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Gallbladder Cleanse Hoax
No: They are a scam and simply make money for unscrupulous practitioners. At least they are safer than the crazy schemes in which you eat/drink something awful that can land you in intensive care. Your liver cleans itself and doesn't need help. If you really care about your liver, drink alcohol only on special occasions if at all, and get back into a fitness-focused lifestyle. ...Read more
The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more
Not necessary: The colon is a place where water and some nutrients are absorbed by one's body. Diarrhea occurs if one does not absorb the normal amount of water and nutrients from his poop (stool). If one has bowel problems, he can see his primary care doctor or a gastroenterologist. Colonic cleaning or irrigation is not natural, and can be dangerous if the person's chemical balance is distorted. ...Read more
Don't waste your $: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to colonics. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste." the "no" response also applies to liver detoxes! there are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't "cleanse". ...Read more
Can a colon cleanse using super colon cleanse cause diverticulitis. Ive been doing a cleanse and dr confirmed diverticulitis
No: There is no need for and no benefit of doing colon cleansings. Your colon cleanses itself by having bowel movements. There is no buildup of toxins anywhere in the colon. Colon cleansings are unnecessary and can be unhealthy. Stick with a high-fiber diet for good colon health! Good luck. ...Read more
No...: No studies to prove any health benefits from such products. Save your money. ...Read more
My husband was diagnosed w/ gallbladder polyps & stones.He passed out green&black feces after drinking olive oil & lemon juice.Were that stones?
Not gallstones: The combination of olive oil, lemon juice, and digestive enzymes in our gut creates "soap stones"; these are not gallstones. There is medication, however, that can sometimes dissolve stones.However, it is an ineffective alternative to surgery--the gb is a "gallstone factory"--new stones will form within a few years. Lastly, a polyp can be pre-malignant: if > 1 cm, the gallbladder should be removed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Likely just laxative: Most of these teas contain senna (cascara), which is a natural stimulant laxative. It is fine to use once in a while for occasional constipation, but chronic use can cause your colon to become dependent on the chemical to move at all. There really isn't anything in there "cleansing" your colon. Just making you have a bowel movement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have gallstones, need gallbladder removed, heard drinking apple juice, olive oil n lemon juice passes the stones, one is very large. does it work?
Better idea: Spend fourteen days really exerting yourself and rediscovering the joy of exercise and fitness. These cleanses are scams. Your body and your internal organs clean themselves naturally. Anyone telling you to drink something weird or do something off-the-wall is at best deceived and at worst playing a cruel prank on you -- some of the "health cleanses" on the internet can land you in the ICU. ...Read more
Elevated lipase/amylase, no gallbladder, mrcp no infl of pancreas, liver lesion, not a drinker/smoker, only 32, was taking asacol (mesalamine) hd/colazal, opinion?
No.: The few human studies done on the active ingredients in Liverite have not shown any conclusive improvement in liver function. The liver does not need cleansing. The best way to support the liver is avoiding alcohol, minimizing OTC pain relievers, especially acetaminophen, watching your weight, avoiding toxic chemicals, and getting the hepatitis A and B vaccines. Don't waste your money. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Constipation. Laxatives, fiber, water, diet changes, even castor oil haven't worked. Colonoscopy 3 years ago showed no bowel obstruction. Help?
Schedule changes: May try getting up 15 minutes earlier, exercising, and then having a warm breakfast and then time to go to the bathroom for bowel function. This is retraining your bowel and may help. This may take a few days to help, but please be patient. Cut back on dairy products, as this can cause constipation. Sorry you have had so much trouble, but this can be treated. ...Read more
Colon cleansing: Is not necessary. It is a scam and can actually create problems. Eating a high fiber diet and drinking 80-100 oz caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily is all you need and a whole lot cheaper and safer. Do not waste your money on colon cleansing or risk your health for that matter. ...Read more
Is there any cleanse or natural herb to make my gallbladder only functioning at 15% work better? Or is surgery the only option?
I know of no: Medical evidence to show that liver cleanse is beneficial for those with or without gallbladder. But i suppose it would depend on whom you ask. ...Read more
Are there complications with a liver/gallbladder cleanse if I have experienced light pain in the LRQ in the past and now on my cleanse?
Caution advised: I would advise caution with "cleanses". Your liver is not "dirty" and does not need cleaning. Gallstones can cause problems if they either block the opening of the gallbladder, or block the passage of bile into the small intestine. I would show your doctor your specific cleanse product, and get their opinion. There are a variety of these cleanses, with widely differing ingredients. ...Read more
Is there a safe gallbladder cleanse I can do at home? The ultrasound shows clear but doctor said it could be sludge. Doing hida soon
Myths: It would not effect the liver.Get a more detailed answer ›
No such thing: Don't believe everything you read, and don't take any supplements, herbs, otc products, or vitamins without a specific recommendation by your doctor. You often hear also about colon flush or bowel cleansing - i had a patient almost die from this. The body mostly takes care of itself, and interfering with that process is dangerous unless under a doctor's management. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do any of you have opinions re holistic gallbladder "cleanses" using epsom salts, olive oil and lemon juice. What is left after all the tests ?
Don't "cleanse"!: The ingredients you mentioned have no bearing on "cleansing" your gallbladder. In fact, epsom salts may harm your kidney. The gallbladder contains concentrated bile produced in the liver, & it empties in response to dietary fats. There is no physiologic way to wash out your gallbladder, so please don't waste your time and risk your health! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Typically people: feel pain in the right upper quadrant area of the stomach which can radiate to the back or flank and sometimes also in the mid-upper stomach or epigastric area. That is the classic distribution, sometimes people can feel a band-like pain across the upper abdomen. See a surgeon to be fully evaluated, which might include an ultrasound. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Short answer: Is: gallstones cause gallbladder attacks. Usually, a stone, which the gallbladder forms, gets stuck at its neck and causes a blockage against bile emptying. The neck is where the gallbladder narrows down to form the cystic duct, which in turn joins the common duct. When the gallbladder contracts against the obstruction caused by stone in the neck, it causes pain, which is the attack. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Constricted?: There is no term "restricted" that I have heard of in 30 years, but there is "constricted", which means the gallbladder is very small, due to increased muscle activity in the wall of the gallbladder. Could be a normal finding, depends on whether you have had a fatty meal before the ultrasound that detected it. If you have symptoms with pain in the abdomen, additional testing is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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