How Your Gallbladder Works
The gallbladder is a hollow organ supplying bile to the digestive tract that is mainly used to emulsify fats and oils. According to some natural health experts, the gallbladder can be damaged by
- Excessive amounts of fat and oil;
- Large amounts of spice;
- Very cold liquids;
- Cold dairy products
- Stress and according to Chinese Medicine Five Element Theory: Resentment.
What are gallstones?
Gallstones form when liquid stored in the gallbladder hardens into pieces of stone-like material. The liquid, called bile is used to help the body digest fats. Bile is made in the liver, and then stored in the gallbladder until the body needs to digest fat. At that time, the gallbladder contracts and pushes the bile into a tube—called the common bile duct—that carries it to the small intestine, where it helps with digestion.
Bile contains water, cholesterol, fats, bile salts, proteins, and bilirubin. Bile salts break up fat, and bilirubin gives bile and stool a yellowish color. If the liquid bile contains too much cholesterol, bile salts, or bilirubin, under certain conditions it can harden into stones.
The two types of gallstones are cholesterol stones and pigment stones. Cholesterol stones are usually yellow-green and are made primarily of hardened cholesterol. They account for about 80 percent of gallstones. Pigment stones are small, dark stones made of bilirubin. Gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. The gallbladder can develop just one large stone, hundreds of tiny stones, or almost any combination.
The gallbladder and the ducts that carry bile and other digestive enzymes from the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas to the small intestine are called the biliary system.
Gallstones can block the normal flow of bile if they lodge in any of the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine. That includes the hepatic ducts, which carry bile out of the liver; the cystic duct, which takes bile to and from the gallbladder; and the common bile duct, which takes bile from the cystic and hepatic ducts to the small intestine. Bile trapped in these ducts can cause inflammation in the gallbladder, the ducts, or, rarely, the liver. Other ducts open into the common bile duct, including the pancreatic duct, which carries digestive enzymes out of the pancreas. If a gallstone blocks the opening to that duct, digestive enzymes can become trapped in the pancreas and cause an extremely painful inflammation called gallstone pancreatitis.
If any of these ducts remain blocked for a significant period of time, severe—possibly fatal—damage or infections affecting the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas can occur. Warning signs of a serious problem are fever, jaundice, and persistent pain.
Most people are likely to have hundreds of gallstones. Some may be soft and don’t show up on an x-ray unless they calcify. However, they cause problems such as gallbladder attack by blocking the bile ducts even when they are not calcified.
What causes gallstones?
Scientists believe cholesterol stones form when bile contains too much cholesterol, too much bilirubin, or not enough bile salts, or when the gallbladder does not empty as it should for some other reason.
The cause of pigment stones is uncertain. They tend to develop in people who have cirrhosis, biliary tract infections, and hereditary blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, in which too much bilirubin is formed.
Other factors that contribute to gallstones have been identified, especially for cholesterol stones.
• Obesity. Obesity is a major risk factor for gallstones, especially in women. A large clinical study showed that being even moderately overweight increases the risk for developing gallstones. The most likely reason is that obesity tends to reduce the amount of bile salts in bile, resulting in more cholesterol. Obesity also decreases gallbladder emptying.
• Estrogen. Excess estrogen from pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, or birth control pills appears to increase cholesterol levels in bile and decrease gallbladder movement, both of which can lead to gallstones.
• Ethnicity. Native Americans have a genetic predisposition to secrete high levels of cholesterol in bile. In fact, they have the highest rate of gallstones in the United States. A majority of Native American men have gallstones by age 60. Among the Pima Indians of Arizona, 70 percent of women have gallstones by age 30. Mexican American men and women of all ages also have high rates of gallstones.
• Gender. Women between 20 and 60 years of age are twice as likely to develop gallstones as men.
• Age. People over age 60 are more likely to develop gallstones than younger people.
• Cholesterol-lowering drugs. Drugs that lower cholesterol levels in blood actually increase the amount of cholesterol secreted in bile. This in turn can increase the risk of gallstones.
• Diabetes. People with diabetes generally have high levels of fatty acids called triglycerides. These fatty acids increase the risk of gallstones.
• Rapid weight loss. As the body metabolizes fat during rapid weight loss, it causes the liver to secrete extra cholesterol into bile, which can cause gallstones.
• Fasting. Fasting decreases gallbladder movement, causing the bile to become over concentrated with cholesterol, which can lead to gallstones.
Who is at risk for gallstones?
- people over age 60
- Native Americans
- Mexican Americans
- overweight men and women
- people who fast or lose a lot of weight quickly
- pregnant women, women on hormone replacement therapy, and women who use birth control pills
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of gallstones are often called a gallstone “attack” because they occur suddenly. A typical attack can cause
- steady pain in the upper abdomen that increases rapidly and lasts from 30 minutes to several hours
- pain in the back between the shoulder blades
- pain under the right shoulder
- nausea or vomiting
Gallstone attacks often follow fatty meals, and they may occur during the night. Other gallstone symptoms include
- abdominal bloating
- recurring intolerance of fatty foods
People who also have the above and any of following symptoms should see a doctor right away:
- low-grade fever
- yellowish color of the skin or whites of the eyes
- clay-colored stools
Many people with gallstones have no symptoms. They do not interfere with gallbladder, liver, or pancreas function, and do not need treatment.
When the liver is stagnant, sediment often settles out of the bile and forms accumulations that resemble stones, sand or mud in the gallbladder.
Symptoms of sediment in the gallbladder:
- Periodic pain below the right side of the rib cage
- Tension in the back of the shoulder near the neck
- Bitter taste in the mouth
- Chest pain.
So many people have unnecessary surgery to have their gallbladder removed. In my experience, more than half the time the gallbladder is taken out, the patient’s pain that prompted the surgery still remains.
This is because the surgeon never fixed the problem. They only treated the symptom. This makes about as much sense as putting a piece of tape over the idiot light that would come on in your dashboard if your engine oil pressure is low. This would clearly solve the problem, the light would not bother you anymore, but you would be looking at expensive engine repairs if you failed to treat the cause of the light being on.
If you have abdominal pain that is immediately below your last rib on your right side and lined up with your right nipple, especially if your press down in that spot, there is a good chance that you have a gallbladder problem.
The first step is to immediately follow the eating plan below. Regular exercise has been consistently associated with a decrease in gallbladder problems.
If the pain persists the article above provides a far simpler less expensive option prior to surgery.
I believe it is nearly criminal what traditional medicine is doing to the public when it comes to managing this problem. It is RARELY ever necessary to remove someone’s gallbladder. If one ignores warning symptoms and does not address the reasons why their gallbladder is not functioning properly, than the disease can progress to the point where the pancreas is inflamed or the gallbladder is seriously infected and may have to be removed to save a person’s life.
However, it is important to have a proper perspective here. Nearly ONE MILLION gallbladders are removed every year in this country and it is my estimate that only several thousand need to come out.
So, not only are surgeons removing these organs unnecessarily, but also in their nutritional ignorance they are telling patients that their gallbladders do not serve any purpose and they can live perfectly well without them. This is NOT true.
The gallbladder serves an important digestive function. It is required to emulsify fats. What is emulsification? One can easily understand this concept when washing greasy dishes. It is nearly impossible to properly clean greasy dishes without soap as the soap emulsifies the fat so it can be removed.
Similarly, the gallbladder stores bile and bile acids, which emulsify the fat one eats so it can be properly transported through the intestine into the blood stream.
Anyone who has had their gallbladder removed will need to take some form of bile salts with every meal for the rest of their life, if they wish to prevent a good percentage of the good fats they eat from being flushed down the toilet.
If one does not have enough fats in the diet, their entire physiology will be disrupted, especially the ability to make hormones and prostaglandins.
Regular Exercise May Prevent Gallstone Surgery
Gallstones are an important cause of disease and a common reason for surgery. Women, particularly those who have had multiple pregnancies or have certain ethnic backgrounds, such as Native American or U.S. southwestern Hispanic, are at particular risk.
Obesity is an important risk factor for gallstone disease that can be modified, as are frequent changes in weight. Rapid weight loss leads to the rapid growth of gallstones and a high risk of symptomatic disease. A gallstone can develop when bile, cholesterol, calcium salts and other substances come together to form a mass in the gallbladder, the organ that stores bile. Gallstones often exist without causing symptoms, but surgery is sometimes necessary when the stones cause severe pain.
Being physically active may help a woman avoid gallstone surgery. Women who exercised the most were 31% less likely to have gallstone surgery than the least active women. Even a moderate amount of exercise was linked to a significant decline in the risk of gallbladder surgery. An average of 2 to 3 hours of recreational exercise per week appeared to reduce the risk by approximately 20%. Compared to the least sedentary women, who spent less than 6 hours per week sitting at work or driving, women who spent 41 to 60 hours a week sitting were 42% more likely to undergo gallbladder surgery.
There are a number of potential pathways that may explain the beneficial effects of exercise besides weight control. Physical activity has been shown to make the gut move more rapidly, which may prevent gallstones from forming. In addition, it may reduce levels of fatty substances called triglycerides, which play a role in the development of gallstones.
The New England Journal of Medicine September 9,1999;341:777-784, 836-837.
If one does have gallbladder disease, whole beets are an excellent way to thin the bile and limit the risk of gallstones. Whole beets will thin bile the way paint thinner thins paint. It is quite consistent.
You can also use a product that is 100% pure organic whole beet concentrate, which works quite nicely.
It is criminal! Nearly one million people each year have their gallbladders sacrificed on the altar of the surgical table. Nearly every one of these patients did not need their gallbladders removed. They just needed to thin out their bile and clean up their diet and the body would have self-regulated and eliminated the problem. However, if you, or anyone you know has their gallbladder removed, bile acid replacement is required for the rest of your life, unless you obtain a gallbladder transplant. Trying to digest fat without bile is like trying to wash greasy dishes without soap, it doesn’t work very well. One needs bile to emulsify fats so they can be absorbed and used by the body for their many important functions
The Lancet recently reported the use of one quart of pure apple juice for one week. After one full week of the apple juice one cup of olive oil was used just before going to bed. The person was instructed to lay on their left side during the night. A high dose of magnesium can be used to facilitate the removal of the stones.
Lancet December 18/25, 1999 354:2171
Magnesium Sulfate used for liver cleanse
Magnesium sulfate reduces striated muscle contractions and blocks peripheral neuromuscular transmission by reducing acetylcholine release at the myoneural junction. In emergency care, magnesium sulfate is used to manage seizures associated with toxemia of pregnancy. Other uses include uterine relaxation (to inhibit contractions of premature labor), as a bronchodilator after beta-agonist and anticholinergic agents have been used, replacement therapy for magnesium deficiency, as a cathartic to reduce the absorption of poisons from the Gl tract, and in the initial therapy for convulsions. Magnesium sulfate is gaining popularity as an initial treatment in the management of various dysrhythmias, particularly torsades de pointes, and dysrhythmias secondary to a tricyclic antidepressant overdose or digitalis toxicity. The drug is also considered as a class Ila agent (probably helpful) for refractory ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia after administration of lidocaine or bretylium doses.
Magnesium sulfate is effective for severe acute asthma treated in the emergency department
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Ortho-Phos (included in Deep Cleanse Kit)
Phosphorus is an important mineral that enables the body to metabolize protein, calcium, and glucose. Our cells require phosphorus to maintain normal function and to store and use energy. Phosphorus is the second most plentiful mineral found in the body next to calcium. Just like calcium, most phosphorus is found in the bones and teeth with the remainder in body tissues and fluids. Phosphorus is plentiful in both plant and animal sources. Research suggests that if humans consume adequate amounts of calcium in their diet, they will automatically meet their daily phosphorus requirement. But poor eating habits and food processing techniques can greatly compromise the amount of nutritional value we ingest on a daily basis. For example, while cereal grains contain significant amounts of phosphorus, whole grain cereals contain more phosphorus than those made from milled grain, but the whole grain products may be higher in “phytin phosphorus, “which is not as easily used by the body.
• Keeps bones and teeth healthy
Phosphorus joins calcium to create an almost insoluble compound that gives bones and teeth strength and rigidity.*
• Supports multiple metabolic processes
The coming together and breaking apart of multiple phosphorus-containing compounds is responsible for many cellular metabolic processes and nutrient utilization. Phosphorus is part of multiple enzyme systems responsible for tissue respiration. Phosphorus compounds are formed as the body uses carbohydrates. Important fatty acids attach to phosphorus during one step of their utilization process. When muscles contract, phosphorus-containing nitrogen compounds come together and break apart. Our bodies require a proper balance of magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus to support good health.
• Maintains cellular energy
Cells require a high-energy compound called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for most of their biological activities. The body cannot produce ATP without the presence of phosphorus. Whenever cells need energy to undergo any cellular activity or process, ATP reacts with water to begin the cycle. The innumerable cells in the body require a slow, consistent source of energy that can be controlled and regulated because the chemical reactions taking place inside cell walls can only use small amounts of energy as needed. ATP provides just the right amount of energy for the specific times cells require additional energy to perform a particular function. *
The orthophosphoric acids help remove calcium and lipids (fats) from the arteries and normalizes cholesterol metabolism. The phosphoric acid working with the malic acid found in apple juice has some effect on dissolving and softening gallstones.
The magnesium in the Epsom Salts relaxes the sphincter of the gallbladder and bile ducts, allowing for the easy passage of the softened, shrunken stones. Finally, the cream and oil cause a strong contraction of the gallbladder and liver, forcing out stored wastes, bile, and stones which easily pass into the small intestine. These wastes and stones are then excreted.
Ortho-phosphoric acid is helpful for the following symptoms:
Stiffness of the muscles and joints (especially inthe morning).
Myositis (postural cramps)
Lowered metabolism (subject has problems getting going in the morning, bradycardia, sensitivity to cold).
Atherosclerosis and hypertension.
Night symptoms (insomnia, cough, agitation, etc.)
Excessive secretions (saliva, eyes, nose, etc.)
Cranial symptoms (headaches, internal pressure, throbbing pain, etc.)
Arthritis and bursitis (temporary help).
Eating Plan for a healthy body
Avoid: preservatives, coloring, artificial flavoring, MSG, dairy, soy, high protein, meats with antibiotics and hormones, tuna, swordfish, shrimp, GMO foods and farmed fish alcohol, junk food including soda’s, sugar, caffeine, wheat, and rye.
Organic fresh vegetables, lots of pure water, organic protein (small amounts), wild salmon, stevia, xylitol, raw agave syrup, legumes, root vegetables, seeds.
Meet Your Liver: An Organ that is multi-tasking to keep you alive and well.
Today’s high-speed lifestyle is very taxing on the liver. Your liver’s job is to analyze and “attempt” to excrete, or turn to fuel, all substances you come in contact with. It is supposed to routinely perform 1000’s of “life vital functions” around the clock.
But everyday, we ingest countless sticky, foreign, practically useless chemicals, making this job nearly impossible. As a result, the load on the liver keeps increasing.
Our overworked friend, houses the gallbladder, and weighs about a pound. It regulates blood sugar, cleanses the blood, stores iron, metabolizes fat, carbohydrates and protein, synthesizes vitamin A, and is the lynch pin of your body’s immune system.
For many, their liver was overwhelmed by age 10. To fully comprehend the tasks your liver is dealing with right now, imagine you are a gardener, a chemist, a sanitation worker, a housekeeper, a soldier on duty, a warehouse / forklift operator and a grocery store clerk, all at the same time. Now imagine you are 5 months behind in your work.
The #1 way the liver communicates with us is by altering our emotions. Suddenly, things that were right are wrong. Tiny problems are huge. Patience is out the window, and you want to explode, or already have.
Somehow, at a time like this, you are supposed to understand that, that burning feeling, is just your liver saying, “I do not like French Fries!”
Other liver symptoms not to be ignored include; skin or eye irritation, headaches, bad moods or mood swings, low energy, fatigue, foggy thinking, a sore or stiff right shoulder, fuzzy vision, congestion of the nose, sinuses or chest, slow reaction time, mental or emotional stress, insomnia, restless sleep and hot flashes. These symptoms ARE your liver’s cries for help.
What Liver Symptoms Do You Have?
1) Right shoulder stiffness, tightness or soreness?
2) Irritable or stressed?
3) Fuzzy or foggy vision?
5) Poor concentration or focus?
6) Itchy, irritated, red or dry eyes?
7) Insomnia, restless or rough sleep?
8) Fed up with people or have little patience with them?
9) Liver problems or hot flashes?
10) Dry, bad, itchy, burning or irritated skin?
11) A constant itch that never goes away?
12) Muddled or muddy thinking?
13) Overwhelming moods or emotions?
14) Wound up and ready to explode?
15) Gallbladder flare ups or issues?
16) Use or crave alcohol or spirits?
17) Nose, sinus or chest congestion?
18) Acne, boils, rashes or breakouts?
19) Bothered by answering this question?
Count your YES answers and see below.
0-2 Excellent, keep up the good work!
3-6 Help is recommended.
7+ Serious problem, needs to be resolved.
The mechanisms of emotions and the role your liver plays in intensifying them.
Emotions are not random. When you watch as someone explodes with remarkable intensity, over a slight thing, there is a physical factor involved making it worse, your liver.
As you will read in my first book Transform Your Emotional DNA; The Chinese noted 4000 years ago, that emotions go as your liver goes. When the liver is hot, so are your emotions. When the liver is unstressed and cool, you are calm and relaxed. Altered or hot emotions, is the liver’s attempt to alert you that it needs help.
Think of your liver as an oven. If it is cool, your emotions are even and regular. The hotter the liver gets, the more intense your emotions become.
Dyes, preservatives, chemical additives, resins etc., are all explosive fuel for your liver. Enough contact with them will cause your liver to heat. That kind of fuel can keep your liver red hot for hours or days.
- Weighs about 1 pound.
- Carries out 1000s of functions per day.
- Effects the emotions and visa versa.
- Cleanses the blood.
- Helps regulate blood sugar.
- Metabolizes fats.
- Synthesizes vitamin A.
- Breaks down toxic substances.
- Stores iron for the body.
- Stores glycogen (converted glucose).
- Metabolizes carbohydrates.
- Metabolizes proteins.
Also, there is no Milk Thistle in LP, as Milk Thistle, being a “Liver protector” caused the formula not to work.
Taking Liver Pro By Symptom: You can Take 5 LP right when you have a liver symptom. Initially, this could be several times a day. I would suggest you take it with equal amounts of the Kidney Pro. Do not take either one past 7 pm. And skip two days per week.
By practitioner protocol: Follow your practitioner’s instructions.
What Do Your Kidneys Do?
Battered by caffeine, a poor diet & stress, your kidneys fight to filter your blood.
The body is a factory. Your two bean shaped organs (kidneys) track the body’s fluid usage, levels, pressure & location. Fluid is used to transport waste from the body’s organs, to the kidneys for processing or treatment then, excretion as urine.
Your body also has to rid itself of gases, acids, oils, resins and sludge. Some of the compounds processed by the kidneys include, lactic acid, uric acid, various proteins, sugars, salts, excess calcium, potassium and ketones.
When these products / by products cannot be fully flushed from the body, the body is forced to uncomfortably store them. Healthy kidneys will utilize between 64 to 128 ounces of fluid a day cleansing your system.
Due to their importance in keeping us healthy, the Chinese call the kidneys “The Master Organ.” Since all of our organs run on fluid, the kidneys regulate every organ of our body.
How Your Kidneys Work
Your Kidneys: The Master Organ Of Life
The kidneys regulate your entire system including: the bladder, blood pressure, ovaries, estrogen, period cramps, testicles, testosterone, sperm production, uterus, prostate, sex drive, pancreas, spleen, lymphatic system, heart, ligaments, ears, scalp, right / left low back, upper back, left; shoulder, pectoral, trapezes, elbow; both calves, thighs, biceps, triceps, forearms, wrists, knees, ankles, your spine, all fingers and toes.
The only areas not regulated by the kidneys are your right shoulder, right pectoral and right trapezes, all monitored by your liver. Your right elbow represents your stomach.
There is never a kidney problem that does not include a liver problem. The two organs work hand and glove together. Always address them at the same time.
“The state of our internal organs are represented on the face”
– Yellow King of China’s physician, circa 2670 B.C.
Fact: When an area of the face is very pronounced or calling attention to itself, it indicates a weakness or predisposition to weakness of the associated organ.
The half moon of darkness, redness, puffiness or pronounced wrinkling under each eye indicates the state of your kidneys. Your right half moon represents your right kidney and the left is the left kidney.
Do Your Kidneys Need Help?
1) Low back pain, stiffness or soreness?
2) Tire quickly or sleepy from 3-7 P.M.?
3) Left shoulder pain, stiffness or soreness?
4) Sore ankles, calves or feet?
5) Rough periods or low sex drive?
6) Bladder infections & frequent urination?
7) Tinnitus, vertigo or high blood pressure?
8) Puffy, red or dark circles under the eyes?
9) Clear shapes in your field of vision?
10) Weak nails that chip or break?
11) Sore, tingling or numb muscles?
12) Thyroid or lymphatic issues?
13) Swollen, stiff or sore wrists, knees or joints?
14) Scalp irritations or thinning hair?
15) Weak or sore left side of your body?
16) Spleen, pancreatic or weight issues?
17) History of kidney issues or kidney stones?
18) Reproductive health issues?
Count your YES answers and see below.
0-1 May not be an issue yet.
2-3 A slight problem that can be improved.
4-6 Chronic may continue to worsen.
7 + Severe, help is needed now.
For Healthy Kidneys, Avoid the Following
- Excessive protein
- Salts and excess sodium
- Fried foods and processed fats
- Sugar and Chocolate
- Chemicals / drugs of all types
- Dairy products
- Processed Carbohydrates
- Lack of sleep
- Heavy Meals
Your Kidneys Need:
- Clean Water
- Fresh Fruit
- Fresh Vegetables
- Less protein
- Light meals
- A healthy Liver