Saturday, August 24, 2013

What I Did To Treat My Gallstones------Blog

What I Did To Treat My Gallstones

I've been wondering what to write about. Before I wrote about lowfat recipes because I was trying to keep my fat intake really low. Then my gallstones went away and I had nothing to write about. But then I realized that there is so much misinformation about gallstone remedies that I should probably write something about that. I'm not selling anything; the information is free.

I remember my first attack. The pain was awful and I wondered if I were having a heart attack. It went on and on for about 12 hours until I finally got sick and threw up. But then I talked to my mother and found out that my symptoms were the same as hers and she had gallstones. My father had had his gallbladder removed some years earlier for the same reason. So, with both parents having gallstones I guess it made sense for me to get them too.

The pain would start under my ribs on my right side. It would get worse and then move more towards the center. It could make sweat pop out on my forehead and double me up. And, there was nothing I could do about it. I think my shortest attack was 11 hours and my longest was 16. Often it would end with my getting sick and throwing up; once I threw up three times after being nauseous for 7 hours.

Knowing that the attacks followed fat intake I tried to restrict this. I knew that 20 mg's would give me an attack so I tried to keep it below 15. However, after doing this for more than a year my attacks were getting more frequent and I was trying to stay below 12 grams per meal.

There was a lot of confusing information that went on and on without getting any clearer. Nothing made sense. I had paid $15 for a so-called eHealth book called, "Gall Bladder Remedies, How To Dissolve Gallstones Naturally (Without Painful Olive Flushes)" from the Natural Health Librarian. The eBook was written by health journalist, Bill Sardi. This is where it got interesting. The book explained that the so-called olive oil flush that was being pushed all over the internet was nothing but quackery. It explained that drinking a quarter cup of olive oil with lemon juice does nothing to actually expel gallstones. However, due to the chemical interactions in the intestines some of the oil turns into chunks of greenish soap that show up in the stool. These are then mistaken for gallstones. I suppose that is a good con.

Now, back to the useful information that is supposed to be in the book. This is where it got confusing for me. My mother had said that her gallstones had gotten better and that she had been able to eat whatever she wanted for the last two years. She had used information from a local health store. I compared the information in the eBook with what she had been taking and they were quite similar: Taurine, anti-oxidant vitamins, omega-3, apples or unpasteurized apple juice. The only additional thing she took was lemon juice and pills with a beet extract. So, great I thought with the same information from two different sources, this should work. I ate apples and drank unpasteurized apple juice (an entire gallon). I took vitamins A, C, and E. I took taurine pills and omega-3 and even took the beet extract pills like my mother did. And . . . nothing happened; I didn't improve at all.

So, I restricted my fat intake and my gallstones slowly got worse. I tried to keep below 15 grams per meal but the attacks were getting more frequent. Then something interesting happened. A friend of mine pointed me to a website where people talked about drinking apple cider vinegar with apple juice. I didn't expect it to work but I thought I would humor my friend. She had earlier tried to be helpful by pointing me to a website touting the olive oil flush. So, I drank apple cider vinegar mixed with apple juice. I didn't take the taurine, the omega-3, the vitamins, or the beet extract since I already knew they didn't work. I only took vinegar and apple juice.

A month later I hadn't had any attacks so I decided to take the plunge and try something higher in fat. I had a Deluxe Breakfast from MacDonalds. I thought at the time that this was probably just a bit over 20 grams of fat. But, when I looked it up when I got home I found out it was more than 40 grams of fat. I waited, dreading that I would have an attack. Five hours later I hadn't had an attack so I went to Burger King and ate a Whopper Junior Meal with french fries. And, no attack.

I this point I was happy but very puzzled. I couldn't understand how drinking vinegar had had any effect on my gallstones. So, I started at the bottom of the hill and did my own research. And, eventually I got it figured out. First of all, common gallstones are not made of calcium or bilirubin; they are made of cholesterol. This is way the process normally works: The liver manufactures cholesterol and then from this substance it makes bile acids which are used to dissolve fats. But the liver only produces these slowly so they are stored in the gallbladder. The gallbladder then can release a larger amount when you eat a meal with fat. So far so good.

However the process of making bile acides isn't perfect so there is some cholesterol left over and cholesterol won't dissolve in water. But cholesterol will dissolve in a weak acid (like bile acids) so it doesn't normally cause any problem. However, in some individuals this balance tips just slightly and the cholesterol becomes too much to stay dissolved. You then begin to form crystals of cholesterol in the gallbladder and these get larger over time. Eventually, one of two things happens: either they get large enough to block the bile ducts or they begin to irritate the lining of the gallbladder. The former kind where it blocks the bile ducts can cause jaundice but the pain is of shorter duration and not associated with eating fat. The eBook I bought only mentions bile duct blockage as the cause of gall bladder pain but this in fact is not the most common kind.

The second kind where the lining is irritated is what I had. Essentially, the gallbladder is a muscular bladder that can squeeze the bile acids out when needed. As long as the gallbladder is full it doesn't rub against the cholesterol crystals. However, when you eat fat it begins to release bile acids and shrinks like letting the air out of a balloon. The lining then comes into contact with the crystals and it works like having a stone in your shoe. The lining becomes irritated and this then causes the gallbladder to contract which increases the irritation which increases the pain and leads to nausea. In other words, the pain is self supporting and this is why it lasts so long. Eventually, the muscles in the gallbladder become exhausted and stop contracting and the gallbladder refills with bile acids.

So, what does apple cider vinegar do? Good question. I finally found two studies that showed that vinegar inhibits the liver from making cholesterol. If the liver produces less cholesterol then the balance tips back in favor of the bile acids and the gall stones begin to slowly dissolve. My mother never took vinegar but she did drink lemon juice and I found another study showing a similar effect with citrus juice. Now it finally began to make sense. The vitamins, omega-3, taurine, and beet extract had no noticeable effect. My mother's gallstones got better only because of the lemon juice and mine didn't because I was not drinking lemon juice. Mine got better when I started drinking vinegar. You usually see this refered to as apple cider vinegar and apparently this notion is fostered because apples contain malic acid which is known to help dissolve gallstones. The problem is that I ate apples and drank unpasteurized apple juice (with plenty of malic acid) and still had gallstones. Also the two studies I referred to worked with acetic acid (vinegar); not apple cider vinegar.

In other words, apple cider vinegar might taste better to you but if all you have is distilled vinegar handy go ahead and use it. You mix it with fruit juice so that you can stand to drink it but it really doesn't matter what kind of vinegar or what kind of fruit juice. I've mixed it with apple juice, apple cider, grape juice, and even plain water. This notion will be heresy to some who insist that only apple cider vinegar has this magic property. Sorry, but the magic is in the acetic acid (vinegar), not in anything else like malic acid.

So, how much do you need? Yeah, good question. This is one of those areas where it would be great to have data from a study of people who had gallstones. Where different dosages were tried and gallstone size was monitored with ultrasounds. Unfortunately, drug companies can't make money off of something as common as vinegar. And, a doctor not too far from me in Bloomington, Indiana advertizes that he has performed more than 2,000 gallbladder removal surgeries. Since he has probably made more than $4 million from this he also has no incentive to do a study. So, I'll try to give you some guidelines. I drank about 6 teaspoons of vinegar a day for the first month. Now, I drink about 1 tablespoon about twice a week. However, I sometimes drink more if I get bad heartburn because for some reason a teaspoon of vinegar also stops the heartburn. Yeah, that seems backwards to me too but before I started taking vinegar I made sure that I always had Tums (or generic equivalent) handy (at home, in my car, and at work). I sometimes used four or five tablets to stop bad heartburn. Then I used acid reducers like Pepcid Complete. But since I've been taking vinegar I haven't used any of them.

There are other factors though. My mother tried vinegar and said it didn't seem to work as well for her. I think that is probably because I drink coffee most mornings and she doesn't. See, coffee stimulates the gallbladder so a bit of coffee would speed the process along by keeping new bile acids moving through the gall bladder. If you don't drink coffee then I would probably reccomend eating a starlight mint each day. Mint also stimulates the gallbladder to release bile acids. I know this for a fact because one day I was sucking on starlight mints and the fifth one gave me a really bad attack even though I hadn't eaten any fat. Since it took five for me one at a time should be fine. However, if you are pushing your fat limit at a meal then I would wait and take the mint between meals. In other words, if we keep bile acids moving through the gallbladder while reducing cholesterol the gallstones should dissolve faster. And, by the way, if you have high cholesterol, vinegar can knock your serum level down by 25%.

Again, I'm not selling anything and I don't want anyone to get ripped off by buying fake treatments like I did. Nor should anyone have to suffer with frequent attacks like I did. Hopefully, this will help.

Pine Ridge Pow Wow 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 23

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 23
"They also learned, and perhaps this was the most important thing, how to look at things through the eyes of the Higher Powers." 
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA
Our eyes can only see our beliefs. Our beliefs cause us to make assumptions, draw conclusions, and cause confusion. Our five senses are very limiting. The Creator has a way of allowing us to see or know in the spiritual world. This is called the Sixth Sense. The Sixth Sense is like a radar system; our personal radar system. It will help us "see" opportunities and help us avoid disaster. This Sixth Sense is controlled by God. We must learn to listen to it. We must learn to trust it. We must learn to act on it even if our head says differently. We must learn to look at things through the eyes of God.
My Creator, guide me today. If my eyes cause confusion, let me close them and see through Your eyes. If my ears hear confusion, let me listen to my heart. Let me let You guide me.

Good Stuff

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 24

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 24
"The mind's eye changes the way we judge things."
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA
"What you see is what you get." Our head has inside it a movie projector that projects out from our foreheads and shines on a screen a picture of our true thoughts. This is our reality. We can only see what we project (our beliefs). If we believe someone is a jerk, every time we see them we reflect our beliefs about what we think about that person and that is all we can see. Even if someone tells us this person is a kind, loving, caring, intelligent individual, we wouldn't be able to see it. If we change our belief about them, that person will change and so will our judgment about that person.
My Creator, let me realize the power of choice. Let me see the advantages of changing my beliefs. Today, if I am judging my brother, let me change my beliefs to acceptance. If my thoughts are of anger, let me change them to love. Let my eyes only see you in everything and every person.

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 22

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 22
"When life is too good, we think too highly of ourselves and our blessings. Then we decide we are the wisest and the favored ones, and we don't think we need Wakan-Tanka and the Helpers anymore."
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA
It is sometimes easy to get off track when times are good. We start to take the credit and start to think we are in control. We start to think we are smart. Then we quit praying or pray only with lip service. We say the words but don't mean them. Sometimes our head is our greatest enemy. We start acting like a foolish child. We must develop the discipline to be humble during the good times. We need to remember how honorable it is each day to come into the presence of the Creator. How happy we should be to talk to the Grandfathers, to have the choice to start each day on the Sacred Spot - our place of communion with the Great Spirit.
Oh Great Spirit, first let me thank You for the honor of talking to You today. To have the insight of Your love, that only You can love me when I don't deserve to be loved. Let me be reminded to talk to You all day long.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Idle No More 8/2013

Blue Moon August 2013

America's Cup 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 22

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 22
"When life is too good, we think too highly of ourselves and our blessings. Then we decide we are the wisest and the favored ones, and we don't think we need Wakan-Tanka and the Helpers anymore."
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA
It is sometimes easy to get off track when times are good. We start to take the credit and start to think we are in control. We start to think we are smart. Then we quit praying or pray only with lip service. We say the words but don't mean them. Sometimes our head is our greatest enemy. We start acting like a foolish child. We must develop the discipline to be humble during the good times. We need to remember how honorable it is each day to come into the presence of the Creator. How happy we should be to talk to the Grandfathers, to have the choice to start each day on the Sacred Spot - our place of communion with the Great Spirit.
Oh Great Spirit, first let me thank You for the honor of talking to You today. To have the insight of Your love, that only You can love me when I don't deserve to be loved. Let me be reminded to talk to You all day long.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Great Spirit

Red Bull Youth America's Cup

Tevis Trail Burning Update 8/20/13

Todays perimeter shown in darkest red. They reissued another more detailed perimeter for yesterday, so I've included that. The palest orange line is from Friday 16th.

Inevitable, but sad - much of the Pucker Point trail burned yesterday.

The other bothersome thing is that the fire seems to be wrapping around and coming back up around on the south side of Last Chance. Maybe they have lines in place where the terrain flattens out somewhat?

"The center portion of the east flank was still very active during the day, but indirect containment lines remained secure."

Unclear as to where the "containment lines" are actually located - wondering if on the NW flank of Cavanaugh ridge, since the fire doesn't seem to making too much headway in that direction?

North of there, though, I doubt they can do too much in the fingers of canyon radiating towards Robinson Flat until it burns up to Foresthill Rd again.

"On the extreme south end, firefighters will begin building a very steep hand line today, which descends to the river."

Hope the fire fighters stay safe in that terrain - "very steep" seems like an understatement for that area.

They took away.....

Dine' Leland Grass: Wild Horse Slaughter:

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dine' Leland Grass: Wild Horse Slaughter: Navajo Leaders Lost the Horse Song

Leland Grass: Betatkin wild cow chase
Why would the Navajo government support the slaughter of the sacred wild horse? 
"The horseback riders should understand the prayer and song as to why there is such a horse." -- Leland Grass
By Leland Grass, Dine'
Censored News
Media Release:
I don't understand why our own Navajo Nation government President Ben Shelly, Speaker of the Council Johnny Naize and  Dine' Horseback Trail Rider bosses support the killing of wild horses to slaughter house after they are rounded up. 
In dine' culture, The horses are the one help us dine' through struggles to extreme survival from pulling our wagons, hoe, plow our cornfields and even help us through tough drought to haul waters to sheep camps, even fed us from trading posts. 
The horseback riders should understand the prayer and song why their is such a horse. Round them up and support the evil way of genocide of our mother earth holy being connect with nature elements- spiritual connection displaced in process of elimination. 
The BIA is the one blame for drought, not Dine' people and its animals and wildlife. BIA hurt our prayers and way of life in 1930's and it continues, omen our lands. 
Do you see any USDA Agriculture near any of our chapter houses. NO! BIA stole our agriculture way of life from Navajo land and gave us Chapter Houses instead. All you Dine' horseback Bosses and riders, I have seen your horses you rode in, they are same being just like the other in wild but tamed, when you pray you are not only praying for your every own horse but others too. 
Why do you carry Horse Song (or even ask for horse song in your trail ride event) and want to kill numerous horses of your land that is sacred to all living. Today, early Tomorrow morning, go to your beautiful horse and ask why he is sacred the answer is going come back how you treat him with this you are going make your decision if you are going kill his ego as you will support the cause. 
Call Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture for more information 928-871-6605. or All you every day people make a request to stop all horse slaughter and make the round up for training schools for youth and even rehabilitation on Dine'Tah -- give it back to the land. No killing of our sacred animals. Believe me our Dine' elders and medicine people don't want the killings. This was one of the talks during a traditional meeting at Black mesa near below Peabody.  
We Dine' riders have done good for Ben Shelly to get elected for presidency in last election. We did it with a horse prayer and to ceremony with our horses so he could win. Today, he completely took sides on a matter further away from our wants and needs -- with that we are backing away our songs and prayer from Indian Government politic rides any longer. We have learned.
Leland Grass 
Read more on the horse slaughter on Dine' Land at Navajo Tiimes:
Excerpt from Navajo Times "According to Grass's oral history, when the Hero Twins, known as Naayéé' Neizghání and Tóbájíshchíní, journeyed to their father, The Sun, to rid the Fourth World of monsters, they not only acquired knowledge from their father to defeat the monsters, but also saw at their father's lodge, the horse. - See more at:

Write or call Navajo Nation President  Ben Shelly: address: Post Office Box 7440 Window Rock, Navajo Nation, AZ 86515 Phone: (928) 871-7000 Fax:(928) 871-4025
 and judge 
The Honorable M. Christina Armijo United States Courthouse
333 Lomas Blvd. N.W., Ste 760
Albuquerque New Mexico 87102
Chambers' Phone: (505) 348-2310
Chambers' Fax: (505) 348-2315

"NO wildhorse slaughter from holy being (the sacred land) of Dine' Tah' (around/with in Dine' land)!"

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 20

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 20
"...remember and think about the closeness of Wanka-Tanka. If they live in this wisdom, it will give them endless strength and hope."
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA
The value of staying close to the Creator is the immediate help we have available to us whenever we need it. I can listen to the whisper of my heart for this is the place He communicates with me. Staying close helps me remember that we are here to serve Him and to help other people. The Grandfathers are my direct access to wisdom. He who has wisdom has everything. If we have wisdom, then we will see our lives become more effective in the areas of jobs, relationships, family, friends, and finances.
My Creator, today grant me the wisdom to seek Your wisdom. Help me to Walk of the Red Road.

Be Tolerant.....

Monday, August 19, 2013

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 19

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 19
"If we keep everything in balance, we are in harmony with ourselves and are at peace."
--Fools Crow, LAKOTA
As within, as without, our present thought determines our future. If we want peace outside ourselves, we must first have peace inside ourselves. It's not what is going on but how we are looking at what is going on. We need to keep ourselves in balance. We must be careful to not get too hungry, angry, lonely. or tired. We must know the times - time to work, time to rest, time to play, time to sleep, time to pray, time to lighten up, time to laugh, time to eat, time to exercise. There is a saying "The honor of one is the honor of all." This means when we work with all, we need to also work on one. We need to take care of ourselves. You cannot give away what you don't have.
Great Spirit, let me walk in balance today. Remove from me resentment, self pity, and self seeking motives. Let me love myself so I can love my neighbors.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cream of Tartar


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In my little world, items like cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) are not simply a super way to stabilize eg...g whites but also scandalously inexpensive cleaning secrets.

This long-forgotten gem of a cleaning agent may be used with a little water or vinegar to lift even the most stubborn stains. Unattractive grout driving you batty? Mold and mildew stains got you reaching for the Prozac? Burner pans and casserole dishes giving you fits? Cream of Tartar is your new best friend.

Cream of tartar is one of nature’s best bleaching agents. Cream of tartar, a.k.a “crusted wine,” is mixed with baking soda to create baking powder (bet you didn't know that.. okay, some of you probably did, you smartypants). While it is an acid, it’s not harmful. It’s an acidic salt which comes from grapes.

Use a few tablespoons of cream of tartar with hot water or hydrogen peroxide and clean any aluminum pans which have discoloration or any rusty drains, pans, or stains.

Do you have copper kettles? Mix some cream of tarter with lemon juice and rub the copper with it. Rinse and be amazed!

How about a porcelain sink, tub, commode? Rub the porcelain surfaces with cream of tartar and watch the stains disappear.

Fabric stains? No prob. Mix a few teaspoons of cream of tartar with some glycerin and use like spray-and-wash. The results? Well, I’m here to tell you that this stuff cured the ring around Joshua’s shirt collars.

Just need a great nonabrasive cleaner? Mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoon of cream of tartar in a small dish (use 3 or 4 teaspoons of vinegar and 3 or 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar if you have more items to clean). Apply with your cleaning rag or scrub brush and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub. Wash with hot soapy water.


Chandler Sheppard Dakota 38 rider 2012 ride to Mankato, Minnesota, marked 150 years since 38 Dakota were executed by mass hanging.

photo by Sarah Weston
 — in Lower Brule, SD.

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 18

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 18
"You have to have confidence in your own ability to be able to go it alone, to go against what the rest of the culture is doing."
--Eunice Baumann-Nelson, Ph.D., PENOBSCOT
God, this is hard. Today, allow me to be a Warrior. Let me be strong. Let Your voice be clear to me. Let me hear Your guidance. My goal today is to serve You, to develop myself to be the kind of Indian person that You would have me be. To Walk the Red Road must sometimes be walked alone.
Great Spirit, let me walk the Red Road today with the confidence that You are with me. If I fall, I will quickly ask You to help me know what I should do next.

We Do Nor Inherit....