Information and facts on Pancreatitis

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Pancreatitis is serious problem. The name is a medical term for inflammation of the pancreas, which is an elongated organ about 4 - 6 inches in length in the upper abdomen, surrounded by the stomach and the small intestine. The pancreas has two main functions in the human body. It produces digestive enzymes that are released into the small intestine, and it produces two hormones, insulin and glucagon, that are released into the bloodstream to regulate blood sugar levels. Enzymes are delivered from the pancreas to the intestines by means of the same duct used to transport bile from the gallbladder. Pancreatitis can result if there is a gallstone blocking this passage. It can also be a result of damage to the pancreas from alcohol consumption. In either case, digestive enzymes become trapped in the pancreas and can actually begin to digest the tissues there, causing inflammation. Some enzymes may ooze out and find their way into the bloodstream and/or the abdominal cavity Symptoms of pancreatitis include upper abdominal pain and tenderness, back pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, and distention of the abdomen. Blood tests may show elevated levels of pancreatic enzymes, and the red blood cell count may be affected as well. Pancreatitis may be complicated by liver problems, with jaundice, as well as kidney failure. If the damage is severe enough, the pancreas can become infected, a potentially life-threatening situation, and pockets of fluid may form.

Another situation that may lead to getting  pancreatitis is exposure to certain chemical compounds, like  petrochemicals, diesel fuel, gasoline, acetone, and trichioroethylene - which is a solvent. This type of exposure is most often connected to the person;s job and work environment, although there have been instances where children who played in a diesel fuel shed or rode their bicycles long distances to school on busy roads where they were exposed to car exhaust would contract pancreatitis. This is a bigger  problem in Third World and developing countries, where it is  estimated 1 in 20 people suffers from a type of pancreatic disease, though it can happen anywhere in the world.

Pancreatitis may be either acute or chronic, and even if healed the problem can recur, especially in people who are alcoholics (see alcoholism) or are prone to developing gallstones. About 10% of cases of acute pancreatitis will eventually become chronic in nature, that involves both scarring as well as permanently decreased pancreatic health and function. Because the pancreas produces substances necessary for digestion and for blood sugar regulation, both digestive difficulties like indigestion and diabetes are often the result, and both may be severe to the person. Nutritional supplementation suggested below can help with healing and prevention of pancreatitis also helping in all areas of the person's health and well being. 


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
( 1 - 10 )
Helpful notes
Multi-vitamin & Mineral supplement 10 A daily supplement contains nutrients needed for good general health and well being. Very important for the person with pancreatitis to heal and get the proper nutrients.
Bioflavonoids 9 good antioxidants that promotes healing and resistance to infection and they work with vitamin C
Dandelion  10 helps in the production of bile and therefore improving the digestion of fats. It is herb that works well with red clover and also serves to improve overall health of the pancreas
vitamin A 10 essential vitamin that helps with healing in the body 
Carotenoids 9 work with vitamin A
Methionine 9 helps the metabolism of fats in the body, need to use for at least 3 months.
Calcium 9 works with the mineral magnesium
Magnesium 9 aids by counteracting glandular disorders 
Pantothenic acid 9 vitamin B5 works with niacin in fat and carbohydrate metabolism
Niacin 9 vitamin B3 works with vitamin B5
Golden Seal  9 have antibiotic properties and also helps stimulate the secretion of bile often used in herbal blends with echinacea and reishi mushroom.
vitamin C 9 is an anti inflammatory that also aids in healing
Lecithin 9 needed for digestion of fats
Inositol 8 aids with fat digestion
Red Clover 8 herb that cleanses the liver and bloodstream
Olive leaf 8 herb serves as anti-inflammatory and helps with infection
Licorice  9 herb used for its anti inflammatory properties and it helps to increase bile production as well as relieve indigestion and ulceration. 
Essential fatty acids 8 helps with inflammation problems, good sources of fatty acids include omega , flax seed, and borage seed.
Grape seed extract 8 strong anti inflammatory and antioxidant
vitamin E 8 needed for tissue repair and is an antioxidant
Zinc 8 mineral required for proper enzyme activity for cell division and for production of insulin 


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or to administer to any physical ailments.
In all matters related to your health please contact a qualified, licensed Medical Consultant or Doctor.
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