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Citrus fruits and plums gave me a gout flare

I've read your information on gout and found it very interesting. May I suggest you give greater emphasis on diet? It's what we eat, more than what we drink, as many of us don't drink, that can cause gout.

One definite no-no is citrus fruit, particularly grapefruit, oranges etc., and also plums. With the recent surplus of plums in the supermarkets, I bought a punnet of about 8/9 plums for £1. Being a lover of them, I indulged in stewed plums for about three weeks, only to suffer from gout.

I helped to overcome the pain by rubbing my toe with a gel for the easing of pain in joints. Obtainable from Boots, it is called Jointace. Within two to three days, the pain had gone but the toe was still very red, which lasted for about five weeks. I hope you find this of interest.
Richard Shorrock, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset (Spring 2014)

Cutting out oranges and tomatoes

I've had osteoarthritis for over 35 years and am now 86. I had my right hip renewed in 2001 and got back on my feet. A lady once said to me: 'Don’t eat as many oranges and tomatoes and you will see the difference.' I did what she said over six years and there was a great improvement.

A couple of months ago I went back to eating them and the pain came back – so I've stopped again.
Mrs C Grayson, Billingham, Teeside

The wonders of an acid-free diet

I was interested to read in your Hints Box that not eating tomatoes reduced the pain for one person and that eating citrus fruit and plums made it worse in another case. My rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis has been completely cured by going on an acid-free diet recommended by a private clinic.
R Jackson, Hartlepool

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