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My question is whether or not my health and/or life are in jeopardy by taking curcumin while taking blood pressure medication AND while having a gallstone. In a study by the Dept of Physiology at the V.P. Chest Institute in Dehli, "animals treated with turmeric curcumin showed a lowering of blood pressure and individuals using high blood pressure medications should consult a physician." Also, "people with gallstones may be affected [because] curcumin causes the gallbladder to contract according to the Linus Pauling Institute and should consult a physician before using curcumin." - quotes from LiveStrong.com
Your attitude stinks. You're apparently one of those superskeptical, ego-maniacal doctors who cannot think outside of the university medicine god box. Put your scalpel away, doctor; your services are no longer required. (P.S.... YOU are the doctor - YOU go look it up. I found the proof; why haven't you?) Goodbye.
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Dr. Thomas, if you cannot think outside of a robotic "clinically proven", I cannot consider you an honest doctor. Now, "My question is whether or not my health and/or life are in jeopardy by taking curcumin while taking blood pressure medication AND while having a gallstone." Can you, as a human being with a grasp of the workings of the human body, contribute in any way to a helpful resolution to my question?
Thank you for that response. I am aware of your Board qualifications, I have read your mini-bio, and believe it or not I do respect the work that went into attaining. But I would like for you to understand that "Board Certified" is no more authoritative to me that "clinically proven" because the only real proof comes from the people who use the product, and in all of the reviews of GALLCLEANSE that I have read only one was negative - it simply didn't work for them. What scares me is your rigidity and refusal to even entertain the idea of listening to the patients' review. The same Board that certified you also certified the doctor that convinced my mother to have part of my genitals amputated when I was born "just incase" there might be complications in the future. Ripping my gall bladder out "just incase" there might be problems is not an answer, and a flippant disregard for the greater consequences of that action scares the crap out of me. I'm not trying to fight with you, Doctor; but if this online service is merely a machine that I insert $25 into to get a heartless inhuman textbook response I'd rather take my chances with the GallCleanse.
Now, earlier you said that no gallbladder cleanse has been clinical proven to dissolve gallstones, and you withheld until now the information that there are medications that can do it. I wonder why the hospital doctors did not inform me of this when they told me that my gallbladder was healthy. While writing this reply I called the hospital and spoke to my attending physician, Dr. Ralph Delorie, (which is the cause of my delay in response) who said that my gallbladder has several stones but is perfectly healthy and not in eminent danger.
You said, "Whether it will have the other effects that you mention is speculative, with no real data. It is an educated guess at best." I'm assuming that you are speaking of the blood pressure? So then, shall I conclude that you disagree with the findings of the doctors at LiveStrong.com? Or, if you do not know the answer, is there someone else there that does?
What I am asking of you, doctor, is to think for yourself.
Since it is apparent that trying to help me is merely a bother to you, I won't ask you any more questions. I'm a professional man myself and my time is just as valuable. However, I want to leave you with some info that I wasn't able to give before due to limited typing space in this service, regarding the GALLCLEANSE product (BTW that is the official product name produced by DISCOVERY HERBS which is the subsidiary of BIONEUTRIX). It consists of GALLCLEANS I and GALLCLEANSE II. GALLCLEANSE I contains the mentol, fennel oil and caraway oil that breaks down bile gallstones at a molecular level and is taken 3 times a day for 7 days, at the end of which GALLCLEANSE II is added twice a day.
The GALCLEANSE II addresses your concern about reforming stones. As I am sure you know already (but which I will say nevertheless to insure we're on the same page), the liver produces bile which is stored in the gallbladder and breaks down dietary fat when the bile is released by the gallbladder into the small intestine. Blood toxins weaken the liver [my April liver test came back as excellent] and instead of producing free flowing bile, the liver produces thick, sticky bile over-saturated with cholesterol [my cholesterol test in April showed perfect levels]. Gallstones form when this nasty bile builds up in the gallbladder. Usually, the gallbladder fully contracts and empties out bile. However, as you know, many people have gallbladders that only partly contract; this may or may not be my condition (the ER doctor didn't volunteer that info). These partial contractions leave behind bile sludge and then the cholesterol molecules in the bile sludge harden to form gallstones. (Am I understanding this incorrectly or have I properly understand how this works? I don't want to be operating from a false perspective). GALLCLEANSE II's claim is that it helps purify the liver to produce healthy bile and help prevent further gallstones.