|Specific Health Concerns|
Gall Bladder Disease
First Things First
I need to state right away that if you are suffering from gall bladder disease, which includes “simple” discomfit to excruciating pain, as well as gall stones, there is an answer that does not include surgery, medications, or ultrasonic blasting of stones. Recovering from gall bladder disease, including the dissolving of many stones (including large stones) is not impossible. I wish that every person and every doctor would read this article and apply it. Then gall bladder disease would be a thing of the past. I know that this is a very strong statement to make, but my clinical experience bears me out, knowledge of bodily function, as well as just plain common sense.
What Is A Gall Bladder?
Sheltered by the liver that covers the gall bladder like a hood is an organ that is a storage facility for bile. “Bladder” is the word for storage facility. “Gall” is the old-fashioned word for bile. It literally means “bitter.” You will know this for certain if you have ever regurgitated bile. It is VERY bitter. The gall bladder stores this bile until it is needed for the digestive process. Bile breaks down the fatty foods that you eat, preparing them for absorption through the intestinal wall. Your gall bladder is located just under your right rib cage, sheltered from harm by the strong bony cage of your ribs.
Bile Has More Than One Purpose
Bile is used in the digestion of the fats that we eat. Bile is also the vehicle that the liver uses to rid the body of fat-soluble waste. It is this second purpose that is critical to our understanding of gall bladder disease.
Main Detoxification Organ
The liver is the most important detoxification organ that we have. The liver is responsible for filtering the blood, cleaning out all fat-soluble waste. Most people are not aware of this function of the liver. Most people think that the kidneys alone are responsible for filtering blood. The kidneys do filter blood, but the kidneys only filter out water-soluble waste. The kidneys are incapable of dealing with fats. It is the liver’s function to handle the fats. Interestingly enough, the preponderance of toxins are fat-soluble, not water-soluble, and in this group of fat-soluble toxins there are many that are very nasty.
Nasty Toxins Are Filtered From The Blood, Now What?
Once the liver has filtered these toxins and waste from the bloodstream, it is necessary to find a pathway out of the body for this “garbage.” The liver has no access to the urinary tract, so it cannot send its trash away through that system. However, the liver does make bile, and this bile goes to the gall bladder. The gall bladder stores the bile and then releases it at the appropriate time into the duodenum (first part of the small intestine where most digestion takes place). If the bile can travel the length of the intestinal tract and be expelled from the body in a bowel movement, then the liver will have been successful in ridding the body of those toxins and wastes that were placed in the bile.
The Recycling Catch
As bile is made out of fatty acids, it can be absorbed just as any other fat can be absorbed. And it is. The body absorbs fats from the ileum (the last part of the small intestine). Ninety to ninety-five percent of the bile that a person produces is absorbed from the ileum. That means 90-95% of the fat-soluble waste will also be absorbed and returned to the bloodstream. The bile (in its constituent parts) will travel back to the liver. That means the waste that had been sent for elimination was only minimally eliminated. Therefore, the liver reuses this bile, trying once again to get the waste out of the body. But there is a catch: the liver continued to filter blood while that bile was on its merry way traveling the intestinal track. The liver has accumulated more toxins that have to be eliminated. So before sending the old bile back to the gall bladder, the liver will tuck in a few more toxins. If the bile recycles yet again, the liver will have to squeeze in even more toxins. Are you beginning to see that the bile that recycles again and again becomes more and more toxic? After time, the bile becomes thicker and extremely noxious. The bile becomes so thick that it actually begins to roll up into little balls. It starts as “grains of sand” and can roll into larger “stones.” Even if the bile never forms stones, it becomes so thick that partial obstruction of the biliary ducts can occur. This blockage of the biliary ducts can cause discomfit and eventually excruciating pain.
Contractions Of The Gall Bladder
The gall bladder uses muscle contraction to propel the bile from the gall bladder out into the duodenum. The bile travels in little pathways that we call biliary ducts. If the gall bladder is pushing the bile through these ducts and it meets resistance because the bile is more dense, discomfit and pain will result. Imagine the gall bladder pushing this digestive fluid through tubes, but the fluid is not moving. That creates a back pressure which is not pleasant to experience. At first, when the bile is just “sludgy,” there will only be a feeling of discomfit in the upper right quadrant—that is the area on the right side of the chest, just underneath the lower bones in the rib cage. As the biliary ducts become partially obstructed with stones, the discomfort will intensify to pain. If the duct becomes even more obstructed, the pain can increase to levels that are unmanageable. A blocked biliary duct can be so painful that the person will think that they are dying, or at least they may wish that they would die. These situations usually result in an emergency room visit which may or may not end with a gall bladder removal, which will most probably not have been necessary. Gall stones, even the largest, can be dissolved simply, safely, and relatively quickly using common foods.
How Can We Dissolve Stones?
If we are able to have in the duodenum a substance that will bind with the bile, not allowing its reabsorption, we are on our way. Soluble fiber, being found in the highest concentration in legumes, will bind with bile so tightly, that the bile will not be able to pass the intestinal barrier, and will not be carried back to the liver. Any bile that binds with soluble fiber will be eliminated out of the body through a bowel movement. Soluble fiber is unable to cross the intestinal barrier. Any substance that is bound to this fiber will likewise be unable to cross the intestinal barrier. Therefore, the liver will not receive back that bile from the gastro-intestinal tract. That means the liver will have to make brand-new bile. This new bile is not loaded down with toxic trash from the last several months and years. It is clean and new. It is able to breakdown any old bile that has become thickened and hardened. As this new bile goes to the gall bladder, it begins to clean up the deposits of old bile. Each time clean, new bile is passed through the gall bladder, more of the old bile is dissolved. Eventually, if we keep up this process, all stones, gravel, and sandy deposits will be totally dissolved and flushed into the duodenum. There this old bile, as well as the new bile, will bind with the soluble fiber. The bile will be carried out of the body. The liver will continue to make new bile that will keep the gall bladder clean and healthy.
Bile Can Dissolve Bile?
Absolutely. Oils and fats are some of our best cleansers. Fats break down fats. If we need to break down old bile deposits that have rolled into stones, it is a clean fat that will be able to do the job. That is why it is absolutely necessary to compel the liver to make brand-new, fresh, clean bile. To do this we have to eliminate from the gastro-intestinal tract all the bile that we can so that none will recycle back to the liver. This absence of recycled bile is what will force the liver to produce new bile.
A Side Benefit
As the gall bladder is being made healthy, your cholesterol and triglyceride levels will be decreasing. The liver makes bile out of the fats in your bloodstream, in other words cholesterol and triglycerides.
But What If I Am In Pain Now?
First of all, stop eating any fatty foods. The fats in foods signal the gall bladder to release bile. The more fat you eat, the more bile will be released. If you have an obstructed or inflamed gall bladder, the peristalsis (smooth muscle contraction) will precipitate pain. Next, begin to eat legumes immediately if the pain begins. You will notice a lessening of the pain in just a few minutes. The pain will dull and become more bearable. However, in a short time, even as short as 30 minutes, you may again feel the pain. Again, eat legumes. The pain will again lessen. Basically, if you consume the legumes almost constantly, the pain will eventually go away. The bile that is getting into the duodenum is bound with the fiber. That stimulates the liver to release new clean bile that will begin to work on the stones, gravel or sand that is blocking the biliary ducts. If you are in acute pain now, you will need to eat a total of 3 or more cups of legumes spread out over 8-10 times in a day. There is no limit to the number of legumes you may eat, just a minimum intake (3 cups). As you continue to eat the legumes, the pain will continue to lessen. Remember that it is small amounts of beans taken frequently that is important.
When Will The Stones Be Dissolved?
In a several weeks (6-10 is the average, although it may be less or more—depending on each person’s individual situation), with a high consumption of legumes, the stones will be dissolved. What is a high consumption of legumes? You must eat at least ½ cup of cooked legumes six times a day. Minimum intake is 3 cups. It is important that you spread the 3 cups out into the six ½ cup servings. We want to keep soluble fiber continually in the duodenum to bind with the bile as it is released from the gall bladder. Eating all three cups of beans at one time will not meet this requirement.
What Are Legumes?
Legumes are what we normally term “soup beans” or “dry beans.” They are pinto beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, white beans, navy beans, black beans, lentils, split peas, black-eyed peas, and lima beans, to name just a few. Legumes are not green beans, wax beans, soy beans, or peanuts.
Do I Have To Eat Beans Cooked From The Dry?
You may certainly soak your beans and cook them for several hours if you desire, or you may simply purchase canned beans that are already fully cooked. Either way is acceptable.
Have you ever changed the oil in a car? What does the oil look like when you drain it out? It is black and gritty. When you put fresh new oil into the engine, what does it look like? It is clear, smooth (no grit) and amber colored. As this new oil circulates through the engine, it picks up carbon and dirt. The oil is keeping the engine toxin-free so that it can run at optimum capacity. If we allowed the same oil to continue to circulate through the engine for a long time—say years—what would eventually happen to the engine? It would lock-up. It would cease to function. Everyone who deals with machinery knows the importance of changing the oil in an engine. It is the same with the human body. The bile is the oil. It is responsible for carrying out waste. However, if we never change the oil, and the old oil continues to circulate over and over again, eventually that oil will lock up the engine. In this case, the engine is the gall bladder that becomes blocked with debris—the debris is the old bile or oil that is so nasty by now, that the gall bladder is no longer able to function properly. What is the answer? Change the oil. The new oil (bile) will clean out all the old bile deposits and the gall bladder will be restored to health.
Please be aware that the recommendations that I make here are general. If you feel you have circumstances that don’t fit into the general category and would like specific help regarding your situation, please feel free to contact my office to set up a consultation.