NHE -- since you have been so helpful and are aware of my search for a tie between turmeric and the pancreas, I wish to share my recent finding. In reading the book, The Okinawa Program
by Bradley Willcox, M.D., Craig Willcox, PhD, & Makoto Suzuki, M.D., I found these passages of interest:
on page 150:...turmeric is thought to strengthen the immune system, relieve inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, improve digestion, relieve gas, kill parasites and worms, alleviate menstrual problems, dissolve gallstones, and relieve other ailments.... While it's still too early to recommend it for specific medicinal uses, turmeric shows early promise for several medical conditions, mainly due to the powerful properties of its major active component, curcumin. Curcumin consists mainly of the smaller bioactive components turmerone, atlantone, zingiberone, and heptanoids. Other compounds mainly consist of various proteins, sugars, resins, vitamins, and minerals.
I seem to be especially sensitive to sugars; perhaps the sugars in curcumin are sufficient to trigger my pancreas to overproduce insulin. My suspicion is enough for me to discontinue taking turmeric.
Among other interesting tidbits of information from this book (although this may not be the best place to post this) is this passage:
On page 174: Chamomile is a wonderfully healing herb. It can help alleviate heartburn, indigestion, and insomnia.... Chamomile, however, does contain a compound called coumarin that can act as a blood thinner, so we don't recommend drinking more than 6 cups a day, especially if you are already on a blood thinner.
Again, I recommend this book.
9/25/ 10 The following is interesting--coumarin banned in US???