Have you or a loved one been hospitalized with acute pancreatitis (pain, nausea, bloating, fever and so on) only to be discharged later when the symptoms subsided? What should you do next? Should you try to forget this horrible experience and pretend that nothing has happened?
No, ignoring the underlying problem is a bad idea. Statistics show that many people who have had 1-2 attacks of acute pancreatitis go on to contract the chronic form of this condition. Chronic pancreatitis is a much more intense and complicated disease. Therefore, an attack of acute pancreatitis should be a serious wake up call to change your diet and your lifestyle. Additionally you need to focus on the health of your liver and gallbladder.
You may be thinking to yourself, “Why should I worry about my liver and gallbladder? I was told I have problem with my pancreas.” Old European doctors knew that if their patient had chronic pancreatitis then they needed to look for liver problems. To understand the liver, gallbladder / pancreas connection, we have to accept the idea that all of the upper GI tract organs (such as the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and duodenum) work together as an orchestra. Failure in one of these organs causes problems in whole GI system. The GI tract orchestra is conducted by digestive hormones and the nervous system.
To truly understand the relationship between the liver, gallbladder and the pancreatic gland one needs to know about anatomy and physiology, or the structure and function of these organs.
The liver is our body’s chemical factory and performs many vital tasks. The most important function of the liver is the manufacture and release of bile. 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 the toxins from our body by dividing them into water-soluble and fat-soluble substances. First, the liver makes water-soluble wastes less toxic and then moves them to the blood and the kidneys for elimination from the body. Second, the liver moves the fat-soluble wastes into the bile before moving the wastes through the small and large intestines and out of the body.
The cells of the liver secrete bile into a network of ducts. These ducts meet to form the common bile duct which carries bile from the gallbladder and liver.
The common bile duct merges with the pancreatic duct. The pancreatic duct carries the pancreatic juice with digestive enzymes from the pancreas into a small cavity (the Ampulla of Vater) that opens into the duodenum.
It is very important that the pressure in the pancreatic duct is always higher than the pressure in the bile duct; therefore 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 there is a valve called the Sphincter of Oddi. The Sphincter of Oddi controls secretions from the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder into the duodenum section of the small intestine. Spasm or blockage of this valve may cause pancreatic juice to back up, thereby increasing the pressure inside the pancreatic duct. Digestive enzymes trapped inside the pancreas start to digest their own pancreatic cells, causing congestion, inflammation, pain, cysts and finally the death of pancreatic tissue.
Hepatitis, fatty liver, parasites, congestion, inflammation, infection and other liver and gallbladder problems can cause the bile to be thick and make it difficult to for the bile to move through the ducts.
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.
The body may manufacture gallbladder stones due to 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.
Treating the Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreatic disorders is difficult by conventional medicine. Chronic pancreatitis significantly decreases the quality of life and this disease is associated with a reduction in life expectancy. Beside allopathic approach,alternative medicine offers people with chronic pancreatitis many non-drug methods of healing, such as:
- Healing Diet
- Nutritional therapy
- Point massage and exercises
- Chiropractic manipulations
- Consumption Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water made from the Genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring salt
- Relaxation techniques, hypnosis, and self-hypnosis by using a CD at home
- Colon hydrotherapy, which can restore friendly intestinal flora
- Anti-Candida program, etc.
Many of these alternative therapies can decrease pressure inside the pancreas, promote proper digestion, lessen inflammation, and alleviate pain.
Drinking mineral water made from the Genuine Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring salt for healing purposes is completely unknown by the American public and medical professionals.
Contrary, European doctors have been used healing mineral water preparing from the Karlovy Vary Thermal Spring Salt for pancreas, liver and gallbladder diseases for more than 250 years. A lot of scientific texts, books, articles and dissertations have been published describing the positive effects of this water. Unfortunately, most of them have been published in Czech, German, Russian so there are mostly unknown by American medical establishment and patients.
According to European research the most important action of the water in chronic pancreatic diseases is enhancing production and flow of bile and pancreatic juice, opening the Sphincter of Oddi and decreasing pressure inside the pancreatic duct. Additionally, this healing mineral water preparing from the Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt supplies the pancreas with the alkaline minerals and bicarbonates, the main ingredients of the pancreatic juice. Alkaline pH is essential for pancreatic juice since digestive enzymes work only in an alkaline environment.
Czech doctors and scientists found also that the water can promote secretion and increase the activity of pancreatic enzymes in healthy individuals, patients with chronic pancreatitis, and people after gallbladder removal. Drinking this water promotes secretion and elimination of liquid, alkaline bile, cleanse the bile ducts from small gallbladder stones as well.
Complementary allopathic and non-drug therapy can help to prevent the exacerbation of chronic pancreatitis and improve quality of a patient’s life.
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