I know it works. As plain as day. I have been pain free for nearly six years now and the cost is less than one cent each day. The pharmaceuticals cannot take it away as a do-it-yourself pain management system.
Remaining pain free is all the validation I need. Yet, when my endocrinologist told me on August 18 2017 (my regular appointment) that the recent CT scan showed the pseudo-cyst on my pancreas was gone. Validation, again.
Sodium bicarbonate is what I attribute all of this to. More commonly known as baking soda. A box of Arm & Hammer 500g costs $1.28 (CAD) at Walmart. That is the equivalent of 100 teaspoons. And, the equivalent of more than three months of self-treatment dosing – assuming maximum dosage daily. At maxium dosage, that is $0.0128 per day ... slightly more than one cent. I rarely take the maximum dosage any more ... hence my claim of less than one penny (one cent) per day.
Baking soda has helped quite a few others too. Some with pancreatitis, some with other digestive diseases (Crohn's, IBS, Colitis, etc), and many with acid reflux and GERDs. It works, and works fast.
I recall sitting in one of my doctor's office at my regular appointment and watching his eyes light up in amazement when hearing and reading about my c-peptide results. Over the past two years, my c-peptide levels have increased from near zero to nearly the mid point of average. Impossible in the view of his medical training – the pancreas just does not repair or regenerate itself. It's impossible. Yet the lab test results clearly show a consistent improvement. Why? Well, that's the result of my latest self-treatment (the one I refuse to discuss publicly). Self-treatment #3 is what is responsible for the disappearance of the pseudo-cyst on my pancreas. It's what is responsible for the increases in c-peptide levels.
An explanation: C-Peptide is a compound in our body that when measured, indicates the level of insulin in our body. That is a marker of how the Islets of Langerhorn (those things responsible for making insulin in the pancreas) are working. When you have Chronic Pancreas as I do, that functionality is compromised. If c-peptide levels are increasing, those Islets of Langerhorn are starting to work again. And if they are working again, my pancreas is "healing". No other explanation.
I still refuse to discuss my self-treatment #3 publicly. I would much prefer to discuss how I discovered it and, perhaps, disclose it over the coming months.
The main symptom of Chronic Pancreatitis is pain. Extreme and delibitating pain. By the time Chronic Pancreatitis is diagnosed, I am told, the pancreas is about 80% non-functional. In my case, I had a distorted pancreatic duct and sizeable pseudo-cyst as well as scarring from calcification. At the point of diagnosis, I had lost about 80 to 85% functionality. That meant I was now dependent on digestive enzymes and insulin to replace the two main functions of the pancreas.
Much of my research focused on determining what pancreatitis is. I don't mean to make it sound like I was trying to trail blaze the medical community ... my research was just to understand what pancreatitis is at a lay level. A few things were important. Pancreatitis is inflammation. It becomes non-funcitonal by a process of calcification. The calcification is the same as that in bones, but doesn't seem to harden as it does in bones. It is like aged jello from what I understand. The first "ah-ha" moment was when I was standing at our old refrigerator with some CLR to clean the calcium deposits of hard water. Hmmm ... a product that disolves hardened calcium deposits. What if there was a product that could work the same way on calcium deposits in the body?
And I found such a solution. It's a multi-part process, one passive, one active. It is slowly disolving the calcification in my pancreas. As a bonus, it is also dissolving the calcium deposits in my joints (arthritis) and calcium deposits that form bone spurs. So far, it has worked very slowly for several years. I am in no rush, it took many decades to build up the calcium deposits, as long as I am reversing that, I am thrilled. And, it's another product that the pharmaceuticals can't stop. Commonly available, and almost as inexpensive as my other self-treatments.
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