Is gallbladder surgery
REALLY your only option? If you go to a medical doctor with a gallbladder problem, chances are that you will be presented with only one solution: have your gallbladder surgically removed. Is that really the ONLY answer? Isn't there a better way?
Dr. Berglund has found that even in his patients who have ALREADY had their gallbladders removed, their symptoms still did not go away. The reason? Removing the gallbladder does not fix the underlying problem!
The good news is that there IS a better solution than surgery! In fact, a gallbladder problem is quite easy to fix. Dr. Berglund has a non-invasive way to check gallbladder function in-house. (Your medical doctor may have chosen to order a diagnostic ultrasound of your gallbladder. However, even a dysfunctional gallbladder may show up normal on the ultrasound.)
Signs & symptoms of gallbladder dysfunction
Chronic right shoulder pain, spasm, or instability (right shoulder, right upper back, or thoracic spine, right upper rib subluxations)
Pain in the spine (feels like a chiropractic misalignment) between the shoulder blades
Constrictive pain across the abdomen
Headache over one or both eyes
Intolerance to fried or greasy (high fat) foods (bloating, nausea, diarrhea, cramping, etc.)
Reflux or heartburn-like symptoms
Periodic pain below the right side of the rib cage
Bitter taste in the mouth
If you consume a diet full of refined carbohydrates (sugar & white flour), you are likely to have gall bladder dysfunction!
How does the gallbladder work? The gallbladder is a muscular sac that stores and (when needed) releases bile into the small intestine via the common bile duct (which it shares with the liver). The purpose of releasing the bile is to help the body make the fatty/greasy and oily things in our digestive tract water soluble (emulsification). The intestines and healthy bacteria that live in the intestines do not like non-emulsified fats. Consequently, diarrhea, bloating, gas, and acidic or bile reflux can result and are the way the body lets us know our gall bladder is not working well.
Did you know that right shoulder and neck pain can indicate gallbladder dysfunction? Some people have problems localized over the gallbladder (which is in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen just under the rib cage), but most people also get pain/inflammation into the back and/or front of the right shoulder, upper/middle back and shoulder blade. That pain can also migrate up into the neck or over to the left upper/middle back. These patients manifest real shoulder problems like tendonitis, ropy muscles, stiff/sore neck, etc. However, in many cases, the cause of all the inflammation and pain, strangely enough, is from a dysfunctional gallbladder.
Causes of gallbladder dysfunction Although the gallbladder issues become more apparent when the patient consumes or overconsumes fat, the cause of the thickening of the bile and inflammation of the gallbladder is often an overload of refined carbohydrates [e.g. white table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and unbleached as well as enriched white flour (processed from wheat)].
Common Sense Medicine with Dr. Berglund
Dr. Berglund discusses gallbladder dysfunctions like biliary stasis (sludginess) and gall stones, what causes these problems, and natural approaches to treat help the gallbladder function normally again. Surgery should be your last option.
This fun video is great for you if you're wondering if you might require surgery in order to have your gallbladder removed.