Beware of Quack Gout Cures!

January 3, 2013 by Mayank.

Gout is a really painful condition, one that can often drive people to despair. So severe is the misery that sufferers will resort to almost anything to relieve the excruciating symptoms. This makes them easy prey for quacks and scammers who use this vulnerability to sell products that are usually embellished with miraculous qualities. However, when you come right down to it, they do very little to ease the pain or fight the root cause of the problem.

Beware of such unscrupulous people and sham claims. Not only are they a waste of money, they can be dangerous as well. Besides, when you have your hopes pinned on a 'wonder' product, and it doesn't live up to expectations, you could end feeling even more desperate, leading you straight into the arms of yet another quack cure, and then another, and then another…

To prevent that from happening, keep a sharp lookout for people trying to sell you hope inside a bottle. Here are a few things that should set warning bells ringing:

- Treatments that are promoted using the following words - 'SECRET', 'EXCLUSIVE', 'MIRACLE', 'BREAKTHROUGH', and 'OVERNIGHT CURE'
- Products that are endorsed by ex-gout sufferers providing touching 'before and after' stories as testimony for how well the product worked.
- Medicines that suggest a conspiracy perpetuated by medical establishments and corporate organizations.
- Products that promise a complete cure with a guarantee of no side effects.
- Treatments that are sensationalized in tabloids or magazine ads.
- Products that contain a string of complicated medical terms, fancy jargon, or scientific explanations to make them sound legitimate.
- Proposed treatments that have no scientific data or clinical trials to back them up.

Most gout cure scams are perpetuated online. Therefore, it's important to be twice as careful when buying from the Internet, since it is notoriously populated by fraudulent products that have not received proper approval. These are usually hyped with words like "Limited Offer" or "100% Money Back Guarantee". So, it is advisable that you proceed with utmost caution when transacting online.

If you should come across a quack gout cure, in addition to avoiding it like the plague, you could also send out warning signals to other consumers by reporting it to both consumer protection agencies and watchdog sites. Start by getting in touch with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is their duty to regulate products and drugs that treat (or claim to treat) medical conditions.

They are equipped to take necessary actions against people or companies selling worthless remedies. You could also file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). If the same company is flagged for scams time and again, it receives a poor score, which alerts consumers. Finally, you could write a report on local/national watchdog sites or complaint boards to get your warning out to a larger audience.

At the end of the day, awareness, education, and caution are necessary to recognize scam products. Also, it's essential to get a green signal from your doctor before trying out any new cures for gout. Failing to do so will only result in placing yourself in unnecessary danger.

Filed under: Gout Suffers, Gout Treatment and Prevention.

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Gout and the Alcohol Debate

January 7, 2013 by Teresa.

Do you enjoy a cold beer on a hot day? When gathering with friends is it common celebrate with alcohol? Many of us in one way or another include alcohol in our diet, but if you have been diagnosed with gout, there is a great deal of controversy as to whether the alcohol that you are consuming actually contributes to your gout attacks.

Anecdotally, the drinking of alcohol has been touted as a big contributor to gout. So much so that for years gout was largely thought of as a rich man's disease, one who overindulged in spirits and food. However, the debate over the alcohol question is still alive. The answers to some of the questions that have arisen due to a few studies surrounding the topic remain a tad allusive. Are all types of alcohol equal? How much is too much? Who is at the highest risk?

According to the latest studies, the common man's drink, beer, may be the worst liquor that you can drink if you have gout, dispelling the myth that the disease is a rich man's disease. Many researchers suspect that beer consumption leads to gout because of its high purine content. In one of the largest studies to date, even two beers a week may raise the odds of an attack by as much as 25%. Whereas men who consumed a daily quota of beer have a 200% more likelihood of developing gout than the nondrinkers of beer.

When it comes to wine, however, it appears that drinking in moderation may be tolerated. In fact, one glass a day of wine could even reduce the chances of a gout attack. Once again, the old adage of moderation in all things applies. Two glasses a day of wine may be one too many. There is a fine line between a little and too much.

There is beginning to be a body of evidence linking alcohol and gout, but it is not extensive. Nevertheless, when combined with many years of anecdotal accounts, men with gout may choose to refrain from alcohol and beer specifically. There are medications to treat gout, but being proactive by making lifestyle changes that could significantly lower your risks from developing gout in the first place is a sensible approach.

Filed under: New Study, What is Gout.

Tags: alcohol and gout, alcohol debate, controversy, gout attacks, rich man's disease, lead to gout, developing gout.

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Does the Practice of Yoga Help Gout?

January 14, 2013 by Teresa.

Exercise is something that we all need in our lives. When you are suffering from the restrictive pain of gout, it can be challenging to find an appropriate form of exercise that will not only help to keep your weight in check, but also reduce the symptoms that have become such a source of discomfort. Not all exercise is equal when it comes to the question of gout. Yet, yoga, long touted as an almost perfect form of exercise for the mind and body, may have something special to offer to the gout sufferer.

High levels of uric acid in the body can become very problematic when overlooked for too long. In some people it can lead to gout. Controlling uric acid becomes essential to eliminating gout attacks. Some gout patients have found that yoga helps to control the acid levels. Of course, diet and medication is important, too, but yoga devotees insist that there are certain positions or yoga poses that literally help to oxidize uric acid and reduce the harmful levels.

Once the proper diet is in place and the patient is also drinking plenty of fluids, adding certain poses to your treatment plan may have significant benefits, including alleviating pain. These specific asanas or poses are highly recommended as they stretch the muscles of the back and also improve the circulation. In addition, yoga can help to manage, reduce and maintain a healthier weight, although not as aggressively as other exercises. The mind/body connection that is part of daily yoga practice is great for reducing stress.

However, if you are new to yoga, it is heartedly advised that you begin the process of learning the exercise under the guidance of a yoga instructor. The breathing techniques as well the appropriate and most effective way to do a particular pose need to be demonstrated.

It is no surprise that gout often gets in the way of a regular exercise routine. Yet, being committed to finding a safe form of exercise remains of the utmost importance to an overall healthy life. Make sure to include your doctor in the development of a treatment and pain management program.

Filed under: Gout Suffers, Gout Natural Remedies.

Tags: practice of yoga, gout, pain of gout, gout sufferers, gout attacks.

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Why Gout Flare ups Occur at Night

January 16, 2013 by Mayank.

If you have just been struck by an attack of gout for the first time, you may be worried that the brutal pain you experienced is something strange, unusual and perhaps a symptom of a frightening life-changing medical condition. However, the good news is that gout is none of these. It is one of the better understood afflictions, first identified by physicians more than 2,000 years ago. Although the pain is excruciating, there are remedies to mitigate its long-term effects and stay strong and healthy. As a patient, though, the first thing you should do is understand your condition better. Particularly, you should know what causes gout to flare up, especially at night.

What Causes Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis, and its underlying cause is unusually high levels of uric acid in the blood. The excess uric acid leads to the development of urate crystals in certain joints, which in turn causes the intense pain, inflammation and redness. While most people experience gout in one of their big toes, it may afflict other joints as well, such as the ankle, knee, fingers or elbow.

Night Attacks and your Diet

If you talk to physicians and other patients of gout, a common observation you will encounter is that most gout attacks strike at night. This is no coincidence. There are a couple of major reasons why this happens.

To begin with, the tendency of night occurrences is linked to the fact that your diet is one of the major causes of this condition. Certain foods, such as red meats, liver, mushrooms, asparagus and sardines, encourage the production of uric acid in the blood. Alcohol, diuretics, and a few other medicines have the same effect as well. Consequently, a particularly strong attack at night may well be triggered by the food and drinks you consumed over the day. If you had too much alcohol and red meat for instance, your body would be particularly vulnerable. As someone who has encountered gout, you need to pay particular attention to your diet, and strictly regulate your consumption of food and drinks that cause the production of excess uric acid.

Immobilization at Night

Another major reason why your joints are most vulnerable to gout while you sleep is the lack of activity during those hours. Your joints are immobilized for several hours at a stretch, and this cools them down. This cooling provides the right environment for the production of urate crystals. Also, while you move about during the day, the synovial fluid in your joints keeps them clean off crystals. However, the synovial fluid is not operational at night while your whole body is at complete rest.

Ultimately, the lesson is the same: you need to know how to manage your diet, lifestyle and medications, in order to regulate the levels of uric acid in your blood. Since gout is such a common condition worldwide, any competent physician should be able to understand the extent of your affliction, as well as help you manage and cure the problem.

Filed under: Gout Suffers, Gout Food Diet, Gout Causes and Symptoms.

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Reducing Pain of Gout with Skim Milk and Plenty of Water

January 21, 2013 by Teresa.

The vast majority of people probably agree that drinking lots of water is good for the body. If you have gout, staying hydrated is recommended. However, did you know that drinking skim milk may also be helpful with preventing painful attacks? Wouldn't it be nice if something as simple as pouring a glass of milk could alleviate suffering? What a welcome relief that would be.

Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs most often in middle-aged men who are overweight. The cause is due to the accumulation of too much uric acid that forms needle-like crystals in the joints. The pain can be excruciating. There are certain foods that seem to aggravate the disease. Red meat and beer, for instance, are definitely on the black list. To finally have something that may be put on the helpful-foods list is encouraging.

Although there seems to be a genetic link to this debilitating disease, it has also long been accepted that lifestyle is a contributing factor as well. Obesity is a very significant trigger. Dehydration is another. Research has shown that the more water a patient drinks, the less intense their pain. In fact, having five to eight glasses of water during a period of 24 hours may lower the risk of having a gout attack by as much as forty per cent.

Further studies suggest that skim milk may lower blood uric acid concentrations by as much as ten percent. A substance in skim milk called orotic acid may support uric acid removal by the kidneys. The long-range effects of skim milk on gout attacks need to be carefully researched, but the preliminary studies are encouraging.

If you have been diagnosed with gout, it is important to remember that substituting water or skim milk for other treatments that the doctor prescribes is not recommended. Working with a health care provider is essential to successfully managing the disease.

Filed under: Gout Pain Relief.

Tags: pain of gout, skim milk, drinking water, type of arthritis, gout attacks, diagnosed with gout.

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Snacking When You Have Gout

January 28, 2013 by Teresa.

Having a snack or two each day is part of most people's lives. Whether it is a coffee break in the middle of the morning or getting the late night munchies, an occasional snack is a common indulgence. But what do you do about snacking if you are suffering from gout?

Uric acid that builds up in the joints causes gout. A form of arthritis, gout is painful and sometimes debilitating. Certain foods that are high in purines increases the body's production of uric acid. However, avoiding those foods as well as making better informed choices can help to control gout attacks.

- Choosing low-fat yogurt could be one of the best snacks available. Eating a few containers a day may help to control unwelcome attacks. Avoiding extra sugar as well by eating plain yogurt is preferred.

- Consider nuts for a healthy snack. The protein in almonds and walnuts is a smart choice. Also the body continues to benefit from healthy fats that nuts provide.

- Carbohydrates are also necessary to the body's ability to flush out extra uric acid. Cereal, without sugar, whole grain breads and other complex carbohydrates on a daily basis is recommended.

- Never overlook fresh fruits and veggies. Carrots, celery, apples and cherries are all wonderful choices. Choosing organic produce is important, however, apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers and blueberries have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.

- Staying hydrated continues to be of the utmost importance. Plenty of pure water, and skim milk will help to keep your system flushed as well. When a person is hydrated, they often feel less hungry. Sometimes when we reach for a snack, thinking that we are hungry, we are in fact, dehydrated and in need of water.

Whether a person has gout or not, choosing to consume nutritious foods is a wise decision. However, when gouts raises its ugly head, our food choices become imperative. If you have already been diagnosed with gout, your doctor may prescribe medications to help control the symptoms as well.

Filed under: Gout Suffers, People with Gout.

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