Foods rich in purines have been a big topic for me lately for two reasons: 1) it seems like the medical community focuses only on high uric acid levels caused by foods rich in purines, and 2) purine rich foods are definitely part of the game of killin’ gout…but not the whole game.

Uric acid crystallizing in the joints is actually what causes the swelling, heat, redness, and PAIN of a gout attack.  It’s not the only acid substance our bodies, more specifically our kidneys, have to manage.

We need to become more aware of ALL the different ways acid develops, accumulates, and functions in our bodies.  If we did that, maybe we could do the right things that would give our kidneys a break.  Make sense?  If we weren’t so busy creating a condition of acidosis in so many ways, our poor little kidneys (“kidney” in my case) would have more capacity to deal with the “uric” acid.

Foods Rich in Purines Have Hit the News Again…in a Big Way

Anyway, this poor bloke, Frank Bruni, has joined the club.  I can completely relate to what happened to this guy.   In my earlier days, I worked in lots of restaurants at night so I could ski all day.  Eat “good” food, drink excellent wine, and meet girls.  It all worked well.  However, it didn’t help to avoid the glamorous life of gout I endured to become The Gout Killer.

Anyway, more news for you.  Here’s a snippet of that article about how poor old Frank, the NYC restaurant critic showed up with gout:

For restaurant reviewers, are health risks at critical mass?

Bruni – despite his ferocious appetite – has since completely reformed his diet, severely decreasing his admittedly substantial alcohol intake and taking an extra lap in the bread basket instead of the jar of pâté.

Bruni eats pasta…

“Pasta dishes are a godsend for an additional reason: they often incorporate some red meat, but not a crazy amount. So they let a meat lover like me get flavors he or she cherishes in a lower-risk way,” he writes. Since his diagnosis, Bruni notes he has not consumed more than 16 ounces of red meat in any one week. This is a stark contrast to his usual porterhouse for one; “a cruel joke” he says.

Bruni certainly doesn’t blame his career path, citing his uric acid levels were naturally on the high side even in his 20s. Gout was mentioned in his check-ups, but he says his doctors never exhorted him to remember it.

“It didn’t stick in mind as this looming threat. Only when I got the diagnosis did I remember: ‘Oh, yeah, this had been mentioned to me.’ They never said: ‘You have a predisposition to gout, so you should avoid x, y or z.’”

And for those who earn their living at the end of a fork, the notion of putting their health in jeopardy is something to chew on.

“I am, of course, nervous, and Frank’s news makes me a bit more nervous than before,” says Pete Wells, the current Times critic, who took over the job in early January.

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Hey Bert, we love ya and appreciate your dedicated quest to give the suffering some relief and removing a lot of the fear, now i know I can really fight back, I don’t have to lay there and just take it anymore, THANKS JIMMY

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Foods Rich in Purines Certainly Didn’t Help…

We all really need to give Frank a round of applauds because, ya know, somebody had to do that job. Lets all send some good vibes Frank’s way and hope that the life of copious amounts alcohol and meal after meal of foods rich in purines don’t leave our man on the town with diabetes and a heart attack…which is what sort of happens next when you’ve got yourself going with gout.


All the haute cuisine is what I hope you had a chance to check out last week in the free premiere of Hungry For Change. We get a lot of programming and conditioning about eating really rich and fancy foods.   That doesn’t mean they’re good for us and it’s a drag learning it the hard way.

   Remember: Foods rich in purines don’t help the cause.


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!