Ask Chuck: Here's a health tip for gout: Put a cherry on top

By Charles Colson
April 3, 2014 at midnight
Updated April 2, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.

I think your columns are so informative and helpful. I love the health tips you provide us with through your massage therapy practice. Do you happen to have any good advice for those of us with gout?

As a matter of fact, I can suggest something to help you out. This subject was addressed in To Your Health magazine this month. Would you believe it mentioned how cherries may have a way to combat gout in people with problems?

The article was written by Donald M. Petersen Jr. He said gout affects the lives of more than 8 million people in the U.S. So believe me, you are not alone. He went on to say that a new study found that cherry intake over a two-day period was associated with a 35 percent lower risk of gout attacks compared to no intake.

Cherry extract intake showed a similar inverse association. If you or someone you know has gout, consider eating cherries to help reduce attacks. The study became quite extensive throughout a one-year period and provided strong evidence that cherries definitely were quite beneficial in easing an individual's gout problems.

I have heard of this treatment before, and I am quite excited to see such an advantageous report. So, how about that little cherry in your drink? I guess there is more to that drink than we think.

I have enjoyed reading your articles concerning certain vitamins, and I have heard more talk recently about vitamin D. How beneficial is this vitamin for us?

Indeed a great question. I just came across a most interesting article from the magazine listed above that opened my eyes from a recent research. It was entitled "Vitamin D Over Amoxicillin?"

It began by asking whether a simple supplement, such as vitamin D, can work wonders for your health. It can help you steer clear of antibiotics, according to some new research published on the Lancet Infectious Diseases website.

The study gave great credence to Vitamin D over one particular antibiotic called amoxicillin. It mentioned that this antibiotic was mostly beneficial for more serious infections than just minor ones.

I do understand more now why doctors hesitate to prescribe antibiotics just because we think we might need them. I'm sure you have heard this many times from your doctor, right? This is an important time that we need for him or her to be the doctor instead of you-know-who.

Before starting a vitamin regiment program, it is best to consult your doctor. You may find out, like I did, that your body may not require all the vitamins you think you need.

From personal experience, I once asked a doctor friend if I was just imagining a feeling. I explained to him that when I took a multiple vitamin for just a few days, I felt myself becoming quite depressed. He explained that this was not unusual at all.

He said my body was already producing enough vitamins, and it was rejecting the ones I didn't need through the feeling of depression. Isn't that something to think about?

As I have mentioned in other articles, we need to really study and know our bodies and listen to improper feelings. Remember, every day is a new day; let's just figure out how to make it a pleasant one. As L'Oreal puts it: Because you're worth it.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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