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June 30, 2013

NATURAL HEALTH: Be kind to your gallbladder

Fair, fat and 40 used to be the common scenario for those suffering gallbladder disease. It was the classic description of the gallbladder patient and no one in medicine would deny it. Because we are fatter at earlier ages, it is now common to see gallbladder disease in those in their late teens and early twenties.

Many individuals will accept the doom of their gallbladder and will agree to its removal, never questioning why. Removing organs without addressing why it happened in the first place, is, in my opinion, broken medicine. Yes, the painful and sluggish gallbladder will be gone, but you have fixed nothing. Eventually there will be other organ failures as no one has addressed the cause: your diet.

Gallbladder disease and gallstones are almost always the result of poor nutrition. For example, consuming a lot of soft drinks, sugar products, highly acidic foods like red meat and products made with white/wheat flour all contribute to the formation of gallstones. Processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon and cold cuts are aggravating factors as well.

Your gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under your liver. It stores bile, a fluid made by your liver to digest fat. As your stomach and intestines digest food, your gallbladder releases bile through a tube called the common bile duct. The duct connects your gallbladder and liver to your small intestine.

Your gallbladder is most likely to give you trouble if something — usually a gallstone — blocks the flow of bile through the bile ducts. Gallstone attacks usually happen after you eat. Signs of a gallstone attack may include nausea, vomiting or pain in the upper right abdomen that radiates to the back, or just under the right arm.

Gallstones can be reversed, but it’s something that takes quite a bit of time. After all, they have been formed in your body over a period of decades, so it’s not something you can get rid of overnight from a nutritional standpoint. 

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