Celiac disease is a malabsorption syndrome and chronic digestive disorder. The intestine is not able to absorb vital dietary nutrients from foods containing gliadin, an alcohol-soluble portion of gluten. This condition which is often hereditary means the sufferer has a serious intolerance to wheat (including durum, semolina and spelt), rye, oats, barley, and related grain hybrids such as tritaclae and kamut.

Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joint. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis which is characterised by joint degeneration and loss of cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis which is also an autoimmune disorder. In this case the body's immune system attacks its own cartilage and tissue surrounding the joints.

Some detoxification experts advocate fasting, while others do not. It is known that the components of any well-designed detox program will stimulate the body to cleanse itself, but people who are underweight, are undernourished, have weak hearts, have blood sugar issues or are ill should avoid fasting. Some studies have shown that restricting food intake can actually lead to bingeing.

Hemorrhoids are extremely common in industrialised countries and it is estimated that fifty percent of persons over fifty years of age have symptoms of hemorrhoidal disease. Although most people may begin to develop hemorrhoids in the twenties, the symptoms do not become evident normally until in ones thirties!

Gallstone - natural treatment

What are gallstones?

Gallstones are solid deposits of cholesterol or calcium salts that form in your gallbladder or nearby bile ducts. They often cause no symptoms and require no treatment. But some people with gallstones will have a gallbladder attack that can cause symptoms such as nausea and an intense, steady ache in their upper middle or upper right abdomen. In some cases, the pain can be severe and intermittent.

Gallstones are relatively common; they affect as many as one in 12 Americans for example. You're at greater risk of developing gallstones if you're older, female or overweight. Rapid weight loss or eating a very low calorie diet also can put you at risk of gallstones. Complications from gallstones can be serious, and even fatal, if left untreated. Fortunately, treatment is usually straightforward and effective.

How can I treat gallstones naturally?

You don't have to have your gallbladder removed if you are diligent with your diet and sensitive to how your body feels. By following the following tips and recommendations you may be able to clear your gallbladder of stones naturally.

Diet for gallstones

  • The Liver Cleansing Diet (LCD) by Dr Sandra Cabolt, is good to follow and often gives the ‘structure’ some people need-think of it, not as a diet but a way of life. It is important to support the liver whenever gallstones are present.
  • Eat a diet consisting of 75% raw foods and include applesauce, eggs, yoghurt, cottage cheese, broiled fish, fresh apples and beets, when experiencing symptoms.
  • To clean the system, have as much pure apple juice as possible, for 5 days (add pear juice occasionally, also use beet juice to cleanse liver, alfalfa also cleanses the liver).
  • Season with coriander seed – these enhance the synthesis of bile acid in the liver and increase the degradation of cholesterol to fecal bile acids and neutral sterols which also lower cholesterol (LDL) – also raise HDL cholesterol.
  • Avoid sugar and sugar-containing products. With excess sugar – more likely to form gallstones. Avoid/minimise all animal fat and meat, saturated fats (primarily) in animal products, and full fat dairy products), fried foods, spicy foods, margarine, soft drinks, commercial oils, chocolate and refined carbs.
  • Do not overeat. Obesity and gallbladder disease are related. Females that are over 40, overweight, had children – are more at risk. Also, rapid weight changes can cause gallbladder problems.
  • Ayurveda suggest – tumeric (containing the chemical Curcumin) which appears to discourage the formation of gallstones.
  • Lecithin –helps the liver to metabolise fats and lower high cholesterol, and contains EFA’s, a rich source of phospholipids (eg choline). Helps to regulate bile stability en chance enchance secretion, raising the amount of lecithin in bile decreases the tendency for cholesterol to crystallize into a gallstone.
  • Eat tuna – a rich source of phosphatides.
  • It is very important to drink lots of water but not directly before or after food. Salty, sweet, fatty foods dehydrate our body’s and cause us to get thirst encouraging us to drink lots around these foods.
  • Regularly eat LSA – add it to smoothies, salads (vege & fruit), sprinkle on cooked porridge (don’t hat it tho”), pasta dishes, it seems to go with anything. Eat it straight, add a tsp to juice, use it like a condiment, grind it fresh every 2-3 days as it goes rancid quickly when finely ground but also easier for us to break it down. It is good source of protein, EFA’s, minerals, fibre, antiageingaging mixture, antioxidants. Or try the Linseed cereal breakast cereal recipe.
  • Psyllium seeds – soluble mucilage fibre, lowers cholesterol levels (as does oats) – best taken at the beginning of meals. Mix 3-4 tsp of psyllium in a glass of juice or water.
  • The best vegetables for the liver and gallbladder are carrots and beets – they contain antioxidants such as beta-carotene and other carotenoids, and healing flavonoids, and have a cleansing, healing effect on the liver.
  • Slippery elm has a soothing effect on mucus membranes and is helpful with toxic livers and disordered bile production.

Gallstones - Herb and Lifestyle Tips

  • Herbs as prescribed by qualified practitioner slowly break down stone and alleviate pain. We highly recommend that you see a herbalist for a personalised formula
  • Gallstones run in families. Women are twice as likely to form gallstones as men.
  • Physical activity can reduce the risk of gallstones by 20-40%. Exercise daily if possible.
  • Detoxify the liver and colon – important for improved gallbladder function.
  • Binge dieting (as mentioned earlier), losing or gaining weight rapidly, increases the risk of gallstones and the necessity for surgery by as much as 70%