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 Post subject: Blessed Thistle for gall bladder issues?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:51 pm 
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My PCP suggested I give Blessed Thistle a try as a means to reduce gallbladder flare ups. Has anyone tried it? How were the results?

I just ordered some but I'm nervous to take it, eat trigger foods, and have it fail. But, after being up and in pain and pacing all night last night (round trip of my kitchen/living room area and hall is 25.5 paces, in case anyone is curious!) I'm willing to give anything a shot.

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 Post subject: Re: Blessed Thistle for gall bladder issues?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:21 pm 
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My understanding, after months of research and, ultimately, surgery last year, is that there is no treatment for gallbladder problems or gallstones (which are what cause the vast majority of gallbladder attacks), short of surgery. The drugs and other medical treatments are largely ineffective - they don't work consistently, or work only a small percentage of the time, and many of them can take years, and they usually have to be repeated because there is no cure for gallbladder disease and gallstones recur. Have you seen a specialist?

For what it's worth, it's milk thistle that is rumored to help with gallbladder issues, not blessed thistle, though there is no scientific proof that either help and some anecdotal evidence that milk thistle can exacerbate things.

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 Post subject: Re: Blessed Thistle for gall bladder issues?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:01 am 
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Thanks so much for all this, veganchubosaurus.

I haven't seen a specialist yet because it only flares up after I've eaten ALL of the fatty carbs, which I rarely do. This one was a 12 hour combo of Tater Tots, bagel and wads of cream cheese, family size bag of chips and a fudge thing made with PB and coconut oil.

If it gets to be more frequent despite the low fat eating I'm going straight back to the doc, for sure.

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 Post subject: Re: Blessed Thistle for gall bladder issues?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 12:40 pm 
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Vinegar and alcohol can cause flare ups too. My longest waa caused by sandwich pickle!


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 Post subject: Re: Blessed Thistle for gall bladder issues?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:32 pm 
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Thanks 8ball, good to know! I made a fat-free vinegar based dressing that tasted lousy so now I have an excuse to ditch the last two tablespoons and not feel guilty!


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