What should you do after you or a loved one has been discharged from the hospital after an attack of acute pancreatitis? Should you try to get on with your life and pretend the pancreatitis attack didn’t happen?
Each year, a large number of people are hospitalized with acute pancreatitis, a sudden and painful swelling of the pancreas. Once the initial symptoms have subsided (pain, nausea, bloating, fever and so on) they are frequently discharged without receiving further treatment information about the underlying causes of their pancreatitis.
Once discharged, these people frequently resume the very lifestyle that led to pancreatitis in the first place. Consequently, there is a high risk of them having a second attack of acute pancreatitis. And statistics show that many people who have had one to two attacks of acute pancreatitis go on to contract the chronic form of this condition.
Therefore, the first attack of acute pancreatitis should be a signal to people to change their diet and their lifestyle because chronic pancreatitis is a much more intense and complicated disease. And patients should also learn about and focus on liver health.
The health of the liver is inextricably bound up with the health of the pancreas. To understand the liver / pancreas connection it is necessary to recognize that all of the organs of the upper GI tract (such as the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and duodenum) work together as a group. If any single organ fails, then the whole system is thrown out of order. Digestive hormones and the nervous system are also vital to the proper functioning of the GI tract.
The liver performs many vital tasks. Most importantly the liver manufactures and releases bile. Bile facilitates the process of digestion. Everything we eat makes its way to the liver, and the liver uses the food to produce vital nutrients for our cells – and for our whole body!
The liver also removes toxins from our body. There are two types of toxins: water-soluble substances and fat-soluble substances. The liver makes water-soluble waste less toxic and releases it into the bloodstream. The blood then moves the waste to the kidneys for elimination from the body. The liver moves the fat-soluble wastes into the bile to be broken down before moving the wastes through the small and large intestines and out of the body.
The proper functioning of bile is therefore very important for removing wastes from the body. The process starts when liver cells secrete bile into a network of small ducts. These many small ducts meet to form the common bile duct, which carries bile from the gallbladder and liver.
The common bile duct then joins with the pancreatic duct. The pancreatic duct carries the pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes from the pancreas into a small cavity, the Ampulla of Vater. It is very important that the pressure in the pancreatic duct is always higher than the pressure in the bile duct so that bile cannot reach the pancreatic cells. A blend of bile and pancreatic juice goes through the Ampulla of Vater into the duodenum.
In the duodenum’s wall there is a valve called the Sphincter of Oddi. The Sphincter of Oddi controls secretions from the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder moving into the duodenum section of the small intestine. It is necessary to keep this valve functioning properly.
Spasm or blockage of the Sphincter of Oddi may cause pancreatic juice to back up, thereby increasing the pressure inside the pancreatic duct. Digestive enzymes trapped inside the pancreas start to digest pancreatic cells, causing congestion, inflammation, pain, cysts and finally the death of pancreatic tissue.
There are a wide variety of health issues that can cause the bile to be thick and make it difficult to for the bile to move through the ducts, including: Hepatitis, fatty liver, parasites, congestion, inflammation, infection and other liver and gallbladder problems.
Gallbladder stones can also block bile movement, increasing the pressure into the Ampulla of Vater and backing up the pancreatic juices. This is a condition that doctors call biliary pancreatic reflux. There are many causes of gallbladder stones, including: poor eating habits, body acidity, hormonal changes, lack of exercise, or being overweight or obese. The size of gallbladder stones can range upwards from the size of a piece of sand.
Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreatic disorders are difficult to treat with conventional Western medicine. Yet it is important to care for chronic pancreatitis because it is associated with a reduction in life expectancy.
Complementary allopathic and non-drug therapy can prevent the exacerbation of chronic pancreatitis and improve quality of a patient’s life. Many of the alternative therapies listed below can help decrease pressure inside the pancreas, promote proper digestion, lessen inflammation, and alleviate pain.
o A prescribed alkaline diet and healing foods
o Herbal medicine
o Nutritional supplementation
o Point massage and chiropractic adjustment
o Drinking Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water made from the Genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring salt
o Relaxation techniques, hypnosis, and self-hypnosis by using a CD at home
o Colon hydrotherapy, which can restore friendly intestinal flora
o Anti-Candida program
Many of these modalities could be safe and effective combine with medications, surgeries, endoscopic operations, physical therapies, etc. Today medical practitioners look at the chronic pancreatitis and make different point of view on cause, development and possible treatment of this disease according to their own specialty. But today successful treatment of chronic pancreatitis is generally difficult and requires different approaches.
For example, one of these approaches has been used for 250 years and has a great deal of scientifically research by European doctors. This is drinking of healing mineral water prepared from the Genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt. This therapy is still largely unknown in the United States and Canada, despite its popularity among doctors and patients in Europe.
How it is work? This healing mineral water preparing from the genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt stimulates the stomach and small intestine (duodenum) for releasing the digestive hormones. These digestive hormones regulate the whole digestion, promote secretion and elimination of bile and the pancreatic juices, and control the proper function of the bile and the pancreatic ducts and valves.
Beside that, Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water supplies the pancreas with the minerals, trace elements and bicarbonates – the main ingredients of the pancreatic juices. Healing mineral water preparing from the genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt may help with two major problems: pancreatic inflammation and pancreatic insufficiency.
By dissolving the vaporized spring salt in warm water at home (salt is available in North America), one can produce the same healing mineral water found in Karlovy Vary healing mineral spa. Czech doctors determined that the water manufactured from the genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt has the same healing properties as the water from the spring.
European doctors and scientists found also that the healing mineral water can promote secretion and increase the activity of pancreatic enzymes in healthy volunteers, people with chronic pancreatitis, even in patients after surgeries.
In all these studies, Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water increased not only the amount of pancreatic juices and activity of digestive enzymes, but also decreases the pressure inside the pancreatic duct.
These beneficial actions of Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water promote healing chronic pancreatitis and other pancreatic problems.
Water simultaneously relieves digestive disorders, strengthens the digestive system, normalizes the acid-alkaline balance and improves the metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.
It’s most important actions are:
o Enhancing the liver function by increasing the production, releasing and flow of bile,
o Promoting the function of pancreatic gland by manufacturing and releasing of pancreatic enzymes,
o Supporting the slightly alkaline environment for proper function of digestive enzymes,
o Stimulating peristalsis of the intestines,
o Restoring the friendly intestinal flora,
o Preventing of stagnation of food in the digestive tract,
o Normalizing body’s acid- alkaline balance, etc.
These effects are caused by beneficial complex composition of potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, sulfates, bicarbonates, chlorides, and a lot of trace minerals such as zinc, cobalt, selenium, lithium, copper and more in ionic form.
According European doctors drinking Karlovy Vary water made from the Genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt alleviates inflammation, pain, dyspepsia, malabsorption, and loss of fat with stool (steatorrhea).
Karlovy Vary water made from the Genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt is a safe and effective non-drug alternative remedy for chronic pancreatitis and can improve the quality of life and life span of sufferers of chronic pancreatitis.
The information on this article is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a qualified licensed professional.