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treatment after Whipple procedure

I had a Whipple procedure done about 15 months ago (I was 20 at the time), and now I'd like to know what I can do to make sure I never have to go through anything like that again. I had a tumor on the head of my pancreas about the size of a golf ball. It was removed along with my duodenum and my gall bladder; although, I don't think I ever received an explanation for the gall bladder being removed. My surgeon left my stomach intact however. The tumor was found to be benign. The only thing my doctor was able to tell me was that it was some kind of auto-immune problem. He also told me that since my stomach connects to my intestines directly now, that I have to take Nexium (or any brand of the same drug) for the rest of my life because the stomach acid can cause ulcers in my intestines. I refuse to be dependent upon pharamaceuticals for the rest of my life, so I'd like to know if there is some other way that I can prevent these ulcers from forming. I have recently been looking into changing my diet to a more alkaline diet, but I'm not really sure how much that will help. I'm also in the process of studying for the Catholic priesthood and part of my rule is that I eat whatever is put in front me out of the spirit of poverty (unless I have a medical exemption backed up by a doctor). So, if I could get a 'doctor's note,' that would be very helpful.

I'd also like to decrease the workload on my pancreas since I only have half or 2/3 of it left (I can't remember). So, I take digestive enzymes, and I'd like to start eating more raw foods. I've read that cooking food, especially frying, destroys a lot of the natural enzymes found in it. I also drink Raw Organic Kombucha tea. I've heard wonders about it and I can only imagine that it could only help matters.

So, if anyone had any information regarding my situation, your input would be highly appreciated. I'm still quite young and, God willing, I'll have many more years to live. I just want to make sure that I can do everything possible to ensure that.
  TradCatholic85 on 2007-01-21
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