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http://detoxyourgallbladder.com Judy Seeger, ND - traditional naturopath with 33 years of experience in the alternative medicine field shares what are gallstones and what you can do to eliminate them.

What Are Gallstones?
Collections of crystals in the gallbladder or bile ducts (biliary tract).
when gallstones are in the gallbladder, the condition is called cholelithiasis
when gallstones are in the bile ducts the condition is called choledocholithiasis

-gallstones most common in women and in certain groups of people like Native Americans

Risk factors for gallstone formation include: old age, obesity, western diet and genetic predisposition. In the U.S. 20% of the people over 65 have gallstones
Each year more than 500K people have their gall bladder surgically removed
The major component of gallstones is cholesterol though some are made up of calcium salts. Bile contains large amounts of cholesterol that usually remains liquid. When bile becomes oversaturated with cholesterol, however, the cholesterol may become insoluble and precipitates out of the bile.
Most gallstones form in the gallbladder.
Most gallstones in the ducts travel there from the gallbladder.
Stones may form in a bile duct when bile backs up because a duct has narrowed abnormally of after the gallbladder has been removed -- another reason NOT to remove the gallbladder unless absolutely necessary!

Gallstones in the bile ducts are the most dangerous! These can lead to a severe or life threatening infection of the bile ducts (cholangitis), the pancreas (pancreatitis), or the liver.

When the bile duct system is blocked, bacteria can grow and quickly cause infection in the ducts! The bacteria can then spread to the bloodstream and cause infections in other parts of the body.

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