The gallbladder serves an important digestive function. It is required to emulsify fats. What is emulsification? One can easily understand this concept when washing greasy dishes. It is nearly impossible to properly clean greasy dishes without soap as the soap emulsifies the fat so it can be removed.
Similarly, the gallbladder stores bile and bile acids, which emulsify the fat one eats so it can be properly transported through the intestine into the blood stream.
Anyone who has had their gallbladder removed will need to take some form of bile salts with every meal for the rest of their life, if they wish to prevent a good percentage of the good fats they eat from being flushed down the toilet. If one does not have enough fats in the diet, their entire physiology will be disrupted, especially the ability to make hormones and prostaglandins.
Bile contains water, cholesterol, fats, bile salts, proteins, and bilirubin. Bile salts break up fat, and bilirubin gives bile and stool a yellowish color. If the liquid bile contains too much cholesterol, bile salts, or bilirubin, under certain conditions can harden into stones.
The two types of gallstones are cholesterol stones and pigment stones.
Gallstones can block the normal flow of bile if they lodge in any of the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine. That includes the hepatic ducts, which carry bile out of the liver; the cystic duct, which takes bile to and from the gallbladder; and the common bile duct, which takes bile from the cystic and hepatic ducts to the small intestine. Bile trapped in these ducts can cause inflammation in the gallbladder, the ducts, or, rarely, the liver. Other ducts open into the common bile duct, including the pancreatic duct, which carries digestive enzymes out of the pancreas. If a gallstone blocks the opening to that duct, digestive enzymes can become trapped in the pancreas and cause an extremely painful inflammation called gallstone pancreatitis.
If any of these ducts remain blocked for a significant period of time, severe--possibly fatal--damage or infections can occur, affecting the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas.
Scientists believe cholesterol stones form when bile contains too much cholesterol, too much bilirubin, or not enough bile salts, or when the gallbladder does not empty as it should for some other reason.
The cause of pigment stones is uncertain. They tend to develop in people who have cirrhosis, biliary tract infections, and hereditary blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia in which too much bilirubin is formed.
It is believed that the mere presence of gallstones may cause more gallstones to develop. However, other factors that contribute to gallstones have been identified, especially for cholesterol stones.
Rapid weight loss
Symptoms of gallstones are often called a gallstone "attack" because they occur suddenly.
Gallstone attacks often follow fatty meals, and they may occur during the night.
People who also have the above and any of following symptoms should see a doctor right away: sweating chills, low-grade fever, yellowish color of the skin or clay-colored stools.
Many people with gallstones have no symptoms. These patients are said to be asymptomatic, and these stones are called "silent stones." They do not interfere in gallbladder, liver, or pancreas function and do not need treatment.
...Many people have unnecessary surgery to have their gallbladder removed. In my experience, more than half the time the gallbladder is taken out, the patient's pain that prompted the surgery still remains.
This is because the surgeon never fixed the problem. They only treated the symptom. This makes about as much sense as putting a piece of tape over the idiot light that would come on in your dashboard if your engine oil pressure is low. This would clearly solve the problem, the light would not bother you anymore, but you would be looking at expensive engine repairs if you failed to treat the cause of the light being on.
If you have abdominal pain that is immediately below your last rib on your right side and lined up with your right nipple, especially if your press down in that spot, there is a good chance that you have a gallbladder problem. .../...
I believe it is nearly criminal what traditional medicine is doing to the public when it comes to managing this problem. It is RARELY ever necessary to remove someone's gallbladder. If one ignores warning symptoms and does not address the reasons why their gallbladder is not functioning properly, then the disease can progress to the point where the pancreas is inflamed or the gallbladder is seriously infected and may have to be removed to save a person's life.
However, it is important to have a proper perspective here. Nearly ONE MILLION gallbladders are removed every year in this country and it is my estimate that only several thousand need to come out.
So, not only are surgeons removing these organs unnecessarily, but also in their nutritional ignorance they are telling patients that their gallbladders do not serve any purpose and they can live perfectly well without them. This is a lie.
Gall Bladder Flush
Just before going to bed at the close of the fast, drink 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lemon (or
grapefruit) juice. Mix these together thoroughly like you would shake up a salad dressing. The lemon
juice cuts the olive oil and makes it more palatable. It sounds and smells worse than it tastes. Next, lie on
your right side for a half hour before going to sleep. In the morning, if you don't have a bowel movement,
take an enema. This procedure may need to be repeated 2 days in a row.
Generally, you will pass some dark black or green objects that look like shriveled peas the day after
drinking the olive oil and lemon juice. These objects are not gallstones. Gallstones that can be passed are
much smaller than this, generally less than 2 millimeters in diameter. Chemical analysis of these objects
shows they are composed of soap, and are created by the bile interacting with the oil. The large amount
of oil causes large amounts of bile to be flushed through the gallbladder in an attempt to digest the fats. This lowers cholesterol (because cholesterol is a major component of bile), and causes smaller stones to
be expelled. The materials used in the gallbladder flush can also help dissolve bigger gallstones when
used regularly in smaller quantities.
There are a number of versions of this procedure, but they all rely on olive oil. This is because olive
oil acts as a solvent of cholesterol, the chief constituent of gall stones. One variation that seems to work
particularly well is to take a dose of Epsom salt about two or three hours prior to taking the olive oil and
lemon juice. Follow the directions on the box of Epsom salts as per the dosage.
Certain herbs may also enhance the procedure. Herbs called cholagogues increase the flow of bile and
help to dissolve stones slowly over a period of weeks and months. Herbs that have this property include dandelion root, barberry bark, yellow dock root, fringetree bark and celandine. Any of these can be taken
before attempting the gallbladder flush to increase its effectiveness, or afterwards to continue improving
gallbladder function. Gall Bladder Formula is a mild cholagogue and antispasmodic and can be taken
during the juice fast, or for several months to help the gallbladder. Take 2 capsules 3 times daily.
There is a small chance that a very large stone could become lodged in the bile ducts, which would
require that surgery be performed to remove the gallbladder. However, we are not aware of a single case
of this having happened, and know that thousands of people have used this procedure. Since this
procedure is typically done as an alternative to surgery, we believe it is well worth trying, as a person can
go ahead with the surgery if the procedure fails to relieve the problem.
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