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Effective medical treatment or just the new fad?
Quick List of Facts Gall stones formation Due to several factors, including: Super saturation of bile with cholesterol Bile stasis Delayed gallbladder emptying due to impaired gallbladder motility.
Detoxification Plan 1. Monday thru Saturday noon drink as much Apple juice or Apple cider as your appetite will permit 2. At noon Saturday eat a normal lunch 3. 3 hours later take 6 capsules of Disodium Phosphate
Detox Plan Cont hours later repeat the 6 capsules of Disodium Phosphate 5. For the Saturday evening meal have a grapefruit, grapefruit juice, or other citrus juice.
Detox Plan Cont. 6. At bedtime take ½ cup of warm unrefined olive oil, followed by small glass of grapefruit juice or fresh lemon juice to cut the taste of oil. If you should vomit, it need not be repeated
Detox Plan Cont. 7. Go to bed immediately, lie on your right side with the right knee pulled up close to chest for 30 minutes 8. Sunday morning 1 hour before breakfast take 6 Disodium capsules
Detox Plan Cont. 9. Take your coffee enemas 3 cups of brewed coffee 3-4 tbsp plain Dannon yogurt
Biological Relevance? Apple juice Contains malic acid Thought to weaken adhesion between solid globules. Disodium Phosphate capsules Blood buffer salt – stimulates gallbladder function
Biological Relevance? Olive oil Causes gallbladder contractions Oleic acid in oil shown to increase bile cholesterol saturation Yogurt Contains L. acidophilus, which reduces serum cholesterol levels as well as produces lipases that digest fat
Biological Relevance? Citrus juice Thought to clean the gallbladder indirectly by cleaning the liver. Coffee enema Caffeine thought to stimulate the liver and bile ducts, resulting in the releasing of toxins in the liver ducts. This allows other toxins in the body to undergo processing by the liver. Alkaloids stimulate production of glutathoine-S- transferase.
Alternative Medicine Support Everyone seems to love it The enema is said to leave a clean and refreshing feeling, cant harm you Dont need to wait to be diagnosed, there are sites that list the symptoms for you The sooner the better All natural
Example of the Treatment Slightly different regime Epsom salt used instead of Disodium Phosphate. Subject noted that when drinking the oil and lemon juice to alternate and drink in small amounts. When mixed the two congeal. Claims that this is not observed with the grapefruit juice. Apple juice focus completely absent, and no coffee enema either.
Subjects results Was very pleased with results Claimed that chaff continued to pass for 8 months after the treatment.
Skeptics of Treatment The detox flush is referred to as a folk remedy The patients of these treatments often experience diarrhea and abdominal pain Next morning they pass soft green/brown spheroids that are presumed to be gallstones.
Skeptics of Treatment They question this claim Most spheroids not chemically analyzed Patients had no follow-up to record that they no longer had gallstones.
Skeptics of Treatment One group analyzed showed spheroids consisted of mainly fatty acids and no cholesterol, bilirubin, or calcium Were found to be soap stones that were created by internal reactions between digestive compounds and certain components of olive oil & lemon juice.
Replicated Results A study successfully created the observed stones outside of the human body using equal parts oleic acid, lemon juice, and a few drops of potassium hydrate solution.
Conclusion Many users of these alternative medicines continue to use them because it worked. Neither the healer nor the client can know, without a control group for comparison, whether the recipient would have recovered just as well without the treatment. - Barry Beyerstein, PhD Lots of misinformation available
Conclusion Medical community cautions that, if the treatment is viable and results in passing of gallstones, then there is the risk of the stones lodging in bile duct Medical emergency requiring immediate surgery. Consult with your medical physician if considering starting any alternative medicine
Conclusion Individual components of treatments have shown effect on gallbladder in scientific studies. As of yet there is not enough evidence to determine if treatment as a whole is effective, more case studies of the treatment are needed Possibly unknown, unexpected interactions between the different components.
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