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Deborah Graefer, L.Ac. M.T.O.M.
Owner and Consultant

Licensed Acupuncturist, Masters Traditional Oriental Medicine

Graduating magna cum laude from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California in 1994, with a Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine Debbie was licensed by the State of California in September of the same year.

Her practice is now devoted exclusively to gallbladder and related diseases and the underlying causes including hypothyroidism, hashimotos, food intolerances, leaky gut and toxicity, and to dietary and supplemental recommendations for the above. She helps people with weight loss assessing the metabolic problems on an individual basis. Although weight loss kits are available on the site, her preference is to work one-on-one to find problems with metabolism, from lack of fat digestion, slow bile flow, stress and medications reducing hydrochloric acid, and undetected thyroid problems such as hashimotos or a thyroid that's being influcenced by too much cortisol. She uses natural products from several reputable companies and manufacturers and some of her own formulations specifically for gallbladder health.

Deborah spends her spare time perusing gallbladder and bile research studies and writing newsletters for your enjoyment and edification. Her interest in gallbladder health was an offshoot of her nutritional studies but more importantly from personal story that began in her childhood and followed her throughout life, leading her to the study of Chinese medicine. Here is her story.

"I suffered from stomach aches from early childhood. Trips to doctors had brought no results and so my mother tried some unorthodox methods such as food combining which resulted in very strange school lunches but none the less gave me some relief. My symptoms were general indigestion, feeling of fullness following meals or that food was sitting in my stomach for hours, pain up high above the stomach, below the ribcage in the center and getting worse throughout the day, keeping me from being able to fall asleep. The pain could get so severe that I would use a very hot water bottle to help to relax it and after continual weeks of this I would eventually just stop eating for three days to get relief. Doctors did all sorts of tests, but never any gallbladder tests. And we tried alternative therapies, many of them.

It wasn't until I was in my early 30s that I found any relief at all and that came with a Chinese digestive formula. I had to take a lot of it to notice a difference at first - 4 capsules before I ate and then if I felt pain afterwards I would take another 4. But it was so amazing to feel relief from the pain that I didn't care how many I needed to take. If I kept taking them, the pain would go away. Wow! How could it be that a simple herbal formula could do what all the medicines couldn't? I began to research all of the herbs in that formula and ended up enrolling in Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. I suspected that the Chinese knew something that we didn't know. And how true is that!

What I learned is that nutritive herbs are more respected in Chinese medicine than the stronger more medicinal ones. They all have their place, certainly, but if you can get results with something nourishing as opposed to something that forces an action, that if preferable. When you work that way, you are bringing the body back into balance and allowing it to do the action itself.

What we want to do is to nourish the cells of the digestive system, from the top to bottom, including the liver and gallbladder, both small and large bowel and the stomach. So if the cells are in good shape, healthy and in balance, they will do their jobs properly, whatever the job of that particular cell is. It might be to produce HCl; it might be to signal more or less production of Hcl. It may be to secrete more bile; it may be to secrete less bile. It may be to produce more or less bile. It works on a different principal of most supplements which are generally replacing or taking over function. For example, taking HCl can be helpful. Wouldn't it be better if one could teach one's body to increase its own production? And the beauty is that the body knows better than our brains what it needs and when it needs it. It knows where to send the nutrition, what part of the system is in need of the most help. This is the principal of regeneration: when the body is fed the proper nutrition in the proper (ie concentrated enough) amounts, it has the ability to correct its own imbalances.

And Chinese formulas inherently address the emotional aspects of the diseased organ as well. Digestive problems are often accompanied by stresses of one type or another. Much of that is due to our lifestyles; some due to our genetic or emotional makeup. Children's "tummy aches" are often connected with some emotion that they are not able to get in touch with or communicate. Adults are often just in denial of the stress. Addressing the stress at the same time as the organic problem is the ideal way to treat. "

The links below are to the sites of the places where she has garnered much of her professional knowledge:

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
International Foundation for Nutrition and Health
Assisted in teaching health pratitioners Digestion, Blood Sugar Handling, Calcium Balance, Healthy Weight Loss
Studied with Datis Kharrazian, author of Why do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms when My Blood Tests are Normal?
Dr. Kharrizian teaches classes around the country through the Postgraduate Department, University of Bridgeport, MA
Functional Blood Chemistry
Mastering the Thyroid
Cortisol and Melatonin Circadian Rhythm Physiology
Autoimmune Regulation by the Nitric Oxide and Glutathione Systems
Understanding The Complexity of Gluten Sensitivity
Neuruotransmitters and the Brain
Neurochemistry of Childhood Brain Developmental Disorders
Gluten and Autism Connection
Mastering Brain Chemistry


Gallbladder attacks are more common than you may think. Gallstones affect more than 25 million Americans (our total population being 310 million in early 2011). One million new cases of gallstones are diagnosed annually, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.

500,000-700,000 gallbladder removals take place every year in the USA alone, and since the diet of the general American population is not improving, those numbers are rising.

  "Thanks for your web site. Your beet recipe was a great help to me. After suffering pain for more than a week. I went to the doctor and the E.R., but they could not even tell me what was wrong. After the pain got worse I had a CAT scan and the doctor told me he thought it was my gallbladder. After getting frustrated waiting for doctors, my wife found your site. I feel better, but not completely better, and I am very hungry only making veggie and fruit juice, and eating fish, rice, and yams."  

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  I had a significant improvement in my symptoms the day after I talked to Debbie. She told me that there was a reason that grapes were recommended for my problem, so I went home and prepared the grapes. The next evening I felt a great lessening of the pressure and pain in my chest, so whatever was blocking my bile ducts had receded or gotten smaller. In the following days I was able to eat the beet recipe and gradually I've been able to introduce heavier foods with no problems. Of course I'm taking her digestive supplements and will be placing another order soon -and I'm being very vigilant about my diet. I want to thank you all for all the great wisdom I've learned from Debbie and her website. I'm a huge fan. You really helped me out of a tough spot medically. I've learned a great lesson from it.

Thank you. This is the most
helpful site Ive found after my
first full fledged weekend of pain. Time for change.

Day ten on the gall bladder starter kit and the pain is gone. Following the diet regime and taking the supplements and the improvement is amazing. I appreciate all the advice on you website and in the emails and am changing my lifestyle as directed. The results are most gratifying. You know your stuff and present it well. I am most appreciative.




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