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Gallbladder Disease...You Need Your GallBladder More Than Your Dr. Or Surgeon Needs A New Mercedes!

Gallbladder Disease can be healed by safe and effective herbal treatment. But you won't find the formulas that are effective in treating Gallbladder Disease in your local health food store or on the internet.

Don't let anyone lie to you...you need your Gallbladder...it is well known that the main thing it does is to functions as a storage vessel for bile that precious substance that helps us digest fats...

But it also has functions that are not so obvious and that perhaps will never be completely understood.

We have pretty good ideas...but we don't know all the details of how each organ interacts with all the other organs energetically and functionally. This energetic and functional interaction of the organ system is very complex, but all of your organs including the Gallbladder was designed to work well for a very, very long time. Gallbladder disease if not inevitable, if you take precautions with the food you eat as I will go into further down this page.

Here Is What The Experts Who Post On Wikipedia Have To Say About Gallbladder Disease and What The Gallbladder Is And Does

I found and added this information on 3/21/2011 and it seems to support my notion that there is a whole lot science and our MDs do not know about the function of the human body including what causes Gallbladder disease and how to avoid the surgical removal of this vital organ...

It is a supreme irony and the height of arrogance that MDs tell you outright or imply that they really do know it all. Regardless of how they do it, they tend to leave us with the impression that they know everything there is to know about how the body works...

In any case here is what the Wiki experts have to say..

"The adult human gallbladder stores about 50 milliliters of bile, which is released into the duodenum when food containing fat enters the digestive tract, stimulating the secretion of cholecystokinin (CCK). The bile, produced in the liver, emulsifies fats in partly digested food.

During storage in the gallbladder, bile becomes more concentrated which increases its potency and intensifies its effect on fats.

In 2009, it was demonstrated that the gallbladder removed from a patient expressed several pancreatic hormones including insulin."

This was surprising because until then, it was thought that insulin was only produced in pancreatic-cells."

This study provides evidence that pancreatic-like cells do occur outside the human pancreas. The authors suggest that since the gallbladder and pancreas are adjacent to each other during embryonic development, there exists tremendous potential in derivation of endocrine pancreatic progenitor cells from human gallbladders that are available after cholecystectomy."

"In humans the loss of the gallbladder is usually easily tolerated."

In my opinion and experience with patients it is not well tolerated.

Here is a link to Wikipedia so that you can read their whole article if you'd like. This will open in a new page.

Please click here to read the full text of what the "experts" who contributed to the Wikipedia had to say in it's entirety.

Seriously! I'm Not Kidding You Need This Organ.

I added these comments on 3/21/2011...

First, can you believe that after what I quoted from Wikipedia that the experts had the "gall" (pun intended) to say that removal of the Gallbladder is easily tolerated by most...

This is wrong on so many counts...

  • First curing Gallbladder disease by removing the Gallbladder is major surgery. People die and people often have unexpected infections and other complications from surgery. Recently a national politician died from this "safe" surgery.
  • Secondly, didn't the Wikipedia contributing experts just say we now know that the Gallbladder is part of both the digestion and blood sugar control mechanisms?
  • Oh, and did I mention that people can die just to have this pesky-misunderstood-and unappreciated little organ removed, when it can be easily healed with herbs that dissolve Gallstones and relieve the inflammation, so that you can continue to properly digest fats and avoid future blood sugar problems.

Do you clearly understand the other implications? Bile stored in the Gallbladder becomes concentrated and therefore more potent and effective than bile just manufactured by the liver.

So, if you don't have your gallbladder you will have more difficulty digesting fatty food, since bile will be dribbling and leaking from your liver into the duodenum at all times instead of being delivered in controlled doses at the appropriate times when it is needed.

Another implication of Gallbladder disease GallBladder removal is that you will be at greater risk for blood sugar problems including diabetes.

Remember, way back in 2009 scientists discovered something they had not even imagined before... that the gallbladder is involved in the production of several hormones previously thought to be only produced in the pancreas including insulin.

This means that your Gallbladder is more profoundly and powerfully involved in the whole digestive system than previously thought including blood sugar and the fat digestion and management system.

I would have thought that members of the scientific community dedicated to finding the truth would have more closely examined the Gallbladders they were throwing in the garbage. How embarrassing...what a glaring error.

And now that they have been handed lemons (in the guise of greater truth), they would like to make some lemonade for themselves.

And so they now say, "but hey not to worry, we will now use the removed gall bladders that we used to throw away to help other people...how noble. Now give us your Gallbladder, there are others who need it more than you."

This makes my previous words about unknown functions of the organs and that you need your Gallbladder more than they need it to pay for a new Mercedes seem rather prophetic, doesn't it?

Western Medicine Diagnostic Terms For
Gallbladder Disease:

There are essentially two Western Medicine diagnostic terms about Gallbladder disease that you need to know.

Cholecystitis: Inflammation of the Gallbladder and possibly the bile duct itself. If you have Gallbladder disease you have this.

Cholelithiasis: Gall Stones...and you most likely simultaneously have Cholecystitis as well. If you have Gallbladder disease you may not have any stones or other gook in your Gallbladder.

Here Are The Most Common Symptoms Of
Gallbladder Disease!

Do you have any of these symptoms of Gallbladder Disease?

  • Acid reflux or acid regurgitation at various times especially at night, chronic flu like symptoms or feelings of weakness, being easily fatigued. You may even feel like there is an infection somewhere in your body and you may even have a mild to moderate temperature.
  • You may have any of these symptoms after eating fatty foods: nausea, pain or discomfort below the liver which is beneath the ribs on the right side. The pain will be somewhere at or about the same level as your belly button, belching, bloating, agitation, irritability, restlessness, blurred vision.
  • You may find that you have these symptoms more and more often including that painful feeling on your right side below your liver and about the level of your belly button.
  • There is often an "aversion" to eating fatty foods...meaning just the thought of eating them makes you feel sick...you wouldn't eat it if you could...because it makes you feel sick...unless you are "crazy". Here is why I am using the word "crazy", because if you make the connection between what you have just eaten and how you feel, you will not want to eat what makes you feel so bad. Wouldn't it be sort of "crazy" to eat what makes you feel so bad?

Unfortunately, I have met and failed to successfully treat one or two "crazy" patients. I didn't fail to successfully treat them...rather... they decided they preferred to make two mistakes:

  • one to have Gallbladder removal surgery when it was absolutely not necessary,
  • and two, they continued eating the same food that made their Gallbladder sick in the first place.

Read about this former patient's choice and decide for yourself if the word "crazy" could apply.

She had her Gallbladder removed so that she could go on a long planned cruise and eat anything and everything. Her Surgeon, an MD. told her that she could eat everything and anything she wanted to after she had her Gallbladder removed. Because he apparently doesn't know what creates Gallbladder Disease.

Even without a Gallbladder, how long do you think someone can keep eating the same foods that made them incredibly sick without some other potentially disastrous impact on their health from eating the same bad foods?

Health problems like:

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease, coronary artery blockage
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Greater Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure

Just to name a few of the obvious problems created by eating "bad" food!

Just click here if you are interested in learning more about what "bad" foods are.This will take you to my page called SAD or the Standard American Diet.

Yet, she choose a cruise and dangerous eating habits over her Gallbladder and future health.

Shame on MDs and Surgeons for misinforming their patients so that they can increase their wealth.

There may be other definitions of crazy, but continuing to do what made you painfully sick enough to have chosen to have surgery...that's "crazy" in my book.

What Are The Causes Of Gallbladder Disease? Is It Genetic Or Something Else?

Here are some of the potential causes of Gallbladder Disease:

  • It is critical to understand that Gallbladder disease is fundamentally a disease, not of aging, but rather of poor dietary choices made over a long period of time.
  • And, it's not really a disease of genetic origin either.

Having said that...just as with any organ in the body...some organs may be stronger and some may not be so strong and one can make the argument that therefore this person or that person is more likely to develop Gallbladder disease than someone else whose relatives never had trouble with their Gallbladder.

Regardless of genetic heritage, the primary cause is eating bad fats and greasy or fatty foods over a long period of time. The older you are the longer your Gallbladder has been dosed with these bad foods and fats which weakens and inflames the Gallbladder and leads to the likely creation for Gallstones or sand like substances.

Normal plant and animal fats do not have these toxic effects on the Gallbladder. Lard (pig fat) is probably not a good choice of fat although it comes from a natural biologic source...since it also likely has been treated by high heat and can become rancid (poisonous) anyway.

In the debate that began when man first created, way back in the depths of time in the 1950s and 1960s, oleo and margarine to replace those "damaging fats" in butter...we were all lied to. A more benign and perhaps charitable explanation is that no one knew what these artificial fats would do to the human body.

These artificial fats where not created and sold to improve your health...

...they were created and sold to make someone a ton of money who dealt in chemicals and destructive processing and who was too lazy to have a dairy farm. Just some guys with a dream of getting rich who peddled the idea that some laboratory created monstrosity was more healthy for you than butter or olive oil.

And a huge number of people developed Gallbladder trouble and the diseases I mentioned above.

We don't have the excuse of ignorance any longer...the data is in...the studies done...bad fats will kill you slowly over time.

Or, if you are older and already have Gallbladder disease then in the not too distant future you are likely to get sicker and sicker and maybe face surgery...unless you take action now.

Actions that I will tell you about in detail.

Gallbladder Disease Is Often Mis-diagnosed By Many Doctors!

Those who have Gallbladder Disease are often un-diagnosed or mis-diagnosed as having gastritis, peptic ulcers, viral hepatitis, angina or acute pancreatitis.

Remarkably, one current patient a veteran with VA Benefits who because of the severity of his symptoms, I advised to go to his VA Doctor and tell her about his symptoms, did so and was told he didn't have Gallbladder because he didn't have any pain in that area of his body (below the ribs on the right side).

As I told him this was incompetence on the part of his VA Doctor. If you don't have significant stones in the Gallbladder, it is not uncommon to not have any pain, but still have Gallbladder Disease

Also, X-ray results are not always accurate.

Ultrasound of the Gallbladder is more reliable and has approximately 90-95% accuracy.

Getting an ultra sound test is also safer...no exposure to radiation...exposure to which is cumulative over your lifetime and does not go away. This is a scientific fact: The more radiation you are exposed to the greater the risk you have of developing cancer.

Diagnostic Tests From Most Expensive to Least Expensive: MRI, X-Ray, Sonogram...There Is One Test That's Free!

In order to get a picture of what is happening inside your Gallbladder there are a number of pretty much harmless possibilities...however there is one that can kill you.

Warning: Never, never, ever have a CAT Scan or as they are more commonly known today a CT Scans...these are documented to expose you to incredibly high levels of radiation. Most of the world now knows that exposure to radiation is cumulative over your lifetime and that radiation exposure proven to cause cancer when the cumulative levels are high enough...

If for any reason your Doctor denies CT scans do cause cancer...run as fast as you can away from this Doctor.

He or she is either lying...and/or owns and operates CT Scan equipment and therefore makes money directly from such testing...

...or gets paid referral fees for recommending this test or owns stock in companies that make, sell or use such equipment.

There have been recent major articles in many publications about these dangers including ABC News, the conservative Wall Street Journal and US News and World Report and Reuters. I am providing you with links to these articles below.

Please click here to read the Wall Street Journal Article about the known cancer causing problems of CT scans.

Please click here to read the US News and World Report article about the known cancer causing problems of CT scans.

Please click here to read the ABC News article about the known cancer causing problems of CT scans.

Please click here to read the Reuters article about the known cancer causing problems of CT scans.

You can find more information by Googling "CT scans and cancer risk."

In any case, is their greed, ignorance or lying a reason why you should expose yourself to a diagnostic test now proven and widely known to cause cancer. It's bad enough that you have Gallbladder disease, you don't need cancer too!

This is just another reason why you must become your own Holistic Medicine Detective and stay informed!

Sonograms are the least expensive of these diagnostic tests and provide just as good results as any of the others mentioned above and as far as is known now likely do not cause any harm.

X-rays are more expensive generally speaking then sonograms and then there is the Cadillac of Imaging Tests (at least in terms of cost) the MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging). A sonogram is really all you need and it is a bargain and is the safest of all the other imaging tests.

What may be found with these tests? Stones, gravel or sand (metaphorically) in your Gallbladder.

However, you can also have all the above symptoms and have no indication of anything in your Gallbladder. This does not mean there is nothing wrong with your Gallbladder...it just means there is nothing in your Gallbladder and that it is most likely inflamed or otherwise energetically malfunctioning.

Is There Any Test I Can Do Myself To Know If I Have Gallbladder Disease?
Yes!

You may have severe pain on the lower border of the right scapula which is located in the upper 1/3 of your back. This is the triangular bone that "wings out" when you raise your arm and shoulder.This is often a "sign" that you may have Gallbladder Disease

Besides the symptoms you have and the pain at the lower border of the scapula...

...here is a test you can do yourself on your own body.

There is a point on the Gallbladder Acupuncture Channel or Meridian which is just below the knee that is never sore or tender upon the application of pressure with your finger unless you have problems with your Gallbladder.

Even Western medicine knows that it exists and it is called Murphy's Point. But it is seldom used anymore because it is too "quaint", too low tech, read that as you can't make any money with it.

Here is how you locate and test that point.

Sitting in a chair with your right leg perpendicular to the floor, take your right hand and place your index fingertip on the side of your knee.

Now move your finger lower until you find the head of the tibia. It can be helpful if you look at a photo of the knee and tip of the Tibia. The head of the Tibia is just below the knee joint and about halfway between the fibula (the big bone that is your shin bone just below the front of the knee) and the crease of the back of the knee that begins on the side of the knee.

There is a little bump or protrusion at on the head of the Tibia. When you are on the tip of the tibia, if you move your finger around it you will feel a depression all the way around it.

In other words the tip of the tibia stands out as a bump. Place your finger tip on the tip of the Tibia and put pressure on it and move you finger slowly and slightly forward and down and it will "fall" into a hole that is the acupuncture point called Gallbladder 34.

This point may be tender. But wait, that is not the point I want you to find.

With your foot on the floor make sure your lower leg is straight, a 180 degrees perpendicular (vertical) to the floor, slowly slide your finger down (an imaginary line from this point and the tip of your lateral Malleolus (your outside ankle bone)) about two or three or maybe more inches especially if you have long legs...you may need to move your finger tip forward or backward in this upper quarter of your lower leg slightly as you search for this point. When you find it, if you have Gallbladder disease it is likely to be painful with just slight pressure.

What do I mean slight pressure? You can push on your skin pretty hard practically anywhere and it won't hurt unless you really dig in. That's not the kind of tenderness or pain I'm talking about.

I really do mean with rather a light pressure compared to other places on your body this will be tender and even hurt. The harder you push the greater then pain...unlike touching yourself anywhere else around this point.

If there is no pain anywhere in this area of your lower leg, you most likely don't have Gallbladder Disease. But if on this line and two, three, or four inches below the head of the Tibia you do have pain, then with about 99% certainty, you have Gallbladder disease.

My recommendation? Find a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and get treatment and follow his or her recommendations about changing what you eat, or what some call your diet.

Are There Any Times When Surgery Is Absolutely Necessary?

Yes, there are times when surgical removal of the Gallbladder is not only essential, but mandatory.

One indication of the necessity of surgical removal of your Gallbladder is when some kind of imaging test; Sonogram, MRI or X-ray shows large stones blocking the bile duct. You will know because you most likely have jaundice (yellow skin, be very sick).

Sudden, severe deterioration in your health as a result of Gallbladder disease may require surgical intervention.

Poor results from previous treatment and beginning of liver disease most likely will require surgical intervention.

Now understand if any of the three above things are happening you have ignored the warning signs and symptoms for far too long which is unfortunate and another reason why you must become your own Holistic Medicine Detective on other issues that you can still avoid.

This is small consolation to anyone with gallbladder disease, but can be a wake-up call if you are not yet seriously ill.

OK Doctor Eichenauer...Is This All Theoretical?
Or Do You Have Any Personal Experience?

Oh, I wish this was just theoretical...

OK, you want to know why the issue of Gallbladder Disease seems to be so important to me?

I will never forget the day my Gallbladder yelled, "I QUIT!" to me (metaphorically speaking). I'll describe below how it told me it was quitting and if not quitting that it was extremely angry with me..

It was so sad because I had up to that time lived a good and virtuous life...done all the right things...never eaten anything questionable...just like you...right?

Wrong! Let me be charitable to both of us.

I grew up in America. Strike one! - in terms of nutritional diseases. Why?

Because we have all been brain-washed by Corporate processed food manufactures and others who have told and continue to tell us it's all food...it's all good, we grew it or even made it in the laboratory ourselves.

I grew up in the Mid-West of the USA...Ohio to be more precise where the term Standard American Diet likely originated... or wait...perhaps it originated in the South...or was this diet created out West...It could have been in the Northeast? You decide. Faithfully eating the Standard American Diet...was Strike Two for me. The acronym for this diet is SAD...

Wait for it...that's because if you eat this way...there will inevitably come a time when you will indeed be "sad" when your health collapses and your body runs out on you...

Returning to my own personal experience. I was lucky...perhaps it was not luck entirely...but there was no strike three. That would have meant surgery.

I had over time been modifying my diet to eliminate all the bad foods and fats or at least to reduce them, not because I had a Gallbladder problem, but because I had learned a thing or two about good nutrition in my 4 year program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

I had stopped eating dairy including, my favorite, ice cream... oh and let's not forget cheese, those good old Cheddar cheeses, Goudas, velvetas (is that even cheese?) etc...What a great snack. How quick, how easy, how tasty, how cheesy?

I gave up going to the refrigerator and grabbing a slice or a hunk of cheese. Better yet, I gave up getting up in the middle of the night and zombie like pulling out the ice cream and indulging myself only too often to later wake up vomiting in my mouth with acid reflux that burned all the way up from my stomach to my throat and even nose.

Once I started studying Oriental Medicine I began putting two and two together and realized that dairy was not my friend no matter how good it tasted...oh, dairy how could you betray me so?

I was hip...I was knowledgeable and my health was improving...so what went wrong you ask?

If I Was So Good...And I Was,
Then How Did I Screw Myself Up?

Oh, Devil, they name is "person I lived with and dined with for 4 years...from the South in the USA..." just kidding. If you are reading this it was not your fault. The blame is entirely my own...really I mean it.

This kind of devil could be a man or a woman. But never-the-less, I met and moved in with a woman of the South....The Southern United States of America.

I was weak...I was wimpy...And it was good-bye healthy eating principles and hello barbecued ribs, fried chicken, french fries, Bloom-in Onions, fried onion rings, tons of red meat...I was becoming a true man of the South. No one made me do this...I did it myself. Just re-reading this for me makes me think...what were you thinking, Glenn? Were you nuts?

The answer? I must have been "crazy" at that time.

Finally, after only three or four short years of this, my Gallbladder threatened to walk out...to just quit...not bidding me a fond farewell, not with gifts and praise or gratitude for my new diet of the man of the South...but rather with a loud and clear..." I quit!"

I'll never forget the day it happened...I had just finished those fabulously tasting barbecued ribs that we had for lunch...the best in town...and scraped up the last of the Ketchup with my last french fry. I helped clean up the dishes and the kitchen...

...and suddenly - and I mean suddenly - fifteen or twenty minutes after eating...I felt very nauseated. I had a pain below my liver on the right side...had a headache...my mid-section hurt...my vision was blurred, I felt like throwing up...I was irritable, couldn't stop pacing because no position was comfortable...I was belching...I felt bloated...I was really, really sick.

I had nearly all the symptoms of an acute attack of Gallbladder Disease.

So What Did I Do?
Did I, Or Didn't I
Have My Gallbladder Removed?

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