Gallstones – more to it than the five F’s?

By Eunice Minford, MA FRCS Ed, Consultant General Surgeon, N.Ireland

Gallstones are quite common (25-40% of the population have them) and they can cause a variety of medical conditions. However, it is only the minority of patients (10-20%) with gallstones that develop symptoms requiring removal of the gallbladder – many people live with gallstones without even knowing they have them and without any symptoms. Some conditions caused by gallstones, like pancreatitis, can be quite serious and even life threatening. Much more commonly, patients present with pain in the right side or across the top of their abdomen, often associated with nausea and vomiting. Some people notice it is brought on by eating fatty foods in particular, as the gallbladder is involved in digestion of fat – it stores bile and contracts to release bile into the gut when we eat a fatty meal. The pain can occur when a gallstone gets lodged, preventing the passage of bile from the gallbladder into the bile duct and gut.

Being a surgeon myself, it was not difficult to self-diagnose gallstone disease when I first developed symptoms about 10 years ago. I had been out for a meal and had eaten too much, along with having a particularly rich chocolate dessert. It tasted yummy at the time, but several hours later when I was in agony my body was saying something else! I eased the pain and the nausea by making myself sick – off-loading what was clearly an over-loaded system.

Over the next couple of years I had intermittent attacks, often precipitated by eating something that was too fatty.

On one occasion, I had a heap of melted cheese on top of a chilli con carne, a few hours before I boarded a flight home from Chicago. It was only when I was in the air on the plane that the pain and nausea started. Airplane seats are not the most comfortable at the best of times – the pain under my ribs on the right side was excruciating and no amount of adjusting my position could ease it. Making myself sick in an airplane loo was a feat in itself – but a necessary one that brought some relief. On another occasion it was mayonnaise in a coleslaw that sparked it off.

Now I wasn’t in any rush to get my gallbladder out – being on the other end of the knife was not something I relished. Perhaps I had seen too much and was aware of all the things that can go wrong – even though most of the time they don’t! So I had put off getting a scan or seeing anyone about it. At the same time, I didn’t want to land in hospital as an emergency case either, and it was probably the fear of the latter that eventually inspired me to get a scan. This confirmed I had a large solitary gallstone about 2-3cms in size. Quite a corker!

I cut down on my fat and dairy intake (but not chocolate!) and this helped to keep the symptoms at bay. It was around this time that I started attending Universal Medicine presentations and finding out there was perhaps a bit more to understanding gallstone disease than I had been told in medical school.

I was taught – and medical students are still taught – the process of gallstone formation, whereby there is an imbalance in the constituents of the bile (e.g. too much cholesterol) leading to tiny crystal formation initially, and over years these develop into stones. In addition, the risk factors for gallstones are those who are Female, Fat, Forty, Fertile and Fair – the Five F syndrome.

However, at Universal Medicine, Serge Benhayon was presenting that energetically emotions are the root cause of illness and disease. In particular, with regard to gallbladder disease, it was associated with the emotions of rage, frustration, resentment and bitterness. This was all news to me and went beyond what is currently understood in medical science, in terms of gallbladder disease. Yet, when I looked deeper into the science, there are understandings that support it. In particular, the field of psychoneuroimmunology is showing how our thoughts and emotions can affect our immune, endocrine and nervous systems to result in disease. There is also the science confirming that everything is energy and thus everything is interconnected – so emotions can and do affect the physical body.

It was therefore not too big of a leap to see how emotions like rage and frustration could have a role to play in gallstone disease. I had certainly experienced these emotions throughout my working life, and the hardness and toughness that I displayed on the outside was – if you like – mirrored by the development of a large hard rock in my gallbladder!

I arranged to see a surgeon about removing my gallbladder, as I knew there was no way this rock was going to disappear without me going under the knife! I knew that the operation to remove the gallbladder and the stone would be part of the healing process, but not the whole package. It would and did cure me of the symptoms, for which I am very grateful, but in itself it would not address or heal the root cause of why I formed the gallstone in the first place. In order to do that, I needed to look at why I got so frustrated at work when things did not go according to plan, my need for control and to have things be a certain way, as well as the underlying causes for any rage, bitterness or resentment I was carrying.

I didn’t consider myself to have much resentment or bitterness – but my body was saying something else! By looking more deeply inside and being honest, I discovered there were indeed issues where I was holding some resentment and bitterness. Through having esoteric healing sessions I was able to come to a deeper understanding of why I had these issues and to heal them. In addition, I had the support to start making more self-caring and loving choices for my body. Raising my awareness of and addressing these emotional issues is all part of the healing offered to me through developing gallstone disease.

Would I have become aware of these issues without the disease? Removing the gallbladder alone and leaving these issues unaddressed might just mean they would come out somewhere else in my body eventually.

By addressing these underlying emotional issues, my body has the opportunity to be more harmonious and at ease. As I make more self-caring and self-loving choices and stop being so hard on myself and those around me, that is reflected in my body and the state of my being. This example shows how conventional medicine and esoteric medicine work very well together – where conventional medicine addresses the symptoms of the gallstones and esoteric medicine heals the root cause of why I formed the gallstone in the first place, restoring me to a deeper place of harmony such that going forward I can make more caring and loving choices for my body – no longer ruled by these emotions.

A win–win all round – not just for my body and me – but also for those who get to work with a considerably more harmonious, much less frustrated and furious me!


Disclaimer: The understandings presented here are based on the understandings of esoteric medicine, esoteric philosophy and my personal experience supported with some scientific understandings. However, the specific understanding of the link between rage, frustration, bitterness and resentment and gallstone disease is not currently part of what is known as evidence based medicine and is to be discerned by the reader as to whether it is true or could possibly be true or not.

901 thoughts on “Gallstones – more to it than the five F’s?

  1. This is a beautiful blog. I always wonder how life changes once one’s gallbladder has been taken out.

  2. This really makes me appreciate the power of honesty. The more honest we are prepared to be, the fuller the healing could be. For some of us, hearing that our emotion is related to our medical condition might only take us so far as to identify what might be the cause therefore to blame, and our solution then would be distancing/removing the culprits – and we might even call that being honest, but there’s actually so much more.

    1. If emotions are connected to illness and disease that also means that we can influence the outcome when before we felt powerless.

  3. Being aware of and working with both the physical and emotional aspects of an illness or disease leads to both a deeper understanding of ourselves and what contributed to the illness/disease and also facilitates a deeper healing.

  4. What a powerful example Eunice of the how ‘conventional medicine and esoteric medicine work very well together – where conventional medicine addresses the symptoms of the gallstones and esoteric medicine heals the root cause’ of why the gallstone is formed in the first place, restoring you to a deeper place of harmony such that going forward you can make more caring and loving choices for your body – no longer ruled by these emotions.
    That is the true power of Universal Medicine.

    1. I love the marriage of both Universal Medicine together with conventional medicine. I had personal experience of this a few years ago now. The hospital staff were amazed at the speed of my recovery even after a few nights post surgery, The ongoing support for quite a few weeks afterwards from local Universal Medicine students was phenomenal – in the form of meals and Esoteric therapies in my own home.

  5. Eunice I relate so well to your story having had my gallbladder out a few years ago. I was passing gallstones and 2 got stuck in my bile duct, surgery my only choice with this. Like you I found the teachings and understanding from Serge Benhayon of the energetic effect of my choices in how I am in life i.e frustration, resentment, rage and bitterness impacted my body and my gallbladder and know the importance of addressing them, why I had these emotions, was a vital part of my healing and transformed how I am in life.

  6. It’s great to have more awareness of the energetic causes of disease. Simply doing a fix, be it with surgery or pills, doesn’t address what caused us to create a particular illness in the first instance.

  7. When we are inspired to get to know ourselves and life through the science of energy, it changes our whole understanding on so many levels and especially with regard to responsibility and the law of cause and effect. It makes sense that burying emotional reactions in our body eventually must have a significant impact on us physically and that being honest with ourselves to address the root cause and let this go allows the body to start to heal and restore itself back to a wholeness of being.

  8. Addressing the underlying stresses and emotions – the original causation of disease – is so important. Otherwise we are simply treating symptoms and may get repeat episodes of an illness. I often wonder why few people want to explore the true origins of disease, as we have more university degrees and PhDs than ever before…… which begs the question, what is true intelligence?

  9. Without considering the whole of a human being we can cure symptoms and illness but not always address the underlying causes and offer healing.

  10. It is interesting how we allow fear to delay getting a medical issue diagnosed, because we let our mind run away with the ‘what if?’ scenarios.

    1. Very interesting indeed, that inside we know something is not okay and yet we delay taking action. I can sometimes also do that with my car, denying what I know and also not taking responsibility for what is actually being offered.

  11. A great blog Eunice bringing awareness to both the medical and energetic factors about the Gall Bladder. It makes sense that the we need to be aware of the wider picture beyond surgery and address the energetic causes too.

  12. I love how you’re bring in the energetic factor and give the reader a more broader view on why we get sick or have certain body pains, such as with the gallbladder. It does make sense though, we don’t take care of ourselves, our body will react. It does that quite gently in the beginning, but when we don’t listen, it just has to shout a (very) bit louder.

  13. That all is energy and everything is interconnected makes so much sense in a way. Why would the gallstones be there? Why eat certain foods? There must be an ‘underneath’ unconscious intention for it to start all this. It would great if patients get treated ánd are asked if they can relate to the emotions. At least to open them up for the possibility that emotions might play a substantial part in having the gallstones in the first place.

  14. Furious, Fed Up, Frustrated, Fat and Feeling awful, 5 F’s that for me seem more likely to end up in a Gall Stone than being a Fertile, Fair, Forty year old Fat Female! What we learn through Universal Medicine enables us to understand the anomalies that occur when someone who doesn’t have orthodox 5F’s gets gallstones. After all, our emotions do carry weight energetically and affect our physiology quite dramatically. To me it seems obvious that if we fail to address our inner realm, the fury, frustrations and bitterness that can arise when we refuse to take responsibility for our selves, and something within our delicate body is going to get affected.

  15. This truly is a win-win all round, where the partnership of conventional and esoteric medicine together deliver the whole healing package from which we can address our healing and health on all levels.

  16. I have recently been looking at the effect of frustration on my body in terms of headaches, and I must confess I don’t as yet know the medical state of my Gall Bladder though I am reminded that my mother had to have hers removed. I have no doubt that my focus on letting go of frustration is timely for my well being over-all.

  17. It is no great leap to me to shift from the awareness that high levels of stress can cause disease in our bodies to emotions doing so too. And having worked on my own levels of resentment, bitterness, rage and frustration through Sacred Esoteric Healing, I can happily report that my body feels more harmonious as a result.

  18. The marriage of conventional medicine and esoteric medicine is clearly a match made in Heaven when I read inspiring stories such as these.

  19. Looking at illness and disease from the emotional aspect it makes sense how our behaviours have a huge impact on our body and our whole way of being. Introducing self-care and making choices that deeply nurture our body and addressing our emotional issues allows our body to respond to heal and restore itself back to our natural harmonious state. The more we allow and align to the healing process the deeper the healing that is offered.

  20. I didn’t know gallstones were so common. In a way, it seems like a blessing to have the symptom and diagnosis so that we can start looking at its root cause, but if the link between the emotion and its effect on the body, and the energetic side of illness and disease was something we would commonly get educated on, perhaps, we would not have to wait for the physical body to start speaking so loudly.

  21. Whether there exists an ‘evidence based scientific connection’ between the formation of gallstone disease and rage, bitterness, frustration and resentment does not really matter when we consider that that was not only the experience of Eunice but many other people as well. All I know is that every person I have known to have either gallstones or their gallbladder removed has had issues with all those emotions to a great extent, so it does not surprise me that they are the root cause of the disease. Also, this raises the question of what true science is in the first place, as perhaps we have forgotten that science comes from our direct anecdotal observations of life in an open and honest way, without necessarily the need for complex statistical experiments. If a hundred people shared a story similar to Eunice’s why would we just throw that wisdom out the door just because it had not been repeated in a laboratory or published in a peer review scientific journal?

  22. I have found that emotions such as resentment, bitterness and rage can be conveniently masked by a good dollop of denial. That is, the human mind will find ways to hide that which is needing to be brought into the light of day to be healed. It is one of the many ways we avoid truth and shirk our responsibility to live in a way that honours our body, the being within it and all other bodies and beings on this planet. Fortunately for us, the human form is designed differently and coded within its particles is an intelligence that will naturally ensure that that which is hidden is made more visible by virtue of what we call ‘illness and disease’ so that the necessary corrections can take place.

    1. How about the five 5’s stand for: frustration, frustration, frustration, frustration, frustration. That would give a more accurate description of what is behind a sick gallbladder 😉

  23. ‘Removing the gallbladder alone and leaving these issues unaddressed might just mean they would come out somewhere else in my body eventually.’ This is a point well worth taking note of, because if we don’t address our emotions, or start making more loving choices we will keep getting reminders from our body to make changes and if we don’t make changes eventually something more serious will bring us to another stop that gives us a further choice to reconsider the choices that we are making.

  24. A very stark example you give here Eunice of the difference between how something tastes in the mouth and the impact and consequences that this has on our bodies and our internal organs. This is constantly occurring whether we are aware of it in terms of agonising pain or not.

  25. To me it makes perfect sense that our thoughts and emotions should affect our health, whether that is in the way we behave or act and how our movements deliberately configure our bodies. And it’s our movements that we need to be paying a lot more attention to if we are to pick up the warning signs before they turn into something more serious.

  26. Eunice, as a surgeon yourself I cannot help but ponder on how many surgeries you did on your patients to relieve them of both their gallstones and symptoms while you had those exact symptoms in your own body.

  27. A fascinating and educational read alongside a presentation of the root cause of gallbladder issues that would revolutionise not only the medical world but the way people approach their own conditions. There is so much irresponsibility when it comes to our own health, with the majority seeming happy to live in disregarding ways, knowing they can turn to medicine to ‘fix’ them should something arise… so it is great to bring the part we play to the table and consider that our lifestyle choices and undealt with emotions may contribute more than we previously thought.

  28. The way that you have addressed both the emotional and physical issue here is very inspiring. I can imagine that it would have been quite a unique experience to be a surgeon yourself and then receiving surgery. The way that you communicate from the wealth of knowledge you have from your profession and from the sensitivity and vulnerability of a patient is quite beautiful.

  29. “the field of psychoneuroimmunology is showing how our thoughts and emotions can affect our immune, endocrine and nervous systems to result in disease. There is also the science confirming that everything is energy and thus everything is interconnected – so emotions can and do affect the physical body.” Awesome that conventional medicine is catching up with what the body has known forever 😉

  30. “This example shows how conventional medicine and esoteric medicine work very well together – where conventional medicine addresses the symptoms of the gallstones and esoteric medicine heals the root cause of why I formed the gallstone in the first place.” This just make absolute sense and when the result is a more harmonious working environment for everyone it is a win, win, win, win …

  31. No matter where it is in our body that we manifest a disease, our openness to understand our body and how we are being in it may bring a level of wisdom and way of change that will bring about a healing not only in the physical level, but also on the quality of energy we choose to live with as we continue our life.

  32. I’ve been curious recently about resentment, bitterness and frustration in my life at the moment. Wanting life to be a certain way, that not happening, and resenting rather than accepting life as it is. I feel this calls for some more observation on my life. Thank you Eunice.

  33. Fascinating Eunice, it is my experience too that there is a very distinct link between our emotions, certain organs and disease and illness. Just recently I’ve discovered I have a condition called Dry Eye, and the most exacerbating emotion as far as symptoms go is actually frustration. Anxiety has an impact too, but frustration is what makes it very notably worse. Being open to these sort of relationships and connections in the body is very empowering, as I am now armed with far more information with which to influence how that condition plays out on a day-to-day basis.

  34. To understand that everything is energy and everything is because of energy (SB) is the true starting point for exploring any disease or illness. Dealing with the emotional hurts is the next step to release the emotional baggage and stop seeing the world through emotionally ladened sight is paramount and then exposing and healing them in letting them be of no power, is the next step.
    “However, at Universal Medicine, Serge Benhayon was presenting that energetically emotions are the root cause of illness and disease. In particular, with regard to gallbladder disease, it was associated with the emotions of rage, frustration, resentment and bitterness”.

  35. Yes I agree that current medical science does not see the connections between emotions and illness as documented here but also current medical science has very little true understanding of the causes of most illness and disease. Esoteric Medicine quietly offers all the missing answers in an unimposing manner and allows us all the space to feel whether there is any truth in it or ignore it if that is what we prefer to do.

  36. I love how you present illness and disease are the doors to discovering emotions and tensions in our lives that we often did not consciously knew existed!

  37. When I take responsibility and look at for how I have been living that manifested in a physical ailment. The understanding has always brought a change in my relationships with family and friends as well.

  38. Looking at our emotional reactions whatever they may be has to be worthwhile if we are willing to make changes in our behaviour that will support healing and bring about a more harmonious world to live in.

  39. Great sharing Eunice, when we look more deeply into illness and disease, we realise that there is something more that needs addressing than just the physical symptoms themselves, and when we are honest with ourselves we are able to get down to the root cause and start making more loving choices.

  40. A great example of the marriage of western and esoteric medicine working together to support the human body. I read your disclaimer, and your sharing feels true to. It is like a car, and you get it fixed for wear and tear, but if you keep driving it in the same way (i.e. too fast over speed humps, you will need to get more shock absorbers), you will get the same result. Not until you look at how you are driving the car, and why, will it truly stop.

  41. It is incredible that around a third of the population have gallstones of varying sizes and many do not realise it. That’s an awful lot of resentment, rage, bitterness and frustration swirling around so it is no wonder that we live in such a disharmonious world. Removing the offending organ does not address this aspect so it is imperative that we explore how we can heal these issues. Thank you for sharing your personal journey with this Eunice as I am sure many can relate and be inspired to go deeper with it.

  42. It is amazing to realise that it is not just the physical aspects of illness and disease that are to be understood and healed, but that there is another side to illness and disease too and this is the emotional aspect. If we do not realise this, then we are sold short of true healing.

  43. Medicine is great and much needed in healing the physical side of our illness but if we don’t address the underlying cause we have not received the full blessing and healing that a illness and disease can offer. It is great that as a surgeon you are able to embrace this side of healing as you now have a greater understanding of why we have illness and disease and be able to offer your patients an insight into what they can do to support themselves. At present we rely heavily on the medical profession to give us the answers as to why we are ill without looking at the part we play in how we live that contributes to illness and disease.

  44. Conventional medicine is great at solving a problem e.g. removing your gall bladder when needed but without you choosing to take responsibility for the root cause of your gallstone, the effects would no doubt have come out subsequently somewhere else in your body. This is a great example of how Western medicine can be complemented by also addressing underlying issues through the esoteric modalities for a true healing.

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