One of my viewers wrote about being told that he doesn’t have chronic pancreatitis. Yet, each time he stopped his CREON (medically prescribed pancreatic enzymes), he would immediately get diarrhea. The viewer was left wondering if maybe Candida was causing his digestive issues.
The fact is that pancreatic problems often go undiagnosed for years and years.
In the last two weeks alone, I’ve had about five patients with pancreatic problems. These are people who had long-term digestive issues, ranging from two to ten years plus, and yet no one could figure out what was wrong. Then we tested them for pancreatic elastase one (PE1) and their levels were at rock bottom.
None of these clients had ever been checked for pancreatic dysfunction. Instead, they walked around for years with gas, bloating, fatigue, weight loss, and no diagnosis.
There are a couple of reasons why it can be hard to diagnose pancreatic problems. Number one is that often the right questions aren’t asked, and number 2 the correct investigations aren’t ordered.
What’s the solution if you have chronic digestive problems, and none of the doctors you’ve seen can figure out what’s wrong? The answer is that you need to have a comprehensive stool analysis (CSA). Although the CSA is not supported by mainstream medicine, it’s the investigation that has solved more cases for me than any other test. The CSA has allowed me to help hundreds of people get back to full health after they had been thrown on the scrap head. They were put on drugs and living out sub-optimal lives. It’s a fantastic feeling to be able to help people like that.
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It’s important to keep an eye on the pancreatic elastase level if you think your pancreatic function is low. If you test it every three to six months and put it on a spreadsheet, you can follow changes in your pancreatic function over time. Your level should be over 500. Clients I see with pancreatic problems often have levels below 200.
As far as a connection with Candida, I don’t see a direct relationship between this yeast and chronic pancreatitis. The pancreas can get sick for a whole bunch of reasons. It could be stress related to drinking too much alcohol, drinking too much diet soda, or eating too much junk food. If the pancreas gets inflamed for a short time, it’s called acute pancreatitis. But sometimes the acute episode can trigger long term pancreatic problems, which is called chronic pancreatitis.
If I think the pancreas isn’t working correctly, one of the first things I check is the pH of the stool, which should be in the range of 6.5. If the pH is lower than that, especially if the PE1 is low, that tells me the pancreas is struggling. Abnormal pH levels can facilitate the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and Candida. There will also be a reduction in beneficial lactobacillus because it doesn’t like an acidic environment.
If it turns out you need pancreatic enzyme replacement, I recommend glandular extract from lamp, sheep, or swine. These extracts can help rebuild pancreatic health.
Dipan-9 from Thorne Research is a supplement that works well for the pancreas. Allergy Research is a company that produces glandular pancreatic extract.
If the pancreas isn’t working well, I recommend a course of Dipan-9 or CREON. Then, after the digestion has improved somewhat and is relatively stable, the glandular extract can be added.
In the meantime, keep animal fats out of your diet. Sugar and fat are the enemies of the pancreas. Avoid hydrogenated fats, deep-fried foods, and alcohol is absolutely out of the questions. Herbal teas, water, fish, and low-fat veal will support the pancreas.