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  1. Small dietary changes can help keep gout away

    Little adjustments can make a big difference for gout

    There's good news and bad news for gout sufferers. Here's the bad news first: A new study confirms that some of your favorite foods -- including beef and fish -- can bring on the pain.

    Now the good news: You don't have to give those foods up.

    The new study offers one of the most detailed looks yet at how gout attacks begin in people prone to the disease -- and of course, it starts with eating too many foods rich in purines.

    But we already knew that.

    Where this new study differs is in the numbers -- because for the first time, we can see the actual tipping point, and it's 0.07 ounces of purines over two days.

    When the 633 men in the study had a gout attack, it was almost always after passing that level. And in random two-day periods that didn't precede an attack, they averaged 0.06 ounces or less.

    Those numbers might sound incredibly small, and they are since even purine-rich foods contain very low levels of the stuff.

    The 0.07 ounces responsible for gout attacks equal what you'll find in 3.8 pounds of beef or 7.9 pounds of spinach, while 0.06 ounces of purines are what you'll get from 3.1 pounds of beef or 6.4 pounds of spinach.

    Obviously, you're not going to be eating just beef and spinach (not to mention you shouldn't be eating close to 2 pounds of beef a day even if you're not prone to gout). And of course, these are averages, so your own tipping point might be a little higher or lower.

    But the new study offers an excellent starting point for working on your own purine-restricted diet -- and you can start by getting to know not only which foods contain purines, but how much you'll find in each serving.

    In general, the foods with the highest levels include organ meats such as liver as well as seafood such as sardines, mussels, anchovies, and herring. Chicken has some as well, but not quite as much.

    Vegetables have much lower levels, but the ones with the most include spinach, mushrooms, lentils, asparagus, and cauliflower.

    You'll also find it in pasta and yeast. And, sorry beer lovers, but your favorite suds are bubbling over with purines.

    If despite your best efforts you cross your own gout tipping point, there are natural ways to beat the pain -- including cherry, especially sour cherry, and celery seed extract.

    And as I have written before, people with high blood sugar levels are more prone to gout, so get those under control as well.

    For more on keeping gout at bay, read my free report "The right way to beat gout."

  2. New gout 'cure' is a recipe for more pain

    If you think gout is bad, just wait 'til you see the latest "cure."

    This new drug treatment doesn't replace what's already out there. It's in addition to it -- so you have to take both bad meds, doubling your risk of side effects and other problems.

    Let's start with the old bad treatment: allopurinol, a pill that slowly -- very slowly -- lowers levels of the uric acid responsible for gout flare-ups.

    It works so slowly, in fact, that you have to wonder if it even works at all.

    But now, researchers say that adding a new bad treatment to the mix -- weekly injections of the drug rilonacept -- can slash the number of gout outbreaks. In the new study, just 15 percent of patients on the combo experiencing flare-ups over 12 weeks, versus 45 percent of those on just the allopurinol.

    Impressed? Don't be -- and not just because this was a very small study involving only 83 patients, didn't include a true control group of patients who got no treatment or only placebos, and was funded by the drug's maker.

    Don't be impressed because even if it's all true -- even if the rilonacept and allopurinol combo really can lower your risk of gout flare-ups -- the risks are insane.

    Rilonacept suppresses the immune system, putting you at risk for any number of diseases and conditions up to and including cancer. Some studies have found that more than a third of patients on this med can develop infections -- including respiratory and urinary infections.

    Allopurinol on its own is no picnic either: In the months -- yes, months -- it takes for the drug to kick in, it can actually make your gout worse than ever.

    That's more attacks -- and more pain -- caused by the very drug that's supposed to end it.

    And if that's not enough, allopurinol has also been linked to painful urination and blood in the urine, stomach problems, infection-like symptoms and more.

    Who wants to deal with all that? Not me -- and certainly not you.

    Fortunately, in this case you don't have to rely on Big Pharma's non-cures because there are natural solutions for gout out there that don't take months to kick in.

    Some of them work in days or even hours -- like cherries, which can reduce the risk of a gout flare-up by 50 percent within 48 hours. Celery stalks and celery seed extract have also been shown to help slash the risk of a gout attack.

  3. Natural solutions for gout

    Gout used to be known as "the rich man's disease" because it usually struck the wealthy -- the only ones who could afford to over-consume the foods that cause this painful form of arthritis. Today, you don't have to be rich (or even a man) to suffer from gout -- just fat. And since more people are fatter than ever before, more people are also battling the foot pain that marks this condition.

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