Let’s All Thank The Late, Great Stephen Covey

My adaptation: “The Seven Effective Habits For Gout”, was obviously inspired by the work of Stephen Covey – “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. I’ll do my best to honor him.

Throughout my website, I make a lot of references to habits because my own poor habits and choices lead me to a long and painful struggle with gout.

What role have your habits played in your experience with gout? Maybe this will be help us both to prevent those vicious gout attacks in the future.

The Seven Effective Habits For Gout

  • Habit #1 – Be Proactive

Take responsibility for your condition; we all have the “ability to respond” moment to moment, and make different decisions and choices.

For example; turn off the TV and get more sleep, leave earlier for work and avoid the stress of traffic, have the salad instead of the fries, have one beer not two. Be proactive about preventing gout.

  • Habit #2 – Begin With The End In Mind

Here’s an image that will make it stick: You’re going to a funeral. Feeling the sadness and loss, you walk up to the casket for a last good gye and guess who’s in there? You.

How did you live your last 10 or 15 years? All twisted up and sickly with gout? Or alive and vital and you just one night sparked out peacefully? Gout is just a wake-up call for what’s ahead.

  • Habit #3 – Put First Things First

Take an inventory of your time spent…write it down. How much time is spent of growing your health? Focus time on “growing” in every area of your life.

Setting and committing to a plan to “grow your health” (better food, more exercise, lot’s of sleep) will pay off in all the other areas of your life…relationships, finances, and probably less gout attacks.

  • Habit #4 – Think Win/Win

?…what does that have to do with gout? Easy: you win…in mind and body. Better physical health promotes better mental health.

I’ll make it easy to wrap your mind around it: would it make you “happy” to have less and less gout attacks? I rest my case. How “happy” would you be to avoid the heart disease and diabetes waiting up the road for you?

  • Habit #5 – Seek First To Understand

When it comes to gout, there are two perspectives and both are valid:

—> Take synthetic drugs and eat and do the things you’ve always done


—> make a conscious choice to exchange health promoting habits for the non-health promoting habits that led you to gout.

It’s always all about choices…what’s yours?

  • Habit #6 – Synergy

Working together. The fact that you’re here reading this now is already setting the right energy in motion. You’re doing something positive in the direction of improving your health condition.

Send someone else here to my website and now “you and I” are working together. Who knows what kind of difference we can make.

  • Habit #7 – Sharpen The Saw

Or . . . recharge. Stop and listen to what’s going on in your head, stop and feel what’s going on in your body. Then make a plan.

Make it ding on your phone or whatever you have to do, but stop for one minute everyday: make it quiet, listen and feel and breathe.

Its’ not just what you eat and drink…it’s The Way You Live Your Life. (click for some help with that!)

I stayed gout-free during my trip overseas!

Bert, I believe the increased daily hydration is the single most significant change in my being almost complexity gout attack free in the past couple of months!!  Thank for THAT and all the other good habits and mindfulness you’ve instilled!  I stayed gout free during my trip overseas and all of you suggestions were helpful and contributed.  ~ Allen

The Seven Effective Habits For Gout Is My Attempt…

…to make an impression on you that gout, like everything else in our individual lives, is a result of the choices we’ve made.

Here are 5 important pages you can apply The Seven Effective Habits For Gout to:

I would like to finish by saying “Thank You”. As I’ve said in other places on my site, the act of researching and writing all of this is causing my “health to grow” and creating The Seven Habits For Gout is another brick in the wall.

  ☆ Bottom-Line:  We live and die by our habits…and get gout or not get gout too!


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!