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Gout - The Rubbish Written About One Of The Worlds Oldest Known Diseases

Jan 8, 2008
When you consider the fact that gout is one of the worlds oldest known diseases and millions around the globe suffer from the resulting agony, why is it that all the articles written about it seem to come from the same author? Most seem to be a re-hash of banal facts that I read only just the other day.

One answer, I suppose, could be that unless you are one of the afflicted, it's a terribly boring subject to write about. Stories of Cancer, Aids or MS victims are all over the newspapers and on the television every day; heroic tales, tales with a joyful or sad ending...all heartrending stuff, and the media loves it!

Trouble is, Joe Public seems to associate gout with music hall jokes [self-inflicted, brought on by booze] and decrepit rich old men who've lived the good life and are now paying the price for their affluent habits.

Seems to me that the vast majority of articles keep spouting the same old jargon about "the build up of uric acid, needle-sharp crystals, purines and anti-inflammatory drugs." These articles are not only boring...many of them are fraudulent and contain downright dangerous lies too.

I've had severe multiple gout attacks for something like forty odd years now and, during all that time, I've lost count of the absolute baloney I've read. It's quite obvious that [most of] these "experts" think that a severe gout attack is similar to a sprained wrist or ankle.

It's not! As any long term sufferer will tell you; it's more like being tortured with a red hot poker or like somebody drilling a hole in your joints with a blunt drill...it's agony, not just merely painful but mind numbing, bloody agony!

I've only just today come across a website (written by a lady from England) that actually claims to "CURE GOUT." I kid you not, those two words are actually part of the title of her book. She claims to be a "long suffering" wife of a former gouty who somehow discovered this miraculous "cure." What utter tripe!

This is a truthful medical fact: gout is controllable [and the right foods can help fight the disease] but... there is no "cure" for gout. The very finest medical research brains from around the world all agree on this; so please, stop telling Internet lies!

I suppose that anyone publishing a "newly discovered solution" to any medical condition is going to make money, but why not build a website with articles that are factual and tell the truth?

One of the reasons there is no cure for this disease, at the present time, is lack of research funding. And, I suspect, this is because gout is still perceived as being the rich mans affliction...you know, high living, rich foods, lots of fine wine etc... and (lets not forget) for centuries it was commonly known as The "Disease Of Kings." That kind of publicity sticks!

Why should the big pharmaceutical companies tie up research funds for a [self-inflicted?] disease that affects only a relatively small part of the worlds population? The returns for their investments couldn't possibly be justified to the shareholders.

In truth, turning out billions of anti-inflammatory drugs is much more lucrative - especially when they have tens of thousands of highly trained salesmen (doctors) working for them. What a cynic I must be!

Although I am convinced that lifestyle does indeed play a big part in everyones general wellbeing, I've yet to see a "typical" gout victim. I've met and talked to hundreds, and I must say, they come from all walks of life and come in all shapes and sizes.

Fat, thin, tall and short. Confirmed alcoholics and teetotalers. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, judges, clergymen, housewives and schoolchildren. Old, young or middle-aged, it doesn't matter - anyone can fall victim.

I was sixteen when I first had an attack and I recently met a seventeen year old boy with it...he looked fit-as-a-fiddle and he certainly wasn't an alcoholic! No wonder doctors are baffled and really haven't got a clue as to the real causes of this agonizing disease.

Truly, the best thing victims can do is to learn how to effectively "manage" an attack so that it doesn't ruin their lives. Genuine help to do this is available and, arguably, the best source comes from an American doctor (himself a sufferer) called Dr.Jeff Sands. Please feel free to visit my website and I can point you in the right direction.

Finally, a little gem that you will one day thank me for. You can trawl through hundreds of websites and find no mention of this tip because most of the second-hand "expert" articles weren't written by a gout sufferer.

In a nutshell, just make sure the cars you buy have an automatic gearbox - then you can use the foot that isn't affected for working the pedals to get you home!
About the Author
The author of this article, Mike Meagor, has suffered multiple gout attacks for the last forty years and if the reader, or someone they know, wants honest advise and help just visit his website.
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