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Gout can be hereditary which means you can have a weakness for this disease. It doesn't mean you have to be plagued by this ailment. Too much uric acid in the blood and tissues causes gout. It crystallizes in the joints and creates swelling and pain from the abrasive action of the uric acid crystals.
Attacks can occur in-the night with pain in the joint of the big toe. It is usually swollen, red and tender to the touch. Wrist, ankle or thumb joints maybe affected. Gout has been associated with drinking beer, wine, soda and a high meat diet.
NATURAL THERAPY - Blood Purification and Colon cleansing will help this ailment. Foot Reflexology will help break up the crystals and herbal blood purifiers will help eliminate the crystals out of the body. Foot reflexology may be painful but worth it to get rid of this ailment, which causes pain.
FOODS TO HEAL - Raw vegetable juices (carrot, celery, parsley), green drinks, rich in chlorophyll. Cherry juice (unsweetened). Vegetable broths, using potato peelings, celery with leaves, onions, parsley and other vegetables, strained and drink the broth, contains potassium and other minerals to dissolve uric acid deposits.
Arthritis/joint formulas eliminate uric acid (Joint Health or Joint Support), Blood Purifiers (BP-X), Digestion (Food Enzymes or PDA), Stress (Nerve Eight) and Pain formula (APS II).
Hydrangea (helps kidneys to eliminate uric acid and dissolve kidney and gall stones. Kidney Activator balances the soldium/potassium in the body and rids uric acid.
AVOID - All meat & Alcohol & Soda Pops (causes uric acid). White flour and sugar products increase the ailment. Rich foods such as cakes, pies, ice cream, candy can irritate the problem. Sardines, high salt diet, organ meats, meat gravies and broths may aggravate gout.
Gout is a common type of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid (sodium urate) in the blood, tissues and urine.
The uric acid that accumulates ultimately crystallizes and takes on a needle like shape, jabbing into the joints (big toe, mid-foot, ankle, knees, wrists and/or fingers).
Joint pain is usually the first symptom, then the joints become inflamed, red, hot, swollen and extremely sensitive to touch. Repeated gout attacks can eventually lead to joint damage.
The uric acid that accumulates is the end product of the metabolism of a class of compounds known as purines. If there is a physiological deficiency of the digestive enzyme uricase, then uric acid is not made sufficiently water soluble and it accumulates and crystallizes, especially at lower temperatures, which may explain why joints in the extremities are most affected.
Approximately 70% of those who suffer from gout actually produce too much uric acid while the other 30% cannot properly make uric acid water soluble and eliminate it. About 25% have a family history of gout. Poor kidney function can play a role in the development of the disease.
Uric acid is the byproduct of certain foods, so there is a significant relationship between diet and the development of gout. Historical depictions of King Henry the VIII of England illustrate him with his toe or foot bandaged and elevated, suffering the pain of gout.
Gout has been called the “rich man’s disease” since it is associated with obesity and the consumption of too much rich food and alcohol. It affects people from all walks of life, most commonly men (90%) between the ages of 40 and 50. Besides the propensity for developing gout that can be inherited, calorie restrictive dieting, drinking, certain medications, overeating, stress, surgery or injury to a joint can bring on attacks. Uric acid kidney stones may be related to the condition.
Several other diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, infections and pseudogout, can mimic the joint symptoms of gout. Pseudogout is another form of arthritis that occurs in the larger joints, usually knees, wrists or ankles, caused by the development or deposits of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals. The best method for getting a definitive diagnosis of gout is by taking a joint fluid sample by needle aspiration and examining the joint fluid for the characteristic uric acid crystals.
Note: The basic treatment goals involve: