Episode 28: Out with Gout

Gout is a condition marked by acute attacks of arthritis that affects multiple joints, but especially the big toe, due to the buildup of uric acid crystals in them. It has long been dubbed the “Disease of Kings” for a good reason. Historically speaking, kings and the aristocracy were the only members of society that were consistently overweight, diabetic and over-indulgers of meat, alcohol, fruit and sugar. These 4 key things induce gout to manifest and make it worse.

Chinese medicine treats gout as a “damp heat” condition in the joints, and uses both herbs and acupuncture as effective treatments, while western medicine relies on xanthine oxidase inhibiting drugs like allopurinol. However, both forms of medicine also stress dietary modification as well. Organ meats, spinach, asparagus and yeast promoting high carbohydrate foods and beer should all be either eliminated or consumed sparingly to help prevent gout. In addition, weight loss via lowering carbohydrate consumption is also a valuable way to decrease its frequency.

As for the 2 minute interventions, they are as follows:

Drinking 8-16oz of black cherry juice helps with symptomatic pain relief and inflammation.

2-3000mg of Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) per day also helps to prevent the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints by increasing its excretion in the urine.

Tune in next week when we’ll talk about the amino acid L-Glutamine.


Be Well and Be Zen


A. R. Gaby., Gout., Nutritional Medicine (2011)., ps.583-86., ISBN13: 978-0-9828850-0-0. Fritz Perlberg Publishing, Concord, NH.

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