Johns Hopkins scientists now have shown that the malfunctioning gene they helped uncover can lead to high concentrations of blood urate that forms crystals in joint tissue, causing inflammation and pain the hallmark of this disease, Gout.
Geez, can’t even enjoy an “all you can eat” buffet with out triggering a nasty episode of our friend, Mr. gout! Yes its true folks, overeating can trigger a gout attack, why? Well because uric acid spikes when you have a full gut and as your kidneys try to keep up, they can’t, so thus comes the “needle like crystals” that get logged in your big toe joint and other surrounding areas. Besides these buffet’s are riddled with gout no no’s like shellfish, red meat, and sugary desserts (its the high fructose corn syrup that is bad). So really all that’s left is salad, and what fun is that?!
So this means no more “all you can eat” Chinese Super Buffet for me…
NEW! Now it can be done where you can “see” where your gout pain is coming from! This can be scary!!
Below is an excerpt from medgadget.com
“CT scanners have long been considered potentially useful as a non-invasive diagnostic modality, but their ability to help identify uric acid deposits has been limited. To overcome this, Canadian researchers decided to try using a new algorithm on the SOMATOM Definition dual energy CT (DECT) scanner from Siemens. Initial findings from the researchers show that the novel technique can provide radiologists with significant help in diagnosing gout.”
Of course us sufferes know when we are having a gout attack, but now its possible to see where all the pain is coming from! Obviously not just the big toe but all over the surrounding joints! Ouch!!
On this Memorial Day Holiday please be careful my fellow Gout friends! Lots of tempting BBQ steak, hamburgers, hot dogs, and “no no” gout foods out there! We must indulge though… Just be sure to use common gout sense. Try not pig out on 4 cheeseburgers and “Oh, I lost count how many” hot dogs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m gonna enjoy a hamburger today, just not 3 of them like I want, hehe. And maybe a hot dog, but will try and stick to the grilled veggies (avoid asparagus!!! ) and natural fruit juice (high fructose corn syrup… bad). Yeah, I know… beer is out, wine is out, and so are sugary sodas! But enjoy a hamburger damnit! 😀
I have read several articles saying that Vitamin C is good at keeping Gout at bay. It says it keeps your uric acid low and blah, blah, blah. I’m here to tell you that I ain’t buying it. After my Gout incident with Niacin, I ward off any vitamins now! You can get all the vitamins you need in a well balanced (gout friendly) diet. Besides, its also said that Vitamin C can keep your cold at bay, and that does not work either! So don’t believe it. If you take Vitamin C and can vouch for it, please comment here. I just don’t think its viable at all.
Thanks to pjd3 for reminding me. Niacin, which is vitamin B3 is a Gout causer! Beware of this out there and read your labels. Niacin (vitamin B3) IS in everything, so please read your labels folks! The highest doses can be found in multivitamins (this very thing gave me gout) and breads & cereals (mostly processed) and can raise your uric acid thereby giving you Gout.
Foods Highest in Niacin (vitamin b3)
* Multivitamins (not always healthy, eh?)
* Breads and Cereals (processed mostly)
* Soy products (yup)
The list goes on, but those are the top 3 with the highest levels of niacin which can cause gout via raising your uric acid level and administering those God awful needle like crystals in your joints!
PLEASE, READ YOUR LABELS! Click Here!
So it seems some members of Congress have Gout, that would be Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who has it in his feet, and Del. Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa). Its been noted before that Pacific Islanders suffer from Gout more so than any other ethnic group. My friend Richard in Hawaii has been in the hospital for weeks at a time because of Gout parking in many joints in his body at once. Ouch!
Rumor around Capitol Hill is that Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) has Gout. But neither he nor his staff will admit to it. C’mon Mike, come out of the “Gout closet” and support us “Goutaholics”!
Remember fellow Gout sufferers, keep hydrated to keep the gout at bay! The more your kidneys are flushing out the uric acid the better. So make sure you drink plenty of water or fruit juice (the real kind, not that “Sunny D” crap) whilst avoiding high fructose corn syrup (Gout attacker!). You don’t need to drown yourself, just use common sense and avoid the booze and fake sugars (read your labels folks). I love the natural sodas from Whole Foods, they are real tasty and use cane sugar (natural sugar is ok) plus they cost less than most Coke or Pepsi products. 😉
Very stressful day today, had a cheeseburger (ok, a double quarter pounder w/cheese) at McD’s along with a fries, coke, and 2 apple pies! I know, I know, shame on me… Food is my only comfort outlet since I don’t smoke, drug out, or have a hot busty chick nearby. Hope my Gout doesn’t whirl into a frenzy. I made sure I took 4 of my magic Chinese pills after the fact. I just couldn’t take the stress anymore and “relapsed”, lol 😉