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 About Gallstones

Gallstones are collections of hard,solid material that form in the gallbladder. Some may be the size of a grain of sand,or they may be crystals that can be seen only with a microscope. Others may be the size of a golf ball. People can develop just one large stone,hundreds of smaller stones,or combinations of both.

The medical name for gallstones is cholelithiasis

(KOL-e-lee-thigh-e-sis).

  • Gallstones are one of several kinds of stones,or calculi,that can form in the body.
  • Stones also develop in other hollow organs or ducts in the body. Kidney stones,for instance,may occur in the kidneys,urinary bladder,or urinary ducts.

How Do Gallstones Form?

Bile consists of solid materials dissolved in liquid,much like sugar or salt dissolve in water. The materials include cholesterol, bilirubin,and bile salts dissolved in water. Bile salts help the body digest fats. Bilirubin and cholesterol are in bile as waste materials that are being eliminated from the body.

  • Most gallstones form when there is too much cholesterol in the bile. Cholesterol drops out of the liquid part of bile,just like too much sugar or salt will form crystals at the bottom of a glass of water. The tiny crystals of cholesterol group together to form the larger masses called gallstones.
  • Cholesterol stones also can form when the gallbladder does not empty normally,and the bile is stored for long periods of time. About 80% of people with gallstones in the U.S. have cholesterol stones.
  • Some gallstones form from bilirubin,a pigment the liver removes from blood as old red blood cells die and break apart. They are called “pigment stones.”
  • Individuals also can have “mixed”stones,mixtures of cholesterol,bilirubin,calcium,and other material.
Facts About Gallstones

Most of the people who have gallstones don’t know it. They have “silent”stones that never cause symptoms and require no treatment.
Most people who need an operation to remove the gallbladder now have “belly-button,”or Band-Aid,surgery,which requires a smaller incision and reduces discomfort and recovery time.
Rapid weight loss can increase the risk of gallstones.

What Are The Symptoms Of Gallstones?

Gallstones may cause no symptoms at all or may cause various symptoms,sometimes severe.

Most gallstones don’t cause illness and are termed “silent”stones. They often are discovered accidentally,when an individual has medical tests for other health concerns. Silent gallstones may be small enough to pass through the ducts between the liver and small intestines,and out of the body. Silent stones also may be quite large,but they remain in the gallbladder and never move.

Gallstones cause trouble when they:

  • Irritate the gallbladder,causing a condition called cholecystitis. When gallstones partially block the flow of bile out of the gallbladder,bile remaining in the gallbladder becomes stronger or more concentrated. That irritates the bladder walls,causing inflammation.

Get stuck in ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine,causing sudden severe pain called biliary colic


Hepatic ducts,which carry bile out of the liver.

  • The cystic duct,which carries bile to and from the gallbladder.
  • The common bile duct,which collects bile from the cystic and hepatic ducts and carries it to the small intestine.

Doctors gave the common bile duct its name because it is shared by several organs,which use it in common. A duct from the pancreas also opens into the common bile duct. It carries digestive juices containing powerful enzymes from the pancreas to the small intestine.

  • A gallstone that blocks the opening of the pancreatic duct may cause digestive enzymes to become trapped inside the pancreas. The result can be a very painful and dangerous inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis.

How Can I Tell If I Have Gallstone?

According to Andrea Moritz,we can tell from the signs and marks on our body if we have gallstones developed in the liver and gallstones. Briefly,

  • Black spot,sometimes called liver spots and brown patches appear on skin
  • Vertical wrinkles between eyebrows also indicate an accumulation of many gallstones in the liver
  • Pimples or growth of hair between eyebrows,with or without wrinkles indicate that the liver,gallbladder and spleen are affected
  • Horizontal wrinkles across the bridge of nose indicate there is pancreatic disorder due to gallstones in the liver
  • Green or dark color of the temple area at the sides of the head indicates that the liver,gallbladder,pancreas and spleen are underactive due to the deposits of gallstone in both the liver and gallbladder. This may accompanied by a green or blue color on either side of the bridge of the nose
  • Oily skin in the forehead area indicates poor liver performance due to accumulation of gallstones in the liver
  • Yellowness of facial skin indicates disorder of the bile functions of the liver and gallbladder and underactive of the pancreas,kidney and excretory organs
  • Hardening and thickening of the tip of the nose or a permanent redness of nose indicates chronic liver weakness,resulting in hardening of the arteries and the accumulation of fat around the heart,liver,spleen,kidney and prostate gland
  • White or yellow mucus patches in the white of eye indicate the body is accumulating abnormal amounts of fatty substances because the liver and gallbladder have large quantity of gallstones
  • A thick or white line surrounding the periphery of the iris also indicates the accumulation of large amounts of cholesterol in the blood circulatory system

There are many more signs and symptoms indicating the presence of gallstones in the liver and gallbladder. For more details,the book “The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse”written by Andreas Moritz is also highly recommended.

Moritz,Andreas. The Liver And Gallbladder Miracles Cleanse. CA:2007