Gallbladder surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries today. Did you know simply going gluten-free may lower the risk of needing gallbladder surgery?
For people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, gluten triggers a wide range of adverse reactions, from joint pain to poor brain function. In the last several years, research has also linked gluten with gallbladder disease in gluten-sensitive individuals.
Gluten sensitivity largely undiagnosedAn astonishing number of people are gluten intolerant but do not know it. Undiagnosed gluten sensitivity can cause leaky gut, chronic pain, inflammation, neurological damage, and autoimmunity (when the immune system attacks and destroys body tissue). Gluten sensitivity is estimated to affect between 20 and 40 percent of the general population, and is less frequently identified than celiac disease, though this is changing.
How gluten can raise the risk of needing gallbladder surgerySo how can gluten raise the risk of requiring gallbladder surgery? The process begins with damage to the small intestine. This damage inhibits its ability to properly secrete a hormone called cholecystokinin. Cholecystokinin is the hormone that signals the gallbladder when it’s time to release bile, which aids in the digestion and absorption of fat. As a result, bile builds up in the gallbladder, causing inflammation and raising the risk of gallbladder disease and subsequent gallbladder surgery.
Approximately 60 percent of people with celiac disease — an autoimmune reaction to gluten — also have gallbladder, liver, or pancreatic conditions, and this is apparently one reason why.
Why you need a gallbladderAlthough you can live without your gallbladder, it is essential to overall health. The bile stored and secreted by the gallbladder enables you to digest fats. Without a gallbladder, your liver still produces bile, but the bile just “leaks” continually into the small intestine. This means there are no adequate reserves of bile to break down fats when needed.
These fats then become rancid and inflame the digestive tract while fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids are not properly absorbed. Ultimately, this compromises the function of your entire digestive tract. In fact, studies have linked gallbladder removal with an elevated risk of colon cancer.
Also, if the gallbladder is not removed but isn’t doing its job well, this can be detrimental to liver function.
It is worth caring for your gallbladder to preserve the health of your digestive system, and hence your immune system. If you are sensitive to gluten, it’s important to go gluten-free to maintain gallbladder health and lower your risk of needing gallbladder surgery.
Additionally, your gallbladder appreciates a diet high in omega 3 essential fatty acids, and free of processed oils and hydrogenated fats. And in general, it is safest to keep starchy carbs (cake, potatoes, white flour, refined sugar, etc.) to a minimum.
Various botanicals and nutrients can support liver and gallbladder health. They include milk thistle seed extract, dandelion root, ginger root, and phosphatidyl choline.
If you have already had your gallbladder removed, don’t despair. Taking ox bile with your meals can help you emulsify and absorb your fats, which are vital for many aspects of health including brain function. For more information, contact my office.
When it comes to pain, does the "no pain, no gain" approach actually apply to your circumstance?
There are 3 types of pain.
1) Pain coming into the body. ie. stubbing your toe, burning your finger and so on.
2) Pain stored in the body. In this circumstance, pain stored in the body, is not felt as pain. When you injure yourself ie. sprained ankle, strained muscle. Your body arranges itself, so you don't feel the pain. These new arrangements are represented as compensatory patterns. For example, when you sprain your ankle, and you don't seek treatment for it, your body will adjust itself so it doesn't feel the pain.
Your brain does this by making new pathways of movement in order to protect that injured area. This new movement pattern is not a good thing. It develops distortions in the body. If the distortion is not fixed, you are just setting yourself up for further injury in the future. This could potentially leave you with a bigger hospital bill than the sprain ankle would have.
Pain stored in the body is felt not felt as pain, but fatigue or the inability to do a certain movement because of these restrictions.
3). Pain leaving the body. Pain stored in the body can only leave the body by removing restrictions (through chiropractic) and also by introducing new a new movement (yoga poses). These modalities (chiropractic and yoga) might be described as painful at first. This is because, when you are removing restrictions in the tissue and introducing a new body movement, you are are removing the stored pain in that tissue. This is pain leaving the body. Often times my patients respond to this type of pain, "wow, I never knew that I had pain there." This is because the body arranges itself in a way, so you don't feel the pain. This doesn't mean that you should leave it alone. Over time, if these restrictions of movement are not dealt with properly, most people complain and say, "I am just getting old." Aging is just an accumulation of injuries that haven't yet been helped! Even if you don't feel any pain in your body today, that doesn't mean you are not experiencing movement patterns associated with stored pain that you are not yet aware of. In reality, no one can leave this earth without experiencing some type of injury, no matter how minor it is.
"As pain leaves the body, it leaves energy, function, and awareness in its wake," Tom Myers. Who wouldn't want more of those things? Isn't that what living to the fullest is all about?!
So instead of allowing your body to silently suffer, why not open up new pathways for freedom of movement.
Medicine’s missing link, is within yourself. You have to own your body and be responsible for it. Take care of it, caress it, massage it…
Unfortunately, medicine always had a missing link. People are dying and suffering regardless of modern technology. And, even though we have had many breakthroughs in modern medicine and have saved many lives because of it, we are still missing a vital importance in the meaning of health. What is means to be healthy. And how to restore the body of sickness. I applaud the Doctors who have took the initiative to think and perform outside the box. The box of modern medicine was, and still is too narrow. So narrow, no patient can fit!
It is promising to be in a world that is opening their minds -literally- to a new Mind/Body medicine. The mind is so powerful, that one thought can manifest the future of your health or even disease. The mind can even, dare we say, heal a disease.
At first, wrapping your mind around this can seem esoteric, and rightly so. The ability to understand how your thoughts become your action, takes patience. And patience isn’t a practice that many Americans can handle.
People suffer from an injury that took years to develop, one small move - bending over - is all it takes to send their bodies over the edge into debilitating pain. To the point where their back says, “I can’t sustain this anymore! I have been supporting your unhealthy habits for years!” Yet, most of my patients ask, “How long will it take to heal, Doc.” Because, as you might very well know, they have a life to get back (pun intended) to and can not be dragged down by this! What do you mean, you don’t want to take the time to take care of the very thing that allows you to stand upright?!! Sure, one visit to my office will fix a lifetime of overuse and underpaid treatment to your back. Now is the time to give it a rest, to listen to your body, to understand its likes and dislikes. I have heard many people say, “you don’t know your back is there until you can feel it.” That is exactly why it is crying out. You don’t listen to your body. You ignore it, abuse it, and eventually it breaks up with you. Just like a spouse would if you gave him or her the same treatment. So, here you are, suffering and impatient. What are you going to do? Go to the PCP and get pain meds. That way you can play the round of golf without feeling any pain. You can live your life without ever knowing or feeling your back. Until the pain meds wear off and the injury is still there. The damage to your back is getting worse. And your body starts to compensate in other areas. Setting your body up for further injury down the road, but this time your hip, your ankle, your knee will cry out! Now you’re a mess! Are you going to take the time and spend the money for quality care? Or maybe, ignore the pain again, bring on the cortisone shots! That must be the answer, but hey, if that doesn’t work, there is always surgery! But, do you even have the time or patience for proper post surgical rehab when you didn’t take that time when the injury happened in the first place?!
This, "hurry-up fix me doc," mentality is relayed throughout our society. We want our happy meals fast and cheap. Versus indulging in a home cooked, organic (free of toxins) meal. We want a pill to lose weight and a pill to fall asleep. A drink to forget our miseries and a cup of joe to keep us alive! Sadly this mentality is seen at our very own Doctors office. Aren’t Doctors supposed to be the epitome of health? Doctors inhale lunch full of toxins and take anti-acids to relieve themselves of the very own symptom their patients complain about. They spend 2 minutes to diagnose, write a prescription, and send them on their way.
What if we took the time to “reset.” To indulge in the moments we are in. To really listen to our bodies and understand how injuries and disease manifest. It doesn’t take one moment for your body to create a disease, it is a lifetime of programed choices. Choices that we don’t take the time to understand the effects it might have on our system later on. And even when these choices lead up to an injury, we need to take that opportunity to make a change. Change our thoughts in order to heal. Thoughts about your health, thoughts about how you treat your body. Thoughts will eventually turn into your destiny. A destiny that you can consciously choose, because you will be listening.
“Age” is just a series of injuries that have not yet been helped….
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