Gall stones and bile stones are the same thing, just located in different places in the body. They are not made of "rocks," but rather are a collection of cholesterol buildup and possibly calcification over time.
Gallstones revealed in an ultrasound image- image by radiographics.rsna.org
At greatest risk for gall stones are obese females over the age of fifty with high blood serum cholesterol levels who take (or took) birth control pills. Rapid weight loss is another risk factor.
Gall stones can slip into the bile duct, causing a blockage and disease. If this happens, the flow of bile is obstructed, and there is nowhere for the bile to go but "up." This can cause jaundice, since bilirubin from the bile is reabsorbed back into the bloodstream. The entire biliary tree can become infected, or potentially fatal acute pancriatitis can set in.
10-20% of humans have gall stones, according to Of people with gall stones, 10-15% experience gall stones slipping into the bile duct.
Here is an excellent article by the British Journal of Medicine on , commonly referred to as "gallbladder attacks."
The controversy surrounding liver flushes are mostly due to photos such as this one:
I have done several liver flushes myself, and once believed that the large "stones" I saw were from the gallbladder. They are not. However, I do believe that the gallbladder does release small gall stones into the bile duct and on into the intestines, and liver flushes can assist in this process.
There are several liver flush recipes out there. My favorite one is Dr. Richard Schulze's, because it is mild and contains no potentially unsafe ingredients. It is explained in the (seen best with Firefox).
This is the liver flush recipe, as described in Dr. Schulze's own Patient Handbook:
immediately upon rising, as I (Donna) have recommended previously.
Within 1 hour [of rising- ed.] prepare for the following Morning Drink:
Morning Drink (Liver & Gallbladder Flush ) (Mix in a Blender)
(in Spring and Summer ) 8 ounces of fresh orange juice or a citrus juice combination (1 lemon or 1 lime and enough orange, grapefruit or tangerine to make 8 ounces) or
(in Fall and Winter ) 8 ounces of fresh apple and/or grape juice
This actually tastes pretty good. Right now, grapefruits are in season and I am enjoying those. Three large grapefruit make about 12 oz. juice. I prefer this amount to the recommended 8 oz juice and 8 oz water in the recipe, because I teach school and am not allowed to leave the classroom to go to the restroom until my lunch break at noon. In my case, it might be a good idea to start the five day flush on a Wednesday and go through Sunday, so I could have two days where I was able to do this "right."
I recommend sipping this drink rather than "chugging" it. Some people have a difficult time drinking the olive oil and may experience some nausea. If this is the case, I recommend you add more ginger juice. , as I outline in this Natural News.com article.
Have you ever done a liver flush before?
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