Get Rid of Gallstones Naturally
You cannot easily mistake a gallstone attack - also referred to as a gallstone colic or a gallbladder attack - for something else. It comes as a hot sweep of pain across your middle, its epicenter a little to the right of the stomach and about a hand's breadth below the ribs. More often than not it hits full force right out of the blue. It may break into a succession of waves of pain or remain one continuous scream of pain to torment you for hours.
But here is a word of reassurance. A gallstone attack is not life-threatening though the pain may become very intense. If you can't bear the pain, you may reach for a pain killer. It may take a heavy-duty one to make the pain bearable until help arrives. But help with natural remedies is just around the corner.
What is a Gallstone Attack?
A gallstone attack, or colic, is the result of a gallstone caught in the bile duct. Some people carry gallstones in their gallbladder for years without knowing that they are there. Some smaller stones may pass without calling attention to themselves. But when a bigger stone gets caught, the duct spasms and the result is the unbearable pain.
It is impossible to tell just what makes a stone suddenly slip into the bile duct. The consumption of a big fatty meal may do it. A signal goes to the gall bladder to release a big quantity of bile. If a gallstone happens to be in the wrong place, it may be swept along only to get stuck in the bile duct.
Some people have gallbladder attacks though X-rays show no gallstones. Dr James C. Breneman of the American College of Allergists contends that these attacks are caused by foods to which the patient is allergic and that they can be prevented if the allergenic foods are eliminated from the diet. Whatever the cause, the effects are the same - terrible pain.
First Aid Measures
As much as possible, relax. At least dismiss the fear that the attack may kill you.
Fast. Don't eat or drink, at least until the first wave of the attack is over. When the attack is over, try a glass of water. Next, try a glass of fruit juice and/or eat some fruit - a slice of melon, a banana, a peach or an apple. If, half an hour later, the pain has not come back, try a snack of non-fat food such as hot oatmeal. And, if this does not lead to renewed pain, the whole ordeal may be over. You may not have another attack for months, for years, or perhaps never again.
If the pain comes back, fast again. Do not drink anything until the attack is over but continue to abstain from food for at least 24 hours. Break the fast with a glass of fruit juice and some 15 minutes later have a light meal. Again, this may be the end of the ordeal. If it is not, get ready to rid yourself of the gallstones.
You have two choices - you can see a doctor or do it yourself. You may want to see a doctor, if only to have the presence of gallstones confirmed by X-ray or ultrasound. But seeing a doctor will mean waiting, probably unnecessary tests, pills and hard-to-resist pressure to have yourself scheduled for surgery. The surgical removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) is big business. Hundreds of thousands of them are excised annually in the US, tens of thousands in Canada.
Doing it yourself will mean about six hours of a dietary procedure which is so simple that you may shake your head in disbelief when I tell you what it involves but which is sure to rid you of the stones within the next 24 hours. It is non-invasive, wholly painless and fully effective, and it leaves your gallbladder where it has always been.
How to Get Rid of Gallstones
- Buy half a liter of good olive oil only "extra-virgin olive oil" is good enough - and seven or eight medium-size lemons.
- Don't eat anything after the midday meal.
- Commence the actual treatment at about 6:00 pm. Take four tablespoonfuls of the oil and immediately after take a tablespoon of pure, freshly extracted and unsweetened lemon juice. Repeat this 15 minutes later - first four tablespoons of oil and then one tablespoon of the lemon juice. Continue repeating this every 15 minutes until all the oil is gone. Then drink the remaining lemon juice.
- It is very important that all the oil be taken at those intervals. The purpose of the lemon juice is to "settle" the oil and to keep nausea from developing. Even so, an occasional patient will vomit some of the oil during or after the treatment. But that's merely an excess quantity not required by that particular patient's system for achieving the full results. Note that even if you vomit some of the oil during the treatment, you must carry on taking the oil at the 15-minute intervals. If you don't do that, some of the stones may be left "in transit" and they may cause a biliary colic a few days later when they begin to move without the soothing and softening action of the olive oil.
- For the next 24 to 48 hours, you should pass all bowel movements into a basin or a bowl. Run water strongly on the excrement to wash out the stones. Most of them will sink but some may float. They may vary in size from that of a grain of millet to several times the size of a big chickpea. If you can do it, rinse all the culprits out and count them. You may be in for a surprise. I have known cases that yielded several dozen stones. Pick out at least a few of the offenders to confirm their presence.
Most stones are the biliverdin type - solidified green bile - and they tend to he bluish-green spotted with yellow. In very rare cases there are bilirubin stones - solidified red bile pigment - which are bright red in appearance. All of them tend to be softened to the point of rubberiness. In fact, the softening and dissolving action of this treatment is such that, unless you keep them in the fridge, they will fall away into an oily liquid in a day or two.
If you have been scheduled for surgery, do the oil treatment a few days before, wash the stones from the excrement and then take them along to show to your doctor that, whether he or she likes it or not, surgery is no longer necessary. Remember to keep them refrigerated.
An Ounce of Prevention
Preventing gallstones from forming, it seems, is not as easy as getting rid of them, chiefly because we don't really know what causes them. We do know that they consist mainly of cholesterol but we don't know just what makes the difference between cholesterol that stays liquid and cholesterol which decides to solidify. Reducing your cholesterol intake is no guarantee that stones won't form. Various studies have shown that people who consume no cholesterol at all -- no meat, no dairy products, no eggs -- can still end up with a high cholesterol count and -- yes -- with gallstones. Cholesterol is a vital substance. If your body does not get it from the food you eat, your liver produces it.
I recommend that people plagued with gallstones worry less about their cholesterol intake -- a moderate intake of cholesterol is probably best -- than about things that can be counted on to keep cholesterol mobile -- lecithin, garlic, good vegetable oil, extra fibre and exercise. Beans, peas and lentils are good food sources of lecithin. You can, moreover, buy lecithin granules at your health food store.
Garlic is best taken raw, but garlic pearls or capsules are good. You need not avoid eggs unless you are allergic to them. Though the egg yolk contains much cholesterol, it also contains lecithin, the substance that keeps cholesterol "honest." As for good oil -- "good" means cold-pressed; it means that the oil comes in bottles made of dark glass or, better yet, in opaque metal or plastic bottles; it means that the oil should be fresh, preferably no more than a few weeks old.
A diet high in fiber can be counted on to afford protection against gallstones. In societies where people consume a lot of fibre, gallstones are virtually unknown. Exercise, apart from whatever else it does for you, helps to keep cholesterol mobile.
It must have been a woman who said that the three worst kinds of pain a human being can experience are gallstone colic, kidney-stone colic and labor pains. If you have gone through one or the other of these, you understand what she means. Fortunately, however, there are natural remedies available to help get us through and prevent gallstone attacks.
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