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They Want Your Gallbladder

Gallbladder Wars

 Erin Chamerlik, MS, MT(ASCP)

Did God make you with spare parts? 

Why do you have a gallbladder anyway?


Surgeons are happy to remove your gallbladder at the slightest attack.

500,000 gallbladders are removed every year at a cost of $10,000 to $20,000. per procedure.

Probably the pot of gold under your liver (aka gallbladder) drives the increasing rate of cholecystectomies in this country. This is BIG BUSINESS, about $10 billion.


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Surgeons use scare tactics and tell you if you don’t have your gallbladder removed you could  die.  Do they tell you that .5% die from the removal of the gallbladder?

The gallbladder is a vital organ needed for proper digestion. 

It is a storage tank for bile from the liver.  Bile breaks fat down into an absorbable fatty acid. 

Bile, by the way, is made of cholesterol.  This is a key reason why you don’t want your cholesterol levels to drop too low.  We need cholesterol for many functions in the body!  A low-fat diet makes the gallbladder stop working.

Perhaps you are one of the few that might need surgery, but before taking that drastic, life-altering step, please try a more natural and holistic approach!

Yo-yo dieting, eating low-fat, no-fat, high refined carb, high sugar, low fiber diets can bring on gallstones and gallbladder trouble. 

Eating trans fats (restaurant foods, processed foods) and regular vegetable oils inflame the gallbladder.

Doctors will tell you that you need to cut your fat when you don’t have a gallbladder.  You still NEED fat and your body still produces bile to digest fats, you just don’t have the storage tank anymore, so there is a constant dribble of bile into the intestine.  (Taking ox bile and digestive enzymes with meals can halt those embarrassing problems that gallbladder-less people have).

Raw unrefined coconut oil is magical for the gallbladder coco-meat

and can be tolerated by people without gallbladders. Why? 

It is unlike any other fat.  It is made of medium chain fatty acids so it doesn’t even need bile for digestion. 

Your diet has everything to do with your gallbladder health. 

If you want to keep your organ in place then you really need to stop eating trans fats, sugar, and refined grain foods. 

Yes, I’m telling you that you can live without bagels, waffles, cake, cookies, candy, brownies, pasta, sugary coffee drinks, chips, soda, juice and energy drinks.

Here are some other lifestyle factors that play a role according to scientific studies:

  • Overweight people have more gallbladder problems.
  • Lack of exercise!  Studies show that when people exercise 5 times a week they cut their risk.
  • Stop crazy diets!

Poor nutrition is almost always a factor.

  • Eat 6-9 servings of vegetables every day, making a large portion raw. 
  • Decrease or eliminate coffee.
  • Increase water, drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day.
  • Increase fiber foods especially raw vegetables and fruits.
  • Eat extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil!
  • Exercise 5 times a week.
  • Take quality Cod Liver Oil
  • Uncover food sensitivity issues! 

In a 1968 study 100% of people in the study with food sensitivities reversed their gallbladder disease when the offending foods were removed.  Doctors aren’t telling patients that they might be able to avoid surgery by changing their diet and lifestyle.  Why not?  There are 10 billion reason$. 

It is your body. 

If you don’t take care of your body “they” will start removing your parts.

I think it is easier and more enjoyable to eat REAL food. 

Here is a tip when you feel your gallbladder needs support:


Immediately mix a glass of water with 1 Tbs. of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) and drink it down. 

You’ll be amazed at the quick relief.  This  is just a Band-Aid. 

You’ll really need to get on board with the whole REAL food eating plan and exercise.

The power of of ACV is due to the fermentation process and the the development of acetic acid, a wide variety of enzymes, probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and more.

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