"My doctor says I may have gallstones and depending on the tests they get back he said I may have to get it removed if the gallstones are too large. Is there anything I can do to get rid of the stones?"
The gallbladder is so important for multiple reasons. Its primary roles have to do with bile. It holds bile, processes the proper viscosity of the bile, and releases bile to emulsify fats so they can be absorbed. People who have cholecystectomies (a fancy term for gallbladder removal surgery) struggle the rest of their life with balancing their fatty acids and maintaining healthy levels of Vitamin A, D, E, and K...which are all FAT SOLUBLE vitamins. If you don't have the ability to properly absorb fats, the fat soluble vitamins stay locked into the undigested fats and go straight through you in the same way as the fats do. People without gallbladders also struggle with diarrhea and digestive issues because there is no holding place for bile...it flows down a duct directly from the liver and continuously drips into the intestines. This can cause irritation to the pancreas and other organs. There are studies that suggest that having gallbladders removed increases your risk for pancreatic diseases, which can be some of the most painful diseases to manage.
Our organs can be put through a lot and can recover rather remarkably. For that reason, it is very rare to be in a place where you actually need your gallbladder removed and require surgery. There are powerful therapies that many in conventional medicine simply aren't privy to that can degrade gallstones within 2-3 months and sometimes faster. Each case is different but any protocol should ideally be supervised by both a supportive health professional who has done it before AND the skeptical health professional who tends to recommend surgery as the only option. To shift a paradigm you have to create believers out of the skeptics. We want them to see the power of proper nutrition!
Up in Washington where I used to live there was a naturopathic doctor I knew who saved literally thousands of gallbladders from other doctors who said there was no option but to remove it. I use the same approach in supporting the gallbladder with targeted nutrients and specific foods to help thin the bile and break down the gallstones.
All that being said, there are rare cases where gallbladders can't be saved because of a completely rock hard gallbladder that causes blocked ducts. If it is life threatening, then yes, it is definitely better to have it removed. In acute situations where there is intense pain I can understand the desire to take care of things quickly. BUT, this is one area where exhausting all options would be wise, in the absence of a life threatening emergency. Removing an organ is permanent. It will change your relationship to two daily things that impact you multiple times per day: eating and "toileting"!
To help PREVENT gallstones you should be sure that at least 30% of your macronutrient intake is from healthy whole undenatured FATS from plants and animals (other 70% is low glycemic carbs and proteins). Play around with your ratios because each person is different.
The reason fat is important for gallbladder health is because the presence of fat in the duodenum (small intestine) signals the gallbladder to release bile for emulsification. Low fat and no fat diets can back up the gallbladder with bile that is continually dripped inside of it from the liver. Without fat to signal the release of the bile the gallbladder fills up like an overstuffed water balloon and the bile begins to get sludgy and compressed, forming stones. Bile is also made from fat and cholesterol so if you have unhealthy fats in your system then you will not have healthy materials to build healthy bile from. That is why the quality of the fats you eat is so important.
Remember, don't be afraid of fat! Be afraid of "NO fat" and unhealthy fats (which are just as much of a problem), because with NO fat you will develop painful gallstones and could be forced to have NO gallbladder. The gallbladder was placed or developed in the human body for a reason. Humans historically have eaten significant amounts of fat from whole natural plant and animal sources, which we REQUIRE to thrive.