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    I tried posting this earlier, but I think I somehow deleted it. If it pops up twice, I apologize.

    Since I started PB a few weeks ago, I have been having a lot more problems with my gallbladder, mostly right shoulder pain and some right upper abdominal pain. CW would say it is because I am eating too much fat. I consulted with my doctor several years ago about it and the only solution they had was to take it out. I am really against that idea. Does anyone here have any insight into something I could do to get my gallbladder to work better to ease the pain? Does anyone know of any supplements that help? Someone mentioned Hulda Clark's liver flush. Here's the recipe: http://curezone.com/cleanse/liver/huldas_recipe.asp I am not sure if it is hooey or not.

    Any insight would be much appreciated! Thanks

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    Opinions vary as to whether its hooey. I'm of they opinion that it is, but I know some folks who swear it saved their lives. I also know one specific person who started doing it and had to be rushed to the emergency room soon afterwards. It's been fairly well proven that any "stones" you get from those treatments are *not* gallstones, though. Google around if you want to see debunking.

    What are you eating?

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    there's some other threads on here about that problem if you do a search; someone suggested some particular digestive enzymes that assist with fat digestion.

    The other thing is that primal lifestyle requires a major shift in gut flora, acid balance and so on. While many people advocate a 'cold turkey' approach, my personal view is that a more gradual transition is appropriate for some people. It also depends on what you've been eating in the past. Look for those threads on the digestive enzymes and also consider adding some probiotics. Maybe cut back the fats a little and gradually add them back in.

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    Gallbladder issues were mentioned in the book Primal Body, Primal Mind. I don't remember much about it, except she said to keep your gallbladder if at all possible.

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    - Pain under the upper right rib cage
    - Solution = SLOWLY increase the amount of fats in your Paleo Diet
    This link explains it so elegantly. Use it or it gets all clogged up.
    http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/gallstones.html

    - Home Remedies to try first
    http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com...Disorders.html

    - Extraporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) sound waves can break up gallstones and remove them without surgery.
    I would try this before getting your gallbladder removed.
    http://www.diagnose-me.com/cond/C141240.html
    http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/reprint/150/6/1231.pdf
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/p332552315731k65/

    Options discussed:
    http://classicremedies.com/options.html

    Google "gallstones ESWL" for much more

    Please keep us informed of your progress.

    Grizz

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    I am eating lost of veggies, meat, some butter/ extra virgin olive oil. I am having a hard time giving up dairy and I am eating a couple of servings of cheese a day (I have cut down some).

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    Robb Wolf talks about gallbladder issues in one of his podcasts (around episode 23, maybe??? -- topics are listed for each one, so it shouldn't be too hard to find). He, too, indicates that you can and should keep your gallbladder via a change in diet from CW to paleo.
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    The benefits of having a gall-bladder are huge.

    I'd take lots of digestive enzymes while adapting - Now Super Enzymes are working really well for me. I just switched to them from Garden of Life Ozyme.

    But keep an eye on it. It can get very serious and *require* surgery.



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    I had this problem starting pb and a few acupuncture visits + dig enzymes stopped it completely.
    Adding minerals wherever I can.

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    If you can find something that will ease your pain and heal your gall bladder, that's good. I wasn't so lucky. My gall bladder abscessed and ruptured, nearly costing me my life. If your pain gets worse or you start running a fever, get medical attention right away. I agree that hanging onto your gall bladder is for the best, if at all possible. If it has to come out, though, you can still make this way of life work.

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