What Is Gall Bladder Syndrome And How Can It Be Prevented?
We must remember that any disease is at first a disturbance in cell metabolism brought about by interference with cell respiration or starvation, and that to survive the way nature intended we must avoid those things which produce these adverse biochemical changes. Gall Bladder Syndrome is one of the most expensive, easily preventable conditions affecting Americans, causing a reported 3,000 deaths and over 800,000 hospitalizations annually. Over 500,000 people undergo surgery for gall bladder disease each year! Amazingly we bring this on ourselves, and with a few key lifestyle changes this condition could be virtually eliminated.
The American lifestyle of unnatural foods, refined sugar, white flour and unnatural fats contributes to gall bladder disease. Follow that lifestyle and someday you too may be one of the unfortunate people who suffer a truly avoidable disease syndrome.
What Are The Warning Signs?
• Belching and Gas
• Pain between the shoulder blades
• Pain in the abdomen (on right) under ribs and next to the belly button
• Bloating shortly after meals
• Intolerance of fatty foods
• Nausea and vomiting
What is the Gall Bladder?
The gall bladder contains bile which is produced by the liver and aids in the breakdown and assimilation of fats. The gall bladder holds and concentrates bile until a meal comes along for which the bile is necessary. Up to 95% of the secreted bile is reabsorbed… virtually all of the organic compounds in bile are taken back to the liver for later use. In addition to these organic compounds, the bile contains toxins and other waste products of metabolism which are released by the body through the bowel.
What does Bile Do?
Bile emulsifies fats, beginning their digestive process. Bile improves the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamin complexes: A, D, E, K and essential fatty acids. Bile helps bowel muscle tone and stimulates healthy bowel movement. Bile carries certain toxins away from the liver and out of the body through the bowels.
What is the Bile Duct?
Bile is carried from the gall bladder to the intestines through a tube called the bile duct. Gall Bladder Syndromes nearly all involve some type of restriction of the flow of bile through this tube. For example, pancreas health is very much involved with bile duct health. When the pancreas has been working overtime helping with refined sugars, carbohydrates and proteins, the pancreas can swell. Pancreatic swelling can restrict bile flow which affects proper digestion and causes symptoms. Additionally, toxins concentrating in the gall bladder are known to scar the bile duct and further reduce the healthy flow of bile.
What Is A Natural Approach to Gall Bladder Health?
Hundreds of thousands of people have their gall bladder removed every year, yet 25-43% of postsurgical patients continue to have similar pains and digestive complaints after the surgery. That means gall bladder removal may not be the answer to gall bladder pain. In fact, for those people surgery is only a short-lived attempt to resolve a lifetime of symptoms of indigestion. Gall Bladder Syndrome is associated with other serious health challenges, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. All of these conditions are associated with overeating sugar and unnatural fats, and with lack of exercise. Gall bladder surgery does not protect the patient from cancer, nor from heart disease, diabetes and obesity! For instance, research shows higher rates of colon cancer in patients who have gallstones, whether or not they have had gall bladder removal. Unless the cause of the Gall Bladder Syndrome is reduced or eliminated, regardless of whether one has a surgical removal of their gall bladder, the problem remains. Try these steps before you have your gall bladder removed and perhaps you never will.
1. Reduce or eliminate refined sugars. For many people this is the end of their gall bladder problems. By merely reducing sugars, people digest fats better and gall bladder symptoms are eliminated.
2. Eliminate all Hydrogenated and Trans-fats. These unnatural fats cause undue stress on the body, and block normal, healthy fat metabolism, leading to discomfort and disease.
3. Exercise regularly. Brisk walking for 45 minutes five times weekly has been shown to improve gallbladder function.
4. Consume natural foods. Choose salads, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts.
5. Drink water. Not soft drinks, no, not even diet drinks. Drink fluids before the meal, not during or after the meal, as this will dilute the digestive “juices” and negatively influence your digestive process.
6. Maintain regular Chiropractic adjustments. In two medical studies researchers found in postmortem examinations of gall bladder disease that 88-90% of subjects had spinal damage occurring at either the level of T7 or T8.