NATURAL PRESCRIPTION FOR GALLBLADDER DISEASE
Eliminate any possible food allergies (see Food Allergy, page 146).
Avoid aggravating foods, including all fatty and fried foods. See Blueprint for Health, page xvii, for more information on eliminating fat from the diet.
Increase your fiber intake, particularly more of the following foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, and oat bran.
If you are overweight, lose weight on a sensible diet. Do not go on an extremely low-calorie diet, as this can exacerbate gallstones.
Be sure to drink six to eight glasses of water daily.
Eat a healthy breakfast daily.
IN ADDITION TO YOUR DAILY SUPPLEMENTS, TAKE:
Lecithin: 500 mg. three times a day,
IN ADDITION: Surgery is the traditional route for gallstones that are persistent and troublesome. But there are some new techniques that are being used in lieu of conventional surgery: a drug that dissolves stones; a new surgical technique using laparoscopic (microsurgical) instruments that require small incisions; a shock wave lithotripsy that "crushes" the stones. These techniques have their advantages and disadvantages and should be discussed with your doctor.
Recent reports in Lancet, a respected British medical journal, made a connection between gallstones and fair-skinned people who suntan. In general, people who enjoy sunbathing have twice the risk of gallstones; fair-skinned people who sunbathe arc at twenty times more risk than non-sunbathers of developing gallstones. This research is in its preliminary stages, but it could be significant for fair-skinned sun lovers