How I Manage My Gout – The Full Story
I am likely to anger many of you from the start with my position on gout, and even more so the medical professionals who serve us. Let me explain my position and plead my case, though. Then, I will leave it up to you, but rest assured, you will leave with a different perspective and possibly more questions if you make it to the end.
And so the journey begins...
My story started over a half dozen years ago on an early summer morning. I awakened to a pain like I had never experienced in my life. Another slight move and the pain quaked back to 10 on the Richter scale. I learned quickly to be still. Gout pain will instantly thrust you right into speed learning mode.
My knee was swollen to the size of a small cantaloupe and any motion that was about or more than 10 to 15 degree bend in my knee was excruciating.
So, I make a trip to the doctor, they draw off the fluid, have it tested and then do blood work and send that off for testing. It came back that I was the proud new owner of a body plagued with gout.
The drugs start flowing, diet is changed, I even converted to vegetarian (and vegan) for a few months each, all with no relief.
When I say I went vegan, I went all in, juicers and all. I actually had high hopes for it, but nope, it was not to be.
Then I found another bombshell
I later found out that vegans and vegetarians develop gout at similar rates as the rest of the population.
This cycle of diets went on for over a year with almost a dozen times having fluid drawn off of my knee.
I tried everything, but the drugs did not work, could not possibly work with the diet they preach to people who have become gout patients for most in my opinion.
Then comes the second bombshell.
So how did I kick pharmaceuticals and gout attacks and have lasting effects?
One simple rule: don’t eat anything that was not available in 1930 and some things that were. I grin as I write this knowing the likely expression on your face as you read this, but it’s true. Stay with me, it’s going to get deep here pretty fast.
So, why not eat anything that was not for sale to the public in 1930?
Sugar, added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and fast carbs are all working in your system, slowly destroying your entire body. This does not count the chemicals (food additives and flavorings) that we are learning more about every day causing damage.
Let me explain the changes over the last couple of hundred years.
In the early 1800’s the average American consumed 4 to 9 lbs of sugar per year and it was a lot better for you than today’s highly processed sugars.
Today, many experts claim that the average American is topping out on the sugar scale right around 200 lbs per person, per year.
If you take the time to graph the decline of health in the US and increases in disease, syndromes, disorders and other related auto-immune diseases, you can tracks it’s increase with the increased consumption of sugars.
It’s absolutely amazing how close these figures correlate over the last 150 to 200 years.
What does this mean?
It means if you buy your food in a box, package, bag or can, it likely has added sugars, and lots of them.
Most of the drinks offered today are sugary, even worse, what was once healthy is now toxic to the human body because of added sugars. Most fruit juices are a prime example.
I’ve already made the case that it’s sugars and not meats that cause gout. Eskimos had no word or way to describe gout, yet 90% of their diet was animal meats and fat.
Disease is a symptom of something else wrong. I believe gout, diabetes and high blood pressure are all just symptoms of a greater threat to your health.
Crazy right? Here is the problematic thinking of mainstream medicine these days. Gout is not a cause, it is a symptom, just as diabetes is a symptom.
Increased uric acid is a symptom. Remember folks, we are dealing with cause and effect. Can you name one pharmaceutical drug that cures anything?
Here is what we know.
Sugar is implicated more than any other food source in hundreds and hundreds of diseases, disorders, and conditions, all peer reviewed.
Increase your sugar intake from what was natural prior to modern civilization and you are eating 20 to 40 times more than just 200 years ago.
Obesity is a primary effect of too much sugars in the diet.
I remember when I was a kid that doctors told people to get off their rear and get busy, back off of the carbs, and tv dinners.
My doctor told me at the front line of fixing most medical issues, you’ll find diet leading the charge. But also added that most would rather take a pill.
You want to fix your health? Fix your diet.
You have to change your mind about how and what you think of and about food.
Just by eliminating most carbs (fast carbs) and virtually all added sugars, I lost 80 lbs and don’t have gout attacks anymore… unless I intentionally provoke it to test something in diet and that get’s harder and harder with time.
There are many remedies on this site that do work to lessen the effects of a gout attack and may help or prevent them, but none of them are stand alone cures or solutions. They just provide some relief for the most part.
I still keep them around the house because it’s better to have it and incorporate it into your diet than to need it and not have it.
A shot of apple cider vinegar will make your hurt and ache less within an hour or two, baking soda lessens the impact of pain and swelling, fatty milk and dairy products such as yogurt and cheeses can help lessen pain.
Black or tart cherries help reduce pain and inflammation as does Pineapple in small quantities, but again, not a cure or even management.
So what does sugar do that upset's the system so greatly?
Fructose is processed in the liver. Table sugar is about half fructose. HFCS or high fructose corn syrup is much worse.
For your liver to process it, it puts out a compound called ATP. ATP has purines, lots of them. They get turned into uric acid. Alcohol breaks down just the same way!
While taking in sugars (fructose) you are overloading your system at 20 to 40 times what is natural, and that adds up to a lot of purines.
But wait! There's more!
While the sugar is busy making sure your blood has uric acid, your body is releasing insulin. Insulin tells the kidneys to pump uric acid right back into your bloodstream.
Your body needs insulin to grow a bunch of cells. To make all of these cells, purines are needed. It’s a simple, yet potentially catastrophic event for someone who has gout.
Now the icing on the cake.
It’s been noted in some studies that many gout patients are pre-diabetic or diabetic at the time of diagnosis and testing.
This means the insulin reaction is often enhanced, making the amount of purines being dumped into your bloodstream astronomically high.
It’s literally a vicious cycle that only stops when you cut sugars from your diet.
Here are the basics of how I eat day to day.
These are just examples of what combo’s of meats, veggies and dairy I eat.
2 to 4 eggs, cooked as I choose, where in butter, boiled, scrambled or other cooking method.
Bacon or sausage.
I actually eat omelets often because you can add onions, leafy greens such as spinach, tomatoes, chives, cheese and more. Remember, the most healthy plants are leafy greens and none of us get enough of them.
Lunch & Dinner
Some kind of meat (even seafood), some fresh or lightly cooked veggies and dairy products.
Dinner is no different.
How to prevent gout attacks
I no longer have to take NSAIDs, I no longer take gout medications, just keeping garbage out of my system.
Everyone I have explained this too that has really tried this that has gout has came back and thanked me for sharing the information I shared with you here now.
What have you got to lose. Buy yourself a diabetic cookbook, a paleo diet cookbook, Adkins, etc… but not the Mediterranean cookbook.
Paleo has a record of reversing type II Diabetes, and we want the same effect for gout.
You can go buy one of these cookbooks and apply them to your life or you can come back looking for cherry concentrates and such to stop a gout attack that never needed to happen. In the first place.