Dr. Coimbra Protocol

A forum to discuss the Coimbra Protocol which uses high-dose vitamin D3 to treat multiple sclerosis.
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Re: Dr. Coimbra Protocol

Post by ElliotB » Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:02 am

Hi Kittie,

I follow a diet that includes very, very, very minimal calcium (almost none) and have been doing so for years, basically as long as I have been taking the higher levels of D3 as I have always been aware of the potential for issues with regard to calcium. Fortunately my calcium levels have remained 'normal' and have not really changed over the years.

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Re: Dr. Coimbra Protocol

Post by Kittie » Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:58 am

From the very beginning my calcium levels were top end of normal. After two weeks on 10,000iu D3 at the beginning my serum calcium was 2.51 in a range of 2.20 - 2.60. Then 2.5, 2.55, 2.49, 2.56, 2.66, 2.53 (after two weeks no D3) and the last one 2.64. I am probably eating less calcium now, zero water filter, stopped almond milk, seeded bread, etc.
Has it affected your bones at all not eating much calcium in your diet?

Onwards and upwards,
Kittie.

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Post by ElliotB » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:54 am

No issues with bone density. I have it checked yearly and I am due for my next test in a a month.

Good that you stopped the Almond milk. Apparently although unprocessed almonds are a fairly good source of calcium, almond milk is not naturally high in this mineral BUT many food companies fortify almond, rice or soy milk with amounts of calcium roughly similar to cow's milk.

I have just added dry roasted almonds to my diet, and was unaware that they supply calcium, and will be sure to limit my intake of them.

Food high in calcium aside from your typical sources like dairy include:

salmon, tofu, sardines, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, navy beans, bok choy, almonds, rhubarb, turnip greens, sesame seeds, white beans, kale, corn tortillas, mustard greens and oysters.

It is very important to read the nutrition labels...

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Post by Kittie » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:04 am

The almond milk had nothing added but I have tried to get the calcium down so decided to stop it. Maybe I should have dropped the D instead?
How on earth do you manage your diet without calcium, it seems to be in everything.
What amount of D were you taking?

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Re: Dr. Coimbra Protocol

Post by ElliotB » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:20 am

I have generally taken in the 40,000 to 60,000 IU daily until recently. For the past few months I had dropped the level down to 15,000 IU daily and am now not taking any (been about a month). I have another blood test in about a month.

What brand of Almond milk were you using?

My diet is not easy, very, very low carbs, mainly meats, some home grown vegetables and home grown sprouts. The only issue I have experienced has been weight loss. Just added a few new items including some select nuts that are naturally low in saturated fats (primarily macadamia nuts and chestnuts) to try to add calories to my diet and stop the weight loss. BUT avoiding calcium is absolutely necessary when taking high doses of D. As I have never consumed more than a small amount of dairy in the past, it has not been that difficult to adjust.

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Re: Dr. Coimbra Protocol

Post by Kittie » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:53 am

Rude Health natural organic Almond Milk. I don't eat dairy, very little gluten, no nuts or seeds, mostly salads and vegetables, no meat except I have recently been having liver once a week, 2 1/2 lts water, fish and fruit. On your list salmon is the only thing that I have. Michael Cawley thinks the calcium levels are wrong. Hence the ionised calcium blood test.

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Re: Dr. Coimbra Protocol

Post by Kittie » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:05 am

Two weeks now without D3. Yesterday I took 20K Life Extension D3 drops. None today.
I had a really good day on Monday and the only difference being I had lamb's liver on Sunday!
I saw the Chiropractor on 6th June, Iain Smith in Newport. It has been 3 months since my last appointment. Good results and my leg exercises, that I have to admit I have left off for a while, just got out of the habit of doing them, were far better than they were. After a few pushes I could nearly lift it up all by myself!! This from hardly being able to lift it off the couch!

Sometimes we don't always realise that things are getting better. We can do a lot to help ourselves, but it won't happen overnight. Less than a week now to blood test. Wednesday 19th June, 2019.

Onwards and upwards,
Kittie.

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