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I have been on a ETL since last March. I just had my gallbladder removed in emergency surgery as I had pancreatitis and was headed towards cholecystitis. I had a stone 2 inches in diameter, which explains why I collapsed at work.
I have lost 30lbs in the 6 months on ETL. I have no doubt that the SAD I consumed for many years caused the gall stones, and I am still full force on ETL!


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11/12/12 9:02 P

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My gall stone happened after stopping the Cambridge diet years ago (25). Cambridge diet had you drink 3 of their shakes a day. Don't remember much else except being hungry and losing lots of weight, and then gaining it right back again.

The gall bladder surgery I remember.

The doctor said I had 3 strikes against me to develop gall stones: I was female, fat, and forty. But after surgery, I realized the troubles I had been having since high school were gone. I could eat deep fat fried foods again!! What a mistake that was. Pain free, and putting on the pounds again. I am very glad to have discovered steaming, roasting, and Dr. Fuhrman's method for stir frying.



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11/12/12 12:38 P

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Thanks everyone. The ultrasound did show gallstones, but the pains went away on their own and I am happy about that. I didn't think of my 20 pounds as a large amount of weight, but it was over about 6 to 7 weeks so that's fairly fast.

For now, I'm happy not to have surgery (or pain). And I am happily continuing on my ETL way.

Thanks again.

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11/12/12 12:02 P

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Christinatobias is right - any large weight loss frees up the gallbladder and any stones, and then you start to feel the typical gallbladder symptoms. It's not the low fat, lower calorie diet. Fatty foods are contributors to the stones forming in the first place. My ultrasound pic showed my gb completely full of stones. My doc said they were probably forming for 20-30 years, so I had it removed.

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I had my gallbladder out years ago before I started eating healthy.
My sister in law, who is a nurse said, "you are the 3 F's, Female, Fat & Forty!"
She said that is the typical gallbladder patient. After I had mine out I still had to take Nexium or pills like that just to eat a meal!! When I went vegetarian I was able to throw all of the pills away!!
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Below is a link to a page with information on gallstones. One of the causes listed is rapid weight loss. This can be a result of any diet that causes you metabolize fat. Being overweight also increases your risk of gall stones.

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I had my gallbladder out in 2005. I had been having intermittent problems for about 5 years. I was eating SAD and found that any meals high in fat (fried foods especially) triggered an attack. It got to a point where a stone was blocking a duct and my gallbladder was getting inflamed so it needed to come out rather quickly. I have been fine ever since.

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My sister had a gallbladder problem and had it removed. She has been on the SAD diet all her life. I don't see how ETL would have any thing to do with it.

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I've not had a problem,but just today a friend on another Spark board that has been MIA checked in and said she just had gall bladder out as an emergency sx! And she has been eating ETL and following Dr. F for a while!!! Diane

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I had my gallbladder removed in 2008, that was after I'd lost about 50 lbs in 2005-2006, doing 'Fit for Life' which can in some ways be compared to ETL. I had frequent pains after eating but not the 'typical' cramp attacks that come with gallstones - I had one big one and after the surgery my gallbladder turned out to be infected.

I'm trying to remember, because I think someone or some book said that it is typical for people to get gallbladder problems after losing a significant amount of weight... Don't know who said that... if I remember I will let you know.

I'm not a doctor, so this is just a guess, but my thought is that with an overweight person, the gallbladder (and other organs in the stomach area) is sort of pressed together. If you lose weight the stones get more 'freedom' to move about (and cause trouble and pains).
So I'm thinking the person may have had the gallstones for years already (I read that one fifth of people have them but most people aren't bothered by it). It's probably not the type of diet but it's success (the weight loss!) that may bring the problem to the surface. But again, I'm no expert, I don't know.

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I began Eat To Live the middle of March 2011 and lost over 20 pounds. Now a year and seven months later, I am having gallstone attacks. Never had any trouble before this. Is this a result of a lower calorie, lower fat and lots of raw and/or acidic foods? Any comments?

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