The Gall Bladder is a small pear-shaped sac that stores and concentrates
bile. It is
connected to the liver (which produces the bile) by the hepatic duct. When
food containing fat reaches the small intestine, the hormone cholecystokinin
is produced by cells in the intestinal wall and carried to the gall bladder
via the bloodstream. The hormone causes the gall bladder to contract,
forcing bile into the common bile duct. A valve, which opens only when food
is present in the intestine, allows bile to flow from the common bile duct
into the duodenum (upper intestine) where it functions in the process of fat digestion.
Sometimes the substances contained in bile crystallize in the gall bladder,
forming gallstones. These small, hard concretions are more common in persons
over 40, especially in women and the obese. They can cause inflammation of
the gall bladder, a disorder that produces symptoms similar to those of
indigestion, especially after a fatty meal is consumed. If a stone becomes
lodged in the bile duct, it produces severe pain.
Evidence of an Environmental Disease
The local Melbourne, Florida physician said she would die without the surgery. He said
removal of her gallbladder was the only way we could stop the painful attacks in her upper
abdomen. The patient was the 80 year grandmother of a close friend of mine in
Melbourne Beach, Florida. She was suffering pains on a regular basis, however the
research shows the risk of someone her age dying from the anesthesia alone was approximately 1% -
great as far as we were concerned. What other options did we have with this common
disease known as Cholecystitis?
To find out as much as we could regarding gallstones and the gallbladder removal
epidemic, we spent four days at the University of Florida Medical Library researching the
medical journals for information. The first thing which shocked us is how common
this disease really is: Each year over 500,000 people are admitted into hospitals
for gallbladder disease. Two-thirds of them are treated surgically. In studies
of 60-90 year people, 60% of the women and 30-50% of men were found to have gallstones.
The other surprising factor was how the incidence of the disease differs
dramatically among populations. A large study in India found North Indians had gallstones seven times higher than South Indians. The only difference between the two
groups was that the North Indians were found to consume 8-19 times more saturated fats in
their diet. South Indians were found to use unsaturated fats and consume larger
amounts of rice.
What you're about to read may surprise you, in fact, physicians
rarely convey this information, as it would create significant doubt with
the patient and among family members. However, by
implementing the strategies you're about to read - the 80 year old grandmother was 90%
symptom free after 1 week and completely cured of her gallstones and gallbladder problems
within two weeks. She never had a return of any gallbladder problems after beginning
Another 55 year old man by the name of Dennis who resided in Vero Beach,
Florida also used these strategies after being diagnosed with a serious gallstone
problem. He too was symptom free within one week.
If you decide to try the gallbladder - gallstone correction interventions below, let us
know your results. As you'll see, the information simply "makes sense" and
is information that needs to reach the public and is why we have spent hundreds of hours
on this project and are providing the information at no cost. We only ask that
after your symptoms disappear upon beginning the strategies outlined by the researchers,
please share your experience with us so that we can post it on this site. This way
you will be helping thousands of other patients who would have otherwise been pushed into
unnecessary and dangerous surgery.
Inflammation of the Gallbladder - Cholecystitis
Inflammation of the gallbladder (also called cholecystitis) is caused by
stones forming in the gallbladder. It occurs in two phases. In the first
phase, stones become lodged in the cystic duct (this is the duct which carries bile from
the gallbladder to the intestine). The gallbladder contracts against this
obstruction, resulting in "biliary colic," a steady epigastric pain. If
the obstruction continues, the second phase begins. The gallbladder then becomes
inflamed, causing a steady pain localized in the upper right quadrant. A blockage of
the bile to the intestine can also cause a rise of bilirubin in the blood, resulting in
jaundice (since the bilirubin can't escape into the bile for excretion).
Why do Gallstones Form?
The research indicates that 80-90% of all gallstones
are cholesterol gallstones. These form in the gallbladder because the liver begins
secreting bile that is unusually saturated with cholesterol (Proceedings of the
Nutrition Society, 1985:44). The cholesterol then
crystallizes to form stones while in storage in the gallbladder or cystic duct. The
specific mechanisms in the body which cause the bile to reach these high cholesterol
levels are not entirely known. However, the liver appears to play a large part in
this process as it is the source for making bile from which gallstones form.
Other evidence, which we'll discuss later, shows that stones can form because the amount
of bile acids and bile lecithin are low. Bile acids and lecithin act as an
emulsifier in the bile within the gallbladder. Therefore, any inefficiency in this
emulsifying process would accelerate the formation of stones. Upon understanding
this, to correct the problem without surgery would suggest we need to find a way to make
the liver operate more efficiently so it can produce bile that is less concentrated with
cholesterol and more concentrated with the emulsifying bile acids and lecithin.
Can Cause or Prevent Stone Formation
While investigating the gallbladder research at
University of Florida's medical library, we found several studies which pinpointed dietary
factors as the primary reason for gallstone formation.
In research published in 1983 from the University
Department of Medicine, the scientists stated,
"Bile is significantly more saturated with
cholesterol after 6 weeks on a refined carbohydrate diet (white flour and sugar)
than after a similar period on an unrefined carbohydrate diet (whole wheat and
The effect of the refined carbohydrate diet might
then be expected to increase the risk of cholesterol gallstone formation. In this
study, the percentage of a compound known as chenodeoxycholic acid (a bile acid known to be capable of
lowering bile cholesterol saturation) was not significantly different in the two
diets. This suggests that the reduction in gallstones from eliminating white flour
and white sugar comes from some other mechanism besides the bile acid dissolving
Another study, published in the 1983 journal Experientia,
investigated the effect of Pectin and Cellulose in the ability to actually dissolve stones
in test animals. The results indicated that cellulose (found in crisp fruits and
vegetables) is able to "slightly" decrease the rate of gallstone
formation. It was not, however, able to reduce the size of pre-established gall
stones. Pectin (found mainly in apples) has a greater effect in stopping
gallstone formation and of great interest, was found to dissolve pre-established stones as
Administration of diets including fat emulsion
resulted in an increase in phospholipid concentration in the blood and liver (Lecithin is
an example of a phospholipd). Therefore, phospholilpds (lecithin) may reduce the
stone forming condition in the bile.
Another dietary factor found to lower cholesterol
levels in the gallbladder includes basic "wheat bran." (American
Journal of Surgery, 1978).
In a study published in the British Medical
Journal, it was shown that vegetarian women had a much lower incidence of gallstones
than non-vegetarian women. Vegetarians had a 12% gallstone rate while 25% of people consuming meat had gallstone problems.
A 1979 dietary survey reported in the American
Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found whole wheat flour intake was low in the diet of
subjects with gallstones.
Another study strongly linking diet and gallstone
formation was published in the journal Lipids. Researchers studied the direct
effects of meat and vegetable proteins on gallstone formation in test animals.
Gallstone incidence was greater among animals fed meat proteins.
"Bile acid concentrations within the
vegetable protein fed groups were significantly higher than within the meat protein fed
groups. The meat protein fed animals showed a significantly higher percentage of
cholesterol in the bile fluid. As the percentage of cholesterol increased in the
bile, the percentage of bile acids was found to decrease....
"Upon administration of a diet containing vegetable protein (in the form of
soybeans), gallstones were dissolved."
SUMMARIZING THE RESEARCH
To summarize the results of the previous studies
investigating the causes of gallstone formation, it strongly suggests the following
interventions should be tried before opting for surgery:
1) Consume Whole Grains (unrefined)
2) Increase Vegetable Protein (especially soy
3) Consume foods containing Pectin (Apples)
4) Consume foods containing Cellulose (Celery
and Crisp Fruits & Vegetables)
5) Reduce (eliminate) Saturated Fat intake
6) Reduce (eliminate) Animal Meat intake
7) Eliminate all White Flour Products
8) Eliminate (at least reduce substantially)
Drinks and Foods Containing White Sugar
An additional note:
Since maximum liver function is essential for proper bile formation, it is also important
to reduce chemical stress upon the liver (remember, the liver produces the bile
which must have proper levels of cholesterol, bile acids and lecithin and synthetic
chemicals are well known for weakening liver function). Therefore, it is important
you look carefully at your lifestyle habits and eliminate as many chemical sources as
possible that may compromise proper liver function. This may include chemicals in
the home or job such as solvents, gasoline, paints, fingernail polish, hair sprays, facial
cosmetic products, vinyl products, pesticides, artificial food additives (a very important
factor) such as artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservative chemicals
such as sodium benzoate and others. In other words, begin eating natural based
foods, rather than foods containing petroleum based products used to enhance flavors and
shelf life. Lets save the petroleum products for our automobiles......
That's it, the above 8 suggestions are the main points brought
out by the scientists in the previously mentioned research articles. In our
situation, the doctor said my friend's grandmother would "die" if she did not get
the surgery (he didn't tell us that figures show she had over approximately 1% chance of dying with surgery
since she was over 80 years old). She didn't die, and after one week on the above
diet she never had another gallbladder pain again. So when your doctor suggests you
remove your gallbladder with this over $2000 surgery, we strongly suggest you tell him you
would first like to get a "second opinion" - this will give you enough
time to try these thoroughly researched dietary changes for one week, and is usually all
the time needed to stop the gallbladder pain and begin the healing process.
We apologize for any loss of income to physicians whose livelihood depends on gallbladder
removal, but these techniques are just too effective and important for people currently
experiencing gallstone problems.
Below are emails we've received from people
who have tried the Gallstone Elimination Diet.
If you also choose to try the diet please let us know
how it works out so we can post your comments as well.
I was in a local emergency room and after EKG's - X rays - Blood Test and C/scan they
decided I had cholecystitis and needed immediate surgery. I said I needed a second
opinion and checked myself out after signing papers etc. Obviously I am not very
hungry at this time but started eating just fruits, apples, apple juice etc. It has
been two weeks since the initial attack and I feel fine....look good and am almost 100%
but wish to obviously watch what I eat. Thanks again for your free information
posted on the Internet.
Great Stuff and IT WORKS.
I was recently diagnosed as suffering Acute Cholecystitis. I was prescribed
amoxycillin and strong painkillers, and so the attack duly passed. However, when my
doctor informed me that the ONLY cure for gallstones was surgery, I decided to find out
more. After a weekend spent trawling the internet, Including your valuable site, I
was armed with a huge array of information with which to confront my doctor. I
decided to try and eliminate the gallstones using a method I had heard about from a
nutritionist friend of mine, using the simple ingredients apple juice, lemon juice, olive
oil and epson salts. The treatment worked like a dream and I expelled around two
dozen gallstones. I am now controlling my diet according to your recommendations,
and feel great! Thank you so much.
Totnes, Devon, England
Penny Samuels has taken the time to write up the details of the gallstone flush for anyone who is interested. If you would like a copy you
can download it free of charge from the link below. If this works for
you (as it has for so many others), we ask that you please write a
letter-to-the-editor of your local paper explaining your non-surgical
recovery. By all of us working together, we can help correct the
current mis-information on this medical issue and save many people from
unnecessary and costly surgery.
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information go to
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