Illnesses

Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease

"The first piece of advice I have for people who are considering gall bladder surgery is to get advice before the surgery, not after it, because once you've had the gall bladder removed, your options are quite limited."
Mike Adams

"In my experience, more than half the time the gallbladder is taken out, the patient's pain that prompted the surgery still remains."
Joseph Mercola, D.O.

"I've seen many people, however, who suffered from gallbladder pain, had the operation, and then suffered from a postoperative syndrome: the stones were out but they still had pain.  And that's pretty aggravating, because their doctor suggested that the stones were the source of the pain.  In some cases, the gallbladder is removed only to reveal that it wasn't the source of the pain, that there was some other somatic cause unrelated to whatever stones or sludge might have appeared in the gallbladder."
Ronald Hoffman, M.D.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease
from the University of Maryland Medical Center
Detailed, mainstream approach.  Note follow-on articles linked at bottom of their page.

Gallstones and Naturopathic Treatment
from the South Bay Total Health Naturopathic Clinic

  • Gallstones are NOT the result of problems in the Gallbladder!
  • Instead, gallstones are the result of abnormal bile entering the gallbladder from the liver.
  • Abnormal bile production in the liver results from improper diet and lifestyle, primarily overconsumption of simple carbohydrates and low-quality fats leading to imbalanced carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and excess cholesterol production.
  • Gallstones are thus a systemic disease, not solely a condition of the gallbladder.
  • Removing the gallbladder DOES NOT correct the underlying, systemic causes of gallstones, which are also risk factors for hypertension, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
  • Gallstones are preventable, and in most cases reversible, without surgery!

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Cholesterol Gallstones: from Epidemiology to Prevention
by Professor Monica Acalovschi

Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease - Prevention
from DrKoop.com

Plant Protein Protects the Gallbladder
from the Bastyr Center for Natural Health

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Gallbladder Disease
by Ronald Hoffman, M.D.
"Sporadic gallbladder attacks that respond to diet changes, and the presence of gallstones identified by sonogram, are not in themselves an indication for surgery.  The pain can be brought under control with dietary modification, and the presence of the stones by itself doesn't mean you need to have them taken out.  But this is how it's presented to people. Surgeons will show you a sonogram of a gallbladder laden with stones as a selling point to get you on board for the surgery.  It can be hard to resist this kind of pitch from a medical expert, but unfortunately this represents a situation that patients often find themselves in."

Surgical Procedures for Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease
from the University of Maryland Medical Center
Detailed mainstream approach.

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement

What Conventional Medicine Won't Dare Tell You about Gall Bladder Removal Surgery
by Mike Adams
"Surgeons who remove gall bladders are complacent in educating patients about nutritional changes they need to pursue after losing this important digestive organ."

Gall Bladder Flushes and Cleanses
from Joseph Mercola, D.O.
"In my experience, more than half the time the gallbladder is taken out, the patient's pain that prompted the surgery still remains."

"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 a lie.

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."

Consequences of Gallbladder Surgery
from Diagnose-Me.com
"Long-term consequences of removal of your gallbladder are related to the lack of a storage sack for bile acids.  Bile is continuously synthesized by the liver.  The purpose of the gallbladder is to store this greenish fluid between meals.  When you eat, the gallbladder contracts, empting its contents into the small intestine, where the bile mixes with the food. If there is no storage sack (gallbladder), then the bile constantly drips into the intestine, even when no food is present.  In this concentrated form, the bile acids are very irritating to the linings of the intestine.  In the short term, irritation of the large intestine by bile acids often causes diarrhea - and long-term the irritation can cause colon cancer.  This is the reason why cancer of the right side of the colon is more common in people who have had their gallbladders removed."

Lithotripsy and Dissolution Therapies
from the University of Maryland Medical Center
"Oral agents used to dissolve gallstones and lithotripsy alone or in combination had gained some popularity in the 1990s, but have lost favor with the increase in laparoscopy.  They still may have some value in specific circumstances."

Articles from What Doctors Don't Tell You
When in Doubt, Cut It Out.

So You Think You Need a Gallbladder Operation.

If You Must Have the Operation.

So You Think You Need a Gallbladder Operation.  What to do Instead.

OTHER RESOURCES

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

American College for Advancement in Medicine

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

Simonson Hess & Leibowitz, P.C.
"Managing laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery malpractice cases nationwide"

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