Date: Tue, 29 Aug 1995 22:32:24 +0000
From: christopher hedley <christopher.GN.APC.ORG>
Subject: re Gall Stones
Surgical removal may well be a great help but may also only be a temporary treatment, depends on why they are there. If you opt for endoscopy - surgery through a small tube - be sure to find an experienced surgeon. Maybe not a problem in the USA, but in the UK surgeons have been operating in this way without proper training. I had a patient who had three months down from peritonitis when the endoscope cut through his bile tract wall. Don't let me put you off completely, he later went back and had the op. with no trouble.
With or without operations, it is usually also necessary to treat the liver, since it is responsible for the quality of bile. Six months of a daily liver tea such as dandelion root or milk thistle seed are needed.
The old fashioned liver flush, with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil can be used to clear out gallstones. This has already been posted by someone. You should probably get more detailed advice from your local naturopath or herbalist. Although the method is relativly benign, you might need specific guidance.