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Pickle Juice

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Posted by Lucie (Houston, Texas) on 05/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I had started a juice fast last July and was having great success. Drinking all natural juices does wonders to clean your system. I faltered around day 17 and ate something totally fattening and spent the next 5 hours writhing in pain. I had no idea what was going on. I spent several hours on the internet trying to figure out what was going on. I had never had a gall bladder attack before and so had no idea what it felt like. I just wanted relief! The site I found suggested acv, but I didn't have any, and then I saw a suggestion of drinking a little pickle juice. I had some pickles way in the back of the fridge, long forgotten, would it help? At this point I would have licked the bottom of the refrigerator shelf if someone had told me it would stop the pain! So I drank about half a cup. In less then 5 minutes the pain started to fade. And was nearly gone in 15. I hope this helps someone, I know that when you are in the middle of that pain, any suggestion is a good suggestion. I wouldn't recommend licking the fridge shelf, but hey, only you can judge your desperation!

Replied by Deepa
5 out of 5 stars

This was a great idea. It worked exactly in 15 min. Thank you.

Replied by Raven
5 out of 5 stars

I currently struggle with gallstones. I am also on my first pregnancy to make it worse. I wake up usually in the middle of the night cringing from pain and my husband stays up with me to ensure our daughter and I are okay. I didn't think there were natural remedies to help the pain. I was given pain medicine but what good would that be being it makes me vomit anywhere from 1-3 depending on how severe the spasm is. Plus I recently developed upper abdominal cramping and little hands and feet kicking and punching me. You could say they are the least bit pleasant so I read this and I'm about like you, if eating dirt would help I would do it. So I thank you for sharing, this my gallbladder will sometimes feel swollen and sore, which it was a few minutes ago when I was reading this, but it isn't anymore. Bless you for sharing what really worked for you, bc it also helped me and mini me.

Replied by John
(Andrews, Tx)

Does the pickle juice type matter?

Pickle Juice
Posted by Lyn (Huntsville, Ohio) on 11/24/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Whenever I felt a gall bladder attack coming on, I would drink about a quarter cup of regular (not kosher) dill pickle juice or eat a lemon and I found that within minutes the pain and nausea were gone.


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Posted by Icia (Manila, Philippines) on 01/18/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I found out I had gallstones about 5 months ago. I had to change my lifestyle completely, as a teenager that sucks big time.

The doctor told me to take Buscopan (Over the counter med) when I get an attack, it works SOMETIMES. Its main job is to relax the gallbladder, but then since it is a tablet it takes a LONG time to work, sometimes it never does. :/

When I feel a bit full after a meal I immediately drink YAKULT (a probiotic drink), I dunno why but 90% of time I drink this, I don't get an attack whether I eat something a bit fatty. :) So I hope it works for others too!

Apple juice ACV: I will try this next time I get an attack!

Thank you! :) Hope it works for me! :)

Symptoms of a Gallbladder Attack

Posted by Sammy68 (Cincinnati, Oh) on 08/12/2013

I am not sure if what I'm experiencing is GERD or a gallbladder attack. Approximately 1 month ago I noticed a small, pea-sized knot to the right of my belly button when I pressed down. Whenever I ate meals my stomach felt extremely distended and uncomfortable. This discomfort has since traveled upward and I feel like I have a "lump" at the top of my stomach (even though I cannot feel anything on the outside), just slightly to the left of my ribcage. I have a constant bad taste in the back of my throat. I have been experiencing mild heartburn on occasion. I overall feel very fatigued. I've noticed that coffee and pizza have excerbated this issue. The discomfort traveled upward and intensified right after I quite smoking cigarettes a couple of weeks ago (I am smoking e-cigs, but not near as frequent as I would smoke cigarettes). I have tried drinking apple cider vinegar (with the mother) - 2 T. mixed with apple juice 2x's per day. I've taken Tums... This helps somewhat, however, only for a very short time. Today I actually felt nauseated. Has anyone experienced anything similiar to this? If so, was it GERD or a gallbladder attack? I've read lots of information online and from what I've read, it could be either. I do have an appointment with a Gastroenterologist, but it's not for another week. In the interim, this issue seems to be worsening.

Replied by Marie
(New York)

Hi; I have similar problem and I think it's my gallbladder although I havent had it checked out by a doctor and I probably won't.. What I have been doing is drinking two lemons most days and using cayenne pepper. I have read that cayenne pepper takes the bile out of the gallbladder although I really don't know.. I also use the Apple Cider Vinegar in water everyday... I have to tell you I don't know but my pain is getting less and less and it actually feels like bile is coming out... You have to also watch your diet.. I cannot do a gallbladder cleanse because I take meds but see if you can.

Ted's Lemon Bicarbonate Formula

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Posted by Edlon (Memphis, Tn) on 04/02/2010
5 out of 5 stars

after going to the dr.s and being told my gall bladder needed to be removed i tried teds lemon bicarb cure and it worked for me! i used limes instead of lemons and used a 1/4 tsp of baking soda twice a day at first. now i take it once a day or every other day. my gall bladder attacks weren't s bad as i've read and heard about other folk's. anything is worth trying before letting the dr.s cut on you. am glad i found E.C. and ted's help. thanks for being here.

Ted's Lemon Bicarbonate Formula

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Posted by Sandra (BD, WI) on 01/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have tried Ted's lemon and baking soda mix (juice of 1 lemon and 1/2 tsp. baking soda in water)' morning and night for two days. I started with diarrhea and then due to pain in the upper right quadrant, started to think it might be related to gallbladder.(I was diagnosed with a slow emptying gall bladder) I think I may have disrupted by acid/base balance by over eating oranges and grapefruits around Christmas and then eating quite a bit of fruit as well. I do get some relief from the pain, but diarrhea is still with me for two plus weeks. I will stay with this treatment for a few more days.

Ted's Lemon Bicarbonate Formula
Posted by Deirdre (CT) on 03/08/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Yesterday I had several hours of strange, quite intense pain in my abdomen, around the gallbladder. I decided to try Ted's lemon and baking soda alkalizing formula. Within 10 minutes the pain was down 50%. Within an hour it had all but disappeared. I am guessing this was perhaps a gall bladder attack. That was the fastest response I have seen yet with a home remedy. No wonder Ted considers this one to be the best of all the alkalizing formulas... AWESOME! Thanks

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
383 posts

I am happy to hear about it. A gall bladder needs a lot of bicarbonates during digestion and they are one of the important components. If bicarbs are lacking, a gall bladder problem is possible. The vitamin c content neutralizes excess oxidation, and reduces the pain by both antioxidation and excess acidity which causes gallbladder pain.

Replied by Tamra
(L.a., Ca)
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I tried this same lemon and bicarbonate cure when I was having symptoms of gallbladder pain and abdominal fullness. It really did help the pain right away, though it came back a few days later, however it did cause diahrrea for several hours. I have tried this several times now and each time it helps the pain but causes the diahrea. I also have IBS and fibromyalgia, candida I am sure, plus a Hx of cancer,seizures (not recently) and M.S. Don't want to take it daily if it is going to cause diahrrea each day. Is this a bad thing or could it be cleansing in a way I need? Thanks in advance

Tim's Gallbladder Protocol

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn.) on 03/17/2015

HI U Timh, , , , , , , , , , Boy, you beginning to sound like the cynic that I am. Life is getting more interesting as I age. The episode last Monday morning I hope was a gall bladder thing . I will soon know because I go to Knoxville for a test to verify if the trauma was my gall bladder. The tests so far show that it was not my heart.

I almost outsmarted myself on this deal. We do sex once a week and I take a couple of L, Arginine capsules to dilate my blood vessels. Can't afford Viagra. Anyway after my bowl of hot chili that night, I got what I thought was indigestion. When that continued then I thought it was a heart attack and took cayenne extract.

The ambulance folks gave me aspirin and nitro. My poor body did not whether to sheet or go blind. My blood pressure tanked and I thought I was gone. I began to tell my wife what to sell, about the funeral, etc.

The ER folks said to hell with a heart attack, you're going into a coma because of your low blood pressure. Anyway, the bad guys always pull through and I did. It did scare my mule.

I have gone through the EC site and learned that you have posted lots on the gall bladder thing. I would like to keep my bladder and would appreciate your comments.

Today, I passed stuff that looked like the cholesterol stones that we pass with a liver flush. I am in earnest with my Rife Machine to address my cancers and I just did an organ cleanse thing.

I worked my butt off in my working days and do not apologize for my expensive health toys.

Timh, you one of the good guys on this site and I would appreciate your comments.


Replied by Timh
2084 posts


I am constantly musing about you and your situation as it has many parallels to my own. This internet forum just linked us up whether or not or how much we enjoy it. I, like most people, especially folks here, suffer from personal pain and it effects our overall constitution; so by your admission I will place more emphasis on ridding the cynicism.

As for the gallbladder, the presence of gallstones can cause many problems, including: indigestion, esophageal reflux, acidosis, constipation, heart arrhytmia, to mention a few. Another interesting note, gallstones can cause fatty liver and visa versa, so one needs to address both. I have chronic fatty liver which requires periodic gallstone treatment. For fatty liver I take lots of b-vits, Carnitine, Methionine, TMG, and Triple Strength Lecithin. Two or three days without Methionine and I grind down to barely functional. Tonight I have realized that I must also get back (3-5 yr break) on the Choline/Inositol (it's on my get list now). These fat burning nutrients are a must for gallstone & fatty liver prevention.

Now, for gallstones themselves, I must admit that I have not the energy & stamina to do a 2 or 3 day cleanse, fortunately consuming Menthol cough drops (usually 6 drops twice a day about once or twice per month) seems to work fairly well; I can feel things opening up and get some needed relief. I have also stumbled upon another treatment that also uses Menthol plus Eucalyptus, and Camphor in the form of Solonpas adhesive strips. In an attempt to eradicate likely Tapeworm Cyst in my liver ( I have two in each cheek or jaw area which is common in cattle and named "bovine measles". Also many older cows gone to butcher have diseased livers full of Tapeworm cyst). Anyway I placed two stripes directly over the gall and took a foot spa. I literally felt the gall opening and heard that gurgle noise. Next night I placed two more strips over the liver this time w/ nothing to report except some bad side effects from the chemical fragrance in the strips. For this reason I do not advise using them, but do encourage the same ingredience found in many otc heat ointment, cream, or gel for sore muscles and joints. Make yourself a compress with a big dab of this heat gel placed directly over the gall. These ingredience (Camphor/Menthol/Eucalyptus) literally melt cholesterol gallstones. Try 1 treatment per day for at least three days.

Back to a personal observation, I, like yourself as you have reported, face event upon event of bad health challenges and some near death in nature. Out of nowhere something just knocks me down, I make necessary adjustments (treatments & remedies) and come back around, seeming like yourself. So, it is good that you are open about your situation and myself & others can lend a helping hand as you also do the same for others.

On a serious note, aside from your humor and with the odds seemingly stacked against us, from what I have been learning lately, it is best to not reincarnate fallowing our departure from this body & earth. It is advised to not sign on to any agreements from what appears to be angles but are really malevolent creatures with great sorcery power that will erase your mind of previous lives and throw you back to earth in servitude of their dark agenda (slavery planet).

My apologies for being overly serious, maybe I am agitated from learning a fellow classmate was found in the cold creek dead, after several days missing. He had confessed to relatives of suicide. They found his vehicle at a pretty country church by the river with an open Bible. I feel so bad that he needed some help but I was nowhere to be found.

Tonic Water

Posted by Lucy (Us) on 04/22/2018

Tonic water is a miracle for gallbladder attacks (for me, at least). Apparently the quinine stops the gallbladder from contracting (hence the discomfort).


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Posted by Ozzy (Orlando, Florida) on 01/25/2015

What seems to bring on my gall bladder attacks are: hot melted cheese, heavy creme, spicy mexican food, hot chocolate.

Best remedies: organic apple cider with apple cider vinegar, warmed up but not hot.

1 apple grated and mixed with 1-2 inch grated ginger root. (Both grated with a micro-plane grater)

20 drops of peppermint oil in warm peppermint tea.

Use one of these combinations but if you don't feel much better you can try any of the other remedies.

I recommend the grated apple-ginger in addition to any of these remedies.

Posted by Jill (Texas, US) on 11/01/2014

Fried foods seem to be my big trigger. But, I have found that when I feel an attack coming on, usually within thirty minutes of eating, I can drink two bottles of water, quickly, and it will greatly reduce the pain and it will eventually go away all together. Short of that, I don't eat much in large portions.

Posted by Marcy (Rochester, Ny) on 06/16/2014

I had a gallbladder attack that put me in ER, but I declined the surgery because I want to heal myself and keep my parts, so have been doing research. I found and explanation for why coffee is helpful to prevent gallbladder problems, but not after:

"Coffee induces cholecystokinin release and gallbladder contraction, which may explain why patients with symptomatic gallstones often avoid drinking coffee.

Posted by Rebecca (Co, US) on 04/14/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I found that my attacks were brought on my a combo of stress (huge!!!! ), not drinking enough water, and eating a large meal late in the evening with lots of salad and dairy fats, my favorite combo. Too hard to digest. Under advice of a naturopath I take lecithin, vitamin C, fish oil, and GB 6 which is a chinese herb blend. I ditched dairy and coffee and drink green tea, which is a calmative, and I have been symptom and pain free for a year. And, I'm healthier than I've been in ages. My GB was the canary in the coal mine for me. I find that stress really triggers spasms. If I feel spasms coming on, I sip a little cider vinegar in juice, and I take a percocet which my primary doc prescribed in case of attack. In addition to helping with the sudden onset of debilitating pain, it has muscle relaxing properties that can help calm the spasming before it gets full-blown.

Replied by Nick
(Hobart, Tasmania)

Yes, I agree cutting dairy seems to work. I take Vits C D E along with lecithin depending on the meal. I have capsules and the granules. I also take flaxseed, milk thistle granules mostly daily which helps the liver too.

Chocoloate, dairy and fried foods seem to be my triggers - and eggs although if I space my poached egg meals out I seem to get away with it. I only drink almond milk now (rarely skim milk unless I have to).

Plenty of leafy greens and veg, ginger and ACV is good too.

Two Types of Gallbladder Attacks

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Posted by Jewels51 (Ohio) on 02/25/2014
1 out of 5 stars


I have gall bladder attacks. People must differentiate between 2 types. One type is due to gallstones and the other due to a sphincter problem called sphincter of oddi. If there are gallstones a flush might help, I don't know, since I have no gallstones based on scans. I do have spasms in my sphinter of oddi, which is a spasm in the spincter or tubes that do not allow the bile to release. WARNING if you have this particularsphincter problem fats will make it worse. Do NOT a flush involving oil or fats of anytime, it will put you in the ER. I was taking fish oil and flax oil and my gall bladder was killing me. This is because fats cause the bile to build up because they are needed for fat digestion. When you build up fats and can't release the bile because of a spasm in the sphincter that will not let the bile flow out into the digestive system, the gall bladder overfills and backs into the pancreas at times. If you do an oil flush or increase fats pain will increase!!!! Removal of gall bladder does not help this because the sphinter is not removed with the gall bladder and in fact, gall bladder removal will often make this condition worse. I don't know the cure, however, my gall bladder and pancreatic pain calmed almost completely when I stopped the flax and fish oil and cut down on fats in general. Now if anyone knows how to get the gallbladder sphincter to relax from spasm and release the bile, WITHOUT using fats or oils, I would love to know the answer so Please POST it.

Replied by Timh
(Ky, Usa)
2084 posts

Jewels51: To strengthen the Liver/Gallbladder and increase the flow of bile take Triple Strengthen Lecithin and Dr. Christopher's Liver/Gallbladder Formula. There are many herbal suppliers w/ different names to this formula. The one I used to take was called Liveron. An internet search should produce some good results, but if not report back and I can give you the list of the home made formula I use.

I also occasionally use lemon Water to help open things up down there.

Replied by Mary Lou
(Cincinnati, Ohio)

To Jules51, For your spasms of sphincter of Oddi. Try 1-2 tsp of Bitters (Angostura) in water. It is in the grocery stores aisles with the drink mixes, cheapest at Walmart. It is an antispasmodic and antiflatulent. I swear by it for an upset stomach and gallbladder pain. I know it saved me from an ER visit twice in the past 20 years when I was doubled over in pain and nausea so badly I could barely speak or chew a Tums. Each time was due to meals with hidden fat, which I normally avoid. It tastes like an unsweetened coca cola, has a bit of alcohol, 44.7% by volume. Worth a try, I know I would have been in ER both times. When I can't talk, I am sick! hahaha

Replied by Phil
(San Jose, California)

Consider adding magnesium to your diet. Magnesium is needed for muscle relaxation, while calcium is needed for muscle contraction. Muscle spasms may indicate magnesium deficiency. Dark leafy greens contain magnesium, since it is part of the chlorophyll molecule. You could also use a supplement such as magnesium malate tablets, which readily decomposes in the digestive tract into a bio-available form of magnesium and malic acid, the latter being found in apples.

White Vinegar in Orange Juice

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Posted by Jennifer (Spokane, Wa) on 11/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I have my gall surgery already scheduled but, its still two weeks out. I keep having attacks and all the traditional medicine just wasn't working without ending up in the ER again. So I came on here last night as a last ditch effort and in severe pain, and saw a post for the vinegar and orange juice. I put 1 tbsp vinegar in one 8 oz glass of orange juice and drank it... Within 20 minutes most all the pain was gone! THANK YOU!!!

Replied by Elizabeth
(Fenton Michigan)
5 out of 5 stars

OMG! My husband looked this up but I refused. About 1/2 hour ago I was ready to leave Disney to go to the ER. My son mixed 1 spoon full of white vinegar with some apple juice and my pain went from a 12 to a 6!!!! I'm on my second small glass and am able to type this. I'm absolutely flabbergasted!! I was ready to go to ER! I just can't believe it stopped excrutiating pain that quick. So, if you think you need this.... Please try! It really worked

Replied by Lee
(Newcastle Nsw)
5 out of 5 stars

I tried this tonight after about an hour and a half of pain, I put about a teaspoon and a half of ACV in about 150mls of orange juice and within 5 minutes I can't believe it I feel so much better, not completely gone but I am no longer in discomfort : thank you so much for this thread. I am going to try and get some sleep as it is 4:30 am.