I had never heard of cleansing one's gall bladder before. Apparently there's a method with some rather pronounced effects on the, um, stool. However, we don't really know the stuff coming out is crud from the gall bladder. It could be some kind of wild chemical reaction between the olive oil, beets, and lemon acid. Heck, for all we know it's from the medulla oblongata.
Since it seems we have more than a few gall bladder-less among our number, and since self-experimentation is all but a tenet of the paleo way, would any of you gall-less folks like to try a cleanse and report back whether you get the green & white stuff?
If you do while not having a gall bladder, then clearly something else is going on. Of course, if you don't, well -- absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, but it would still be interesting results.
I'm so fascinated by this I'm even ready to offer a 100 point bounty. I just need to think of a way to confirm the results (suggestions welcomed). I don't want to pay-out to someone pulling my leg. Yes... the gall of some people.
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on December 14, 2010
at 05:03 AM
Not quite the same, but another interesting experiment would be for a regular person to take a 1/2 pint of olive oil without any accompanying lemon juice and note whether any gall stones are expelled.
I'm rather convinced a 1/2 pint of oil will get the gall bladder to purge every last drop of bile it may have. What I'm not sure about is whether that means the "stones" being eliminated are really gall stones, or what the function of the lemon juice is.
My current best guess is that the lemon juice is to help pass the oil through the stomach. Perhaps keeping the stomach pH acidic moves the oil to the intestines faster. Thoughts?
on January 03, 2011
at 07:12 PM
Allan, I had my gall bladder removed after my second attack. Between the first attack and the second I attempted to 1. clean up my diet ->FAIL and 2. a couple "cleansing" methods -->FAIL. After the removal I haven't had any issues. My diet sucked and I was not paleo at the time of either attack.
The cleansing involved olive oil and lemon and resulted in an interesting amount of "stuff". I would not do it again. Do you know anyone personally who has done this with success? All of the testimonials I saw were on the internet...looking back I feel foolish. But I was looking for some alternative to surgery.
good luck, bob
on December 11, 2010
at 04:43 PM
I tend to agree with the one guy who said that the apparent 'stones' that are excreted are likely caused by saponification of the oil via the acid, thus causing little stones of soap to be excreted. However, extreme intake of oil and digestive distress could potentially also cause the gallbladder to work overtime trying deal with all that fat. I would imagine the gallbladder would be doing everything it could to pound out the bile in such situations. So it would not be beyond the realm of reason to suspect that this method might still help some people clean out their gallbladders. There does seem to be a lot of people who claimed they felt better. Plus it often occurs that people feel gall bladder pain or pain in the area of the gallbladder, even though no stones show on xray. So there are often probs there that are not well understood. Certainly, it is known that gall stones can both form and disintigrate with no direct doctor's intervention. The problem lies in the environment in your body. Perhaps for some people, this treatment could MAYBE alter the environment within the gallbladder or the area of the gallbladder enough to be therapeutic for some individuals.