Definition of Gallstone:

Stone-like objects in either the gallbladder or bile ducts, composed mainly of cholesterol and occasionally mixed with calcium.  Most gallstones do not cause problems until they become larger or they begin obstructing bile ducts, at which point gallbladder "attacks" begin to occur.  Symptoms usually occur after a fatty meal and at night.  The following are the most common ones: steady, severe pain in the middle-upper abdomen or below the ribs on the right; pain in the back between the shoulder blades; pain under the right shoulder; nausea; vomiting; fever; chills; jaundice; abdominal bloating; intolerance of fatty foods; belching or gas; indigestion.

Also: Biliary Calculus, Gall Stone, Gall Stones, Gallbladder Attack, Gallbladder Attacks, Gallstones

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Alcohol Consumption a treatment
“...cognition and memory, Parkinson's disease, hepatitis A, pancreatic cancer, macular degeneration (a major cause of blindness), angina pectoris, duodenal ulcer, erectile dysfunction, hearing loss, gallstones, liver disease and poor physical condition in elderly...”

Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

...our question about Gallbladder attacks
“...Adding eggs to the diet, for example, caused gallbladder attacks in 93% of these patients...”
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Aspirin a treatment
“...When cholesterol-saturated bile accumulates and becomes lodged in the cystic duct, gallstones are formed...”

Bariatric Surgery Complications

...the condition
“...Constipation; Diarrhea (less common than constipation); Food trapping (after band surgery); Food intolerances; Dehydration; Low blood sugar; Nutritional deficiency, especially iron and calcium; Gallstones; Kidney stones; Nausea; Vomiting; Band problems (erosion, intolerance, leak, migration, slippage); Pouch dilation; Medical News Today reported in 2013 that women who have undergone weight...”

Bile Duct Cancer

...the condition
“Bile duct cancer – or cholangiocarcinoma – is the second-most common cause of bile duct obstruction after gallstones.  Most bile duct cancers come from cancers that originated in the pancreas...”

Biliary Colic

...related topic
“...It is caused by a gallbladder problem, usually gallstones.”

Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone) a treatment
“...Chanca Piedra, grown in the rainforest, has been used by Peruvian herbalist as a treatment for gallstones and kidney stones, urinary infections, hepatitis B, A, C, and antiviral applications for generations...”


...related topic
“Presence of gallstones in the gallbladder or bile duct.”

Chronic / Hidden Infection

...the condition
“From gallstones to arthritis to heart disease, many illnesses long presumed to have roots in genes or lifestyle may be caused largely by infectious agents, a growing number of scientists believe...”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...Gallstones.  If cirrhosis prevents bile from reaching the gallbladder, a person may develop gallstones...”

Coffee a treatment
“...Gallstones: Coffee reduces the risk of developing gallstones...”

Consequences of Gallbladder Surgery

...the condition
“...Every year, more than half a million people in the United States and more than 50,000 people in Canada undergo surgery to remove their gallbladders (cholecystectomy) because of gallstones.  Many of these surgeries are unnecessary...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...our question about Pain in the upper-right abdomen under rib cage
“...An acute myocardial infarction can cause upper-right or epigastric discomfort that may be similar to that of a gallbladder attack.  Congestive heart failure may stretch the liver capsule.”

Cystic Fibrosis

...the condition
“...Liver disease, diabetes, inflammation of the pancreas, and gallstones also occur in some people with CF.”

Diabetes Type II

...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“Factors that increase the risk of developing gallstones include diabetes, and being overweight, obese or pregnant.”

Elevated Bilirubin Levels

...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“Certain health conditions, such as gallstones or an infected gallbladder, can block the bile ducts and lead to an accumulation of bile in the body.”

Excess Animal Fat Consumption

...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“People who eat high-fat, high-cholesterol or low-fiber diets are at increased risk of developing gallstones.”


...related topic
“...Problems with the gallbladder often lead to gallbladder attacks, which usually occur after a fatty meal and at night...”

Gallbladder Cancer

...the condition
“...Factors that increase one's risk of developing gallbladder cancer include ... Chronic gallbladder inflammation (for example due to gallstones) is the most common risk factor: at least 75% of diagnosed gallbladder cancer patients also have gallstones...”

Gallbladder Disease

...the condition
“Alternative names: Gallstones, Cholecystitis Gallstones are by far the most common type of gallbladder disease, and the gallbladder operation is the most common operation performed in North America...”
...our question about Burping after meals
“...Burping or belching may suggest the presence of gallstones that block the bile duct, leading to digestive distress...”
...relationship to Cirrhosis of the Liver
“If cirrhosis prevents bile from reaching the gallbladder, a person may develop gallstones as a result.”
...recommendation High/Increased Fiber Diet
“Dietary fiber from cellulose (soluble fiber) clearly reduces the risk of gallstone formation.”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“In one study, 16 patients with gallstones who were scheduled for surgery received 500mg of Vitamin C four times per day for two weeks prior to surgery...”
...recommendation Ultrasound Imaging
“Ultrasound, the diagnostic method most frequently used to detect gallstones, is a simple, rapid, and noninvasive imaging technique...”
...recommendation Monounsaturated Oils
“Studies have shown oils high in monounsaturated fats such as olive, canola, peanut, avocado and almond oil to be beneficial for the prevention of gallstones.”
...recommendation against Ginger Root
“Avoid medicinal amounts of ginger (e.g. large doses of dried ginger extract) if you have gallstones because it increases bile flow.”
...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“Studies have shown that the more physically active one is, the lower one's risk of gallstone formation...”
...recommendation Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone)
“This South American herb is developing a reputation as a potent treatment for both kidney stones and gallstones.  Testimonies indicate they just break up and come out.”
...recommendation Beetroot
“...This should reduce the tendency toward stagnation which can contribute to gallstone formation.”
...recommendation Liver/Gall Bladder Flush
“...The regular use of this flush will help prevent the development of gallstones, and helps to remove thickened bile by mobilizing it.”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“In a study published in the British Medical Journal, it was shown that vegetarian women had a much lower incidence of gallstones than non-vegetarian women...”
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High Levels Of Triglycerides

...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
Gallstone formation does not correlate with blood cholesterol levels, but persons with low HDL cholesterol (the so-called good cholesterol) levels or high triglyceride levels are at increased risk.”

High/Increased Fiber Diet a treatment
“...Soluble fiber may be beneficial in atherosclerosis, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, dumping syndrome, and gallstones.  Soluble fiber is fermented by colonic microflora resulting in the production of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), such as butyric acid...”

Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...A deficiency in hydrochloric acid can have serious consequences, and is commonly implicated with the following conditions: Malnutrition; Iron deficiency; Osteoporosis; Receding gums; Food allergies; Gallstones; Diabetes; Greater risk of bad bacteria and parasites in the intestines; Ulcer formation; Reduced liver function; Decreased white blood cell activity; Mineral deficiencies due to...”

Inadequate Fiber Intake

...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“People who eat high-fat, high-cholesterol or low-fiber diets are at increased risk of developing gallstones.”


...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“...When gallstones are obstructing these ducts, bile builds up in the gallbladder and increases the concentration of a yellowish substance called bilirubin in the blood, causing a yellowing of the skin known...”

Kidney Stones (Urolithiasis)

...our question about Your muscle/body fat composition
“Many overweight people regularly need to deal with passing, breaking up, or surgically removing kidney or gall stones.”

LDL/HDL Ratio, High

...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
Gallstone formation does not correlate with blood cholesterol levels, but persons with low HDL cholesterol (the so-called good cholesterol) levels or high triglyceride levels are at increased risk.”

Lecithin / Choline a treatment
“...Phosphatidylcholine has been used in connection with the following conditions ... Gallbladder attacks, High homocysteine, Liver cirrhosis, Tardive dyskinesia...”

Lipase a treatment
“...of lipase in the body may lead to high cholesterol, difficulty in losing weight, a tendency to diabetes, high urine sugar levels – which some believe could lead to arthritis, bladder problems, gall stones, hay fever, prostate problems, heart problems etc...”

Liver & Gallbladder Cleanse

...related topic
“A liver flush, also called a gallbladder flush, is used to improve health by cleansing the liver and gallbladder of toxins and gallstones.  Although regarded as "alternative medicine", it is becoming increasingly popular...”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...the condition
“...Bile flow can be restricted also by extrahepatic means such as gallstones, pregnancy, or other physical causes such as tumors...”

Liver Disease

...the condition
“...Problems in nearby organs – for example intestinal disorders, gallstones or obstructions – can also produce liver pain...”

Liver/Gall Bladder Flush a treatment
“Alternative names: Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse Gallbladder and liver flushes are widely advocated as a way of treating gallstones and (much less common) liver stones...”

Magnesium a treatment
“...Magnesium supplements have been found useful for: Angina, Asthma, Gall Stones, Menstrual cramps, High blood pressure, Hyperactivity, Glucose intolerance – diabetes and hypoglycemia, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Prevention of hearing loss, Kidney stones, Leg cramps...”


...the condition
“...Some 60-80% of acute pancreatitis cases can be traced to two causes: gallstones and alcohol damage...”

Parsley a treatment
“...Parsley tea once was used to treat dysentery and gallstones.  Other traditional uses include the treatment of diseases of the prostate, liver, and spleen, anemia, and arthritis; as an expectorant, antimicrobial, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, laxative...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“Factors such as pregnancy that decrease the flow of bile increase the risk of developing gallstones.”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...relationship to Gallbladder Disease
“Obesity in both men and women increases the risk for gallstones.  This may be a result of lower levels of bile salts relative to cholesterol in the bile causing a higher risk for cholesterol supersaturation and the formation of stones.”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...Pixley F, Wilson D, McPherson K, Mann J. Effect of vegetarianism on development of gallstones in women.  Br Med J 1985;291: pp.11-2...”

Referred Pain

...related topic
“...For example, pain in the right shoulder that is caused by a gallstone in the bladder...”

Shiitake Mushrooms a treatment
“...Working for years with human subjects, he discovered that shiitake is effective in treating a long list of ailments including high cholesterol, gallstones, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers, diabetes, vitamin deficiency, anemia, and even the common cold...”

Short Bowel Syndrome

...the condition
“...Other complications include ... Gallstones...”

Sickle Cell Trait / Disease

...the condition
“...Complications from the sickle cells blocking blood flow and breaking apart early include ... early gallstones...”

Spicy Foods Avoidance a treatment
“...Chronic cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation) or gallstones.  Spicy foods can irritate an already-inflamed gallbladder, worsening the symptoms of gallbladder inflammation and irritation...”

Ultrasound Imaging a treatment
“...Ultrasound is used to provide images of the following ... gallbladder (locating gallstones in the gallbladder or bile ducts)...”

Weight Loss Surgery a treatment
“...Longer-term risks and complications include: Bowel obstruction; Dumping syndrome, characterized by diarrhea, nausea, vomiting; Gallstones; Hernias; Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia); Malnutrition; Stomach perforation; Ulcers; Vomiting; Death (rare); Weight loss surgery is not recommended for those who are obese due to a...”
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