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Three Stages of Chronic Pancreatitis

It is a paradox when the failure of the pancreas has medical term-chronic pancreatitis. You may open any textbook for doctors or medical articles and read symptoms of chronic pancreatitis.

  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Fatty, oily stools, which are loose, pale, and do not flush away easily
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive thirst and fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Clay-colored or pale stools

These symptoms demonstrate complete shutdown of the pancreas.

Let us explain. All chronic diseases have three stages: functional, structural and the final stage; failure of the organ. Pancreas is a core of the digestion. Without good quality and a proper amount of the pancreatic digestive enzymes (amylase, protease, lipase) human being cannot digest carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. The weak function of the pancreas and bile leads to the myriad of the digestive symptoms and malfunction of the nervous, immune, cardiovascular, pulmonary and hormonal systems. A person can follow the healthiest diet in the world, without pancreatic enzymes they will starve and have many health problems.

The staff of the Biotherapy Clinic, Peter Melamed, Ph.D. and Felix Melamed, MS offer Biotherapy Functional Clinical Classification of Exocrine Pancreatic Disorders subdivides all digestive disorders and diseases into three groups.

  1. Acidic pancreas and bile- fictional stage
  2. Pancreatic deficiency-structural stage
  3. Pancreatic failure

We describe it in detail in the part I of our EBook “Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You.”

And in the Short Review of Our Work – “Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas” with Focus on the Functional Exocrine Pancreatic Disorders that published in the European magazine “Journal of the Pancreas”

You may ask why has the functional stage been called as the acidic pancreas and bile? Because acidity is a primary culprit for pancreas and bile disorders. Acidity kills the pancreas.





Sorry to say, conventional medicine does not focus on the functional stage because there are not the general lab and imaging tests, and pharmaceutical treatment for this stage. When the healthy alkaline bile and the pancreatic juice are getting acidic, it disrupts the normal processes of digestion, causing numerous symptoms. It includes gas, bloating, heartburn, belching, abdominal pain, nausea, food intolerance, diarrhea, or constipation, flatulence, weight gain, and more. People can suffer from a hidden pancreatic deficiency and do not even know that a deficiency of the pancreatic digestive enzymes can also increase inflammation, body’s pain, and a lack of energy, hindering the body’s ability to heal the wounds and traumas.

A crowd of patients with these symptoms fills up the doctors’ offices, get symptomatic therapy, have useless tests, medications, and surgeries. Some of them receive psych label and are treated accordingly.

What can help?

  • Correction of the acid-alkaline balance
  • Improving the quality and quality of the bile and pancreatic juice
  • Avoiding harmful for pancreas substances.’
  • Improvement of the balance of the beneficial intestinal bacteria
  • Replacement of the essential nutrients
  • Acceptance of the proper eating habits
  • Reducing abdominal pain without medications
  • Withdrawal from the alcohol and painkillers

Without these actions, functional stage proceeds to the next step-structural changes in the pancreas, gallbladder, sphincter of Oddi, stomach, and small and large intestines. It is accompanied by a more reduction of pancreatic function and biliary problems. The digestive symptoms are getting worse; some lab and imaging tests may show pancreatic and biliary system structural damages. Now it is a clinical picture of chronic pancreatitis with the pancreatic deficiency. In the pancreatic deficiency-structural stage, health and destiny of the sick person also depend upon the healing actions, which are described above.

Unfortunately, the progression of the disease deteriorates the exocrine pancreatic function causing many vicious circles. However, when a functional capacity of the pancreas depletes to 10%, the pancreatic failure occurs with steatorrhea (indigestion of fats), and malabsorption syndrome, resulting in a total crush of the digestive system and consequently of the whole human organism.

The low pancreatic function is more common than formerly believed both in diabetic and nondiabetic individuals. For instance, autopsy studies indicate pancreatic involvement in 13% of a “normal” population. Some clinical studies find the relation between functional digestive diseases and low pancreatic function. In almost all chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, an exocrine pancreatic function is diminished.

In the Biotherapy Clinic, we developed the healing program for any stages of chronic pancreatitis and customized it for the situation and the person’s needs.

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