The usual term is cholelithiasis which refers to gallstones within the gall bladder. The most common type of stone is cholesterol, though less common causes exist. Cholesterol stones form, as one might guess, when cholesterol levels are high enough in the bile that crystals form, then tiny stones which go on to grow. These can escape with the bile after a fatty meal and pass into the intestines and go out of the body or they can obstruct the outlet of the gall bladder causing pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen as well as nausea. These symptoms usually occur after a fatty meal. This pain can be short-lived or can last several hours. Anyone with pain lasting several hours (cholecystitis) should seek medical attention as surgery will likely be necessary to relieve the symptoms. Other complications from gall stones can occur.
So what can be done? The obvious answer, aside from taking care of symptoms as mentioned above, is to lower ones cholesterol by decreasing the amount of cholesterol and saturated fat in the diet. In other words, by cutting down on meats, cheese, and fried foods. One of the most important points about gallstones is that they should be considered a warning sign of future cholesterol-related illness: coronary heart disease (heart attack), cerebrovascular disease (stroke) and other forms of atherosclerosis. In other words, the number one killer in the U.S.
Remember, improvements in health should be gradual but progressive. In other words, our diets should continually be improving. No one tolerates changing their diet radically except those who are very driven, so such changes are not recommended except for those changing their diet and lifestyle for cancer, in which case an immediate switch to a completely plant-based and primarily raw diet is best (the evidence is very clear that this diet, accompanied by an active lifestyle is the ideal diet to prevent, treat and defeat not only cardiovascular disease but also cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and the list goes on).
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