Gout and Pharmaceuticals

by Warren Matthews of Xtend-Life

I know that there are many people who suffer from gout as well as some heart/circulation issues so I have answered this question in detail with a few hints that may be helpful to some.

Question: from Michael

I am a chronic gout sufferer; I have been fighting the condition with diet for many years.

Earlier this year (February) I was given Lisinopril for blood pressure and Simvastatin (Zocor) for cholesterol. All heck broke loose. I had swelling of my lymphnods (right arm) and gout attack after gout attack. I stopped taking the medications and have still been experiencing gout attacks one right after another.

I have been to several rheumatologists. They are stumped. All I have been given for it is Indomethicin. So I am on my own trying to figure this out.

Recently, I ran across an article that mentioned that good quality Omega3 can help with gout.

I have tried several fish oil supplements. All have triggered further and worse gout attacks. Is it because they are fish based? Low quality? Some contained anchovies and sardines with the Salmon as the main ingredient/.

Any thoughts? Would Hoki based be better? Should I stay away from fish based and try flaxseed?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer: from Warren Matthews of Xtend-Life

It is possible that Hoki may not give you that reaction…but, I cannot be certain as the reason why you are reacting to other fish oils is unknown. My suggestion is that you should try to settle the gout down first and then give the fish oil a try later on. I do not think that the Omega 3 fish oil would give you the dramatic benefits that you are really seeking and you don’t want to risk another flare up.

In the meantime it would be a good idea to use some flax seed oil. It does not contain the DHA and EPA which provides the prime benefits of Omega 3 but it does contain ALA and this may be of some help to your condition. There are a lot of good quality organic flax seed oils on the market. Get the type in a glass bottle and have a tablespoonful a day.

I also think that you should seriously reconsider the pharmaceutical drugs that you are on. These will very likely aggravate your condition. The question is, do you really need to be on them all? Is your blood pressure really so bad that you need this drug? Is your cholesterol so bad that you need the statin?

So often we find that people are on these drugs even though their readings are only slightly elevated. In some cases they should not be on them at all.

To give some examples,

Blood Pressure:

Do you really have elevated blood pressure? Has your blood pressure been taken in a relaxed environment after you have been resting, or was it taken straight after being bustled into the Doctors office? Had you eaten before the tests were done? How many times has it been taken?

I always suggest that if a person has been diagnosed with high blood pressure that it would be a good investment to purchase a good blood pressure device which can be obtained for less than $100 and take your own readings at home on a regular basis at different times of the day, before meals, and after meals etc.

Note the figures and then share it with your Doctor. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Also on the subject of blood pressure, remember that this is a symptom only and not a disease. It is usually an indication of narrowing or hardening of the arteries. By improving the flow through the arteries the problem of blood pressure can usually be solved without using drugs which merely mask the problem.

However, it must be recognized that it took a long time for the build up in your arteries to occur and it takes some time for it to be removed. Our Cardio-Klenz is designed to help clean arteries.

High Cholesterol

Are your cholesterol levels really high enough to warrant a statin drug and all the side effects that can go with them?

Some Doctors prescribe a statin drug because their patients total cholesterol is high and they ignore the ratio of HDL to LDL. Sometimes the total cholesterol is high because the HDL is high and yet they still prescribe a statin drug which is totally irresponsible.

Also, having high cholesterol is also not a serious problem if your triglycerides are low, and also your homocysteine is OK along with your C-reactive protein.

So, have your Doctor check out your levels of these other markers. If you cholesterol is definitely too high then our Cholest-Natural may be a viable option for you if you want to avoid a statin.

Back to your Gout…

Your key objective obviously needs to be to get your inflammation under control and reduce the pain.

Here are my suggestions:

1. Question your Doctor hard on the need to continue with your medication. No one including your Doctor really knows what negative impact these medications are having on your gout.

2. Start a regime which requires you every morning as soon as you arise to have 2 – 3 cups of warm pure water. Not tap water…pure through a filter, reverse osmosis system or distiller. Must be warm, not hot so you can drink it all in one go.

3. Get some fresh cherries if you can and eat plenty of them.

4. Have a tablespoonful of organic flax seed oil each day.

5. For two months try the full dose rate of our Arthrit-Eze. This is excellent for helping control inflammation and pain naturally and has helped many people in this area. If after two months it is doing the job for you then you could probably cut back to a half dose. If however, after two months if it is not helping then you would be one of the unlucky ones whom it doesn’t work for.

It contains some really powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients as well as others which help reduce pain.

After a couple of months if this protocol is working then I would suggest that you try our Omega 3 DHA fish oil.

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In 1998 Warren Matthews (a New Zealander) then 51 years of age reached a turning point in his life due to a number of ‘interesting’ experiences. If you would like to know more about these please go to Warren’s blog for more background. Also as many people do when they reach 50 years of age he started becoming more aware of the generally poor health of others around him, both young and old. Friends would occasionally contract diseases, some terminal such as cancer, or die suddenly from heart attacks. Early in 2000 Xtend-Life Natural Products (Intl) Ltd went ‘live’ and made available to the public its first generation of Total Balance a highly sophisticated multi nutrient supplement (as opposed to a multi vitamin/mineral supplement). Dr Munem now directs the Xtend-Life Research and Development Department and has become a close friend of Warren’s. Since the first products were released in 2000 Xtend-Life has enjoyed a steady growth thanks to an ever increasing foundation of loyal customers who purchase products every month and refer their friends and family to Xtend-Life as well. Visit Xtend-Life now.

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