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Posted by Lyndsey on September 18, 2002 at 18:01:40:

Isnt tit true that foods make the gallbladder release bile? Can someone list a handful of foods that does cause gallstones?



Re: gallbladder/bile

Posted by Wendy Olson on September 18, 2002 at 18:31:18:

In Reply to: gallbladder/bile posted by Lyndsey on September 18, 2002 at 18:01:40:

Hi Lyndsey,

When other people post a reply, you should definately listen to their replies over mine. But my mother just had her gallbladder removed, and so I recently did some reading (mainly to try to talk her out of the surgery).

From what I understand, the gallbladder is SUPPOSED to release bile. That is its function. The liver makes the bile, and then it is sent to the gallbladder. The gallbladder then *controls* the release of the bile into the intestines. This is good... it acts sort of like a soapy substance to help push everything through the intestines ... or something like that.

From what I understand, one of the main problems after a gallbladder is removed is that there *is* no gallbladder to control the release of bile into the intestines, and so people are prone to get bouts of diarrhea very quickly, etc. (because the liver doesn't control the release of bile, it just passes it on whenever it happens to be manufactured).

Most of us have gallstones in our gallbladder (from what I have read), but they just aren't stuck in any passageways, and so they aren't bothering us. If you DO have a gallstone that is stuck in a passageway, then YES, I believe the over-creation of bile can create an "attack". I'm not sure what foods cause this, but they may very well be different for everyone. For my mother, cheese seemed to cause the attack one time, and a brownie another. But these foods wouldn't actually be CAUSING the gallstones... The gallstones would have to already exist, and be lodged in a passage somewhere... and in that case certain foods might cause the liver to create more bile, thus creating an attack.

Someone, please correct me if I'm completely wrong.

When I was looking into this a few months ago, I bookmarked the below sites, if they're of any use to you...

http://www.sensiblehealth.com/#Topic_Gallbladder
http://www.curezone.com/gallstones/gallstones_flush.html
http://www.news2news.com/news/iris/2000/8/a_4_4.htm
http://www.angelfire.com/ar/laparoscopy/gallstone.html

:) Wendy



Re: gallbladder/bile

Posted by
Cheezi on September 18, 2002 at 23:56:06:

In Reply to: gallbladder/bile posted by Lyndsey on September 18, 2002 at 18:01:40:

I'm not sure which foods cause gallstones, but I do know that you need to be sure to stay away from SlimFast. My son had his gall bladder removed after an ugly incident with stones and pancreatitis when he was just 14. His surgeon told us that the fact that he was using SlimFast, even sporadically, sparked this problem. There's a link between the two and they're still trying to pinpoint exactly why that happens.

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Posted by Wendy O on September 19, 2002 at 00:19:00:

In Reply to: Re: gallbladder/bile posted by Wendy Olson on September 18, 2002 at 18:31:18:

Other things, besides food, have also been shown to produce gallbladder attacks. But again, the stones were usually "created" in the person's gallbladder prior to any of these "causes". Apparently birth control pills, hormone replacement pills, and rapid weight loss (like many women experience after pregnancy) are all shown to be predicessors of gallblader attacks. *Far* more women than men have their gallbladders removed.

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Posted by Walt Stoll on September 19, 2002 at 08:34:23:

In Reply to: Re: gallbladder/bile posted by Wendy Olson on September 18, 2002 at 18:31:18:

Thanks, Wendy.

Namaste`

Walt

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