
Stranforino last MRI was done in 2016 and is comparable to that of 2009, which means that the disease progression has stopped. According to the article, Stranforino feels that he has freed himself from a burden and, even if he can no longer climb peaks and glaciers, it is as if he has climbed back to his life.
http://www.giornaletrentino.it/cronaca/ ... -1.1470433
https://www.facebook.com/coimbraprotoco ... =3&theater
Gloria Flores Testimonial (Update)
This post was published by Gloria Flores, an American patient who has multiple sclerosis and has been on the Coimbra Protocol for a year. Gloria kindly allowed us to share it here with you:
" Hello Coimbra vitamin D family! I haven't been on here for a while, mostly because I've been busy with life. I just want to share my update. You can read all the symptoms I was experiencing a year ago under #progress
I want to say that 95% of the time I feel healthy. Some days I don't remember I have MS. I smile every chance I get because I've been blessed with this treatment and with everyone here spreading awareness of the vitamin D protocol. This time last year I was struggling to get out of bed. I didn't think I'd ever be able to work full-time. Today I am non-stop, living a normal life working a full-time job I also give vitamin D credit for eliminating my anxiety and depression.
Thank you to everyone here that gave me a glimpse of hope (with your kind words) during the most difficult time in my life.
I have two tips for anyone who's just getting started on the protocol. #1 Eliminate all stress. #2 Have patience while you heal.
Special Thank you to my protocol Dr Michael Cawley ''
(Read also her first testimonial HERE)
https://www.facebook.com/coimbraprotoco ... =3&theater
Ricardo Video Testimonial
This is Ricardo, a patient from Brazil who has been on the Coimbra Protocol for 8 months.
I already posted 2 testimonials when he completed 6 months and 3 months following the Protocol (links below)
Ricardo video testimonial - 8 Months on the Coimbra Protocol
Ricardo video testimonial - 6 months on the Coimbra Protocol
Ricardo video testimonial - 0-3 months on the Coimbra Protocol
(Read his 2 previous testimonials HERE [6 months] and HERE [0-3 months])
Maria Video Testimonial
"This is Day 9 for me after starting the protocol. I was shy to share this because I could hardly believe that I would see anything improve that fast. Another improvement I noticed, is that on each of my eyebrows, I had a bare spot where the hair stopped growing. I noticed that they filled in and are not bare anymore. Makes me happy..."
Video - Maria: 9 Days on the Coimbra Protocol
Live in Hope, Focus on Healing! - Beating MS with Vitamin D - Jennifer Butler
Great interview with Jennifer Butler, founder of the North American FB group "Coimbra Vitamin D Protocol For MS & Autoimmune Disorders".
Jennifer has MS and has been following the Coimbra Protocol for 3 years:
Video - Beating MS with Vitamin D - Jennifer Butler
Fran Mazzariolli Testimonial
Fran Mazzariolli is an Argentinian patient that was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 8 years ago;
She has been treating herself exclusively with high doses of vitamin D for the past 5 years.
According to her, choosing the Coimbra Protocol was "the best thing I have done in my life."
Fran is a belly dancer, this is her winning the bronze medal in a competition in Argentina (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjeeSaHHpuE
Nathy Longo Testimonial
Post by Nathy Longo, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 12 years ago and has been on the Coimbra Protocol for 5 years:
" The most important day of my life? July 29, 2017, the day I received the best and greatest gift that life could give me ... that was almost 4 months ago and I will never forget ... My daughter Isis.
And just as there are good days, there are those days that we would like to forget. I cannot remember the correct date, it must have been in 2005 or 2006, but about 12 years ago I received a diagnosis after a diplopy crisis that COULD have changed my life, but it has not changed it thanks to my resilience ... yes resilience (one day I'm going to have a tattoo with that word), my strength to live and my resistance in accepting the doctors' prognosis. I could not bear to see people talking about palliative treatments, depression, disability, retirement and things that did not fit my person and my state of mind, because I never gave up and never accepted that I would lose control of my life without first struggling and fighting a lot, (because I'm quarrelsome!).
So, doing the conventional treatment and having an average of 3 to 4 relapses a year... going from site to site, from research to research, in 2011 I found something about the protocol, about Dr. Cicero, and felt my energy renewed and had faith that that treatment would work out. I gave my life to this treatment and I gave up (without thinking much about it) the interferons that made me so sick during 5 years of treatment and that's when my life was rescued. It was at this moment that I felt in control of everything again ... I did not take any more medications! I took vitamin D (a hormone, really), but only to know that it was not a medication, that I would not be taking that poison that gave me bad reactions at least 2 days always after application, I already felt excited and my bet was accurate, because everything worked out and it continues working out over the years, because I've NEVER had a relapse any more!
In the meantime, my child Isis arrived... I enjoyed a wonderful pregnancy, super calm, without any interference and that brought me a healthy baby, beautiful, chubby (who demands a lot of milk and who would not be breastfeeding today if I was taking the interferon), who gives me joy and more energy to face life... and that will keep mom here enjoying and celebrating her growth and her achievements for a long time, and in high heels! (because MS has not taken that away from me!)
What I have to say and share is that this treatment brought me back to life! With all the quality I wanted and made me hope to live a lot and live well, without limits and without fear! Today neither I nor my family are afraid of the future and this is wonderful!
We have to spread, shout to the four corners our achievements. Even if we can rescue and bring hope to only one person, our fight will be worth it ... we can be great professionals, athletes, parents and whatever else we want ... control is ours and it is in our hands! "
Juliana Vinagre Testimonial -Update
(Secondary Progressive MS)
This is Juliana Vinagre, diagnosed with MS in 2000 and with secondary progressive MS in 2005. Juliana has been on the Coimbra Protocol since 2006.
"My life changed in February 2006 when I had my first consultation with Dr. Cicero Galli Coimbra. After the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in April 2000, I experienced a steady decline, loss of movements, constant malaise and lack of energy. I struggled to get out of bed and get through with my routine. I wondered if I would be able to attend classes in college, then if I would have the energy to do internships, work, and what my daily logistics would be like. Despite the difficulties, I was fulfilling my obligations, counting on the help of family and friends; it was not always spontaneous, but in the end, there was always help.
But all this is past, after I started treatment with high doses of vitamin D I gained a high load of hope. In a few days I felt more disposition. I began to believe and see the recovery of movements. I stopped developing new symptoms and was able to gradually rehabilitate myself, when the disease stopped progressing.
This treatment is not an alternative treatment. Dr. Cicero Coimbra is a research neurologist at UNIFESP. Many people benefit from this treatment and with some of them I could intervene and direct them to consult with Dr. Coimbra or with the doctors who are prescribing the protocol. Dr. Coimbra and his team are diligent in researching the subject and seek at all costs the welfare of their patients.
Before I met him I went through doctors who prescribe the conventional medications on the market. The side effects, at least on me, were devastating. I wondered if it was better to let the disease progress to having to undergo the effects of the medication. I have used corticosteroid in high dosage and immunosuppressants for years. I was disfigured and lost my health. But today those things are no longer part of my life. I only use vitamins and my immune system is strengthened.
Here is my thanks to Dr. Cicero Coimbra, responsible for my rebirth. When I met him, the doors and windows of life opened to me. And it was thanks to this promising treatment that I was able to complete my college, pass a public contest, start working and discover my potential in swimming, dedicating myself to the Paralympic sport in this modality.
Juliana Maia Vinagre "
(Read also her first testimonial HERE)
Ada K. Testimonial
(Primary Progressive MS)
This is Ada Kerwin, who has primary progressive multiple sclerosis and has been on the Coimbra Protocol for 8 months. Ada published this post on the group "Coimbra Vitamin D Protocol For MS & Autoimmune Disorders" and kindly allowed us to share it with you:
" Hi All,
I have PPMS and started the Coimbra Protocol in May 2017 ..
The effects have been nothing short of amazing. I've gone from: sitting all day, exhausted from the least amount of activity, inability to climb into my car without assistance, using a stair lift, having to lie down after showering to recover to; carrying out basic household tasks, little or no fatigue, climbing the stairs and attending a personal trainer twice a week.
I attended Michael Cawley in May 2017 and thus started this incredible journey. Michael was, and continues to be, helpful, informative and supportive and most of all he gives me hope. I feel blessed to have found Michael and Dr. Coimbra and am looking forward to a symptom-free future."
Ada Kerwin ''
(Secondary Progressive MS)
This is Rafael Salgadu, diagnosed with MS in 2005 and following the Coimbra Protocol for almost 7 years, since 2011.
When Rafael started the protocol his MS had already changed to secondary progressive MS. The videos (link below) and short text were posted by Rafael last month, in one of the Brazilian groups.
" People, end of the year, a lot of effort to keep improving every day and now I want to show you a little bit about the results.
A year and a half ago I could only practice on the ground, 6 months later I could jump a little bit, today I can do all this and I have balance.
In all those years I've had trillions of IUs of vitamin D, I've also taken some testosterone injections, many kilos of vitamin B and gallons of omega 3... LOL. ALWAYS OVERCOMING! "
Video 01 - Weight Training
Video 02 - Practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
This is Juliana Rodrigues, a patient with MS that has been on the Coimbra Protocol for 3 years. She posted this in the Brazilian protocol groups and kindly allowed us to share it on our page:
" Hello my darlings... just passing through to convey some important information to the moms and dads...
I took my baby to the pediatrician. This pediatrician was delighted with the Coimbra Protocol, with the fact that I had breastfed for a year and a half with MS, with the development of the baby and mainly with her vitamin D level (70ng/ml) - only due to the breast milk. She said she wants to follow the evolution of my treatment and the development of my baby...
Today I had a return appointment with tests' results and the levels of vitamin D dropped from the moment I stopped breastfeeding (3 months ago). Now her D level is 22ng/ml. The pediatrician decided to call a protocol doctor, got informed and listened to the advice that babies of mothers on the Coimbra Protocol must start supplementation of vitamin D one month after breastfeeding has stopped. This is also very important because In our case we have autoimmune diseases and might have genetic polymorphisms, and keeping good levels of D in our babies might help to prevent future problems.
Unfortunately, most pediatricians prescribe a very low dose of D to children, so we must take into account the information we have and our experience with vitamin D to question our pediatricians and ask for a realistic dose.
Be informed ... speak to pediatricians and supplement correctly.
Always thinking of the future...
Kisses to all! "
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