Gout is a very painful form of arthritis that usually attacks the big toe and can spread to the insteps, ankles, heels, knees, wrists, fingers or elbows. Gout occurs when an excessive buildup of uric acid in the body forms painful crystals in the joints. These uric acid crystals deposit in the articular cartilage of joints, tendons and surrounding tissues causing inflammation. Uric acid deposits can form under the skin (called tophi) and even some kidney stones are formed from uric acid crystals.
Joint pain, gout and arthritis are rare in countries where small amounts of meat is eaten such as New Zealand, China, Japan and Africa. When people from these cultures eat a western diet of too much protein, the rates of joint pain increase dramatically to match levels typical in Americans. (more…)
If you think gout is bad, just wait ’til you see the latest “cure”
This new drug treatment doesn’t replace what’s already out there. It’s in addition to it — so you have to take both bad meds, doubling your risk of side effects and other problems.
Let’s start with the old bad treatment: allopurinol, a pill that slowly — very slowly — lowers levels of the uric acid responsible for gout flare-ups. (more…)
Often, our introduction to gout comes when we wake up with a big toe that hurts more than we thought a toe could hurt. Shoes aren’t going to happen and neither is walking. That toe has taken control of our every thought and action.
What is this mess about?
Our bodies create uric acid as a waste product of digestion. It usually slips quietly into our kidneys, then out of our bodies in our urine.
When levels get high, though, uric acid forms crystals that get in our joints. We can feel pretty achy. But when it lands in its favorite spot–our big toe–“pretty achy” doesn’t even begin to tell the story. We’re talking misery of the highest order. It’s gout.
So what causes this terrible visitation? (more…)
Clinical observations and literature review both affirm the conviction that providing “systemic enzyme support,” using Wobenzym N or Wobenzym PS, is an essential component in successfully managing inflammation disorders and other conditions with immune system dysregulation.
In addition to improving clinical outcomes in conditions with overt inflammation, such as rheumatoid arthritis, thrombophlebitis, pyelonephritis, prostatitis, and psoriasis, systemic enzyme support is also effective in conditions with covert inflammation, such as osteoarthritis, angina, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarctions, and diabetes, to name a few. The adjuvant properties of systemic enzyme support have also been observed and documented for a number of cases including adnexitis, arthritis, papillomas and various forms of cancer. This article will familiarize clinicians with the therapeutic benefits of systemic enzyme support and review pertinent findings related to this treatment. (more…)
Regular soda consumption significantly increases women’s risk of gout, according to a study conducted by researchers from Boston University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.