The body works in many amazing ways! One example of this is how it works to eliminate parasites found in the liver. It encapsulates them in bile and eliminates them via the gallbladder -> bile duct -> small intestine -> large intestine and out the back door. The order of operation is simple. Firstly, we need to kill those bad boys and send them packing with a parasite cleanse. Secondly, we determine whether or not you need kidney support. Thirdly, you complete an overnight Liver-Gallbladder flush. The result is the (relatively) painless expulsion of hundreds of small green stones (that float) and a new lease on life for your Gallbladder and a lovely cleaning out of the filter/Liver.
I won’t go into all the details of how to do it all, as I really feel it is best to do it with the supervision of a naturopathic doctor. Also, everyone needs slightly different instructions with regards to the amounts of ingredients and timing etc. The TAKE-HOME MESSAGE to please, please, please share with everyone you care about is that YOU DO NOT NEED TO REMOVE YOUR GALLBLADDER IF IT HAS STONES. This is an extremely safe and effective process, even with big ones that your MD may be worried about. People painlessly pass stones 2 cm in size. We can also shrink them first with wonderfully effective and safe herbs. I have done this with many patients ranging in age from 11-86 and eliminated many digestive difficulties quite quickly. If you are wondering if this applies to you, see the article I wrote including the list of symptoms of parasites here. Gallstone symptoms include:
- Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen
- Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone
- Back pain between your shoulder blades
- Pain in your right shoulder
- Pain worse 20-90 minutes after fatty or heavy meal
- Greasy floating stools
Symptoms may be more general and less intense and may gradually increase as time goes by if they are not addressed. In med school, a way to remember the typical patient likely to have Gallbladder (GB) symptoms was: Female, Fair, Flabby, Forty, Fatty foods, Four am, and I must add from personal experience F***ing painful! Since it clearly can be a medical emergency, please seek appropriate care. Often, however your doctor will help you to relieve the acute pain, put you on a fat reduced diet and find a time for surgery. This is when you can book an appointment with me to see if it is appropriate and safe to do a cleanse (9/10 times it is), and then you can avoid loosing an important organ. In the meantime before seeing me, PLEASE do not eat anything with fat in it as that is THE trigger for your gallbladder to contract and eject it’s bile – ouch!
Your GB is important and worth a little extra effort to save. The GB holds bile produced in the liver until it is needed for digesting fatty foods in the duodenum of the small intestine.The fat coming down the digestive tract is the signal for it to dump its contents. Without a GB, bile just leaks out slowly and constantly and you do not get the big bolus needed to digest your fat properly. This often results in chronic diarrhea or loose stools and urgency after meals. It also means that you will end up deficient in fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids – not good! This can be somewhat compensated by taking a digestive enzyme containing bile acids and lipase. Without a GB you will need to do this for the rest of your life. Most MDs will not tell you all this, but I believe that you must know this in order to make an informed decision and in order to take care of yourself afterwards. The only stats I could easily find were for the US, and unfortunately, we are not far off percentage-wise. About 500,000 gallbladders are removed each year in the United States, typically due to gallstones, which affect about 15 percent of Americans. That’s a lot! This is why I ask you to please spread the word and help to save a gallbladder and improve people’s health!!!!
I am here to help, so please don’t hesitate to call.
Dr. Melissa Howe, ND.