Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Natural Gallstone Removal - A Personal Experience

Having read about natural gallstone removal, I've decided to give it a try since I was having a few days' break. I do not usually have the luxury of time for things beyond my daily routine (as evidenced by my lack of blogposts :p). Another friend of mine have tried and tested this method and it worked pretty well for her too. However, she has made some modification and adjustments on this procedure given her time constraints as well. Since I only have a few days to myself, I have decided to self-modify the recommended 6-day method to a mere 3-day one. So here's the modified quickie regime. I'm not sure if it is actually less effective than the recommended method though green stones are still present via this regimen.

Day 1
Started to fast with green "Granny Smith" apples. Took 3 apples in the morning and blended 2 apples into fresh juice for breakfast. Had another 3 apples for lunch and 3 apples for dinner and blended 3 apples into juice. Had 1 apple for supper before going to bed. Took fluids like water and apple juice (processed) in between meals as well.

Day 2
Had 3 apples for breakfast, chopped into small pieces to ease biting. Blended 2 apples into juice for lunch. Stop eating solid food by 1pm. Drink water and apple juice (processed) as much as you like in between this period. Stop any fluid intake by 6.30pm. This is to ensure that your stomach is not filled with water by the time you consume the oil. The water will probably cause the oil to float around, resulting in more nauseousness.

Some websites recommend having some peppermint oil or pineapple juice to combat the nauseousness that may arise from consuming the oil. Since I can't find no peppermint oil in Malaysia and do not plan to irritate my stomach with pineapple juice as I was already fasting, I self-modified it again. I find brushing my teeth before consuming the oil particularly helpful as the lingering fresh mint smell in your mouth can actually help in tasting less of the oil. I also bought some "Clorets" peppermint sweets in the hope of substituting peppermint oil & place them by my bedside. Remember to keep a bottle of minyak angin by your bed too, just in case of stomach discomfort.

Once you have brushed your teeth and prepared the necessary items for bed, you are ready to consume the oil. By 8.00pm, mix half cup of olive oil (about 125ml) with half cup of lemon juice (3 lemons) and drink them all at once. Since I do not want to do more washing, I used a used water bottle to estimate the amount of oil needed. Make sure the oil is mixed well with the lemon juice before drinking as you do not want your concoction to be tasteless at the top and awfully sour at the bottom. Some websites recommend drinking them in sips by drinking a few spoonfuls of oil followed by few spoonfuls of lemon juice, resting for a few minutes in between and repeating this process till all the oil and juice is consumed. As for me, I could not bear the smell and taste of the oil down my throat so I decided to gulp the whole mixture, in one shot, taking small quick breaths in between. Do make sure that you swallow the oil standing up, not sitting or lying down.

Lie down on your right once after drinking. Lying down on your right helps the oil to enter the gallbladder faster. Stop any physical activities as you can kind of feel the oil churning about in your stomach. Try to get some sleep or light reading and forget about everything. I had to chew some peppermints in between to prevent throwing up the oil. Some websites have mentioned that it still works if the oil is vomitted but I personally feel it's better if you can hold it in because sometimes, vomitting can keep recurring.

Day 3
This will be the cleansing day. You can eat something light in the morning. However, if you still feel a little sick after consuming so much oil, take light food which are non-greasy and drink warm water. Food intake should be increased on a gradual basis if you are feeling sick.

You will feel the urge to go toilet in the morning. The first flush was nothing but greenish stools. I presume it's from the apples. The stones only came after the second flush. You will see an oily release together with greenish particles. I guess this will depend on whether your gallstones are big or small, or whether some of them crystalized or not. Some people have reportedly said that they have small black pellet like stones which are soft and rubbery. Others pass out stones the size of golfballs in extreme cases. I have read that in the process of the cleanse, some stones may have actually been dissolved before being flushed out. The stones will usually float and you can see them in the toilet bowl. As amazing as it is, you'll feel quite refreshed after the cleanse!

To summarize, I was trying to eat the same amount of apples that was recommended throughout the 6 day regime. Though this is not quite possible, I tried my best because malic acid from the apples were supposed to soften the gallstones to enable them to harmlessly pass through the gallbladder ducts during the cleanse. Notice that I did not consume any Epsom salts at all. This is because I read somewhere that Epsom salts was damaging to the liver. It can also cause possible instant diarrhoea in some. Also, for those with gastric problems, you may want to proceed with caution because fasting was done for almost 2 whole days in the modified regimen.For obvious reasons, you may want to make sure that you have easy toilet access when attempting this.

If you are hoping to catch some stones to serve as samples or proof to your friends, you may prepare a net or sieve over the toilet bowl to catch the stones, a jar and a stirring stick before the cleanse. Once you have flushed the stones out, you may pour water over the stools and use the stick to help separate the fecal matter from the stones. Count them if you like. Some people actually collect them for storage in the freezer while some collect them and send them over to their doctors for further verification. Some doctors have reportedly found the stones to be composed mainly of cholesterol. If you are adventurous, you may want to take pictures, just for the record.

Except from some nauseousness and feeling of bloatedness arising from drinking the oil, the whole process was an easy painless process. Hopefully, I'll have a better digestive system and a healthier gallbladder to start the year with! :)

* Important Notice - This modified regime is merely for sharing purposes and is only reflective of the blog owner's experiences and opinion. It is not a health advocate nor is it scientifically proven. Try this at your own risks. The blog owner shall not be held liable for any incidences that may arise from the posting of this blog.

Removing Gallstones Naturally by Dr. Lai Chiu Nan

Some of you may have stumbled upon such articles by chance or received it via forwarded mail. Dr. Lai Chiu Nan, a Taiwanese-American researcher and alternative health guru has recommended a way for removing gallstones naturally. According to her, everyone has gallstones, some more or less than others. The gallbladder is located on the right side of the abdomen below the liver. The gallbladder functions to store bile, concentrate it and release it during digestion. Gallstones form when the liquid bile hardens. Their sizes vary from a grain of salt to the size of golfballs.

1 - Liver
2 - Common bile duct
3 - Gallstones
4 - Gallbladder

People who suffer from gallstone attack may experience such excruciating pain that they have the entire gallbladder removed via surgery. Therefore, the natural removal of gallstones may come as a relief to some who may want to try alternative ways before opting for surgery as a last resort. This method actually works! I have personally tried it and will share my experiences in another post. Do note that there are a few practitioners who have raised several possible risks associated with this method whereby some say that the gallstones may get stuck in the gallbladder ducts if the gallstones are too big. Some others have warned against using Epsom salts in the procedure. So please make informed decisions and do not hold anyone liable if you have decided to embark on this method. On a more optimistic note, you can find many "success" stories shared over the Internet and health forums where some people can flush up to hundreds of stones in one procedure.

Below is an e-mail received with regards to Dr. Lai Chiu Nan's DIY Gallstone Removal method.

by Dr Lai Chiu-Nan

It has worked for many. If it works for you please pass on the good news. Chiu Nan is not charging for it, so we should make it free for everyone. Your reward is when someone, through your word of mouth, benefits from the regime. Gallstones may not be everyone's concern. But they should be because we all have them. Moreover, gallstones may lead to cancer. "Cancer is never the first illness," Chiu Nan points out. "Usually, there are a lot of other problems leading to cancer.

In my research in China , I came across some materials which say that people with cancer usually have stones. We all have gallstones. It's a matter of big or small, many or few.

One of the symptoms of gallstones is a feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. You feel like you can't digest the food. If it gets more serious, you feel pain in the liver area." So if you think you have gallstones, Chiu Nan offers the following method to remove them naturally.

The treatment is also good for those with a weak liver, because the liver and gallbladder are closely linked.

1. For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day. Or eat four or five apples, whichever you prefer. Apple juice softens the gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.
2. On the sixth day, take no dinner.
3. At 6 PM, take a teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) with a glass of warm water.
4. At 8 PM, repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the gallbladder ducts.
5. At 10 PM, take half cup olive oil (or sesame oil) with half cup fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and drink it. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their passage.
PS. 1cup=250ml, � cup lemon juice=3 lemons (aprox.)

The next morning, you will find green stones in your stools. "Usually they float," Chiu Nan notes. "You might want to count them. I have had people who passes 40, 50 or up to 100 stones. Very many."

"Even if you don't have any symptoms of gallstones, you still might have some. It's always good to give your gall bladder a clean-up now and then.

Here are several other links which may be helpful to you:




Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Elephant

Place: My Elephant, Section 17, PJ
Cuisine: Thai
My Rating: 4/5

Although this is my second time patronizing this restaurant, I always seem to get lost as this place is located in the middle of some housing estate. Tucked neatly under the Happy Mansion flats, this place offers great Thai food with a cozy ambiance.

During my first visit, this place didn't really impress me foodwise. Besides the Tod Man Plah (thai fishcake), the dishes that I ordered didn't blow me off the roof. We ordered the famous duck curry that everyone has been raving about. Roast duck, avocado and rambutans were used to cook the curry. Sadly, the taste didn't quite suit my taste buds as duck with fruits in curry didn't seem quite right to me. The tom yam certainly left an impression, albeit a hot one! Feeling adventurous, we opted for the one with the most chilli in the menu. Needless to say, it was too hot for our tolerance. I must mention that I do have a higher than average tolerance for spicy stuff. The soup was burning my tongue and this kind of spoilt my taste buds for the other dishes.

After a lapse of almost half a year, I was craving for Thai food again. This time around, I brought my whole family along, 7 of us in total, so that we can sample a wider variety of choices. I'm glad to say that everyone enjoyed the meal and had positive comments regarding the ambiance. It was almost like fine dining at affordable prices.

We ordered Mieng Kam and Tod Man Plah as appetizers. Mieng Kam is daun kaduk wraps with dried shrimps, lime, onions, coconut crisps and chilli padi. It's a DIY food where you need to spread the sweet sour tamarind plum sauce on the leaf before scooping bits and pieces of the dried shrimps, etc onto the leaf. Wrap it and eat it. I must say the Mieng Kam here is good but the portion is kind of small. The Tod Man Plah didn't fail to deliver again. The thai fish cake is a must-try. It certainly tastes different from our Chinese fish cake.

As I had a bad experience with the Tom Yam previously, I decided to give the Tom Sum a try. It was certainly much better than the Tom Yam. Tom Sum is a clear based soup cooked with lemon grass and other thai herbs. The soup is bursting with flavour and is very appetizing! The waitress recommended the Gai Tod Gratiam Prik Thai. It is actually deep fried chicken strips with kaffir lime leaf, garlic and crushed thai peppercorn. The dish is addictive. The chicken strips are juicy and tender and the taste is just so different from other fried chicken that I have tasted. We also had green curry chicken that night. The curry is nice as it wasn't too salty and tasted quite authentic to me. For fish, we had the Plah Nung Manow which is actually steamed fish with lime, garlic and chilli dressing. The fish is nicely decorated with lime and strips of mango. The fish texture was very good and the lime and chilli based clear gravy blended well with the fish.

All of us ordered either Pandan Cooler or Krachiap Cooler for drinks. The pandan cooler is actually pandan water and the krachiap is actually thai roselle. It was a very nice combination with the food as the drinks were cooling and not too sweet. Everyone was happy with the dinner and I'm glad to say that the food in My Elephant is splendid enough for me to care to blog about. :)

***Pics will be uploaded later***