Gout Facts

Gout Fact 1#

Gout facts related to Correlation with Hyperuricemia, Gout & Renal Function after a Liver Transplantation.

1st of the Gout facts are : Correlation with Hyperuricemia, Gout & Renal Function after a Liver Transplantation.

Renal and Cardiac transplantation side effects have been studied more significantly in the last few years.

There is new information coming to light that there is a signifcant chance of a patient developing hyperuricemia and gout. Coupled with hyperuricemia patients had high levels of serum creatinine.

Tests proved that treatment with allopurinol significantly reduced serum creatinine and helped maintain Gout and hyperuricemia.

Gout Fact 2#

There is a strong link with dietary links to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout and Osteoarthritis.

There is a strong link with dietary links to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout and Osteoarthritis.

High intakes of protein and low intakes of fruits and vegetables are associated with Rheumatoid arthritis.

A Mediterranean style of diet has proven to have protective effects on the levels of Rheumatic disorders a sufferer can receive.

Recent studies have suggested that antioxidant vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E beta carotene and retinol do not halt the progression of knee osteoarthritis.

A good Gout diet of lower purine intake combined with a lower dairy intake can help reduce the severity of this disease. Gout Facts

Gout fact 3#

Gouty Tophus in a Womans Breast

According to the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology a postmenopausal woman was treated for fibroadenoma of her left breast.

After some discharge was registered from the nipple coupled with swelling , redness and pain she underwent radiologic testing. Antibiotics were also used to help quell to situation and had significantly improved the situation.

The results showed what was thought to be a tumor. The tumor was removed and after pathological examination there were features that show the tumor to be gouty tophus.

At this stage there is only 3 other cases reported of this highly rare version of Gout.

A previous needle biopsy revealed that there was many phagocytic cells( a cell capable of absorbing bacteria and other particles ) that are present in connective tissue, but there was no bacteria within these cells.

Gout Fact 4#

Mangosteen helps gout

I have discovered another potential Gout Cure called Mangosteen. ( Garcinia mangostana ) Not related to the Mango tree.

This is delicious tasting fruit is grown in South East Asia and is the national fruit of Thailand called mang Khut.

A french Explorer and Priest Laurentiers Garcin ( 1673-1751 ) had the fruit named for him.

The Chinese have used it for thousands of years to help heal inflammation, parasites, wounds, burns, pain, diarrhea, dystentery, eczema,bacteria and fungal ailments and fever and headaches. etc.Also called Queen of Fruits and food of the gods .

Today practitioners are using it to help treat, ulcers,joint problems, muscle problems,sugera nd diabetes, dementia and Gout.

Mangosteen is considered a Food or fruit so it is a safer alternative and is currently being studied by various countries medical fraternity.

There is an old saying “ Why use a drug when a food will do the same thing”

Mangosteen Fruit contains Xanthones, which are the highest concentration of anti-oxidants found in nature

Gout Fact 5#

There has been rare cases of Gout causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

There has been rare cases of Gout causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Tophi has been found to deposit on the median nerve rather than the transverse ligament.

This was caused by poorly maintained gout control. The only way to alleviate this problem is by surgery or by early detection and immediate Gout control.

Gout Fact 6#

Dangers of drinking on Gout medication

Gout sufferers who are binge drinkers or heavy drinkers who continue to drink whilst taking allopurinol medications inhibit the drug converting oxypurinol plasma levels, which also reduce their urate lowering effects.

So don’t drink when having an attack….

Gout fact 7#

Non Joints can be affected

Uric acid can also form in the soft tissue areas just under the skin or ears called tophi, generally in the form of a whitish or yellow colour, also deposits can form in the kidneys or urinary tract, leading to kidney stone's, kidney function problems and other urinary complications. OUCH!

Gout Fact 8#

Gout and Who is affected

Gout affects roughly 3 to 5 adult males over the age of 30 per thousand.

These figures are huge comparing to a country or world population. More than 90% of these sufferers will have an attack in their big toe as their first welcoming to this painful arthritis.

A huge percentage of these sufferers have an over production of uric acid and the rest have a problem ridding themselves of uric acid from the body.

Gout fact 9#

Famous Books mentioning Gout

Great Expectations by Dickens, Charles

Twenty Years After by Dumas, Alexandre

The Posthumous Papers Of The Pickwick Club by Dickens, Charles

Lady Susan by Austen, Jane

King Henry IV, Part 2 by Shakespeare, William

Ten Years Later by Dumas, Alexandre

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Fielding, Henry

Moby Dick LXVIII-CXXXIV by Melville, Herman

Andersen's Fairy Tales by Andersen, Hans Christian

Sense and Sensibility by Austen, Jane

English Literature For Boys And Girls by Marshall, H.E.

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Dickens, Charles

Kidnapped by Stevenson, Robert Louis

Gulliver's Travels by Swift, Jonathan

From Twice Told Tales by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Middlemarch by Eliot, George

Agnes Grey by Bronte, Anne

Law and the Lady by Collins, Wilkie

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Bronte, Anne

Vanity Fair by Thackeray, William Makepeace

Emma by Austen, Jane

The War Of The Worlds by Wells, H.G.

Grandfather's Chair by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

Bleak House by Dickens, Charles

David Copperfield by Dickens, Charles

Silas Marner by Eliot, George

Measure for Measure by Shakespeare, William

Tess of the d'Urbervilles - A Pure Woman by Hardy, Thomas

Notre-Dame de Paris by Hugo, Victor

A bit of reading to double check me??

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Gout fact 10#

Gout and Laser Therapy

The latest research from Dr Melissa Ritter in Southern California has shown dramatic success rate using infrared laser therapy on conditions such as Gout and Arthritis, the tests prove beneficial to Joint , muscle and nerve pain. The therapy works on swelling, injuries, disc and spinal stenosis, shingles, leg and neck problems , Gout ,rheumatoid arthritis and osteroarthritis. The laser combines wavelengths which expand and enhance the reduction of inflammation, and pain. The laser light utilizes biostimulative light energy to the body's cells and are then converted into chemical energy.

Laser therapy has therapeutic benefits in the reduction of muscle spasms, pain and stiffness. The laser being tested by Dr Ritter is a high level laser can can penetrate up to 12.6 centimeters into the body which has far more beneficial effects on a sufferer. For best results a patient requires a number of treatments that are only a few days apart in time as this is proving to be more effective for healing.

Gout fact 11#

An Old Treatment For Gout

One historical fact of treatment.

Since 1763 the poisonous corms and seeds of the Meadow Saffron or Autumn Crocus (part of the Lily family) found throughout Europe and America have been used to produce Colchicine which helps decrease production of lactic acid and helps prevent uric acid accumulation in the body.

Gout fact 12#

Gout can be a symptom of Polycythaemia vera

Gout can be a symptom of Polycythaemia vera

Polycythaemia vera is the production of too many red blood cells which is caused by abnormal functioning of the bone marrow.

It is a rare condition and is far more common in males of jewish ancestry.

The disease generally has an onset period of a male over 50 years of age, and can lead to stroke , forms of leukaemia, heart attack, and clotted blood due to a thicker than normal blood flowing throughout the body.

Polycythaemia vera is an extremely dangerous disease and once diagnosed the sufferer may have another 15 years of life expectancy left.

There is no treatment for this disease which is also called Vaquez' disease and primary polycythaemia.

Gout is one major symptom of Polycythaemia vera, others include skin rash, kidney stones, fatigue, headaches, spleen problems and spleen enlargement.

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Gout fact 13#


  • A: Gout is Rare, it is unlikely you will get it?

This is true for children and young adults.
But for adults it is Incorrect., about 275 people out of every 100,000 people worldwide develop gout.
Men will develop gout much earlier than women, but women will develop gout after menopause.
Quite often alcohol and a poor diet lead to men getting gout.

Gouty Symptoms will go away after a few days with no help required.

This is true to a degree.
If a sufferer has lots of water it may go away after a few days, but this would only be in a minor gout attack.
For a normal gout attack anti-inflammatory drugs are required, plus rest,and dietary changes.

C; Gout attacks are not painful.

Well you are obviously reading this because you have had an attack. Tell me, did your first attack hurt.??
My Oath it did, and to tell a woman what the pain is like - compare it to giving birth to a child.
Gout is the most painful or the arthritic family.

D; When I don't have an attack or between attacks my joints are safe from damage.

Incorrect, there is a strong possibility that you are having hyperuricemia with no signs of an attack. This can still be affecting your joints and synovial sacks.

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Gout Fact 14

In many Asian countries from China to Malaysia a traditional medicine to treat Gout and Rheumatism is to use shaved rhino horn, ground into a powder and boiled in water, then used as a tea or normal drink.
The Rhino horn is composed of a keratin protein, and dense mineral deposits of melanin and calcium.
It was also used to reduce gouty fevers.

Gout Fact 15

In 1539 The Holy Roman Emperor, Emperor Charles V used early mined crude oil exported from Venezuela as a Gout Remedy.

Gout Fact 16

A Book called " The English Physician Enlarged " published in 1656 listed 369 Herbs and herbal remedies that had some sort effect on a wide range of illness at the time. One herb known as " Hercules Allheal" was well known to heal Gout and Gouty affects.
" Hercules Allheal" is also known as Panax Herculeum.

Gout Fact 17

Gout and the African Potato

The African Potato

Hypoxis Hemerocallidea or hypoxidaceae, Zulu name " inkomfe"

I came across this little snippet of info in my research on Gout.

The African potato is currently under study as a stimulant of the immune system which could help alleviate or help aids sufferers in Africa and world wide. Studies are showing that there are active agents that seem to slow certain types of cancer and has proven early studies in alleviating arthritis. Studies by Drum in 1997, professor Piet van Jaarsveld, Anne Hutchings,Watt & Breyer Brandwijk have shown many infections , tumors and colds can be helped with this little wonder plant. The potato contains "Rooperol " and " Hypoxoside" which also contain phytosterols that are a known anti-cancer compound. Currently this is hard to get and if you can find the brew it comes under the name of " African Potato extract " by moducare", its a dark brown mixture and should be left in the fridge.

There are also tinctures, that are immune boosters and anti inflammatory which are beneficial to Gout sufferers. Other active ingredients of the African Potato are sterols and sterolins which in a cream form are also good for Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout.

Supposedly the African Potato also contains 40,000 times as many sterols as modern day vegetables.

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