I have suffered from gout since 1973. I am unable to take any type of anti-inflammatory medicines so the only thing I could take was colchicine which worked but took as long as 2 weeks to clear up an attack all the while I suffered from diarrhea. About 6 years ago my doctor started me on Allopuronal but the attached were coming oftener and more severe. I stumbled n the baking soda treatment while surfing he net one day and thought, "OK, I think someone is crazy, but decided to give it a try". Two days later the gout was completely gone. On my next visit to the doctor I told her about it and she gave me a strange look and then said sure, it would work, as it neutralizes the acid. She then told me to continue taking 1/2 teaspoon every day. She tested my urine and found the acid low and I have been taken off Allopuronal and so far am doing great. Nice to have my life back.