The Gout

GoutWhat do Jared Leto and David Wells have in common? The Gout.  This is one of those diseases that sounds like scurvy to me, like something sailors might get on a long voyage, or something that might be cured in medieval times with a good bleeding. So I decided to look it up and see what it really is.  Turns out it’s a rare form of arthritis that usually only effects one joint, most often the big toe. It is intensely painful, as this drawing shows.  Gout sufferers should avoid eating foods high in purines, such as anchovies, sardines, liver, sweetbreads, and alcohol (geez, it sounded do-able until that fifth one).  Poor David.  I’m sorry he has to suffer with this disease, but I won’t be sorry if the Cards put more hurt on him today. 

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