What Causes “The Gout”?
By Bert Middleton
It’s always amusing when the condition of gout is referred to as, “The Gout”, as though it’s a formidable presence to be reckoned with the sad news is . . . that is an accurate way to perceive it.
Because the excruciating pain of gout creeps in, in a slow insidious way, it seems to take on a personality of its own. One can find themselves talking to it, conversing with it, pleading with it let go, go away, and bargaining with it to release them from the torture. Is that you? Have you been there?
What bargains have you made with “The Gout”?
Have you promised to stop drinking, abstain from red meat, forego the drive-thru, and get to bed earlier?
Because of the power and influence of the media and the driving forces behind it, it has become known as the Disease of Kings. Certainly the privileged few have abused rich food and alcohol and that abuse has contributed to their demise, but there is much more to that story and to the causes of gout.
Gout is much more completely understood from the perspective of acid and alkaline. The pH of our body chemistry fluctuates continuously and rapidly due to changing circumstances of both the inner and outer bodily terrain.
We can cause our body chemistry to move in either an alkaline or acidic direction depending on:
Ã¼ What we put in our mouths . . .
Ã¼ What’s in the air that we breathe . . .
Ã¼ What comes in contact with our skin . . .
Ã¼ And, from the metabolic chemicals that are produced in relationship to our thoughts, feelings, and emotions . . .
It’s always easiest to think in terms of “what did I eat?” when we experience various forms of ill health. In regards to gout, eatingcan help. But the slow and pervasive compromise that occurs when we breathe smoggy, polluted air for years and decades also adds to poor functioning organs, immune system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and more.
Exposure to toxic chemicals in contact with the skin can add to acidic buildup inside the body. Detergents, cosmetics, solvents, and household cleaners are common ones to be cautious of.
Stress can be the most acid-producing culprit of all which is why it’s known as “The Silent Killer”. Cortisol, Adrenaline, and Epinephrine, are all stress hormones that when allowed to secrete unchecked on an ongoing basis, can cause lethal damage.
While the pain of gout is directly caused by the crystallization in the joints of the metabolic acidic substance, uric acid, the kidneys become so overloaded and overwhelmed attempting to manage so many other acidic substances, uric acid falls lower and lower on the priority list. When this happens, attacks are easily predicted.
About the Author
After living through the pain of hundreds of gout attacks in nearly every joint in his body, three surgeries for Tophi on his hands and feet, and after conducting thousands of hours of study and research about the devilish and elusive manifestation of gout, Bert Middleton has come to understand gout treatment from a unique, no-nonsense, and effective point of view. Bert is the author of the Kill Your Gout NOW! Handbook The Ultimate Handbook for How To TERMINATE GOUT PAIN in 2 4 Hours.
Dr. Dale Peterson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Medicine. He completed his residency in FamilyMedicine at the University of Oklahoma. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians. He had a full-time family practice in Edmond, Oklahoma, for over 20 years and was a Chief of Staff of the Edmond Hospital. He was active in teachingfor many years as a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine through the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Peterson left his full-time family practice in 1999 to consult with individuals who are seeking ways to restore and maintain their health through improved nutrition and other lifestyle changes. He founded the Wellness Clubs of America to give people access to credible information on supporting and maintaining their health. His monthly wellness letter, Health by Design, and his Health by Design E-Newsletter provide helpful information to individuals interested in preventing and conquering health challenges. He is the author of Building Health by Design: Adding Life to Your Years and Years to Your Life .
Dr. Peterson speaks regularly on subjects related to health and nutrition. He hosted a weekly radio program,Your Health Matters, on KTOK in Oklahoma City for five years. For the past nine years he has addressed questions from across the nation on his Your Health Matters weekly teleconference.He offers a free video LifeXtension course at www.drdalepeterson.com.