Big Pharma is out to cash in; now they’re getting fancy about how to diagnose gout.

Mercy! What will they think of next?! (to get the money out of your pocket)

Check out this article from WebMD.  They are using “computed tomography or computed axial tomography” as a new way to diagnose gout:

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CT Scans Can Help Diagnose Gout

Typically, to diagnose gout, your doctor will withdraw fluid from affected joints and examine it for uric acid crystals. Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by inflammation and painful joints caused by the build-up of uric acid crystals in and around the joints. Sometimes, patients who are suspected of having gout can’t be tested by having fluid withdrawn or, even if they do, the test yields inaccurate negative results.

According to researchers at Mayo Clinic who presented study results at the 2011 American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, dual-energy CT scans can detect uric acid crystals that are missed with traditional testing. The CT scan is much more expensive than traditional testing for gout but it is useful for those who cannot have fluid withdrawn or whose test comes back negative. While CT scan for gout detection is considered very accurate, some cases of very acute gout were missed in the study.”

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To Diagnose Gout, What Happened to a Blood Test of UA Levels?

The sophistication that has become the norm for western medicine is astounding. First they raise Cochicine from $.04 a pill to $5.  Now this elaborate system to diagnose gout.    I go by what my rheumatologist told me way back before I got gout all figured out.   “If you’re blood shows high levels of uric acid and you’ve got a big, red toe, you’ve got gout”.  That’s the way he thought you ought to diagnose gout. I pretty much went with that.

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Bert, I know all about sleep apnea having been diagnosed in 1998.  I have used a CPAP since then, its a nuisance but very effective.  Thank God I haven’t had a gout attack for a very long time, since we were first in touch.  Keep up the good work.

Best regards,

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  Bottom-line:  It’s not that hard to diagnose 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!