Toni Jordan


‘Toni Jordan has written a beautiful novel which captures the loves and fears of an ordinary Australian family through hard times and better times. It reminded me of Elizabeth Stead’s books.’
— Australian Bookseller & Publisher

‘A brilliant piece of writing…compelling, engaging and will bring tears to the eyes…’
— Sunday Star Times

‘This novel is a triumph. Another signal career in Australian fiction is well under way.’
— Australian

‘The suspense is frequently nail-biting, and there’s a strong undertow of unspecified doom, but the book is far from gloomy because Jordan has a fine line in wit too, not to mention the natural storyteller’s ability to keep us guessing about where it’s all going…beautifully constructed…’
— Daily Mail UK

GallBladder Disease can be Treated with Alternative Remedies

Gallbladder disease is a condition that affects many people, mostly women, of any age. It is more common with age, however, and in those that are overweight, those with a high blood cholesterol level, those taking birth control pills, or those with relatives who have also had it. It has also been shown to be more common in developing in some women after they have given birth. However, it indeed can affect anyone at just about anytime.

The leading cause of gallbladder disease is the development of gallstones. A healthy gallbladder helps process the fats you eat by contracting and pushing its stored bile into the bile duct and then into the intestines, further aiding the digestion process. It's when the gallbladder cannot process these fats well, that the bile instead turns into little stones of calcium, cholesterol and bile salts supplements. These end up passing slowly through the bile duct and tend to block it, which will then usually result in severe amounts of pain or nausea.

The treatment for gallbladder disease is almost always removal of the organ. Once someone starts to develop gallstones, they always seem to return, and surgery is the only permanent option to end the problem. However, some people are unwilling to have the surgery or have to endure the pain while awaiting it. Doctors sometimes prescribe strong prescription painkillers to deal with the pain or will advise you to take over-the-counter painkillers for a more mild gall bladder attack. These medications don't always work for the severe pain that is associated with an attack, and when they do it can cause more harm than good. For instance, if you are taking a prescription painkiller that effectively numbs the pain, it doesn't change the fact that gallstones are still blocking the bile duct. This can be dangerous, as you won't be able to gauge the amount of pain, and if the bile duct becomes too blocked it can cause a severe infection or even the gallbladder to burst.

But fortunately, there are also some alternative methods you can do not only to be able to better cope with the pain, but to minimize gallbladder attacks.

- One of the best things you can do is eat only low-fat foods, or even eat as little of them as possible. The primary cause of gallstones is from the gallbladder being unable to process the fats you ingest, so eating less of them should help lessen the number of attacks you get. This may be boring, as fat is in just about everything, but once you've experienced the pain of a gallbladder attack, you'll understand that cutting it to avoid the pain is well worth it.

- However, fats aren't the only thing that can spark an attack. In my experience, even ingesting something very cold or spicy may cause the organ to try to contract and this will lead to more pain. Try to restrict even mildly spicy foods and any freezing food and drinks. I've found clear liquids, such as chicken soup and jello (as boring as that sounds) to work very well.

- Adding more Vitamin C into your diet may also be helpful, as part of what this vitamin is good for is turning cholesterol into bile. It has not been proven that this will help after you've already started developing gallstones, but many people have claimed that it has, and in theory, it doesn't hurt to try.

- When in the middle of an attack, I've found it useful to apply either something warm or icy on the painful area. For me, it usually hurt the worst in either the middle of my abdomen or on my back between the shoulder blades. Sometimes a heating pad (on not too hot of a setting) would help soothe the pain, and others I responded better to a soft ice pack. Other times laying in a warm bath would help.

These alternative treatments can help prevent attacks and treat the pain in the meantime, but if you suspect having gallstones, you should always see a doctor.