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Gallbladder/gallstones/liver pain, doomed to surgery?

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    Hey guys,
    I have been ETFing for about a month now (eat around 2500-3k cals a day) and love it! I have anxiety disorder and this is the closest I’ve ever come to feeling like a human being sans drugs.

    My only problem is gallbladder pain and digestive distress. Am I doomed to eating paleo or low carb forever? That was the only thing that seemed to help. Should I eliminate sweet, sweet gluten for six months? I have a hard time making dietary changes without falling down a dieting rabbit hole.

    I had blood work done about a month ago and my liver enzymes are normal, blood sugar is a bit high (95).

    Any ideas, team?


    In the first couple of months I experience symptoms of Gall Bladder distress after low carbing for 2 years. Now 3 about 3 months into re-feeding the symptoms are pretty much gone. I havent noticed them for a couple of weeks now, and I am eating whatever I feel like.


    @baconperrier – sorry for the late reply. There could be plenty of reasons for the symptoms you’re experiencing, so it’s difficult to know. Can you describe the “gallbladder pain” and the “digestive distress” in more detail? How do you know it is the gallbladder? What makes it worse? Do you notice a flare-up immediately after eating certain things? You mentioned that low carb seemed to help. What was it that you noticed that suggested that it seemed to help? What other symptoms do you have? Any other information?

    There are a few things that come to mind right away even with the little bit of information that you provided. It is possible that the elevated blood sugar is “unrelated” to the pain and distress. Either way, if that is something that concerns you, then you might want to look into resistant starch, which is something that Matt has posted about on 180dh. If you can stand the taste, raw potatoes are a great source. Otherwise, you can get raw (unmodified) potato starch or tapioca starch and eat that. It’s fantastic for improving insulin sensitivity. Second thing is berberine or berberine herbs. Berberine is amazing at improving insulin sensitivity. I recently wrote about berberine on my blog at if you are interested in reading more about that. The added benefit of berberine or berberine herbs is that they also are known for having a beneficial effect on digestion and particularly for the liver and gallbladder. So there’s a few ideas for you to consider.


    This is interesting. I’ve been having having pale stools for days at a time on and off since I stopped my ketogenic diet and went to a normal diet. Pale stools could be a sign of gallbladder issues. I also had elevated liver enzymes that are still somewhat high that are baffling my doctor.

    I did a ketogenic diet end of 2011 and early 2012. For the 2nd half of 2012 and 2013 I’ve been eating plenty of carbs.



    Thank you so much for your website. I have had liver issues for many years and have found some success with beet juice and choline. I will try barberry and/or Oregon Grape Root and report back.

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