Gout is a type of arthritis that is caused by uric acid crystals getting caught in the spaces between the joints of the feet, the hands and some larger joints. The tissue around the joints becomes inflamed, and this inflammation triggers the sensitive nerve endings at the joint, causing extreme pain.
Uric acid is a waste product from the body, especially from proteins called purines. It is passed out in the urine by the kidneys, which sometimes cannot cope with the load of uric acid, and this causes a build-up in the body.
What are the Symptoms of Gout?
main symptom is severe pain, usually in the hands or feet, especially
at the base of the big toe. Sometimes gout can strike in other joints,
such as the elbow or the knee. The pain usually comes on without
warning, often in the early hours of the morning, and soon the joint
becomes so tender that one cannot bear even the weight of the bedsheets.
The inflamed skin over the joint is often red, shiny and dry. The first
attack usually involves only one joint and may last from a few hours to
several days, generally about 2 or 3 days depending on how soon
treatment is commenced. Sometimes there may be only one attack in a
Who gets Gout?
Almost any person can get gout, because all human beings produce about as much uric acid as the kidneys can handle. However, it does appear to be hereditary and is far more common in men, especially between the ages of 30 and 60.
It is one of the oldest disorders known to humans, and some well-known victims include Alexander the Great, Kublai Khan, Michelangelo, Martin Luther, Isaac Newton, Henry Ⅷ, John Wesley, Francis Bacon and Benjamin Franklin.
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What causes Gout?
Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessarily brought on by high living and gluttony. Overindulgence in rice foods and alcohol can certainly bring on an acute attack in those who are prone to gout. It is associated with obesity and high blood pressure. Some drugs, particularly diuretics (fluid tablets), injury, surgery or starvation can bring on gout.
What are the Risks of Gout?
Gout is a curable disease, but if it is untreated it can cause kidney disease, including kidney stones.
What is the Treatment for Gout?
The acute attack
The earlier the attack is treated the better. Contact your doctor about the best treatment and the right pain-killer. Aspirin is not recommended for the pain of gout. Bed rest is important. Some relief can be obtained by applying a hot compress or ice to the affected joint. Keep the weight of the bedclothes off the foot by placing a bed cradle or similar object under the bedclothes.
Since gout may strike only once, no further treatment is needed apart from following the ‘rule of moderation’. If gout keeps returning, it will be necessary to go onto tablets that may have to be taken for a lifetime in order to prevent more acute attacks.
Rules of moderation
• Gout Diet : Restrict intake of food high in purines, especially organ meats (liver, brain, kidneys, sweetbread) and tinned fish (sardines, anchovies, herrings)
• Reduce your intake of alcohol
• Eat a normal weight, but avoid ‘crash’ diets
• Wear comfortable shoes
• Get regular exercise
• Take your worries to bed
• Exercise too strenuously
• Overexpose yourself to cold
• Drink excessive amounts of alcohol (keep to a modest level only,e.g.2 standard drinks a day)
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Can a Wheat-free Diet help you to lose weight and reduce Obesity, Heart disease, Auto-immune diseases & Cancer, even Alzheimer's disease & Schizophrenia or reverse Diabetes & pre-Diabetes? Recent research has also shown promising results that a Gluten-free diet showed a reduction in the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Heartburn/GERD, ADHD, Asthma & allergies, even acne.
Watch the following videos by several doctors (Dr William Davies, Dr Sarah Hallberg, Dr Alessio Fasano, Dr David Perlmutter & Dr Rodney Ford) and decide for yourself whether you should adopt a Gluten-free diet if you are suffering from the above-listed medical conditions. Even unexplained diarrhea, headaches/migraines or chronic fatigue has been alleviated by going Gluten-free.
The case these doctors put forward based on research and empirical evidence from thousands of patients is that Wheat and Gluten contributes to this shocking host of diseases and chronic medical problems, and increasing the incidence of celiac disease and Autism.
What does Wheat & Gluten do to your body?
Foods containing wheat have an extremely high glycemic index (70+ out of a possible 100), that is the body suffers a sudden spike in blood glucose after a meal of food containing wheat. Add to that the fact that the wheat we are eating is completely dissimilar genetically to the wheat of the 1950's, after all the genetic modifications and mutations the plant has undergone.
The doctors also point out that Gluten causes prolonged periods of inflammation in the body, leading to many of the diseases most prevalent today. Ironically, foods containing wheat are actually appetite-enhancing and can cause sugar cravings.
William Davis MD - Wheat: The UNhealthy Whole Grain
The wheat of today is not the wheat of our mothers or grandmothers.
Modern wheat is the product of genetic manipulations that have
transformed its properties. Modern wheat is now a 2-foot tall,
high-yield semi-dwarf strain, different in both appearance and multiple
biochemical features from traditional wheat. Introduction of this new
strain of wheat was associated with the appearance of a long list of
health problems, along with weight gain and diabetes.
According to Dr. Davis, saying goodbye to all things wheat provides outsized and unexpected health benefits, from weight loss, to relief from acid reflux and bowel urgency, to reversal of diabetes, migraine headaches, and learning disabilities in children.
Dr. William Davis is author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Wheat Belly: Lose the wheat, lose the weight and find your path back to health (Rodale, 2011), now debuting internationally in over ten foreign languages. Wheat belly has helped spark a nationwide reconsideration of the conventional advice to "eat more healthy whole grains."
Formerly an interventional cardiologist, he now confines his practice to prevention and reversal of coronary disease in his practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Davis is a graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine, followed by training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Ohio State University Hospitals, and training in interventional cardiology at the Case--Western Reserve Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also founder of the online heart disease prevention educational program, Track your Plaque.
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Alessio Fasano MD - Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders: People Shall Not Live by Bread Alone
The cultivation of gluten-containing grains that were the backbone of
the agricultural revolution have also brought with them the
manifestation of conditions related to negative reactions to gluten.
These include celiac disease, wheat allergy and the "new kid on the
block" of the spectrum of gluten-related disorders—gluten sensitivity.
The autoimmune disorder of celiac disease is the most widely studied
condition on the spectrum. It affects approximately 1 in 133 people, a
rate that has doubled in the U.S. every 15 years over the past 35 years.
An estimate from the Center for Celiac Research puts gluten sensitivity
at 6% of the U.S. population. With current interest in the human genome
and microbiome, research is leading scientists to examine the
relationship between the intestinal microbiome and gluten-related
disorders. Currently the gluten-free diet is the only available
treatment for gluten-related disorders.
World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, and entreprenuer Alessio Fasano, M.D., founded the Center for Celiac Research in 1996. The Center offers state-of-the art research, clinical expertise and teaching for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease, wheat allergy, and gluten sensitivity. Trained in Naples, Italy, as a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Fasano was recruited to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1993 and founded its Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Puzzled by the absence of children exhibiting symptoms of celiac disease in the clinic, he resolved to uncover the mystery of missing American "celiacs." His perseverance in the face of skepticism about celiac disease in the U.S. eventually led to his publication of the groundbreaking study in 2003 that established the rate of the autoimmune disorder at one in 133 Americans.
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