Looks like I have developed Arthritic Gout.
I first noticed this shooting pain in the big toe on my left foot well over a year ago. I figured it was some sort of arthritis and soon after I started taking the Healthy Start Pack in pretty much went away. But just recently I started noticing it again and I also noticed that I was getting a knot on my foot right next to the painful spot. My wife thought it might be a bunion but we were not sure, so I asked the advice of Mark Denning, leader of the Wellness WarriorZ. After looking at this photo he suggested that it could be Arthritic Gout. That was about all he had time to share with me, but now I knew what I was looking at.
Let’s Play Doctor by Dr.J.D. Wallach and Dr. Ma Lan.
Last Winter when we went to St. George Utah to see Dr. Joel Wallach live, I left the event with a copy of his book “Let’s Play Doctor” and had soon read through it with great enjoyment. I have actually used it on a couple occasions with some of my friends and associates, but I guess it was time to use it for my own issue here. This is what the Docs had to say about my Arthritic Gout.
Is caused by deposits of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissues. These joints, classically the great toe of each foot, are very tender and may become deformed in chronic or long-standing cases. Kidney disease and uric acid kidney stones may develop in chronic untreated cases. Elevated uric acid in the blood (above 7mg/100ml of serum) along with sudden onset of tender “gouty” joints is a red flag for gout.
Treatment for gout should include an avoidance of alcohol, organ meats, sea food, lentils, beans, peas and fructose sources. Take folic acid at 10-75 mg/day, cherries and cherry juice, herbs including gout weed (Aegopodium podagraria) and saffron (Colchicium autumnale). The “orthodox” doctors use colchicine almost exclusively as the treatment of choice, but add prednisone for inflammation.
Time to fill the Prescription.
Thanks to Mark and Dr. Wallach I have been diagnosed and given a script to follow and fill. I went to our local Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage store and found some folic acid, cherry juice and some dried cherries since they are out of season this time of year. The folic acid tablets I ended up with are 800mcg’s ea, the script recommends 10-75 mg’s a day. Takes 1000 mcg’s to equal 1 mg or 10,000 mcg’s as the bottom number divided by 800 equals 12.5 tablets a day or for the top end 75mg’s comes out to be 93.75. Wow, that is a bunch of tablets to take a day and since the bottle only has 250 tablets it would only last me 2.66 days. This sort of being my decision I guess I decided to take 13 tablets twice a day with a meal, 2 cups of the cherry juice and dried cherries as I felt the urge. They are a bit tart as I chose to get the unsweetened variety but surprisingly pretty yummy. I have also cut out all the recommended foods and alcohol so now it just means waiting to see how long it takes to recover. I will keep you posted- Clay