Just like me, it seems, the LA Times gets letters from its readers about the danger of gout.
It published three letters about gout yesterday, and the depth of ignorance from sufferers, alternative medicine promoters, and qualified medical personnel drives me to despair.
One gout sufferer blames beer. Though alcohol can affect kidney performance in some people, and drinking beer can promote dehydration - a sure cause of gout, to hope that simply stopping drinking beer will stop gout is naive in the extreme. He notes that avoiding dehydration and restricting joints can trigger gout attacks. Both these are true, but avoid the main danger of gout.
Another reader claims respite from gout pain for a year through black cherry concentrate capsules daily, and indomethacin when required. These may well reduce gout pain, but again, they do nothing to avoid the main danger of gout.
The worst story comes from a man who has consulted 4 doctors - 2 of these have had...