This is a powerful option to have in your functional medicine toolbox.
Bottom line: D-limonene has been shown in clinical study to be effective in reducing (67%) and even fully dissolving gallstones (~50% of study participants – wow!). You may learn more about d-limonene here, including safety studies and its use in alleviating chronic acid reflux as well.
Absolutely we need to help our clients to make lifestyle changes that will prevent recurrence of gallstones or future sluggish flow in the bile system. But we have to meet them where they are and help them to alleviate existing blockages and dis-ease in the body as a first priority!
Please use extreme caution in recommending high olive oil intake to anyone who has existing gallstones or persistent pain in the area of their gallbladder. Yes, high intake of olive oil can help to prevent bile congestion or gallstones by promoting more frequent and stronger contractions of the gallbladder. If there’s an existing blockage, however, promoting more contraction can cause significantly more pain and may make the blockage worse. Educate your clients about this too. Sometimes googling for solutions can lead us astray.
I also want to invite you to consider using simple, empowering, impressive clinical study results as part of your marketing to prospective clients. Use your functional medicine know-how and expertise to set yourself apart from other practitioners. Regular blogs or e-zines or newsletters are hands-down one of the most powerful ways to stay in touch with your fans and cultivate new clients over time. But what you share has got to be Compelling and Helpful and Different.
Sharing the same old “drink more water” or “hey, it’s spring – eat more greens” guidance is a real yawner in marketing – and something people read over and over and over again on myriad health sites these days. You’re better than that! You’re more clinically savvy than that. Use your functional medicine know-how strategically to make your e-zine audience stop and take notice. Here’s an example of what I published to my own audience on this topic. I received several inquiries and three new client consultations from just this one article. My weekly e-zines to subscribers feature one, crisp, compelling article that gives high-value recommendations. Just one. Don’t overwhelm your audience. Surprise them with your know-how.
I hope this is of service to you and your patients and clients!
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