So, I must start with the basics first. Gallstones are really caused by a magnesium deficiency. In fact, at LEAST 95% of the U.S. population is magnesium deficient. Magnesium comes from food sources like fresh green vegetables. I have a strong suspicion that gallstones are also formed by lecithin deficiency as well as magnesium: potassium: phosphorous: boron being imbalanced. In practice, magnesium and boron supplementation will balance the necessary problems and bring to balance the blood calcium - which is quite high in U.S. Finland, by the way, had the same problems as in U.S. until they got wise and made a law by adding magnesium to their food and/or water supply. They now do not have high rates of heart attack as in U.S. but they have one of the lowest in the world (lower than Japan). My suspicion is that gallstones are also going in the same direction. Let's go back to magnesium....
I personally supplement myself with 2000 milligrams of magnesium chloride (other forms do not do well except of course magnesium bicarbonate, which can be made at your home by bubbling magnesium carbonate with carbon dioxide in 90% water solution, since magnesium bicarbonate can only exists in water). Well here is an article of magnesium which you can read about:
In addition to the prevention of kidney stones there is evidence that magnesium can prevent gallstones Our medical dictionary says that the gallstones is a concretion formed in the bladder or the biliary ducts, composed, in varying amounts, of cholesterol, bilirubin, and other elements found in bile. The biliary ducts are in the liver. In this case also, magnesium is a specific preventive factor in the formation of gall- or liver stones. For one thing, in a previous chapter, we showed that magnesium has the effect of reducing the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream.
The matter is mentioned in a communication to the French Academy of Medicine (June 23, 1931) by Pierre Delbet, M.D., reproduced in his book Politique Préventif du Cancer. He says that when the diet is rich in magnesium it immediately shows up in the bile. In this manner the quantity of the magnesium in the bile can be actually doubled. This was confirmed by Bretau. Dr. Delbet also mentions clinical work by Drs. Godard and Palios, which showed that such increase in magnesium can have a favorable influence on gallstones Dr. Delbet studied human bile in the laboratory and found that the addition of magnesium drove out practically all the cholesterol, and he noted that the addition of magnesium added a pigmentation to the bile, gave it a deeper coloring. Its effect on the bile was to make the cholesterol in it more soluble.
Dr. Delbet then adds that, "It is a clear result of experiments ... on the action of magnesium chloride on the elements that make up calculi [stones] that the addition of a food ration of magnesium in the form of halogenated salts has the power to reduce chance of biliary calculus formation.
"This conclusion is confirmed by facts. I know a great number of people who take delbiase regularly. None of them has vesicular trouble. That's probably not very convincing. You can't prove that those who take delbiase would have had biliary calculus if they bad not taken it. On the other hand, quite a few patients have biliary calculus without being magnesium deficient." In other words, there are other causes of gallstones than a magnesium deficiency.
However, says Delbet, "cases of the gall bladder being healed by the regular use of halogenated magnesium salts are numerous."
Delbet gives an interesting account of a doctor who used magnesium in connection with difficulties he had with the bile:
"The clinical facts have, for the most part, been observed by chance. My followers take much magnesium chloride. They are enthusiasts propagandizing for it. Others adopt it, partly, perhaps, because it often produces systemic excitation. Among those who take it for its tonic action, several are afflicted with various ailments which disappear, and they report from time to time successes I did not expect, acting on ailments that are out of my province. Thus I am led to discuss matters of which I do not know a great deal.
"About the preparation of the sick for operations, I have reported the action of magnesium chloride on the digestive tract.
"Laborde states that it has a strong action on the secretion of bile. I have no experience on this point, but I have confirmed with de Wades that, introduced into the duodenum, it leads to evacuation of the tube. By this mechanism it can render service in infections of the biliary duct. One of our associates has sent me his own observation which seems interesting to me. He had repeated attacks of inflammation of the gall bladder and the biliary ducts With fevers up to 39.6º, chronic intestinal troubles (diarrhea, distention, painful spasms after eating). In spite of a strict regime and treatment by physical agents on the liver and abdomen (diathermy and infra-red light), he showed no improvement. He put himself on delbiase in a dosage of 2 tablets (1 gr. 20) a day, stopping all other medication. Here are the results: it is he who has recounted them. "No more liver attacks, no more epigastric pains; intestinal troubles improved. After several weeks the stools became normal, as they had not been for five months. In two months, a weight gain of 10 kilograms. Transformation of the appearance, appetite normal, digestion easy, in spite of a return to hard work. The possibility, without the least sensation of fatigue, of taking up once more my habitual occupations."
So we pause and look back on what we have been reading. It sounds too good to be true-- magnesium seems to be good for anything that ails you. Therefore, why don't we hear much about it? The newspapers sing the praises of the wonder drugs in headlines, but the action of this miracle mineral is ignored. One wonders about the honesty of medicine. There have been hundreds of researches on magnesium. Is there a specific reason why it is being ignored?
Also, some EDTA supplements and/or humic acid/fulvic acid might help with gallstones by reducing oxidant actions resulting in gallstones And one more thing, oxidized form of cholesterol might also be responsible for gallstones. When I say oxidized form of cholesterol, I mean overcooked foods. They might be a source of those soft gallstones you heard about. This is especially dangerous when you are doing cooking using microwave, because we get all sorts of nonexistent organics compounds not found in nature. In fact, there was a Swiss study which found cholesterol level to be higher within a week of drinking and eating food heated with microwave. Chemicals formed from microwave cooking such as d-proline is a neurotoxin and may be responsible for alzheimer and parkinson's disease. l-proline is found in nature and it is safe. So stay away from microwave cooking and learn to eat raw food. Gelatin is especially important in our diet in helping absorb vitamins and riding ourselves of toxins.
Fulvic acid/Humic Acid to Loosen gallstones:
Fulvic acid/humic acid acts like a chelating agent (as in EDTA) which attaches to the gallstones causing them to be loose and dissolving them. It is a traditional used. It also reduces inflammation by increasing the immune system. How or what actions fulvic does really is that it removes "free metal radicals" which causes hydroxyl radicals to form in our body thus making it a good source of antioxidant, and at the same time loosening the gallstones
One of my personal theory of formation of gallstones has to do with colloidal suspension. Eating or drinking foods which DESTROYS COLLOIDAL DISPERSION is what causes our body to precipitate forming gallstones This is caused really from eating canned foods, soda pop and frozen dinner. It is well known that aluminum destroys colloidal suspension and causing a precipitation resulting in gallstones. Eating foods deficient in magnesium and excess in calcium make it even worse. Denatured foods found in canned food has no colloidal suspension really does not help either.
One of the easy techniques to increase colloidal dispersion (and thus zeta potentials), thus preventing gallstones in the first place is drinking water with lots of magnesium (hard water) and some potassium (not much) whose water is alkaline (you can add baking soda or sodium bicarbonate - but must be free of aluminum!) This is the reason why EDTA is helpful in prevention of gallstones, by chelating aluminum out of the body. Antacids, toothpaste tubes, rice cookers, cooking utensils, candy wrappers (chocolate kisses), and antiperspirants are the worse offenders because they have aluminum. You can read an eye opening article for colloidal suspension here:
(truly a classic article if somewhat technical for the general audiences - pictures is a real eye opener what it does to your body!)
Blood high in cholesterol or fats will also clump together without adequate lecithin (from raw yellow egg yolk and soy milk).
Nicotinic acid, known as Vitamin B3 known commonly as niacin maybe useful in reducing cholesterol buildup and hence reduced gallstones. There is a big distinctive difference between vitamin B3 called Niacinamide and Nictonic Acid. Do not use niacinamide as it is harmful to certain enzymes in suppressing SIR2 enzymes, use only nicotinic acid. I suspect also that a deficiency in nicotinic acid might have something to do with gallstones. The usual dose is about 500 milligrams/day. The dosage used in RDA (recommended daily allowance) does not have therapeutic doses used in orthomolecular therapies, commonly used by Linus Pauling.
Please remember one thing environmental toxins are what influences our health the most. If you have fish aquarium than you know what its like to put tap water (with chlorine) killing the fishes instantly. In fact fish aquarium, chlorine destroys colloidal dispersions which is why fishes are killed. pH, gH (general hardness), kH (carbonate hardness) are important fishes as it is for our own life also. Therefore it may be important to put dechlorinator when we drink water as we do to fishes. (dechlorinator used in aquarium is really sodium thiosulfate). You can restore colloidal dispersion of water somewhat by adding this. The chemical is quite safe since it is found in human bodies and it is used as a treatment for cyanide poisoning and prevention of side effects in chemotherapy treatment."
Additional Info emailed: "There is two factors that might be helpful in dissolving gallstone. From another point of view that is. If gallstone's component is cholesterol and calcium then dissolving cholesterol by eating lecithin and dissolving calcium by supplementing with EDTA will do the trick. Here is a way to prove that EDTA will work. Get a very old glass that looks very cloudy. As you know it is impossible to clean the cloudy glass. The main component of the cloudiness is caused by calcium carbonates clinging on to the glass. Get disodium EDTA, and wash it. The EDTA dissolved in water will remove them in seconds just by rubbing your fingers on it. Now 1 gram of EDTA will dissolve about 201 mg of Calcium Carbonate. That is proof enough for me that it will dissolve those gallstones, as well as kidney stones. I hope this helps.
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