Last Friday, one of my college friends sent me a picture of this big toe that was red and inflamed. His doctor diagnosed it as gout but drew blood to be sure. “What can I do about this until the blood test comes back?” I asked him, “how much water and soft drinks do you consume every day?” “Little water and 3 Mountain Dews a day.”
The short answer was 80 to 100 ounces of water, stop the soft drinks, Colchicum 30C, and Stinging Nettle tincture. Also find someone with an ionic footbath to unload some of the toxin.
Most of the individuals with gout, kidney stones and in some cases gallstones consume too many soft drinks and too little water. This is a great way to create internal gravel that requires drugs and/or surgery to resolve. You must have water for the body to function properly including the dilution of metabolic toxins. Daily “soft” drink consumption is a form of slow poisoning that creates an acidic environment making you ripe for disease.
An original family copy of Gunn’s Domestic Medicine (1839), describes gout with grim possibilities.
“In gouty subjects, whose vital powers have been greatly impaired by frequent or violent paroxysms; by indulgence in spirituous liquors or wines or in savoury dishes, or by any other cause, and especially when the stomach does not perform its office, and general debility prevails.”
“The vital powers in gouty subjects advanced in years, and even in young gouty invalids who have abused their constitutions by intemperance are often in so reduced a state, that life is only kept up by general or local irritation, or what may be termed morbid nervous excitement; and, on subduing it by an anodyne, death suddenly ensues.”
The prescription and homeopathic treatment for acute gout and rheumatism is Colchicum autumnale (Meadow Saffron). Prescription colchicine was available at least since the 1930 for about 10 cents a tablet. This was before the FDA and their 2006 initiative to test unapproved drugs. A generic company did the necessary testing and was granted a patent in July of 2009. The drug now cost over 5 dollars a tablet. The FDA’s wisdom took a drug that had been use for hundreds of years in this country and in Europe to require real scientific testing for safety and effectiveness. Most would agree that this is a ridiculous price increase, and perhaps manipulation of the system. At the same time manufacturer did invest a lot of money to satisfy the FDA requirements.
Colchicine can be a violent poison with the most common side effect as diarrhea. The homeopathic Colchicum autumnale 30C is economical and does not carry the same toxicity profile as the prescription drug.
The herb, Stinging Nettle (Urtica urens) is an old treatment for gout as a tea or tincture. It aids in the breakdown of metabolic waste such as the uric acid. Homeopathic Urtica can also be used for gout.