In December 2009, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The guidelines require that any affiliate who uses reviews, rankings or testimonials to promote products must clearly disclose the fact that they receive compensation for doing so.

Regular readers of GoutPal will realize that I’m not bound by this. Much as I would love to, I do not live in America (yet?). Most visitors to GoutPal are USA based. I would love to address you as “my fellow Americans,” but I can’t. I will settle for “my fellow gout sufferers,” and hope you will understand.

Though I am not legally bound by that legislation, I respect and honor the reasons behind it. Far too many sub-prime products and services are sold to gout sufferers. Personally, I cannot see the point in spending anything on gout beyond the cost of daily allopurinol, and a few months of pain relief whilst it does it’s job. Oh, and perhaps the occasional gout-slogan gift if it’s funny enough.

However, I realize that millions of gout sufferers do spend money on gout products and services.

As I do not use these, I cannot fairly endorse them. But I can make money from linking to reputable suppliers, so I do that to keep my gout support services free. I cannot guarantee that the odd bad supplier will not bypass the quality checks. I cannot guarantee that any of the products will truly help your gout.

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