The pancreas produces substances necessary for digesting food and hormones for the endocrine system, including insulin, which regulates blood glucose levels.
Briefly, diseases of the pancreas include pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), occurring in acute and chronic forms.
Physical factors influencing the onset of pancreatitis are:
- Gastrointestinal tract pathology,
- Blockage of bile ducts in the pancreas,
- Pancreatic injury,
- Cardiovascular system disorders,
- Metabolic or hormonal disturbances,
- Improper nutrition,
- Alcohol intoxication.
Note that these factors are generally associated with acute pancreatitis, while chronic pancreatitis is often linked to psychosomatic causes, thus often diagnosed as stress-related.
Symptoms of pancreatitis include increased gas formation, irregular bowel movements, nausea, vomiting without relief, stomach heaviness, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, weakness, discomfort, and pain in the rib area.
The seriousness and danger of pancreatitis lie in the irreversible changes in the pancreas.
Another pancreatic disease is diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells. Type 2 diabetes involves the pancreas producing more insulin because the body’s cells become resistant to it (insulin resistance), leading to increased blood glucose levels, requiring sugar-lowering drugs.
A genetic disorder of the pancreas is cystic fibrosis.
Pancreatic islet cell tumors, benign or malignant, develop from the endocrine cells producing hormones. Physical causes often include chronic pancreatitis.
Pancreatic cancer, often asymptomatic until late stages, usually develops in the cells lining the main pancreatic duct.
Psychosomatics of the Pancreas
The pancreas aids in digesting food by breaking down nutrients into proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. According to Louise Hay and Lise Bourbeau, digestion symbolizes the processing of information from the world.
On a metaphysical level, pancreatic function represents the breakdown of informational “food”: categorizing knowledge, emotions, and desires, and deriving conclusions.
Psychosomatics of pancreatitis relate to the disruption of this metaphysical function of the pancreas, especially since it’s located in the area responsible for emotional control.
Insulin production, controlling sugar, hints at how a person relates to the sweetness of life.
Type 1 diabetes (autoimmune destruction of cells) suggests an internal struggle, often in weak-willed individuals who overly indulge their desires, requiring external control.
Type 2 diabetes, common in older individuals, signifies a lack of life’s sweetness, an inability to see or enjoy life’s joys, believing they no longer exist.
Psychological Causes of Pancreatic Diseases
Specific negative psycho-emotional experiences cause pancreatitis and other pathologies of the pancreas:
- A desire to ensure everyone’s well-being, planning for all, and anticipating everything often masks deep sadness due to unfulfilled love and affection.
- Rejection, often rooted in childhood emotional needs unmet, leads to feelings of rejection and lack of internal strength to make life joyful.
- Self-love deficiency results from a lack of familial love, leading to an inability to love oneself or others.
- Anger and belief in life’s unfairness, often rooted in childhood traumas, form negative beliefs and attitudes.
- Resentment from suppressed desires also disrupts pancreatic function.
- Feelings of inadequacy, whether real or perceived, can lead to pancreatic enlargement.
- Deep regret, often tied to family issues, can trigger pancreatic diseases.
- Guilt from personal success or self-blame for loved ones’ failures also plays a role.
- Genetic factors, like maternal anger during pregnancy or family history of issues like alcoholism, affect the pancreas.
- Tumors represent old grudges, while pancreatic cancer is linked to deep, unresolved resentment.
Healing the Pancreas
For pancreatitis, realizing the impossibility of controlling everything and caring for everyone is crucial. Each person’s life journey involves problems, mistakes, and lessons. Solving problems for others, especially unasked, is counterproductive and selfish as it hinders their growth.
Regarding the craving for love, one should first assess how they express love to their loved ones and themselves. Love is inherently present in everyone and can be nurtured and developed through visualization and practice.
Love, as the highest and most divine emotion, has been scientifically proven to dissolve psychological causes of illnesses. The key is to constantly give and receive this “medicine” in life.
Be loving and healthy!