Roughly 20 million Americans suffer from gallstones, and 750,000 of them have their gallbladders removed each year. There are 800,000 hospitalizations and 2 billion dollars spent annually on gallbladder disease.
For most people the pain of a malfunctioning gallbladder eventually becomes unbearable. After several trips to the emergency room the mention of surgery is met with certain approval. Unfortunately this seemingly simple solution may or may not end the pain and discomfort of gallbladder disease. The probable after-effects of gallbladder surgery are never discussed with the patient which leaves the patient with the impression that all will be back-to-normal after surgery. But it doesn't take long to realize that all is "not well" and the patient soon begins to feel very betrayed by their surgeon and doctor who did not prepare them for "life without a gallbladder."
Contrary to medical opinion the gallbladder is of use to the body. The gallbladder is a small sac underneath your liver that stores and secretes bile, a digestive fluid that breaks down fats. Gallstones form when the chemical compounds in bile become unbalanced -- no one's sure exactly why this happens, but a diet high in fat often makes the problem worse. Since bile is actually produced by the liver, it's possible to survive without a gallbladder, but often not without unpleasant digestive tract complications.The gallbladder is like a pump. Without it, the liver can't secrete enough bile to properly digest a full meal. Many people experience symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, constipation, increased allergies, liver congestion, itchy skin and autoimmune diseases. Some patients suffer from dumping syndrome, in which food is "dumped" too quickly into the intestines from the stomach.
Suggestions for living without a gallbladder:
If your gallbladder is removed your LIVER will still produce bile. It won't be the amount that the gallbladder was able to store, but enough. Eat lower fat foods and smaller portions at each meal. Diet is extremely important. Eat low-fat, high fiber, organic and healthy. Eliminate refined carbohydrates and hydrogenated oils.
LIVER FLUSH: Every four months a liver flush should be performed. People without gallbladders may develop stones in the liver which will lead to a sluggish liver. Remember that the liver is the main filter of the body.
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES: There's tons on the market, everything from papin ( derived from papays) to ox bile supplements.
REDUCE CHEMICAL LOAD: Everything from pre-packaged, processed, and fast food, to personal care products, lawn products, perfumes, cosmetics, home cleaning products, etc. ESPECIALLY STAY AWAY FROM SOLVENTS!
DRINK DISTILLED WATER: Try to drink 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water every day.
USE A PROBIOTIC & ADD NATURALLY FERMENTED FOODS: Yogurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, natto, tempeh (Link for details).
REDUCE ANIMAL PRODUCT INTAKE (MEAT & DIARY): When consuming animal products make sure they are free-range, organic and hormone-free.
ELIMINATE: WHITE SUGAR, WHITE FLOUR, AND SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES. EAT WHOLE GRAINS IN SMALL QUANITIES.
Activated Charcoal - Some people have found that this helps with symptoms as it helps to sequester bile acid. Charcoal also inhibits other nutrients from being absorbed. Be careful and do not use around food or supplement consumption.
Exercise 30 minutes a day. Walking is highly suggested.
Sunshine - Get 30 minutes of sunshine on as much of your body as is legal, everyday. Necessary for adequate Vitamin D production.
Following the above suggestions will ensure that your digestive system operates to its fullest and will help to alleviate many of the side-effects from gallbladder removal.
So your gallbladder is gone...that's the past. It's time to move on and educate yourself in getting healthy and feeling better. Following the above suggestions will ensure that your digestive system operates to its fullest and will help to alleviate many of the side-effect from gallbladder removal. You can feel good again after gallbladder surgery, but for most it will mean committing to a total lifestyle change...one that will also be beneficial in keeping the whole body healthy. As with most disease, prevention is always the best solution, but when disease happens remember that there are always solutions and always hope.
LIVER FLUSH PROTOCOLS
Here is a list of great liver/gallbladder cleanse protocols. Both organs are cleansed simultaneously, where you've had your gallbladder removed or not, you should be doing this cleanse about 4 times a years, or as you notice a need for it. I highly recommend CUREZONE.COM when it comes to alternative healing methods, and getting answers to your questions. It's an amazing forum full of folks with a lot of personal experience, and the place to go if you're looking for support, or doing research before starting.
LIVER CLEANSING PROTOCOLS
Cleansing procedures can be done several times a week, regardless if you are flushing or not.
Make sure you are able to tolerate Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt) before you attempt to consume 4 tablespoons.
People unable to tolerate Magnesium Sulfate may suffer negative reaction, even death.
Several people died from the results of Epsom Salt overdose.
VISIT THIS PAGE FIRST TO READ THE WARNINGS!
These two from liverdoctor.com (check out the link for more details).
The Standard Method for the Liver and Gallbladder Flush
- Freshly squeeze some citrus fruits such as grapefruit, orange, lemon and limes to make 300 mls of juice. This will have a slightly sour taste, which is good, as bitter tasting fruits and vegetables stimulate the flow of bile from the liver and gall bladder. Dilute this juice with 200mls of filtered water.
- Finely grate 1 to 2 cloves of fresh garlic and half a teaspoon of fresh ginger, and then press both in a garlic press to make juice. Add this juice to the water and citrus juice mixture. Garlic and ginger are liver cleansing.
- Pour 300mls of good quality cold pressed olive oil into a warm glass.
- Every 15 minutes swallow 3 tablespoons of the citrus juice mixture and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Try to relax in between these 15 - minute intervals. Some people find it beneficial to lie down on their right side with a hot water bottle over the liver area, which helps to dilate the bile ducts to allow the passage of small stones and sludge from the gall bladder. Others prefer to sit in a warm bath, which also helps to dilate the bile ducts.
- If you desire, collect all your bowel actions (they may be loose and messy) into a bucket and when the flush is over, place them in a large strainer or colander and run tap water over them. You will probably find many greenish stones/gritty sludge around the size of a lentil or slightly larger. There may also be some large soft stones full of fatty cholesterol. Some people may not want to collect their bowel actions and are content to hear the stones clanging as they land in the toilet bowl!
Some people who do this flush may find that they feel very nauseated (bilious), and/or vomit several times. Abdominal cramps and diarrhea may accompany this, before the stones are passed.
Alternative Method for the Liver and Gallbladder Flush
- Drink one litre of organic unsweetened apple juice daily for five days. This will soften up the stones to such an extent that they can be squashed with the fingers. During these five days eat only raw fruits and vegetables and no dairy products, red meat or chicken.
- On the sixth day, skip dinner and at 6 p.m. take a tablespoonful of Epsom salts with 3 glasses of water. Repeat this at 8 p.m.
- At 10 p.m. make a cocktail of 115ml of olive oil and 115ml of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Shake this very well and drink immediately.
- Next morning you will pass green stones varying from the size of grains of sand to as large as your thumb nail. You may be amazed at the results, as have many thousands of people who have used this technique to avoid surgery.
Preparation for the flush:
- To prepare for the flushing procedure, it is recommended that during the two days prior to the commencement of the flush, you consume only raw fruits and vegetables and drink 2 litres of water daily. This preparation will lessen the chance of a bad reaction.
- Begin the liver flush in the morning after some brisk walking and deep breathing exercises. Make sure that you drink 2 litres of water gradually by sipping it slowly during the day otherwise the flush may induce dehydration. Some protagonists of this procedure recommend that you begin the flush at 7 p.m. because they believe that the gall bladder is “more active at night”. This may be true; however you will not get much sleep that night, if you decide to do the flush while the moon is shining!
- If you are a person who forms recurrent gall stones you can do this flush 3 times every year to prevent gall stones from building up. Some people do it every month and find that it does not cause any problems or side effects. If you follow the dietary guidelines found in Dr Cabot's Healthy Liver and Bowel book, you should not have to do this procedure very often because a healthy liver manufactures healthy bile, which prevents gall bladder inflammation and gallstones.
- We do know that family history often plays a part in liver and gall bladder disease so if you find yourself with gallstones, have a good look at your family history and take extra special care of your liver.
- Gallstones are more common during pregnancy. If gallstones are recurrent in younger persons, this may be a sign of an underlying blood disease.
Certain people such as pregnant women, young children, very elderly and frail people, insulin-dependent diabetics or those with severe liver disease or an acutely inflamed gallbladder, should not try the liver/ gallbladder flush and should discuss it with their own doctor.
Ideally a qualified health practitioner should supervise your gallbladder flush. At the very least, never do the flush alone, so that if you do dislodge a large stone and get severe pain, your companion can take you to medical care.
Always check with your own doctor before doing the liver/gall bladder flush.