F.Y.I., I have had acne since I was 12 years old and have not visited a dermatologist. I am in search for something that will heal my body and balance my body systems. I am not trying to discount the "liver flush." I would just be weary of it...since Dr. Weil suggests otherwise.
Currently, I am visiting a chinese medical doctor and hope to visit a homeopathic doctor, if the oriental medicine doesn't work.
Also, I would like to add that Dr. Weil, M.D.'s opinion is extremely respected, because he is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona and the director of the program of Integrative Medicine at that institution. He is also the founder of the Foundation for Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Arizona and author of eight books...
"Is There a Natural Way to Get Rid of Gallstones?
I read about a natural remedy for dissolving gallstones that involves drinking olive oil and lemon juice. What is your opinion of this approach? Are there any other natural means of removing gallstones?
Most gallstones are composed of cholesterol and can cause intense pain if they get stuck while trying to pass from the gallbladder, where they form, into the bile duct, where they pass to your small intestine. Gallstone symptoms include nausea and vomiting as well as pain, often spreading from the upper right abdomen to the back.
Most people with gallstones Ă˘â‚¬â€ť about 60 percent Ă˘â‚¬â€ť never develop symptoms and may never know they have them since the larger stones actually stay put in the gallbladder. Individuals at greatest risk of developing gallstones include women, particularly those who are middle-aged and overweight; diabetics; those whose mothers had gallstones; pregnant women or those taking birth control pills; those with high triglyceride levels; anyone who has lost a lot of weight quickly; and Native Americans (especially Pima Indians) and those of Scandinavian background.
If you have had intense and frequent gallbladder attacks, you may need surgery to remove your gallbladder. However, you may be able to avoid surgery by adopting the lifestyle and dietary measures I recommend below, which help to prevent gallstone formation as well as recurrent attacks.
But there are no natural ways to "remove" gallstones. The olive oil Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“treatmentĂ˘â‚¬? you mention does not dissolve or remove them. This folk remedy, known as a "liver flush," requires drinking apple juice, Epsom salts, and a half-cup of olive oil with lemon juice. The day after you manage to down the olive oil, you pass green globs that you may think are dissolved gallstones but are actually the residue of the olive oil you've consumed.
Instead, try these steps to prevent gallstone formation or further attacks:
Reduce your fat intake to 25 percent of your daily calories. Restrict your dietary cholesterol consumption to no more than 300 mg a day.
Limit your intake of sugar, which may promote gallstone formation by affecting lipoprotein metabolism.
Increase your fiber intake, and substitute soy protein for animal protein in your diet.
Many studies have suggested that these changes may help prevent gallstones.
Lose weight, if necessary, to lower your gallstone risk. However, avoid crash dieting, which is associated with gallstone formation.
Drink six to eight glasses of water a day to help keep the bile in your gallbladder fluid. Bile helps your body to digest and absorb dietary fat.
Get at least 45 minutes of aerobic exercise (such as brisk walking) at least five times a week. A 1998 study showed that middle-aged men who watched 40 hours of television per week (and presumably got little exercise) had two-and-a-half times the risk of gallstones than those who watched less than six hours a week.
Get 1,000 to 1,500 mg of calcium a day from either food or supplements. A Dutch study found that men who consumed the most calcium over a 25-year period had the lowest incidence of gallstones, and other recent research has suggested that calcium may be protective against gallstones. Our Vitamin Advisor can calculate supplemental calcium needs, if any, based on the calcium intake of your diet.
Take 300 mg of curcumin three times a day; this herbal extract may increase the solubility of your bile. Look for a reputable source, any herbal products should be standardized to insure dosage.
Make sure to get 200 mg of supplemental vitamin C a day. Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco found that women with higher levels of vitamin C in their blood were half as likely to develop gallstones as those with lower levels. Even though no such relationship has been found in men, I recommend this daily dosage to everyone because vitamin C is also an important antioxidant. My daily multivitamin and antioxidant formula will cover your Vitamin C needs as well as provide basic nutrition insurance.
Gallstones: What Are They? How Are They Treated?
Dr. Andrew Weil"http://www.drweil.co...uestionId=16253