The Conventional Treatment of Choice for Gallstones

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Filed Under: Gallstones, Digestive Health
Last Reviewed 08/08/2014

The Conventional Treatment of Choice for Gallstones

Read about how most doctors treat gallstones

Most conventional medical doctors believe that people can easily live without a gallbladder. So when patients come to them seeking treatment for gallstones, all too often their recommendation is surgical removal of the gallbladder. As a result, over half a million people in the U.S. alone undergo this procedure each year. And they are most often told there will be few, if any, long-term negative consequences. In my opinion, this is a crime. Here's why.

Bile acids are produced from cholesterol in your liver and then flow into your gallbladder where they are stored and concentrated as much as five-fold. As your body senses the movement of fat into the small intestine, the gallbladder releases the bile to emulsify the fat—making it easier to absorb.

With a healthy gallbladder, proper amounts of bile are released into the digestive tract as needed. But once the gallbladder has been removed, there is a continuous trickle of bile into your system regardless of the presence or absence of fat. The failure to match bile output to fat presence jeopardizes one’s ability to properly digest fat and, eventually, leads to deficiencies in fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids, poor cholesterol metabolism, and the absorption of improperly digested fat globules.

Keep Your Gallbladder

Instead of immediately opting for surgery when you are dealing with gallstones pain, I recommend trying a number of natural remedies for treating and preventing gallstones.

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