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For gout.. Do you know of any alternative treatment other then allupurinol to lower uric acid, for prevention of gout episodes?

For gout.. Do you know of any alternative treatment other then allupurinol  to lower uric acid, for prevention of gout episodes?

Yes: Gout is caused by your body's poor handling of proteins called purines. A diet low in purines certainly helps. Also, stay well hydrated. This helps prevent uric acid kidney stones as well as reduces joint attacks. Anecdotally, cherry juice seems to help as well. Have your uric acid checked regularly and if these methods aren't enough, take Allopurinol or uloric. Gout destroys joints. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for food poisoning?

Who is at risk for food poisoning?

Everyone: Food poisoning can affect anyone. However, the very young and old are at higher risk, as are anyone with a compromised immune system. ...Read more

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I've been overindulging on rich foods with propensity for gout. Any suggestions to prevent an attack?

I've been overindulging on rich foods with propensity for gout. Any suggestions to prevent an attack?

Hyperuricemia: If you don't have problem with the metabolism to produce and get rid of uric acid, it is unlikely you would get gout. If you do, then one, you should be avoiding those food you know can cause gout, and two, you should talk to your doctor to get medicine to prevent the production of and increase the elimination of uric acid. ...Read more

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Is eating prepackaged food health for any age group?

Is eating prepackaged food health for any age group?

Somtimes: You can always find healthy choices in any setting, be it at home, restaurants, or prepackaged foods. With so much increase in awareness, there are lot of choices available in every food group including organic foods. With a little effort in reading the labels and a little common sense, you will find healthy foods. Good luck! ...Read more

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What foods are okay for avoiding gout attacks?

What foods are okay for avoiding gout attacks?

Cherry juice: The only food that has data suggesting it may help is cherry juice. Food to avoid are alcohol (especially) and shellfish. ...Read more

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What foods other than meat should be avoided in gout ?

What foods other than meat should be avoided    in gout ?

Foods in Gout: Avoid fatty foods and limit alcohol intake. Avoid high-fructose corn syrup such as found in some soft drinks or some juice drinks. Here is a helpful article from the Mayoclinic since I don't have a lot of room here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/gout-diet/art-20048524 ...Read more

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Are there any health risks of a zero carbohydrate diet?

Are there any health risks of a zero carbohydrate diet?

Plenty: A no carb diet is the extreme of a low carb diet. Carbs provide energy for daily activities including exercise. Fruits and vegetables are carbs and have an abundance of antioxidants. The bottom line is that most things taken o the extreme are not good. The body, at least for the long term, is about balance. ...Read more

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Any diet recommendations for gout?

Any diet recommendations for gout?

Gout diet: Take in tart cherry juice +tart cherries, 10/day. Add Lemon extract 2 tblspns/day. Avoid alcohol, animal fats, organ meats, anchovies, sardines, tuna, salmon, and shellfish. Limit other meats to 4 oz/day. Avoid high fructose corn syrup containing drinks and foods. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of citrus fruit and veggies. Drink 3 L /day. Nuts are excellent. ...Read more

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Is there any drug interaction or side effects to taking the two drugs gemfibrozil for cholesterol and allopurinol for gout together ?

Is there any drug interaction or side effects to taking the two drugs  gemfibrozil for cholesterol and  allopurinol for gout together ?

No: there are no known interactions between the two drugs however i recommend that you space out the medications when taking them by a few hours so you can monitor for any possible reactions ...Read more

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Is a brand of manuka honey better for health benefits than others? More serious health concerns athritis etc.?

Is a brand of manuka honey better for health benefits than others? More serious health concerns athritis etc.?

Unproven: Dietary supplements are unproven. I do not discourage my patients from trying them, but since the probability of success is so low anyway the minor differences between brands is not important. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits risks of eating shellfish?

Shellfish: See: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=107

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Is protein rich food injurious for heart patients? What foods are injurious for heart patients?

Is protein rich food injurious for heart patients? What foods are injurious for heart patients?

Protein and heart: Protein itself is not injurious to hearts. However, excess protein is stressful for kidneys. Aim for 0.8 gram of protein per Kg body weight per day. Avoid saturated fats. Take in polyunsaturated fats and plant fats. Avoid sugars and refined carbohydrate foods. Stay complex with fruit and vegetables. Avoid high fructose corn syrup. Lose weight to ideal body weight with calorie reductions. Exercise. ...Read more

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Are there health benefits of a vegetarian diet ?

Are there health benefits of a vegetarian diet ?

Yes, but...: There are advantages to eating a diet that minimizes unhealthy saturated fats, but a vegetarian diet does not limit processed goods that contain white sugar and flour and the diet also allows frying of food and trans-fats. So the plant based aspect of the diet is healthy, but not every aspect including excluding wild fish such as salmon rich in omega-3 fatty acids. ...Read more

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Are there any health benefits to eating cherries?

Yes: There are some antioxidant properties to cherries. The alternative treatment for gout involves cherry juice as a method for treting an acute attack. ...Read more

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Are there any body benefits to eating smoked oysters?

Are there any body benefits to eating smoked oysters?

Yes: Oysters have a # of health benefits. 3 oz of smoked oysters has 67 calories & 7 g of fat. They are low in saturated fat with no trans fats. They are a good soure of iron, selenium, zinc & vitamin b-12. ...Read more

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Is there any good substitute for low dose aspirin therapy(can cause buildup of uric acid) for heart disease?

Is there any good substitute for low dose aspirin therapy(can cause buildup of uric acid) for heart disease?

No problem.: Salicylates in low dose will increase uric acid levels. However 81mg of asa would have a neglible effect. Large doses of salicylate lower uric acid. Plavix (clopidogrel) would be an expensive alternative. ...Read more

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What health benefits are associated with a vegetarian diet ?

What health benefits are associated with a vegetarian diet ?

Good to know: The big studies have not shown increased longevity or much protection from any of the common cancers or vascular diseases just from vegetarianism / veganism. These people do tend to have other healthy habits. I admire the moral statement against the cruelty of factory farming. If you do not supplement (b12, several others) you will ruin your health -- your physician can guide you. ...Read more

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Gout (Definition)

Occurs when too much uric acid gets deposited in a joint. Lifestyle factors like red meat and alcohol ...Read more