Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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How Can I Treat Gout?

Tuesday, 06 Jul 2010 09:16 AM

Question: I am 63 years old and in good health. My foot started hurting and my left big toe started swelling. I went to WebMD and found I have the exact symptoms of gout. I am told to reduce my weight (230 pounds at 5' 10") and my intake of red meat and some seafood. Do you have any additional suggestions?


Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Gout is a medical condition that usually presents with recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis. The arthritis becomes evident when uric acid precipitates out of the blood and deposits in the joints.

Gout affects 1 percent of Western population. There is no question that a Western diet high in refined foods predisposes one to gout attacks. Recent research has found a strong correlation with fructose intake and the development of gout. Consuming two servings a day of a sugar-sweetened soft drink increased the risk of developing gout by 85 percent, according to one study.

Make sure you consume enough water. Dehydration is a huge factor in predisposing one to a gout attack. Exercise is also very helpful for reducing the risk.

Finally, fresh cherries (one-half to a pound) and cherry juice concentrate (one ounce daily) can alleviate a gout attack.

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