Chronic diarrhea is one of the bathroom issues that people usually don’t like to talk about, but for some it is an enormous problem. These days up to two billion people have diarrhea in one year – a colossal number.
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Diarrhea usually is not a sickness itself; it is a symptom of many harmful processes in our digestive system. Some people may experience a chronic diarrhea, which happens when diarrhea persists for more than two weeks, and there are more than 3 watery bowel movements daily.
This article focuses on chronic diarrhea after gallbladder removal. Why do many folks suffer from it? Is there non-drug, alternative medicine approach for this nasty condition?
The medical expression for the gallbladder removal surgery is cholecystectomy. This type of diarrhea is a symptom of the postcholecystectomy syndrome; disorder that often includes pain, gas, bloating, bile reflux, etc.
First let’s focus on unpleasant things. Even brilliant operation technique and surgical experience cannot prevent this complication after the gallbladder removal surgery. Statistically, approximately 10% of people without gallbladder sooner or later will have chronic diarrhea. In the US 700,000 gallbladders are removed annually, so we have a large number of sufferers with that issue after the surgery.
According to medical literature there is no cure for this disorder, there are just medications to control diarrhea. Even professionals recognize that cause of diarrhea after gallbladder removal is unknown. Anyhow, doctors call chronic diarrhea after gallbladder removal as “bile acids” diarrhea because bile acids are the culprit. Bile acids are essential parts of the bile.
Bile is produced by the liver and goes into the gallbladder for storage. When semi digested foods, come from the stomach into the first part of the small intestine-duodenum, gallbladder contracts. It pushes the bile through the bile duct and sphincter of Oddi into the duodenum to digest fatty foods.
Our body uses bile acids from the bile as detergent to make fat droplets smaller. It helps pancreatic enzyme lipase split up the fats on glycerol and fatty acids, which can be absorbed throughout the gut wall. This is a little complicated, but without understanding, it is difficult to realize how to get help.
In the normal situation, when bile is alkaline, bile acids are soluble. Any abnormal acidic changes in bile pH lead to precipitation of the bile acids. The insoluble bile acids are highly aggressive substances, which corrode and irritate gallbladder, bile ducts, sphincter of Oddi, duodenum causing inflammation, ulcers, and eventually cancer. The doctors found more incidence of the colon cancer in humans after gallbladder removal. Acidity of bile and precipitation of the bile acids is the main reason for the development of inflammation and gallbladder stones. There is a lot more medical information about this issue, in my eBook: healthy pancreas, healthy you.
By the way, people lose their gallbladders due to acidic bile causing inflammation and gallbladder stones. Gallbladder keeps bile for a long time; therefore, acidic, aggressive bile acids have more time to cause damage and inflammation. No wonder, gallbladder becomes first and common target for surgical knife.
However, gallbladder removal surgery does not normalize the acid-alkaline condition of the bile. After gallbladder surgery irritation and inflammation persist into liver bile ducts, bile duct, sphincter of Oddi, duodenum. Bile/pancreatic reflux can move this aggressive mixture up to the stomach causing gastritis, persistent heartburn, damage of esophagus, etc. Going down, the bile/pancreatic reflux may cause abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Let’s stop here and think what can make human bodies acidic? Modern food filled with acid-forming products. They are sugars, meats, grains, milk, alcohol, and unhealthy fats. Besides that, antibiotics in the food and as medication kill friendly intestinal flora; therefore, allow yeast and bacterial overgrowth in the gut. In turn, this creates constant fermentation and produces many acidic substances.
Therefore, keeping alkaline bile is extremely beneficial for people without gallbladder.
There are three natural ways to do that: eat alkaline diet, take alkaline minerals, and drink alkaline healing mineral water. Drinking healing mineral water is very popular in Europe.
Surgeons have performed cholecystectomy for 150 years. Hence, doctors knew the consequences’ of the gallbladder surgeries such as pain, indigestion, and diarrhea since that time. European doctors have recommended drinking healing mineral water for hundreds of years. The small town Karlovy Vary was a sacred place for people with gallbladder, liver, and pancreas disorders. Europeans drank this water from thermal spring or prepared it from vaporized geyser salt at home, for more than 250 years. Many articles and books in German, Czech, and Russian support the healing action of the Karlovy Vary healing mineral water after gallbladder removal.
Drinking healing mineral water prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt can have a few beneficial actions. Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt can:
• Supply the body with alkaline minerals, bicarbonate and trace elements, which are essential parts of bile and pancreatic juice
• Make bile liquid and alkaline, so it will be less aggressive
• Decrease spasms of the sphincter of Oddy (sphincter of Oddy dysfunction)
• Decrease bile/pancreatic reflux
• Normalize stool
• Promote proper digestion
This is safe and effective natural remedy for persons with postcholecystectomy syndrome, but it requires time to reach the positive results. I suggest keeping track of saliva and urine pH at home to see the changes. Saliva and urine pH are window for us to see inside the body’s acid-alkaline balance. “I eat healthy”, “I don’t drink alcohol”, “I exercise”, I hear often from my patients. They are actually surprised when their saliva and urine pH are less than 6.6 (acidic state).
Acidity, medical name is chronic metabolic acidosis, is rampant now. Nowadays, nutritional experts consider that metabolic acidosis is the core of various digestive and metabolic disorders.
Another natural way to neutralize acidity in the body is taking the alkaline mineral supplements. The best for this job is cellular magnesium-potassium.
Exacerbation of the chronic diarrhea after gallbladder removal hugely depends upon dysbiosis (Candida-yeast overgrowth and/or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). Antibiotics and some other medications, poor eating habits, heavy metals toxicity, and alcohol disrupt normal microbial balance inside the small and large intestines.
When the friendly intestinal flora is not present, the opportunistic infection such as harmful bacteria, yeast, and parasites take over gastrointestinal tract. By medical research, dysbiosis leads to precipitation of the bile acids consequently worsens chronic diarrhea.
Contrary the common believe, eating yogurt and taking low quality probiotics usually cannot restore the natural balance between friendly intestinal flora and opportunistic infection. Using antibiotics and antifungal agents cannot restore the proper, natural balance in the gut. “Kill and destroy” approach is not for this case.
Restoration of the friendly intestinal flora is the time-consuming process that includes healthful diet, colon hydrotherapy, drinking healing mineral water prepared from genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt, taking the proven quality of probiotics and nutritional supplements. Colon hydrotherapy by flushing colon can eliminate bile acids, establish an environment for beneficial bacteria to reside there.
Diarrhea after gallbladder removal is not a new thing. People have suffered from this kind of chronic diarrhea for a long time. For now, the scientific research and the clinical base evidences support the effectiveness of herbs in digestive disorders especially in case of the chronic diarrhea. Herbs can promote releasing of the liver bile; make bile…
Source by Peter Melamed Ph.D.