Archive for June, 2013

I have begun paving the trail to have a new supplement manufactured for those of us who no longer have gall bladders (or have lost the function of one that is still there). Since all of the bile supplements on the market are uncoated, they are mostly ineffective. I have tested lots of them and not had any results other than indigestion. The reasoning, so far as I can figure, is this:

In a perfect world, bile enters your system in your small intestine for a reason. 1 to emulsify fats, and 2 to reduce the acidity of your incoming stomach contents. Bile is a base. If the bile enters your stomach, it will increase the pH (reduce the acidity) of your stomach contents, leading to reduced digestion or outright negation of the pill you took.

In order to get the bile to the right place, it needs to be coated with something that will make it last through the acid environment of the stomach, and then break down in a more base environment like the intestine. Such coatings do exist, but none are presently used on bile tablets.

I believe that one of the greatest contributing factors to the side effects we gallbladderless people suffer is from pH imbalances in the digestive tract: food is too acidic as it travels through your intestine due to reduced bile output, and then the whole tract is too base the rest of the time because the bile is just constantly leaking into your system.

With a coated tablet, I hope to be able to, in effect, replicate the environment we once had when our gall bladders worked. Or get it reasonably close. We shall see. And you can help.

I am still in the formulation stage, but once I have the first test batch made, I will be looking for some volunteers to test it out for me and provide feedback. If you are interested, please contact me here or via email ( and I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.