Monday, December 9, 2019

What You Need To Know If Your Gallbladder Has Been Removed

If you've had your gallbladder removed, there are some things you need to know that your doctor won't tell you. He may not even know since it might not be covered in medical school, which is run by Big Pharma. I know that like my appendix, I was told that this isn't a really necessary organ.

Here's what I've learned in the decades since living without mine, first and foremost of which is that there's no such thing as an unnecessary organ in the modern human body. The appendix is the first line of defense where your body releases the probiotics you need for healthy digestion, and the gallbladder is a control valve for the release of bile into your intestinal tract. The consequences of having both removed are horrendous for your digestive system and will leave you with many food intolerances, gut flora and fauna that's way out of balance, and not just leaky gut syndrome but an intestinal tract that's getting its mucosal lining eroded by the river of bile that will now pour through it. 

I'm going to put a disclaimer in here: I'm not a doctor and nothing I say is meant as medical advise, what I offer is a what I've learned from over a decade of research and more than two decades of living with the consequences of these two organs being removed, which were triggered by the second one after having my two children because apparently multiple traumas to this system add up to a lot of damage with sudden onset symptoms and gradual onset symptoms. 

The first was losing iceberg lettuce, followed shortly by all dairy products, then soy substitutes because lactose wasn't the issue, it was casein, another milk protein. We don't hear about casein as much as lactose and whey, but milk has three proteins, four if you split casein into A1 and A2, and you can have issues with both despite the ads now for A2 milk. I just avoid all dairy because if you're intolerant of one, then you're most likely intolerant of all, which will be discussed in a later post.

So what can you do? First, don't eat yogurt, it's nothing but milk curd with a lot of sugar added because no matter how many live bacteria they put in it, once it's heated for homogenization and pasteurization those are dead and useless. Kefir is a better option and may be tolerated even by those with dairy intolerances, but you can also get coconut or water kefir, and take a really good probiotic after doing diligent research and finding a good brand with at least 7 different types of bacteria because both your small and large intestines need it, and the more strands the better of healthy bacteria in your gut. 

Next, you need to take a mucilage because your mucosal lining needs to be protected and fed. Some examples are slippery elm bark, licorice root and marshmallow. I personally drink a cup of Throat Coat Tea by Traditional Medicinals, the original formula, which I buy in my local grocery store in the tea aisle because that formula has all three of those. I drink that after my liver-stimulating cup of coffee and before breaking my fast (which the coffee doesn't do as it's black, and I only drink the one cup for its liver-friendly bitter effect). 

Now why do I drink something to stimulate my liver in the morning if too much bile running through my intestines is a problem? Because what's needed is trying to control the release of that bile to time it for proper digestion of your food. Before breaking my fast I also take a digestive enzyme with ox bile in it, something that can be ordered on Amazon or found at your local health food store.  The one that I take is Nature's Plus Ultra-Zyme. Again, this is to stimulate bile release when you need it so it needs to be taken before each meal. 

The beauty of the growth of the internet over the last 20 years is that we have a lot more information available to us than what our doctors share and recommend, we just need to do the research. The information is out there from many really good sources. Honestly, today there's no excuse for not being more proactive in caring for your health, and I think doctors are also benefitting because they can also further their education outside of the box rather than just reading medical journals, and the better ones are doing so and recognizing us now as partners in our health. 

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