In 2008, my father had a gallbladder attack that landed him in the critical care unit of the hospital. This experience led me to research deeply into what causes gallbladder attacks and what can be achieved to prevent them.
Function of the Gallbladder:
The only function of your gallbladder is to store bile, which is produced in your liver and is necessary for the breakdown and absorption of fats and fat soluble vitamins in your small intestine.
Symptoms of Gallbladder Distress:
Abdominal gas, bloating and loss of appetite
Nausea or indigestion after meals
Discomfort is worse after eating, especially after eating fatty foods
Pain or discomfort in your abdomen, chest and back
Abnormal bowel movements, including diarrhea or constipation
Causes of Gallbladder Pain:
Diet. The bile that is stored in your gallbladder should be a thin, watery substance. If your bile becomes concentrated and turns into a thick sludge, gallstones and inflammation can result. If you did not change the oil in your car for several years, your engine would not run very well. A similar thing happens with your gallbladder when you consume a standard American diet. A recent study found that the incidence of gallbladder surgery went up by 600 per cent in Saudi Arabia as the people shifted from a clean, healthful traditional diet to a Western junk food diet consisting of sugary and fatty foods.
Allergy: In 1968, Dr. James C. Breneman, Chairman of the Food Allergy Committee of the American College of Allergists discovered what he called the real cause and cure of gallbladder pain. He selected 69 people who suffered from recurrent gallbladder attacks and hook them up to an elimination diet to determine their food allergies. Six of the participants had already had their gallbladders removed but continued to have symptoms. Dr Breneman found that all 69 people, or 100%, were totally free of gallbladder pain when they avoided their individual food sensitivities, and all 69 had a recurrence of their symptoms when they reintroduced the foods they were allergic to back into their diets. When you eat a food allergen, your body reacts by creating swelling. When food allergies cause swelling of the gallbladder ducts, the flow of bile is obstructed. The symptoms of allergy caused obstruction are just like a stone being stuck in the duct. This title of this study was Allergy Elimination as the Most Effective Gallbladder Diet. It was published in1968 in the journal Annals of Allergy.