Postcholecystectomy Syndrome (PCS) and Chinese Medicine

Postcholecystectomy syndrome (PCS) refers the presence of symptoms after cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder). These symptoms can represent either the continuation of symptoms thought to be caused by the gallbladder or the development of new symptoms normally attributed to the gallbladder. Postcholecystectomy syndrome also includes the development of symptoms caused by removal of the gallbladder. Postcholecystectomy syndrome reportedly affects about 10% to 15% of patients who have had this surgery. This condition is caused by alterations in bile flow due to the loss of the reservoir function of the gallbladder. Due to this, two main groups may arise. On the one hand, because of continuously increased bile flow into the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, esophagitis and gastritis may result in nausea and indigestion. On the other hand, in the lower GI tract, there may be distention, flatulence, diarrhea, and colicky lower-abdominal pain. Generalized symptoms may also include fever and jaundice.

The Gallbladder Isn’t An Opt-Out Organ

By Dr. Chris D. Meletis, ND, Executive Director of the Institute for Healthy Aging

The human gallbladder represents an important health and wellness paradigm. Although a person can survive without a gallbladder, that person will not necessarily thrive. Indeed, as we know, there is a considerable difference between surviving and thriving. For those fortunate enough to still have a gallbladder, ensuring its optimal performance is essential for peak digestion, detoxification and overall wellness.

Millions of people have had gallbladder surgery, and millions more have “hypo-functioning” gallbladders. An under-performing gallbladder is ripe for the creation of gallstones and is prone to infection. Remember, the gallbladder is integral to proper digestion and nutrient assimilation.

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Anti-Aging Supplement Review and Update

Melatonin is the principal hormone produced by the pineal gland, a tiny, pea-sized structure located in the base of the brain. Throughout the day the pineal gland monitors changing light levels and, sensing the approach of darkness, increases its output of melatonin. For this reason the primary secretion of melatonin occurs with nightfall, and nighttime melatonin levels are 10 times higher than daytime levels.1Although it is best known as a sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin also controls the timing and release of many other hormones and strongly influences our circadian bio-rhythms. Melatonin is one of the most potent antioxidants known, with a wide range of clinically beneficial effects. (more…)