I have a very close friend who was admitted 2 weeks ago in due to acute cholecystitis. She is also a nurse working in a hospital. I was shocked when I learned the news about her admission. At that moment, I didn't have any clue what had caused her illness. But what is really an acute cholecystitis?
According to the MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, acute cholecystitis is a sudden inflammation of the gallbladder that causes severe abdominal pain. In 90% of cases, it is caused by gallstones in the gallbladder. Some of the causes are severe illness, alcohol abuse, and, rarely, tumors of the gallbladder.
But her case was different. According to her physician, what causes her illness was the result of her taking of slimming tea everyday. The slimming tea she was taking was very popular here in the country and has been in the advert for weeks. Additionally, it has been advertised by a popular female host/actress. Because of my friend's belief that she gained some weight, she opted to drink slimming tea before going to bed at night. Her gallbladder was inflamed because of the fats that deposited in her gallbladder. Her physician advised her to, obviously, stop drinking slimming tea and refrain or minimize intake of fats.
I used to drink slimming tea. But, because of what happened, I'm afraid that what had happened to my friend might also happen to me. However, I also wonder why the Bureau of Food and Drug Administration (BFAD) still selling this product in the market.