Gout Drug Helps Treat FMF

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FMF is called “Familial Mediterranean Fever.” It is most commonly occurring in people of Mediterranean origin such as Greeks, Turks, and Armenians. FMF is associated with mutations in the MEFV gene and characterized by recurrent attacks that typically feature fever, abdominal pain, and myalgias, and arthralgias. The “familial” part of the disease means that family members suffer from it. I’m always suspicious of mold in a home whenever I hear of any “familial” disease.

I might be right because a drug that treats gout, called colchicine, is working for FMF sufferers according to this article. A few years ago, I taught that colchicine also helped a condition called pericarditisDr. Costantini stated that colchicine had antifungal properties. Could pericarditis and FMF be similar diseases because they both respond to a drug with antifungal properties? Perhaps! What caused the MEFV gene to mutation in FMF patients? No one seems to want to venture a guess when genetic mutations occur, but as you know, science has very well documented that fungal mycotoxins cause genetic mutations.

It will take decades for scientists to understand the ubiquity of both human diseases and fungus. Until that time, when strange symptoms arise, please consider mold and fungus in your diet, your home and your medications as being potential culprits.

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