Celeste McGovern
March 2020

Celeste McGovern investigates a Brazilian doctor's approach that his patients say put their autoimmune disease in reverse


It was a few months before Ana Claudia Domene's 40th birthday when she woke up one morning with a strange tingling sensation in her feet. She must have exercised too much the day before, she thought, but as the day wore on the tingling spread up her calves and into her thighs.

By the time Domene finished work, it was like she was wearing an electrical body suit up to her neck. "My whole body tingled for an entire month," she recalls. "I lost control of my right arm so I couldn't even hold a blow-dryer in my hand, my left leg became weak, but the extreme fatigue was really terrible."


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