Is Allopurinol Safe and Effective?

Have you ever taken note of the long list of side effect warnings that come with medications?  I’m sure the answer is an unequivocal YES!  Have we been programmed to ignore these warnings because they are so forthright with stating them, no matter how quickly they run through this long and dirty list in a commercial?

So many of us are looking for quick fixes, especially when it comes to this excruciatingly painful condition.  When that attack hits we can pretty much be willing to cut off a limb to ease the pain.  Does that make us more susceptible to taking a prescription without even knowing what it could do to us?  Sadly, many of us are at the mercy of both our health conditions and the trust for our physicians to do what is right for us.

What concerns me the most about medications is that many of the side effects happen to involve the very organs and functions of the body that are already causing the problems in the first place.  For example, Gout is typically connected to something wrong with the kidneys and/or liver that is causing the under-excretion of uric acid.  Yet, Allopurinol warns specifically of it potential negative impact on both of those organs and goes as far as to state NOT to take it if you are suffering from any problems in those areas.  Do our physicians accurately gauge the condition of either or both of these vital organs before handing us this prescription?

From a personal perspective, my father developed drug-induced Hepatitis from only 5 years of Allopurinol use.  I think we need to be very careful and very aware of how we are treating this disease and make sure all options are on the table.  Many physicians are quick to dismiss the all natural supplement options.  It is not their fault as this is not part of the study and training.  Why all natural supplements and accurate dietary guidance have worked their way into some practices, we are still in the infancy of this knowledge and awareness.

Should I be taking Turmeric?

This powerful Indian spice has been proving its worth for nearly 4,000 years.  Its active medicinal compound known as Curcumin (curcuminoids) is a powerhouse antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  Turmeric has been studied and linked to having anti-cancer properties, ability to slow the progression of joint conditions, fight infection, assist with digestive disorders, skin conditions, and so much more.  The U.S.D.A. Agricultural Research Service has listed 78 biologically activities associated with Curcumin.  The main debate is how to obtain enough of this important spice via oral consumption knowing its absorption rate is rather low.  It is important to keep the medicinal compounds active in the blood and in the body for long enough periods of time to utilize all of its powers.  Some formulations have included piperine (black pepper) to increase its bioavailability.  Another formulation known as BCM-95 has been said to offer new technology that has been able to capture, hold onto, and keep the curcuminoids active in the body for several hours beyond standard forms.

One thing is for certain, regardless of the source, Turmeric/Curcumin would be a great addition to your diet and/or supplement intake.

Ever heard of Golden Milk?

Golden Milk

Step 1: Turmeric Paste:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup of filtered water

Mix all ingredients in a small a small sauce pan and mix well. Turn the heat to medium high and stir constantly until the mixture is a thick paste. This does not take long so don’t walk away from the pan.

Let this mixture cool and then keep it in a small jar in the fridge.

Step 2: Golden Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond milk (hemp or coconut are also good options)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon or more of turmeric paste
  • Honey (local and raw)

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients, except honey in a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium. While heating make sure to stir constantly and do not allow the mixture to boil. Add honey to taste.

What Can I Eat at Chipotle?

You’re at Chipotle and not sure what to order……

The age old question when it comes to avoiding Gout attacks, “WHAT CAN I EAT?” If only the answer was as simple. I can’t tell you how many conflicting ideas and suggestions I’ve come across in my many years working with this painful condition. What we’ve come to be certain of is that following a low purine approach alone can lead you into some serious confusion and even more serious trouble.

Before we go further in suggesting what to eat when you are at a fast food place like Chipotle, it is important to understand that gaining control of your Gout is vital to your continued success and ability to splurge. Bringing the uric acid levels into a manageable range will allot you a bit more freedom in the diet area. We’ll elaborate on this in posts to come.

Back to the main subject – THE CHIPOTLE ORDER!! Skip the white rice, skip the tortillas (soft and crispy), and limit the meat. Order a bowl and load on the veggies. Load on the romaine lettuce, double up on the onions and peppers, go for the hot salsa if you can, load on the sour cream, load on the guacamole, and go light on the meat and cheese. The goal here is aiming more for an acidic/alkaline balance and worrying less about the purines. Olé!


Natural Relief for Inflammation


Natural Treatments for Inflammation

November 29th, 2017

Inflammation is at the heart of all disease.  Inflammation is a biological and necessary response for our body’s healing process in the presence of dying cells, pathogens, and other irritants.  However, the presence of chronic inflammation can be devastating to our health.

What is the difference between Acute and Chronic Inflammation?

Acute inflammation is the temporary response to undesirable bacteria and/or tissue injury.  The onset of this level of inflammation is rapid and tends to only last a few days, sometimes a few weeks.  At this point whatever caused this onset either improves, turns into an abscess, or becomes a chronic condition.  Acute inflammation usually involves pain, swelling, redness, heat, and loss of mobility.  Examples of acute inflammation include sore throats, bronchitis, appendicitis, physical trauma, cuts/scratches, etc.

Chronic Inflammation results from the body’s inability to breakdown or eliminate pathogens that caused the acute inflammation such as viruses, foreign matter, and/or overactive immune system responses.  The onset of this condition is slower and can last months to years.  As a result the body continues to break down as this constant “flame” causes our connective tissue to become thickened, scarred, and even die off completely.  Examples would include Periodontitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Asthma, Hepatitis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Asthma, Gout, etc.

In the presence of chronic inflammation the major systems of the body can no longer communicate properly.  The very organs that inflammatory response was set to protect become plagued by the exact opposite effect and the result is extremely dangerous.  Chronic inflammation is at the root of debilitating and deadly diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Gout, Arthritis, Stroke, Asthma, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Cancer, and more.

How can you protect yourself from Chronic Inflammation?

  1. Drink water, water, and more water.  Be sure your water source is pure and non-chlorinated.
  2. Spice up your life.  Spices are full of antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Heat and castor oil can bring a great deal of pain relief when inflamed.
  4. Address your diet.  70% of the immune system resided in the digestive tract.  Good bacteria and acidic/alkaline balance is crucial to this piece of the puzzle.
  5. De-stress!  Wait….can stress help lead to a gout attack?  You bet!  Stress is acidic, strips the body of vital nutrients, and weakens its ability to fight infections.
  6. Exercise.  There are a number of low-impact exercise you can do to avoid strain on the joints.  Exercise releases endorphins, lowers stress, addresses any lingering weight issues, and more.
  7. Keep a healthy mouth.  Brush and floss regularly.
  8. SLEEP!
  9. Several classes of nutritional supplements are all geared towards fighting acute and chronic inflammation. These include enzymes, anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, minerals, herbs and probiotics.