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sarah g
gall bladder!?
i had real bad pains the other night and ended up in hospital and was told its something to do with my gall bladder i now need to have scans to find out wat..... wat i want to know is wat causes gall STONES and ive heard you have to change yr diet if you have these...so wat food would be bad for these and wat foods would be good???

Healing Oneself
Hi Sarah

Here are some ideas to resolve your issue.

Natural Cures

Most gallbladder surgeries can be easily avoided through nutritional and natural intervention, with emphasis on identification, avoidance, and treatment of food allergies.

Diet: Identify and avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive, especially eggs, milk and dairy products, gluten, wheat and dairy products. Also reduce your saturated and overall fat intake, keeping it below 20 percent of the total foods you eat, and eliminate all processed and hydrogenated fats. But do not cut fat completely, as this can actually increase your chances of developing gallstones. Monounsaturated fats (olive oil, coconut oil) are the best fats to include in your diet.

Be sure to eat less, as well, since overeating places stress on the gallbladder. At the same time, be sure to eat breakfast, don`t skip meals, and eat a balanced and healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes and other vegetarian sources of protein. Increase your intake of dietary fiber to improve bowel movements, and avoid refined carbohydrates, which can cause gallstone formation. Overall, eat less animal foods, remove processed foods and move toward a whole foods vegetarian-oriented diet. If you are overweight, lose the weight, but slowly and sensibly.

Good foods to include in your diet are black cherries, pears, beets (raw and cooked), fresh steamed and water sautéed greens such as beet tops collards, kale, plenty of steamed broccoli and cauliflower, snack on seasonal fruits, eat plain organic yogurt, as well as more raw foods in general.

Gallbladder Flush: Flushing the gallbladder of stones is a common natural cure and practice of holistic physicians. It is quite easy.

For six days do the following: Eat a whole foods diet with no animal products and no processed, refined foods. Eliminate all flour products, eat whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice. Limit dairy products to organic plain yogurt. Drink plenty of raw, fresh apple juice, and eat applesauce and organic apples as both meals and snacks. Eat fresh leafy green salads, steamed vegetables, tofu, tempeh, and vegetable soups.

On the afternoon of the seventh day, have 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil mixed with 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice. Drink all at once and skip your evening meal. Go to bed early (no later than 10 p.m.), and sleep with your right knee tucked up to your side. In the morning, you should eliminate the gallstones, which will appear greenish yellow. If you do not have a natural bowel movement in the morning, see the enema instructions in the Cleanse and Detoxification section and proceed with an enema. Six months to a year after your first gallbladder flush, you can repeat the process.

The protocol just described is a very gentle non-invasive gallbladder flush. See Cleansing and Detoxification for a more advanced detailed protocol.

Herbs: Combine the tinctures of wild yam, fringetree bark, milk thistle, and balmony in equal parts and take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day. An infusion of chamomile or lemon balm can also be taken regularly throughout the day.

Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help improve gallbladder health: carrot, beet, cucumber, radish, and fresh dandelion roots, with a clove of garlic; or grape, pear, grapefruit, and lemon.

Lifestyle: Choose non-toxic cleaning supplies and personal body care products.

Nutritional Supplementation: The following supplements can help relieve gallbladder symptoms: digestive enzymes with each meal, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, choline, inositol, lipotrophic factors, alfalfa tablets, acidophilus, lecithin, and the amino acid, L-taurine. Peppermint oil sipped in water throughout the meal can also be helpful.

Topical Treatment: Castor oil packs placed over the gallbladder can speed relief of symptoms.

Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating gallstones and gallbladder disorders: Acupuncture, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Neural Therapy, and Osteopathy

Toxins overloading into your system from chemicals, additives, processed and junk foods, as well as excessive saturated animal fat in the diet, contribute to gallbladder problems. If the liver becomes overloaded with excess saturated fats, the gallbladder gets stressed and inflamed. This excess of saturated fats become cholesterol deposits and when enough have formed, they crystallize with the bile to form gallstones.

Women get gallstones four times as frequently as men, especially women over 40 years old who are fair-skinned, and overweight. Twenty percent of adults over 65 years of age get gallstones that create problems and pain. Over half a million surgeries are performed each year to remove gallbladders due to gallbladder disorders, the most common being gallstones. And this can be easily be avoided by cleansing the body of toxins.

Constipation, food allergies (especially to milk products and eggs), digestive disorders (especially caused by a deficiency of hydrochloric acid), intestinal diseases, an excessively low-fiber diet, dental disturbances, parasites, rapid weight loss, and stress can all cause or contribute to gall stones and other gallbladder disorders. For lasting relief of symptoms, all of these factors must be addressed if they are present.

Best of health to you

there could be any number of reasons we get gall stones sometimes due to diet, some times to do with cholesterol.different people different reasons. if the attacks are quite severe it may be reccommended that the gallbladder is removed, or the stones may be removed. if a severe attack occurs yes it is a good idea to lower the fat content in food as the gallbladder may become inflammed and cannot process the fat very well causing more attacks or liver or pancras problems also. so good luck with what ever the diagnosis and hope you are well again soon

Dr Frank
All hollow organs that have body fluids passing through them can develop stones. This is a function of the chemical processes rather than real pathology. This includes the Gallbladder and bile ducts, the kidney, bladder and even the pancreas.

You can't get rid of the stones by dietary change, and though there was a brief period of interest in dissolving the stones it is seldom tried now. Generally if the patient is symptomatic the treatment is surgical removal of the gallbladder.

To reduce the risk of symptoms it is usually advised that the patient avoids animal fats, absolutely if possible. Ingestion of fat causes the gall bladder to contract to pass its contents, bile, into the small bowel. If it contacts against the stones, which prevent it emptying then pain results.

I had my gall bladder out 3 years ago. The stones are caused by minerals building up in your gallbladder. I don't know what causes it. Before I had it out, I couldn't eat very much of anything because it just hurt my stomach too much. I lost a lot of weight. After the surgery, I could eat a little more. I am now back to normal and I can eat anything. They tell you not to eat things high in fat content after surgery because it makes you have diarrhea. It took about six months after my surgery before I could go back on my normal diet.

Eating animal fats causes you to dump huge amounts of bile from your liver to help digest the fat. After a time, minerals form little clumps and these grow over time like little round marbles in your gall bladder. Eventually, they can block your bile duct and cause a lot of pain and even make your gall bladder rupture which is very painful and dangerous. There are other conditions where this same mineral deposit forms a crust that covers the inside of your gall bladder so that it is no longer flexible. It can't contract to pump out bile, but when it tries, it is painful. About 1 in 5,000,000 people have this condition. I was one of the "lucky" ones to have it and it took forever before they found it. Ultrasound doesn't reveal it so they had to do something where they injected me with radioactive die and then filmed what happened. If they catch it before it's too bad, they can do Keyhole surgery and you'll be well very quickly.

Best diet would include no animal fats. No cheese, no fatty beef, lamb, or pork. Stick to lean food like chicken without the skin, turkey, etc. Eggs also, are bad for you at this time and bacon is bad as well. If you have to have it out, you'll have to follow this diet until your body gets used to not having a gall bladder. If you eat a lot of fat after gall bladder surgery, the food will go straight through you like a bullet. Just be sure you are near a bathroom after you eat.

jamie m
My sister had hers removed. She was told it was to do wih cholestorol problems. A straightforward op. She now has to adhere to a strict diet, which your medical adviser will prescribe. Dont worry.

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