Gout and Milk…Hmmm, Interesting.

I’ve been hearing some good things about dairy products being good for gout boys and girls. It looks like this article in the news about gout and milk fits right in with how to design a good gout diet.

It seems as though the folks behind this research about gout and milk are all from New Zealand. It makes sense, it seems that there’s a greater understanding of health and concern for health down there than there is here in the US, where we still shoot up our cows with rBGH.

Here’s the article from Annals of  the Rheumatic Diseases:

Effects of skim milk powder enriched with glycomacropeptide and G600 milk fat extract on frequency of gout flares: a proof-of-concept randomised controlled trial


Objectives Previous laboratory studies have identified two dairy fractions, glycomacropeptide (GMP) and G600 milk fat extract (G600), with anti-inflammatory effects in models of acute gout. The aim of this proof-of-concept clinical trial was to test the hypothesis that daily intake of skim milk powder (SMP) enriched with GMP and G600 can prevent gout flares.

Methods This was a 3-month randomised double-blind controlled trial of milk products for prevention of gout flares. One hundred and twenty patients with recurrent gout flares were randomised to one of three arms: lactose powder control, SMP control and SMP enriched with GMP and G600 (SMP/GMP/G600). The primary end point was change in the frequency of gout flares using a daily flare diary measured monthly for 3 months.

Results The frequency of gout flares reduced in all three groups over the 3-month study period compared with baseline. Over the 3-month study period there was a significantly greater reduction in gout flares in the SMP/GMP/G600 group (analysis of covariance pgroup=0.031, Tukey post hoc test compared with lactose control, p=0.044). Following treatment with SMP/GMP/G600 over the 3-month period, greater improvements were also observed in pain and fractional excretion of uric acid, with trends to greater improvement in tender joint count. Similar adverse event rates and discontinuation rates were observed between the three groups.

Conclusions This is the first reported controlled trial of dietary intervention in patients with gout, and suggests that SMP enriched with GMP and G600 may reduce the frequency of gout flares.

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Hi Bert,

First I want to thank you for all the good information.  You really opened my eyes, it all makes sense now.  I have started drinking a lot of mineral water which I never used to.  Could you guide me to which small ionizer I could buy in London?  I am finding it hard to find one.  Secondly, I cant get a very good night sleep as I do shift work.  I have tried herbal teas but they don’t seem to work. I’ve tried your breathing technique.  Also I have joined a gym to exercise.  Although it is better now, still I have little pain in my right hand and toe.  How do I get rid of this pain?   On your suggestion, I an taking ibuprofen, 200mg tablet.  I look forward to hearing from you.


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…Any Old Milk?

They were talking about “skim milk powder” enriched with glycomacropeptide. That’s what makes me curious. What the hell is “glycomacropeptide”? As far as gout and milk and the benefits of it go, are we talking about your basic everyday milk, or is this something else that has be made and tested and dispensed by a doctor?

Beyond that, I like the good sound of the what’s bubbling to the surface about gout and milk, but from what I’ve come to understand, we need to be getting back to drinking “raw” milk if we’re going to use it at all. The whole process of “pasteurization” and “homogenization” kills off all the good stuff along with the bad.

And getting back to the start of this post about gout and milk, what about the weird growth hormones and who knows what else that ends up in our milk products? I don’t think they have that problem in New Zealand.

The good news is: Milk Is Good For Gout!


Bert Middleton

“I know your pain. Let me help you kill your gout for good!  And teach you to advocate for yourself and take ownership of your gout recovery, by showing you how to live the gout-free lifestyle.” Two decades ago, Bert Middleton found himself diagnosed with gout. Like 8.3 million other people in the United States (approximately 4% of the population), he struggled helplessly with the physical, emotional, social, and financial impact that gout left unchecked can have on your life. Prescription drugs were of limited help… And the terrible pain of regular gout attacks left him unable to enjoy even the simplest daily pleasures. His marriage was suffering. His finances were spiraling due to the impact gout had on his ability to work. And maintaining a social life was often nearly impossible. Tophi surgeries left him in terrible pain.  And he found himself depressed … and angry … that gout was stealing years of his life.

Until one day, after hundreds of hours of research and self-experimentation, Bert finally had a breakthrough and created a blueprint for a way of living that would prove to be “the answer” to living gout-free for nearly a decade now. Today, Bert and his “Gout Wife” Sharon devote their evenings and weekends to educating other gout sufferers on how to live the gout-free lifestyle. Showing others his 911 Emergency Response Gout Recovery Plan for getting PAINFUL gout attacks under control in as little as 4 hours. And then, how to make daily choices that keep gout under control for GOOD! So you can finally start LIVING again!