See also Syndrome X

Gout is really a type of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid crystals (sodium urate) can be deposited in the joints, tendons, kidneys and other tissue, causing significant inflammation. The most common place to feel gout is the joint of the big toe, but other areas of the body can also be effected. The joint becomes red, swollen, warm and very painful. Once called the “rich man’s disease”, sufferers are often portly, middle-aged men who consume too much red meat, especially organ meats (purine rich foods) and alcohol.

Recommended Action

Eat foods high in anthocyanidins such as cherries, blueberries and other dark fruit. Drink lots of fluid, especially reversed osmosis or steam-distilled water. Celery juice diluted in water has also been shown to be beneficial. Eat lots of raw food, grains, seeds and nuts. Good foods include: rice, millet, starchy vegetables, green vegetables, corn, cornbread and fruit. Reduce all purine containing food (anchovies, mackerel, shellfish, asparagus, consomme, sardines, peanuts, baker’s or brewers yeast, mincemeat and sweetbreads). You should also avoid alcohol, coffee, black tea, chocolate, carbonated drinks, processed foods, and sugar. Reduce fried food, roasted nuts, rancid oils. If you are overweight, reduce your weight. Avoid high doses of Niacin (over 50 mg daily). Once you have been out of an acute stage for more than one month, do a 12 day D-Tox Diet. Fill in the Syndrome X Questionnaire.

Single Herbs: Black cherry juice, Devil’s Claw (1 – 2 gm, three times daily), Alfalfa, Bilberry, Boswellia, Turmeric, Celery seed extract, Yucca, Garlic, Stinging Nettles (2 capsules or 50 drops of tincture, three times a day).

Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin A (30,000 IU), Beta-carotene (50,000 IU daily), B complex (one, twice daily), Folic acid (2 – 20 mg daily), Vitamin C (1000 mg, three – five times daily), Bioflavonoids (mixed; 1,000 mg daily), Quercitin (125 -250 mg, twice daily), Vitamin E (400 IU daily), Zinc (30 – 50 mg daily), Bromelain (125 – 250 mg, three times daily), Krill / Black Currant Oil (especially EPA fish oil; 2,000 mg, twice daily).