Gallbladder Part II
It was pointed out to me that it’s been a long time since I wrote about the ol’ gallbladder. (Thank you for the reminder Miss Alyson Stanfield!) Though it doesn’t really seem like much has happened. And the time has really sailed by…
When last I wrote about my gallbladder problem in November, just 3 months ago, I had just been diagnosed with gallbladder troubles and I started seeing a Naturopath.
Before Diagnosis I took a little bit of everything it seems.
As I mentioned in my past posting, at the time of diagnosis, I spoke with a Gastroenterologist over the phone and her recommendation was just to schedule with a surgeon and have my gallbladder removed. I was really shocked that this was the first trick in her bag. Like I have a pain in my finger – let’s just take it off! What? Thankfully my GP recommended I see a Naturopath. See if I can find out what is causing the pain and sickness and fix it. Hello!! Have I mentioned how wonderful my GP is?
After some research and asking around I found a great guy – Dr. Matt Reddy, ND. He spent a lot of time with me, an hour each visit, compared to your MD which is like 15 minutes, and put together a supplement regimen.
He calls it the basics and this is where we start. He has been a wealth of information. The real problem isn’t the gallbladder. It starts with my liver. Which, isn’t getting the nutrition it needs to work properly. My liver isn’t even making enough bile to store in my gallbladder to process fats.
Now – The Supplements – not covered by health insurance – I take about 20 of these a day.
Dr Reddy also educated me on the American food supply that just doesn’t support humans very well anymore. (Which if you take a minute to think about this – is pretty scary.) That gallbladder problems are on the rise since the industrialization of American food. And, even if you eat like a rock star – it’s difficult to get the nutrition you need. It’s just not in our vegetables and fruit, it’s not in our meat because we don’t take good enough care of our animals, it’s not in their feed because it’s not in our soil. And, wheat has changed because more gluten is being added and the wheat products are being changed for a longer shelf life.
At the same time – from the moment I was diagnosed – I eliminated almost all fat from my diet. It was a hallelujah moment. Because when I first started feeling sick last Spring I kept going back and forth – wheat, dairy, wheat, dairy without any results and just getting sicker. Finally to discover, months later, – It’s Fat, It’s Fat! Hallelujah!
So I trimmed my fat intake way back and determined I can eat about 2.5 grams of fat per meal. Ha – 2.5 grams?! It was pretty difficult at first. It means no eating out. It means measuring my servings! Ha – who does that! It means I can eat one or two nuts at a time – but that means no other fat during that meal time. And, it’s not just a whoops on a diet. If I eat more than that I get pretty sick and I’m on the couch with my best friend – the heating pad – all day. Nothing helps – no pepto, no over the counter anything. Just laying there until it passes. Ok – sometimes moaning helps.
Through all the label reading – it’s really quite daunting how much fat is in our food. (Of course a lot of fat is good. I won’t go into that here – I think we all know eating an avocado or nuts is better for us than a pizza.) From the Mayo Clinic website - we should consume from 44 to 78 g of fat a day. I am getting about 10 – 12g.
Needless to say I lost 10 pounds in a hurry, but I’m also not getting enough nutrition, for a lifetime, from those good fats. The supplements are standing in for now. Maybe forever.
Dr. Reddy put me on about 20 pills, cod liver oil, and probiotics. All nutritional supplements that will help my liver work better and produce the bile I’m probably not even making. (I was not diagnosed with stones – just a sluggish gallbladder) During this time, I also saw a acupuncturist, to help with any pain I had left and get things moving.
And this is where I am today. When I say nothing has really happened since I was diagnosed this is what I’m talking about – I am just sort of waiting for my body to heal itself. I take the supplements every day. I avoid the fat still. It’s a journey and a process. We’ll give it some time and see how it goes. I still have the option of removal when ever I want.
More on my process to come. There is the whole fat thing, and the meals. The hardest part was just the transition. Nope, can’t eat that, can’t eat that! I need more than apples and carrot sticks! And, in the last week I’ve done a liver flush that is so popular. I will be tempting to eat fat on the weekend – we’ll see how that goes!
I’m excited and a little nervous.
I’ll fill you all in on the fun details to come!
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