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Gout Relief

Monday, September 27, 2010

I am not a doctor, nor am I recommending the following in lieu of your medical treatment. But this is the story of a successful gout flare up with a very happy ending.

Last weekend, I took my friend to Urgent Care. He couldn't walk as one of his knees had suddenly become intensely painful for no apparent reason. I've been through this another time with the pain in his foot. (according to articles, most flareups start in the feet and work their way up the body)

Well, after going to Urgent Care and finding there is little they can do for gout, I spent a lot of time researching. Thank God for the internet!

Learned all about gout, and as I researched, the pain meds he'd gotten at Urgent Care were doing absolutely nothing except destroying his stomach linings with severe pain.

Then I hit upon what others in similar straits found worked for them. Wild Cherry extract. I figured, okay, anything's worth a try at this point as he was facing a long period of pain ahead (sometimes up to 7 days or more per flareup) on crutches and not being able to drive.

Turns out that the extract is supposed to balance out the body's acidity that causes gout. Of course, I am simplifying here for expediency.

This wild cherry extract is available in either pill or liquid form - I bought both- at any nutrition store, on Amazon, etc. I had no expectations. However, within 24 hours, he had 2/3 less pain and in two days the pain had all but disappeared. It was like seeing a miracle at Lourdes.

If you suffer from gout, give this a try. If it helps even one person, wonderful!

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/27/2010 6:55PM

    you are a great friend thanks for passing on the important info, emoticon

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KMICHA 9/27/2010 5:37AM

    My hubby has suffered from gout on and off for the last 10 years. We have tried MANY things. He eats nothing from the list, he has totally given up red meat and pork. He drinks cherry juice concentrate on a daily basis and suppliments with the cherry extract pill. We buy organic as much as possible and he juices at least once a day. If he is having an attack he juices all day long. We haven't hit upon a "magic cure", we would rather correct the problem than mask it with meds. Although, I'm not sure that is going to be possible. His body just does not process the uric acid. I meds are horrible though! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/27/2010 1:03AM

    Yes, the list of foods that I checked were things that my friend does not consume. So diet is not the issue at all. It's his body's ability to break down the acidity that seems to be the issue. It's a painful malady, for sure.

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RENA1965 9/27/2010 1:00AM

    My own step dad suffered Gout- his doctor explained it was better to avoid foods that are high in purine than grab a remedy all the time..
Purine-Rich Foods

"Beer, other alcoholic beverages". Is the worst sinner for both men and women..
Anchovies, sardines in oil, fish roes, herring.
Organ meat (liver, kidneys, sweetbreads)
Legumes (dried beans, peas)
Meat extracts, consomme, gravies.
Mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower.
This is one painful rheumatic condition that can be reversed with sensible eating and drinking habits..
Good luck with your friend- my step father won't listen.. emoticon

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Challenges as Tools or Weapons

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I just saw the DVD "Gifted Hands" about world-famous neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, who surmounted many challenges in his life. He said that you can use challenges as either excuses to not do the things you want to do, or you can use them as stepping stones to make you stronger and ready to achieve the next challenge or goal. His mom told him that if something is in your way, find out what it is and work to remove it. Nice reminders and advice from them both, don't you think?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/28/2010 2:28PM

    Sounds like a great DVD....I'll have to check into it.

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REBECCAMA 9/26/2010 11:05PM

  Maybe that is why there are so many great challenges on Spark. All tools to help motivate us to do better for ourselves. Good luck!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/26/2010 7:24PM

    I find challenges have really helped me in this healthy journey. I hope you find the same.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/26/2010 3:17PM

    emoticon emoticon

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TRIGFROST 9/26/2010 2:08AM

    Using what you the "Greatest thing" on this earth.
emoticon for Sharing w/ your SparkFriends... emoticon

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AYAMMAYA 9/26/2010 1:37AM

    Thank you for the Reminder Jesse!!! I am making my list of things to do, what is blocking me, and the solutions to achieve goals!!!
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FRIENDOFBACH 9/26/2010 12:40AM

  Really great! Thank you.

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Slippery Slope Became a Huge Mtn, And I Went Down Down Down

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I remember when the small spiral became a huge avalanche. It was last October. I blogged about how I went to see Lion King, and before the show, had a great dinner at a fabulous restaurant. It entailed a memorable dessert.

I remember writing about "falling off the wagon" but getting right back on. Which I did, kinda.

But this past year has been about my dear cousin and wrapped up in her cancer survival that took her away in July. I did fine, until this past July when she died, and then the slippery slope that started last October became a form of exteme sport going downhill fast. I zoomed down the mountain, full of sadness and grief over losing a person who was like a sister to me.

However, there is much more to the story, which I'll save for the next blog.

I guess this one is about having forgiven myself for having fallen off-track. But then, I overlooked more and more of these little slides. I became too complacent with my progress of having lost 34 lbs.

Wishing all a good weekend.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/28/2010 2:27PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your cousin. Grief takes time to get through. I'm glad that you have chosen to blog about it. Your eating will get back in control when you are ready. It sounds like you are ready to start now.


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RAINBOWFALLS 9/26/2010 7:22PM

    I really can relate to the slippery slope. I went down it after my son died and and then again when my mom died. Ironically, I joined this site two days after my moms 1st year death date. I know I have an emotional eating issue and when I lose a loved one I lose total control.

I think you will find there are many like us out there.

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MADDE3333 9/26/2010 7:11AM

    I am very sorry for your loss. Each person experiences grief differently so I cannot say I know how you are feeling because only you know that for sure. In the past five years I lost two aunts, my sister and brother-in-law, my fiance and then a beloved dog.

I had lost over 40+ pounds in 2006-7, only to gain it back after my fiance died. Eating was my consolation -- but really it was not. Eating could not replace anyone, but it provided a very temporary feeling of comfort only to be replaced by a feeling of disappointment with myself after I gained it all back.

There were a number of start and stops for me, but in June I finally seriously started back to eating healthy. I added exercise back only two weeks ago. I am taking it day by day, because really, that's all we have.


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CHERIRIDDELL 9/26/2010 12:33AM

    Don't beat yourself up get back on the tobaggan and head back up that hill !You will reach the summit once more and you can stand at the top of the mountain and sing at the top of your lungs and you will feel hugely successful and be the victor at the top of your game ! hugs,Cheri

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Quirky Sparker

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's been 1.75 years on SP(Jan. '09), and two years since starting my healthy lifestyle changes (October '08). Every so often I take a look at my SP experience and just overview some things that are in my consciousness about the site.

-I continue to support it with purchases, telling others, etc. It's a great tool, and I've expressed my gratitude consistently.

-With that said, as with any relationship, it's been bittersweet and sometimes I just want to quit the site. The things that have bothered me are mostly the drug ads and ads for unhealthy goodies like Mrs. Fields cookies. When I've expressed this on blogs, everyone responded to just ignore it, that they never pay attention to the ads. Maybe it's my marketing background, but I do see ads. And I don't think drugs and cookies belong on a health site. (yes, I understand all of the oppsoing views.)

-The trivia quiz contains the same questions and answers over and over and over. Yet, I never get a monthly score over 72 percent; oftentimes, under that. Looks like someone isn't paying attention. (smiling) Makes me wonder what else I'm not paying attention to in learning healthier tips for myself. (it could be my stimulus/response lifelong thing - never tested well)

-I smile at the friends I've made here. Never thought the virtual world could become so valuable and that I'd be "meeting" so many helpful, kind people.

-I've avoided updating my page, blogging regularly (trying to get back to what I did up until recently - daily blogs), and being totally honest that I have hit a huge wall. Andreally not caring that much. Dealing with lots of death and loss has given me a "who cares" type of thing going on. I have to start caring. I'm trying. The structure of SP helps reel me into caring.

- Guess that's about it - for now.

Have a wonderful day, friends.

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/25/2010 8:43AM

    I have to say that I can relate to what you are saying. I gained a boat load of weight after losing my son and having an "I don't care to go on" attitude for several years. I hope that feeling doesn't consume you. Best of luck.

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 9/24/2010 11:17PM

    I have been on and off 3 times,I am determined this third time will be the charm and I will reach my goals and be healthier than thought possible. We all have or will go through this at some point,just like you and we just have to take time we need and we come to realize that the friendships we make here helps us to come back with a better and more positive attitude and renewed selves ready to dive back into where we left off! I wish you the best on your journey's and remember emoticon! emoticonDiana emoticon

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MARTY19 9/24/2010 7:46PM

    There are times when we hit a wall and then ask why we bother to care. I have done it many times and probably will continue to do so. But what keeps me going are the friendships I have made and the site itself. Nothing in life is perfect but SP comes close.
Never quite and never give up. You are making changes and slip-ups are learning experiences. Count on your friends.


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/24/2010 5:56PM

    I'm glad you are getting back to blogging, particularly about how you are feeling. It helps me a lot when I do that. I also feel like I know people better who do it too.

I was about ready to throw in the towel with SP about a month ago, but it's the one thing that I have found that actually helps me loss weight and motivates me to exercise (sometimes). I decided I couldn't give it up. I'm glad yo have decided the same thing too.


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CHERIRIDDELL 9/24/2010 11:41AM

    All things have positives and negatives ,I tend to think the good done by keeping the site free outweighs the negatives of some of the ads .In a Utopian world we would avoid the drug and sweets ads but as Spark maintains it is a lifestyle change there is a place for occasional treats and sometimes drugs benefits outweight their negatives , so if they are willing to support the Spark site more power to them.
Accountability there is a big one.I find logging and learning keep me going.There is so much to be gained by the experiences of others too so reading blogs help.
A friend is a friend and Spark has cottoned on to that ,the virtual world is amazing and allows us to connect with so many people who "click" with us. I feel privileged to call you friend and if nothing else beneficial had come of Spark the friends alone would have made it an amazing benefit a boost to weight loss and happiness which ties in with one another ! Thank you for being a wonderful friend and may you find every success in your journey!

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World's Oldest Man Lives In Montana. His Secret?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Not that I'd wish this type of longevity on myself with the life I've had (smiling), but what a sweet little man. (Plus, whatever time is in store for me, it might be good to take heed.) He's 114 years old, and I heard his sweet voice on the radio news as he responded to the question about what the secret of longevity is.

"Happiness. Be satisfied with your accomplishments."

Enough said.

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JLITT62 9/23/2010 5:27AM

    That is a great secret! And one I really do keep working on.

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NANCYRUBIO 9/23/2010 12:10AM

    He also looks good for his age.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/22/2010 11:10PM

    More power to him! I was always the kind to strive to improve , never satisfied with what I had accomplished on to the next thing LOL! Makes for an impressive and varied resume but apparently not good for longevity!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/22/2010 8:56PM

    I should have that tattooed on the inside of my eyelids.

Thanks for sharing.

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KAT7457 9/22/2010 5:38PM

    I saw ands read that article right before i came into sparks. wow i wonder how he does it. not many people live to be that old must be in the genes. way to go for him!!

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AMMERY 9/22/2010 5:34PM

  Well, this makes perfect sense! Happiness is also created through exercise. When we exercise, we produce endorphins which creates a euphoric effect giving us energy, enthusiasm and the power the accomplish anything!

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DIAMORROW1 9/22/2010 5:09PM

    I dont think i want to live that long but I admire him.

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