My grandson has an attack of pancreatitis about every 6 months and goes to the hospital.
Q. Dear Terry, “My grandson has an attack of pancreatitis about every 6 months and goes to the hospital. The doctors can't, or won't, give him any help other than pain medication and IV's. What do you suggest?”— Barbara B., Centerville, UT
A. Dear Barbara, I would first recommend adding a digestive enzyme formula to your grandson’s daily supplement regimen. Supplementing with pancreatin, a natural digestive enzyme complex that provides the enzymes protease, lipase, and amylase, can make all the difference. Pancreatic enzymes simply help the body do what it already does naturally. I recommend taking 1 or 2 tablets of pancreatin with each meal. Make sure that when choosing a formula, you get an undiluted pancreatin supplement. The United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) has set strict definitions for the level of activity – measured by how effectively the enzyme breaks down its targeted nutrient type – for pancreatin. I believe the best results come from full strength, undiluted pancreatin. Less potent pancreatin has often been diluted with salt, lactose or galactose.
He would also benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to his daily regimen. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin once or twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.
Terry . . . Naturally