A guest post from our friend Geoff on our blog some time ago.How I accidentally cured my painful Acute Gout with baking soda in water.
Later this morning, following Eddie's post yesterday featuring an NHS Support Federation story about private contracts, I revisited their website for more useful information about health-related matters. One story took me to a Guardian article. Beside that article was a list of other recent stories, the first of which was this http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2014/jan/15/more-of-us-getting-gout-beer-wine
The question of gout is of interest to me because I USED TO BE a sufferer. And I remember the articles I found at the time warning me off red meat and beer. What else was there to live for ?
I had learned that anyone can find a tremendous amount of useful information on the internet, following my desire to understand all I could about having low thyroid symptoms, whilst having normal thyroid blood results. I could apply this research to my latest condition.
It didn't take too long to find out that all sorts of people have all sorts of remedies for this condition, but one website stuck out for me in my search for relief : http://www.icuredmygout.org/
where the author states "The purpose of this webpage is to share with fellow sufferers my experiences in how I accidentally cured my painful Acute Gout with baking soda in water. It sounds impossible, but it is true. If this information is useful, please pass it on."
Baking soda in water was the route I followed, and the route which WORKED for me. This condition came on before my diabetes diagnosis, and at the time I had been drinking a lot of (no, not beer) fruit juice, under the impression it might help with the increasing tiredness I felt. Initially I didn't connect the fruit juice with increased acidity in my joints, so I sometimes used the baking soda to deal with an attack I was still fuelling. When i connected the dots, I dropped the fruit juice, and now rarely take any baking soda.
Gout is typically, but not exclusively, suffered in the big toe. This is where mine was. But I also experienced an onset, from time to time, in my elbows and wrists. All of these symptoms have now gone.
Others swear by apple cider vinegar. For some reason I can't stand the smell of vinegar so I wasn't attracted to this method. I would say that at the first sign of symptoms of arthritis, I will start a regime of baking soda in water. This is what works for me.
If you or a friend is affected by gout, then point yourself/them in the direction of the link above. A great deal of suffering (believe me !) may be avoided.
Good health to all
Geoff J - still enjoying his red meat and occasional beer : )