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Are Supplements Beneficial for Gallbladder Disease?

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Are Supplements Beneficial for Gallbladder Disease?

Over 1/2 million people in America have their gallbladders removed every year.

The surgical removal of the gallbladder is called cholecystectomy. You might be wondering, if you are diagnosed with gallbladder disease or gallstones, whether surgical removal is absolutely necessary? What happens afterwards? Will all those uncomfortable symptoms and pain just go away now and leave you symptom free? After going the through the surgery, everybody is hoping to be pain free, gas free, bloat free, not constipated and be able to eat whatever they like. But here is the rub…you have only a 60 percent chance of that happening, because out of every 10 cholecystectomies, there will be four people who will still have symptoms.

If my situation is not life threatening and I have my doctors permission what can I do or take that will help me?

When it comes to the health of our gallbladders, I feel at this time it is important to share some information about various supplements available today to augment the dietary suggestions I offer in “Was That a Gallbladder Attack?” and “Best & Worst Foods for Gallbladder Disease.” Clinical nutrition and supplementation is extremely beneficial after utilizing the initial nutritional phase offered in the other two posts. I am going to step out of the box, head straight for the elephant in the room and be politically incorrect and actually recommend some brand names for the reader to explore. Do your own due diligence, of course but do take a look at the recommendations made here as all supplements are not created equal and that is a fact inherent in the supplement business today. Certainly the old adage of one bad apple can spoil the whole batch and make you untrusting and unwilling to explore the benefits of supplementation, which often gets its share of bad press. In some cases it is deserving but to throw the baby out with the bathwater would be a big mistake as many products have much to offer us especially when clinical nutritionists use them in their own practices. We can, through specific nutraceutical supplementation, give our bodies the building blocks to help our bodies heal themselves. The people who know these products the best, and the ones I trust the most, are the actual practitioners who use them in their own practice. These practitioners research them and offer them to their own clients and patients, and then see firsthand how they perform.

There are, as you all know, multiple sources for supplements available today and most people go to check out their local health food stores supplement departments, which in many cases do offer some great product lines, such as New Chapter, for example. But did you know that some product lines are only available through practitioners and or specific distributors and are not available in retail stores? To obtain some of these products and work with these companies directly, practitioners need to have specific credentials, or be licensed and/or have certain qualifications to obtain their products to resell to clients.

Each company sets their own criteria to obtain access to their lines in order for practitioners to be able to offer them to patients in varying clinical situations, such practitioners include: chiropractors, acupuncturists and nutritionists, etc. Two such companies that immediately come to mind, are Standard Process and Premier Research Labs. I have personally been trained on both of these lines. Some of these companies insist that you be trained through one of their recommended affiliate programs or have us work with one of their consultants before being able to have access to them and provide our clients with them. I have done this with many product lines over my 20 year tenure as a holistic nutritionist and found these courses very valuable. The presenters are often MD’s who have made the switch to alternative health care modalities. They too have seen first hand the benefits of quality supplements and how they perform vs. pharmaceuticals.

Personally I like to work with practitioners who pick and choose from the various product lines that are out there and have no prejudice as to how a product is marketed, as I do. It doesn’t matter to me, nor should it matter to anyone who claims to put their clients and patients first how a particular product is sold or marketed, as long as it is exceptional and is part of a ‘conscious commerce’ effort. When a profit is made by an individual or a company, that’s fine too as we all need to profit from our work, in order to stay in business. I do question how much profit some need to make and that is why straight retail sales from stores are my least favorite because in this type of sales, fillers, preservatives and other additives called excipients are used in these products in order to extend its shelflife but worse than that they must make room for their 100 percent or more mark up by using fillers. I was told when I formulated my first supplement product line that unless I filled my jars by a minimum of 50 percent (half full of fillers) that I would never make a profit. They were right, I never did make a profit with that line and still don’t, but that was ok as I wanted to make the best product I could as I used it myself. Fillers are just plain unacceptable in my book. We’re not paying for fillers and or smoke and mirrors. We want what is advertised on the label to actually be in the jar.

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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11:45AM PDT on Oct 3, 2015

I have had far too many friends who had their gall bladders removed and suffered miserably every after. Before having surgery for that condition, I would absolutely try ANYTHING and EVERYTHING holistic. There's a reason we have in our bodies all the organs we have -- even if scientists think they're "unnecessary."

3:23PM PST on Jan 16, 2013

good to know

8:40AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thank you Celeste, for Sharing this!

7:30AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

great info here , if you have the time please check out this little lens i have made covering similar subjects

thanks guys :D

3:54PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

I recently encountered some gallbladder trouble as well, I wanted to treat my symptoms but most of the supplements I found were unnatural and in pill form, I found a remedy online called Gallbladder Complete which is all natural and helped more then just my gallbladder. Check it out here

4:01AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

I use Moxxor for myself and dogs and have found it to be a lot better than anything I have found in quality omega 3's. It made visible differences to the dogs we trialled it on within mere days - big differences - suddenly a dog acting slow and 'old' at the young age of 6 was jumping around like a puppy again, and people I know who've who tried it notice a difference with arthritic pain from day 2 or 3.
I spent a long time searching for a cold-extracted omega 3 oils, because it is known within the natural rearing dog community the harm the heat in the processing does, and when Moxxor was mentioned to me I took my time and looked into it thoroughly but am v glad I tried it and have to say that everything about the company and product sits right with me and it does work, o.k. it would be nice if it were a bit cheaper, but it's a fact I'm afraid, that you get what you pay for quality-wise, and cold extraction is a costlier process than the ones which use heat.

2:55AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Useful to hear this sort of practical stuff.

1:25PM PST on Jan 17, 2012

Thank you for the positive feedback everyone! I thought long and hard about recommending any brand names here but I cannot in good consciousness recommend something that I don’t have first hand experience with. I treat you all like you are my good friends and merely share with you in that spirit what I take and put in my own body. JUST a list of ingredients or supplment types is not really helpful as people will usually make a choice based on price and don’t have direct access to the companies sources for ingredients nor access to their formulators. For example sending you out to buy the Big Box store brand of fish oil for omega-3 would probably put your gallbladder into attack mode when MOXXOR I know first hand soothes it. I take it everyday... 3 x daily..I’m sure there are other brands that offer quality products but how can I know that if I have not taken them and have yet to find one that is not rancid? This article is more of a clinical nutrition approach to the gallbladder problem and knowing who makes what and what they put into the products has taken me nearly 20 years to learn and now I am confident enough about my choices to share them. Take from my work and writing what you can use and throw the rest out, that’s my motto! I sincerely hope this blog which is my labor of love is helpful to you. You all and hopefully being of help to you are the reason I write it! xxoo

9:16AM PST on Jan 17, 2012


5:49AM PST on Jan 17, 2012

The greatest benefits are for the peddlers of these supplements.

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