What is your Gout trying to tell you?

The five most common forms of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, gout is one of the most painful forms of rheumatoid arthritis. Gout affects approximately 3.9% of the US population and has been steadily rising as more and more American’s struggle with obesity and hypertension. Statistically, more men are afflicted with this condition than women because men have higher uric acid levels in their blood than women.

There are four types of gout:

  1. Asymptomatic (without symptoms) Hyperuricemia – Elevated levels of uric acid only. No other symptoms.
  2. Gouty Arthritis or Acute Gout – Often triggered by aggravating diet, stress, alcohol or another illness. Attacks usually happen at night and subside within 3-10 days with or without treatment.
  3. Interval or Intercritical Gout – The symptom-free time between acute gout episodes. These intervals tend to get shorter and shorter over time.
  4. Chronic Tophaceous Gout – Usually develops over a long period of time (like 10 years) with possible permanent damage to the joints or kidneys.

Purines are natural chemical compounds found virtually every type of food. Here is a short video on purines in relationship to gout. Usually the body eliminates uric acid via the kidneys by dissolving it into urine. When excessive uric acid builds up and the kidneys can’t keep up, urate crystals can form. These sharp urate crystals can develop in the kidneys, joints or tissue surrounding joints, causing severe pain and inflammation.

A 12-year study on foods related to gout recommended primarily avoiding high-purine foods like hearts, herring, mussels, yeast, smelt, sardines, and sweetbreads. Moderately-high purine foods are game birds, mutton, veal, bacon, liver, salmon, trout, haddock and scallops.

Risk factors for gout include genetics, obesity, excessive weight gain (especially during youth) moderate or binge drinking, high blood pressure, abnormal kidney function, heart disease, joint injury, chemotherapy, diuretics, some medications (including low-dose aspirin, steroids and immunosuppressive drugs).

Use of steroids and pain-killers may temporary alleviate symptoms of gout, but a diagnosis of gout is a good indication that systemic problems have been brewing for a long time and some lifestyle and comprehensive nutritional changes need to take place.

Improving kidney function and reducing C-reactive proteins (an indication of systemic inflammation) are two key aspects to preventing gout. If you’re a bit fuzzy on what kidneys do, here is a quick three minute video on the critical role kidneys play in filtering the blood and supplying vital nutrients to the body.

Reducing or eliminating high-purine foods would clearly be a smart way to reduce the burden on the kidneys.  Supporting the body’s overall digestive health would also help kidney function and reduce uric acid imbalances. Drinking lots of fresh water and eating a high-alkaline diet full of fresh raw foods and fiber meets those objectives.

Studies have shown that many supplements can benefits gout-sufferers by improving kidney function, reducing systemic inflammation caused by free-radical damage and aiding in digestion. Click on the name of each supplement type below to see how it can address gout related problems:

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Aloe vera juice enhances chemotherapy while reducing side effects

In 2009 the International Institute of Anticancer Research published a fascinating study which documented how aloe vera juice used orally boosted the effectiveness and reduced the symptoms associated with a wide variety of chemotherapy drugs used on metastatic solid tumors.

Mestastic cancer is cancer that has spread from its original location via the bloodstream or lymphatic system.

The study was conducted on 240 people with a different types and stages of mestastic cancer, including lung, colorectal, pancreatic, and gastric. The participants were using an assortment of chemotherapy drugs and were separated into two groups. One group was given 10 ml (about a third of an ounce) twice daily of aloe vera juice in conjunction with their chemotherapy treatment.

The group using aloe vera juice use during chemotherapy was observed to have notably less of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Paresthesa (the sensation of “pins & needles” or tingling)
  • Disease and tumor growth

Here is a summary quote from this randomized study:

“Results: The percentage of both objective tumor regressions and disease control was significantly higher in patients concomitantly treated with Aloe than with chemotherapy alone, as well as the percent of 3-year survival patients. Conclusion: This study seems to suggest that Aloe may be successfully associated with chemotherapy to increase its efficacy in terms of both tumor regression rate and survival time.”

This chart of various chemotherapy drugs also identifies the benefit of using aloe vera, as well as other some other supplements, in conjunction with commonly-used cancer treatments. It also recommends not using certain supplements with specific chemotherapy drugs.

Ultimate Aloe® Juice

Liquid aloe vera is much more bio-available than aloe vera in a capsule form, but frankly many aloe vera juices taste awful. Ultimate Aloe® Juice is absolutely delicious and has no added sugars.  My favorite flavor is the Cranberry-Apple, although the Strawberry-Kiwi and Pomegranate are also very popular.

Ultimate Aloe® Juice is a made from the whole aloe vera leaf and is certified for its content and purity by the International Aloe Science Council. However, independent lab analysis of Ultimate Aloe shows that it is virtually free of undesirable components like aloin (which can cause intestinal distress).

Ultimate Aloe® Juice contains three times more polymers than aloe vera gel and has 50% more active components than is required for maximum benefit when taken orally. Some studies have found that aloe vera polymers improved oxygen use in the blood and enhance healing.

Allergies, Psoriasis and Cancer Share a Common Link

An interesting connection has been discovered between psoriasis, eczema, Hodgkin’s disease and lymphoid cancer. allergies The connection is a type of white blood cell called a mast cell.

Mast cells are part of our immune system and jump into action when an allergic reaction occurs.  An irritant or foreign substance will trigger the release of antibodies, which attach themselves to mast cells.  When the irritant comes into contact with the antibody the mast cell erupts, releasing proteins and histamine that, in turn, cause swelling, itching, and/or congestion.

People with high inflammatory symptoms, like those found in psoriasis, eczema, and lymphoid cancers have high levels of mast cells and another immune system protein called CD30. CD30 is a protein found in T-lymphocyte white blood cells.  A study done by the Karolinska Institute discovered that CD30 can stimulate mast cell production in healthy skin cells.  So the presence of CD30 may trigger an inflammatory mast cell response on its own.

Another elevated protein found in psoriasis and many cancer sufferers is known as C-reactive protein.  C-reactive proteins indicate general levels of inflammation in the body.  Infections and many types of long term disease, including heart disease, also generate lots of C-reactive proteins.

Incomplete protein digestion may contribute to the cycle of irritants entering the bloodstream, which in-turn can set the stage for mast cell production, elevated CD30, C-reactive proteins and other inflammatory responses.

Some natural approaches to dealing with this vicious cycle is reducing processed foods and increasing digestive enzymes, vitamin D, vitamin A, zinc, Omega-3 fish oils, aloe vera, and glutathione precursors.  Moderate amounts of sunshine are also advised.

Isotonix® D with K2
Ultimate Aloe® Juice
Ultimate Aloe® Gel
Heart Health™ Omega 3 with E
Isotonix® OPC-3 Beauty Blend
Digestive Enzymes

Psoriasis drug linked to a deadly brain infection

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis and approximately 6.5 million people suffer with it. Psoriasis ismale-doc-looking-at-brain-s considered by many to be incurable. However, due to the dysfunctional aspects of the immune system which are present in this condition, that conclusion is debatable.

Raptiva is a drug that is sometimes prescribed for moderate to severe cases of psoriasis.  Raptiva is typically injected once a week and works by suppressing the normal inflammatory response triggered by the immune system.  T-cells, which are critical in fighting off infections in our bodies, are specifically suppressed by this drug.  The result is fewer psoriasis symptoms but it comes at the cost of lowering the entire body’s immune response.

A common, and usually benign, virus present in most people’s central nervous system is called Polyomarvirus JC. This virus is considered harmless except in cases of compromised immunity. Conditions like cancer, AIDS, chronic corticosteroid or other immunosuppressive therapies can activate this virus.  Once activated, this virus is called Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML). Eighty percent of victims diagnosed with PML die within six months. Survivors often suffer severe neurological disabilities.

The FDA has confirmed three deaths (with a fourth being investigated) due to PML brought on by the use of Raptiva. Consequently the FDA has issued a warning for users of this drug to contact their physician and discuss new treatment options.

Recent studies on oxidative stress and psoriasis are very promising. Clearly, using effective antioxidant therapy to increase glutathione is a very safe approach that addresses an underlying cause of this condition.

I find it tragic that in the attempt to alleviate painful symptoms, people are often shortening their lives or, as in this news article, losing life. Correcting oxidative stress would be a good place to start. The best bio-available isotonic supplements that I believe would positively impact psoriasis are listed below.

Isotonix® OPC-3 Beauty Blend
Isotonix® Vitamin D with K2
Ultimate Aloe® Gel
Curcumin Extreme™

Colic Relief with Aloe Vera

happy-baby2Is there any more helpless feeling than not knowing how to sooth a crying baby?

Colic is a perplexing condition when a baby cries and can not be consoled for no apparent reason.  Some health care providers think it may be triggered by digestive distress such as gas, cramps, constipation, bloating, heartburn or acid reflux.  The cause of these type of physical manifestations can include allergies, lactose-intolerance, or other unidentified conditions.

Consider a high quality aloe vera juice  drink to help calm and sooth a wide range of intestinal difficulties.

Aloe vera has been turned to since ancient times for a myriad of health issues from acne and allergies to cancer and colitis.  In addition to being an antioxidant, it is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal.  When taken internally aloe vera juice provides vitamins, minerals, enzymes, promotes healthy digestion and enhances immune response.

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