Natural treatment for pancreas problems
January 5, 2017
by Peter Melamed, Ph.D. What does the pancreas do? Where is it in the human body? What do I need to know about the pancreas? These are great questions to ask about the pancreas. There are some organs that everyone knows about. If you ask people to tell you where their heart is, they point right to it. In terms of organs, the pancreas is not as popular as the heart or the kidneys. Google searches indicate that comparatively, the pancreas is not searched as much as the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs or colon. However, do not let that sway you. The pancreas or pancreatic gland is extremely important to your overall health. You cannot live a normal life without it. Let’s start with geography first. The pancreas can be found across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. One part of the pancreas is cradled in the curve of the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. Next, what does the pancreas do? To put it simply, a lot. The pancreas is a multi-tasker; it is both an exocrine and endocrine gland. If it were on a football team, it would play both offensively and defensively. Being an endocrine gland, the pancreas manufactures special blood messengers or hormones that go into the blood system. One such hormone is the very well-known insulin. Anyone with diabetes knows the importance of insulin. Being an exocrine gland, the pancreas produces digestive enzymes that are released into the small intestine via ducts, valves, and chambers. The digestive enzymes of the pancreas break down everything that we eat--proteins, fats and carbohydrates-- into small particles that are absorbed into our gut’s wall. From there, these food particles get into our blood so that our bodies can use the food for cellular energy, building our cells, feeding our bodies with nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. A big thank you goes out to the pancreas; it is the core to proper digestion. People can eat healthy, organic, wonderful food, but it will not matter if the pancreas is not working correctly. If the pancreas produces low quality and low amounts of digestive enzymes, the body will not absorb food well. All the nutrients, minerals, and trace elements that the body needs will not be entering the bloodstream properly. There are microorganisms in the gut that ferment undigested food. This fermentation process produces a lot of gas and toxic, irritated substances. Most people have experienced symptoms of indigestion, such as belching, gas, abdominal cramps, bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, or constipation. These are all ways that the body rids itself of gas and toxic, corroded matters. If a person continually works overtime is stressed and malnourished, burnout is fast approaching. This individual will become exhausted, sick, and weak. The same things happen to the pancreas when it is not working correctly. Here are some factors that cause the pancreas to be overworked and not function effectively:
- In the fast-paced world that we live in, more people eat processed food that is easy to order and eat without taking too much time. But many of these processed foods do not have living natural enzymes. The absence of living enzymes in food forces the pancreas to work harder and produce more of its own digestive enzymes to digest food properly.
- Today, most people are acidic. Whole body acidity destroys the pancreas in many ways. There is so much to whole body acidity that Biotherapy Clinic’s e-book, Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You, discusses this subject matter in detail.
- Along with eating more processed foods, people also tend to eat more unnatural food combinations. Such food combinations are difficult to digest and cause the pancreas to work harder than it should.
- Many people are deficient in bicarbonate, potassium, magnesium, zinc, cobalt, and other minerals and have a low intake of vitamins. The pancreas cannot work well without these critical nutrients.
- In the hectic modern world, many people have an alcoholic drink to decompress; however, alcohol is the archenemy to the pancreas.
- Daily stress is harmful to the pancreas, and constant stress negatively changes its hormonal and neural system.
- With all digestive disorders, the pancreatic function has fallen; it is not working optimally. When the pancreas is producing low quality and less than the needed amount of pancreatic digestive enzymes, several symptoms can appear. Some of these symptoms are abdominal pain, nausea, belching, heartburn, abdominal cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
- Pancreatic disorders with low pancreatic function are more common than you might think. Experts found that 13 percent of people who died from various causes exhibited pancreatic disease. They may not have known that they had a pancreatic illness when they died.
- The earlier you start to treat pancreatic disorders, the better. Early detection and treatment can yield positive results and significant healing for a person.
- Non-drug, non-surgery healing methods improve one’s quality of life and can delay the worsening of pancreatic disorders. Natural, alternative medicine approaches can be used successfully with conventional “Western Medicine” treatments.
- Eating an alkalized, healing diet
- Drinking healing mineral water
- Using acupuncture
- Taking herbs
- Having chiropractor manipulations and abdominal massage
- Taking nutritional supplements
- Participating in medical hypnosis, meditation, relaxation techniques