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Your June 2004 Newsletter - Tools for Health, Issue #003 is here
June 12, 2004

It's already summer, but there is still some spring cleaning that may need to be done! Last month we talked about cleaning chimneys. This month we'll take a look at gallbladder health and "stoking the furnace."

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June 2004 ......................... Issue #003

In This Issue

  1. Overcoming Gallbladder Issues
  2. Ways To Help Yourself
  3. How To Cleanse Your Gallbladder
  4. Are You Up For A Health Challenge?

Overcoming Gallbladder Issues

These foods hasten gallstone removal:

  • Pears
  • Parsnips
  • Seaweed
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Turmeric
  • Radish also remove stones, so, for the entire 21 days eat 1-2 radishes a day between meals and...
  • five cups of chamomile tea a day.
  • For every 160 pounds of body weight use five teaspoons of cold-pressed flax seed oil. Pour the flax oil over your food during one meal of the day or divide into half and use on two meals. Take the flax oil six days a week for two months.

Five Important Tips if You've Had Gallstones or Your Gallbladder Removed

By Dr. Joseph Mercola with Rachael Droege

The New York Times regional newspaper interviewed me recently about gallbladders and I thought it would be useful to review this common problem. I have seen many hundreds of patients who have had their gallbladders removed and I don't recall anyone ever telling me that their surgeon advised them to do something to compensate for removing this important organ. Just about every one of them was told they didn't need their gallbladder and that it was perfectly fine to have it removed. This is reprehensible ignorance as it condemns the patient to a lifelong deficiency of essential fatty acids. Why? Because after your liver produces bile, which emulsifies fats for improved fat digestion, half of it goes to the small intestine, and the other half is stored in the gallbladder until it's needed. About 500,000 gallbladders are removed each year in the United States, typically due to gallstones, which affect about 15 percent of Americans. Gallstones form when bile is in the gallbladder too long and it collects and settles. Although most gallstones dissolve naturally and produce no symptoms, if one ignores warning symptoms and does not address the reasons why their gallbladder is not functioning properly, then the disease can progress to the point where the pancreas is inflamed or the gallbladder is seriously infected and may have to be removed to save a person's life.

Signs of Gallbladder Disease

    If you have any of the following symptoms then your gallbladder may not be functioning properly:
  • Pain when pressing on the gallbladder, which is directly under the last rib on the right on the same plane as one's nipple. This is usually due to gallbladder "sludge" (thick bile).
  • Stone on a gallbladder ultrasound.
  • Greasy stools that are loose and tend to float to the top of the toilet bowl. This indicates improper fat absorption.

Ways To Help Yourself

  1. Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to address gallbladder dysfunction. This is a great proactive prevention step but most people don't worry about their gallbladder until they have a problem. Unfortunately, by that time exercise alone is not going to cut it.
  2. At that time a gallbladder flush may provide some relief and once the symptoms abate an aggressive cardiovascular exercise program can serve to permanently improve the gallbladder.
  3. It is also imperative that you clean up your diet. One has to stop eating sugars, reduce or eliminate the grains and eliminate all fluids but water.
  4. Further, the gallbladder is frequently infected when it is diseased so large amounts of high-quality probiotics (Probiotic 11) - will also be helpful in correcting the problem.

What to do if You've had Your Gallbladder Removed

High-quality fats--especially omega-3 fats are essential for good health and if you don't have a gallbladder you will have an impaired ability to absorb them. Trying to digest fat without bile is like trying to wash greasy dishes without soap--it doesn't work very well. If your gallbladder is removed then you need to compensate by providing an increased level of fat digestive enzymes (lipase - Hi-Lipase) to compensate for this. Unless you receive a gallbladder transplant, which is unlikely, then you'll need to continue taking the enzymes for the rest of your life to ensure that fats can be absorbed and used by the body for their many important functions.

How To Cleanse Your Gallbladder

3 day Cleanse

One week before cleansing your gall bladder you can take the following herbs:

  1. Hydrangea promotes the break-up of large stones. 3 caps 3x/day
  2. Gallbladder formula (an excellent maintenance product as well) soothes the gall bladder and prepares it for the cleanse and stimulates bile flow. 2 caps 3x/day
  3. Cascara Sagrada or Magnesium is an herbal laxative. It's very important to keep the bowels open & moving for the cleanse. 1 cap 3x/day or as needed to eliminate after each meal. This should be used if you are not eliminating well through the bowels
  4. Slippery Elm, or Marshmallow, or Intestinal Soothe and Build can be used. It coats the intestinal tract for easier elimination of stones. 3 caps 3x/day (also helps with the pain)

Friday: Start the cleanse

No Food. If you must eat, only eat the foods below.

  • Drink 1/2 gallon apple juice throughout the day. (8 oz every 2 hours until 1/2 gallon is consumed)
  • May eat applesauce, pears or pear juice if you need something to eat (optional)
  • If hungry, take 2 or more (as needed) Red Beat Root or HY-A every 2 hours. Continue taking above herbals in the same amounts as directed.
Friday Night:

At night just before bedtime blend: 4 oz virgin olive oil with 4 oz lemon juice 4 ounces apple juice May chase with apple juice. Lie on your right side to sleep.

Saturday Morning-you should pass gallstones usually within 12-24 hours. Take an enema if nothing happens. Diet: Mild diet.

Repeat the cleanse in 14 days if necessary.

Are You Up For A Health Challenge?

Shortly you will receive a special issue of Tools for Health which will give you all the information for the Habit of Health 90 Day Challenge.

Until then, be thinking about your health and whether or not you could feel better. Are you 'running on empty'? Lots of us are.

What I like about this Challenge:

  • It's based on your body's need for core nutrition.
  • It's flexible. Almost everyone will improve their health using one of 4 programs.
  • A money back guarantee. If you don't feel better after the 90 days, you get your money back.
  • The discounts for the Challenge products (most of which I already use on a daily basis) is lower than wholesale.

So, be thinking about your health...

Have a healthy day,

P.S. Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful Dad's.

Teri Hayes is a Certified Natural Health Consultant, Herb Specialist, and Certified Reflexologist

You can e-mail her at or visit her at Natural Health Coach for Women

The herbs and supplements she recommends to clients can be found using this link.

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The suggestions in this e-newsletter are meant to encourage personal responsibility for health and are not given as medical advice. For your individual health concerns such as chronic or acute warning symptoms, in emergency situations, or when in doubt, seek the advice of your primary personal health car practitioner.

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