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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gall Bladder Issues

If you're experiencing pain in the upper right quadrant of your body, and you have a family history confirming gallbladder attacks. Don't worry. This can be treated by diet and under the supervision of your physician. This is a guide, and is not to be used as a substitute for seeking medical care.

Twenty years ago, I suffered a horrid gallbladder attack, folding over, and vomiting. The medical staff at that time diagnosed by fluoroscope that I had gallstones. Later, I would see the evidence, the stones were the size of my "pinky nail".

Okay, what I'm getting to is there are alternative treatments, other than surgery, to provide relief. First of all, eliminate all high fat diets, and switch over to a reasonable high fiber diet. I had the surgery, old school, not the laprascopic procedure. Some foods I have to stay away from: corn, broccoli, cauliflower, and any form of pork. You'll have to try by experiment, and maintain a diary detailing foods eaten throughout the day.

By the way, here's the link for the gallbladder diet:

Also, stuff the docs don't tell you: You'll gain weight, and you'll have loose bodily functions (stools). Put yourself on Citrucel fiber support. I found out this works better than the psyllium husk based products, less gas.

Finally, take digestive enzymes to help break down high fat foods, such as cheesecake. I'll admit that the cheesecake melted in my mouth, but I'm paying for it right now as I type this. Right now, I put myself on a white rice diet, mixed with a scoop of protein powder (23 grams per scoop). I'm hoping I'll flush out the toxins by the end of the week.

Please remember that there's hope and alternative solutions - "read health food stores".

Update 3/16/2011:

I've changed over to Benefiber because Citrucel was giving me issues - rapid evacuations from the lower tract. These are very good products, but choose whatever works best and stay with it. Also, try steaming your vegies. Doing so, softens up the fiber. Broccoli stems are "equivalent" to eating lumber. I found this out the hard way, not fun. Hey, one more thing: Cook a can of whole green beans in the micro, and use the fresh vegetable setting. My microwave, a Sharp, has an option for soft or hard vegetables. I put the whole can in, beans and all into a covered Corning pan. Works for me.

Here's to your health!


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