The real question is why so many pre, peri, and post menopausal women elect to have their gallbladders removed without proper justification?
This often unnecessary surgery has been all the rage for many years now. Let’s take a peek behind this curtain to see what dynamic has evolved which compels people to give up an organ which serves a very important purpose.
First, do you have any idea how many cholecystectomies are performed each year? More than 750,000 according to The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. That’s a LOT of removed gallbladders. At that rate 7.5 million will be extracted over a ten year period.
“Cholecystectomy ( /ˌkɒləsɪsˈtɛktəmi/; plural: cholecystectomies) is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. It is the most common method for treating symptomatic gallstones. Surgical options include the standard procedure, called laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and an older more invasive procedure, called open cholecystectomy.” (Per Wikipedia – Cholecystectomy)
The most significant factoid above is that gallbladder removal “is the most common method for treating symptomatic gallstones.” Can you believe that? The average American liver has between 500 and 4000 gallstones and an entire organ is extracted because one or two might be clogging up the gallbladder.
Granted there are cases where a gallbladder may go beyond a point of no return because of a longstanding infection along with other major complications, which make it medically necessary to remove it. However, that situation is by far the exception, not the norm.
Please be aware that the liver alone can produce hundreds of gallstones (even thousands of gall-pebbles) over the course of a lifetime, which the body naturally sloughs off over time. A diet full of certain foods like beets will ensure that these gallstones, gall-pebbles, gall-sand, and gall-chaff are regularly ushered out of the liver/gallbladder area and into the intestinal tract where they will be marshaled out of the body.
Therefore, because one little, or big, gallstone sits in the gallbladder is hardly a reason for taking out the organ. And, yes, there are safe and efficacious protocols and procedures for dealing with the bigger ones should they present a problem. For instance, the gallbladder flush might be a very good place to start. Here’s a protocol which we have performed regularly over the past 20+ years.
By performing regular gallbladder flushes and other types of liver cleanses these two organs are kept purged of unwanted gallstones, thereby greatly lowering the likelihood of ever requiring any type of surgery. Whereas this particular protocol produces a quick removal of many stones, there are many other more gentle approaches which gradually soften and remove the gallstones over days. These require more discipline, but may be easier for those who are prone to discomfort or nausea when conducting a more intense gallblabber flush. Here’s an example of one that we like quite a bit.
The question remains: Why is it that so many pre, peri, and post menopausal women elect to have their gallbladders removed without proper justification?
We’ll take up this serious medical ‘epidemic’ in our next installment of:
Gallbladder Removal: How it can be avoided? Part II
May you enjoy great health!
The Health Coach
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