So many people have joint pain aka arthritis. Usually people think that gout applies to “other people.” It’s such an overlooked cause of arthritis and it’s so easy to find out and to treat.

Gout is the incomplete breakdown of protein. Protein is made from amino acids. Amino acids are made from purines and pyridimines. When the body doesn’t breakn down PURINE as it should the residue is uric acid. This crystalizes and ends up in the joint and it’s like walking on ground glass.

The classic places that gout goes is the big toe joint, the thumb joint, the neck/spine but it’s not uncommon to be in the knees, elbows, shoulders or hips.

In an acute flare up – trust me, you’ll know it. It’s awful. Red, angry, swollen and painful joint. The medical treatment is indomethicin or allopurinol and while this is helpful in getting out of the flare up, it doesn’t change the cause of the gout.

What’s important is to understand chronic gout. This is such an overlooked factor. This subtle contributor to arthritis is commonly overlooked by most health care providers. If it is not acute (swollen, red, hot joint) then most doctors aren’t not checking for it.

That’s a shame because it’s easy to check. Just have your doctor run a serum uric acid test. It’s usually less than $10 to run and if you are suffering from arthritis, please rule it out.

Elevate serum uric acid levels are frequently associated with joint pain, particularly the MP joint of the
great toe. Gout is frequently related to undue achiness, malaise, undue fatigue, and depression. The
uric acid level should be below 4.0 for females, and below 5.0 for males. Ninety percent (90%) of victims of gout are males. Elevated uric acid levels may be an indication of inadequate digestion of protein, a diet high in purine protein foods, or a severe breakdown of body tissues found in metabolic

If you have uric acid levels over 5.0; if you help your body “chew up” or metabolize protein many times the joint pain, malaise, fatigue and even depression will resolve naturally.

It simple to check. It’s easy to treat and there’s no downside in helping your body to use protein more efficienty.

Here’s the steps to improve your health and rule out chronic gout.
1. Take a blood test and look for serum uric acid levels
2. Men should be less than 5.0 and females less than 4.0.
3. If the levels are elevated, take a protelytic enzyme (enzyme that breaks down protein).
4. Detox kidneys by drinking more water
5. Alkalinze the body by using green foods and/or Vitamin A/C salts (kale, spinach, broccoli)
6. Consider fresh or frozen cherries.

Here is the cherry story:
Crippled from gout and confined to a wheelchair, a Texan named Ludwig W. Blau, PhD, wheeled himself to the cupboard, but couldn’t eat the foods that he saw. They were high in amino acids and purine, a no-no for gout-sufferers: anchovies, bouillon, herring, meat extract and sardines. Discouraged, he tried the refrigerator, saw a bowl of plump, red cherries. He sampled the cherries and he ate the whole bowlful. Next morning, wonder of wonders, the pain and inflammation in his foot were almost gone, so he decided to eat at least six cherries daily. Soon he was out of the wheel chair and was able to resume his business activity. Forgetting to take his cherry supply with him on a business trip, Blau soon found his big toe throbbing and excruciating. A few days after he resumed eating six to eight cherries a day, his gout pain diminished. Instead of pooh-poohing the cherry story, Blau’s family physician tried the therapy on 12 patients, all
of whose gout or arthritis were improved by eating cherries or drinking cherry juice. Dr. Blau discovered that cherries of any kind appear to work: fresh or canned, sweet or sour or a mixture of the two. Dr. Blau described the results in the Texas Reports on Biology and Medicine.

If you would like a do-it-for-you GOUT protocol, please DM with GOUT as the subject line or contact Rachelle at the West Clinic 208-232-3216 ext 108.

Inadequate protein leads to gout, is a factor in depression and malaise.