Bob McFerran historical posts March 1998

uric acid

Posted by Judy Lannigan on March 25, 1998 at 21:53:41:

Dear Dr Stoll, After three years of depending on you for advice regarding MS, I finally found a doctot like you in the flesh. His name is Dr. Rashid Buttar. He is in Cornelius,NC which is about 20 miles north of Charlotte. He is treating my "whole" body, not my MS. He first is running numerous tests to find out what is going on inside my body. So far I took a three day stool sample test,allergy testing,blood work and a heavy metal test using chelation. Now WE have a question for you. So far only one test has come back. It showed that I have an extremely low uric acid level.It measured 1.0. Do you know what that could mean? He said that he will find an answer for me and then I thought of you.
I gave him a copy of your book. He was very interested and will read it this weekend.He is very knowledgeable and willing to learn more. Sincerely,Judy

Re: uric acid

Posted by Peter Wray on March 26, 1998 at 09:26:08:

In Reply to: uric acid posted by Judy Lannigan on March 25, 1998 at 21:53:41:

WOW!!! you found a doctor who is willing to listen and learn. This is GOLD.

I've done a bit of reading about uric acid. It is a by-product of the metabolism of certain proteins. High uric acid causes Gout. I'm not aware of low uric acid being a problem. I'd contact Robert McFarren to get his view on this.


Re: uric acid

Posted by Robert McFerran on March 26, 1998 at 10:17:12:

In Reply to: uric acid posted by Judy Lannigan on March 25, 1998 at 21:53:41:


I have found that a low uric acid level (outside of the normal range) is usually indicative that you have inherited a metabolism that processes purines very effectively. The reason that your metabolism does this is that your not too distant ancestors were VERY well adapted to eating a very high percentage of animal flesh which is also very high in purines.

The foods highest in purines are the organ meats -- have you ever wondered how they came to be called 'sweetbreads'? The reason is because they were the most prized part of the animal, required little in the way of butchering and were the first thing to be eaten after a kill.

I have also found that many people have developed chronic illness since they have inherited an EXTREME metabolism (perhaps like yours) and they will need an equally EXTREME eating regimine to maintain health.

Someday the very low uric acid number will alert docs that something is wrong. They are only now figuring out that this is the case with very low cholesterol numbers (lower than 125). They are finding that these folks have a higher incidence of disease (it's just not coronary disease).

The answer lies in the metabolism not being satisfied by diet which puts a constant physiological stress on them. I've often seen where someone with a low uric acid number has a very high cholesterol and a very poor HDL/LDL ratio. They and their doctor are perplexed because they already eat a very low fat/cholesterol diet. The advise is to eat even LESS fat/cholesterol which often makes the situation worse. This paradoxical situation is resolved when you understand that physiological stress on the body will cause the your liver to push out more cholesterol than you could probably ever eat. Relieve the stress by eating what might be a relatively high fat/cholesterol diet that is LIMITED in carbohydrate and suddenly the cholesterol numbers normalize as do uric acid.

After saying all this I've never seen a uric acid this low. I would have the lab re-test it before concluding anything....


Re: uric acid

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 27, 1998 at 14:21:56:

In Reply to: uric acid posted by Judy Lannigan on March 25, 1998 at 21:53:41:

Dear Judy,

Congratulations on finding a real doctor. They are out there, it is just that the AMA has done a wonderful job keeping them on the defensive and out of the public eye.

I am not sure what the low uric acid means. I have been told that it had to do with poor protein metabolism and absorbtion. This would relate to the same things that cause LGS and the LGS could participate in this process.

I would refer him to Functional Medicine Update (to which he likely already subscribes) (800) 873-9660 if he does not.

Please share with us what you learn.


Re: uric acid

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 27, 1998 at 14:25:33:

In Reply to: Re: uric acid posted by Robert McFerran on March 26, 1998 at 10:17:12:

Dear Bob,

I was glad to see Peter recommend talking to you about this since I figured you would know more about it than I.

Thanks for being here!


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