Written by Coimbra Protocol Specialist Michael Cawley
Vitamin D3 regulates the absorption of calcium from food and water. While calcium is an essential mineral for overall health too much calcium is toxic and very damaging to the kidneys.
People who take doses of vitamin D3 above 20,000 iu per day need to eliminate milk, cheese, yogurt, seeds and nuts from their diet in order to greatly reduce calcium levels. The consumption of at least 2.6 litres of fluids is also mandatory to insure that the kidneys are kept clear of accumulating calcium from other dietary sources like green vegetables.
Every three months while on the Coimbra Protocol it is requested that the following blood tests be performed.
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If ever Calcium is found to be outside normal range, vitamin D3 must be halted for two weeks to allow calcium levels to drop. Vitamin D3 supplementation should not be continued until a blood test confirms that serum calcium has returned to normal levels.
It is possible to have calcium outside of normal safe range but to have no symptoms. The problem will only be revealed with blood tests. Even with full dietary compliance and blood testing it is possible to experience calcium toxicity and be admitted to hospital for 5-8 days for treatment. The most common reason for this is the taking of pharmaceutical agents. Pain killing medication and anti biotics can suppress kidney function and accidentally cause calcium poisoning. Sometimes kidney infections can also cause calcium toxicity.
In the treatment of chronic kidney disease which is widespread a common finding is selenium deficiency. Patients on high doses of vitamin D3 are advised to take 200mcg to 400 mcg of selenium per day to help insure good kidney health.
Should you choose to avail of the Coimbra Protocol, be advised calcium toxicity is a rare but clinically understood possible consequence of high dose vitamin D3 supplementation.
Every effort is made to prevent it but it does still occur in a tiny per number of patients. No cases of irreversible kidney failure have been reported.
About the author
Michael Cawley is a trained Coimbra Protocol Specialist and with a background in nutrition. He has MS himself and knows therefore much of the agony his patients are going through and have experienced first hand how this protocol can help them. To get in touch with him about the treatment you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This post is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice. Content provided on this post is for informational purposes only. Please consult with a trained Protocol Coimbra Specialist regarding any diagnosis or treatment options. Information on this post should not be considered as a substitute for advice from trained Coimbra Protocol Specialist. The claims made about specific products throughout this blog are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
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