Gout is an intensely painful disorder caused by the buildup of uric acid.
Although it affects both sexes, men are much more likely by a factor of
ten-to suffer from gout. The condition was once known as the "rich man's
disease," and, in fact, it often strikes people who eat heavy, fatty foods
and who overindulge in alcohol. Although this kind of diet was once solely
the province of the wealthy, one no longer has to be rich to eat poorly.
Today, the disease affects people across the entire spectrum of economic
Uric acid is a metabolic by-product of protein breakdown. Purines raise
uric acid levels in the body. Most purines are created by the body, but a
few are taken in through food and drink. Since purines can't be absorbed,
they are normally broken down by a digestive enzyme that allows them to be
dissolved and passed out of the body in urine. If there is more uric acid
than the enzymes can break down, the acid accumulates in the tissues and
the bloodstream. Eventually, it crystallizes into needle-shaped deposits.
These sharp crystals of uric acid poke their way into the tissue that
surrounds a joint and ultimately penetrate the joint itself. The resulting
pain is extreme and is usually followed by redness and swelling of the
joint, which may be highly sensitive to the touch. The pain may go on for
days or even weeks, and unless the cause of gout is addressed, the attack
is likely to recur. A person with gout is also more likely to suffer from
uric acid kidney stones. Gout most often occurs in the joint at the base of
the big toe, but it may also appear in other locations like the ankle, the
thumb, the wrist, the elbow, and even the earlobe.
Newer research is demonstrating that people with insulin resistance are
more susceptible to gout. It is estimated that 76 percent of people with
gout have insulin resistance. With this condition, the cells become
resistant to the hormone insulin, and blood glucose levels remain high.
This in turn leads to increased insulin levels and a resulting uric acid
increase. If you follow a syndrome X-type diet (one rich in plant foods,
moderate protein consumption-especially fish-and low in saturated fat and
refined carbohydrates), uric acid decreases and the resultant gout
flare-ups can be prevented. This, along with a calorie-restricted diet and
exercise, should be the primary plan for people with gout.
Conventional medicines that lower the levels of uric acid are available,
but you should consider them a last resort. For hundreds of years, the best
way to treat gout has been with diet and detoxification therapies.
Sometimes doctors automatically prescribe medication for gout because they
don't believe their patients will commit to changing their diets. If your
doctor suggests medication for you, explain to him or her that you're
willing to try a new eating plan. You may find that you can forgo harsh
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to help
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and
Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription # 1 Celery seed extract:
Take 450 mg two to three times daily to treat and prevent
gout. Celery seed extract has anti-inflammatory effects and
may reduce uric acid levels.
Super Prescription #2 Nettle root (Urtica dioica):
Nettle root encourages the elimination of uric acid from
the kidneys. Select a product made with the concentrated
root extract, and take 250 mg three times a day.
Super Prescription #3
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Take a daily dosage of a fish oil product, 3 per day split
throughout the day. Fish oil reduces inflammation in the
Super Prescription #4
- LifeSource Product
Take 500 mg four times daily. Chlorella is rich in
chlorophyll and works to alkalinize the body.
Super Prescription #5
- LifeSource Product
Take 500 mg two to three times daily between meals. Look
for products standardized to 2,400 M.C.U. (milk-clotting
units) per 1,000
Super Prescription #7
- LifeSource Products
Take 10 to 40 mg daily, under the supervision of a doctor.
High doses of folic acid may help reduce uric acid levels.
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- Sharp pain, usually in a single joint and most often in the big toe
- Inflamed, red joints that feel hot and are tender to the touch
- A diet high in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol
- Insulin resistance
- Dehydration (in people susceptible to gout)
- Kidney disease
- Joint injury
- Pharmaceutical medications that increase uric acid (e.g., aspirin,
diuretics, and high-dose niacin therapy)
- Lead toxicity
- High blood pressure
- Acidic system
For the first stages of an attack, see the detoxification suggestions
After your pain has subsided, introduce whole grains, nuts, seeds, and soy
products into your meals. These foods are high in fiber, which encourages
the elimination of uric acid, and soy products are excellent vegetarian
sources of protein. Continue to eat several helpings of raw fruits and
Berries, especially cherries, strawberries, and blueberries, neutralize
uric acid. Eat fresh berries as snacks or for dessert, and drink a glass of
cherry juice every day.
Flaxseeds are a highly concentrated source of essential fatty acids, the
"good" fats that reduce inflammation. Add flax seeds to juices, salads, or
fruit plates, or use the oil as a salad dressing.
Drink as much clean water as you can. One glass every two waking hours
should be your minimum consumption.
Foods to Avoid
The traditional approach for treating gout has been to eliminate from your
diet foods that are high in purines: red meat, meat broths and gravies,
bouillon, sweetbreads, shellfish, anchovies, sardines, herring, mushrooms,
asparagus, brewer's yeast, poultry, eggs, dried beans, peas, lentils,
cooked spinach, and rhubarb. However, this is not only not necessary but
for people with insulin resistance (the majority of gout sufferers), this
can make your gout problem worse. Instead, focus on eating the foods in the
recommended food list.
Rich foods aggravate gout pain. Stay away from saturated, hydrogenated and
partially hydrogenated fats and oils, and do not eat products made with
refined flour or sugar.
Alcohol increases uric acid levels. If you suffer from gout, you must not
drink alcohol in any form.
During an acute episode of gout, you may not feel much like eating. This
response is useful, as it helps your body focus on eliminating the uric
acid and discourages you from eating foods that may make the condition
worse. When the pain begins, start a three-day juice fast; drink large
quantities of cherry juice and green drinks (wheatgrass, chlorella,
spirulina, etc.) and include plenty of clean water and herbal teas. This
fast will help speed the elimination of uric acid and reduce inflammation.
Do not fast for more than three days, however, as prolonged periods without
food can have a reverse effect and actually raise the levels of uric acid
in your body.
After the fast, limit yourself to raw fruits and vegetables (along with
juices, herbal teas, and water) for several days or until the pain
subsides. These foods will encourage further elimination of uric acid and
will re-alkalize your body's internal environment.
· Exercise will stimulate blood flow and decrease pain. Try a non-impact
sport like swimming.
· Magnet therapy can be effective in alleviating the pain of gout. Use as
directed by a knowledgeable practitioner.
· People who are overweight are more vulnerable to gout than others are. If
you need to lose weight, the dietary suggestions here can help.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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