Gout is characterized by high uric acid levels in the blood and joint pains that get worse after eating animal proteins.
will tell you that gout treatment involves lowering uric acid, decreasing inflammation, and dietary avoidance of purine containing foods. However, they can rarely tell you why your uric acid levels are high in the first place, and if there is anything else you can do to help your gout calm down.
I recently had a patient present to me who was experiencing gouty arthritis symptoms. He said his uric acid levels were high and that he was taking some medications to treat his gout. Additionally, he had been taking other medicines to help manage insulin resistance, better know as type II diabetes: T2D.
As I do with all of my patients, I listened to what he had to say, asked him a lot of questions, and did a detailed exam.
My exam was unlike any other he had experienced. The purpose of such a detailed exam is to get a higher level of clinical insight than any other doctor. This deep understanding of his condition would help me to help him.
Your exam would show about your own condition, but his exam revealed that his liver was stressed. This description is purposely a general statement. Anything can cause an organ to be stressed. My job is to uncover the areas of stress, and the nature of the stress at each area. In his particular case, one of the things I found was that the antioxidant systems of his body needed support.
After the patient left, I had a chance to review my findings and compare my clinical insight to published medical literature. My findings were exciting. There is a clear relationship between high uric acid levels and antioxidant activity in the blood. That's the biochemical pathway I had discovered in my exam with him.
Are his uric acid levels high because he has gout? That's like asking if a person's joints hurt because he has arthritis. The question gets you stuck into a medical model that focuses on the symptom, but gives you no solutions: it's a useless question. The correct questions are: what are the possible mechanisms leading to high uric acid, and can we influence those mechanisms with a natural nutritional approach?
In the case where your body is making
too much uric acid
, there must be reasons your body would do such a thing. It isn't just because you have gout. We have to find the factor before the disease were to develop. Gout is just the name of the result, it doesn't tell you why your uric acid levels are high in the first place, only that it goes along with gout. High uric acid is a symptom. It is related to gout, but it is a symptom. Is it high because of a protective mechanism? Why the uric acid levels are high is the real issue.
In this instance, lowering this patient's level of oxidative stress should lower his body's need to produce more uric acid than usual. I put him on a specific clinical nutrition program to reach this goal. It will help him in in so many ways, I would not call it a treatment for gout. However, it is a means for his whole body to function better.
In support of your health, Barry J. Lieberman, D.C., A.C.N.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 - 310-282-8882 make an appointment