GoutPal History Collection

GoutPal for 15 Years

Following my introduction to Keith’s GoutPal Story, I’ve started this series of posts looking back over the 15 years of GoutPal.

Back in 2005, I was an Internet beginner and gout newbie. But I’d learned enough to see that regular gout sites of the time were of little use to me. Because they were a daunting collection of:

  1. Gout Science I could barely understand.
  2. Gout Hypocracy designed to relieve sufferers of hard-earned cash for spurious reports and snake-oil gout remedies.
  3. Gout Lies that contradicted each other.
  4. Gout Myths based on outdated perceptions of uric acid and its effects.

Impact of Celery Seed Extract for Gout

GoutPal’s information about celery seed extract for gout is in the news this week. As, an internationally renowned market reports company analyzes the celery seed extract company[1].

Now many of the news agencies reporting this study are mistaken about GoutPal’s role. Because they describe GoutPal as one of the major vendors of celery seed products. But the report clearly describes GoutPal as a “Major Player”. So read on to see why this crucial difference is important to gout sufferers. Also, read my summary of celery seed information for gout sufferers. Plus a bonus for people who are really interested in learning about gout and uric acid.


When Keith Started

At the moment, my gout story is easy. Because I’m taking allopurinol each day. So gout doesn’t bother me personally. Although I do have visible tophi which I think will last for years.

But my GoutPal role is very busy right now. Because I’m moving servers. So I’m taking the opportunity to reorganize and redesign.

Gout Remedies Forum For Gout Treatment

Anyone using resveratrol for gout?

I have started tidying the gout cures pages, and looked for updates on the resveratrol research.

Unfortunately, though there are more studies showing that resveratrol can lower uric acid, the studies are still on animals. I was rather hoping that some human studies would be available by now.

So far, I have found nothing. if you see anything, please let me know below.

Along the way, I found an interesting list of foods containing resveratrol. Here is the list from “Concentrations of resveratrol and derivatives in foods and estimation of dietary intake in a Spanish population.”

Better Gout Treament Gout Cures Forum Gout Questions Gout Remedies Forum For Gout Treatment

Does Medical Marijuana Help With Gout?

In tidying the old forums, I repeat the following question in it’s entirety:

Hello Everyone

I hope this subject isn’t that taboo on the forums, if the admin deems this as an unfit thread for this forums then please remove it at all costs, as I come from a legal state where I was able to get a prescription for MMJ. I am in no way advocating its use or in anyway promoting it, but I came here with some questions/thoughts and would love to get some feedback from fellow sufferers.

I have read on a few websites that cannabis mite be a possible candidate as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, seeing as how gout is considered a form of arthritis it may seem that MMJ may be beneficial for gout sufferers. And there are other sites where it states that MMJ justs act like morphine in the sense that it helps the users forget about the pain while under the effects of marijuana.

I have noticed that when I have an attack and use MMJ it makes my joints feel more swollen/pressure than prior to consumption, but I only notice this when I try to put an pressure on the affected joint and that if I am just laying in bed it feels fine and helps takes my mind off of the attack itself. I have not noticed MMJ as a trigger for my gout, as I tend to use it on a semi-regular basis (2-3 times a week)

Whats everyones take on this? Is this something that I should avoid at all costs whether or not I am experiencing an attack or is this something that is okay to use recreationally in between attacks? Would very much like everyones feedback

I am impressed by the polite attitude, and I have no issue with discussing this topic. However, the debate has to be constructive and restricted to gout where it is legal to do so. I hate censorship, but not as much as I hate people wasting my time.

Responses to the original question include:

I have some experience with cannabis and having Gout. I find that cannabis tends to make me focus way too much on the affected area, I actually think it makes it worse and it tends to make me wreck my diet […] Short story long, cannabis is not going to help your attacks, only controlling your Uric Acid will do that

I emboldened the last sentence as I agreed with it strongly in the original discussion.

The final comment was:

Using the herbal remedy that you’re referring to can help or hurt depending on the method you use to administer it. I found that unfiltered, the smoke can cause a gout flare-up while when ingested or filtered well there is no flare-up.

This is a topic well outside my experience, so my only contribution is my earlier point about keeping the focus on getting uric acid levels safe.

If you have anything positive, interesting, or enlightening to add to this debate, please add it below.

If you prefer more widely accepted forms of gout treatment, please refer to my gout treatment pages.

Medical Marijuana - 100% Natural Narcotic
Medical Marijuana – 100% Natural Narcotic
Gout Remedies Forum For Gout Treatment

Does Alkaline Water Help Gout?

The use of alkaline water to help gout has been raised many times, and I will summarize old discussions here.

There are two aspects to consider.

First, the act of taking on fluids is almost always a good thing for gout sufferers, within reason. As most drinks contain an extremely high proportion of water, it does not matter what the drink is. Avoiding dehydration allows the kidneys to excrete uric acid better, but there is little benefit beyond that. Most important aspect is to keep urine output to around 2-2.5 liters per day which helps avoid kidney stones. This is also true when on allopurinol, because unused allopurinol, usually excreted as oxypurinol, can form stones in extreme cases. For more, see my articles about water and gout.

Second, is the issue of alkaline water “dissolving” uric acid. There is no evidence to support this claim. There is evidence to suggest that alkaline urine helps to lower uric acid. It falls into the category of “more research needed.” Even if it is true, you should not believe marketing statements that push alkaline water. Our body chemistry is complex, and alkaline intake at one end does not necessarily cause alkaline output at the other end. There is much more about this in my alkalizing gout diet menu articles.

One thing is certain. If you are trying to alkalize your body, which I personally recommend, you must test the pH of your urine.

Gout Symptoms And Causes Forum

How Can I Get a Gout Diagnosis?

Many people with sore toes, feet, or other joints find it difficult to get a clear diagnosis.

Over the years, the gout symptoms forum has seen many people who are totally frustrated.

I am not talking about people who refrain from visiting their doctor, who talk with their mates in the pub, and decide that a swollen foot must be gout. I’m referring to people who have consulted doctors, presented suspicions of gout, yet been told they can’t have gout, for whatever reason.

In my case, I was originally told by my family doctor (since retired) that I could not have gout, as swelling was in my ankle, not my big toe. Joint fluid analysis by a rheumatologist confirmed that I did have gout. It’s a shame I had to endure 4 days in hospital to get that simple test, but at least I knew exactly what my problem was.

I will summarize other old forum discussions about this issue, but I want to start this new discussion now, as another contributor has the same problem.

If you have had trouble getting a gout diagnosis, please share your experiences here. It may help if you read about gout symptoms first.