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Gout and Lead

Gout happens when uric acid crystals accumulate in the joints, most commonly the big toe.  If you ask anyone whose had gout, they'll tell you it's extremely painful.  Sometimes it can be correlated to dietary excesses (alcohol, organ meats, etc.), but often there is no apparent correlation to the diet.  New research is suggesting that the heavy metal lead may be the culprit.  Specifically, even low levels in the blood (considered acceptable by the CDC) are too high, and appear to be highly correlated to gout attacks.  While lead is no longer added to paint or gasoline, there are many other sources of exposure, including electrical cords, ceramic plates/cups, water, cosmetics, chocolate, and even radon gas.  To read an article about the correlation between lead and gout, click here.
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