The Symptoms of Gout

Acute pain in great toe, heel, or instep, occurring suddenly; chill, followed by heat; tenderness and swelling of the affected part; fever and restlessness; irritability of temper; constipation; coated tongue; urine dark, with heavy deposit; in chronic cases, enlargement about the joints.

The Causes of Gout

The chief causes of gout are the excessive use of meat, the use of stimulating condiments, beer, wine, alcoholic liquors, and high living in general

Dr. Joseph Drew of Breckingham, England, in an article in the British, Medical Journal a year or two ago, called attention to the fact that the use of salt is a frequent cause of gout. He had suffered from the disease for over twenty years, until his joints became greatly enlarged By discontinuing the use of alcoholic beverages, he was very much improved, but the enlargement and stiffness of the joints still remained. It occurred to him that, as the disease was greatly aggravated by the use of cakes, biscuit, or anything which contained soda, as his experience had abundantly proven, it was quite possible that chloride of sodium, or common salt, might also be a cause of aggravation of the difficulty. The remainder of the account we will give in his own words.

"The idea once started, it was, of course, immediately carried into practice, and chloride of sodium was placed in the index expurgatorius. Salt was omitted as an article of diet, not only as a condiment, but avoided in salted meat or any other accepted comestible. The result in four or five weeks has been astonishing. Most of the stiffness has passed away. Finger rings that had been laid aside can be worn, and the phalangeal finger bones have almost returned to their primitive size and shape."

Dr. Drew further remarks that on every occasion on which he had taken any article of food containing soda in any form, he had suffered a relapse, or an increase of his pain and symptoms, even when used in small quantity, and in several instances when he was entirely unaware of the digression.