Gout Questions and Answers

Let us better help you better understand this condition – despite the tons of misinformation that circulates on the internet. 

Why are blood test results misleading when it comes to a Gout diagnosis?

Blood tests can reveal the concentration of uric acid in your system. However, while you are under an attack your blood could potentially read quite normal. Over 60% of patients presenting with acute gouty arthritis symptoms have uric acid levels of <8mg/dl.  Measuring serum uric acid levels while under an attack may not be too helpful in a diagnostic sense. Why? The crystals relentlessly jabbing at your joints are NOT in a soluble form at that time.

Are there really such things as “triggers”?

Yes.  And No.  Gout sufferers are likely to blame a specific food for causing their Gout attack. “If only I hadn’t eaten that piece of shrimp!!” The reasoning is easily understood. You were fine one minute and the next you are under a full-blown attack following a specific meal. Could one high purine meal push you over the edge and into an attack? Sure thing. The real question is, do you think you weren’t already on the brink prior to that specific food choice?

Imagine a cup of water that you keep slowly filling up.  Let us say the cup is already at 70% capacity and you drink a beer.  Let us assume that your glass is then raised to 90% after that beer.  The next morning you choose to have some steak and eggs and then BOOM! the dreaded attack has begun.  Now, was the steak a “trigger”?  In a sense, yes.  However, that steak didn’t necessarily CAUSE your attack.  That steak pushed your glass over the edge and into an attack by adding to what was already brewing.

The key to avoiding this?  Do not allow the cup to remain full whereas a small splurge does you in.  In other words, there are many things you can do to maintain a lower “cup of uric acid” capacity, so you don’t have to fear the spillover constantly.  We’ll get into that a bit more below.

How much should we be focusing on Purines?

Very little, to be honest.  Only 30% of uric acid production stems from the purines in our food.  We must begin to apply common sense to our choices.  Sugar has no purines, while asparagus has a good amount.  Should we really be choosing sugar over asparagus?

What should we be focusing on if not purines?

  1. The other factors involved and responsible for 70% of the uric acid production
  2. Inflammation as a whole

We are naturally driven to need a diagnosis, followed by a need to have a quick fix.  A little research will show that you all disease is rooted in inflammation.  What if we simply focused on that root cause?  Could we eliminate most, if not all, of our health plagues at once?  Does getting a Gout specific diagnosis truly drive our success in eliminating it?

Chronic inflammation is what causes something as natural as uric acid to backfire.  Uric Acid is a potent protector of our DNA.  We shouldn’t be looking for unnatural ways to eradicate it.  We need to be questioning why it has been able to turn around on us and hurt us.

Chronic inflammation causes the systems of the body to misfire.  Years and years of cell and organ abuse eventually add up.  We must repair the cells and boost the organs in order to gain control of inflammation, and in turn, of disease.

70% of uric acid production stems from cell death.  Yes, the dying cells in your body.  Cells naturally die off.  However, they do so in much more dramatic numbers in the presence of an unhealthy and acidic lifestyle.

What are some things that harm the cells in our body?

Stress

Sugar

Dehydration

Excess body weight

Alcohol

Toxins (pesticides, food additives, prescription drugs, etc.)

Lack of nutrients

Unbalanced and Acidic Diets

By aiming to quell inflammation, regenerate the cells and tissue, can we effectively address Gout without toxic drugs?

Yes, but it will take some effort.  Prescription drugs are great for a quick fix but can riddle you with long-term ramifications.  We tend to add to our problems by masking them.  Cellular regeneration will not come in the form of a prescription.  Cellular regeneration will come from a pH balanced diet and lifestyle, proper water intake, stress reduction, and key supplements nutrients (vitamins, mineral, and herbs) necessary to boost the organs and heal the body.

Click here to learn more about cell death, cellular toxicity, and Gout: Cell Death, Cellular Toxicity, and Gout – Gout Daily News and Information

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