By: Terry Graedon June 19, 2017 4 Comments
    What Are the Natural Remedies for Gout?

    Gout is a miserable condition. It causes intense, excruciating pain, redness and swelling in one or more joints. Often, the pain may start at the base of the big toe, but other joints frequently hurt…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 15 Comments
    Will Tart Cherry Juice Really Soothe Gout Pain?

    People who have had one episode of gout are usually anxious to learn how they can avoid another attack. The pain is so intense that even the light touch of a sheet on the affected joint may be unbear…

    By: Terry Graedon January 9, 2017 8 Comments
    How to Avoid a Painful Gout Attack

    Pain gets everyone's attention. Whether it's a stubbed toe or a headache, heartburn or arthritis, pain signals that something has gone wrong. With appropriate treatment, most of these conditions are m…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2016 11 Comments
    Is There a Safe Treatment for Gout Pain?

    Gout is an extremely painful condition in which uric acid builds up in the blood stream to the point that it precipitates out in the form of small sharp crystals. When these lodge in the joints, the …

    By: Joe Graedon December 14, 2015 10 Comments
    How Cherries and Celery Combat Gout Naturally

    Q. I take HCTZ for high blood pressure. It gave me gout in my big toe. Would tart cherries counteract this side effect? A. The hydrochlorothiazide (abbreviated HCTZ, HCT or HZT) diuretic you are takin…

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2015 6 Comments
    Another Downside of Statins

    When statin drugs were originally introduced in the late 1980s, most doctors thought they had few if any side effects. To this day, some researchers contend that the vast majority of problems that peo…

    By: Joe Graedon July 8, 2015 5 Comments
    Tart Cherry Juice for Marathon Runners

    Tart cherry juice has anti-inflammatory properties and may help athletes recover faster from intense exercise. Tart Cherry Juice Study: British investigators found that if marathon runners drank tart …

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2015 7 Comments
    Cowgirl Swears by Black Cherry Juice for Gout

    Gout causes excruciating pain, and people who suffer are desperate for relief. Many have found that black cherry juice is a wonderful remedy for this condition. Q. I am 53 and an aging old cowgirl. I'…

    By: Joe Graedon April 9, 2015 21 Comments
    Is Life Just a Bowl of Tart Cherries?

    Readers of our syndicated newspaper column have been singing the praises of tart cherries for decades. Back in 1999 we first heard that cherries could ease a gout attack: "I eat five tart canned cherr…

    By: Joe Graedon November 3, 2014 10 Comments
    Dried Cherries Keep Gout Away

    Q. I have had very good success using dried cherries to prevent gout. I began having gout attacks, mostly in my left foot, about 20 years ago. This surprised me because I was not on a rich man's diet …

    By: Joe Graedon October 13, 2014 11 Comments
    Cherry and Celery Extracts Banish Gout Pain

    Q. I work as a correctional officer and have to go up and down flights of stairs 12 hours a day. My gout flared up so that I could barely walk. I could have sworn I had broken my feet. My doctor presc…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2014 6 Comments
    Cherry Juice Lowers Uric Acid

    Tart cherries have a reputation for being able to moderate excruciating joint pain from gout. Gout results from a buildup of uric acid in the blood and precipitation of urate crystals in the joints. N…

    By: Terry Graedon November 25, 2013 11 Comments
    Tart Cherry Juice Soothed Pain in Big Toe

    Q. I am in my early 60s but I've been hobbling around like an old man after a couple of bad bouts with gout. I have been on a prescription to treat that along with various other meds for high choleste…

    By: Joe Graedon January 28, 2013 5 Comments
    Celery Seed Extract for Gout

    Q. I read your column about gout and tart cherries. Celery seed extract works better and quicker. I take two capsules a day, morning and evening with food. If my gout flares up I double the dose. The …

    By: Joe Graedon November 5, 2012 0 Comments
    Lowering Blood Pressure Without Triggering Gout

    Q. I have high blood pressure but my medicine raises my uric acid levels and triggers gout flare-ups. I've heard that the DASH diet could bring my blood pressure down and might be good against gout to…

    By: Terry Graedon October 29, 2012 11 Comments
    Cherries for Gout Supported by Science

    Gout is a chronic condition that seems to get very little respect. Once upon a time, it was considered a rich man's disease (although poor people and women are also vulnerable to the excruciating pain…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2012 4 Comments
    New Evidence for Cherries Against Gout

    Tart cherries have a reputation for easing the pain of gout attacks, but until recently, many physicians dismissed this approach as an old wives' tale. Now scientists at Boston University have found t…

    By: Terry Graedon September 20, 2012 75 Comments
    Furosemide (Lasix) Side Effects & Generic T…

    Furosemide is a diuretic that is one of the most prescribed drugs in the world. At last count over 7 million Americans swallow this water pill every day to lower their blood pressure or help their kid…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2012 6 Comments
    Cherry Extract Eased Gout Pain

    Q. At 39, my brother had knots come up on his shins. His ankles and knees got swollen, and he had pain so excruciating he could barely walk. Tests showed his uric acid levels were extremely high and h…

    By: Terry Graedon March 27, 2012 9 Comments
    Celery Seed Eases Pain of Gout

    Q. I'm a roofer. One day I thought I'd broken my toe but the doctor said I was in the gout club. I've tried everything, and only one thing works: celery seed extract (3 tablets a day) and plenty of wa…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2012 5 Comments
    Doctor Suggests Cherries for Gout

    Q. My husband was diagnosed with gout. After suffering through several bouts, he was prescribed allopurinol. The pain seems to have spread from his big toe to his ankle and now to his elbow. At his do…

    By: Terry Graedon January 16, 2012 22 Comments
    Celery Seeds Against Gout

    Q. Celery seeds work to prevent gout! I am 43 and have been fighting high uric acid since my first attack eight years ago. All the things I've tried (from apple cider vinegar to tart cherries and gree…

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2011 0 Comments
    Home Remedies for Holiday Hazards

    Coughs & Colds: As much as we look forward to Christmas and New Years, this time of year can be fraught with unexpected hazards. For one thing, there is the traveling to gather with family and fri…

    By: Terry Graedon August 28, 2011 15 Comments
    Celery Seed Eased Mother’s Gout

    Q. My 92-year-old Mom began having excruciating ankle pain about four months ago. She has seen five doctors, including three podiatrists, a chiropractor and an emergency room visit. They all said her …

    By: Terry Graedon November 24, 2010 2 Comments
    Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Linked to Gout

    Women who drink sweet beverages rich in the sugar fructose have a higher risk of developing gout. This inflammatory condition leads to painful joints caused by uric acid crystals precipitating in soft…

    By: Terry Graedon February 27, 2010 31 Comments
    Celery Seed Against Gout

    Q. I began taking celery seed extract capsules six months ago for gout. Within a day, all my foot pain was gone. A blood test six weeks later showed normal levels of uric acid. I take two capsules eac…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2009 1 Comments
    Skim Milk Fights Gout

    Gout is an extremely painful inflammation of the joints and soft tissue caused by the formation of crystals of uric acid. The feet and big toe are frequently affected, but gout can also impact ankles,…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2009 83 Comments
    Celery Seed Conquers Gout Pain

    Q. I began taking celery seed extract capsules six months ago for gout. Within a day, all foot pain was gone. A blood test six weeks later showed normal levels of uric acid. I take two capsules each m…

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2007 2 Comments
    Cherries May Help Ease Joint Pain

    Q. I would like some info about cherries for a friend who suffers from arthritis and gout. A. A small study in the Journal of Nutrition (June, 2003) suggested that sweet cherries could lower uric acid…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2006 2 Comments
    Can Curry Counter Gout Pain?

    Q. I suffer from gout from time to time. Have you ever heard of curry relieving the symptoms? My wife made a soup containing curry and within one hour after eating it, I could feel the pain going away…

    By: Terry Graedon January 23, 2006 0 Comments
    Science Supports Cherries to Fight Gout

    Q. I have heard that sour cherry juice can ward off gout attacks. Have you heard of this remedy? My doctor thinks it is ridiculous. A. Cherries have traditionally been recommended for gout prevention,…

    By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2005 0 Comments
    Sour Cherries Worked Against Gout

    Q. My sister has had two recent episodes of gout. Because she has no health insurance, she could not afford to go to the doctor. I gave her some samples of an anti-inflammatory medicine I had on hand.…