By Michael Gerber, MD, HMD
People afflicted with gout, an extremely painful inflammation which frequently causes red, swollen, big toe joints can look for some new avenues of relief. Gout, which is an accumulation of uric acid in the joints has typically been treated with drugs and diet designed to remove uric acid from the body and avoid making more uric acid. The diet restricts meat and shellfish and is aggravated by alcohol, high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, obesity and acidosis (an overly acid condition in the body).
A long time patient recently asked me to write an article on gout because so many of his male friends were having recurrent gout problems. There are also genetic issues, lifestyle and concurrent illness issues that can promote gout. Standard treatments employ non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Indocin and anti-uric acid drugs such as colchicine (also used homeopathically) and for chronic gout allopurinol.
The New Approach
Alkalization of the Body
In the world of medicine little is really new, however, new tools have become available that facilitate making the body more alkaline more quickly. Remember that acid –base balance is measure on the pH scale from 0 to 14 with 0 being very acid and 14 very alkaline. Uric acid can be flushed from the body by consuming alkaline substances. The least expensive treatment, baking soda 3 to 4 tbsps in water over 4 to 6 hours, preferable at night can relieve gout in a day. We have been using our sexy, German more physiological baking soda, Nema Base, composed of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium bicarbonates for years with excellent results. In addition a new alkaline solution called pHenomenal water with a pH of 13.5 diluted in water to 11.5 pH and consumed through the day is a great adjunct to alkalinizing the body quickly. Our family drinks this all day. pHnemonal has been great to help patients with MRSA bacterial infections as well. It is good to check the first morning urine pH with pH paper. It should run over 6 to 6.5 pH to start getting the body alkaline.
Vitamin C is a valuable ally to treat gout as is coffee (not tea) and anti-inflammatory enzymes such as bromelains from the pineapple plant and pancreatic enzymes such as Marcozymes, Wobenzymes or any commercial enzyme products taken away from meals so that it doesn’t just digest food. Other anti-inflammatory herbs such as Turmeric and Boswellia also help gouty inflammation.
Athletic Guy with Gout
A couple of years ago a 54 year old ex-marine was hopping down the hall in the office on one leg with his girlfriend supporting him as he leaned on her shoulder to walk. He had severe recurrent gout in one foot with a blood uric acid of only 4 mg/dl and the normal levels were 2.5 to 7.1 (not at all high). We started the pH treatment with all of the above modalities, he returned 10 days later with no pain and a uric acid of 11.4, very elevated. Apparently, the uric acid had been flushed from his tissues into his blood and was being eliminated from his body. This is a great treatment; however, especially in the elderly it is important to have normal kidney function as it eliminates many toxic acid wastes through the kidneys and can overburden them in a compromised individual.
1. Wikipedia Gout