By Dr. Suzette Lanzarotta
This flush should not be undertaken on your own. There is a risk of having a gall stone trapped in either the common bile duct or the pancreatic duct. Should this happen the back up will cause an acute pancreatitis which can be life threatening.
The gall bladder is a small pear-shaped organ located on the right side of the body, nestled between and slightly below the lobes of the liver. The function of the gall bladder is to act as a storage place for the approximate one pint of bile the liver produces on a daily basis. Bile is a collection of waste produced by the liver along with digestive enzymes necessary for the breakdown of fats introduced into the system in our foods. Bile also contains cholesterol, bile salts, lecithin and phospholipids; when there is an abnormal accumulation of these ingredients in the gall bladder stones can form. When triggered by a high fat meal the body will expel the contents of the gallbladder all at once for digestion purposes and the stones can be passed along with the liquid. If the stones are too large they can get stuck in the cystic or bile duct before arriving in the small intestine. When this occurs the duct is blocked causing inflammation, pain, nausea and vomiting. This is commonly called Cholecystitis or an Acute Gall Bladder Attack.
Gallstones can range from the size of a tiny grain of sand to larger than a pea-sized mass. Seventy-five percent of gallstones are cholesterol stones, 25 percent are pigment stones. Pigment stones are composed of calcium salts.
What are the Symptoms?
When a stone becomes lodged and does not pass, inflammation occurs. This can cause severe pain in the upper right abdomen and or across the chest. It is often accompanied by fever, nausea and vomiting. Other symptoms of gallbladder disease include constant pain below the breastbone that shoots into the right or left shoulder area and radiates into the back. The pain in the back can be quarter to fifty cent size at the tip of the scapula (wing bone). The pain can last from thirty minutes to several hours. You may also see signs in the urine as it turns from yellow to a tea or coffee-color. If the symptoms go untreated the skin and whites of the eyes may go yellow (jaundice). A gallbladder attack may mimic a heart attack, with severe pain in the chest area. Biliary dyskinesia is a condition in which all the symptoms of gallbladder disease are present, but there are no stones.
Acute gallbladder conditions require immediate attention and treatment. If left untreated it can be life threatening.
If you experience pain in your upper abdomen that lasts for more than an hour, please seek medical treatment. Your doctor will recommend an ultra sound to confirm the presence of gallbladder disease.
* If you have an attack, drink 1 tablespoon of apple cider in a glass of apple juice. Apples and apple juice have been known to dissolve the cholesterol stones and can be used as a part of a Gallbladder Flush.
* In the case of inflammation of the gallbladder: Avoid solid foods for 2-3 days. Consume only distilled or spring water. Drink Juices such as pear, beet, and apple for 2-3 days. Then slowly add solid foods starting with raw shredded raw beets with 2 tablespoons of organic cold pressed olive oil, fresh lemon juice. Eat at least 75% raw and avoid fats including dairy, peanut butter, red meat and pork.
- Drink 8-16 ounces of fresh apple juice daily for 2 weeks.
- Eat a diet of raw fruits and vegetables and void of all saturated fats for 2 week.
- Avoid sugar and products containing sugar.
- Avoid all animal fat and meat, saturated fats (found primarily in meat), full-fat dairy products, fried foods, spicy foods, margarine, soft drinks, commercial oils, chocolate, and refined carbohydrates
- Take Di-sodium phosphate daily (capsule combination by Standard Process), lecithin granules or capsules 1TBS or 1,200 mg 3 times per day before meals.
- Flush at the end of 2 weeks of diet and nutritional program using 3 tablespoons of organic cold pressed olive oil blended with the juice of one fresh lemon.
- Take this cocktail directly before bed. Lay on your right side with your knees pulled up to the chest for at least 20 minutes.
The stones will be passed and be eliminated in the stool the following day. They may be visible in and around the stool, the stool may be very dark green and slimy.
Addition Supplementation to consider as support for this detoxification and elimination:
- Digestive enzymes to be taken with meals to facilitate the digestive process
- Vitamin B complex
- Vitamin B12
- Choline and Inositol
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin E