November 24, 2009 at 6:55 pm #3090rucyriusParticipant
any body ever hear of goutcleanse? it has something called valoneic acid dilactone (queens flower),5 Primary Alkaline Complex, Potassium Citrate, Celery Seed Extract, Cherry Extract… anybody ever try it?
it claims its as effective as allopurinol…November 25, 2009 at 7:39 am #6671zip2playParticipant
It sounds a lot llike quackery of the first order.
To wit, from their website:
Primary Alkaline Complex: Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese and Iron
The uric acid crystals which collect at the joints, causing gout, can only form in an environment high in acidity. A Japanese study shows that raising plasma pH to between 6.2 and 6.8 drastically reduces crystal formation. 6,7
But the FACT is that this just a snippet clipped from somthing unrelated to human life because life cannot exist at a pH between 6.2 to 6.8.
Maintenance of plasma pH (-log10 [H+]) within the range 7.38-7.42 is an essential requirement for life, because many metabolic processes (e.g. enzymatic reactions) are exquisitely sensitive to changes in H+ concentration. The range compatible with life is 7.00-7.70 (i.e. a 5-fold change in H+ concentration).
They've gathered together a bunch of anecdotal evidence about this or that herbal reputed to be a gout treatment and stuck them all together in a pill, a little cherry, a little celery, etc. and added some linament (curcumin) to rub on the achey foot and are peddling it to the unwary. In the old days somebody would have sold this from a buckboard with a scantily clad woman going from town to town. Perhaps they;d have sold it with Lydia Pinkham's Lotion to double profits.
This is typical behavior for almost ALL disease and it seems to have gotten a second wind with the internet. It seems the arthritis-type diseases have gotten the most abuse becasue nearly everybody suffers some form for a large part of one's life.
It's a scam.
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