Gout Fixed by Paleo

Gout Fixed by Paleo | The Paleo Diet

Dr. Cordain,

I am a 34-year-old geneticist and age-group triathlete in Davis, CA. On New Year’s Eve 2005, I was crippled with pain and swelling from a gout attack that had left me bedridden for the previous three days. While in bed, I re-read my copy of The Paleo Diet (together with the new Paleo Diet for Athletes) and knew that I had to get serious. The first buzz I heard about the Paleo Diet came from world-class triathletes, especially those racing long distances. Coming from a genetics background, the Paleo Diet is the only eating strategy that makes total common sense to me.

My diet now includes generous servings of fresh vegetables, lean meat and seafood together with daily helpings of fruit, nuts and berries. The combinations of foods, I am convinced has a strong anti-inflammatory effect so I am sure the gout will be a thing of the past.

The biggest impact has been on my fitness. In nine weeks, I went from immobile and 217 lb to fitter than I have ever been at 203 lb. Yesterday, I completed my first ultra-distance running race: the 31.1 mile (50k) “Way Too Cool” trail run with hills aplenty, creek crossing, tons of mud and even a light dusting of snow on the upper elevations. It was the best race experience of my life and I managed to run strong right through to the finish – something I have never managed to accomplish before.

Genetically, as a species, we are athletes. We just need the right nutritional and exercise environment to unlock the genetic potential conferred upon us by millennia of natural selection.


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  1. Mike Harlan says:

    Just for the record, this works. I suffered with gout for many years. I started doing crossfit and my coaches encourged my to do the paleo diet. What I discovered is that all my gout sysmptoms went away after a six week paleo challenge our crossfit box did. I have been gout free for two years and have not been taking any medication for a year and half. My doctor has ran several blood test and every time they have came back normal.

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