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Do You Really Need Your Gallbladder?

Do You Really Need Your Gallbladder?

The order of nature is such that all phenomenon in this universe has a purpose, a place and nothing is wasted. Take the human body for example. All organs, systems and fluids have a particular role to play that is needed, necessary and vital to the functioning of the body. And yet, on occasion, we will be informed by the medical establishment that a certain body part is not necessary, indeed it is actually some quirky oversight of nature, and when removed, said organ will not be missed.

Over the years we have been misinformed that women should not breast feed their babies, that we do not need our tonsils, our spleen, our appendix, or our gallbladders. Ah, yes, the gallbladder, that small, hollow organ attached to the liver and the repository for a powerful digestive acid called bile. During the holidays you don’t want to be without a hefty supply of bile acid, especially when the fat drippings from your brine marinated turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and 4 servings of dessert finally make it to the small intestine. You will need a whole lot of bile acid to help you digest the meal and see you peacefully through the night.

Gallbladder removals amount to half a million each year in the United States. At a cost of $15,000 per surgery that equals a $75,000,000 business for a condition that can often be resolved by a change in diet and a gentle flush of the organ. Typically gallbladders are removed due to gallstones, with cancerous conditions often caused by the offending gallstones. The major foods that trigger a gallstone attack are basically the same foods that can, over time, create gallstones: sugar, eggs, milk, cheese, ice cream, caffeine, chocolate, and fried foods.

Gallstones are the result of a congested liver producing toxic bile. Sediment from the liver settles in the bile and accumulates in the gallbladder, where bile is stored, blocking the bile duct that leads to the duodenum. Eating a whole-foods diet and avoiding foods high in fat is a recommended treatment for first softening gallstones before flushing them from the system.  These rubbery, green formations have the appearance of sand, hard pebbles, or a clay consistency. They can stay in your gallbladder for years without you even noticing them; then one day a large stone can become lodged in the bile duct, causing gallstone colic and excruciating pain. Flushing the gallbladder is a simple procedure that leaves the organ intact while washing out the sediment.

Without the gallbladder, there is no longer a holding space to store bile. It continuously runs out of the liver, through the hepatic ducts, into the common bile duct, and directly into the small intestine. Now when a high-fat meal is eaten there is not enough bile available to digest it properly. For some people this can result in chronic diarrhea after eating a fatty meal. Dr. Joseph Mercola M.D. likens the effect to washing greasy dishes without soap and recommends taking a fat digestive enzyme (lipase) to compensate. An important fact is that your small intestine’s ability to absorb essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals is also compromised without the help of the gallbladder.

Interesting to note that Chinese medicine also views the gallbladder as responsible, emotionally, for the ability to make decisions, for wise judgment, as it also helps to moderate reckless behavior. Taken all in all, you may want to take care of your gallbladder and, when considering its removal, first consult a medical practitioner experienced in alternative treatments, one who is not so eager to remove such a necessary and important organ.

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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: brcleanse.blogspot.com and. To view her website go to www.deliaquigley.com

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5:28PM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

I've chosen to flush my liver and gallbladder because I had a dear friend who had his out and suffered tremendously with foods he couldn't eat and other symptoms.

4:40AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

I was never given the option of flushing the stones. I was told get it out or else by more than one doc in my area.

12:33PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

i was gonna remove my gallbladder coz i had stones and i did this flush and it worked
Method for the Liver and Gallbladder flush is:
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

11:07AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

as one who has had my gallbladder removed and still had pain and then was told it is acid relflex I think one should get mult oppion first but pain sometimes will prevent that if you can wait make sure you do get all the correct info. Diet don't always work. Many vegin also have had their gallbladder removed. God has bless us with doctors who can remove it with little to no long term pain.

1:43PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

I've done fine without my gallbladder and the 87 stones that were in it, for 33 years. I eat a low fat diet and not much meat and no processed foods, so I guess that helps keep me feeling ok without it. I can't eat a lot of veggies though.

7:03AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Surgery was the best choice for me. By the time I felt symptoms from my gallbladder, it would have been too late for a dietary cleanse. Last year, I had the gallbladder removed laparoscopically, and the surgery was a breeze: out of the hospital after 5 hours and feeling great after a few days. My 77 gallstones (about the size of kernels of corn) are in a jar now, and that's fine with me.

7:31PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Thank you for the information.

4:37AM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:00PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Thanks for this article.

11:52AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Thank you

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