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What is a gallstone?
Gallstones form when cholesterol and bile pigments become so
concentrated that they form lumps inside the gallbladder. Eighty to eighty-five percent of all
gallstones are coated
with layer upon layer of waxy-looking cholesterol, although many stones
are coated with both cholesterol and bile pigments. A few are made exclusively of
yellowish green bilirubin a substance that is part of the hemoglobin in
What causes gallstones?
The incidence of gallstones in the American population is high and
increases with age. There seems to be a familial
predisposition to gallstones, but it is difficult to say whether there is
truly a genetic factor since most family members usually have similar
dietary habits. Diabetics have a higher incidence of stone formation
and women are more commonly affected then men and the incidence increases
As we said above, normally, the gallbladder is a storage
compartment for the bile that your body needs to digest fat. You
eat fat, the stomach sends it through to the small intestine, and your
gallbladder squirts some bile onto your food to break up the
fat. Your body then finishes its digestive process, and
everything heads for the exit. But occasionally something breaks
down during the eat-squirt-exit process and the gallbladder's sludge like contents crystallizes. This provides the opportunity to layer
thicker and thicker coats of cholesterol or bilirubin around a calcium
speck, thus forming a gallstone.
Exactly what causes this buildup of cholesterol or bilirubin on the
calcium is not totally clear and there are many theories. Supposedly,
it is from a high fat-high cholesterol diet. This popular belief
may be far less popular and far less believable when evidence of animal
experiments is presented.
1) There is some evidence that a deficiency
of vitamin E may bring this on. It was shown that animals given large
amounts of cholesterol or saturated or unsaturated fats developed no
stones as long as vitamin E is adequate.
Of course, today's fast food diet does not contain a lot of vitamin E.
Check any of the nutritional listings from a fast food restaurant and see
if there is any vitamin E listed.
It is believed that in the absence of Vitamin E, Vitamin A is quickly
destroyed and without Vitamin A millions of dying cells from mucous
membranes covering the walls of the gallbladder slough off into the bile,
and that stones form around a base of organic material. It appears
that these dead cells catch and hold cholesterol.
This theory about gallstone formation holds that dead cells from the
gallbladders inner membrane act as a nucleus around which stones
form. But why doesn't this happen when vitamin E is plentiful?
Vitamin A protects integrity of skin and internal membranes. However
without enough vitamin E to guard it, vitamin A is attacked by oxidation,
permitting membrane cells to die and drop into the bile
2) Stones are formed when a grain or two of calcium arrives in the
gallbladder and hangs around long enough to become coated with either
cholesterol or bilirubin. In other word, they form when there's too much
cholesterol in your bile. This excess forms tiny "seeds"
that start out the size of a grain of sand, but can grow to the size of a
marble, olive, or even an egg.
3) Naturally occurring female reproductive hormones are known to encourage
that process by delaying gallbladder emptying, such as during pregnancy
4) There is also research that shows that gallstones will also form when fat
intake is low. The reasoning is that the gallbladder will not contract
unless fat is taken in and if it does not do so, the bile salts will
crystalize and combines with bile in the gallbladder to form stones. The scientific name for the reason stones
form is "biliary stasis."
5) Another theory is that stones are less likely to form from cholesterol
when there is a high content of lecithin, which homogenizes cholesterol
- also fat - and holds it in this condition.
6) Other research says that it appears that the problem underlying
gallstones is related to a deficiency of hydrochloric acid or to food
Taking all these theories togther, find out
What Really Causes Gallstones? by Dr. Eric Berg
What are the symptoms of gallstones?
The American Medical Association Family Medical Guide (Random House)
says that a million new cases of gallstones occur each year. If
blockage of bile flow persists for long, many complications can occur - obstructive jaundice, infection of the gall bladder and
inflammation when the trapped bile stagnates.
People with gall stones may experience only fatty food intolerance with
mild pain, acid reflux symptoms or diarrhea after a fatty meal. The
stone rarely cause symptoms if they remain in the gall
Gallstones cause symptoms when it interferes with normal gallbladder
function by passing out of the gallbladder and getting stuck in one of the
Pain in the upper abdomen or near the
shoulder blades, along with vomiting and nausea, occurs when the stone
gets stuck in the gallbladder's duct. The pain usually lasts a few
hours, until the stone drops back into the gallbladder. If it stays
stuck in the duct, a stone can block the flow of bile and cause damage to
the liver, pancreas or gallbladder.
If the gallbladder becomes inflamed, it causes severe pain in the upper
right abdomen (under the ribcage). This may radiate around to the
back. This maybe be accompanied by fever, nausea, and
vomiting. This condition must be treated immediately. If left
untreated, inflammation of the gallbladder, called cholecystitis, can be
If a small stone passes out of the gallbladder it may lodge in the
common bile duct causing partial or complete obstruction. These
symptoms are jaundice with yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes to a
See your health care professional when - you are experiencing sharp,
unexplained pain in your upper abdomen, between your shoulder blades or in
your right shoulder that lasts more than 20 minutes. Your skin
and the whites of your eyes turn yellow.
Occasionally, a person has the typical symptoms of gallstones, but may
not have gallstones. They will be found to have a dysfunctioning
gallbladder. Although no stones exist, the gallbladder does not
contract normally in response to the ingestion of fats. Symptoms are
produced when eating. See Gallbladder
To support liver and gallbladder health avoid the excessive consumption of saturated fats. For additional kidney support, drink plenty of pure water and avoid excess consumption of foods high in oxalates or oxalic acid, such as coffee, chocolate, cocoa, tea, rhubarb, spinach, and other plant foods.
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What Really Causes Gallstones? by Dr. Eric Berg
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