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Gallbladder Flush

Liver Cleanse - Gallbladder Cleanse - Gallstones Cleanse Site
Castor Oil Packs
Gallbladder problems? Have you done the gallbladder flush?
Since Walt learned to offer that to his patients, he never had another patient who needed gallbladder surgery. Up to then, he was referring an average of 5-6 patients a year for gallbladder removal.

Refined carbohydrate intake seems to have more to do with gallbladder disease than fat intake does. Holistic practitioners have been teaching this for 40 years. It is only recently that conventional medical research has begun to admit its truth.

Gallbladder Function

The liver makes bile all the time. It continually trickles down the bile ducts into the common duct and the gallbladder. The gallbladder's function is to store AND CONCENTRATE the bile so, when your diet overwhelms the trickle from the liver, the gallbladder can contract and squirt lots of concentrated bile into the small intestine THROUGH the common duct.

Gallstones

Gallstones Photo
Liver/Gallstones Cleanse Article, procedure, and photos of Gallstones
Intrahepatic (tubes inside your Liver) bile stones first are created inside the liver. Then they "roll" down to the Gall Bladder, where they may continue growing. As the stones grow and become more numerous, the back pressure on the liver causes it to make less bile. Sometimes the gallstones grow so large that when they pass thru the common duct toward the intestines, they plug this duct, causing great pain and sometimes requiring surgical removal.

Walt's personal experience: Until I learned to do something about WHY stones form, I sent an average of 5 people to the surgeon every year for a cholecystectomy. Once I know about a gallbladder flush and the dietary causes of stones, I had only one person, in 15 years, that I had to send to the surgeon -- and SHE was not willing to do anything BUT the surgery.

John Counts says: The liver flush is quite the rage these days on some holistic health boards. Almost everyone who does them reports hundreds, even thousands of tiny stones coming out. Most of the 'stones' are about the size of grains of sand, but some are larger. You do the flush repeatedly (every two weeks or so) until you get all of the stones out. The flush involves drinking a quantity of Olive Oil, along with some grapefruit or lemon juice and drinking some Epsom salts. It's supposed to be painless and all the testimonials I have read (and there are lots) have reported no problems or pain, but lots of gallstones in the stool and usually a dramatic improvement in health and energy.

GAS - General Adaptation Syndrome

Hans Selye arrived at the biochemistry department of McGill University, in Montreal, in 1935. He had a brand new M.D. from a university in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and he wanted to do research on hormones, the chemical messengers that tell organs when and how to do something.

He injected rats with various biological fluids to see what happened. He thought the changes in the rat's bodies were caused by new hormones. Then he discovered that he could stress rats with cold, heat, x-rays, mechanical force, cuts, and forced exercise, and produce the same changes in their various organs. He discarded his original idea and looked for a new angle. He figured that if he was seeing the same effects due to all kinds of damage in the animals, there must be a general "syndrome of response to injury." He coined the expression "biological stress" to describe the cause of this new syndrome.

With more experiments, Selye discovered that if he stressed rats short of the level that caused breakdown and death, when they recovered, they were stronger. They could be stressed a second time at a level that would have caused breakdown the first time. And this process of strengthening could be repeated several times as long as the rats were allowed to recover from each stress. Selye figured that stress caused an alarm reaction, followed by a period of resistance, or adaptation. He called this process "The General Adaptation Syndrome."

This syndrome is the foundation of improvement in just about all biological activities. You can use it in sports, or any other physical activity, such as digging in a garden. You can use it at work. Try working hard for periods, and then rest for a while. You can use the syndrome to improve mental efficiency. Work hard for a period, then while your concentration is still at a peak, take a rest. You can learn to avoid mental staleness just as you can learn to avoid physical staleness.

GERD - Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disorder

(see also HH)
Walt's Upper GI Symptom Relief (Ginger Root Juice) Article
Walt's GERD Q&A Archive

A disorder in which there is recurrent return of stomach contents back up into the esophagus, frequently causing heartburn, a symptom of irritation of the esophagus by stomach acid. This can lead to scarring and stricture of the esophagus, which can require stretching (dilating). 10% of patients with GERD develop Barrett's esophagus which increases the risk of cancer of the esophagus. 80% of patients with GERD also have a hiatus hernia.

Genetically-Engineered Foods

Walt's Genetically Engineered Foods Q/A Archive
Dangers of Genetically-Engineered Foods Campaign web site
Genetic engineering is the largest food experiment in the history of the world. We are all the guinea pigs.

Geographic Tongue

Web page with photos of geographic tongue and other tongue conditions
This is a harmless and very common condition in which you will notice one or more irregularly shaped patches on the tongue of your child (or you). It's called "geographic tongue" because the lesions look like the map of that country you totally forgot on your geography test. The center area is redder than the rest of the tongue and the edges of the patch are whitish in color. The patient may complain of slight irritation there, but usually is blissfully unaware of the patch.

Stress has been implicated in the cause of geographic tongue. The lesions of geographic tongue show loss of filiform papillae.

Gingivitis

Inflammation of the gums of the mouth. Ester C works VERY quickly for curing gingivitis. Gingivitis associated with bony changes is referred to as periodontitis.

GIRC - Guided Imagery Resource Center

GIRC Web Site, with info and tapes

Guided imagery works because of 3 very simple, common-sense principles:
(1) The Mind-Body Connection - to the body, images created in the mind can be almost as real as actual, external events.
(2) The Altered State - in the altered state, we're capable of more rapid and intense healing, growth, learning and performance.
(3) Locus of Control - When we have a sense of being in control, that, in and of itself, can help us to feel better and do better.

GLCCM - The Great Lakes College of Clinical Medicine

GLCCM Web Site
A non-profit corporation which was formed in 1983. The original membership consisted of physicians who were mostly from the Midwest, but membership since includes physicians from all across the United States and other countries. Protecting our consensual patient's right to receiving innovative therapies, and to educate health care professionals in the latest techniques (medicine, supplements, and new uses for pre-existing drugs) for the ameolarisation of chronic disease is the two-fold mission of the GLCCM.

Glucosamine

Walt's Glucosamine Q&A Archive
Used for relief of joint and cartilage pain caused by arthritis or injury. It comes in the forms glucosamine sulfate or glucosamine hydrochloride. It appears that both forms are effective, with the hydrochloride form being cheaper. It is sometimes used in conjunction with Chondroitin sulfate, though there is some debate on how effective that is. The N-Acetyl form, while ineffective for joint pain, is said to be good for aiding digestion, when allergies are present.

Glucose

D glucose, a monosaccharide (hexose), C6H12O6, found in certain foodstuffs, especially fruits and in the normal blood of all animals. It is the end product of carbohydrate metabolism and is the chief source of energy for living organisms, its utilization being controlled by insulin.

Excess glucose is converted to glycogen and stored in the liver and muscles for use as needed and, beyond that, is converted to fat and stored as adipose tissue. Glucose appears in the urine in diabetes mellitus.

Glucose Tolerance Test

A special test used for diagnosing diabetes where the blood glucose is measured at intervals after a glucose-rich meal is taken.

Glycogen

Glycogen is just 2 glucose molecules tied together and is the storage form of glucose. This is convenient, because it takes only one enzyme to split the molecule for raising the blood glucose level when it is too low.

Gout, sometimes called Goute

Recurrent acute arthritis of peripheral joints caused by the accumulation of monosodium urate crystals. Often presents as pain and swelling confined to one joint. The big toe joint is commonly affected.

The arthritis occurs secondary to an inherited abnormality of purine metabolism, resulting in the deposition of uric acid crystals (sodium urate) within the joint space and particular cartilage.

Walt says: If you REALLY have Goute (90% of Goute is wrongly diagnosed), and you are not on Zyloprim, your doc is guilty of malpractice. This is one of those places where allopathic medicine has the answer to a chronic problem AND is one of the VERY few in which this is "the exception that proves the rule".

Graves' Disease

Walt's Graves Disease: Alternatives to RAI Treatment Article
Walt's Graves Disease Summary & Q&A Archive
A common cause of hyperthyroidism caused by an underlying autoimmune mechanism.

GRJ - Ginger Root Juice

Used to treat GERD and HH symptoms, (but not actually the underlying cause). See LGS and CRS for causes and Wellness for permanent cure. No one has any idea of how GRJ helps the symptoms of GERD/HH. All we know is that it nearly always relieves the symptoms for long enough for the person to deal with the causes of the GERD. Fresh juiced GRJ will stay potent for at least 6 weeks in the refrigerator (especially if it is kept sealed in a jar). There is no problem with taking ginger root juice while you are also taking antacids (If you Must - antacids give temporary relief while making the long-term problem worse by leading to mineral deficiencies!). Just be sure that you do not take any antacid within an hour before or 2 hours after taking the GRJ.

GSDL - Great Smokies Diagnostic Labs

Great Smokies Diagnostic Labs Link

GSE - Grapefruit Seed Extract

An anti-inflammatory used to treat common ailments such as arthritis and allergies. Here recommended for Candida. Not to be confused with Grape Seed Extract, a potent anti-oxidant.

GSR - Galvanic Skin Response

A change in electrical resistance of the skin, occurring in emotion and in certain other conditions. GSR is the body measurement that most quickly changes with the relaxation response in the brain. Muscle biofeedback takes longer, and temperature biofeedback takes the longest. The sooner you know if you are doing the right thing when practicing SR, the easier it is to learn the skill.

When you are hooked up to a GSR monitor, you ALWAYS get a tone, and the smallest reduction in arousal will cause that tone to drop. This is one reason why Robert uses the GSR-2 for an 'induction' period at the beginning of any skilled relaxation session. It would 'lead' him right to alpha-theta within 5 minutes.

Gynecomastia

Excessive development of the male breasts. Temporary enlargement of the breasts is not unusual or abnormal in boys during adolescence or during recovery from malnutrition. Gynecomastia may be abnormal as, for example, in Klinefelter's syndrome.