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In "The Gall Bladder Survival Guide," Mr. Bernal has provided the general public with an easy to understand guide to surviving life after cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal). His book serves to educate people not only about the role of the gallbladder in digestion, but also gives an in depth review of all intestinal organs, hormones and laboratory screenings. This book is set apart from other books on gall bladder disease and removal because Mr. Bernal's story does to stop with the removal of the gall bladder, it instead goes on to explore common post operative complications. Some of the most frequent complaints that people have after their cholecystectomy are frequent flatulence, loose stools and large amounts of diarrhea. Without necessary dietary changes after surgery, a person's life can become quiet unpleasant. Mr. Bernal recommends simple dietary changes after surgery. Recommendations he makes are easy to follow; such as eating less/ or no gluten, eliminating soy and increasing vegetables in your diet These are suggestions that should be made by the surgeons performing cholecystectomys, but they are often left out of patient teaching. As a Nurse Practitioner, I am now recommending this guide to my patients. Gall bladder removal is often not discussed in public or on the internet. When it is, the information that is provided is often outdated, inaccurate or not based upon major research studies. "The Gall Bladder Survival Guide," provides great, research based evidence on life after gall bladder removal in a light and funny manner that makes you want to learn more about the human body. Mr. Bernal writes not only as an expert on gall bladder disease, but also as a sufferer of post operative complications. His personal narrative is especially endearing, with personal touches such as dedicating his book to his mother, a Registered Nurse. Additionally he gives a humorous voice to those who have suffered complications as a result of losing their gall bladder.
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I did a lot of searching on-line when I found out I had to have my gallbladder removed. There is a lot of conflicting, confusing information. A lot of it is really aimed at getting you to buy their cure-all.
This book is written by a fellow gallbladder removal victim. He does a very good job of explaining how the digestive system works and the effects of not having a gallbladder in plain English. He explains what is "good" and "bad" to eat and - most importantly - WHY! Understanding why had helped me reason out in general what I should be eating as a result - because no food list can cover everything.
He also does a very good job of listing a lot of the normal post-surgery symptoms - and the normal "cures" for them. The best part - he's not selling you any of the cures - just the book.
A must read - I have recommended it to several relatives who have also had gallbladder removal surgery.
This is a great and informative book that covers the suffering some of us post-gallbladder patients go through. I could identify with about 85% of the book and I really appreciated the helpful information. The humor (might be slightly offensive to some - but it's the truth!) helped as I felt like I was reading my auto-biography. Thanks to the author for sharing. My recommendation to anyone is DO ANYTHING YOU CAN TO SAVE YOUR GALLBLADDER - you just don't realize ahead of time how miserable life can be without it (much worse than pre-surgery), and now I'm stuck for the long haul!
I am now 3 months out from gallbladder removal. I get more sick and am in more pain as each week passes. Doctors and hospitals have prescribed acid reflux meds and told me to go on a low-fat diet. Websites tell me to stay away from apples, diet books tell me to eats tons of protein. And with every instruction I follow, I get sicker and sicker, and the pain grows worse and worse. My gallbladder attacks were so painful they made me vomit and writhe. Now that I don't have a gallbladder, I have attacks in the same location, only 10x worse than before the surgery. I am also nastily sick to my stomach each and every day, all day. I finally started reading this book, and my husband is reading it as well. I won't lie--to figure out what works best for me, for you, it WILL take a lot of experimentation. But at least Bernal is honest, comprehensive, and sheds a lot of light on an organ, procedure, and post-surgery effects that I basically knew very little about. The book is fast read, but I had to mark a lot of pages and go back and re-read to remember all the vital information. I'm not looking forward to the experimentation with food and supplements, as what I've tried already without the book has gone so poorly. But I will try, I will take his advice, and hope that things resolve for the better. It's a good book, and I'd say it's worth it if you've had your gallbladder removed and are baffled at how to get back to normal again. I now have gastritis and bile reflux, and hospitals and doctors haven't been near as much help or easy to understand as Bernal's casual and sometimes humorous writing. Overall I recommend it--it will save you hours of internet research and eventually point you in the right direction. There's just no one answer for all of us--it's a murky path, but I'm hopeful that Bernal's research and knowledge will help me get well again.