From: "ngwjuk" < email@example.com >
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 22:53:10 -0000
Subject: [gallstones] Laboratory test result
Hi everyone, I haven't posted in a while, but some of you may
remember that I have a friend who is a hospital doctor who offered to
take a couple of the stones I got out by flushing, and get them
tested in his lab. He was half expecting them to refuse because I
wasn't a patient at the hospital, but no problem! They were quite
interested. The reason it has taken so long is because they are not
usually asked to analyse gallstones. Normally they get to see them
in gall-bladders that have been surgically removed when it is obvious
what they are. This meant that they had to order some special
However, I have now just had the results back and these confirm to no
great surprise on my part (I've always been a 'believer') but also to
my considerabe relief (I've also had that little nagging doubt) that
the samples I provided were definitely Gallstones - 100% certain!
To my surprise they contained no bilirubin, but they did contain lots
of cholesterol. They were very keen to stress that there was
absolutely no doubt about the analysis, it had been carried out very
carefully and thoroughly.
The work was done by a consultant bio-chemist at a National Health
Service (NHS) Bio-chemistry Laboratory in Scotland.
I feel pretty jubilant at this news - I hope it finally puts paid to
the theories floating around that what we get out is just soap or
gobs of olive oil. Of course it won't stop the malicious doubters
who will probably insist that I have made the whole thing up, or else
that I sneaked into a morgue and stole the stones from a corpse, or
some such nonsense. However, I can tell you all that right now I
feel great as I move onto a new regime of twice-a-year flushing for
the rest of my life!