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Symptoms of Gout!!!!

What Are the Symptoms of Gout?

Symptoms of GoutGout is not the result of just one condition — there are several causes of the disease. Some are classified as primary while others arise as a result of other health problems, but all are characterized by joint pain.

Gout is a painful kind of arthritis characterized by the presence of hard crystals in synovial fluid, which bathes and surrounds your joints, reducing friction and providing a cushion.

Advanced microscopy techniques now allow laboratory experts to identify the presence or absence of crystals with better accuracy than ever before. Improved technology affords opportunities for better identification of the type of crystals in the fluid.

Once the correct condition is identified, an effective treatment plan may be developed. Until these techniques were perfected, many people were diagnosed incorrectly with gout.

Careful examination of the synovial fluid offers health care providers with opportunities to rule out infectious diseases with joint pain that may resemble symptoms of gout. Health care providers are also able to determine whether or not the joint is inflamed or not, which provides further clues to the origin of the problem.

Kinds of Gout

Primary gout is due to an innate hereditary problem that results in the buildup of uric acid within the body. 90 percent of people who are diagnosed with primary gout are male; the condition is virtually nonexistent in premenopausal women.

Secondary gout develops as a result of acquired metabolic problems or medication. Certain types of chemotherapy, such as those used to treat some leukemias, increase the likelihood of gout development.

The most common type of gout — or crystal-induced arthritis — is the monosodium urate (MSU) type, which is characterized by uric acid crystals in the synovial fluid. Other kinds of gout arise due to the presence of various types of calcium crystals.

Purines, Uric Acid and MSU

Purines are chemical compounds that break down into uric acid. Uric acid is formed when proteins are broken down, such as when meat is eaten, and is eliminated from the body via the urinary tract.

Uric acid levels become elevated in the blood when metabolic processes are disrupted. Too much uric acid may arise due to many health conditions — elevated uric acid levels in the blood do not necessarily mean gout is present.

The only definitive way to diagnose gout with 100 percent accuracy is by measuring elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream and finding crystals within the synovial fluid. Other conditions that cause uric acid levels to rise, thereby increasing the chances for gout development, include:

  • Acidosis or ketosis
  • Alcoholism or excessive acute alcohol intake
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory illness
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Kidney disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Prolonged fasting

Characteristics of MSU and Gout

Gout used to be referred to as a rich man’s disease because symptoms were most common among wealthy males who were overweight, drank excessive amounts of alcohol, and ate lots of meat and rich foods. Indeed, these habits contribute to uric acid buildup in the body, so the traditional view of gout as a rich man’s disease was actually fairly accurate in centuries

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Forgive and Forget by Lewis B. Smedes

Forgive and Forget, Healing the hurts we Don’t Deserve.

I am posting about this book because it is a awesome book.

1. It talks about The four stages of forgiving.

2. Forgiving people that are hard to forgive.

3. How people forgive

4. Why forgive

For me this book so such a easy book to read and to help you find your way to forgiveness. It’s letting go and truly forgiving, and putting in your past. This is so healthy for people with illness and perfectly healthy. Its a key to living healthy and happy and peace with those in your life.

It definitely is worth the read. And can be found on Amazon.

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What decreases our Vitamin D levels?

There are a lot of reasons for reduction in Vitamin D Levels such as Aging, we automatically reduce Vitamin D production as we age.
Where you live, (above 35 degrees north latitude), and little or no Vitamin is produced from the sun from November to February.
Heath Conditions that create malabsorption and can lead to certain conditions such as celiac disease, crohns disease and hyperthyroidism.
Liver dysfunction and Kidney disease.
High smog levels in your own city, you can visit to find out your air quality in your area you live.
Medications, such as cholesterol lowering medications
Season ( no vitamin D produced in winter months)
Skin Pigmentation is produced 99 percent in darker color skin.
Sun screen use and sunscreen protective clothing SPF 15 reduces vitamin D synthesis by 99 percent.)

Now for things you can do to increase your vitamin D is through Vitamin C, Zinc, E, A, Probiotics, green tea extract, CoQ10, resveratrol extract, Sea Buckthorn.

If you sit outside for 20-30 minutes with out sunscreen on arms and legs,can help increase your Vitamin D levels, but skill recommended for your face, hat and sunglasses.

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A letter to yourself

There maybe times when the best way to heal whether it be through journaling, a letter to your self and it doesn’t particularly have to be at  any age, any topic, sometimes just getting stuff off your mind helps.

I wrote a letter to myself on major mistakes I made in my life, A letter what I would have told myself before the mistake was made and what I learned about what I had done and what I could have done better.

Example:  I wrote to my self about my first marriage, really thought about what I would have told myself before I married this man, I had to do some deep thinking, but during the process, I really figured out why I did it?  and it wasn’t just because it was a stupid decision!  So because of that and made me grow from understanding why I did what I did , so I wouldn’t make that decision again.  Then it also made me think about what is important to myself if there was to be a second marriage, but I wanted to be aware of the why!  Not beat myself up over it! I am not perfect, but it made me understand.

So just think about that as a option to help heal old wounds.  forgiving yourself, understand your thought process at the time and what you could do differently.  Doesn’t have to be on every decision you have made you could just pick the biggest decisions you have made.

Just a thought for the day.


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Alcohols Effects on the body

Alcohol’s Effects on the Body

Drinking too much – on a single occasion or over time – can take a serious toll on your health.  Here’s how alcohol can affect your body:

Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.

Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease.

Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.

Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Immune System:
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease.  Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much.  Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

Learn more about alcohol’s effects on the body.

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Discover new plants for your garden!

Water Celery!  Lives in water, blooms blue flowers and creeps and crawls. Herbs can grow either alone in a pot or mixed in your normal flower garden. I found going to different nursery’s that specialize in different types of plants and flowers, succulents are very easy to grow depend on where you live. For me, specially living in NV it’s all trial and error. Some succulents survive our winter’s and some don’t. When you plant think about whether or not you want this plant in your home in the winter to protect them or are you going to build a greed house or are you going to toss them. I don’t have enough light in my house for a lot of plants to survive so I limit my plants that won’t survive our winter’s unless protected. And living in NV we can have extreme doubts, so for me, I water specially our trees every couple of days and I add enough water by the size of the trunk of the tree, They don’t fragile, dried out ect. Here in NV a sure win is Roses, they love heat and they survive the winter. There are so many books out there to help you on your journey to a wonderful garden, but my biggest enjoyment is Herbs, which can come back yearly, it’s a gamble in this state. But I cut them down every few weeks, dehydrate them in my dehydrator BS grind them down. So I always have fresh Herbs, with out preservatives or fillers. They also become great gifts for people. I don’t rely on the books, I rely on the nursery’s, they know what will live here and what will not survive. I find the Home Depot and Lowe’s are not very helpful, so the smaller local nursery’s seem to not only be more knowledgeable, they know what survives in your area. I did do something different this year, I did a Herb garden in a wine barrel, then a tea garden in another. Have fun with it, it’s peaceful, I enjoy being out there but with my illness I can’t be out to be in the sun, so it’s really in the morning or dusk and always sunscreen and umbrella.

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Eat Health-ish

You Don’t Need A Perfect Diet When Healthy-ish Will Do

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When people hear that I’m a dietitian, I suspect most think I spend my life pushing diets full of fruits and vegetables and giving the side-eye to anyone who dares eat a chocolate bar in my presence. They must think I’m a warrior for The Healthy Diet, a scorner of 7-11 nachos and baseball game hotdogs, and a complete and utter killjoy when it comes to food.

Like, the WORST guest at a potluck ever.


guilty pleasure eat
(Photo: Studiograndouest via Getty Images)

HELL NO, PEOPLE! WAKE UP! I love 7-11 plastic nacho cheese just as much as the next person! I also can’t live without coconut cake, Kit-Kat Chunky bars and the occasional bag of the ultimate dirty snack food, beef jerky. (Like, the kind you get at the drugstore, not the fancy kind.)

That’s OK, though — because healthy-ish is what I live and teach. I’m so glad that someone finally coined an actual term for being mostly healthy! Yay!

Over years and years of practice, I’ve learned something very important: that most people (including myself) respond really well to leniency and permissiveness in diet. Of course there will always be those outliers who want to be screamed at and restricted boot-camp style, but that’s just not the way I roll — personally or professionally. You’ve got to cut people a little slack, because diet is so very emotional, so personal, and not many people want to give up cookies, wine, eggs Benedict or what have you, forever. I certainly wouldn’t do it. People generally want to keep some of their vices, even if they’re interested in leading a healthy life. And just in time, here comes “healthy-ish!”

Food and guilt shouldn’t be at the same table, ever.

Healthy-ish is around a seven or eight out of 10 on the scale of healthy eating. It’s not Froot Loops for breakfast every day (that’s a one), and it’s not kale in your granola and zero added sugars for the rest of your life (I don’t even think that’s healthy, it’s nuts). It’s a meet-you-in-the-middle, half-fries half-salad, a bit better-than- average level of eating that recognizes that you’re gonna have a piece of cake sometimes, and that’s OK. There will be crazy days when you eat zero vegetables, and that’s OK, too. Healthy-ish is an average, where that average tips in favour of healthy, but isn’t obsessive.

Here’s how I think the best way to achieve a healthy-ish diet is:

Stop with the food guilt.

Try to understand that a healthy diet isn’t one that is completely “clean” and without indulgence. And by indulgence I don’t mean avocado chocolate pudding. I mean real, thick, amazing chocolate pudding, or whatever other indulgence you love. Food and guilt shouldn’t be at the same table, ever. They don’t get along, and they never play nice together. Food guilt will take away from the true happiness of being healthy-ish and defeat the purpose.

Unhealthy: Eating a piece of cake and obsessing about how fat it’s going to make you.

Healthy-ish: Eating the same piece of cake and understanding that if you plunk a piece of cake into a mostly healthy diet, it’s not going to do anything to your weight or ruin your life.

balanced meal dinner
You still have to make some healthy choices. (Photo: Tbralnina)

Be mindful.

Healthy-ish is eating what you want when you want it, but not eating just because it’s there or using the term as an excuse to consistently overeat crappy food. Do you get the difference?

Unhealthy: Margaritas and nachos for eight hours, every day, of a week-long vacation.

Healthy-ish: One or two margaritas and a few chips every other week while you’re enjoying a dinner with friends.

Understand that, on average, your overall diet should consist of healthy choices.

Just because there’s a bit of permission to eat less-than-healthy food doesn’t mean that your diet should suffer. I still expect you to eat a ton of plants and make wise nutrition choices most of the time. Healthy-ish works because you’re never really restricted, but you need to keep up your end of the bargain: eating a mostly healthy diet. Healthy-ish doesn’t like to be abused.

Unhealthy:Having McDonald’s every day for breakfast.

Healthy-ish: Having Froot Loops… OK, bad example. Having eggs Benedict on Sundays because it’s your ritual and you’re sticking with it. Plus, you’ve eaten a healthy breakfast all week.

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