Gilbert’s syndrome is a common and harmless condition where people experience occasional episodes of jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). The jaundice and any associated symptoms will often pass without the need for treatment.
People with Gilbert’s syndrome are often concerned about having jaundice because jaundice can often be a sign of an underlying liver problem, such as cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or hepatitis C.
However, it is important to stress that Gilbert’s syndrome is harmless and has nothing to do with liver problems. People with Gilbert’s syndrome are no more likely to develop liver disease than the population at large.
Gilbert’s syndrome is a common condition that affects around 1 in 20 people in England. It is more common in men than women.
The symptoms of Gilbert’s syndrome usually first become apparent around puberty, possibly as a result of the hormonal changes that occur during this time.
If you have Gilbert’s syndrome, during an episode of jaundice you may have symptoms such as:
- stomach cramps
- feeling very tired (fatigue)
- problems concentrating and thinking clearly (brain fog)
- a general sense of feeling unwell
However, around one in three people with Gilbert’s syndrome experience no noticeable symptoms and the condition is only detected during testing for other, unrelated conditions.
Gilbert’s syndrome is caused by a build-up of a yellow pigment, called bilirubin, in the blood. Bilirubin is found naturally in the blood and is formed when red blood cells break down. The body usually removes bilirubin, but in Gilbert’s syndrome this process does not work properly.
Gilbert’s syndrome is a genetic condition. People with Gilbert’s syndrome have a faulty gene that means their body has problems breaking down a substance in the blood called bilirubin.
Normally, when red blood cells reach the end of their life (after about 120 days), haemoglobin, the red pigment that carries oxygen in the blood, breaks down into bilirubin.
The liver converts bilirubin into a water-soluble form, which then passes into bile and is eventually removed from the body in urine or stools. Bilirubin gives urine its light yellow colour and stools their dark brown colour.
In Gilbert’s syndrome, the faulty gene means that bilirubin is not converted at the normal rate. It builds up in the bloodstream and can cause the skin and eyes to take on a yellowish tinge.
Other than inheriting the abnormal gene, there are no known risk factors for developing Gilbert’s syndrome. It is not related to any lifestyle habits or caused by environment factors.
People with Gilbert’s syndrome often find that there are certain ‘triggers’ that can bring on jaundice, such as:
- Being dehydrated
- Going without food for long periods of time (fasting)
- Being ill with an unrelated infection
- In women, having their monthly period
Consuming mainly raw and organic fruits and vegetables and fresh squeezed vegetable juices can be beneficial. Continue this diet for a month or more. In addition, to aid the liver and gallbladder, in the morning drink a glass of warm, filtered water with the juice of 1/2 lemon. Eat plenty of raw apples and pears or grate together with yogurt and raw seeds or seed and nut butter. Consume plenty of raw green vegetables and sprouts to help cleanse the blood. Try drinking barley water throughout day (to make barley water, place one cup of barley in three quarts of water, then simmer for three hours). Avoid all hydrogenated and processed fats, deep-fried foods, sugars, and white flour products, as well as hot, sour, spicy, and salty foods, meat, fish, cheese, oils, and concentrated sweets.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Foods to prevent and treat jaundice: www.articlesbase.com/diseases-and-conditions-articles/foods-to-prevent-and-treat-jaundice-6115738.html
Jaundice and homeopathy: www.whereincity.com/medical/topic/diet-and-nutrition/articles/754.htm
Jaundice and acupuncture: tcm.health-info.org/Acupunture/treatment/jaundice.htm
Chinese herbs for jaundice: taoofmedicine.com/tag/chinese-herbs-for-jaundice/
Home remedies for jaundice: www.homeremedycentral.com/en/home-remedies/natural-cure/jaundice.html
Herbal cure for jaundice: www.livestrong.com/article/390360-herbal-cure-for-jaundice/
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stresswww.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Natural treatment for jaundice: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY_edI9wodk
Home ayurveda treatments for jaundice: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyl4mQz_98M
Healing the body meditation www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFh-Km4AXeE&feature=related
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Chinese medicine and treatment of Gilbert’s Syndrome: www.acupunctureherballismore.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13..
Herbs effective in curing jaundice: articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-06/varanasi/29742818_1_bilirubin-jaundice-hepatitis
Breast milk jaundice and maternal diet with Chinese herbal medicines: www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/150120/
Further Information (links and books)
Herbal Treatment for Jaundice and Liver Disorders (Herbal Cure) by Vaidya Bhagwan Dash
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Whole food supplement, Pure Synergy
www.thesynergycompany.com (800) 723-0277
E3 Live, Green Superfoods
Omega-3s, Cod Liver oil
www.drrons.com (877) 472-8701
St. John’s Wort
Sunlight Therapy, Solar Healing
EMF Chaos Elimination, Q-Link
www.toolsforwellness.com (800) 456-9887
Callahan Technique, Thought Field Therapy
www.tftrx.com (760) 564-1008
Dianetics, Dianetics Technology
www.dianetics.com (800) 367-8788
Neuro Emotional Technique
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Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.