Question: I have Gall Bladder disease. How would you support healing with food? Most people are told never to eat fat again, especially after surgery. - Natalia
Answer: You can and should eat the right kind of fats, even if you have your gall bladder out–you still need the benefits of saturated fat and the vitamins that these fats contain. A lowfat diet will cause the gall bladder to atrophy and a diet of the wrong fats (trans and commerical vegetable oils) will cause the gall bladder to be inflamed. Remember that the gall bladder is only a storage place. Even if you have had your gall bladder taken out, your liver will still make bile. It may be helpful to eat your meals at very regular intervals so the liver gets used to releasing bile at these times. You can also take an ox bile tablet with meals to aid in fat digestion.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine patients with disorders of any organ are told to eat that organ. Since it’s difficult to find gall bladders in your local butcher, try organic lambs fry, which is the liver. The B Vitamins, Vitamin A, Protein and minerals will aid in healing. Also very bitter vegetables and herbs like rocket are good for healing the liver/gallbladder. - Ed
About the Author...
Sally Fallon is founding president of the Weston A Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation with over 400 local chapters and 9000 members. She is also the founder of A Campaign for Real Milk, which has as its goal universal access to clean raw milk from pasture-fed animals. Author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions and also of Eat Fat Lose Fat (Penguin), both with Mary G. Enig, Phd, Sally has a encyclopedic knowledge of modern nutritional science as well as ancient food ways. Her grasp on the work of Weston Price is breath taking and her passion for health freedom, inspiring. In each edition of Nourished Magazine Sally answers your questions about nutrition, health, food and medical politics. Send us an email with your question and we'll put it to her.